Brain Teaser: Can You Tell What Direction This Bus Is Travelling?


National Geographic bus test about direction leaves adults flummoxed

Can you answer the question: ‘Which way is the bus going?’ The popular puzzle is used in schools to test logic but often leaves adults flummoxed, while children can solve it easily. It’s thought that youngsters are better at using visual clues based on past experience to form judgments. The answer to the riddle is in fact simple, but depends on what country you live in. See the correct answer after the break

The correct answer is that – if you’re in the UK – the bus is travelling to the right. And the key to solving the puzzle is the fact that you can’t see the passenger doors. This means they must be on the other side of the bus, and if you’re in the UK where people drive on the left side of the road this means the bus is going right.

The opposite applies in the US and other countries where people drive on the right – and the bus would be travelling on the left. National Geographic featured the popular puzzle as part of their Brain Games TV series, and said that 80 per cent of children under 10 they tested got it right instantly.