The rail terminal at Rungis, south of Paris, handles 400,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables a year. Europe-wide, there’s nothing else like it.


The Rungis rail terminal project was designed to meet a special challenge: ensure a reliable flow of fresh produce to 12 million people—and simultaneously shrink the facility’s carbon footprint for transport. The biggest market of its type in the world, Rungis handles 1.5 million tons of produce a year and is only 7 km from central Paris. A perfect job for rail.


With two platforms 370 metres long and 10 metres wide, entire freight trains can be unloaded in just 30 minutes. Result: annual capacity for incoming goods has risen to 400,000 tonnes, opening the door to rail-road transport and high-speed freight trains.

For now, the Rungis rail terminal is served by 50 SNCF freight trains a month. And six days a week, two trains from Perpignan deliver 1,100 tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables at the crack of dawn.

million consumers served, including 12 million in Greater Paris

visitors a day on average

minutes to unload an entire freight train

A closer look: Rungis