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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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