What is the Charging Information System (CIS)?

The Charging Information System (CIS) is an infrastructure charging information system for Applicants. It is provided by Infrastructure Managers (IMs) and Allocation Bodies (ABs) and operated by RailNetEurope. The web-based application provides fast information on charges related to the use of European rail infrastructure and estimates the price for the use of international train paths within minutes. It is an umbrella application for the various national rail infrastructure charging systems. At the moment, the CIS covers the network of more than 20 European Infrastructure Managers and is being enhanced continuously.

This Site offers a basic explanation of the functionality of CIS as well as a step by step guideline to receiving charging calculations.

The Charging Information System (CIS) calculates charges for:

Additionally, the system provides the possibility to exclude specific line sections in order to find alternative routes across the railway infrastructure network.

Benefits of the CIS

  • Price estimate for the use of international train paths within minutes
  • Estimate of charges for shunting and station use
  • Possibility to restrict route and recalculate charge (by changing some parameters) on each IM network
  • Track access charges relevant for a given timetable period
  • Network data provided by more than 20 European Infrastructure Managers

For further information on the CIS, please contact the IT Service Desk.

3 Steps to a charging information

Step 1 – Choose train category
Choose the applicable train category:

  • Freight
  • Passenger
  • Other

Step 2 – Specify parameters for the IM
Specify the relevant parameters for each IM on the involved path e.g.:

  • Train type, traction type, path type, supplement
  • Number of locomotives and wagons
  • Weight of locomotives, wagons and load

Step 3 – Estimate distance and charge
The distance and charge are estimated for each IM network.

There is also the option of contacting the OSS (One-Stop-Shop) of the relevant IM directly and taking a detailed look at the line section level.