Since I have little coding skills, I'm looking for an open source bus route planner that consumes GTFS data (That I have to create myself), All I could find was OpenRouteService, and although it has some pretty nice features, the bus routing informations are very lacking (no bus numbers, stations name, transit...), Looking for something similar to Google Transit.

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You didn't mention if you want to run the program locally or have it hosted.

OpenTripPlanner is the best open-source option in terms of getting up and running quickly, with a slight learning curve.

There is a hosted product called Coord which has a free tier.

  • Locally, I dowloaded OpenTripPlanner from GitHub but the index.html in "OpenTripPlanner-master/src/client" gives me so many errors (XML and Reference errors) that I have no idea how to resolve.
    – Ayogo
    Commented Jul 30, 2018 at 17:03
  • Take a look at the tutorial ( opentripplanner.readthedocs.io/en/latest/Basic-Tutorial ) , you'll need to run the JAR file, not the plain source code. Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 20:22

I have no knowledge about any specific open source route planning algorithm, but I have recently seen a list of route plannig programs which can use GTFS: Maybe one of them is open source or free. Have a look in the section 'Applications Based on GTFS' --> ' Trip planning and Maps' https://www.transitwiki.org/TransitWiki/index.php/General_Transit_Feed_Specification#cite_note-15

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