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Rio-São Paulo High-speed Rail
Rio-São Paulo high-speed rail map
Rio-São Paulo high-speed rail map
Line length: 518 km (322 mi)
Gauge: 1,668 mm (5 ft 5+23 in) (Broad)
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518 Viracopos-Campinas International Airport
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510 Ramos de Azevedo-Campinas
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470 Jundiaí
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430 São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport
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410 Luz-São Paulo
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315 São José dos Campos
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280 Taubaté
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165 Resende
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135 Volta Redonda
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5 Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport
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0 Central do Brasil-Rio de Janeiro
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The Rio-São Paulo High Speed rail (Portuguese: Trem de Alta Velocidade Rio-São Paulo; Abbreviation: TAV RJ-SP) is a high-speed rail project connecting Brazil's two largest metropolises: São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.[1][2] The high-speed line is expected to be operational by 2014, in time for the 20th FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil.[3], at a cost of $9 billion[4].


Project history

The original project, named Expresso Bandeirantes, was to build a high-speed rail line between São Paulo and Campinas. The project was cancelled in 2007 because the Brazilian government concluded that it was more viable to connect Campinas, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in a single line with an extension of 518 kilometres (322 mi).[5][6]


Lines Terminals Stations Main Destinations Duration of Travel (min) Headway (min) Entry into Service
Central do BrasilCampo de MarteRamos de Azevedo 3 Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Campinas Rio-SP: 1h 25min
SP-Campinas: 25 min
- 2014
International airport connections
Possible stops

São Paulo-Campinas Route

Terminal Multimodal de Campinas, in Campinas.

The proposed bullet train project has been presented to the city by Helio de Oliveira Santos (PDT), mayor of Campinas, in Brasília, in full by the Japanese consortium that will build the railway in 5 years (ready for the World Cup in 2014). Campinas is ahead in the construction because it is the first city to pave the way for the train by completing its new Multimodal Passenger Terminal in June 2008. However, the tender procedures would wait until February 2009, where over 28 major world manufacturers participated in a contest for related projects. The Japanese consortium presented its proposal modelling on the Shinkansen, which carried 340 million passengers the previous year on 2100 km of trackage at home. It is composed of the Japanese companies Mitsui, Mitsubishi, Kawasaki and Toshiba. The consortium has already submitted a preliminary proposal in Brasilia and Sao Paulo and Rio for interested entrepreneurs.

The preliminary proposal provides for five different types of transactions in which the trains travel at a speed up to 320 km/h. Three lines expressed and two stops, with three of them come in Campinas, with two stopping in Viracopos. Each of these five operations on every hour, with up to three thousand passengers. However, the competition for the building includes manufacturers from Spain, South Korea, Italy, France, Germany, and the Japanese bid. All these have spoken in public hearing on the Traffic and Transport Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, available to consort and enter the auction scheduled for February, as announcement by the President, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva at the end of April, in Campinas

Rio-São Paulo Route

The first stretch of high-speed train line in Brazil will be between its main cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. A distance of 412 kms between the two city terminals: Campo de Marte in Sao Paulo and Station Central do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro will be covered in one hour and 25 minutes at a maximum speed of 360 km / h.

It is tentatively planned that the trains will have a capacity of 855 passengers at a headway of 15 minutes. The fare will be around R$150 to R$250 per passenger in the off-peak hours. There are several projects presented to the Brazilian government. One is the Italian design company's Italplan Engineering Environment & Transport Srl, which presented that the high-speed train is estimated to start operating in 2015. If this target date is met it will serve as a quick and vital link to Sao Paulo in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics.


  • Length: 518 kilometres (322 mi)
  • Estimated cost: US$9 billion
  • Operational line speed: 280 km/h
  • Designed line speed: 350 km/h
  • Time between Rio-São Paulo: 80 minutes (express) and 101 minutes (with stops in São José dos Campos, Resende and Galeão)
  • Time between São Paulo-Campinas: 24 minutes (express) and 28 minutes (with a stop in Viracopos)
  • Estimated passengers: 33 million/year
  • Estimated ticket price: US$60[7]

Other connecting lines

On 13 May 2008, it was reported that a high speed line between the cities of Belo Horizonte and Curitiba would be included in the National Transport Plan.[8] It would link Belo Horizonte, Divinópolis, Varginha and Pocos de Caldas (all in the state of Minas Gerais); Campinas, São Paulo, Sorocaba, Itapetininga and Apiaí (all in the state of São Paulo); and Curitiba (in the state of Paraná). The line would be around 1150 kilometres long, about twice the length of the line between Rio de Janeiro and Campinas. The resultant network, centred on São Paulo, would serve an area containing more than half of Brazil's economic output and population. The line is scheduled to be built after the completion of the line between Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Campinas.


  1. ^ Brazil to build high-speed rail linking Rio and Sao Paulo Pravda. Retrieved on 2009-06-21.
  2. ^ In Tokyo Rio governor assures high speed rail Rio 2016. Retrieved on 2009-06-21.
  3. ^ Trem-bala entre SP e Rio estará pronto para a Copa de 2014, prevê Dilma Folha de São Paulo. Retrieved on 2009-06-21. (Portuguese)
  4. ^ Brazil eyes 2-phase high speed train tender in Feb Reuters. Retrieved on 2009-06-21.
  5. ^ Gigantes vão disputar trem rápido Correio Popular. Retrieved on 2008-06-18. (Portuguese)
  6. ^ Serra “congela” processo do trem Bandeirantes Correio Popular. Retrieved on 2007-01-25. (Portuguese)
  7. ^ Trem bala ligará o Rio a São Paulo até 2015 O Globo. Retrieved on 2009-06-21. (Portuguese)
  8. ^ Leonardo Goy (2008-05-13). "Brasil pode ter trem-bala ligando BH a Curitiba". O Estado de S. Paulo.,0.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-21.   (Portuguese)

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