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General terms of use for the Swiss public transport data defined as open data

The terms of use apply to using the platform and the data made available


  • ODPCH: the open data platform for public transport in Switzerland.
  • Open data: data that are freely available for anyone to use.
  • ODPCH data: umbrella term for all data that are provided by the ODPCH and are publicly available.
  • Data use: obtaining, using and publishing ODPCH data.
  • Data user: a private individual or company that obtains ODPCH data.
  • File-based data: data provided by or obtained from the ODPCH in the form of a downloadable file.
  • Service-based data: data provided by or obtained from a ODPCH service.
  • Raw data: ODPCH data that have not (yet) been processed.
  • Data processing: converting, editing or refining raw data. Processing can also mean making changes to the data such as aggregating them, selecting them or supplementing them with other data or converting data into other formats.
  • Processed data: ODPCH data that have been converted, edited or refined by a third party.
  • Request: individual enquiry for a data service on the ODPCH.
  • Analysis: statistics and evaluation based on raw data and/or processed ODPCH data.
  • Publication: publishing ODPCH data in any form, including as part of an application or as a file or service, either as raw or processed data.
  • SBB: SBB AG (Infrastructure Division) operates the ODPCH system on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office of Transport FOT.

1. Scope of data use

The content defined as open data is freely available in machine-readable format on the OPDCH. Users can access the data via The data obtained can be processed, analysed and published, including incorporating additional data.

2. Registration

Users are not required to register or pay in order to obtain and use the file-based data provided by the ODPCH. However, they are required to register in order to obtain and use service-based data.

3. Access code

After registering, users will be issued with an access code in order to use service-based data. The code enables a number of requests (see clause 4) to be made. The code can be withdrawn or blocked by SBB, in particular if the obligations outlined in clause 5 are not adhered to.

4. Request limit

A maximum number of requests in a certain time is set in order to limit usage of the service-based data provided by the ODPCH. Use of the data service is free of charge below the limit. The usage limit must be respected where possible.

If the set number of requests in a certain time is repeatedly exceeded, SBB can conclude a contract with the data user to allow them a higher number of requests. This form of use shall be subject to a charge.

If the data user refuses to conclude a contract with SBB, SBB can block the corresponding access code.

The limit and costs are regulated separately.

5. Obligations when using data

5.1. Citing sources

The URL must be cited as the source for raw data in publications and analyses that make use of ODPCH data.

5.1.1 Exemption for databases

If the ODPCH data form part of a database that has many different data sources and does not just use data from, need only be cited once in the list of sources contributing to this database. It is then not necessary to explicitly cite every time data are used. This also applies to the licence holders of the database in question. An indirect citation that mentions the database publisher citing will suffice. SBB decides whether data can be classified as a “database” and this classification can be requested in writing. SBB keeps a list of authorised databases.

5.2 Updating raw data

ODPCH data must be updated regularly and at the same frequency as the underlying raw data.

5.3 Authorship

Processed data and analyses must be published under the name of the data user.

6. Links and comments

The pages and comments on ODPCH may contain links to third-party websites, whose content SBB cannot control. SBB cannot provide any assurances or take any responsibility for this external content.

SBB monitors third-party entries and comments on ODPCH to check whether they comply with the rules of netiquette. Any entries that violate the rules of netiquette shall be removed by the webmaster. Comments published always represent the author’s opinion and never that of SBB.

7. Liability and guarantee

SBB accepts no liability for damage or loss of any kind caused by the use of the data. It provides no guarantee that the published data, links and comments will be up to date, correct, complete, available or accurate.

8. Misuse

Any misuse of the data shall immediately result in the relevant data user being banned from using any more data.

9. Amendments and addenda

SBB reserves the right to amend or add to these terms of use at any time.

10. Applicable law and place of jurisdiction

These terms of use are governed by Swiss law. The exclusive place of jurisdiction is Bern.

In the event of discrepancies between the various language versions, the German version shall be deemed binding.