Multimodal Transport

GEODIS is a pioneer in multimodal transportation. We design smart solutions, combining varied transport modes, to meet your unique delivery and sustainability targets.

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One service. Many transport modes.

Go beyond what an “only road" or "by air" freight journey can offer. 

Try a different approach with multimodal transport solutions that lower emissions & optimizes cost, while improving efficiency.

GEODIS combines at least two different modes of transport, including road, rail, air, sea & barge. And we tailor the transport model, based on your top priorities: transit time, cost, product, & environmental goals. 

Even when it comes to carrying large volumes of goods, our multimodal services deliver seamless, flexible, & secure operations.

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    Increases transportation capacity

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    Optimizes transport costs

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    Speeds-up freight transit times

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    Shrinks carbon footprint of your freight

Advantages of multimodal transport

Increases transportation capacity


  • Optimise asset usage


  • Harness reliable scheduled capacity & routes



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Cost effectiveness of multimodal transport

Optimizes transport costs


  • Do more with less, by moving larger freight volumes at optimized costs


  • Enjoy competitive rates for goods that can handle longer delivery or storage time
Freight transit times improvement

Speeds-up freight transit times


  • Locate products closer to consumers for optimized delivery


  • Circumvent movement restrictions in large cities


  • Expedite freight arrival at port hubs
Reduce carbon footprint with multimodal transport

Shrinks carbon footprint of your freight


  • Use fleets and assets, which run on lowest emission energy sources


  • Reduce carbon emissions, as compared to "only road" or "by air" freight



reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, as compared to an equivalent road transport option


Short Sea Containers

We offer scheduled roll-on/roll-off services between Spain & Italy. Regular shipments depart from the ports of Irun, Bilbao, & Santander to UK & Northern Europe.

Rail/Road Transport

GEODIS is the French leader in Rail-Road transport. It is the only carrier to offer 3 alternative rail-road services, covering distances of 500+ km. 

Sea/Air – Air/Sea

We offer flexible routing options & global coverage via strategic Sea-Air hubs (such as Dubai, Los Angeles, Singapore, & South Korea).

A growing need for low-carbon transport solutions

Transport is responsible for 14% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 23% of CO2 emissions. Its contribution is rising faster than any other energy end-use sector. In fact, direct transport carbon emissions could double by 2050, according to the Smart Freight Centre.

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"It is not a mere pipe dream. We can do something to reduce our business’ environmental impact, while ensuring efficient and competitive transportation. By measuring and comparing the emissions generated by the different modes of transport, optimising all logistics flows, and choosing the solution with the less carbon intensive option at the right cost transport can become more sustainable."


Marc Vollet, Operational Excellence Director for European Road Network business

Frequently asked questions

When at least two different carriers, such as trucks, trains, ships, and planes, are used  to move freight, it is called multimodal transport. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions and optimizes transport costs. It's useful to transport goods within a country or a continent, and for intercontinental shipments. To manage this transport flow, we suggest working with an expert logistics partner.

With multimodal transportation you need skilled logistics personnel, to manage the workflows, who are difficult to locate. Same with technologies to orchestrate the transport flows. Threadbare transport networks are also a concern that can lead to an inefficient supply chain.


Luckily, with one single point of reference, everything from technology to labour and network can be outsourced. 

To optimise multimodal transport, you need to battle changes in fuel costs, container availability, general shipping rates, and sustainability concerns. Consolidating loads and compressing delivery routes are just some of the solutions. If that sounds like a lot to manage, know that it is. That is why logistics experts like GEODIS can optimise the transport operations for you.

If you are looking to optimize transport costs and reduced cargo insurance pricing, multimodal freight is right for you. It is also ideal for businesses that seek sustainable transport operations.


What usually drives customer’s choice for multimodal solutions is its service reliability and ability to reduce carbon footprint.

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We’ll show you how you can use GEODIS to deliver what matters to your customers. No matter the size, goals or shape of your business – we can tailor-make our solutions to fit your needs.

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