6 November 2020

Rhine-Danube corridor has started its operation

The Rhine-Danube corridor has started its operation

With the publication of the Reserved Capacity on 12 October 2020, the Rhine-Danube corridor reached the operational phase.


Pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 amending Regulation (EU) No 913/2010, the Rhine-Danube Corridor, consisting of seven Member States and nine members, was created by the transformation of the Czech-Slovak Rail Freight Corridor (RFC). The corridor forms an important international traffic axis, which connects production centers in Eastern Europe with target markets in the West. Its lines stretch from Strasbourg at the river Rhine through Southern Germany, Austria, Hungary up to the Black Sea Coast with the high sea port of Constanta in Romania.  In addition, it also covers the axis from the German/Czech border of Cheb via Praha and Ostrava up to the Slovakian/Ukrainian border of Čierna nad Tisou.

Several RFCs connect to the Rhine-Danube corridor lines, such as RFC Orient/East-Med, Alpine-Western-Balkan, Atlantic and Rhine – Alpine.

The RFC Rhine-Danube consist of:

  • 5 111 km of principal lines;
  • 1 832 km of diversionary lines;
  • 78 terminals including several inland waterway ports;
  • 1 high – sea port at the Black Sea (Constanta).

The corridor serves as an “economic engine” connecting industrial hubs along its way by enabling rail freight transport chains, and hereby supporting a green and sustainable transport mode in the heart of Europe.

For more information, visit the corridor website: http://rfc-rhine-danube.eu