Experimental investigations have been carried out to study heat and mass transfer characteristics of Tetrafluoro ethane (R134a) in Dimethyl formamide (DMF) solution in a compact bubble absorber of vapour absorption refrigeration system of 1 TR capacity. Plate heat exchangers have been used as system components. Bubble absorption principle is employed in the absorber and hot water supplies heat to the generator. Effect of operating parameters such as circulation ratio, absorber and generator temperatures on heat and mass transfer effectiveness, overall heat transfer coefficient and volumetric mass transfer coefficient are investigated. It is found that heat and mass transfer effectiveness of absorber are better at lower circulation ratios and higher generator temperatures. Experimental results are compared with those obtained from numerical model developed earlier by the authors and the agreement is generally fair. From the experimental data, a correlation has been obtained for volumetric mass transfer coefficient, using multi-linear regression analysis. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd and IIR. All rights reserved.