Key:route

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Description
A customary or regular line of passage or travel, often predetermined and publicized Edit or translate this description.
Group: Route
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasmay be used on relations
Documented values: 39
Status: de facto

Wikidata

Usage

This can be used to describe routes. A route is a customary or regular line of passage or travel, often predetermined and publicized. Routes consist of paths taken repeatedly by people and vehicles: a ship on the North Atlantic route, a car on a numbered road, a bus on its route or a cyclist on a national route.

There are two possibilities to use it.


On relations

Use on relations relation (which means in combination with type=route) is by far the most common approach,

See relation:route


On ways

In specific cases route=* can be used on ways way, however not when combined with a value for a mode of transport from access=*.

For instance route=foot; route=bicycle or route=horse may be used on relations relation (for signedposted routes), but should not be used on ways way.

See relation:route#Route_types_.28route.29


Examples where route=* may be used on ways way include:

Commonly used values

To help mappers find a suitable category in OSM to describe a relation in the real world, the values below are ordered by general route type. For an alphabetic list of the most commonly accepted values, please see Map_Features#Route (also included in Relation:route).

Public transport routes

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Motorized land routes

Please note that route=railway and route=tracks refer to the infrastructure, regardless of their use for either public transport, freight transport etc.

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Non-motorized land routes

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Water routes

Please note that Tag:route=ferry has a wide variety of forms: it can be either a form of regular public transport (where people are transported based on a timetable), but it can also be an simple self operated cable pontoon across a canal on a hiking route on non-public land.

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Routes not taken by people and vehicles (controversial)

The values below are controversial as noted in the linked wiki-pages; they are not regular routes of travel (for people and vehicles, vessels or livestock) as meant above. However they are used more often than many of the values above.

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See also same kind of logic but without using routes: