North Borneo Railway


REGION: Kota Kinabalu
AVAILABILITY: Every Wednesdays & Saturday Only
PICK UP POINT: Your Hotel in Kota Kinabalu City
PICK UP TIME: 09:00 Hrs
DROP OFF POINT: Your Hotel in Kota Kinabalu City
DROP OFF TIME: 14:00 Hrs
* All timings are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.

Tour highlights

  •  Comfortable Steam Train Ride
  •  Multiple Pit-Stops at Countryside for Photo-Taking
  •  Visit Local Wet Market
  •  Breakfast
  •  Tiffin-Style Lunch
  •  Hotel Pickup / Drop Off

Sample itinerary

Day 1 - North Borneo Railway

Pick up will be from your hotel lobby, where you will be whisked away for a real feel of the bygone era. 
Upon arrival at Tanjung Aru Train Station, hop on the board on a journey filled with historical grandeur of once upon a time Borneo.

The railway track ushering you through scenic landscapes is the only railway track in Sabah since 1896 which runs a 134km line length, coursing down south from Kota Kinabalu to Tenom (Pangi Station). The railway track was primarily for the transport of tobacco from the interior to the coast for export, today it serves as reliable public transportation for the locals in the outskirt of town.

Enjoy a light breakfast in a nostalgic ambience as the steam locomotive takes you through lush country-side vitas leading to the first stop, Kinarut Town to visit the Tien Shi Temple that is well renowned for fine statues.

Next stop, Papar. Mingle with the locals at the wet market and the vintage shop houses that lace the charming small town of Papar.
Relish in a tiffin style lunch of colonial and continental cuisines served on board the train. It comes with a panoramic display of paddy fields, rivers and villagers along the way. 

After a dandy day on the train tracks, you will return to the Tanjung Aru Train Station and transferred back to our hotels.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch

Meals 01 Continental Breakfast, 01 Tiffin-Style Lunch
Includes Train Ticket Only
Return Shuttle Transfer from Sutera Harbour Resort – Tanjung Aru Train Station (Seat-in-coach), Train Ticket, Meals as Stated
Ticket + Return Hotel Transfers
Hotel Pickup & Drop off, Train Ticket, Meals as Stated
Notes: 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 infant 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 and Saturday 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 16 passengers, with a total train capacity of 80 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 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.