MERITS database

MERITS [1] (Multiple East-West Railways Integrated Timetable Storage) is a database, owned by UIC, containing the integrated timetable [2] data of many European and some non-European countries (Russia, Turkey, Belarus), comprising a few hundred railway undertakings [3] (RUs), which are published twice a week.

MERITS today is not an application for the general public, but a tool designed for railway companies, which decide themselves on how their information and distribution channels are supplied based on their own commercial policy. Today, EDIFACT is the single format used for importing and exporting the data (SKDUPD [4] and TSDUPD [5] messages).

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MERITS Gold

Get the most up-to-date integrated timetable and station data
(best suited for distribution purposes)

50k€/ year

MERITS Silver

Integrated timetable and station data
(best suited for testing
purposes/ developers)

8k€/ year


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  • All MERITS data

  • 1 year license, VAT excluded for one single access to the product

MERITS Bronze

Station data only

 

5k€/ year


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  • Railway stations data only

  • 1 year license, VAT excluded for one single access to the product

If a group purchases more than one license:

MERITS Gold up to 6 licences


180k€/ year

MERITS Gold up to 10 licences


250k€/ year

MERITS product user general terms and conditions

MERITS product user general terms and conditions

- PDF - 96.3 kb

See the document

MERITS data provider [6] agreement

Data supplier frequency

MERITS data supplier frequency

- PDF - 72.9 kb

The data supplier frequency is provided for information, this may change therefore this information is non contractual.
See the document

MERITS FAQ

MERITS (Multiple East-West Railways Integrated Timetable Storage) is a database, owned by UIC, containing the integrated timetable data of many European and some non-European countries (Russia, Turkey, Belarus), comprising a few hundred railway undertakings (RUs), which are published twice a week. The data received are quality checked, integrated into the existing data and stored into a database. The integration process allows an exact reconstitution of cross border trains timetables through the integration of national itineraries. These data are used by railway undertakings or third parties in their information systems to support journey planners [8] and booking activities.
Of course, you will be able to contact our experts at this email address: MERITS@uic.org
The MERITS data are provided by railways (Data Providers). They cover most of European countries including Turkey, Belarus and Russia.
MERITS added value is: Contrary to assembling data from each individual railway company, MERITS offers one-stop shopping of high quality integrated data updated up to twice a week.
You can:
  • Provide information to your customers in your application or/and your web site
  • Develop statistics
  • Develop any product based on timetable or station data
The user is not allowed to share and resell the MERITS product, either in part or totally. The User may adapt elements contained in the MERITS Integrated Timetable and/or Product(s) in order to make it compatible or compliant with the format, content or characteristics of its products or to offer an improved user experience of its products, under the condition as stated in the General Terms & Conditions article 5.
You will find timetable data including:
  • Brand codes, type of train
  • Classes, coach groups, seats, couchette...
  • Timetables (departure and arrival at stations), running periods,
  • Tariffs info for different type of ticket: e.g.: Integrated Reservation Ticket (IRT), Non Reservation Ticket (NRT), reservation information (e.g.: compulsory or possible)
  • Service data and facilities: restaurant, sleeping cars, bicycle, mini bar, wheelchair, Wi-Fi...
    And/or station data including:
  • Station codes and names
  • Minimum connecting times (MCT)
  • Geo-coordinates of stations
  • Synonyms, time zone, reservation code, linked sub-location...
  • MERITS data are in the EDIFACT UN standard format. There are two types of files used in MERITS:
  • SKDUPD are used for the exchange of “timetable data”
  • TSDUPD are used for the exchange of “station data”
  • You can get a sample of timetable and station data here link to download samples, please note that these data are not updated.
    The specifications of the MERITS data standards are available in the following documents:
  • UIC leaflet 916-1 / ERA Technical document B.4
  • ERA code lists
  • MERITS user guide
  • visit: https://service.unece.org/trade/untdid/d04b/timd/skdupd_c.htm
  • visit: https://service.unece.org/trade/untdid/d04b/timd/tsdupd_c.htm
  • MERITS products can be purchased clicking on the selected product in the catalogue, you will be redirected to the ETF UIC webshop (http://www.shop-etf.com/) in which after your registration you will be able to purchase the selected MERITS product.
    You will be able to pay for your MERITS product by bank transfer, a payment functionality is provided by the ETF UIC webshop, the validation process can take up to one week.
    After the purchasing phase and the General Terms & Conditions validation phase you will receive by email an FTP address and your access rights that will enable you to download the MERITS products whenever you want.
    Please consult the catalogue.
    No, each legal entity in your group needs to have its own license. Please note that you can purchase a multi-license package. We offer two packages:
  • Up to 6 licenses
  • Up to 10 licenses
  • You will be able to validate the MERITS General Terms and Conditions in the dedicated web base MERITS management license tool. All the related information will be sent to you by email after the purchasing phase.
    The validity date will start when you will accept the General Terms & Conditions and it will last one-year.

    Glossary

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    [1MERITS (Multiple East-West Railways Integrated Timetable data Storage) is a UIC activity using a system (tool, database) designed to exchange timetable data. The data received are quality checked, integrated into the existing data and stored into a database. The integration process allows an exact reconstitution of cross border trains timetables through the integration of national itineraries, except for those international services managed in their entirety by a single RU. These data are used by railway undertakings or third parties in their information systems to support journey planners and booking activities.

    [2Timetable: List of commercial transport services offered by a railway undertaking during a given time interval.

    [3Railway undertaking (RU): Any public or private undertaking the principal business of which is to provide services for the transport of goods and/or passengers by rail, with a requirement that the undertaking must ensure traction; this also includes undertakings which provide traction only.

    [4SKDUPD: MERITS file containing timetable data in EDIFACT format, UNECE standard (https://service.unece.org/trade/untdid/d04b/timd/skdupd_c.htm).

    [5TSDUPD: MERITS file containing location data in EDIFACT format, UNECE standard (https://service.unece.org/trade/untdid/d04b/timd/tsdupd_c.htm).

    [6Data Provider: Railway company which has signed a Data Provider Agreement (DPA) with UIC, on behalf of the participants, to provide services for MERITS.

    [7Third party: Public or private undertaking, which is not a railway undertaking or infrastructure manager and provides services ancillary to, or in connection with, the services/transport services. Public Authorities can be Third Parties.

    [8Journey planner: IT system able to propose journey solutions.

    [9Passenger: a person who intends to make, or is making, or has made a journey using the transport services and other services of one or more railway undertakings.

    [10Timetable integrated data: MERITS timetable data set resulting of the quality control and integration procedures for cross border trains, in EDIFACT format (can as well be provided in PIVOT or other formats).