Vitória - Minas Railroad Passenger Train

Vitória - Minas Railroad Passenger Train

The Vitória-Minas Railway (EFVM) operates the only daily passenger train service in Brazil that links two state capitals: Vitória (Espírito Santo) and Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais).

At 7:00, a train leaves Cariacica, in the metropolitan region of Vitória, Espírito Santo, arriving in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais at around 20:10; in the opposite direction, another train leaves Belo Horizonte at 7:30 and reaches its final destination at 20:30. There is also an additional train that goes between Itabira and Nova Era, both in Minas Gerais.

Tickets may be bought up to 30 minutes before the train departure time. After this time, the ticket offices only sell tickets for journeys scheduled for subsequent days.

Operating since 1907, the service transports around 1 million passengers per year across 664 kilometres of beautiful landscapes and historically important regions. The full journey takes approximately 13 hours.

The trains have a snack bar and restaurant, an exclusive car for people with disabilities, and air-conditioned executive cars. In all parts of the train, passengers can call on the onboard staff for assistance.

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Journey procedures FAQ
  • Buying tickets

    Besides an online ticket office, the EFVM passenger train service also has a number of external points of sale along the railway to facilitate your purchases and further improve your travel experience.

    You can buy tickets up to 60 days before the travel date at points of sale, at train stations or on the internet. At departure points, you can only buy tickets at least 30 minutes before the time the train leaves. After this time, only tickets for subsequent days will be sold.

    To buy a ticket, you need to present an official photo ID to permit your identification, such as a national identity card, a driver’s licence, an identity card issued by a professional association (OAB, CREA, etc.), a work card, a valid passport, an ID card issued by a federal or state judiciary or legislature, or a document issued by a ministry or entity reporting to the Presidency of the Republic. Only original documents or authenticated copies are accepted.

    Payment can be with cash or credit card. It is possible to divide the purchase cost up to 5 times on the card when buying online and, up to 3 times at the box office. Promotions are posted here on the site, in stations and inside the train.

    Children up to five years of age travel for free, but they must sit on their parent or legal guardian’s lap. Children aged six and older pay the full fare. For babies or infants in car seats, you must buy a ticket for an extra seat on the train.

  • Types of tickets

    There are two types of tickets: Economy and Executive (with wider and more comfortable seats).

  • Changing your travel dates

    There are two types of tickets: Economy (without air conditioning) and Executive (with air conditioning).

    You can make changes to your trip or cancel it up to six hours before the departure time from the station, but you are advised to consult the opening hours of our ticket offices.

  • Confirming departure and arrival times

    To find out what time the passenger train will pass through your local station, Vale runs an exclusive passenger train hotline: 0300 3136 580.

  • Boarding documents

    ID card, driver’s licence, work card, card issued by a regional work council, or a valid passport.

    If your document is stolen or robbed, or you lose it in any other way, we will accept a police incident report containing the details of all lost documents.

    Read the special boarding procedures for minors, elderly people and people with disabilities below.

    For foreign passengers boarding the presentation of the passport is mandatory. It will be the only accepted document, except for passengers from Mercosur countries.

  • Minors

    Passengers under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They must have a valid identity document accompanied by that of the parent/guardian that establishes his/her relationship with the child.

    Minors not accompanied by their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may only board the train after presenting authorization to travel issued by the Child and Youth Court. Only original documents or authenticated copies will be accepted.

    For those over 12 and under 18 are only accepted for shipment identification documents with photos according to Resolution 4308/2014 of the ANTT.

    Children five years old and under travel free, but must travel on the lap of a parent or guardian.

    Children aged six and over must travel on full fare tickets.

    Baby seats maybe used, provided that they fit on the carriage seats. However, as the child will not be travelling on the lap of the parent or guardian an extra ticket will have to be purchased.

  • Elderly people

    The Elderly People’s Statute mandates the provision of two free seats per passenger train, reserved for passengers of 60 or more years of age (and whose income is no more than two minimum salaries). If these seats have already been taken, eligible passengers can buy their ticket at a 50% discount (valid only for interstate journeys and in economy class). Identification and proof of income must be presented.

