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What you need to know about the rail tour to Morretes

What you need to know about the rail tour to Morretes

The rail tour to Morretes is the most famous and the most booked tour in Curitiba. If you are planing a trip to Curitiba, this one should be on your must-do-list – and if possible, booked before you arrive here! Get information and tips here to make the best choice and have a great experience during the tour.

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How does the rail tour to Morretes work? 

Most important things first! The train has one departure time to Morretes and one back to Curitiba. It leaves from Curitiba at 8:15 am (the deluxe train at 9:15 am – you will read about the difference later) and it leaves from „Rodoferroviária“ in Curitiba (bus and train station are in the same place). The departure place is central and has easy access by bus, cab or even walking from some hotels. The journey takes about 4 hours and 15 minutes, but there might be delays or stops in the middle of the journey. The tourist train shares the railway with cargo trains, and cargo has priority. Delays can not be predicted, but do not let them ruin your trip – just be advised that they might occurr.

Many people still referr to the rail tour as to Paranaguá. It was so in former times, but since some years, the rail tour ends in Morretes. Unfortunately the rail station in Paranaguá is in very bad shape. But we swear you will not miss any beautiful landscapes, because the most beautiful parks of the railway end in Morretes anyway!

Morretes is a nice and picturesque little town. You will find handcraft stores with local goods, beautiful old houses, historical buildings, the beautiful Nhundiaquara river and restaurants with the regional food „barreado“ – a beef stew served with cassava flour, rice, bananas, fish, praws and side dishes. Try the famous „bala de banana“ – banana candy – and the „cachaças” – sugar cane spirit.

The train departs back to Curitiba from the local rail station – central and easy to find – at 3 pm. The journey takes about 4 hours and 15 minutes and the landscapes are the same as on the way there.

An important tip: it might be tiring (or boring!) to go and return by train. The landscape is the same and you will be more than 7 hours inside the train. It is usually better to go or return by van or by bus. We will show you below some options you have so that you can compare and book the best one for you. Package tours usually include one way or another along the Graciosa Road or the BR-277, depending on the climate. Both have beautiful landscapes of the Serra do Mar mountain range.

The rail tour to Morretes along Serra do Mar is amazing! Photo: Serra Verde Express

The rail tour to Morretes along Serra do Mar is amazing! Photo: Serra Verde Express

Know how much does it cost? Compare and book!

The most important now is to guarantee your seat in this unmissible rail tour to Morretes. It is often fully booked – book it ahead!

You have several options: book only the tickets (one-way or return) or complete tour packages that will make your stay more comfortable! See here the most booked tour options, but in our website you will find all options, including ones with hiking, rafting or canoening.

 One-way ticket in the tourist category: book only the train ticket. Perfect for independent travellers who want to organize everything by their own. You will need to go to the rail station in the tour day, have lunch where you prefer in Morretes and organize by yourself your further trip. There are buses between Morretes and Curitiba (Viação Graciosa). Cost: R$ 119 per person (Portuguese speaking guide, snacks and 1 water or soda) or R$ 174 per person in the executive category (with Portuguese/English speaking guide, snacks, soda, water and beer included). The train departs from Curitiba at 8:15 am.

Tour package in the tourist category: a van picks you up in your central adress between 7:00 and 7:45 am. Rail tour to Morretes, regional lunch (no beverages nor desserts are included), visit to Morretes and Antonina. Return to Curitiba by van along the Graciosa Road, finishing at your adress in Curitiba. R$ 269 per person or R$ 319 in the executive category with English speaking guide.

Tour package in the deluxe category: a van picks you up in your central adress between 8:00 and 8:45. Rail tour to Morretes with Portuguese/English speaking guide, breakfast, sparkling wine, beer, soda and water on board, stop at Santuário do Cadeado in the middle of the forest, regional lunch (no beverages nor desserts are included), visit to Morretes and Antonina. Return to Curitiba by van along the Graciosa Road, finishing at your adress in Curitiba. R$ 439 per person.

Sunset tour in the tourist category: departure by van from Curitiba to Morretes at 9:30 am from the rail station (the van does not pick you up at your adress) and return ticket to Curitiba. Lunch is not included and you can choose the restaurant you prefer. R$ 159 per person or R$ 205 in the executive category with English speaking guide in the train.

