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Round trip to Sweden

Effective immediately, DB Cargo's direct service from Cologne to Malmö and back again will link the key economic centres of the Rhineland and the Ruhr District with the Malmö area.

It takes the new train less than 20 hours to travel from Germany to Sweden. For customers, that means the transport time is cut in half. DB Cargo is establishing the new service following the overwhelmingly positive response from its customers to the Malmö–Cologne service that started back at the end of 2017.

Among other freight, this connection transports steel products produced by the SSAB and Outokumpu Groups from Sweden to the Ruhr. The direct service recently established in the opposite direction has made round trips possible.

In addition to the direct connection with a competitive transit time, the integration into DB Cargo's single wagonload network is a crucial advantage for customers.

The network links together all of Europe's major economic centres.

The new connection benefits the steel, paper and consumer goods industries in particular. However, the train is open to potential customers from different industries, as well. "For consignors from the Benelux states, transferring freight to the new service in Gremberg or Wanne-Eickel also substantially shortens transit times," adds Andreas Morawietz, central capacity utilization manager in the Single Wagon Offer Management Team.

DB Cargo is the only freight operating company to provide direct single wagonload connections between Cologne and Malmö. Intermodal load units can also be carried.

Better wagon availability due to shorter journey times

"Trains are a real alternative to lorries and inland waterways," says Katja Janschersky, Head of Rail Services Sweden. "With services running every weekday and fixed journey times, customers especially in the economic centres of Malmö, the Rhineland and the Ruhr District can plan more easily and enjoy competitive terms." Now, the round trip is letting customers unlock the full potential of this connection. For instance, the regular, high-frequency departures sharply curtail the time cargo spends languishing in storage. In addition, wagon turnaround times are reduced, improving wagon availability. DB Cargo, in turn, can be flexible and scale up its operations to respond to its customers' requirements. From an environmental standpoint, shifting traffic onto the rail network also reduces the environmental footprint of customers' supply chains.

DB Cargo is constantly developing its network in line with the wishes of its customers and is already working on additional direct train connections.


Four reasons why new and existing customers are benefiting from this direct service:

  • Shorter journey times
  • High departure frequency
  • High wagon efficiency
  • Reduced carbon emissions