  • Train car for people with disabilities

    The Vitória-Minas Railway’s passenger trains have an exclusive carriage for wheelchair users and their companions, plus two free seats. In the economy class is offered a chair to suit those with limited mobility, obese and pregnant women.

  • People with hearing impairment

    People with hearing impairment also have a special passenger train communications channel. Call 0800 021 9934 to find out specific information about procedures.

  • Baggage

    The baggage limit per passenger is 35 kg.

    You can split up this limit between more than one bag. Please stow away your luggage in the overhead compartment.

    Passengers may not take on board animals (except guide dogs), weapons, explosives, flammable materials, solvents, perishable goods or other hazardous products.

  • Transporting animals

    Passengers may not take any animals on board, except guide dogs.

    Guide dogs travel for free, alongside their owner and under their control, in the front row. Guide dogs must be equipped with a harness, though a muzzle is not necessary. They must have an ID card and ID tag issued by a guide dog training centre or independent instructor, containing the following information:

    ID card:

    1. Name of user and guide dog;
    2. Name of training centre or independent instructor;
    3. CNPJ number of centre or company responsible for training or CPF number of independent instructor;
    4. Photo of user and guide dog.

    ID tag:

    1. Name of user and guide dog;
    2. Name of training centre or independent instructor;
    3. CNPJ number of training centre or CPF number of independent instructor.

    Mandatory items:

    Up-to-date vaccination card, proving that a multi-vaccine and anti-rabies vaccine have been administered, signed by a registered vet.

    The dog’s equipment, composed of a collar, leash and harness with a strap.

    The ID tag must be worn around the guide dog’s neck.

  • Service channels for queries, suggestions or complaints

    For queries, suggestions or complaints about the Vitoria a Minas Railways ‘passenger train, you get a unique number: 0800 285 7000.

    The “Alô Ferrovia” is a directcommunication channel to the community that works 24 hours and 7 days a week. Calls are free.

    The passenger train service also has the following:

    A communications channel for people with hearing impairment: 0800 021

To travel on a Vitória-Minas Railway (EFVM) passenger train, you can buy a ticket at 23 physical points of sale, or online, using a Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card. To buy a ticket for the Carajás Railway (EFC), however, we don’t do online sales, so you need to go to a station.

If you have any problems, please read our FAQ below or visit the Talk to Us section.

  • What documents do I need to show to board the train?

    ID card, driver’s licence, work card, regional work council card or valid passport.

  • Do Vale employees travel for free?

    Yes, and their dependents do too. You need to show your company name badge and ID card. Vale retirees and dependents also travel for free, and they must present their Valia ID. For the EFC, former Vale employees and retirees must obtain their tickets from the Human Resources sector.

  • Do children pay to travel on the passenger trains?

    Children up to five years of age travel for free, but they must sit on their parent or legal guardian’s lap. Children aged six and older pay the full fare.

  • What documents must be presented for travel by under-18s?

    People under the age of 18 need to show their birth certificate or ID card. Under-12s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and you need to show the child’s ID document and a document proving your relationship with the child. When unaccompanied by a parent or guardian, under-12s can only embark if they show an authorization letter from the Child and Youth Protection Court. Only original documents or authenticated copies will be accepted.

  • Do over-60s travel for free?

    The Elderly People’s Statute mandates the provision of two free seats per passenger train, reserved for passengers of 60 or more years of age (and whose income is no more than two minimum salaries). If these seats have already been taken, eligible passengers can buy their ticket at a 50% discount (valid only for interstate journeys and in economy class). Identification and proof of income must be presented.

  • What is the baggage limit?

    35 kg. You can split up this limit between more than one bag.

  • Are the trains adapted for people with disabilities?

    Yes, they are. EFVM trains have an exclusive car for passengers with disabilities or movement difficulty and the people accompanying them, as well as two free seats. On the EFC, only people with a federal “passe livre” card (see information at www.transportes.gov.br) travel for free.

  • Is there a space for smokers?

    No, and smoking is not permitted on board.

  • Can I take animals?

    No, you cannot, except guide dogs.

  • Can I buy a ticket on the day of travel?

    Yes, you can. You can buy an EFVM train ticket until 30 minutes before the scheduled departure, and an EFC train ticket until 45 minutes before departure.