• Ride the Bus Drinking Game
  • By B-Mac on 9/26/2014
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Ride the Bus Drinking Game

  • Players: 4 - 8
  • Type: Competitive
  • Drink: Beer
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Ride the Bus is a drinking game that requires a combination of luck and logic in order to not get completely wasted after the first game - guess correct or drink!



One player is assigned as dealer and has the (randomly shuffled) deck of cards. Players should arrange themselves in a circle or around a table, and everyone should have a few beers ready.


Ride the Bus is an excellent card drinking game that requires very simple and basic instructions that allow strangers and friends to "learn as they play".

First Round

Dealer begins to his left by asking everyone the first question. "Red or Black?". The dealer then opens up the first card in front of the first player. If correct, the individual distributes a drink, and if incorrect, the player takes a drink. Play continues all the way around until everyone has their first card.

Second Round

The second rotation poses a new question: "Higher or Lower?" (A-High, 2 Low). Players must guess if the next card they are given is higher or lower in value than their first. If correct, one drink is passed out; if incorrect, the player takes a drink. Identical cards are an automatic penalty, and the player must drink.

Third Round

The third rotation poses the question: "In between or outside?" Players must guess if the next card is in between the value of their first two cards, or outside. For example if a player has a 5 and a King and says "inside" - 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, and Q rewards them with a drink. Identical cards is an automatic drink. Note: Players who have two identical first cards can claim outside, and will automatically win unless a 3rd identical card is given to them.

Final Round

The final round asks players to guess a suit (Spade/Club/Heart/Diamond). Correct guesses will reward that individual with 5 drinks to distribute. Incorrect guesses are still penalized with one drink. Players can split their 5 drinks or stack them onto one player. This concludes the first phase of the game. Players collect their four distributed cards and the dealer creates a FACE DOWN pyramid of cards starting with 5 cards at the base, then 4, 3, 2, 1. Drink values are assigned to each horizontal row. For example Bottom row (5 cards) - 2 drinks Second row (4 cards) - 4 drinks Third row (3 cards) - 8 drinks Fourth row (2 cards) - 16 drinks Fifth row (1 card) - A shot of ] liquor. (agreed upon by all players before beginning) (Groups can determine their own row values) Starting at the bottom row, a card is flipped one at a time. Any player with a matching card in their hand lays their card down on the pyramid and distributes the row's assigned number of drinks to whomever they choose. Multiple cards can be laid down.

For example: if the first card on the bottom row is a King and I have two King's in my hand, I will be rewarded with 4 (2+2) drinks to distribute. Play continues all the way up the tower, with each player attempting to get rid of as many cards as they can. Players do have the option of saving their cards in hopes of getting a matching card higher up the pyramid. This will have its risks, however, as the player with the most cards at the end is penalized.

Completing the Pyramid

Once the final card on top of the pyramid is opened and handled accordingly, the player with the most cards is the "loser" and must Ride the Bus. Players with matching number of cards use the high-card tiebreaker. Player with the highest card rides the bus, and if high cards match, the next card is used as the tiebreaker. If all cards are identical between players at the end, then a random card drawn by each player can be used as a final tiebreaker. For example: At the end of the game: Player One has K, J, 3. Player Two has K, 10, 10 Player one will ride the bus. The player who is riding the bus must complete ALL four questions posed in the beginning of the game IN A ROW.

  1. Red or black
  2. Higher or lower
  3. In between or outside
  4. Suit Any failure at any stage requires that player to start BACK at question one

For example if I guess black, and the first card is black, I proceed to the second question. If I guess higher, and the next card is actually lower, I must restart at the first question. Play continues until:

  1. The entire deck is used or
  2. The player answers the four questions correctly in a row

If the deck runs out of cards, play ends.

As always, please remember to drink responsibly! This alcohol drinking game is not meant to lead to you becoming sick due to over-consumption of alcohol. Need a ride? Download Uber or Lyft & get $5 off your first safe, sober ride. If you enjoyed it, please leave feedback in the comments & let us know how we can make it better!


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