Terminal services on 22.3 hectares – our largest terminal in Hungary: Terminal BILK

29. 06. 2021

The Rail Cargo Terminal BILK operates with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced infrastructure. The Terminal connects Western European financial centres with Southern and South-Eastern Europe and China along the Silk Road from its location in Budapest. The staff handle container volumes of 220,000 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit = unit of measurement for container sizes) on an area covering 22.3 hectares, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Terminal has seven 750-metre-long and two 280-metre-long loading tracks, as well as a 50-metre-long emergency track. Two gantry cranes, nine reach stackers, two terminal tractors and a terminal semi-trailer are used to move the cargo. There are also a total of 72 electrical connectors available for transloading refrigerated containers.

Key hub for financial centres

Alongside our individual block train services that run to and from Hungary, nine standard TransFER connections operated by RCG link Terminal BILK with Europe and even beyond into Asia:

  • Budapest–Koper
  • Budapest–Köseköy
  • Budapest–Neuss
  • Budapest–Ploiesti
  • Sopron–Budapest–Istanbul
  • Wels–Vienna–Budapest
  • Jinan–Budapest
  • Budapest–Xi’an

Budapest BILK is a key hub for European maritime transport. It offers direct connections to major European ports (Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Koper, Rijeka, Piraeus, Halkali) and terminals (Neuss, Duisburg, Curtici, Ploiesti) as part of our extensive TransNET, which is handled by rail partners through regular container trains. Unscheduled block trains and combined wagonloads are also transported by rail in addition to the scheduled container block trains.

Working for our customers for 17 years

The Budapest BILK container terminal is Hungary's leading transport terminal and it has been the transhipment centre for unaccompanied combined transport units since 2003, making it vitally important. BILK is thus the hub for intermodal freight transportation to Western and Southeastern Europe.

A lot has happened since it opened in 2003: container handling and storage capacities have been expanded further due to increased demand. Hungary’s robust industrial sector, automotive in particular, played a decisive role in its economic growth in 2019. In the first quarter of 2020, GDP growth was 2.2%, which matched the forecasted values.