Budapest is really taking off as logistics hub. Industry is expanding in the Hungarian capital city and it is a perfect operational base for further transportation of freight by train or truck to Eastern Europe. This is the reason behind the first direct shuttle between Rotterdam and Budapest. The new Rail Cargo Operator (RCO) train connection enables containers from the Port of Rotterdam to reach Budapest within thirty hours.
The idea for the new shuttle arose when transport companies from Rotterdam called at RCO to discuss a direct, fast connection to Budapest. ‘A check among other clients showed that many more of them really liked the sound of this,’ stated Nenad Stancic, Department Manager North/West at RCO. ‘Companies want to use the direct connection from Rotterdam to transport continental tank containers and short sea containers faster by rail; but the train is also an interesting option for deep sea containers heading to Hungary and further afield. From Hungary, it’s the connections from Rotterdam with the UK, Ireland and Portugal that are particularly attractive.’