Extended GTFS Route Types

GTFS currently defines a number of route types that can be used to describe the type of service for a particular route (eg. bus vs rail vs ferry) via the route_type column in the routes.txt file. To support a more rich set of types, an extension has been proposed to allow specifying route types using Hierarchical Vehicle Type (HVT) codes from the European TPEG standard. For more information, see the original discussion.

The following table outlines the proposed route types. Not all route types are supported by Google Maps. Support types are specifically noted. If you are interested in using an unsupported route type in your feed, please contact Google and let us know.

Code Description Support Examples
100 Railway Service Yes  
101 High Speed Rail Service Yes TGV (FR), ICE (DE), Eurostar (GB)
102 Long Distance Trains Yes InterCity/EuroCity
103 Inter Regional Rail Service Yes InterRegio (GB), Cross County Rail (DE)
104 Car Transport Rail Service    
105 Sleeper Rail Service Yes GNER Sleeper (GB)
106 Regional Rail Service Yes TER (FR), Regionalzug (DE)
107 Tourist Railway Service Yes Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch (GB)
108 Rail Shuttle (Within Complex) Yes Gatwick Shuttle (GB), Sky Line (DE)
109 Suburban Railway Yes S-Bahn (DE), RER (FR), S-tog (Kopenhagen)
110 Replacement Rail Service Yes  
111 Special Rail Service    
112 Lorry Transport Rail Service    
113 All Rail Services Yes  
114 Cross-Country Rail Service Yes  
115 Vehicle Transport Rail Service    
116 Rack and Pinion Railway Yes Rochers de Naye (CH), Dolderbahn (CH)
117 Additional Rail Service Yes  
200 Coach Service Yes  
201 International Coach Service Yes EuroLine, Touring
202 National Coach Service Yes National Express (GB)
203 Shuttle Coach Service Yes Roissy Bus (FR), Reading-Heathrow (GB)
204 Regional Coach Service Yes  
205 Special Coach Service Yes  
206 Sightseeing Coach Service Yes  
207 Tourist Coach Service    
208 Commuter Coach Service Yes  
209 All Coach Services Yes  
300 Suburban Railway Service Yes Please use 109
400 Urban Railway Service Yes  
401 Metro Service Yes Métro de Paris
402 Underground Service Yes London Underground, U-Bahn
403 Urban Railway Service Yes  
404 All Urban Railway Services Yes  
405 Monorail Yes  
500 Metro Service Yes Please use 401
600 Underground Service Yes Please use 402
700 Bus Service Yes  
701 Regional Bus Service Yes Eastbourne-Maidstone (GB)
702 Express Bus Service Yes X19 Wokingham-Heathrow (GB)
703 Stopping Bus Service Yes 38 London: Clapton Pond-Victoria (GB)
704 Local Bus Service Yes  
705 Night Bus Service Yes N prefixed buses in London (GB)
706 Post Bus Service Yes Maidstone P4 (GB)
707 Special Needs Bus    
708 Mobility Bus Service    
709 Mobility Bus for Registered Disabled    
710 Sightseeing Bus Yes  
711 Shuttle Bus Yes 747 Heathrow-Gatwick Airport Service (GB)
712 School Bus    
713 School and Public Service Bus    
714 Rail Replacement Bus Service Yes  
715 Demand and Response Bus Service Yes  
716 All Bus Services Yes  
717 Share Taxi Service Yes Marshrutka (RU), dolmuş (TR)
800 Trolleybus Service Yes  
900 Tram Service Yes  
901 City Tram Service Yes  
902 Local Tram Service Yes Munich (DE), Brussels (BE), Croydon (GB)
903 Regional Tram Service Yes  
904 Sightseeing Tram Service Yes Blackpool Seafront (GB)
905 Shuttle Tram Service Yes  
906 All Tram Services Yes  
907 Cable Tram Yes Cable car (San Francisco, US)
1000 Water Transport Service Yes  
1001 International Car Ferry Service    
1002 National Car Ferry Service    
1003 Regional Car Ferry Service    
1004 Local Car Ferry Service    
1005 International Passenger Ferry Service Yes Jetfoil: Dover-Ostend
1006 National Passenger Ferry Service Yes Southampton-Ryde (GB)
1007 Regional Passenger Ferry Service Yes Lac Leman (CH-FR)
1008 Local Passenger Ferry Service Yes Venice Water Bus (IT)
1009 Post Boat Service    
1010 Train Ferry Service    
1011 Road-Link Ferry Service    
1012 Airport-Link Ferry Service    
1013 Car High-Speed Ferry Service    
1014 Passenger High-Speed Ferry Service Yes  
1015 Sightseeing Boat Service Yes  
1016 School Boat    
1017 Cable-Drawn Boat Service Yes  
1018 River Bus Service Yes  
1019 Scheduled Ferry Service Yes  
1020 Shuttle Ferry Service Yes  
1021 All Water Transport Services Yes  
1100 Air Service    
1101 International Air Service    
1102 Domestic Air Service    
1103 Intercontinental Air Service    
1104 Domestic Scheduled Air Service    
1105 Shuttle Air Service    
1106 Intercontinental Charter Air Service    
1107 International Charter Air Service    
1108 Round-Trip Charter Air Service    
1109 Sightseeing Air Service    
1110 Helicopter Air Service    
1111 Domestic Charter Air Service    
1112 Schengen-Area Air Service    
1113 Airship Service    
1114 All Air Services    
1200 Ferry Service Yes Please use 1000
1300 Aerial Lift Service Yes  
1301 Telecabin Service Yes Telefèric de Montjuïc (ES)
1302 Aerial Tramway Service Yes Saleve (CH), Roosevelt Island Tramway (US)
1303 Elevator Service Yes Lisbon (PO)
1304 Chair Lift Service Yes  
1305 Drag Lift Service Yes  
1306 Small Telecabin Service Yes  
1307 All Telecabin Services Yes  
1400 Funicular Service Yes  
1401 Funicular Service Yes Rigiblick (Zürich, CH)
1402 All Funicular Service Yes  
1500 Taxi Service    
1501 Communal Taxi Service Yes Please use 717
1502 Water Taxi Service    
1503 Rail Taxi Service    
1504 Bike Taxi Service    
1505 Licensed Taxi Service    
1506 Private Hire Service Vehicle    
1507 All Taxi Services    
1600 Self Drive    
1601 Hire Car    
1602 Hire Van    
1603 Hire Motorbike    
1604 Hire Cycle    
1700 Miscellaneous Service Yes