Eurogate Intermodal (EGIM) has expanded its intermodal transport network, reinforcing Munich as a hub for rail transport to Europe’s southern ports, the Balkan states and Turkey.
EGIM now offers two weekly connections between Munich and Budapest with block trains to Budapest-BILK freight station in a transit time of less than 24 hours without stops.
In addition to this route, EGIM operates two weekly services from Budapest to Istanbul (Halkali) in Turkey.
Customers have a high demand for reliable rail connections to Turkey as an alternative to traditional truck transport, the intermodal operator noted in a statement.
Munich will thus become the central hub for shipments from Southern Germany, Italy (La Spezia, Genoa, Trieste) or Slovenia (Koper) to South-East Europe and the Bosporus.
Lars Hedderich, managing director of EGIM, said that the company wants to build on its current services to and from Hungary by “consistently reinforcing our South-East European routes.”
“Just a few months ago, we introduced a connection from Budapest to Nyribator in Eastern Hungary with the aim of expanding our market towards Hungary and Romania,” he stated. “The rail connection from Budapest to Turkey is a reliable alternative to traditional shipments by truck and ferry. There is high customer demand for rail connections to Turkey.”
EGIM already operates six direct trains a week from the German North Sea ports to Hungary. Effective immediately, EGIM is offering two direct connections a week between Munich and Budapest-BILK, for both export and import shipments.