Rail transport

Over 400 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.

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

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


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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