Extended GTFS Route Types

GTFS defines a number of route types that developers can use to describe the type of service for a particular route, such as bus versus rail versus ferry, with the route_type column in the routes.txt file. To support a more rich set of types, an extension has been proposed to let you specify 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. Note that Google Maps doesn't support all route types. We specifically note the supported types in the table.

Code Description Supported Examples
100 Railway Service Yes Not applicable (N/A)
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 (DE), Cross County Rail (GB)
104 Car Transport Rail Service No N/A
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 No N/A
111 Special Rail Service No N/A
112 Lorry Transport Rail Service No N/A
113 All Rail Services No N/A
114 Cross-Country Rail Service No N/A
115 Vehicle Transport Rail Service No N/A
116 Rack and Pinion Railway No Rochers de Naye (CH), Dolderbahn (CH)
117 Additional Rail Service No N/A
200 Coach Service Yes N/A
201 International Coach Service Yes EuroLine, Touring
202 National Coach Service Yes National Express (GB)
203 Shuttle Coach Service No Roissy Bus (FR), Reading-Heathrow (GB)
204 Regional Coach Service Yes N/A
205 Special Coach Service No N/A
206 Sightseeing Coach Service No N/A
207 Tourist Coach Service No N/A
208 Commuter Coach Service No N/A
209 All Coach Services No N/A
400 Urban Railway Service Yes N/A
401 Metro Service Yes Métro de Paris
402 Underground Service Yes London Underground, U-Bahn
403 Urban Railway Service Yes N/A
404 All Urban Railway Services No N/A
405 Monorail Yes N/A
700 Bus Service Yes N/A
701 Regional Bus Service Yes Eastbourne-Maidstone (GB)
702 Express Bus Service Yes X19 Wokingham-Heathrow (GB)
703 Stopping Bus Service No 38 London: Clapton Pond-Victoria (GB)
704 Local Bus Service Yes N/A
705 Night Bus Service No N prefixed buses in London (GB)
706 Post Bus Service No Maidstone P4 (GB)
707 Special Needs Bus No N/A
708 Mobility Bus Service No N/A
709 Mobility Bus for Registered Disabled No N/A
710 Sightseeing Bus No N/A
711 Shuttle Bus No 747 Heathrow-Gatwick Airport Service (GB)
712 School Bus No N/A
713 School and Public Service Bus No N/A
714 Rail Replacement Bus Service No N/A
715 Demand and Response Bus Service Yes N/A
716 All Bus Services No N/A
800 Trolleybus Service Yes N/A
900 Tram Service Yes N/A
901 City Tram Service No N/A
902 Local Tram Service No Munich (DE), Brussels (BE), Croydon (GB)
903 Regional Tram Service No N/A
904 Sightseeing Tram Service No Blackpool Seafront (GB)
905 Shuttle Tram Service No N/A
906 All Tram Services No N/A
1000 Water Transport Service Yes N/A
1100 Air Service No N/A
1200 Ferry Service Yes N/A
1300 Aerial Lift Service Yes Telefèric de Montjuïc (ES), Saleve (CH), Roosevelt Island Tramway (US)
1301 Telecabin Service Yes N/A
1302 Cable Car Service No N/A
1303 Elevator Service No N/A
1304 Chair Lift Service No N/A
1305 Drag Lift Service No N/A
1306 Small Telecabin Service No N/A
1307 All Telecabin Services No N/A
1400 Funicular Service Yes Rigiblick (Zürich, CH)
1500 Taxi Service No N/A
1501 Communal Taxi Service Yes Marshrutka (RU), dolmuş (TR)
1502 Water Taxi Service No N/A
1503 Rail Taxi Service No N/A
1504 Bike Taxi Service No N/A
1505 Licensed Taxi Service No N/A
1506 Private Hire Service Vehicle No N/A
1507 All Taxi Services No N/A
1700 Miscellaneous Service Yes N/A
1702 Horse-drawn Carriage Yes N/A