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Transportation & Location

Crossroads of the Rio Grande Valley

Map of Texas with Star on Harlingen

Whether it is personal travel or importing and exporting goods and equipment, it’s much easier when there are plenty of options. Water access from the Port of Harlingen, personal and commercial air service from the Valley International Airport and the NAFTA CargoPort™️, and direct rail service with the Union Pacific Railroad makes the transportation for business or pleasure in Harlingen a breeze.


Valley International Airport and NAFTA CargoPort™️

Harlingen’s Valley International Airport works closely with some of the world’s most successful cargo carriers - Federal Express, Southwest Air Cargo, DB Scheneker, DHL, and Continental Airlines Cargo. Development of the NAFTA CargoPort™️ has aligned the airport to be the air cargo hub of the Rio Grande Valley. 


Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad has a local terminal and switching yard in Harlingen and provides direct rail access to The Harlingen Industrial Park and Port of Harlingen. The switching yard is operated by Rio Valley Switching Company (RVSC).

  • Connects with Border Pacific Railroad at Mission, TX (41 miles). 

  • Branches run from Mission to Hidalgo, TX (8.1 miles) and from McAllen to Edinburg, TX (12.8 miles).


3 Major Highways

  • I-2/US 83; Intersects with I-69E in Harlingen to Brownsville and Mexico and extends up the border to Nuevo Laredo as US 83

  • I-69C/US 281; Intersects with I-2 in McAllen, lending access to Brownsville/Mexico and runs North towards San Antonio as US 281

  • I-69E/US 77; Intersects with I-2 in Harlingen and extends South to Brownsville/Mexico and to the North towards San Antonio/Corpus Christi as US 77

Construction of area highways are under way as the area continues to expand - and Harlingen is in a great location to easily gain access to neighboring cities through the Rio Grande Valley's great highways.


Port of Harlingen

This strategically located shallow draft port connects with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, stretching from the Mexico border along the Gulf Coast to Florida where it connects with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), providing access along the eastern seaboard up to Boston, MA.