With developed highway and railway network, ports, airport and strategic location, Thrace is a region with a high level of accessibility with powerful transortation infrastructure. Connections between the main lines, industrial zones and ports within the region are ensured with a highway and divided roads. Tekirdağ Port's connection with the railway line has been completed. The launch of Asyaport, one of the few container ports in Turkey and Europe, together with Martas Port, the region has accelarated in terms of searoutes. Furthermore, Çorlu Airport has added cargo handling services to its existing passenger transportation services; which has enabled our region to take a leap further in the field of Logistics. The Istanbul-Europe high-speed train still in the development stage, along with the Istanbul-Çanakkale highway projects being implemente means the region's transportation infrastructure will become even stronger.
There are 5 on-land border gates to Greece and Bulgaria in the Thrace Region.
1. Aziziye Dereköy – Bulgarian Border
2. Hamzabeyli – Bulgarian Border
3. Kapıkule – Bulgarian Border
4. Pazarkule – Bulgarian Border
5. İpsala – Bulgarian Border
The Thrace Region Railway Network is part of Turkey's international railway network. With its starting point in Istanbul, the railway line passes through the Edirne city borders and Kapikule Border Crossing through to Bulgaria, and via Eskikoy Border Crossing and Greece through to Europe.
There are daily train services such as the Sofia Express between Istanbul-Sofia-Istanbul and services between the Istanbul-Thessaloniki-Istanbul. The Romania-Bucharest line is covered by wagons connecting to the Sofia Express service.
Furthermore, there are daily regional train services operating on the current line between Istanbul-Halkali-Çerkezköy-Kapıkule for domestic passengers. There is a 45km line connecting the Istanbul-Edirne railway line with the Tekirdağ Port, which ensures cargo and passenger transport via this route as well.
Paralel to the Tekirdağ-Muratlı Railway Line starting its operations, by bringing the railway line from the train station to the port, the plan is to transport a large portion of the wagons carried by the Turkish Government Railways on the Tekirdağ-Bandırma, Trans-Asya ve Trans-Avrupa lines that are not able to enter Marmara.
The Thrace Region has a coastline stretching out on the Marmara, Aegean and Black Sea. This unique feature makes it the only region in Turkey with a coastline in three different seas, with a developing searoute transportation sector.
Asyaport was built in Barbaros / Tekirdağ and launched its services in the year 2015 by the Asyaport Port Inc., an establishment that was founded by the Global Terminal Limited (GTL) company - which carries out port investments for the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Group - together with the Soyuer Family, exclusively for container port operations.
TTurkey's first transit container port (Hubport), Asyaport, has up to 20m depth, a total of 2,000m docks and a 2.5 million TEU per annum capacity; making it a world-scale port.
With searoute, highway and railway connections, Asyaport is a logistic center in its region and with its 1,200 enployment capacity, it has a significant contribution to Tekirdağ's business and work life.
Thanks to its distinguished location and professional, specially equipped cranes, the port provides services in world seas with its 15,000 TEU capacity, to Super Post Panamax type ships.
The completion of access via highways and divided roads from Asyaport Port to all industrial areas of the Thrace Region and Istanbul, will not only ensure the connection between the Central Balkan region and Europe via the Tekirdağ-Muratlı Railway Line, but it will also mean that economic and efficient services will be provided to al Black Sea ports, the gulf and South Marmara shores with small vessels. There is a 5 million meter-squares of industrial and warehouse areas in Asyaport's background space.
The Tekirdağ Port is located on the coast of the Marmara Sea, in Tekirdağ. With easing the Tekirdağ – İstanbul highway connection with the completion of the divided roads between Tekirdağ – Muratlı ve Tekirdağ, the port is 53 kms from the TEM highway connection, 44 kms from the Tekirdağ Çorlu Airport, 135kms from Ataturk Airport and 200 kms from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport.
Tekirdağ Port has a total 130,000m2 are, 2,000m of pier length, a 3,000,000 ton bulk cargo and 200,000 TEU container capacity per annum; and an exemplary port complex which provides internal and International Ro-Ro services with its modern equipment and experienced team. With a 6 million ton general cargo and bulk cargo capacity, it is the 3rd largest port in the Marmara Region, and the 7th largest port in the Marmara Region with its 1 million ton liquid cargo handling capacity.
Built on the coast of shore of the Marmara Sea, this port is 35kms from Çorlu Airport and 70 kms from Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Its main transportation lines and close proximity to industrial zones are the ports greatest advantage points.
With a total area of 100,000 m2, the port has a 3.5 million ton cargo handling capacity.
With 5 different piers of varying widths and depths, it is able to provide services to ships under 100,000 dwt. The port has 2 towing boats and is also able to provide services to NATO military ships.
Çorlu Airport, providing services in Tekirdağ's district of Çorlu, is open 24/7 to domestic and international air traffic. With a 600,000 passenger capacity per annum, areas open to passengers are 2,145m2, along with a parking lot with a 297 vehicle-capacity. Çorlu-Ankara-Çorlu passenger services are carried out on a daily basis. Operations directed at launching domestic and international flights to other regions as well are in progress. A large portion of air traffic in Çorlu Airport consists of commercial planes and cargo and cargo traffic are increasing each passing day. Plans of building a Cargo Village in the space behind the airport are in progress.
Havsa International Industry and Logistics Center
In the Havsa International Industry and Logistics Center, the industrial base which will consist of industrial facilities, the logistics park which will have logistics, transportation and distribution firms carrying out their operations as in a collective manner and modern social facilities which will provide services to these sectors, will all be located in the one place. The land on which the center will be located belongs to Seda Construction Inc., its planning permission has been obtained and its road, water, electricity, sewage and communication infrastructures have been completed; making it an ideal piece of land for a "logistics village."
Together with the establishment of the center, is estimated that firms operating here will ensure employment for approximately 3,000-5,000 people. With international standards of design, plans include sports and recreation centers and accommodation facilities, food and beverage facilities, healthcare centers, daycares and industrial vocational high schools - all kinds of living spaces as observed in international examples. Plans also include providing operational customs, depo/warehouse spaces, highway parking areas, container stockyards, handling areas, milkrun servies, block train implementations, depots for transit cargo, distribution and transfer services.
Integration of Cargo Centers to the Railway Transportation System and the Logistic Center Project;
With the aim of improving logistic means in the TR21 Region: a general evaluation of all transportation modes, a prefeasibility analysis of connection lines in terms of ensuring the integration of cargo activity with the railway transportaion system by examining the railway infrastructure with regards to the cargo centers in the TR21 Region, and connection line suggestions for ensuring TR21 Region-sourced cargo - especially export cargo - to be transported to Asyaport and TDI ports via a Dryport terminal with a railway connection set in the center of Tekirdağ, are all developments that are expected to take place. The aim of this project is for shipments to be organized in connection with Tekirdağ ports by evaluating both the highway and railway transportation systems of cargo center-based cargo in the TR21 Region.
In this respect, operations aimed at building a Logistics Center which will pave the way for the logistics sector which is developing further each passing day in our region have commenced and the location selection process is in progress.