Tourism Train

Tourism Train: integrated heritage

Preserving the memory and historical heritage of the railway is also a concern of VLI. Thus, the company operates the tourism train that connects São João Del-Rei to Tiradentes and attracts tourists from all over Brazil and the world. The Maria Fumaça, which connects these two historic towns, is one of the few steam engines in the world that still runs on 76 cm gauge rails. It is a journey through the history and railway culture of Minas Gerais.


The former Railway Oeste de Minas (EFOM), inaugurated in 1881 by D. Pedro II, opens the way between the Cerrado (savannah) and the Atlantic Forest taking the tourist for a beautiful journey through the mountains of the São José complex.

In addition to the beautiful landscapes, the tour also has great tourist and cultural attractions such as the Rotunda, the incredible turn of the locomotive – done manually, preserving the custom of the time of Maria Fumaça – and the Railway Museum.

Learn more about the stretch between São João del-Rei x Tiradentes

They are 12 km of crossing by a beautiful ecological diversity and landscapes that still preserve the architecture of century XIX, all this on board the oldest steam engine train in operation in Brazil.


One way full: R$ 60.00 | Return full: R$ 70.00
One way half: R$ 30.00 | Return half: R$ 35.00
Children up to five years old do not pay.

Half-fare (50%) is valid for:
– Children between 6 and 12 years old;
– Students upon submission of evidence of schooling and ID or similar;
– Persons over 60 years old upon submission of ID or similar.

Addresses and info:

São João del-Rei Station
Rua Hermílio Alves, 366, Centro
São João Del-Rei/MG, Brasil
T. +55 (32) 3371-8485
SJDR Ticket office opening hours:
From Thursday to Sunday from09:00 am

Tiradentes Station
Praça da Estação s/nº
Tiradentes/MG, Brasil
Tiradentes Ticket office opening hours:
From Thursday to Sunday from 09:00 am

São João del-Rei Railway Museum
366 Antônio Josino de Andrade street, Centro, São João del Rei/MG, Brazil
Opening hours: from Wednesday to Saturday, from 09am to 4pm and Sunday from 9am to 1pm.

For reservations contact Marlene Neves at (Only groups over 25 people)

Click here and check the July/2018 agenda.