Service providers of passenger transport can now store data in the NAP service

Pursuant to the Act on Transport Services, all transport operators and authorities shall, from 1 January 2018 onwards, give other actors access to data on their services.  The Finnish Transport Agency maintains the NAP service (National Access Point) that has been available to service providers since 20 December 2017.

From the beginning of 2018, all service providers of passenger transport shall open up data on their services via open interfaces. This obligation applies to, for example, providers of taxi and bus services, railway, airline and shipping companies, as well as to other providers of services related to passenger transport, such as parking facilities, car rentals, ports and terminals. This data will be utilised to develop more comprehensive journey planners and more advanced transport services.

There are two obligations concerning the provision of access to data. One applies to all transport operators and the other only applies to those managing a ticket and payment system. Read more about the obligations here.

The data shall be stored in the NAP service, maintained by the Finnish Transport Agency, on the website (in Finnish or Swedish)

The National Access Point, NAP, is a form-based website for storing basic data about the service providers, their services and the interfaces for relevant data on their services. In its simplest form, the interface may consist of digital data (a file) at a web address. This interface can be used to transfer data between two systems. If the service provider does not have interfaces of its own, all the required relevant data can be stored in the NAP service.

The service is being continually developed and the users are requested to give feedback, either via the NAP service (in the upper right corner) or directly via this link (in Finnish). Follow the technical progress of the development project via this link.

Storing data in the NAP service also provides an opportunity to present the range of the operator’s services.

Data utilisation

The parties opening the data are responsible for the quality of their own data and lay down the terms of data use. An open machine-readable interface means that interface descriptions are open and freely available.  Data may be shared following the principles for open data (free of charge), or other terms of use may be applied, but the data must be shared with all parties under the same conditions.




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