- Card deck
Set-up for Ride the Bus
One player, the dealer receives the shuffled cards. All players sit in a circle around the table. Every player should have a few beers ready.
Ride the bus drinking game procedure and rules
The dealer asks all players, starting to his left, “Red or Black?”.
In front of each player a card is revealed, if the player guessed the right color, he can determine someone who has to drink, if he was wrong, he must drink himself. The first round ends as soon as each card has been revealed.
In the second round, the dealer asks: “higher or lower?” As in the first round, each player is dealt another card and, if correctly guessed, may ask someone to drink and, if mistaken, drink himself. If an identical card is revealed as in the first round, the player must drink automatically.
In the third round, the question is: “between or outside?”. So the third revealed card is the value between the first two or outside. (Example: 1st card: 6, second card: J -> 7, 8, 9, 10 are between 6 and J -> 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Q, K, A are outside). For identical cards (in our example another 6 or J) must be drunk automatically. If you had two identical cards on the first two cards, you can automatically start from “outside” and always lie correctly, unless a third identical card is revealed (eg 6-6-6), in which case you have to drink.
In the last round each player has to guess the suit (heart, spade, diamond, club). If the player is correct, he may give out 5 drinks to different players. He may give drinks to the same player several times. If you guess wrong, you have to drink once again.
Now each player takes his 4 cards in his hand. The dealer places a face down pyramid with 5 cards at the base, then 4 cards, then 3, then 2 and 1 at the top.
Each row has a specific value (this can be identified in the group), e.g. Row 1 - drink once, row 2 - drink 2 times … Row 5 - drink 5 times.
Starting at the base, one card at a time is revealed. If a player has the same card in his hand, he can discard it and ask someone to drink (in the first row, drink once per card, twice in the second row per matching card, etc.) If you have more than a matching card, you can also discard several at the same time, but you can also keep them in the hope of placing them in a higher rank.
Ride the Bus:
After the last card of the pyramid has been revealed and all possible cards have been discarded, the remaining cards are counted on the hand. The player with the most cards in hand is the loser and must “Ride the Bus”. If two players have the same number of cards, the player with the highest card loses.
The player who “Rides the Bus” must now correctly answer all 4 questions in succession.
Red or black?
Higher or lower?
Between or outside?
Guess the suit
If the player guesses correctly, the next question is asked to him, he guesses wrong, he must drink and start again the first question.
The game ends when the player correctly answers all 4 questions in succession, or the entire deck of cards has been dealt or the player is completely drunk.
As always, beware when dealing with alcohol. The game can be fun even without alcohol and is perfect as a party game. Of course, Ride the Bus is also suitable as a game on the bus, but please do not play it with the bus driver ;)