Sunset tour in the deluxe category (best value!): the van picks you up between 9 and 9:30 am. You will enjoy the Graciosa road in the morning, visit to Antonina and Morretes, regional lunch (no beverages nor dessert included) and will have the comfort and enjoy the service of the deluxe train in the return. The tour finishes in your adress. R$ 332 per person.

Important: the tour is called “sunset”, but we can not guarantee you will see it, as it depends on the time the sun goes down.

If you compare all the options, the tour packages with transport from your adress, lunch and return by van are a good deal. They are worth and you will not have any worry and will not loose time organizing your trip on spot. Besides that, you will visit Antonina, a lovely harbour town with great views of the bay. It is close to Morretes, but a bit difficult to reach and visit with public transportation. Compare and choose the best option for you. We are here to assist you to make a good choice.

Important! The transportation can also be done along the BR-277 in case the weathear conditions are not safe to driver on the Graciosa Road.

Know the train categories

You have already read about the main tour options. Compare here the different train categories:

• Tourist category: this one has daily departures from Curitiba at 8:15 am and from Morretes at 3 pm. The seats are cushioned and a guide in Portuguese will inform about the tour, telling about the history, geography and landscapes. Snacks, one water or soda are included.

• Executive category: departures weekends or on request (minimum 10 people). Cushioned seats, the guide on board speaks Portuguese and English. Snacks, water, soda and beer are included. Departs from Curitiba at 8:15 am and from Morretes at 3 pm.

• Deluxe category: departures weekends or on request (minimum 10 people). This train is very charming and the atmosphere is very specail. Only two cars in this category, with only 23 seats each – very exclusive! Sparkling wine, breakfast, soda, water and beer are included. A stop for pictures at Santuário do Cadeado happens on the way to Morretes, in the middle of the rain forest. Departure from Curitiba at 9:15 am and returno from Morretes at 3 pm. Do you want to know more about the deluxe train? Read our post about it.

Watch the vídeo with images about the different categories and choose the one you prefer.

How to book your rail tour to Morretes?

The most comfortable way is to book only in the links of every tour above. If you have questions, you can call us at +55 41 3232 1314, send an e-mail to info@specialparana.com or a whatsapp or text message to +55 41 9 9935-7215. You will find many tours and information in our website. It is worth to take a look in the different tours and get inspired to make the most of your trip. See also the advantages to become our client! The informed prices are per person. Children younger than 12 years old have discounts.

“If this is one of the most booked tours, should I book before?“

For sure! The sooner the better. Some categories, like the deluxe, are almost always fully booked, especially during holidays. The price is the same if you book before and you will not have any extra work when you arrive.

Important – be aware to have your passport!

All participants, including children, should take the original documents to ride the train. Children travelling without the parents should take a travel authorization, the same type used to flights. Check if you have your document with you to avoid problems.

Some information more…

“If it rains, will the rail tour be cancelled?“ NO! The train ride happens also in case of rain. The landscapes are surely prettier with sunshine, but you do not need to cancel the tour because of the weather. And you will most likely have a penalty fee in case of cancelation. The wheater here is very weird and it changes a lot along the day. The beautiful mountains and rain forest will be there anyway!

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With Sunshine or rain, the forest is very beautiful! Foto: Special Paraná

“May I choose the seats?” The seats are numbered and sold in order. We can not skip them or choose the side. If there are seats available, you may change it after tour begin.

About the regional lunch: the cuisine in Morretes attracts many people. When included, the food is typical of the region: „barreado“ – beef stew served with cassava flour, rice, bananas, fish, praws and side dishes. In case you have any food restriction, please inform in your booking request. We can not guarantee, but will try to accommodate your needs. If the meal is not included, you can choose the restaurant you prefer. Most restaurants cost from R$ 50 per person.  If you like “cachaça”, do not miss the local ones!

This is “barreado”, the regional meal! Photo: Special Paraná

This is “barreado”, the regional meal! Photo: Special Paraná

“If I live in Curitiba, do you pick me up at home?“ If you chose a tour with this servisse, the answer is YES! Inform your adress instead of hotel name in your booking request: if it is downtown or a close neighborhood, the pick-up servisse is included. If you live further away, there might be a fee. We will inform you and you will decide if you want it or not.

