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Legal expertise
for the benefit of the railways


Railway connections in the International East-West Passenger Traffic

International passenger traffic is subject to international, regional and national legal regimes. Since divergent legal regulations can lead to legal uncertainty for passengers but also for the carriers involved, clarification of the rights and obligations which apply to international passenger traffic and a comparison between the applicable legal regimes - COTIF/CIV, Regulation (EC) No 1371/2007 (PRR) and the SMPS is essential. This provides more transparency and legal certainty for the international passenger rail services.

For this purpose, the CIT launched a project “Legal Interoperability CIV/SMPS” in 2011. Within the framework of this project the CIT General Secretariat developed an interactive map to show the existing connections in the international CIV/SMPS passenger traffic. The CIV/SMPS map serves as a useful source of information and is available to CIT members on the CIT website.


This map contains general information on the existing international connections in the CIV / SMPS international traffic according to the information of CIT members.


Scope of CIV and SMPS
May 1, 2019

Geographical scope of the application of the CIV Uniform Rules and the SMPS

Map drawn up by the CIT showing the geographical scope of the two conventions.

Situation on 1 May 2019

1 page

Dec. 1, 2014

Leaflet on COTIF-CIV-PRR – SMPS liability regimes

Complete version

April 2014 

93 pages

Leaflet on COTIF/CIV-PRR - SMPS - Part I
Dec. 1, 2014

Leaflet on COTIF-CIV-PRR – SMPS liability regimes

Part I - Open to public

April 2014

12 pages