Planning to spend a long time on the road? Whether your Los Angeles charter bus rental is taking you into Disneyland from Phoenix or you’re planning a school field trip in a Pasadena bus rental, your passengers will need a fun way to pass the time. Never fear; the Las Angeles Charter Bus Company team has put together our favorite games to play in bus rentals!

The charter buses and minibus rentals in our LA network offer a wide range of comfort-minded amenities—from WiFi to DVD players, reclining seats to AUX ports—but nothing beats connecting with your fellow passengers to make the miles fly by. Most of the following games don’t require any materials except your imagination, which are perfect for easy ice-breaker activities for corporate trips and keeping kiddos preoccupied between movie marathons on your bus’s TV screens.

Call 310-667-6197 to set up your charter bus rental in LA and learn more about bus rental pricing, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy these fun bus games en route to your favorite destinations:

Two passengers on a bus look out the window, one of them pointing

I Spy

A beloved classic for all ages, this one is one of the easiest games to play on the bus. Look out the window of your Los Angeles bus rental, and focus on something specific. Say “I spy with my little eye something…” and describe what you see. Since you’re on a moving motorcoach, your fellow passengers will only have a limited amount of time to guess what I saw before you’ve passed it! When someone guesses your landmark or item correctly, play continues to the next passenger.

Would You Rather

Playing this fun rules-light game of answering absurd questions is a great way to break the ice with the passenger sitting next to you. Simply ask them to pick between two scenarios, and why/ You can even give the game a fun LA-centric twist, consider making your questions about celebrities or movies! For example: “Would you rather arm-wrestle Arnold Schwarzenegger or challenge Christina Agulera to a karaoke battle?” or “Would you rather be a contestant in the Hunger Games or a character on Lost?” The weirder the question, the better. And “neither” or “both” is not an acceptable answer.

First Letter, Last Letter

First, pick a category or topic, such as “fruits and vegetables” or “geography.” The first player says a word that fits the category—like “potato” or “Amsterdam.” The next player must then say a word that begins with the last letter of the previous word—so “orange” or “Madagascar,” respectively—and play continues to the next passenger. You’re out when you can’t think of a word that fits or if you repeat a word someone else has said.


Of all the games to play on a bus rental in Los Angeles, this one may be the hardest to describe to new players. But once you get the hang of it, Contact can be a lot of fun!

You need at least three people to play: one person to come up with a word, and a minimum of two people to guess the word. The word creator picks a word and keeps it secret, only giving the other players the first letter. The guessers’ objective is to get the word creator to give them the second/third/fourth/etc letter of the word by coming up with words they can guess but the creator can’t.
Here’s an example of gameplay:

John picks the word “minibus,” and tells Hannah and Mark the word starts with “m.” Hannah and Mark think of words that start with the letter “m,” and Hannah thinks it might be “microwave.” She says “This is a kitchen device that uses radiation.”

If John can guess what word Hannah is thinking, he says “It’s not a microwave,” and Mark and Hannah will have to guess again.

If John doesn’t know the word Hannah is thinking, but Mark thinks he does, Mark says “Contact!” Hannah and Mark count down from 3 and say the word together. If Mark and Hannah aren’t on the same page, they have to guess again. But if they both say “microwave,” John has to give them the next letter of the actual word, “minibus”—“i.” Play continues until the word is guessed correctly or the guessers give up.

Two kids play a video game on a bus rental

Two Truths and a Lie

This classic bluffing game is a great way to learn more about other passengers aboard your charter bus in Los Angeles. To start, everyone comes up with three statements about themself—two of which are true and one that is not true. Take turns around your LA charter bus cabin sharing your three “facts,” and confer with your surrounding passengers as to what statements are true and what is a lie. Once you’ve come to a consensus, the passenger in question reveals which are true and which are not, and play passes to the next passenger.

License Plate Games

If you’re looking for a low-stakes way to pass the time on your LA charter bus ride, there are plenty of license plate games that can be played while also watching a movie or streaming music over the in-cabin WiFi.

For example, you and your seatmate can try to find license plates from all 50 U.S. states, plates ending in specific numbers, or simply try to make up weird acronyms from the letter combinations you see— “RFP” becomes “Really Floppy Pizza” and so on. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination and the amount of time you want to spend looking out the panoramic window of your bus rental!

Enjoy a Fun Game on a Los Angeles Charter Bus

From Santa Barbara bus rentals to charter buses in Bakersfield, you can trust Los Angeles Charter Bus Company to keep your passengers safe, together, and on time! Get in touch with our 24/7 reservation team by calling 310-667-6197. From there, it’s easy to receive a no-obligation, personalized quote. All we need is your headcount, a list of destinations, and an idea of what amenities you need aboard your LA bus rental, and we can connect you with the perfect ride for your specific needs.