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efa - unofficial efa.vrr.de command line client


efa --from city stop --to city stop [ additional options ]
efa [ options ] from-city from-stop [ via-city via-stop ] to-city to-stop


version 2.09


efa is a command line client for the http://efa.vrr.de web interface. It sends the specified information to the online form and displays the results.

It also supports other EFA services than http://efa.vrr.de. efa has a builtin list of EFA entry points which can be probed with the -A and -D options and listed with -l. You can also specify a custom service using -u url or -s name. However, the default EFA service is sufficient in most cases (even ICE connections all over Germany).


--from city stop

Departure place

--to city stop

Arrival place

--via city stop

Travel via this place

In all cases, if you want stop to be an address or "point of interest", you can set it to 'addr:something' or 'poi:something'.

-a|--arrive hh:mm

Journey end time (overrides --time/--depart)


Probe all known EFA entry points for the specified connection. Print the first result which was not an error.

Note that this may take a while and will not necessarily return the best result. Also, using this option by default is not recommended, as it puts EFA services under considerable additional load.


Choose connections allowing to carry a bike

-d|--date dd.mm.[yyyy]

Journey date


Probe all known EFA entry points for the specified connection. No routes are returned in this case. Instead, efa will print the URLs and names of all entry points which did not return an error.

-u|--efa-url url

URL to the EFA entry point, defaults to http://efa.vrr.de/vrr/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2. Depending on your location, some urls may contain more specific data than others. See Travel::Routing::DE::EFA(3pm) and the -l option for alternatives.

-e|--exclude transports

Exclude transports (comma separated list).

Possible transports: zug, s-bahn, u-bahn, stadtbahn, tram, stadtbus, regionalbus, schnellbus, seilbahn, schiff, ast, sonstige


Display duration, ticket class and price for each route (if available)


Display intermediate stops (with time and platform) of each train. Note that these are not always available.

-I|--ignore-info [ regex ]

Ignore additional information matching regex (default: /Fahrradmitnahme/)

If regex is not supplied, removes the default regex (-> nothing will be ignored)

-i|--include type

Include connections using trains of type type, where type may be:

  • local (default)

    only take local trains ("Verbund-/Nahverkehrslinien"). Slow, but the cheapest method if you're not traveling long distance

  • ic

    Local trains + IC

  • ice

    All trains (local + IC + ICE)


List supported EFA services wit their URLs (see -u) and abbreviations (see -s).


Output links to maps of transfer paths and transfer stations where available.

-m|--max-change number

Print connections with at most number interchanges

-n|--num-connections number

Return up to number connections. If unset, the default of the respective EFA server is used (usually 4 or 5).

-P|--prefer type

Prefer connections of type:

  • speed (default)

    The faster, the better

  • nowait

    Prefer connections with less interchanges

  • nowalk

    Prefer connections with less walking (at interchanges)


Take stops close to the stop/start into account and possibly use them instead

-s|--service name

Shortname of the EFA entry point. See Travel::Routing::DE::EFA(3pm) and the -l option for a list of services.

-t|--time|--depart hh:mm

Journey start time

--timeout seconds

Set timeout for HTTP requests. Default: 60 seconds.


Print version information

-w|--walk-speed speed

Set your walking speed to speed. Accepted values: normal (default), fast, slow


    0    Everything went well
    1    Invalid arguments, see error message
    2    Network error, unable to send request
    3    efa.vrr.de did not return any parsable data
    4    efa.vrr.de error: ambiguous input
    5    efa.vrr.de error: no connections found
    10   Unknown Travel::Routing::DE::EFA error
    255  Other internal error




efa Do Hbf MH Hbf

Look up a connection from Dortmund (Do) Hbf to Mülheim (MH) Hbf

efa --include ice Essen Hbf Hamburg Dammtor

Look up a connection with long-distance trains

efa --arrive 18:00 -e zug,s-bahn -M E Wickenburgstr D Oststr

Look up a connection from Essen Wickenburgstr to Düsseldorf Oststr. Do not use any trains, make sure to arrive around 18:00 and print links to maps of all interchange stations.

efa -s vvs Stuttgart Hbf Stuttgart Marienplatz

Use the VVS (Verkehrsverbund Stuttgart) EFA service to look up a connection.


This script requires perl 5.10 (or higher) with the following modules:


The EFA backend is not able to calculate "two-way" routes, i.e. from -> via -> to routes with from == to. If from and to are the same stop, it doesn't even try to calculate a route ("we recommend walking instead"), if they are close to each other it may or may not work. Workaround: Request from -> via using the normal four-argument efa invocation, read the time, use efa -t time via via to to to request via -> to.


Copyright (C) 2009-2015 by Daniel Friesel <derf@finalrewind.org>


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