Ouro Preto – Mariana Vale Train


Ouro Preto – Mariana Vale Train

Discover the history and beautiful landscapes of the cities of Ouro Preto and Mariana through an exciting journey on board our train.


From 2004 to 2006, Vale revitalized the old 18-kilometre railway constructed in 1883 between the cities of Ouro Preto and Mariana, and was also responsible for the restoration of the four stations along this route – Ouro Preto, Vitorino Dias, Passagem de Mariana and Mariana. The cars and train were artistically renovated, conserving their original characteristics. The stations at Ouro Preto and Mariana will be 128 and 102 years old, respectively, in 2016.

Railway Route

For the railway to arrive in Ouro Preto and Mariana, years of waiting and prodigious engineering works were required, such were the barriers imposed by the region’s terrain and topography.

The history of the construction of the Ouro Preto railway, which began in 1883, and its subsequent extension to Mariana, concluded only in 1914, is an important chapter in both the history of the two cities and the entire history of the 19th century.

It was also at the end of the 19th century, with the advent of the railway, that the region’s economy started to take a new direction in terms of both industrialization and the exploration of its mineral wealth, the old dream of the miners who could no longer depend on the region’s gold.


Composed of a steam engine, a diesel engine and five passenger cars, the train can carry 240 people per journey.

The cars have the same design as the old trains, with wooden interiors, and they stand out for their panoramic views as their transparent structures allow passengers to see the whole landscape.

The steam engine was created at the beginning of the 19th century in England. It arrived in Brazil in the middle of the century, but only spread throughout the country in the 1900s with the development of the railways.

The Ouro Preto-Mariana Tourist Train’s engine was made by Skoda, in the Czech Republic, in 1949. The Loco 201 model can reach a maximum speed of 60 kilometres an hour (km/h). The average speed on the Ouro Preto-Mariana line is 20 - 25 km/h.

The Loco 201 was ordered for the Santa Fé railway in the United States. It was then bought by Ferrocarril, in Argentina. In 1980, the Federal Railway Network (RFF) bought the engine for use in Santa Catarina, from where it was brought to be used on the Ouro Preto-Mariana Tourist Train. The Loco 201 is not currently in operation.

Known as Machine 3, the Brigadier engine was constructed around 1918 in Germany and used for military activities during the First World War. After the war, it was bought by the Brazilian government and used in Minas Gerais to transport cargo from brickyards and quarries. It was later recovered by Central do Brasil and restored by Vale using the companies own resources and the Federal Law of Cultural Incentive (Roaunet Law). This was our company’s contribution to preserving an icon of our history. The Brigadier engine, displayed at Ouro Preto station, is no longer in operation.

The train currently operates using a G8 engine.

Departure Information

Ouro Preto

Phone: (31) 3551-7705

Praça Cesário Alvim, s/n. – Barra

Ticket sale from wednesday to sunday


Phone: (31) 3557-3844

Praça Juscelino Kubitschek, s/n. – Train Journey Centre

Ticket sale from wednesday to sunday

Train Timetable

To verify information on departure times access our train timetable.


During the train ride is not allowed:

    • Smoking
    • Consuming alcoholic beverages
    • Animals, except guide dogs
    • Shift from one car to another
    • Listening loud sound

Travel prices

Conventional Car

Full price:

R$40.00 one way

R$56.00 round trip

Half price:

R$ 20.00 one way

R$ 28.00 round trip

Panoramic Car

Full price:

R$ 60.00 one way

R$ 80.00 round trip

Half price:

R$ 30.00 one way

R$ 40.00 round trip

Discounts available for the Ouro Preto-Mariana Tourist Train

  • Children up to 5 years old travelling on parents’ laps do not pay. Children from 6 to 12 years old, adults over 60 and students (upon presentation of an identity card and a valid student card) pay half price.
  • Residents of Ouro Preto and Mariana, upon presentation of proof of residence for the person requesting tickets and a photo identity card pay the following values: Conventional Car - R$15.00 (one way) and R$21.00 (round trip).

Reservations for groups

Tour guides accredited by Embratur, Agtop or Agturb, upon presentation of a valid licence, are entitled to a free ticket. Each group of 30 people also has the right to one free ticket.

Reservations for group can be made at Ouro Preto station or by telephone on (31) 3551-7705

For more information call: (31) 3551-7705 ou (31) 3557-3844

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