Going on a school trip with friends is a great adventure for children that gives them a break from their daily routine while allowing them to explore new places.

The long distance, however, can make them restless and feel bored. We have compiled a list of games they can enjoy to make their trip memorable and enjoyable.

Whether it is a word game or travel bingo, there are ways that you can keep everyone entertained during the travel.

A trip that incorporates laughter and knowledge. Without further ado, let’s delve into the list!

Top 10 Games to Enjoy for School Bus Trips

1. License Plate Challenge

License Plate Challenge

License Plate Challenge is one of the best games on the road where you and the children become travel detectives.

You can list states and find license plates that match the places during the trip.

Cross them off the list of whoever finds the plate. The one with the most places crossed off wins.

This game makes the school bus trips educational while giving the kids the fun of a treasure hunt.

It is a great way to learn about the places and pass some time while traveling to the destination.

2. Bus Bingo

Bus Bingo

Turn the bus trip into a bingo party with the Bus Bingo Game!

It is a great way to keep the students entertained. You can make bingo cards with things that can be seen during the trip, like road signs, animals, or landmarks.

Ask the students to look for the items on the card and mark them off as soon as they see them.

The first one to complete a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row shouts Bingo! and gets a prize.

3. Name That Tune

Name That Tune

Name That Tune gives a musical twist to the school trip, combining the love of music and fun.

Before the trip, create a playlist with music snippets of multiple songs. You can combine music from soft rock to metal or classics.

Students on the bus try to guess the names of the songs and the artists. The person with the most points gets to choose the song for the next round.

4. Would You Rather?

Would You Rather?

Would You Rather is a game that incorporates decision-making and laughter.

Students go by turn, offering two options and asking the question would you rather?

Each person on the bus decides which option they would prefer and why.

The best part of this game is to learn the reason behind the choice.

It is a game where students learn about everyone’s preferences while sharing fun moments.

5. Guess the Celebrity

Guess the Celebrity

Guess the Celebrity is a game that adds glam to your school bus trip.

For this game to start, one student thinks about a famous person without saying their name out loud.

Others on the bus take turns guessing who it is. The winner is allowed to be the next thinker.

It is a game full of excitement and suspense where the children learn more about the world around them.

6. Story Chain

Story Chain

Story chain is a game that allows the students to collaborate and create.

One student starts the story with one or two sentences, and the next student adds their sentences.

As the story continues, each person on the bus continues to create a bizarre tale, and the fun part is to see the story taking shape.

Story chain allows the kids to create a story on-the-go which improves their thinking skills.

7. 20 Questions

20 Questions

A game that sparks creativity and makes the children put on their thinking caps is 20 questions.

One student thinks of an object, person, place, or anything but keeps it a secret.

Others on the bus take turns to guess what it is by asking yes-or-no questions.

A maximum of 20 questions can be asked and should only be yes or no.

This allows the students to think outside the box while being a fun option for your trip.

8. Silent Library

Silent Library

It is an entertaining game that gives a delightful challenge to the kids. The students try out funny actions while being silent.

The others try to guess the action being done. The acting student aims to portray their actions creatively with gestures, expressions, and movements.

This game transforms the bus into a silent performance area, allowing the children to put on their thinking caps.

9. The Alphabet Game


This game is an educational addition to the bus trip that adds life to the trip.

The students start with the letter ‘A’ and try to find items outside the bus that begin with the next letter.

This game helps the students discover unique items with each letter. This game creates an interactive environment while keeping the children entertained.

The learning environment created sparks friendly competition.

10. Categories


Mix the fun of a challenge and creativity with this game called Categories.

Students compete in a friendly way and think about any chosen category.

From animals to movies or colors, the children take turns naming items in that category without repeating what others have spoken.

This game increases the thinking capabilities of the children while allowing them to recall things quickly.

Do you want to read about field day games as well? Check out our blog dedicated to field day games for kids.


As you and the students get closer to the destination, the games transform the journey into a memorable adventure full of laughter and precious moments.

From guessing games like 20 Questions to creative games like Story Chain, each game adds a unique touch to the travel experience.

However, the fun does not stop even when the bus stops.

Whether you are a student on the bus or the teacher, you can add these games to school trip travels and create a culture of joy outside the classroom.

Convert the next turn into an adventure for you and the children. Remember, the road ahead is full of opportunities to play and learn.

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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