How to Start an Airport Shuttle Business

If you want to start an airport shuttle business, you will have to begin with a detailed plan. This will help you in securing the needed startup capital.

Determine the best advertising methods that you can use to reach potential clients. Have a network of contacts and you’re sure to get plenty of passengers.

Starting an Airport Shuttle Business

Business startup requires hard work, dedication, and patience. You can open your choice of business if you have the right skills, knowledge, and experience. If you’re going to be in the shuttle business, it is very important that you decide on the target market. When you create a business plan, you will need to study the market thoroughly. This can help you determine if an airport shuttle business is viable in your local area. This type of business requires certified drivers, so great care should be observed when hiring employees.

Determine the licenses and permits that you need to secure. Before getting business license, you should decide on the business structure. You own the business solely or you can opt for LLC. The latter is usually a great choice especially if the business requires a hefty capital. Since you’re going to focus on airport shuttle service, you need to have contacts with the local airport in your area. It is vital that you establish contacts with other relevant businesses or you can contact the airport personnel. Market your business to potential customers. If you want, you can focus on a particular niche like that the elderly, college students, children, etc.

License, Promotions, and Employees

Make sure that you inquire at a local government agency about the requirements and the licenses. You have to get the appropriate license and purchase insurance. Find a business office near the airport and arrange for the phone connections. With the right marketing strategies, you can promote the business with ease. You can distribute flyers, business cards, and post billboards in the right places. Try to meet with the concerned airport personnel and make arrangements. If you can get the airport to recommend your shuttle service to passengers, you will surely generate income.

With this type of business, you will need a shuttle bus. You can start with one bus and as you expand, you can now purchase another one. Make sure that the shuttle bus is in excellent condition and a competent driver is handling it. The driver should also have an assistant. All shuttle services should be monitored closely. You will have to take the passengers to their hotels or other places of destination. You can limit the area that you can cover and you simply have to clear this out in your sales pitch. You should also get insurance to prevent problems especially when there are accidents or other complaints. Start with your plan and use it to secure the needed capital.


