RCG already operates several regular intermodal train connections between Europe and Asia and is continuously expanding its range of services in this field. As part of the expansion of tailor-made transport and logistics solutions for intermodal transport units, we now provide two new TransFER connections between the Asian part of Turkey and Hungary as well as Turkey and Romania. This extension to the RCG network provides improved connections to economic hubs across the entire Eurasian region.
The TransFER Curtici–Istanbul provides a direct connection of one round trip per week from the Romanian terminal to Halkali, the most important international freight terminal in Turkey. After all, Istanbul is a crucial freight hub on the Southern Silk Road for transport between Europe and Asia. This new TransFER connects the economic regions of Turkey and Romania with a transit time of only 66 hours.
The TransFER Budapest–Köseköy connects the Asian part of Turkey with Europe – with a transit time of just under five days. With this weekly round trip, RCG is expanding its network and logistics services between Asia and Hungary together with its partners TCDD and Pasifik Eurasia. The chance to link Anatolia and Central Asia / China means that all of Western Europe’s economic centres are also connected via the logistics hub of Budapest. This in turn means the entire Eurasian region can tap into the RCG network. The Mamaray Tunnel underneath the Bosporus – the strait between Europe and Asia – plays a key role in this non-stop connection. Freight trains on the Trans-Caspian transport route use it to provide a seamless underground connection between the Asian and European parts of Turkey. The first intermodal block train for one of our customers loaded with 36x45-foot containers of white goods as well as car spare parts travelled non-stop through the tunnel on its way from Arifiye in Turkey to Sopron in Hungary. This proves that rail transport is not only efficient but above all competitive and is becoming an increasingly attractive mode of transport.