Intermodal Rail Service begins maiden trip from Thessaloniki Port to Sofia

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(Image Courtesy: Port of Thessaloniki)

Following the creation of the first dry port in Sofia, Bulgaria and with an objective of improving connectivity, the first train from the Port of Thessaloniki to the dry port in Sofia departed on Friday (November 27) morning. The itinerary with a total duration of 16 hours, is the beginning of the pilot phase of this service, which will last until mid-January 2021.

During this period, the connection and the various services provided will be refined to perfection. Weekly departures and arrivals will follow between Thessaloniki Port and the Dry Port in Sofia, in fixed dates and hours, offering stability and efficiency to the market, Port of Thessaloniki informed.

Managing Director and CEO of ThPA S.A. Franco Nicola Cupolo said:

“Port of Thessaloniki is committed to developing the strategic Intermodal Rail connection in the Balkans beginning today with direct rail connectivity to Sofia, Bulgaria ThPA S.A. Dry Port with reliable and efficient service, itineraries and costs. The regular connection on a weekly basis between the port of Thessaloniki and the Dry Port in Sofia, will increase the competitiveness of the port and will contribute significantly to the Local, National and South-Eastern European economy, by strengthening the import and export activity.”

Sea News, November 27

Baibhav Mishra
Author: Baibhav Mishra