Missing Timetable Data

NEW! The problem at Hendaia – Irun (Euskotren) has now been solved! Find out about that success story here.

At two of the five active cross border lines between France and Spain there are data problems. None of the trains that cross the borders Latour-de-Carol – Enveitg – Puigcerdà (Rodalies de Catalunya), and only some of the trains that cross the border Cerbère – Portbou (Rodalies de Catalunya) appear in international train timetable searches. This is because Rodalies de Catalunya (operated by Renfe) do not upload timetables to UIC Merits, the timetable system that is behind rail travel planners like DB Reiseauskunft and ÖBB Scotty. That means that planning a trip like Toulouse – Barcelona or Perpignan – Figueres is more complicated than it should be, and indeed non-locals might not even know these trains exist.

What needs to be done: put data for all trains in Spain, regardless of operator, and including Rodalies, into UIC Merits


European Commission Analysis

In 2018 the European Commission published its “Comprehensive analysis of the existing cross-border rail transport connections and missing links on the internal EU borders”. The main report (74 pages, PDF) summarises the issues, and Annex 3 of the report (384 pages, PDF) analysed every single border.

For the sake of simplicity, I have made a PDF just of the relevant pages of Annex 3 that cover the 3 relevant France-Spain borders – you can find that PDF here.


Photos from these locations


Map of these locations

Full zoomable All The Borders map on umap.