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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 in some dates – 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.

Important!! The touristic train will NOT have daily departures during low and mid-season. See the tour calendary here.

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. That´s why most people prefer to book a tour package with return by van instead of the return tickets.

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 8 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 the train categories

Compare here the different train categories and choose the one that fits you better:

• Tourist category: it departs from Curitiba at 8:15 am and from Morretes at 3 pm. The seats are cushioned and the windows might be opened. It has a guide in Portuguese who will inform about the tour, telling about the history, geography and landscapes. Toilet in the car. Snacks (simple crackers), one water or soda are included.

• Cabin and Imperial category: it departs from Curitiba at 8:15 am and from Morretes at 3 pm. Only one car each! The cabin car reminds of old trains and has 7 cabins for 2 or 4 persons each (max. 26 guests), windows might be opened and there is a toilet in the car. Imperial car looks like a restaurant car from the 1930´s, very charming and inviting for only 20 guests, with tables for 2 or 4 persons – windows can be opened and there is no toilet here. Both have guide in Portuguese and English and snacks are more elaborated. Beverages are included: water, soda and beer.

Standard Litorina: the train departs at 8:15 or 9:15 (depends on the date). Litorina Standard is an old budd car with air condition (windows do no open) The guides speak Portuguese and English. The board service includes simple snacks, water, soda and beer. There is a toilet in the car.

• Deluxe category: The train departs at 8:15 or 9:15 (depends on the date). This train  category is very charming and the atmosphere is very special, with elaborated decoration and air-condition (windows do not open). Only three cars in this category, with only 23 or 40 seats each – very exclusive! The guides speak Portuguese and English and explain about the railway, history and curiosities. The board service is very attentive and includes elaborated snacks (croissant with cheese/ham and cake), sparkling wine, soda, water, tea, coffee and beer. There is a toilet in each car.

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!

Only tickets, without further services 

In the options below you book only your train ticket in the wished category. It does not include pick-up service, lunch or any other service. 

Book Train ticket Curitiba / Morretes – tourist here. Portuguese speaking guide, simple snacks (crackers) and 1 water or soda per person. R$ 119 per person.

Book Train ticket Morretes / Curitiba – tourist here. Portuguese speaking guide, simple snacks (crackers) and 1 water or soda per person. R$ 119 per person.

Book Return train ticket Curitiba / Morretes / Curitiba here. Portuguese speaking guide, simple snacks (crackers) and 1 water or soda per person. R$ 238 per person.

Book Train ticket Curitiba / Morretes – Cabin or Imperial here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, snacks and beverages (water, soda and beer): R$ 235 per person

Book Train ticket Morretes / Curitiba – Cabin or Imperial here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, snacks and beverages (water, soda and beer): R$ 235 per person

Book Return train ticket Curitiba / Morretes / Curitiba – Cabin or Imperial here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, snacks and beverages (water, soda and beer): R$ 235 per person

Book Train ticket Curitiba / Morretes – Standard Litorina here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, air-condition, snacks and beverages (water, soda and beer): from R$ 185 to 235 per person

Book Train ticket Morretes / Curitiba – Standard Litorina here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, air-condition, snacks and beverages (water, soda and beer): R$ 185 per person

Book Return train ticket Morretes / Curitiba – Standard Litorina here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, air-condition, snacks and beverages (water, soda and beer): from ?R$ 370 to R$ 420 per person

Book Train ticket Curitiba / Morretes – Deluxe train here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, air-condition, snacks and beverages (water, soda, coffee, tea, sparkling wine): from R$ 265 to R$ 360 per person

Book Train ticket Morretes / Curitiba – Deluxe train here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, air-condition, snacks and beverages (water, soda, coffee, tea, sparkling wine): from R$ 265 per person

Book Return Train ticket Curitiba / Morretes / Curitiba – Deluxe train here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, air-condition, snacks and beverages (water, soda, coffee, tea, sparkling wine): from R$ 530 to R$ 625 per person

Complete tour packages

The options below include pick up service from central located hotel and adresses, train ticket in the chosen category, typical lunch, visit to Antonina, a lovely coastal town and return by van or mini-bus along the Graciosa road or BR-277 (according to weather conditions). All options are shared tours, what means that you will be in a small group, mainly with Brazilians. 

Book a Tourist train package here. R$ 285 per person (only Portuguese)

Book a Cabin / Imperial train package here. R$ 352 per person (Portuguese / English)

Book a Standard Litorina train package here. from R$ 315 to R$ 352 per person  (Portuguese / English)

Book a Luxury train package here: from R$ 382 to R$ 439 per person  (Portuguese / English)

 

Sunset train packages 

The options below include pick-up services from 9:00 on from central located hotels or adresses, van or mini-bus to visit Antonina and Morretes, typical lunch and train ticket from Morretes to Curitiba in the chosen category. It is important to remind you that the sunset times changes according to the season! All options are shared tours, what means that you will be in a small group, mainly with Brazilians. 

