Guidance

National public transport access nodes

National public transport access node (NaPTAN) schemas and guidance.

Documents

NaPTAN schema details

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Background information on NaPTAN

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Guidance for local authority NaPTAN data managers

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Detail

The national public transport access nodes (NaPTAN) database is a system for uniquely identifying all points of access to public transport in Great Britain. It contains a record for each of around 400,000 bus stops across England, Scotland and Wales, as well as for all other transport terminals such rail stations and airports. NaPTAN is a core component of the national transport information infrastructure and is used by a number of other UK standards and information systems.

NaPTAN consists of:

  • a standard for identifying and naming access points to public transport
  • a database of all public transport access points in Great Britain
  • the XML schema for exchanging data or an alternative CSV exchange format version

The NaPTAN database is managed by the Department for Transport and updated by local authorities. NaPTAN is available under Open Government Licence and can be downloaded in XML or CSV format as a complete national dataset or in separate local authority files of your choosing. See NaPTAN and NPTG download options.

The NaPTAN last submissions page shows the most recent updates by local authorities.