Getting Started with v5.vbb.transport.rest

Let's walk through the requests that are necessary to implement a typical basic transit app.

Note: To properly & securely handle user input containing URL-unsafe characters, always URL-encode your query parameters!

The following code snippets use curl (a versatile command line HTTP tool) and jq (the command line swiss army knife for processing JSON).

1. search for stops

The /locations?query=… route allows you to query stops, points of interest (POIs) & addresses. We're only interested in stops though, so we filter using poi=false&addresses=false:

curl 'https://v5.vbb.transport.rest/locations?poi=false&addresses=false&query=südkreuz' -s | jq
[
	{
		"type": "stop",
		"id": "900000058101",
		"name": "S Südkreuz",
		"location": {
			"type": "location",
			"id": "900058101",
			"latitude": 52.475465,
			"longitude": 13.365575
		},
		"products": {
			"suburban": true,
			"subway": false,
			// …
		},
	},
	{
		"type": "stop",
		"id": "900000340912",
		"name": "Hohenselchow, Kreuzung Süd",
		"location": { /* … */ },
		"products": { /* … */ },
	},
	// …
]

2. fetch departures at a stop

Let's fetch 5 of the next departures at Berlin Südkreuz (which has the ID 900000058101):

curl 'https://v5.vbb.transport.rest/stops/900000058101/departures?results=5' -s | jq
[
	{ // 1st departure
		"tripId": "1|11200|26|86|4102020",
		"direction": "S+U Alexanderplatz",
		"line": {
			"type": "line",
			"id": "248",
			"name": "248",
			"mode": "bus",
			"product": "bus",
			// …
		},

		"when": "2020-10-04T18:51:00+02:00",
		"plannedWhen": "2020-10-04T18:51:00+02:00",
		"delay": 0,
		"platform": null,
		"plannedPlatform": null,

		"stop": {
			"type": "stop",
			"id": "900000058100",
			"name": "S Südkreuz/Ostseite",
			"location": { /* … */ },
			"products": { /* … */ },
		},

		"remarks": [
			{
				"id": "96404",
				"type": "warning",
				"summary": "Together against corona: Keep distance, cover mouth and nose!",
				// …
			},
			// …
		]
	},
	{ // 2nd departure
		"tripId": "1|24332|22|86|4102020",
		"direction": "S+U Potsdamer Platz",
		"line": {
			"type": "line",
			"id": "s26",
			"name": "S26",
			"mode": "train",
			"product": "suburban",
			// …
		},

		"when": "2020-10-04T18:51:00+02:00",
		"plannedWhen": "2020-10-04T18:51:00+02:00",
		"delay": 0,
		"platform": "2",
		"plannedPlatform": "2",

		"stop": { /* … */ },

		"remarks": [ /* … */ ],
	},
	// …
]

Note that when includes the delay, and plannedWhen does not.

3. fetch journeys from A to B

We call a connection from A to B – at a specific date & time, made up of sections on specific tripsjourney.

Let's fetch 2 journeys from 900000058101 (Südkreuz) to 900000110005 (Senefelderplatz), departing tomorrow at 2pm (at the time of writing this).

curl 'https://v5.vbb.transport.rest/journeys?from=900000058101&to=900000110005&departure=tomorrow+2pm&results=2' -s | jq
{
	"journeys": [{
		// 1st journey
		"type": "journey",
		"legs": [{
			// 1st leg
			"tripId": "1|23897|21|86|5102020",
			"direction": "S Bernau",
			"line": {
				"type": "line",
				"id": "s2",
				"name": "S2",
				"mode": "train",
				"product": "suburban",
				// …
			},

			"origin": {
				"type": "stop",
				"id": "900000058101",
				"name": "S Südkreuz",
				"location": { /* … */ },
				"products": { /* … */ },
			},
			"departure": "2020-10-05T14:06:00+02:00",
			"plannedDeparture": "2020-10-05T14:06:00+02:00",
			"departureDelay": null,
			"departurePlatform": "2",
			"plannedDeparturePlatform": "2",

			"destination": {
				"type": "stop",
				"id": "900000100020",
				"name": "S+U Potsdamer Platz",
				"location": { /* … */ },
				"products": { /* … */ },
			},
			"arrival": "2020-10-05T14:13:00+02:00",
			"plannedArrival": "2020-10-05T14:13:00+02:00",
			"arrivalDelay": null,
			"arrivalPlatform": "14",
			"plannedArrivalPlatform": "14",
			// …
		}, {
			// 2nd leg
			"walking": true,
			"distance": null,

			"origin": {
				"type": "stop",
				"id": "900000100020",
				"name": "S+U Potsdamer Platz",
				"location": { /* … */ },
				"products": { /* … */ },
			},
			"departure": "2020-10-05T14:13:00+02:00",
			"plannedDeparture": "2020-10-05T14:13:00+02:00",
			"departureDelay": null,

			"destination": {
				"type": "stop",
				"id": "900000100720",
				"name": "S+U Potsdamer Platz [U2]",
				"location": { /* … */ },
				"products": { /* … */ },
			},
			"arrival": "2020-10-05T14:18:00+02:00",
			"plannedArrival": "2020-10-05T14:18:00+02:00",
			"arrivalDelay": null,
			// …
		}, {
			// 3rd leg
			"tripId": "1|21862|2|86|5102020",
			"direction": "S+U Pankow",
			"line": {
				"type": "line",
				"id": "u2",
				"name": "U2",
				"mode": "train",
				"product": "subway",
				// …
			},

			"origin": {
				"type": "stop",
				"id": "900000100720",
				"name": "S+U Potsdamer Platz [U2]",
				"location": { /* … */ },
				"products": { /* … */ },
			},
			"departure": "2020-10-05T14:18:00+02:00",
			"plannedDeparture": "2020-10-05T14:18:00+02:00",
			"departureDelay": null,
			"departurePlatform": null,
			"plannedDeparturePlatform": null,

			"destination": {
				"type": "stop",
				"id": "900000110005",
				"name": "U Senefelderplatz",
				"location": { /* … */ },
				"products": { /* … */ },
			},
			"arrival": "2020-10-05T14:32:00+02:00",
			"plannedArrival": "2020-10-05T14:32:00+02:00",
			"arrivalDelay": null,
			"arrivalPlatform": null,
			"plannedArrivalPlatform": null,

			"cycle": {"min": 240, "max": 300, "nr": 30},
			// …
		}],
		// …
	}, {
		// 2nd journey
		"type": "journey",
		"legs": [ /* … */ ],
		// …
	}, {
		// 3rd journey
		"type": "journey",
		"legs": [ /* … */ ],
		// …
	}]
}

Note that departure includes the departureDelay, and arrival includes the arrivalDelay. plannedDeparture and plannedArrival do not.

4. more features

These are the basics. Check the full API docs for all features!