Maersk freight train. Photo: Col André Kritzinger

Maersk launches high-speed railway line Rijeka-Budapest

Maersk Line has launched a new high-speed railway service connecting the Croation coastal city of Rijeka with Budapest. The service is a direct connection to the ocean service of Maersk, in the direction of Europe and Asia.

The new service was launched on 14 April with the departure of a block train in the direction of Hungary, where cargo can be transhipped onto trucks. The weekly departure on Saturday matches vessel arrivals on Friday in Rijeka, and truck departures in Budapest on Tuesday, optimising the logistics chain.

Improved efficiency

Maersk Line recently reviewed its sea freight services connecting Europe-Asia connections in order to improve the network. Port congestions and weather conditions impacted reliability on Asia-Europe services. The changes introduced are aimed at significantly improving buffers in schedules, making it easier to accommodate potential disruptions and thus minimising the impact on service delivery, world’s largest container shipping company explained.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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