I love riddles, although I'm horrible at figuring them out. They're good to keep your brain active and thinking in different ways, and they're also good for passing time with friends while traveling. Because as you know, sometimes there's a lot of time to pass in transit. Here are a few of my favorite riddles to entertain your traveling friends with on your next 16 hour bus ride. See if you can solve them before you click to reveal the answer!

What travels around the world but stays in one corner?

Hint

The price of one rises almost every year.

Answer

A stamp.

When you need me, you throw me away. When you're done with me, you take me back. What am I?

Hint

Things aren't always what they a pier.

Answer

An anchor.

The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?

Hint

It takes two to tango.

Answer

Footsteps.

What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?

Hint

At minimum it comes three times.

Answer

The letter “m”.

David's father has three sons : Snap, Crackle and _____ ?

Hint

It's not Pop.

Answer

David.

A doctor and a bus driver are both in love with the same woman, an attractive girl named Sarah. The bus driver had to go on a long bus trip that would last a week. Before he left, he gave Sarah seven apples. Why?

Hint

What does an apple do?

Answer

Because an apple a day keeps the doctor away!

What has many keys, but can't open a single door?

Hint

They sometimes duel.

Answer

Pianos.

What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?

Hint

Think July 4th.

Answer

Charcoal.

I am tall when I'm young and short when I'm old. I can brighten your day, unless it's windy. What am I?

Hint

It seems to me you lived your life.

Answer

A candle.

What belongs to you, but other people use it more than you?

Hint

You often use it around new people.

Answer

Your name.

I am not alive, but I grow; I don't have lungs, but I need air; I don't have a mouth, but water kills me. What am I?

Hint

When there's smoke.

Answer

Fire.

What is more useful when it is broken?

Hint

No-one knows if it came first.

Answer

An egg.

What has six faces, but does not wear makeup, and twenty-one eyes, but cannot see?

Hint

You can roll me.

Answer

Dice.

They have not flesh, nor feathers, nor scales, nor bone. Yet they have fingers and thumbs of their own. What are they?

Hint

Snowball fight.

Answer

Gloves.

Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain on Earth?

Hint

It's not the second highest mountain.

Answer

Mount Everest

Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it, you will eventually die. What is it?

Hint

None.

Answer

Nothing.

What is light as a feather, yet no man can hold it for very long?

Hint

You don't hold it in your hands.

Answer

Your breath.

I am full of holes, but I can still hold water. What am I?

Hint

I am also a member of the phylum Porifera and a cake.

Answer

A sponge.

What runs around the whole yard without moving?

Hint

They can be invisible.

Answer

A fence.

You have me today. Tomorrow you'll have more. As your time passes, I'm not easy to store. I don't take up space, but I'm only in one place. I am what you saw, but not what you see. What am I?

Hint

All alone in the moonlight.

Answer

Memories.

What 7 letter word is spelled the same way backwards and forewords?

Hint

Vroom vroom.

Answer

RACECAR

How many pairs of animals did Moses take with him on the arch?

Hint

Not many.

Answer

Moses never built an arch. Noah did.

What always runs but never walks, often murmurs, never talks, has a bed but never sleeps, has a mouth but never eats?

Hint

It runs through it.

Answer

A river.

What are moving left to right, right now?

Hint

This one's easy to see.

Answer

Your eyes.

What has a head, a tail, is brown, and has no legs?

Hint

Good luck!

Answer

A penny.

What has a foot on each side and one in the middle?

Hint

Only in America!

Answer

A yardstick.

If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

Hint

Not 1st.

Answer

You would be in 2nd.

What goes up but never comes down?

Hint

This one gets old fast.

Answer

Age.

I have lakes but no water, no cars but I have streets; Many places and borders, but I'm in one piece. What am I?

Hint

Some have treasures.

Answer

A map. (By the way, have you seen my new World Map Coloring Poster?

Always in you, sometimes on you. If I surround you, I can kill you. What am I?

Hint

Sometimes I'm sparkly.

Answer

Water.

Until I am measured I am not known, yet how you miss me when I have flown. What am I?

Hint

If you've made it this far, I've taken much of yours.

Answer

Time.

What tastes better than it smells?

Hint

French kissing.

Answer

A tongue.

What goes in the water black and comes out red?

Hint

Maine course.

Answer

A lobster.

What loses its head in the morning and gets it back at night?

Hint

Turn them around and they're cool.

Answer

A pillow.

Some months have 30 days, and some months have 31 days. How many have 28?

Hint

More than one.

Answer

All of them.

If you have me, you want to share me. But if you share me, you no longer have me. What am I?

Hint

I can't tell you.

Answer

A secret.

What is so delicate that even saying its name will break it?

Hint

It is a true friend who never betrays.

Answer

Silence.

What gets wetter the more it dries?

Hint

Don't forget to bring one.

Answer

A towel.

You bury me when I'm alive and dig me up when I'm dead. What am I?

Hint

Sometimes you can smoke me.

Answer

A plant.

If you drop me I'm sure to crack, but give me a smile and I'll always smile back. What am I?

Hint

I'm seeing double.

Answer

A mirror.

I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation, and I surround every place. What am I?

Hint

There are two in three.

Answer

The letter “e”.

You've heard me before, yet you hear me again. Then I die until you call me again. What am I?

Hint

I can collapse mountains.

Answer

An echo.

Two men are in a desert. They both have packs on. One of the guys is dead. The guy who is alive has his pack open, the guy who is dead has his pack closed. What is in the pack?

Hint

We played with one in gym as a kid.

Answer

A parachute.

Almost everyone needs it, asks for it, gives it, but almost nobody takes it. What is it?

Hint

Mine is to stop looking for hints so quickly.

Answer

Advice.

You answer me, but I never ask you a question. What am I?

Hint

For years I got smaller, now I'm getting bigger again.

Answer

Telephone.

What starts with ‘e,' ends with ‘e,' and contains one letter?

Hint

Seal it with a kiss.

Answer

An envelope.

I can be cracked. I can be made. I can be told. I can be played. What am I?

Hint

You can't take one.

Answer

A joke.

Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer. How is this possible?

Hint

Where you're from isn't the only place on earth.

Answer

He lives in the southern hemisphere.

Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg are white” or “The yolk of the egg is white”?

Hint

Read it again.

Answer

Neither, the yolk of the egg is yellow.

How far can you run into the woods?

Hint

It's not as far as you think.

Answer

Only halfway, because then you're running out of the woods.

And that's all the riddles I've got for you today, but those should keep your friends busy for a while. What are your favorite riddles? Drop a comment below and tell me what I should add to the list. And then share this post with your friends who love a good riddle!

If you like it then you should've put a Pin on it!

Love these riddles and want to Pin this post to your favorite travel boards? Use our special Pinterest friendly graphics below.

Riddles for Family Travel

Best Riddles for Travelers