Sometimes, even the most exciting vacations can be filled with boring bus rides. These journeys take us to our dream destinations, but the long ride is often tedious, with little to do.

Things like slow Wi-Fi and cramped seats can fray the nerves of even the most patient people. A likely solution is games that can be played anywhere.

There are plenty of ways for little children to pass the time, especially with field day games. But for adults, the activities need to be interesting. The entire group of friends can have the time of their lives, even on a bus.

This article discusses 10 classic games that anyone can play anywhere and still have fun.

Top 10 Classic Games for Adults on Bus Trips

1. War


For this game, all you need is a deck of cards and some comfortable seats. The rules are also quite simple, with the aim of winning all the cards of the opposite player.

The deck of cards is divided into two and each draw a single card. The ranking of the cards is A>K >Q>J>10>9>8>7>6>5>4>3>2.

The one with the highest ranking card gets to take both.

2. Hangman


To play hangman, you will need a piece of paper and a pen. This old-fashioned game is all about guessing the word or phrase your opponent has thought of.

The number of empty boxes indicated the number of letters used. The guessing starts letter by letter, but a wrong guess adds a line to the hangman.

If you cannot guess the complete answer by the time the man hangs, you lose.

3. Tell Me A Story, Please

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If you are traveling in a group, “Tell me a story” can yield some very interesting results. The parameters should be set before the start. The rules are quite simple: one person starts a story with a few words.

The next person continues it while ensuring the continuation makes sense. Certain limitations like story theme and period make the game more challenging.

However, it is a game that heavily relies on individual creativity.

4. Trivia


This is a game that tests the individual knowledge and wit of every person in a fun and competitive setting. You can pick up a stack of trivial pursuit questions or use a set questionnaire off the internet.

And the person who can answer the most questions wins. A trivia quiz can be made specific to suit the mood of the party, or it can be general.

For a big group, you can even play it in pairs.

5. Name that Tune

Name that Tune

Rocking to music is one of the most fun activities on road trips. But to make a game out of it, play “Name that tune.”

All you need is a phone that can play the first few seconds of the song. Then, everyone can try to guess the name of the song, with the winner naming the most songs.

This game is also a great way to introduce your friends to your favorite song.

6. 20 Questions

20 Questions

This classic game is always fun to play on the bus. The thought-provoking exercise can be played by a group or between two people. It starts with one person thinking of an object in the head.

The others then have 20 questions that can be answered with a yes or a no to guess the object.

The first person who guesses the object then wins and restarts the game.

7. I Spy

I Spy

A children’s game need not be boring for adults when played together. The exercise “I Spy” uses the vast expanse of the world outside the bus for the players.

The 1st person to start needs to observe one object and say I spy with my little eye…”.

The others then have to guess quickly before the object vanishes from sight.

8. Bingo

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There are two ways to play bingo on the go. You can carry a set of paper and pens for the whole team.

Or you can buy cards and distribute them among your friends. The game’s rules allow even two players to have a great time.

All you have to do is set the topic and get the ball rolling.

9. Would You Rather

Would You Rather

If you want to start your journey with a little icebreaker, “Would you rather?” is a great way to go. It’s fun for all ages and even makes time among friends unpredictable.

Along a bus ride, the game gives you the perfect opportunity to know more about your seat neighbor.

The best thing about it? Asking gross questions is encouraged.

10. Chain Game

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Finally, another game you can try that requires no pre-planned material is the chain game. The rules are simple: you start with choosing a genre like TV, movies, sports, or players.

The first player says a name that belongs to the genre. The next player continues by using the last letter of the previous name.

If you can’t name something of the same genre, you’re cut off the chain, and the last person to remain wins.


A bus journey to your desired destination is bound to be boring. Even though all your friends will be there, spotty wifi and small seats will be even more unbearable without fun games.

So to have a good time, play classic games like the “Chain game” or “War.”

Most of these games do not require too much equipment except an active imagination. And activities like “20 Questions” or “Would you rather” only strengthen the bonds.

So comment below and tell us your favorite game that can be played on long bus rides.

Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson, is a child entertainment and activities coordinator with a decade of experience creating educational activities for children. Angela has worked extensively in various settings, including schools, community centers, and private events. Her approach towards children's entertainment is informed by her extensive research in child psychology and her previous role as a primary school teacher. Her passion for work is paralleled by her love for storytelling and writing children's books, alongside activities that inspire her creativity to connect deeper with the young audience.

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