The port of Antwerp has a highly favourable location. It is situated deep inland and has an excellent connection to international shipping. Mobility, however, means more than just that. For example, the port offers numerous means of transport for carrying both goods and people via alternative methods.

Passenger transport

We are continuing to aim for a good balance in the mobility of and different transport methods for local residents, visitors and employees.


By combining (electric) bikes with the Bike Bus and DeWaterbus, we have created an attractive and reliable alternative. In addition, we are focusing on various forms of collective transport.


To increase the safety and comfort of cyclists further, we are investing €40 million in cycle lanes alongside the existing 200km of cycle lanes that we already have. The ambition? A cycle lane to the gates of every company at the port

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Passenger transport: number of DeWaterbus users

2020 saw a fall in the total number of DeWaterbus users, because tourists were not allowed on DeWaterbus. If we only look at commuter traffic, however, then these numbers have even risen in the past corona year. This is atypical for 2020 public transport figures, and highlights once more the success of DeWaterbus.

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Passenger transport: number of bicycle bus users

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, the Cycle Bus performed amazingly well. In 2020, a new monthly record was even set in the month of September, with no less than 13,499 commuters. This makes it a very nice result for a transport method that is only used for commuter traffic.

Cargo transport

There is a fast and efficient solution for transport between the port of Antwerp and the European hinterland for all products. You can find a range of means of transport there that can also be combined, for example: shortsea, inland navigation, rail, road transport and pipelines. In order to guarantee fast and efficient transport, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is focusing on the sustainable organisation of freight transport to, from and within the port. By 2030, the port of Antwerp is aiming to bring about a modal shift from road transport to modes of transport that put less strain on the roads. With a modal shift in favour of rail, inland navigation and pipelines, among others, we can avoid increasing road congestion.

The further expansion of night logistics is one of the solutions for coping with peaks in container transport at terminals and by road. Port of Antwerp-Bruges also encourages parties in the hinterland to introduce night-time opening and make maximum use of the opportunities created in the port area.

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Modal split container transport 2020

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Modal split container transport 2030

We are focusing further on the modal split for container transport. The ambition is to double the rail share by 2030.

We have been seeing a nice evolution since 2006, whereby 63% of the transport was still taking place by truck, while this is just 58% today. A fall of 20%. Shipping / transport by inland waterway has risen by 11%. Transport by rail has also risen by 9%.

Volume by rail

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Total volume transported by pipelines

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