Hinterland Connections

High performance hinterland connections by rail, inland-waterway vessels and truck

The Port of Hamburg's well-developed hinterland network ensures excellent links to Europe and makes Hamburg a very attractive hub for many companies. Hamburg meets the growing cargo handling volumes and the ever increasing demands on the environment with well-developed infrastructure for rail, inland-waterway vessels and trucks as well as with environmentally-friendly port management.  In 2014 a total of around 103.7 million tons was handled in hinterland services of the Port of Hamburg. Approx. 43 percent of the goods were transported by rail, 11 percent by inland-waterway vessel, and 47 percent by truck. 


Europe's largest rail port

In the Port of Hamburg 44 million tons were transported by rail in 2014. This strengthens the hanseatic city's position as leading rail port in Europe. The Port of Hamburg railway has a track network of more than 300 kilometres, which efficiently handles around 200 goods trains with over 5,000 railcars daily. To ensure seamless rail traffic all container terminals have cutting-edge, high-performance handling facilities. Multi-purpose and bulk cargo terminals are also connected to the rail network. Meanwhile more than 100 rail companies operate on the tracks in the Port of Hamburg. They offer a tightly-woven network of wagonload services, shuttle and block train connections throughout the whole of Europe. The Czech Republic, Austria, Poland and Switzerland are some of the most important international destinations for container train connections to and from the Port of Hamburg. The most important German states for transport volume in the German seaport hinterland services are Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, and North Rhine-Westphalia.


    • Rail
    • Rail
    • Trucking
    • Trucking

Flexible, fast trucking services

Hamburg is linked to neighbouring regions and also to the large international commercial centres by motorway. Long distance traffic is handled on the radial long distance major road network around the city. Some 80 kilometres of this is motorway.

Annually the roads in the Port of Hamburg carry several million containers. The most important part of the modal split in hinterland traffic is road haulage in the local area (<150 kilometres). 

For short distances trucks are often the first choice because of their flexibility and the transport costs. The road network is continually being extended and traffic handling is steadily improving.


Germany's third largest inland port

Inland waterway vessels are seen as the most ecological mode of transport. No other mode of transport is in a position to achieve the same transport-performance in such an environmentally-friendly way. The Port of Hamburg is the third largest inland port in Germany. In 2014 approximately 10,000 inland waterway vessels tied up at the some 100 berths especially designated for them and transported around 11.6 million tons of cargo. Cargo leaves Hamburg daily on the River Elbe and the canals into the hinterland. There are regular services on the middle and upper Elbe in the direction of Magdeburg, Aken, Torgau, Riesa, Dresden and even to the Czech Republic to Děčin, Ústí nad Labem and Lovosice. Along the Lower Elbe Brunsbüttel, Cuxhaven and Glückstadt, among others can be served. In the Elbe Lateral Canal the link to the Mittellandkanal is also the connection to Braunschweig, Haldensleben, Hanover and Minden as well as to the Ruhr region and the inland ports of the Rhein, Main, Mosel and Neckar. Cargo also finds it way to Berlin via the inland waterways.


    • Inland waterway vessel
    • Inland waterway vessel
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