  • Ravi said on July 27, 2010
    Ravi from hanumangarh now in jaipur, i want to start my own business in this field...plz help me
  • Larry J. Hathorne said on September 27, 2010
    I want to start my own airport shuttle business. What are the procedures to take and the proper steps. Please help me.
  • Austin Andrade said on September 28, 2010
    i am thinking to start my own airport shuttle service business in Burbank Airport, CA
  • Dumisani Sibiya said on October 8, 2010
    i want to start a shuttle service business with the universities. i am staying in Pietermaritzburg (South Africa) K Z N. so i want to conduct it there.
  • Dionne Samuel said on February 24, 2011
    I would like to open my own shuttle service in San Francisco and Oakland Airport what are the procedures to take and the proper steps please help .I appreciate your help. Thanks, DIonne Samuel
  • luntu said on April 14, 2011
    I would like to start my Shuttle service I am in Johannesrburg
  • delly said on June 5, 2011
    I want to start a shuttle business from OR Tambo international airport.Please advice with the correct procedures
  • Madonna Hart said on July 1, 2011
    I would Start a shuttle Business i am in Sydney Australia,Please advise me the proper steps what to do.
  • Moira Jansen said on March 22, 2012
    I need some assistance. I am currently based in Triomf (Sophia Town), Johnnesburg and would like to start a shuttle business operating from or tambo. How do I go about doing that? I have a 15 seater bus which is is in excellent condition. I also have most of the permits that I need in order to be operational. please assist. Kind Regards, Moira Jansen
  • Abdirashid Nebi said on April 23, 2012
    Sanjose California I need door to door sanjose Oakland Francisco shuttle
  • Rodney said on April 30, 2012
    I would like to start a shuttle business in sanford, fl. could you please assist me on getting started
  • Nosipho & Thabo Kata said on May 7, 2012
    Hi We would love to start a business shuttle in EL. How to go about. Currently have three combi two quantum in good condition Regards Nosie and Thabo
  • kim moreau said on May 30, 2012
    I would like to start a shuttle service business in Honolulu Hawaii. Can you please email me some information on how to start this business? Sincerely, KM
  • Mahesh said on June 3, 2012
    Hi sir i am Mahesh from Jaipur Rajsthan India. I want to do this shuttle business can you help me about this how can i do this? I am interested doing this inside and abroad if possible. please reply soon? I am happy to do this in Dubai or India or any international country.
  • Dan said on June 30, 2012
    hi i am in delmas & i wish to start my shuttle business, how to and what are the requirements. Thank you.
  • Phokeng Setai said on July 9, 2012
    I am hell bent on starting my own airport shuttle service in Bloemfontein. Do you have any advice for me?
  • Gloria said on July 10, 2012
    Hi i would like to start my shuttle business at or tambo airport please help on where to start from to get it successful.
  • Craig said on August 5, 2012
    I want to start a sedan airport service in Gainesville fl, what do I need to have as far as permits, what kind of licence..? And insurance..?
  • joe shaughnessy said on August 16, 2012
    what do i need to start a 16 seater airport service ie; license, insurance. my location is swansea
  • Saga said on September 11, 2012
    I am trying to start an airport shuttle service in the Maryland DC area but I don't have any experience on what types of licenses, insurance and permits I would need. Please help me.
  • Daniel said on November 20, 2012
    Want to begin "small out of home shuttle to Boston Airport round trip using my Suv" No shuttle Van, what licenses do I need. I am aware of insurance, will do my website, marketing, and cards.
  • Mike Mavovana said on December 24, 2012
    I want to start a shuttle business in Cape town Stellenbosch to Airport and so township tours. How do I start?
  • Tebogo said on January 1, 2013
    I want to start my own shuttle business around pretoria please help me understand what is needed of me to continue with this venture
  • Tebogo said on January 1, 2013
    I want to start an airport shuttle business in South Africa Gauteng Pretoria
  • Stacie said on January 4, 2013
    want to start up a shuttle and housing business in New Jersey or Austin, Tx. May you help?
  • khaliphile said on January 10, 2013
    Hi I would like to start a shuttle business between cape town international airport, homes, hotels and companies, in Cape town, western cape, South Africa.
  • Mike ,Zee said on January 13, 2013
    i want to start a shuttle and school bus business in DC metro area i have buses need help to get business. Thank you, Mike
  • Donovan Pendrigh said on January 24, 2013
    Johannesburg, South Africa, to launch Shuttle service, Business Plan, strong structure and correct procedure, await response. Regards.
  • Chuma Mdungelo said on March 8, 2013
    I would like to have my own shuttle business from And to the airport around gauteng province. What steps to I take to make it a good growing business?
  • lesego mogakwe said on March 18, 2013
    hi my partner and i would like to start a shuttle service at the OR Tambo international airport, so we would like to know procedures and legal steps to follow to establish a proper successful business. any advise is appreciated, thank you
  • pat zwane said on March 20, 2013
    i would like to start my own shuttle service from OR Tambo to Johannesburg. what steps should i fellow in growing my business venture.
  • Patrick.tshirumbula said on March 21, 2013
    I Am in Johannesburg,Alberton and I am interested in this business and I have 2010 vw transporter
  • Freddie Petersen said on March 27, 2013
    Would like to start own shuttle ( airport etc )service, did help on an adhoc basis, but would like to register myself. Do you know the cost involved and how should i go about it, my location is in the Fish Hoek are in the South Peninsula Cape Town and did buy myself a Mazda 5 ( 7 seater )
  • Frank E.Mesa said on March 27, 2013
    I would like to start my own shuttle services business , within the state of florida , i.e Tampa to miami - Miami-naples ,fort laudedale -naples. Please help me to start this business. Thank you.
