Hupac to increase frequency of Cologne-Malmo shuttle train

Image: Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0 DE. Eckhard Henkel

Hupac will increase the frequency of their shuttle service between Cologne, in Germany, and Malmo, in Sweden, from three to four weekly roundtrips. From Cologne, Hupac has further connections to Switzerland and Italy.

The increase will be effective as of Monday, 6 February, and, as Hupac added, was caused by higher market demand. The service is suitable for all types of cargo, including waste and dangerous goods. Transit time is A/B, with departures on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from Malmo and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from Cologne.

As Hupac mentioned, the destinations for this service are the Cologne Eifeltor terminal and the Mertz Transport terminal in Malmo. Cologne will also function as an enhanced gateway since, from there, Hupac runs one weekly train to Aarau in Switzerland, and two weekly trains to Novara and Busto Arsizio, in northern Italy.

Image: © Hupac

Hupac in Cologne

Other than services to and from the Cologne Eifeltor terminal, Hupac has recently increased its presence in the city in western Germany. Since the beginning of 2023, in fact, the company has been operating the terminal Cologne North. The bi-modal terminal is conveniently located near the motorway junction Köln Niehl (A1/A57) and is directly connected to the Rhine port Köln Niehl via rail. It has an area of 152,000 square metres with five transshipment tracks and three gantry cranes. Up to ten trains can be loaded and unloaded inbound and outbound per day.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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