Games and Activities for Charter Bus Travel

Whether you are traveling with children or taking a trip with your adult friends, bus trips can be long. Just as important as the destination, entertaining your group while traveling can make or break a great trip. If you are planning a bus trip, you should give thought to some bus entertainment. Playing games and involving your passengers in activities while traveling can pass the time and even bring the group closer together. Here are a few ideas for activities to entertain your group during a long bus trip.

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Passengers young and old enjoy this classic game. Using magnetic boards and pieces can help keep things from sliding around while the charter bus is in motion. There are several different versions available, such as bingo games that substitute numbers with objects you may see from the window of the bus. The first one to find all the objects to create a line on their card wins. If you want to give a little incentive, you can offer cheap prizes that have the same theme as your trip.

Window Scavenger Hunt:

This is an easy game everyone can play. Before the trip, print out lists of items that can be found looking outside the window and hand them to your travelers. This can include license plates from neighboring states, cows, billboards, or even popular crops for the areas you are traveling through. The first person or team to find all the items wins. This is a great game for breaking the ice if some of the travelers don’t know each other well. Pair them up in teams based on where they are sitting and they can get to know each other better.

Name that Tune:

This is a great game that sparks competition and fun. Using a radio, tune through the stations and have your passengers try to guess they name of the song playing. The winner is the person who guesses the most songs at the end of the game. If you want to make it more challenging you can include naming the artist as well as the song.

The Chain Game:

This is a fun game to get your group thinking on their feet, well, in their seats. Start by saying the name of a celebrity, for instance George Clooney. The next person in line must take the first initial of the last name, in this example C, and think of a celebrity with the first name that starts with that name, for instance Chris Rock. The next person uses the letter R and names another, like Rodney Dangerfield. The game continues until someone gets stumped. Once the person can’t think of a name, they are out and the name passes to the next person. Put a time limit of 10 seconds to keep the fun moving along. The last person remaining wins the game.

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This a fantastic game for those who want a travel spin on a great card game, especially if you are taking a trip to Las Vegas. The object of the game is to make the best poker hand using 3 license plates that you see from your window. The letters A, K, Q, and J are of course Aces, Kings, Queens, and Jacks. The number 0 would be 10, and the remaining numbers would correspond with their values. The next person in line has to beat the first persons hand, if not they are out. If they get a better hand, they win and the first person is out. The winner is the remaining player with the best hand.

20 Questions:

This is a game that never gets old and is always different. The first player has to ask 20 yes or no questions to try to guess the object the next person in line is thinking of. If they are able to guess, they continue on. If they are unable to guess, they are out and the second person must guess the next persons object that is in line. The winner is the last person remaining in the game. You can include instructions to use only objects that relate to your trip to get your passengers excited about your destination.


This game shows how secrets and rumors start. The first person whispers a sentence or secret into the ear of the person next to them. That person repeats the secret into the next person’s ear. That continues until the last person on the bus receives the secret. Once they have the secret they tell the rest of the group what the secret is. Chances are the secret has changed a little or a lot by the time it reached the last person.

Traveling with friends and family can be a lot of fun, but long trips can be boring as well. Next time you choose to travel, take the time to plan some fun activities for your group. Gather everything you will need and be prepared to have a great time on the way to and from your destination. Games and activities are a great way to bring a group closer together.

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