Rail transport for goods

Rail transport is fast, reliable and extremely suitable for heavy loads and hazardous transport. One train takes an average of 45 trucks off the road. Rail transport for goods makes the logistical chain at the port much more sustainable and efficient. This is why Port of Antwerp is aiming for 15% of container transport to and from the port of Antwerp to be by rail by 2030.

Rail connections port of Antwerp

The number of services has increased significantly in recent years. Port of Antwerp is bringing supply and demand together by working closely with rail operators to develop new high-frequency rail shuttles between the port of Antwerp and European focus regions in the hinterland.


From Antwerp, there are also regular rail connections to destinations such as Russia, Kazakhstan, Korea and China.

Rail transport in the port of Antwerp  

Port of Antwerp - Rail network

The rail network at the port of Antwerp consists of more than 1,000 kilometres of railway lines. Infrabel is the owner of the railway lines and is responsible for the management and maintenance of the railway infrastructure.


Countless private railway companies, rail freight forwarders, workshops, refuelling stations and rolling stock rental companies are active at the port of Antwerp. Both Railport and Infrabel are important partners for optimizing rail transport in the port of Antwerp.

Doubling rail transport for goods

The combination of a growing port, increased pressure on the road network and ambitious environmental objectives makes the promotion and support of alternatives to road transport imperative. Port of Antwerp launched a master plan to double rail transport at the port of Antwerp by 2030. 


In order to achieve this objective, Port of Antwerp set up ‘Railport’. Railport co-ordinates all rail activities at the port and develops projects with various partners. These are intended to strengthen rail transport within the port, as well as links with other European hubs.

What is the digital rail platform RTS?

Rail Traffic System (RTS) is the rail application that takes care of communication between the rail companies and the terminal operators. It is intended to become the unique communication platform for all rail actors at the port. The application enables a uniform exchange of information and makes all the relevant data available digitally and centrally.

Port of Antwerp - RTS Rail Traffic System digital platform

In the current version of RTS, which is in the testing phase, railway operators, terminals and third parties can plan and process the transport of trains or railcars. All parties involved can also track routes and view the real-time positions of trains and railcars.

Rail transport in figures

Port of Antwerp - infographic rail connections


Looking for advice on rail transport for goods? Questions about the various rail connections to and from Antwerp? Interested in starting up a new rail shuttle? Ask our rail experts your question.


We also have local rail experts in several countries who can bridge the gap between the port of Antwerp and the main hubs. Contact our international representatives.

Central reporting point for port rail

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Get in touch


Katarina Stancova

Senior Mobility Advisor Rail
+32 3 229 66 79

Nils Van Vliet

CEO Railport
00 32 3 205 21 45

Thomas Verlinden

Mobility Advisor Barge & Rail
+32 3 205 21 86