Rail transport

Over 250 international rail connections run from and to Rotterdam. The rail connections are mainly suitable for transporting containers, dry bulk, general cargo and chemical products. The transit times are short: cargo arrives at the German border within 3 hours and at other European destinations within 24 hours. Various terminals also have rail transhipment facilities which means that cargo can be loaded directly onto a train at the terminal. Check Navigate for the ideal rail connections.

Betuwe Route

The Betuwe Route is a rail line especially for cargo transport by rail from and to Germany. The 160 kilometre-long rail line connects the Maasvlakte and the Port of Rotterdam with the German railway network. An average of 137 trains per working day ran in 2016.

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.


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.

Rail Incubator

Container throughput is increasing, which is why expansion in the rail transport network is needed. The Port of Rotterdam can provide this expansion. In establishing new rail connections, the Port of Rotterdam Authority assists operators via the support programme Rail Incubator. The Port Authority is also investing in new rail services and in increasing the frequency of existing rail shuttles.

Rail Incubator


Navigate gives a complete overview of the most efficient connections via Rotterdam by deepsea, shortsea, rail or barge. The empty depot planner has been built in to reposition your empty containers. In addition Navigate includes a business directory with companies that are active in and around the port of Rotterdam.

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Rail Scout offers Rail Cargo information about terminals and rail services.


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

Linda Borsodi
Business Manager Rail
+31 (0)10 252 1321
Peter ten Broek
Business Manager Rail
+31 (0)10 252 1321

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