  • Moh said on March 31, 2013
    I would like to start my own Airport Transfer Business additionally transporting customers between different cities within West Midlands, UK. Please assist me in starting this business. Kind Regards: Moh
  • katekani said on April 9, 2013
    I would like to start a shuttle business in the east rand of jhb
  • Keneiloe said on April 15, 2013
    I would like to start a shuttle service that include tour guides in soweto. That would be transportation from the airport to hotels in johannesburg, and from hotels to soweto. What is the right way to go about this? what are the procedures and requirements needed to make this happen.
  • Ntombi said on April 15, 2013
    I would like to start a shuttle business (airport transfers between Prettoria and O R Tambo, door to door, to resort areas, between cities, etc) Kindly advise on how to go about it all.
  • Thabiso said on April 16, 2013
    Hi I will like to start my own shuttle business to operate from Pretoria to or tambo airport.i have no idea where to start. please assist
  • stanley said on April 18, 2013
    I'm looking for a partnership to help me with cars to start up a airport shuttle in windhoek namibia if anyone is willing email me then we talk how cant we go about it.
  • missy said on April 22, 2013
    I would love to start a shuttle business on the Gold Coast in Australia, I think there is room for another competitor. Would love to find out more on setup costs, insurance etc
  • Kim said on April 28, 2013
    I want to start a airport shuttle bus business in Sydney, Australia. Please advise.
  • stanley said on April 28, 2013
    I would like to start a airport shuttle business please help me with income to start.
  • jason teske said on May 8, 2013
    I would like to start up a shuttle service from Rockford Il to Chicago Il what is need to do so.
  • bevuay said on May 15, 2013
    i would like to start my own shuttle service in gauteng wanted to know what are the process that one need to follow .
  • ernest said on June 14, 2013
    I would like to start a shuttle business in johannesburg, my target is ecotourism, heritage and educational tours... I need help on how to start the business.
  • mandla said on June 28, 2013
    My name is Mandla, just got my shuttle permit, the people who where my mentors now suddenly they varnished, please help on how to get customers, staff transport contracts, how do I market my business, I stay in Gauteng, thank you
  • J.R. said on July 1, 2013
    I'm located in tue Raleigh/Durham area, and I need some help on how to get contracts for my shuttle business.
  • Edward Barrios said on July 18, 2013
    Hello. my name is Ed. I'm looking to start an airport shuttle or van service. I'm located in the Union City/Hoboken NJ area. I'd like to know what startup costs and licenses/fees are required for the business. Much appreciated..thanks
  • leigh-anne said on July 19, 2013
    Plan to start shuttle service for airport and kids in Durban. Not sure what documentation or licensing is needed to transport passengers legally for income. thanks
  • wayne ita said on August 3, 2013
    Hi I would like to start my own shuttle the sydney airport....i live in campbelltown nsw...please help me thanks.
  • Osma said on August 23, 2013
    I really need to start shuttle bus service in melbourne AUSTRALIA. I need help on how to start the business. Many thanks
  • Elliot said on August 28, 2013
    I also interested in Shuttle business, operating in any aiports around Gauteng or Limpopo in South Africa, so I need Advice on what I must do to see my Business running earlier next. I need advice on how to Register and all requirements to start this business..
  • Johann said on September 24, 2013
    Documentation and permits needed for a shuttle service in all major cities South Africa. Johannesburg will be priority with startup.
  • Monteno said on October 31, 2013
    Hi i would like to start a shuttle business at the Cape Town International Airport. Can you please advice me on what licenses i need to run the business legally and successfully. Thanks
  • Kobus said on November 18, 2013
    Hi, What do I need to run a shuttle service in Cape Town. Where must I register and what is the total costs involved, and is there a marked for this? I have to invest a lot of money for the mini bus.... Regards Kobus
  • harish said on December 25, 2013
    hi there, I wanna apply airport shuttle permit ,plz help me , how to apply. TXXXX
  • Gloria said on December 30, 2013
    Hi I want to start my airport shuttle business at OR tambo please I'm asking the advice regarding the requirements. Thanks
  • Imran Shah said on January 12, 2014
    seeking information what is needed to open my own shuttle service from capetown airport to surrounding areas..
  • jeff khauoe said on January 25, 2014
    steps to start a shuttle business
  • Xolile Mmakola said on February 27, 2014
    I would like to start a shuttle business and would like to know what is needed to start the business.
  • Zuko said on July 5, 2014
    I'm in Pretoria, South Africa. I have a small car that can transport 4 passengers with boot space. I would like to start a shuttle transport business from Friday's aftermoons to Sunday evenings. How do I go about starting this business? Please help!
  • Nosipho said on July 24, 2014
    Hi i would like to start a shuttle business at durban kzn, i need advice how to register and all requirements needed
  • Rozanna said on August 22, 2014
    I would like to start a shuttle service business but I am unsure which license to get. Please help
  • makkie said on September 30, 2014
    Good day I want to start shuttle service in Gauteng to Or tambo airport and Lanseria how do I get more people to use my service please give me advice .
  • Eric said on November 13, 2014
    I want to start a airport shuttle service FROM USHAKA AIRPORT TO AMANZIMTOTI. What permits do I need and where can I obtain them.
  • Gloria said on November 20, 2014
    Hi there, I'm very keen to start a shuttle business, dealing with different airports in SA, Please assist as to how to go about approaching & putting plans together. Kind regards
  • Walt Valdez said on December 8, 2014
    Long Beach, Ca. 90808
  • letwin said on December 31, 2014
