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North Borneo Heritage Train - Amazing Borneo Tours
North Borneo Heritage Train - Amazing Borneo Tours
North Borneo Heritage Train - Amazing Borneo Tours
North Borneo Heritage Train - Amazing Borneo Tours
North Borneo Heritage Train - Amazing Borneo Tours
North Borneo Heritage Train - Amazing Borneo Tours
North Borneo Heritage Train - Amazing Borneo Tours
North Borneo Heritage Train - Amazing Borneo Tours
North Borneo Heritage Train - Amazing Borneo Tours
North Borneo Heritage Train - Amazing Borneo Tours
North Borneo Heritage Train - Amazing Borneo Tours
North Borneo Heritage Train - Amazing Borneo Tours
North Borneo Heritage Train - Amazing Borneo Tours
North Borneo Heritage Train - Amazing Borneo Tours

Travel Period: 01 January 2024 till 31 December 2024


Categories Price Per Person
Adult / Child Traveller
Train Ticket + Return Hotel Transfers
MYR 515


  • Rate Per Person is based on Join-In Tour Basis (shared guide & vehicle).
  • All rates displayed are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia (MYR).
  • All rates are inclusive of 0% Goods and Services Tax (GST).


  • There is no Child Rate for this Tour. Children 4 years old and above will pay adult rates.
  • Infant below 3 years old is FOC. 


  • Additional charges of MYR 80 per pax are applicable for outskirt hotels pick-ups. Outskirt Charges are applicable for Hotels in One Borneo, Putatan, and within 20km radius of Kota Kinabalu City Centre.


  • Request for Private Tour at a reasonable fee (private guide & vehicle).

Tour highlights

  • Comfortable train ride across Sabah's scenic countryside
  • Explore the local wet market and other places of interest at Papar
  • Enjoy fun activities throughout the tour
  • Light refreshments, lunch & high tea included
  • Hotel pickup / drop off

About North Borneo Heritage Train

The North Borneo Heritage Train (previously known as North Borneo Railway) features a hybrid locomotive in which the engine can run on either steam from a boiler or diesel fuel. Refurbished to create the nostalgic romance of the bygone era of the Colonial days of British North Borneo, the train allows all passengers to experience the beauty of the countryside and the unique sights and sounds of the Sabah landscape on board a vintage train.

More About the Route

More About The Train Route

The North Borneo Heritage Train runs 36 miles between Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, and Papar, an agricultural town, known as the rice bowl of Sabah.

Tanjung Aru

Passengers board the train at Tanjung Aru Station at the designated platform. At the station, passengers will receive their boarding pass and train passport book (mission book) at the counter before proceeding to the platform. As the whistle blows during departure time, the train will commence its journey while passengers are treated to some of the unique and interesting sceneries in Sabah.


As the train pulls out of the station, the development of Kota Kinabalu begins to slip away. Time and history begin to take over. After Putatan, the train veers into the countryside, away from the modern-day trapping of Sabah society. The train hugs the coast of Lok Kawi Bay and offers passengers an opportunity to take in the picturesque view of the South China Sea.


The train then leaves the road and edges towards Kinarut, a traditional trading village. A school stands proudly in the forefront, reminding everyone of the importance of education. A mosque also stands near the station, highlighting the influence of the national religion. An interesting Buddhist temple appears at the foot of the nearby hill.


After Kinarut, the train passes through Kawang, home to Kawang Forest Reserve. Gazetted as a Second Class Domestic Forest Reserve, its main purpose is to supply clean water for locals in the vicinity. The centre also offers a myriad of activities, from jungle trekking and camping to cave exploration.


The train veers again and crosses the Papar River over a steel trestle bridge as Papar town comes into view. A quaint township, Papar is wedged in the valley between the Crocker Range and the coast. Here, everyone is a neighbour and the intimacy is clear with their dispositions and smiles. The local market or tamu is a reflection of life in Sabah—simple and alive with the sounds and smells of recurrent daily routines.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

North Borneo Heritage Train

Your journey begins with a pick-up from your hotel lobby, where you will be whisked away for a real feel of a bygone era. Upon arrival at Tanjung Aru Train Station, hop on the train to experience Borneo's historical grandeur.

09:00 Hrs: The train departs, and light refreshments will be served during the ride. Wind your way through scenic landscapes on the only railway track in Sabah since 1896. This 134 km line stretches south from Kota Kinabalu to Tenom (Pangi Station). Originally used to transport tobacco to the coast, today it serves as a vital public transport for locals.

10:30 Hrs: You have arrived in Papar. Mingle with the locals at the wet market and the vintage shophouses that lace the charming small town. Feel free to explore exciting spots around town as you complete the mission book for your treasure hunt activity.

11:30 Hrs: Enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.

12:30 Hrs: Board the train and relax on your return journey to Tanjung Aru Station. Take part in the henna tattoo-making activity while indulging in the afternoon tea selections served onboard.

13:30 Hrs: Your adventure concludes as you return to Tanjung Aru Station and are transferred back to your hotel.

Lunch / Hi-tea / Light-refreshment

Meals 01 Lunch, 01 Light Refreshments, 01 Hi-Tea
Includes Hotel Pickup & Dropoff, Train Ticket, Train Passport Book (Mission Book), Treasure Hunt Activity, Henna Tattoo Activity, Goodies, Meals as Stated
Note: We will pick you up from your hotel and transfer directly to Tanjung Aru Train Station (seat-in-coach).
Excludes Tour Guide, Alcoholic Drinks, Personal Expenses, Personal Travel Insurance and Any Items Not Mentioned


  • Comfortable walking shoe
  • Umbrella/Cap
  • Camera
  • Baby Car Seats (for infants aged 0-2) and Child Booster Seats (for children aged 3-11) are available for rental. Please check with your tour consultant for availability.
  • The train runs every Wednesday only.
  • Passengers are offered free seating on one of the five colonial-style train carriages.
  • Each carriage provides the amenity of a modern unisex washroom.
  • Each carriage accommodates 32 passengers, with a total train capacity of 160 passengers.
  • Windows remain open throughout the journey to enhance the overall heritage experience.
  • High-powered fans line the ceilings to ensure maximum comfort.
  • This package is based on a join-in basis of shared guide and transport vehicle. Private Guide or Tour is available upon request at a reasonable fee. Please inform us when making the bookings.
  • Departure time is approximate and varies from different hotels due to traffic conditions, please reconfirm with our staffs. Should the transport be delayed, please call the relevant telephone number as stated on the voucher before making alternative arrangements.
  • Amazing Borneo Tours reserves the right to alter routes, timetables, itineraries and accommodation reserved should conditions beyond our control render it necessary.
  • Tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.

Why Travel With Amazing Borneo


For once, travel to get out and get real! Be wowed by our unexpected surprises along the way as we design experiences around you. Tell us and we will do it your way.


We are your friend in need! We make your adventures unique and unforgettable, alongside our fun-loving guides, sharing insights into the authentic local culture.


What are you actually paying for? We guarantee the unrivalled prices and services, allowing you to pay LESS and travel more, for that desired quality and satisfaction.


Particular about food? So are we! We handpick restaurants, including quaint eateries around the corner of the alleys to give you that immensely local dining experiences.

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