Rail transport

Every week, over 400 international container rail services run to and from the port of Rotterdam. Besides containers, the port has daily block train services for liquid and dry bulk. Transit times are short: within 3 hours, the freight passes the German border, and many destinations in Europe can be reached within 24 hours. Rotterdam offers a wide range of handling facilities for rail freight – meaning that every imaginable form of cargo can be put through the port.

Rail Service Center loads and unloads about 35 to 40 (!) trains a day. How does this work? And what makes rail a great modality? Portvlogger Robin visits RSC and talks to our business manager Gilbert Bal about the benefits.

Noah’s train in Rotterdam

Noah’s Train is the world’s longest mobile work of art. Through it, Rail Freight Forward – a European coalition of rail operators – aims to draw attention to climate-friendly freight transport. The train will be calling on the port of Rotterdam in October.

Rail transhipment

Rail transhipment facilities can be found via the Rotterdam Rail Service Center, CTT Pernis and Bertschi. The majority of deep sea terminals on Maasvlakte and the RoRo terminals also have their own rail facilities.

Rail Service Center Port of Rotterdam


PortShuttle Rotterdam is the neutral rail solution for the exchange of containers between terminals in the Port of Rotterdam. PortShuttle offers a daily rail shuttle from RSC Rotterdam and CCT Pernis to the deep sea terminals at Maasvlakte. Exchange between the Maasvlakte terminals is also possible. PortShuttle enables shuttle operators, logistics service providers and shipping companies to consolidate cargo flows and optimise logistics within Rotterdam.

PortShuttle Port of Rotterdam


OnTrack provides real time insight in the expected time of arrival (ETA) and terminal handling of trains. All users share a single point of truth for all trains that are moving to and from the port.

Shippers & Forwarders

Rotterdam embraces and accelerates innovations that make the entire chain more reliable, smarter and cleaner in order to remain the best choice for all parties in the chain in the future. And as a neutral party, the Port of Rotterdam is committed to optimise the entire chain for all parties.


Would you like to know more about rail transport? Please contact:

Gilbert Bal - Business Manager Rail Port of Rotterdam Authority
Gilbert Bal
Business Manager Rail
+31 (0)652656305

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