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.

Route Type Description Supported?
100 Railway Service Yes
101 High Speed Rail Service Yes
102 Long Distance Trains Yes
103 Inter Regional Rail Service Yes
104 Car Transport Rail Service  
105 Sleeper Rail Service Yes
106 Regional Rail Service Yes
107 Tourist Railway Service Yes
108 Rail Shuttle (Within Complex) Yes
109 Suburban Railway Yes
110 Replacement Rail Service  
111 Special Rail Service  
112 Lorry Transport Rail Service  
113 All Rail Services  
114 Cross-Country Rail Service  
115 Vehicle Transport Rail Service  
116 Rack and Pinion Railway  
117 Additional Rail Service  
200 Coach Service Yes
201 International Coach Service Yes
202 National Coach Service Yes
203 Shuttle Coach Service  
204 Regional Coach Service Yes
205 Special Coach Service  
206 Sightseeing Coach Service  
207 Tourist Coach Service  
208 Commuter Coach Service Yes
209 All Coach Services  
300 Suburban Railway Service  
400 Urban Railway Service Yes
401 Metro Service Yes
402 Underground Service Yes
403 Urban Railway Service  
404 All Urban Railway Services  
405 Monorail Yes
500 Metro Service  
600 Underground Service  
700 Bus Service Yes
701 Regional Bus Service Yes
702 Express Bus Service Yes
703 Stopping Bus Service  
704 Local Bus Service Yes
705 Night Bus Service  
706 Post Bus Service  
707 Special Needs Bus  
708 Mobility Bus Service  
709 Mobility Bus for Registered Disabled  
710 Sightseeing Bus  
711 Shuttle Bus  
712 School Bus  
713 School and Public Service Bus  
714 Rail Replacement Bus Service  
715 Demand and Response Bus Service  
716 All Bus Services  
800 Trolleybus Service Yes
900 Tram Service Yes
901 City Tram Service  
902 Local Tram Service  
903 Regional Tram Service  
904 Sightseeing Tram Service  
905 Shuttle Tram Service  
906 All Tram Services  
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  
1006 National Passenger Ferry Service  
1007 Regional Passenger Ferry Service  
1008 Local Passenger Ferry Service  
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  
1015 Sightseeing Boat Service  
1016 School Boat  
1017 Cable-Drawn Boat Service  
1018 River Bus Service  
1019 Scheduled Ferry Service  
1020 Shuttle Ferry Service  
1021 All Water Transport Services  
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  
1300 Telecabin Service Yes
1301 Telecabin Service  
1302 Cable Car Service  
1303 Elevator Service  
1304 Chair Lift Service  
1305 Drag Lift Service  
1306 Small Telecabin Service  
1307 All Telecabin Services  
1400 Funicular Service Yes
1401 Funicular Service  
1402 All Funicular Service  
1500 Taxi Service  
1501 Communal Taxi Service Yes
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
1701 Cable Car Yes
1702 Horse-drawn Carriage Yes