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JHU Transportation Services offers chartered shuttles and buses for JHU departments, organizations, and student groups seeking transportation for events and meetings.  We have a variety of vehicles available to fit your needs.  All shuttles and buses are provided with a driver, and are available for trips within approximately 100 miles of the Baltimore Metropolitan area. 
Available Vehicles:

  • Blue Jay Shuttles
    • accommodate up to 14
    • $75 per hour
  • Shuttle-Style Buses
    • accommodate up to 28
    • $100 per hour
  • JHU Transit Buses
    • accommodate up to 35 seated
    • can accommodate up to 60 including standing passengers (short trips only)
    • $125 per hour
  • School Buses, Motor-coaches, and other bus types are available as outside, subcontracted services (see below).

Pricing Information

Billed time begins at the time the vehicle is due to depart the JHU campus from its initial pickup, and ends at the time the shuttle is due to return and drop-off for the final time. An additional 60 minutes to account for prep, cleanup, and travel time between the bus yard, origin, and final drop-off location is added for buses and shuttles with capacities greater than 14. Additional travel time may be included if the initial pickup or final drop-off are not located at the Homewood, Peabody, or JHMI East Baltimore Campus. A 1.5-hour minimum charge applies to each trip. Long events requiring only a one-way drop-off at the outset and a one-way return at the end MAY be considered as a separate “split-shift” if there is sufficient time in between; however, the minimum charge applies to each portion. For transportation booked by JHU Transportation Services through outside vendors, pricing includes a coordination fee of 10% for service in excess of $1000, or $75 for service under $1000. Coordination fee is not applied to recurring or ‘scheduled service’ situations.

All pricing includes fees for vehicle, driver, and fuel. Added fees may apply for especially long trips requiring a driver shift-change, or for large events requiring on-site coordination. Money for any applicable tolls, parking fees (if you require the vehicle to park and remain on-site with your group), park entry fees, and/or other incurred costs must be furnished on-site by a representative of your group.

Additional Information

All shuttles and buses are subject to limited availability, and are not “held” until confirmed. In the event a shuttle or bus of a suitable size and type is not available when sought, JHU Transportation Services may offer to subcontract your trip through an outside provider, with all agreements and payments handled between your group and Transportation Services. Pricing will be based on quotes furnished by the outside providers. Outside providers generally require a 4-hour minimum and typically do NOT offer "split shift" scenarios for same-day trips. Allow 2-3 additional business days for options to be researched and a suitable proposal to be presented.

An added fee ($65 for Blue Jay Shuttle trips, $100 for other trips) may be incurred for any itineraries finalized or modified less than one week before they occur.  Once confirmed, cancellation must be made no later than 48 hours in advance to be fully released from financial obligation for a JHU-provided shuttle or bus, and no later than one week prior to the trip for a subcontracted service.  Partial refunds MAY be available within those time-frames.  Day-of-service cancellations will not be refunded.  If the trip runs longer than agreed, the rush fee described above will be incurred in addition to the applicable added hourly fees.

In the event of a weather-related closure of Johns Hopkins University, all Charter operations arranged by Transportation Services shall be cancelled.  No fees will apply, and Transportation Services will make every effort to reschedule trips without penalty, subject to availability.

Click here to submit a request for an estimate.  If you have questions about charter services, email