Traveling from Vitoria to Belo Horizonte by Train

Written by Peter Lauffer
December 15, 2022

Brazil's railway network was one of the most extensive in the world, with trains connecting many corners of the country. And what better way to explore the country than by experiencing it from the comfort of a train? This article focuses on the intercity train between Vitoria and Belo Horizonte. From the lush, green hills of Vitoria to the bustling city of Belo Horizonte, a train ride between the two cities is a fascinating experience. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or just starting, this ultimate guide to traveling from Vitoria to Belo Horizonte by train will ensure you make the most of your journey.

Intercity Vitoria-Belo Horizonte

Overview of the Vitoria to Belo Horizonte Railroad

The Vitoria to Belo Horizonte railway line goes through the southeastern region of Brazil, starting at Vitoria, the capital city of the state Espirito Santo. The train runs northwest and crosses a large part of Minas Gerais before reaching Belo Horizonte, the state's capital city. The total travel time onboard the train between the two cities is approximately 13 hours. The train leaves Vitoria around 7:30 every morning and reaches Belo Horizonte at 20:30.

What to Expect on the Journey

The journey will take you from the Atlantic Coast across lush green coastal hills towards Brazil's interior to Belo Horizonte at 850m above sea level. The train will stop at various smaller and larger towns along the way, and you can observe the lively action at some railway stations. The train is fully air-conditioned and has two classes, Economy and Executive. The intercity train has a dining car to get simple lunches, drinks, and snacks. There is no possibility of leaving the train at a railway station to buy food, so if you don't want to buy food a the dining car, bring your food. There are no local food sellers on the train.

Belo Horizonte Station

Since you will be traveling for many hours, I recommend packing items that will keep you comfortable, busy, and relaxed. Because the train is air-conditioned, it might get chilly occasionally. Bring a lightweight jacket for this situation. Having a good book with you and good earphones to listen to your favorite music is also good. WIFI is not available on the train, but a cellphone connection is available during a portion of the trip.

Passing some time at the Dining-car is an excellent place to meet new people, and it's a great place to make new friends.

Intercity Train Vitoria to Belo Horizonte

Tips for Booking Tickets

It's recommended that you book your tickets in advance.

You can buy tickets at the Railway Station Pedro Nolasco en Vitoria or Belo Horizonte. Be at the railway station early if you buy your train ticket on the day of departure.

Vitoria with the Convento da Penha in the foreground

What to See and Do in Vitoria

Vitoria is the capital city of Espirito Santo. It's a city with a lot of history and culture with many historical landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory, the Palacio Anchieta, and the Convento De Nossa Senhora Do Monte Do Carmo. Vitoria has an interesting railway museum, "Museu Vale - Vila Velha." The Railway Museum is on the bank of the Vitoria River, which separates Vitoria from Vila Velha. From the viewpoint of “Moro de Moreno,” you have breathtaking views over the Vitoria River and the city of Vitoria. Visit the “Mercado da Vila Rubim” (Public Market of Vitoria) to explore the city's food culture and sample dishes from local restaurants and stands. Don’t forget a relaxing walk along the seafront and enjoy a bath on one of the city beaches.

Belo Horizonte

What to See and Do in Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte is the capital city of Minas Gerais. The city is known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant lifestyle. Make sure to visit the Mercado Central de Belo Horizonte, one of Brazil's most exciting food markets. Centuries-old Imperial palms line "Praca da Liberdade" square is an oasis away from the busy city streets. Historically significant buildings with neoclassical architecture surround the square adding a sense of antiquity in every direction you look. "Palacio das Artes" is the Museum to visit if you like modern art. There are constantly changing art expositions. Check the museum website for the exhibitions of your interest when you are in the city. Belo Horizonte also has huge flea markets that are popular and picturesque. Check out Hippi Fair, Feira de Artesanato, Roca Capital and Tom Jobim Market.

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