Charging Information System

What is CIS?

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, stations and shunting 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.

Following a technical redevelopment carried out in the first half of 2020, the CIS now provides a faster and more convenient user experience.

This Site offers a basic explanation of the functionality of CIS as well as a step-by-step guideline to receiving charge estimates.

The Charging Information System (CIS) calculates charges for:

Benefits of the CIS

  • Consulting one single European application instead of various different national systems
  • Providing charge estimates for the use of international train paths within minutes based on timetable year and route selected by the user in a flexible way
  • In addition, providing charge estimates for shunting and station use
  • More than 20 European Infrastructure Managers participating
    For further information on the CIS, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Three Steps to Charging Information

Step 1 – Choose train category, timetable year and calculation method

Choose the applicable train category:

  • Freight
  • Passenger
    • Classical method
    • RFC-based calculation

Step 2 – Specify parameters for the train

Specify the relevant parameters for the train on each IM network involved in the 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 automatically by the system.

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