UK nationwide standard for exchanging bus schedules and related data.

TransXChange is the UK nationwide standard for exchanging bus schedules and related data. It is used for:

  • the electronic registration of bus routes
  • the Traffic Area Network
  • the exchange of bus routes with other computer systems such as journey planners and vehicle real-time tracking systems

TransXChange is part of a family of coherent transport related XML standards that follow GovTalk guidelines.


The TransXChange XML schemas provided are:

  • a registration schema for registering a bus timetable with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, including mandatory elements for statutory registration
  • a general schema for exchanging bus timetable and ancillary data between all types of systems

The TransXChange schemas are modularised into functional packages and share a common set of base modules with National Public Transport Access Node system.

The schemas currently in use are listed below.

A publisher tool for creating TransXChange compliant documents (ZIP, 160MB) is also supplied.

The type of information that TransXChange can be used to exchange

TransXChange schemas can be used to exchange:

  • bus schedules including stops, routes, departures times, departure frequencies, operational notes and maps
  • the days on which the services run, including public holidays availability
  • term times and holidays of schools and other bus serviced organisations
  • details of the statutory registration including short notice registrations
  • bus operators information
  • fare stages, positioning runs, garages, layovers, duty crews and on-board ticketing systems
  • information about accessibility of stops and services for wheelchair and other users


All TransXChange enquiries

The designated owner of the TransXChange schema for GovTalk is at:

Digital & Open Data team
Department for Transport
2/27 Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
London, SW1P 4DR


Published 20 January 2014