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RCG links Brno to Budapest and further to Turkey

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ÖBB’s Rail Cargo Group links Brno in the Czech Republic and Köseköy in Turkey with two critical moves. As of 5 May, it launches a new rail link between Brno and Budapest with a frequency of two times per week. Additionally, it increases the existing roundtrips between Budapest and Köseköy to two per week to facilitate interconnectivity between Central Europe and Turkey.

The Czech Republic, Hungary and Turkey will have a direct rail connection from now on, based on frequent itineraries, timeliness and end-to-end handling services offered by RCG. The train departing from the Container Terminal Brno will pass through Budapest’s Terminal Bilk, Curtici in Romania and Istanbul before reaching Köseköy. Since Köseköy is on Turkey’s Asian side, the train will also pass through the Marmaray undersea tunnel connecting the country’s European and Asian grounds.

Brno to Köseköy. Source: ÖBB

Integrated network

Once again, RCG proves the efficiency of its TransFER network across Europe. Over the last couple of months, Austria based rail company has seen an explosion of activities in many different regions. Specifically, it keeps upgrading existing services by adding more roundtrips and capacities or launching new ones, like the one between Bro and Budapest, always interested in keeping its network well connected and flawless.

Among the latest developments, one can find the intensification of trips between Trieste-Vienna-Linz and between Linz-Wels-Duisburg. Additionally, the launching of an intermodal service between Verona and Hannover cannot go unnoticed. Finally, RCG is also active on the New Silk Road, since a month ago, it received the second train from Ganzhou to its terminal in Budapest.

Budapest becomes a hub

The company’s Terminal Bilk in Budapest is gradually acquiring much importance as a crossroad and rail freight transport hub. The Hungarian city offers a state-of-the-art freight terminal that facilitates extensive services and connections with multiple European destinations and the New Silk Road through the CIS countries and Central Asia.

In particular, Budapest offers direct access to Central and Northern Europe, but also the Port of Koper, the Balkans, and the Port of Piraeus. On top of that, by using Ukraine or Turkey, for instance, as gateways, it acquires access to the New Silk Road and respectively China.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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