Rail transport is fast, reliable and suitable for any kind of cargo, such as containers, dry and liquid bulk, and heavy and dangerous goods. One train takes an average of 45 trucks off the road. Rail transport makes the logistical chain at the port more sustainable and efficient. Rail is an important mode of transport for the port of Bruges and accounts for more than 15% of the total modal split. Port of Antwerp-Bruges' ambition is to increase the share of rail transport on both platforms.

Rail connections to European destinations

Port of Antwerp-Bruges has rapid rail connections with all major European rail corridors. Rail connections offer short transit times and congestion-free transport to Europe's major economic hubs.

 

The number of rail services has increased significantly in recent years. Port of Antwerp-Bruges matches supply and demand by working closely with rail operators. As such, new high-frequency rail shuttles with European focus regions in the hinterland are being set up.

In Antwerp

The rail network in Antwerp consists of more than 1.000 kilometres of railway lines. Railport and Infrabel (in Dutch) are important partners in the optimisation of rail transport based on several pillars of the rail vision.

In Zeebrugge

The rail network in Zeebrugge consists of about 135 kilometres of track. Platform Zeebrugge is very much oriented towards rail transport with large volumes of cargo related to Short Sea Shipping and wagon traffic.

A rail map showing the connections by rail between Port of Antwerp-Bruges and European destinations.

Railport coordinates all rail activities

Railport develops projects with various partners and coordinates all rail activities at the port. These are intended to strengthen railway transport within the port and links with other European hubs. Private railway companies, rail freight forwarders, workshops, refuelling stations and rolling stock rental companies are active in Antwerp.

Port of Antwerp-Bruges has rapid rail connections with all major European rail corridors. Rail connections offer short transit times and congestion-free transport to Europe's major economic hubs.

Doubling goods transport via rail

The combination of a growing port, increased pressure on the road network and ambitious environmental objectives means that promoting and supporting alternatives to road transport is absolutely imperative. Port of Antwerp-Bruges launched a master plan to double railway transport at the port of Antwerp to 15% by 2030.

 

To achieve that goal, Port of Antwerp-Bruges and Railport started with the Rail Bundling project in 2024. By increasing cooperation and bundling volumes by rail, we enhance the efficiency of transort, with a positive impact on the price and use of the port infrastructure.

Read more about Rail Bundling

Central reporting point for port rail

Are you planning works on a railway bridge or level crossing and would you like to inform the rail sector? Do you have a question about a railway crossing in the port? Are works being carried out on a railway line or level crossing and would you like to know more about them?

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Central reporting point for port rail.©Benjamin Brolet

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Nils Van Vliet

CEO Railport

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