Pay attention to the pick up times. If your tour includes pick up service, please be at the lobby on time to avoid delays to the group. If you will go straight to the rail station, plan time ahead because of the traffic and to avoid problems.

Watch our video and other pictures with the main moments of the rail tour to Morretes and see how the tour is. You will be sure to book NOW!

The Graciosa Road is charming! Take a look at this dawn at BR-277 – simply awesome! Photos: Special Paraná

The Graciosa Road is charming! Take a look at this dawn at BR-277 – simply awesome! Photos: Special Paraná


The stop at Santuário do Cadeado is exclusive for deluxe train – a moment for great pictures facing the Marumbi mountains. Photos: Special Paraná

The stop at Santuário do Cadeado is exclusive for deluxe train – a moment for great pictures facing the Marumbi mountains. Photos: Special Paraná


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What about a tour by sundown? Photo: Serra Verde Express.


Morretes and Antonina are lovely historical towns. Photos: Special Paraná

Morretes and Antonina are lovely historical towns. Photos: Special Paraná


Rail station in Morretes. Photo: Special Paraná

Rail station in Morretes. Photo: Special Paraná

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Deluxe train tour in Curitiba

Deluxe train tour in Curitiba

The only deluxe train in Brazil takes its passengers to an amazing experience through the Serra do Mar mountain range. Great Brazil Express has only two cars: “Foz” – reminds of the Iguassu Falls and “Copacabana” (22 seats each) – a very exclusive ambiance. The decoration reminds of the Golden times of the railways, when travelling used to be exclusive in the 1st class train cars. The train tour from Curitiba to Morretes in this category is unique, from the ambiance to the service.

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Departure point in Curitiba. Photo: Special Paraná

Deluxe train: an outstading experience from the begining to the end

Right after boarding, the staff will offer a glass of sparkling wine. They will also tell the history and curiosities about the railway and the region and will point out the most interesting places for those who want to take pictures or film. The staff speaks Portuguese and English.

→ Know more about all car categories of the train tour here and choose the one you prefer:

Breakfast on board fits perfectly the ambiance. Trays with a delicious cheese/ham croissant,  butter roll, butter, jelly, lemon pie and beverages round up the menu, that can vary without previous notice.

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Inside the train and the breakfast during the ride. Photos: Special Paraná

The train tour lasts about 3,5 hours and crosses the largest Atlantic Rain Forest preserved area in Brazil in a railway with more than 130 years of history. You will cross several tunnels and view points where you can see waterfalls and a river and other attractions pointed by the staff. We will get off at one of them, the Cadeado Chapel, built in honor of the Mary Holy of Rocio, patroness of Paraná Estate. A 15-minutes stop close to the nature with great views! Passengers can also visit the train conductor. In groups of max. 4 people it is possible to see the railway very closely and have opportunity for great and fun pictures.

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Serra do Mar mountain range and the Cadeado Chapel. Photos: Special Paraná

After arriving in Morretes, the tour goes on. For lunch, try the typical “barreado”, almost mandatory for visitors in Morretes. This local specialty is a delicious beef stew served with cassava flour and bananas! The lunch also includes fish, spraws, rice, salad and much more. Morretes is also famous its history, for the banana candy, traditional “cachaça” – sugar cane spirit and beautiful and quiet landscapes around.

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Morretes and the typical lunch: barreado! Photos: Special Paraná

How to book the Deluxe Train?

The Great Brazil Express departs almost every day from Curitiba, starting at 9:15 – talk with our team to confirm! It is a beloved tour by locals and tourists from all over the world! Don’t forget: it’s better book in advance because there are only 22 seats each car!

The complete tour package also includes a visit the picturesque Antonina, from where you will have great views from the bay with the Serra do Mar mountain range. A tour from the mountails to the sea – simply unforgettable!

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Antonina and great views from the bay. Photos: Special Paraná

NEW: Litorina Curitiba

Besides the deluxe train cars “Foz” and “Copacabana” with its vintage ambiance, there is a new car for this famous tour: the “Litorina Curitiba”, with a more modern inside decoration, inspired by two importante symbols of Paraná State: the mate-tea and pinhão (seed of the Araucária tree). With total capacity of 40 persons, the decoration´s style is more modern, with velvet seats and wooden floor and in the ceiling you can recognized the embroided“ pinhão”. The service on board includes breakfast, beverages and Portuguese/English guide. Attention: this car is not working at the moment!

