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National Railway System

UIC code

alpha BR

National Railway Operator

There is no national railway operator. Only one company runs long distance passenger services - a mining company named Vale, which operates two lines:

  • Estrada de Ferro Vitória a Minas (EFVM) between Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais state, and the port of Vitória, in Espírito Santo state.
  • Estrada de Ferro Carajás (EFC) between Parauapebas, in the state of Pará, and the port of São Luís, in Maranhão state.

São Paulo Metropolitan Services are operated by Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos (CPTM) [English - São Paulo Metropolitan Trains Company].


Unofficial timetable information is also available at Fahrplancenter. Note that this may be out of date.

Some information is available at the Man in Seat 61.

São Paulo operator CPTM has PDF pages with service intervals for each line at its website.

Web-based Maps

An interactive map of the São Paulo Metropolitan Services is at the CPTM site.

Interactive maps of metros are at Metro Line Map.

Tourist Lines

Bonde de Santa Teresa (Santa Teresa vintage tramway) in Rio de Janerio. Official Site in Portuguese.


Metro systems exist in Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Paulo and Teresina.


Light rail systems exists in Rio de Janerio (VLT Carioca) and Santos.

Recent and Future Changes

Recent Changes

São Paulo suburban rail operator CPTM extended its Expresso Aeroporto service from Luz to Palmeiras-Barra Funda from 1 September 2023.

Future Changes

A National Railway Plan, due to be published in October 2023, is likely to include the introduction of regional passenger services over seven short or medium-distance routes:

  • Brasília, Distrito Federal, to Luziânia in Goiás state, about 60 km;
  • Maringá to Londrina in Paraná state, about 100 km;
  • Pelotas to Rio Grande in Rio Grande do Sul state, about 60 km;
  • Salvador to Feira de Santana in Bahia state, about 110 km;
  • Fortaleza to Sobral in Ceará state, about 200 km;
  • São Luís to Itapecuru Mirim in Maranhão state, about 115 km;
  • Duque de Caxias, north of Rio de Janeiro, to Itaboraí and Niteroi in Rio de Janeiro state (a route round Guanabara Bay).

Obscure and Sparse Passenger Services

None known