Antwerp: strategically located in Europe
Your ideal gateway to Europe – and beyond
Did you know Antwerp is located in the northern part of Belgium, in a region called Flanders? Are you aware that our city has unparalleled connectivity thanks to its inland location 80 km from the coast? This is why Antwerp is your ideal European gateway, close to all major European and international industrial and consumer markets.
Our city and port offer you the fastest, most cost-effective, suitable connections to the European hinterland. Over 60% of European purchasing power is situated within a radius of 500 kilometres of Antwerp. Antwerp is the departure point for the shortest route to European customers and industry.
Our port is actually a unified port - a unique collaboration between two individual ports. The Port of Antwerp-Bruges is the second largest container terminal in the world. Together, we cater for the largest vessels, in Antwerp, up to eighty kilometres inland – bringing products as close as possible to their final destination. Where ships are offloaded, a modern network of railway lines, roads, pipelines and waterways carries goods to the heart of Europe in no time.
Antwerp also boasts a top spot in digital connectivity rankings. We have been one of the top ten areas with the best broadband access for several years now. Mobile coverage is equally reliable. Combined with a wide range of modern communication and tracking tools, this means you are always as close as possible to your goods – even if they are physically thousands of kilometres away. Ready to start exploring?
Antwerp's central location in Europe allows you to connect your business to the world. FDi Intelligence, a specialist division of the Financial Times, has ranked Antwerp in the top 10 for connectivity, indicating Antwerp’s high level of international interconnectivity for companies located in the city.
Goods & Services
Accessible and mobile at a lower cost
The Port of Antwerp-Bruges truly is a world port. It is the largest European port for conventional cargo and the 2nd largest port in Europe. This makes our port a major gateway to Europe, with excellent infrastructure for receiving all types of transport and goods. What’s more, there is no other port so centrally located in Europe. It makes transporting your goods to consumers – regardless of the method used - easier, more sustainable, more efficient and therefore less expensive.
from London, Paris, Amsterdam
Located in the heart of Europe
of European purchasing power within 500 km
Source: City in numbers, 2021
Mobility to and within the city
Accessibility and mobility
Antwerp has excellent connections to surrounding business centres, such as London and Paris, via motorway, high-speed train and airplane. Within the city, a number of mobility projects usually guarantee hassle-free movement in and around the metropolis.