WikiProject Belgium/Conventions/Bus and tram lines

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WikiProject Belgium/Conventions/Bus stops


Two schemes are currently found.

A Belgian-style scheme was introduced around 2011, to name route relations as such:
<operator> <route number> <from> - <to>
Example: "TEC 16 Mons - Herchies"
Example: "STIB/MIVB 50 Gare du Midi/Zuidstation - Lot"
This has the advantage to easily identify routes per operator, especially in territories close to borders, where several operators are providing service, sometimes with the same route number.

As of 2023, there is a gradual move towards the standard naming scheme used in neighbouring countries, with the following syntax:
<vehicle> <route number>: <from> → <to>
Example: "Bus 60: Kortrijk → Roeselare"
Replace "Bus" with "Tram" or "Metro" if necessary. If "→" is hard to type on a standard keyboard, the "=>" text string can be used too.

Bus lines


Please read Buses first.

Create a type=route_master relation containing (at least) two separate type=route relations to describe the line, one for each direction the route follows and other variations.

All the stops are grouped before the ways in the order the bus/tram passes them. They get a role 'platform'.


see also example bus 7, 8 and 9

Key Value Description
type route relation
route bus kind of relation
from text starting point
to text destination
via text optional
ref number line number
colour text line colour (HTML named color or web color in hexadecimal format)
text_colour text line text colour (HTML named color or web color in hexadecimal format)
line bus indicates a bus line or trolley bus line
bus express / long_distance / on_demand / regular / school / shopping / shuttle / train_replacement / urban Special-purpose bus lines
service busway / feeder / night / peak / weekend Bus lines with particular frequency
nat_ref number or text national line number (in discussion)
name text operator, number, direction (from - to)
by_night yes / no / only service by night?
on_demand yes / no / only service on demand?
operator text operating transportation company
on bus_stop Dalemhof nr 33017 on bus_stop Dalemhof nr 33018
7 Bierbeek - De Borre via Sint-Kamillus 7 Bertem - Rond Punt via Egenhoven
8 Bierbeek - De Borre via Bremt 8 Bertem - Rond Punt via Egenhoven
9 Korbeek-lo Pimberg 9 Bertem - Rond Punt via Egenhoven

Special kind of busses

Fast service


School buses


Market buses

Don't need special tagging (It's in the name tag)

Night buses

In Antwerp and Brussels, the line numbers of night service buses start with "N". In Antwerp the numbers themselves often refer to daytime tram and bus lines, that follow more or less the same route. In Brussels numbers do not match daytime lines.

"On_demand buses" (belbussen)

These buses are very different from normal bus lines. It can be seen as something between a normal bus line and a taxi. Call buses can be found in thin populated areas. If you want to use this service you need to call a special phone number and make a reservation (at least 2 hours in advance). These phone numbers are not reachable on Sundays, so if you want to use the service then, you have to make your reservations one day before.

Call buses do not follow routes. Instead, they have a number of bus stops in a specific area (they only stop at these bus stops). The (mini)bus will then follow on optimized itinerary to pick up and drop off its passengers.

See here for the explanation in Dutch.

Tram lines

Tags Description

operator=De Lijn
note=Merksem - Zwijndrecht

Metro lines

Tags Description


Since the stops are ordered in the relation, it is obvious which is the first and which is the terminus.

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