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How to Travel Between Planets in Starfield


In the epic sci-fi adventure Starfield, by Bethesda Studios, you’ll be exploring a massive universe full of planets. Very early on in the game, your character gets their first spaceship to use to fly and fight with. While there is a tutorial, Starfield isn’t very clear on how to properly travel between planets. Here’s our guide for traveling between planets and landing on them in Starfield.

How to Travel to and Land on Planets in Starfield

While it may seem as simple as choosing a location and jumping to the chosen planet, there’s a little more to it when traveling between planets. First thing you’ll want to do is open up your star map. Select the system / planet you’d like to fly and hold down the travel button that will appear on screen. For PC, it’s the X key.

A map showing a system in Starfield through which players can travel.

This will then zip you over to the desired planet, and you’ll be flying in front of it now. Many people who are familiar with No Man’s Sky will now likely try to fly their spaceship at the planet. Doing so will get you nowhere, unfortunately. Unlike No Man’s Sky, you won’t be manually flying to and landing on planets.

What arriving at a planet in Starfield looks like.

Instead, what you’ll want to do is open up your map again and select the planet. This time, you’ll be able to scan the planet and then choose a location at which to land after traveling. Then, hold the button prompt to land just like you did when you traveled. This will initiate the landing animation, and you’ll fly down to land on the planet.

What landing on a planet in Starfield looks like.

That’s how you travel between planets and land on them in Starfield. Hopefully, this guide helps at least one person who was trying to fly at a planet for 20 minutes!

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Alex Berry
Alex Berry is a freelance contributor at The Escapist. Alex has been writing about games for less than a year but is thoroughly enjoying it. Having worked in marketing as his main role, he’s no stranger to writing creatively. His coverage ranges from funny takes on the latest games to a whole bunch of guide content. Alex is a jack of all trades when it comes to games, playing almost every new title that shows promise. From RPGs to shooters, all the way through to sports games, he plays it all, although he does have a soft spot for turn-based RPGs having started out his gaming journey with a copy of Pokémon Red on the original Game Boy. Alex has a master's degree in Business and is fascinated by online game economies, often spending a lot of time finding ways to maximize wealth in these games (but he should really be doing that in real life instead).