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The Ports of the Rhône comprise 22 industrial and port sites of which 18 are linked to the river, including Port de Lyon, managed by CNR. They are located about every 20 km along the River Rhone, a strategic corridor between northern and southern Europe and connected to world trade routes via the ports of Marseille/Fos and Sète.

The Rhone ports: 100 hectares of business activities and opportunities

Serviced lots available for construction, ready-to-use warehouses and business premises, etc. There are so many solutions on the Ports of the Rhône adapted to every logistic requirement: river, road and rail transport. The Rhone ports provide direct access to the ports of Fos/Marseille and Sète and thus to the whole world, and there are rail links to northern Europe.

The Rhone ports are levers for economic performance: they provide companies the opportunity to deploy an optimised multimodal logistic strategy, by making available to them services and infrastructures adapted to their needs.

River transport is ecological and economic

The transport of one tonne of goods by river generates on average 4 times less CO2 emissions than road transport and consumes 5 times less fuel. River transport is also more economically competitive: it can be less costly than road transport for certain logistic chains.

The main advantages of river transport are:

  • less energy consumption than road and rail transport: a benefit for the environment thanks to a reduced carbon footprint, a budgetary advantage for companies that can also include river transport in their CSR policy;
  • fewer bottlenecks on road networks and fewer road accidents;
  • the development of new business activities and the creation of jobs in the Rhone Valley.

The Rhone ports in key figures




industrial and port sites including 18 linked to the river,


companies already installed along the Rhone,


direct jobs.

The Port de Lyon in key figures


companies installed in the enterprise zone,

7 km

of river frontage including 2 public wharves,


container terminals and 1 heavy cargo terminal.

23 km

of railway lines.