North Borneo Steam Train ~ British Colonial Train Experience


The North Borneo Railway runs two weekly return departures (Wednesday, Saturday) from Kota Kinabalu to Papar, year round. Lasting approximately 4 hours, passengers experience the lush landscape of the coastal and rural regions of Sabah. A typical 'tiffin' colonial lunch will be served on the return trip.

Full Itinerary

Take a ride on the North Borneo Railway and relive the nostalgic romance of British North Borneo. Passengers hop on a steam train straight out of the 1900s, chugging along the tracks from Tanjung Aru, through Kinarut before arriving in the Rice Bowl of Sabah, Papar.  Along the way, soak in the green vistas of sprawling paddy fields, traditional village homes on stilts and buffaloes ambling in the distance. The North Borneo Railway locomotive takes you on a scenic countryside seeing to the first stop of Kinarut Town, to visit the Tien Shi Temple that is known for its fine statues. Proceeding further down on the to Papar, visit the local wet market and the shop houses at Papar Town passing by some paddy fields, river and villagers along the way. 

On board, passengers are treated to a rare delight: A Tiffin-style breakfast and lunch, comprising of Asian and Continental cuisine. The train features five fully refurbished colonial-style passenger train carriages that can accommodate a total of 180 passengers. The North Borneo Railway is built and operated to the highest of international standards and is fully compliant with modern safety standards.

Departure: Wednesdays and Saturdays only

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Tour Prices


What's included

Include: Hotel Pickup & Drop off, English Speaking Guide/Driver, Entrance Fees, Tiffin-style Breakfast & Lunch


What's Excluded

Exclude: Any Items Not Mentioned in the program

What to bring

Recommended items to bring: Comfortable walking shoe, Insect repellent, Sun block lotion, Hat/Cap, Drinking Water


**Due to unexpected train breakdown periodically, tour itinerary will have to be adjusted to accommodate the changes. Refunds however, shall be granted solely for trains that are non-departing from Tanjung Aru Station**


Guest shall notify in writing of any cancellation prior to the 'minimum notice' period indicated below. In the event of notification after such period, a late cancellation charge:

30 working Days: 10% of total amount

14 working Days: 50% of total amount

Within 24 hours:  100% of total amount

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Tour Code



4 hours

Travel Style

Heritage Trails



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Borneo Trails Tours And Travel Sdn Bhd
(Company No. 641396-K) (KPL/LN: 3961)

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Lot 128, 1st Floor, Wisma Sabah, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

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