We describe an algorithmic framework for lossless compression of route descriptions. This is useful for hybrid route planning where routes are computed by a server and then transmitted to a client device in a car using some mobile radio communication where bandwidth may be low. Compressed routes are represented by only a few via nodes which are the connection points when the route is decomposed into unique optimal segments. To reconstruct the route efficiently a client device needs basic but fast route planning capability. Contraction hierarchies make this approach fast enough for practice: Compressing takes only a few milliseconds. And previous experiments suggest that a client can decompress each route segment virtually instantaneously. So, as the segments can be decompressed successively while driving, it is not likely that the driver experiences any delay except for the time needed by the mobile communication.