The Port of Tarragona believes wholeheartedly in intermodality as the way to optimise logistic chains and offer a better service to our clients, from both an economic and a sustainability point of view.

 The Port of Tarragona has rail line with Iberian gauge throughout the Port, and more than 10km of mixed gauge (UIC & Iberian). Additionally, it has electrified access to the wharves and terminals of the Ribera zone, which is dedicated to general loads.

 The Port saw the movement of 1,423,483 million tonnes of freight by rail in 2018. In total, 4.089 trains with 62.677 wagons circulated through the Port in 2016.



Rail in the Port



2 points of connection
to the general network

46 km

10.3 km

14 trains per day

250,000 TEUS 
 4 lines of 750m







The Port’s rail lines connect to the Saragossa-Madrid service, the service to Valencia, and the service to Barcelona, thereby connecting us to Europe.

The internal rail network of the Port provides services to the operational wharves. From east to west, there are three lines connecting the internal network of the Port to the network which belongs to ADIF, the rail infrastructure company of the Spanish State.

To the east, the first line runs through the Aragon Wharf to the Catalonia Wharf, in two parallel tracks throughout the coal terminal.

The second line runs in parallel to the left bank of the Francolí River. This second line provides access to the Castile Wharves (with three entrance points) and the Chemical Wharf, arriving at the Train and Chemical Station.

The third line, connected to the train line to Valencia, runs through the Hydrocarbons Wharf, and on to the Andalusia, Cantabria and Galicia Wharves. At the Galicia Wharf, there is the Boella Intermodal Terminal, next to the container terminal. This line also serves the areas of the Port which have general freight, such as the vehicles terminal, a multi-use terminal, and the future Logistic Activities Zone (ZAL).




Port Tarragona Terminal Guadalajara-Marchamalo



Port Tarragona has 150,000 m2 in 'Ciudad del Transporte Puerto Centro',  important logistics and services platform on the  area of influence of Madrid near Guadalajara and Marchamalo.

The ‘City of Transport’ will attract new maritime traffic to the Port of Tarragona from the centre of Spain and at the same time will attract continental traffic by rail.

Port Tarragona and Puerta Centro-Ciudad del Transporte have consolidated the agreement that will allow the Catalan infrastructure to expand to the centre of the Iberian Peninsula and establish itself in what will be the most important logistics and service platform in Spain, with the capacity to channel the main flows of national, European and international goods between rail and road to the maritime ports and the centre of the country.

The main aim of Port Tarragona is to develop a multipurpose intermodal terminal in this strategic location between Guadalajara and Marchamalo (Castilla-La Mancha), 70 km from Madrid and connected to the main road and rail communication routes in the country.

The future intermodal terminal, which will be called the  PortTarragona Terminal Guadalajara-Marchamalo, will cover some 150,000 m2. This new infrastructure will be complemented by the La Boella Intermodal Terminal in Tarragona, and will promote the growth of intermodal rail-road and maritime traffic.




A Strategic Location in the Centre of the Peninsula

The Guadalajara Intermodal Terminal will be located in the Madrid corridor, the most dynamic area in the environs of Madrid, which boasts over 6 million inhabitants in a 60 km radius.

Thanks to its connectivity with the main ports of the Cantabrian coast (Bilbao, Santander) and the Mediterranean coast (Tarragona, Barcelona) and its location in an industrial environment, Guadalajara Intermodal Terminal will provide high capacity in terms of load volumes, fostering the development of intermodal transport of goods by rail.

With respect to road communications, the future terminal will be connected to main transport routes (R-2, CM-101, and A-2, European Route I-90) and the rail network on the Madrid-Tarragona / Barcelona-French border line.

In terms of rail connections, the Ciudad de Transporte is connected to ADIF Line 200, which is a conventional gauge track and is connected to the Mediterranean Corridor rail network (Rail Freight Corridor 6) and allows linking to the Atlantic corridor via Zaragoza (north) or Madrid (south) (Rail Freight Corridor 4).

It is also outside the suburban railway network of Madrid, which will avoid it being limited by capacity constraints caused by metropolitan passenger traffic. This will mean notable savings in time and cost in terms of transport services and greater efficiency with respect to the infrastructures used for goods transport.

All of the above will allow goods stored in PortTarragona Terminal Guadalajara-Marchamalo to reach anywhere in the world through Port Tarragona and vice versa.




Anticipated investment and deadlines

The project development forecast spans two phases.

First Phase (10,450 m2)

    The construction of all rail facilities

    The execution of the first phase of the container storage yard.

Second phase (4,800 m2)

    The execution of the second phase of the container storage yard.

    The construction of pre-fabricated buildings (technical building, services building and warehouse for load consolidation and deconsolidation).

    The construction of the road area, roundabout and lorry parking area.


Total investment: € 20M




Future Opportunities and Main Objectives

For Port Tarragona, the project is an excellent opportunity for intermodal growth through the development of this important multipurpose and multi-client terminal in the central Iberian Peninsula, which will connect with the main seaports on the Spanish coasts.

The infrastructure will be of supra regional and international standing and will be capable of channelling the main national, European and international flows of containers and breakbulk either to or from Madrid and its metropolitan area, which includes the Port, the cities of Guadalajara, Toledo, Segovia and Ávila. It will also be one of the main centres for the regional and metropolitan distribution of the Henares Corridor.

Rail companies have expressed their interest and have put forward offers for operating in PortTarragona Terminal Guadalajara-Marchamalo and in developing services in Port Tarragona between both terminals after being informed of the project and the La Boella intermodal terminal.


Developing new maritime traffic by promoting new infrastructures and intermodal transport services. The connection to the Intermodal Terminal of La Boella in Tarragona will allow the platform to be offered as a gauge-change node when connected to the IUR gauge of the Mediterranean corridor.


  Increasing intermodal (maritime and land) rail traffic with its hinterland and expand it towards Madrid and central Spain.


Capturing continental road traffic to and from Port Tarrragona by rail


Providing the Henares Corridor with a multimodal logistics platform capable of operating with 750 metre-long trains (non-existent to date) as a reference node for the logistics chains in central Spain, enhancing the concentration of loads and economic activity, and providing for quality transport and logistics services, as instruments necessary to guarantee and promote imports and exports in central Spain.


Stimulating the commercial activities in the regions of Castile-La Mancha, Madrid, Aragon and Catalonia.


Improving employment in the area. The creation of up to 3,000 direct and indirect jobs is anticipated for the 'Puerto Centro Ciudad de Transporte' project


Contributing to the development of new production areas in order to achieve a more efficient, competitive and sustainable logistics and transport system.



The Characteristics of the new Port Tarragona Terminal Guadalajara-Marchamalo

​The PortTarragona Terminal Guadalajara-Marchamalo will cover a total surface area of 150,000 m2 along a lateral strip to the eastern side of the 'Puerto Centro Ciudad de Transporte', with:

6 km of Iberian-gauge track


2 reception and expedition tracks for +750m-long trains


3 750m-long loading and unloading tracks


Northern and Sourthern connection of the Core Network Corridor with the Mediterranean Corridor


Proximity with the transatlantic corridor of the TEN-T network


8 points and crossings (5 escape tracks and 3 switches) to permit train manoeuvres


60,000 m2 of paved surfaces for loading and unloading, storage at height and other activities


700 positions for 20-foot containers


18,500m2 of parking area for heavy goods vehicles


Consolidation and deconsolidation warehouse


Automatic signal and telecommunications systems

500m2 technical building with enclosed security zone




  Commercial and Business Development Office

Pau Morales

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