Book the Sunset train tour – Cabin or imperial here. R$ 352 per person (Portuguese / English)

Book the Sunset train tour – Standard litorina here. R$ 315 per person (Portuguese / English)

Book the Sunset train tour – Luxury here. R$ 382 per person (Portuguese / English)

 

Only transportation 

If you like to organize things by yourself, but wants to have it planned ahead, this option includes transportation by van to Morretes (driver-only) and the train ticket back to Curitiba in the tourist category. No lunch, guide nor other visits are included.

Book the Sunset tour – tourist here. R$ 165 per person (only Portuguese)

 

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 (adult). Children younger than 12 years old, students with official student cards and eldery (above 60 years old) have discounts. Inform ages and if you are student in the field “Special request” in your booking.

“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 three cars: “Foz” – reminds of the Iguassu Falls (23 seats), “Copacabana” (23 seats) and the newste one, “Curitiba” (40 seats). The ambiance is very exclusive and 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

 

trem-de-luxo-noturnoDeluxe 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.

The snacks 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 a bit more than 4 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. If you are lucky, in the day you chose you might 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! 

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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 Luxury Train?

There are different alternatives and you can choose the one you prefer:

Luxury train package – shared tour

Do you wish a tour in a small group? This one is for you! It includes pick up services from your centrally located adress (from 7:00 to 7:45 normally), train ticket to Morretes in the deluxe category, regional lunch, visit to Antonina and return by van or mini-bus to Curitiba. Prices vary from R$ 382 to R$ 439 per person, according to the date. >> See details and book here. <<

Luxury train sunset package – shared tour

If you prefer to depart later, this option fits you better. The tour includes pick up service from 9:00 to 9:30 from centrally located adresses, visit to Antonina and Morretes, regional lunch and ticket in the luxury category from Morretes to Curitiba. You will be back about 7:30 pm. Price is R$ 382 per person. >> See details and book here. <<

Train ticket Luxury category Curitiba / Morretes

Do you prefer to book only the ticket and organize the rest by your own? You have this option as well! It includes only the ticket with board service and no other services at all. The train departs at 8:15 or 9:15 (it depends on the date). The trip takes about 4:15. Prices vary from R$ 265 to R$ 360. >> See details and book here <<

Train ticket Luxury category Morretes / Curitiba

If you will arrive in Morretes by your own and wish to return to Curitiba by train in great style, this option fits you at best!  It includes only the ticket with board service and no other services at all. The train departs at 15:00. The trip takes about 4:15. The price per person is R$ 265. >> See details and book here <<

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

Read more about the train tour here and see below others images of the ride:

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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 group 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 from Curitiba and has Portuguese speaking guide. For a small surcharge you can book the tour in the Cabin or Imperial 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$ 285 starting from Curitiba. The pick-up at the hotels happen from 7am to 7:45 am and you will be back in Curitiba around 5pm.  >> See details and book here <<

From 2018 on this tour will happen on specific dates. >> Please check the tour schedule here. <<

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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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Train tour: car categories

Train tour: car categories

Curitiba is the departure place of a great tour in Paraná State – the famous train tour to Morretes. History and beautiful landscapes enchant people from all over the world ! 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:

Train car tourist category

This one is the main car category! 21 train cars are available for departure from Curitiba at 8:15 am (check the tour schedule for 2018 here). 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. Each car has a toilet. Feel free to bring your own food and water – it is necessary as the tour takes long and delays might occurr.

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The tourist category has Portuguese speaking guide. Photo: Special Paraná

Cabin or Imperial category

These two cars are very special. The Cabin car has separate rooms for 2 or 4 persons each and a central table – very nice for families travelling with children. The Imperial cabin looks like a restaurant car from the 1930´s, with much wood and sophisticated details. There are guides who speak Portuguese and English in both of them and the board service is very good. Nice snacks like croissant with cheese and ham and a cake are served and beverages are included (water, soda and beer). You can open the windows in both cars, but toilet is available only in the cabin car. As there is only one of each, you can inform your preference in your booking request, but we can not guarantee it will be available for the wished date.

 

Luxury train category 

Great Brazil Express is Brazil´s only and first deluxe train! Only three exclusive cars with special decoration. One of them is named Copacabana, another is Foz Iguaçú in honor to the famous waterfalls and the newest one is Curitiba, with a more modern decoration. You will find leather seats and velvet sofás, air condition, first class catering on board and a bar.

If you are lucky, in the day you chose the might be 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, coffee, tee and a special snacks (croissant with cheese and ham and a cake). 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

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