Brazil by Train

Find out about traveling on Brazil's rail transport network including domestic and international trains, and local trams and metro services...

Tram/Metro

Metro systems exist in eight Brazilian cities, including São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte. In others, such as Curitiba, a Bus Rapid Transit system is in operation, which has been praised for being an efficient and eco-friendly means of intercity transportation.

The metro systems are usually a safe, efficient and cost-effective means of traveling around the major cities of Brazil, particularly as road traffic can often be a problem.

The Metro Easy website has information on all metro systems operating in Brazil including operating hours and fare tariffs.

Train

There are very few passenger rail services in Brazil. A large portion of train services in the country are used for transporting cargo.

  • Local trains: For regional transport to some metropolitan suburbs, small interior towns and the coast
  • National trains: There are national trains between some cities in Brazil, but São Paulo is currently not served with a network that connects it to other cities outside of São Paulo state
  • International trains: International connections by rail are not well served - of the ten countries that Brazil shares a border with, only three can be reached by rail transport (Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia)

In recent years there has been an increase in the number of tourist routes and ‘leisure trains’ throughout Brazil, such as the Corcovado Train (Trem de Corcovado) in Rio de Janeiro, which takes passengers up to the site of the famous Christ the Redeemer monument. Another route transports passengers from Vitoria to Belo Horizonte, which takes just over 12 hours and is cheaper than taking a bus.

However, the railway system is not a common or efficient means of public transport.

Global mining company Vale, whose headquarters are in Brazil, operate two long distance passenger train services, the Vitória-Minas Railroad (EFVM) and Carajás Railroad (EFC). The railroads are monitored 24 hours a day to ensure passenger safety. Trains are modern and air conditioned with snack bars and restaurants,