Despite the more expensive prices, the Litorina Curitiba and the Deluxe train are worthwhile regarding the offered comfort and service. Book your our in advance, as there are only few seats and this tour is very beloved!

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Train tour to Morretes

Train tour to Morretes

Get here further details about one of the most booked tours in Paraná State, starting from Curitiba! It is the amazing train tour along the Serra do Mar mountain range! The railroad was opened 1885 and until today the passenger train traffics between Curitiba and Morretes daily. The railroad goes further until Paranaguá, but the passenger train´s last stop is Morretes, 40 km before, where the most beautiful track ends.

During this unmissible tour you will see the scenic beauties of the Atlantic Rainforest and will experience this remarkable railroad, that celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2015. Each piece of the tour is special and has several surprises that deserve to be seen and photographed!

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The train tour to Morretes is one of the most booked tours in Paraná State! Photo: Special Paraná.

Curitisities about the train tour from Curitiba to Morretes

  • 13 tunnels
  • the train is from 1960´s, but follows a strict maintainance schedule
  • the railroad was opened 2nd February 1885 and its construction took only 5 years
  • formerly the passenger train used to travel until Paranaguá, but now its end station is Morretes, where the most beautiful landscapes end
  • the Great Brazil Express train is one of the categories and the only deluxe train in Brazil.
  • the train in the tourist category has daily departures. This category has only Portuguese speaking guide on board.
  • there is only one departure from Curitiba to Morretes: 8h15 am for the tourist and executive category (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) and 9h15 am for litorina and Great Brazil Express category (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays). If you have a gropu of 10 or more persons, it might be possible to confirm the train tour in other categories (executive or deluxe).
  • the depature from Morretes to Curitiba happens daily at 3 pm. The return ticket is possible mostly only in the tourist category.
  • during the tour you will see the greatest portion of Atlantic Rain Forest left in Brazil
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A scenic tour in the middle of the Atlantic Rainforest. Photo: Special Paraná.

  • you will see the Marumbi Mountain Range. Marumbi was the craddle for mountain climbing in Brazil!
  • the first tunnel is Roça Nova and it is the longest one and the only one without curves. Beside it there is a tunnel that has not been used since the 1960´s and was recently transformed into maturing cave for high quality sparkling wine – delicious and very interesting! The place is called Cave Colinas de Pedra.
  • for a glance you will see a chimey in the middle of the water!
  • there are three bridges crossing the Ipiranga River. From the first you will see the electriciy engine of Casa Ipiranga. Some historians say that Casa Ipiranga hosted big parties for the engineers and railroad workers. Unfortunately there are only ruins left!
  • The 9th tunnel is called “ghost tunnel” – the only one with a pedestrian way.
  • Saint John Bridge (Ponte São João) is the longest one (113 m) and almost 60 m height. Its project was Brazilian, but it was built in Belgium and braught to Paranaguá  by sea!
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This is Saint John Bridge, one of the landmarks of the train tour. Photo: Special Paraná.

  • The Viaduct Carvalho is one of the most expected moments of the tour – with 86m length, it was built on 6 pillars fixed on the stones. From there you will not see the track and will have the feeling that the train flies for a glance!

Advantages to book a complete tour package

Before you book your train ticket, check the difference betwenn the categories and choose the one that fits best to your expectations and budget. Read about them with more details here. The amazing view will be the same in all categories, but what changes are the services included. It is possible to book only the tickets and arrange the rest on your own or you can book a package with several services and you will see more things than you would do by your own in the same time! The tour package in the tourist category (join-in tour) is available daily and has Portuguese speaking guide. For a small surcharge you can book the tour in the executive category, with Portuguese-English guide. Check-out the advantages of a tour package:

  • The tour begins in your hotel. The van driver will pick you up in the morning – safe and comfortable!
  • When you book the complete tour, you will guarantee your return to Curitiba and will not have to worry about bus tickets or further details. Mostly the return is by Graciosa Road, that was built before the railroad. A very nice road  with many curves! You will not have the same tour by return.
  • Typical lunch in Morretes is included – you will taste the delicious “barreado”, a beef stew served with rice, cassava flour, bananas, spraws, fish and salad. Yummy!
  • A tour in Morretes and Antonina is included. Antonina is a beautiful coastal town and you most probably not get the chance to visit it by yourself. Make the most of your day-tour!
  • If you travel by car, you will all be together and no one will have to take the car and miss the train tour.
  • You can have some alcohol during lunch and no problem at all, as you will not be driving. Morretes is famous for its “cachaça” – sugar cane spirit and there is a local producer for craft beer as well. Enjoy!

