New rail links improve European hinterland connections for the Port of Zeebrugge


Since the beginning of December, the private rail operator Lineas provides daily rail links between 3 terminals in the Port of Zeebrugge and the European Green Xpress Network.  This optimized Zeebrugge rail link enables the port and Lineas to work together towards the further implementation of modal shift to rail.

The Seaport of Bruges (Zeebrugge) is located at a strategic location in Europe. Many goods have to find their way from the port to the European hinterland, in countries such as Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, etc. To relieve pressure and to meet the different demands on the market, goods transport by road must shift to transport by rail.  That is why Lineas and the Port of Zeebrugge have joined forces to coordinate better the rail offering between the port and the most important European destinations and to turn Zeebrugge into a real rail hub.

Daily service, shortest possible transit time, reliable connections

Because the Port of Zeebrugge is directly connected to the Green Xpress Network – a network of direct, frequent rail connections between European economic centres, cargo from Zeebrugge can reach its European destination (and vice-versa) with the shortest transit times. In this way, goods transport via rail becomes more attractive and more cost-effective than by road.

Thanks to these new connections, Zeebrugge is now linked with Switzerland (Basel), Austria (Vienna, Graz/Welz), Slovakia (Bratislava), Germany (Köln, Ludwigshafen/Mannheim), Italy (Milano), Spain (Madrid, Tarragona, Hendaye, Granollers), Czech Republic (Lovosice), Sweden (Malmö) and the ports of Rotterdam and Le Havre.

Lineas runs a departure and arrival service on every working day to and from 3 terminals in Zeebrugge (C.RO Ports and P&O Ferries for the shortsea and Cosco Shipping Ports Zeebrugge Terminal for the deep sea (with an appropriate schedule), so that cargos can be on their way to the international destinations on the same day. In this way, Lineas can provide a fast connection between Zeebrugge and a large number of European industrial hubs.

Joachim Coens, CEO Port of Zeebrugge/MBZ nv: “For the Seaport of Bruges, this rail link means strengthening our intermodal offers deep into Europe. This intermodal transport is our strength.”

Sam Bruynseels, Managing Director, Lineas Intermodal: “The new link addresses the demand from many customers and the port. We have noted that our Green Xpress Network appeals to the market. We hope that with this offer we can convince Zeebrugge logistics service providers who do not yet use rail. The rail solution to a wide and growing offer of European destinations is at least as attractive and more reliable than road transport.”

Lineas continues to focus on the further expansion of the Green Xpress Network. A number of new European destinations will be introduced at the beginning of next year