Turkey: the bridge between Europe and Asia

20. 04. 2021

Turkey’s landscape and history make it one of the oldest and the most diverse countries on the Mediterranean. It’s size and strategic location between Europe and Asia also make it an extremely interesting market. It is one of the few countries to experience economic growth in the corona year 2020.

TransNET is our sphere of action on the Eurasian continent. We connect all the ports and economic and industrial hubs, and we go wherever we’re needed – to our customers and their goods.

Turkey has long been declared “the bridge between Orient and Occident”. Its rich history and landscapes make it one of the most diverse regions with one of the oldest civilisations on the Mediterranean. Turkey’s geographical location between Europe and Asia makes it a powerhouse for many European economies and a key strategic market for us.

ÖBB Rail Cargo Group in Turkey

From our domestic markets of Austria and Hungary, we connect ports, economic and industrial hubs across Europe and into Asia. We provide no less than 25 TransFER service combinations to and from Istanbul and secure the link to Halkali, the most important international freight terminal in Turkey.

After all, Istanbul represents a key hub for freight transport on the Southern Silk Road between Europe and Asia. It connects West European economic centres with countries in Southern and Southeast Europe. With 17 RCG staff on site, we play a leading role in European logistics for transport from China to Europe via Turkey. Our SmartLINK provides end-to-end logistics as well as many add-on services, like the entire customs clearance process for instance.

The role of rail in Turkey

Rail was the most important mode of transport in Turkey until the mid-1950s. While a concentrated effort was made to expand the road network over the following decades, expansions to the rail network was increasingly neglected.

Several mega-projects have been initiated over the past 15 years, however. Turkey aims to extend its current 12,532 km long network with an additional 10,000 km of high-speed railway lines and 4,000 km of electrified railway lines by 2023. The government’s goal is to extend the existing rail network to 26,000 km by 2023 and to 30,000 km by 2035.

The future looks promising…