Price per person from R$ 235 with daily departures from Curitiba. The pick-up at the hotels happen from 7am to 7:45 am and you will be back in Curitiba around 5pm. 

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One of Antonina´s beautiful views! Photo: Special Paraná.

You can request your booking in our site or by e-mail info@specialparana.com or by phone +55 41 9935 7215. There are several other tour options and you can combine the train tour with a hiking, canoeing, boat tour among others. See the options here.

Watch our video with the main moments of the train tour and see how the train tour is. Live will be surely much better!

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Special thanks for your tour guide Ana Maria Alcidez, that helped us with the curiosities!

Train tour: car categories

Train tour: car categories

Curitiba is the begin point of a great tour in Paraná State – the famous train tour to Morretes. History and beautiful landscapes enchant people from all over the world all-year-long! The train cars are from the 1960´s and there are different categories. See below further details and the description of each. The information will make your choice easy and you will book what fits best to your expectations. Read also our article about the train tour.

The train departs daily from Curitiba, not in all categories. Some of them are available only Saturdays, Sundays and holidays or for groups (prior reservation needed)! Check-out details:

This one is the main car category! 17 train cars are available for daily departure from Curitiba at 8:15 am. It is a middle-class car, with board service, one water or soda per person, snacks and Portuguese speaking guide on board. It is possible to open the windows and few cars have acryllic windows.

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The tourist category has daily departures. Photo: Special Paraná

This category is available for departures Saturday, Sunday, holidays or for a minimum of 10 people with prior reservation (book at least one week before). 2 train cars with larger windows and board service, water, soda or beer, snacks (better than in the tourist category) and Portuguese/English speaking guide on board. The departure from Curitiba happens at 8:15 am. Attention! There are only 2 cars in this category and in case they are out service for maintainance, they can be replaced by a car of the tourist category, with the same services than the executive category.

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In the executive category the windows are larger and the seats are more comfortable. Photo: Special Paraná

  • Train cabin car

In this category the price is not per person as in the previous ones, but for the complete cabin. It is confirmed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays or for minimum 2 sold cabins (book in advance – at least one week before!). There are 7 cabins: 1 for 4 peopel and 6 for 8 people. The cabin for 4 people does not have a table and you travel in the opposite train direction. The other cabins have seats for 8 people and a table. There is board service with water, soda, beer and snack (like at executive category). The guide on board speaks Portuguese. Tip: nice for families with children. The table can be used to play or draw during the trip.

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Table on one of the cabins – perfect for families with children! Photo: Special Paraná

This is a self-motorized train with larger windows and air condition. There is only one car in this category and departures happen Saturdays, Sundays, holidays or other days for at least 15 clients. Board service with water, soda, beer, snack (like in the executive category) and Portuguese/English speaking guide In this category the train makes a stop at Santuário do Cadeado, in the middle of the journey to enjoy the landscape and the rainforest atmosphere.

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With wooden floors and velvet armchairs, the Litorina Curitiba is a new of train ride to Morretes!

Great Brazil Express is Brazil´s first deluxe train! Only two exclusive cars with special decoration. One of them is named Copacabana and other, Foz do Iguaçú. Departures happen Saturdays, Sundays, holidays or other days for at least 15 clients. Leather seats and velvet sofás, air condition, first class catering on board and a bar. In this category there is a stop in the middle of the tour at Santuário do Cadeado to experience the rainforest better. The board service includes sparkling wine, water, soda, beer and a special snack. The guide on board speaks Portuguese and English.

Curiosity: the name “Litorina” came from Italy, from where this nice train comes from! This train model was presented for the press in the 1930´s in the city of Litto and soon was called by the press “Littorina”. The “Littorine” travelled Italy from north to the south from 1930´s on. Today, this self-motorized train is considered a rarety!

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One of the deluxe litorina, the car “Foz do Iguaçú”. Photo: Special Paraná

We have also a vídeo with images from all categories inside and the included snacks to make your choice easier. Watch now:

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