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    
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   Rochers de Naye (CH), Dolderbahn (CH)
117 Additional Rail Service    
200 Coach Service Yes  
201 International Coach Service Yes EuroLine, Touring
202 National Coach Service Yes National Express (GB)
203 Shuttle Coach Service   Roissy Bus (FR), Reading-Heathrow (GB)
204 Regional Coach Service Yes  
205 Special Coach Service    
206 Sightseeing Coach Service    
207 Tourist Coach Service    
208 Commuter Coach Service    
209 All Coach Services    
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    
405 Monorail Yes  
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   38 London: Clapton Pond-Victoria (GB)
704 Local Bus Service Yes  
705 Night Bus Service   N prefixed buses in London (GB)
706 Post Bus Service   Maidstone P4 (GB)
707 Special Needs Bus    
708 Mobility Bus Service    
709 Mobility Bus for Registered Disabled    
710 Sightseeing Bus    
711 Shuttle Bus   747 Heathrow-Gatwick Airport Service (GB)
712 School Bus    
713 School and Public Service Bus    
714 Rail Replacement Bus Service    
715 Demand and Response Bus Service Yes  
716 All Bus Services    
717 Share Taxi Service Yes Marshrutka (RU), dolmuş (TR)
800 Trolleybus Service Yes  
900 Tram Service Yes  
901 City Tram Service    
902 Local Tram Service   Munich (DE), Brussels (BE), Croydon (GB)
903 Regional Tram Service    
904 Sightseeing Tram Service   Blackpool Seafront (GB)
905 Shuttle Tram Service    
906 All Tram Services    
907 Cable Tram Yes Cable car (San Francisco, US)
1000 Water Transport Service Yes  
1100 Air Service    
1200 Ferry Service Yes Please use 1000
1300 Aerial Lift Service Yes Telefèric de Montjuïc (ES), Saleve (CH), Roosevelt Island Tramway (US)
1400 Funicular Service Yes Rigiblick (Zürich, CH)
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    
1700 Miscellaneous Service Yes