    Hi, i want to start a shuttle business and I am based in Pretoria. Pls can u assist with all requirements. Thank u
  • FAIZEL said on January 8, 2015
    Hi i want to start a shuttle business i'm based in florida roodepoort i can do from or tambo to anywhere in johannesburg can you please assist me
  • Itumleng said on January 22, 2015
    Hi, I need info on how to start a schuttle business and i'm based in Free State, Bloemfontein. I have a plan in place and have done all the roadworthy papers. Please assist
  • deborah said on February 25, 2015
    hi, i'm interested in starting a shuttle business, from pretoria to johannesburg please advise me on how i can do it, my contacts details are the following, 723618154/0745047985 or email me info at
  • kgabo said on March 14, 2015
    Hi i'm kgabo. i will like to start business with airport shuttle, i'm staying in pretoria. thnx in advance
  • vincent said on March 26, 2015
    I really want to start this shuttle Business is being months now this thing stressing me I don't even sleep when I thing it, can someone please help on how and where do I start to make my dream come true can someone please help me any idea will be appreciated
  • Del said on March 26, 2015
    HI, I have a private car that i want to use for shuttle service around Johannesburg. I want to know after getting all the necessary documents, how do i get clients? Or are there any companies i can join for assistance. Thanks
  • isaac sieberts said on May 9, 2015
    hi i would like to start a airport shuttle business from capetown airport to surrounding areas please advice
  • Linda du Plessis said on May 10, 2015
    We want to start our own shuttle business around OR Tambo airport and Emperors Palace. Please help us on how to get passengers for trips to be successful.
  • Mike Mavovana said on July 8, 2015
    I am stationed in township of Kayamandi in Stellenbosch, Cape Town South Africa
  • Alonso vega said on July 10, 2015
    Hi I am very interested in starting my own shuttle business I've been doing shuttle driving every year for Coachella fest for over 7 years please help me reach my goals. thank you
  • olive said on July 21, 2015
    Im around Pretoria and I would like to start a shuttle business.
  • Zuko said on July 30, 2015
    Me & my brother want to start a shuttle company we do have a car & a mini bus taxi
  • Phumla said on September 1, 2015
    We have 2 brand new Quantum which are 14 seaters each and we also have a 7 sweater. We are looking for a company to hire these services from us.
  • Sibonelo Gumede said on October 8, 2015
    Hi I want to start shuttle business in Gauteng, Lanseria. which license do I need?
  • Melanie said on January 22, 2016
    Hi, I would like to start a Shuttle service in Durban, South Africa. How do we go about starting the Shuttle service?
  • mthokozis said on March 7, 2016
    Hello i am a passionate man in business i wish to start a airport shuttle in OR Tambo> the thing is i don't have any income i am unemployed. how can i make it happen without money.
  • Lucie said on March 24, 2016
    Hello I want to start an airport shuttle business in NY, I currently have one more class to get the require license.I am trying to get a used mini van Is their any advice that you can provide as far as marketing and ligalize it please.
  • Lubisi said on July 19, 2016
    Hello I want to start an airport shuttle business, am based in Pretoria, please help with me on how to start and all the important things needed
  • tina said on July 22, 2016
    Hi there, I want to start my own shuttle bus service. I need to know how to schedule. I have money for only 1 bus at the moment.
  • brighton thendo said on August 10, 2016
    I have a 2016 Mercedes Benz sprinter and i want an advise on how to put it on shuttle and relevant agencies for licenses. I hope to hear from you. Brighton
  • Brighton Thendo Mudau said on August 10, 2016
    Hi there, Am in Joburg and have a 2016 Mercedes Benz Sprinter converted to Passenger Bus with 22 seats. Its neat and has never been used. I need some advise on how to enter into shuttle business and also relevant agencies for licenses. Thank you, Brighton, 0762296821
  • Shoki Setladi said on October 5, 2016
    Good day I have a new Quantum, 2010 moddel, 10 seater, colour white, i like to join one of the shuttle company in Gauteng, please help. If you have interest pls call me on 0713225329 kind regards
  • lorraine said on November 18, 2016
    Hi I have a new 13 seater GL Quantum, white in colour and would really like to join one of the shuttle companies in Gauteng please help me.0832104194/0727900775 thank u.
  • Maggie Makhetha said on May 30, 2017
    I want to start a airport shuttle business services and uber service. how and what keys I have to follow?
  • Alton Adonis said on July 20, 2017
    I need help setting up an airport shuttle service in CapeTown. I wanted to drive Uber but my car is on the waiting list and it will take up to two years before I can drive Uber with my own vehicle.
  • Oyuga Joseph said on March 19, 2018
    Hey am in Nairobi kenya. i wish to start an air shuttle business but i dont know the procedures. what can i do? please help
  • Thami Nkosi said on April 5, 2018
    Hi i'm based in Soweto i have VW kombi 2010 model i want start a shuttle services around Gauteng in South Africa i just want to know which steps must i take to start the business please help
  • Edwin jacobs said on April 10, 2018
    I want to start a airport shuttle services to an from Cape Town airport. I've got a 2007 Merc & pep & business assurance .Please assist me on how to get there.
  • cannonbolt said on April 23, 2018
    hi there, I'd like to start my own shuttle service in Cape Town, what are the procedures followed when operating in this particular field? please help with some ideas
  • Leah said on July 2, 2018
    My partner and I would like to start a shuttle company...and we would like to ask where should we start? We already have transportation just thinking of how and where to start?
  • Dickson Molefe said on July 4, 2018
    Hello, I want to start an Airport shuttle business to an from OR Tambo Airport. am based in Gauteng, please help me on how to start and all the important things needed to start the business. Thank you. Dickson, 071 008 3804


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