Rio de Janeiro

Santa Teresa Tram Santa Teresa Tram

Art courses through the veins of Santa Teresa, a neighborhood where some of the few remaining trams still work in Brazil.

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A typical neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Santa Teresa was born in the 18th century and is located on a hill right in the heart of the city. Symbol of the visual arts, the neighborhood has dozens of art studios and the old trams ride through its narrow streets. In Brazil they only exist in Rio and in Santos, a city in the state of Sao Paulo.

The Santa Teresa Tram keeps the same pattern ever since its foundation. The route begins in the city center, goes over the Lapa Arches, follows through the slopes in the area and goes by cultural spots such as Ruinas Park, a park that overlooks the city and offers an amazing view. The departure station is on Lelio Gama Street, close to the Carioca subway station. The trams depart every 15 to 20 minutes.

5 minutes from the Arches, connecting Santa Teresa to Lapa, there is Escadaria Selaron (Selaron steps), a stairway decorated with colorful tiles, by the Chilean artist Jorge Selarón. Known for its energetic nightlife and bohemian vibe, Lapa is a bucolic neighborhood, with a strong artistic and cultural atmosphere.

Opening hours:
From Monday to Friday, from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. Saturdays from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Sundays and holidays from 11 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

BRL 20,00

Duration of the Visit
1 hour.
+55 (21) 2215-8559
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After returning to the tram station, you can walk to the Metropolitan Cathedral or to the Municipal Theater.


Rua Lélio Gama, s/n – next to the Petrobras building.

Get off at Cinelandia subway station and walk to the tram station. Check the subway map

When you get to the city center, go to avenues Chile or Republica do Paraguai, park your car in the Metropolitan Cathedral parking lot and walk to the tram station.

From the city center, take lines 206 A, 206 B and 214, which go through the main avenues downtown.