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Half-Day North Borneo Railway Train Ride

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English


Ride a Vulcan Steam Engine dating from 1896 on the North Borneo Railway during a hassle-free tour. Retrace a colonial trade route through villages, countryside, and tunnels, and pass mangrove forests and rivers for spectacular views of scenery that's mostly inaccessible by traditional tour vehicle. Stop at a number of villages, where there's a chance to visit markets and chat with local people. Plus, lunch and round-trip hotel transfers are included. 
  • Relax in the comfort of deluxe refurbished carriages on an historic steam engine
  • Enjoy a packed tiffin box lunch on board plus refreshments
  • Receive hassle-free assistance when registering for the train passport
  • Hotel transfers from Kota Kinabalu area are included
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Light refreshments and lunch box
Train ride
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if selected required)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Personal expenses

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Traveler pickup is offered

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • IMPORTANT NOTE : You are advised not to take this trip if you have a flight and other schedule. Arrival and departure times are subject to change without notice. Pleased advised that passengers travelling may encounter delay due to speed restrictions and other operating conditions.
  • Due to the age of the train, there are incidences where train may not operate as scheduled or breakdown during the ride. In the event of a cancellation/engine breakdown the following refund policy applies and will be refunded through Viator:
  • Upon arrival at the Tg. Aru Train station but before train departs: A refund of USD100 per adult / child
  • After train departs Tg. Aru Train station but before Papar Train Station: A refund of USD50 per adult / child
  • Upon reaching Papar Train Station or on the return leg of the journey: No refund
  • If you are booking ex-train station, please be at the station there before 930 am and register at the North Borneo Railway Train office. Please note that train will depart at 10 am
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Exotic Borneo Sdn Bhd

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.


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The trip was fantastic. We enjoyed...
, Apr 2018
The trip was fantastic. We enjoyed the whole experience. We were sent a reminder stating time driver would pick us up at the hotel which was posted through our hotel door. The driver arrived slightly early which is always a good sign. The driver sorted our tickets and pointed us to the right platform. The carriages were already set up and we left on time. The carriage was not air conditioned but there were ceiling fans and the windows were open so a nice breeze came through when we were travelling. We had a lovely local breakfast, plenty drinks and tiffin style lunch. You could purchase beer and additional soft drinks if you wished. We were kept informed of our journey throughout. There was a stop at a Buddhist temple for 30 minutes and a further stop of 45 minutes at our destination station where we could have a walk around the town and local market. Tiffin lunch was set up on our return to the carriage and we had a leisurely journey back. The engine is very old and did run out of steam a couple of times on the way back but it stopped at stations so you could get off if you wished. The toilet and washbasin on board was spotless. We returned around 30 minutes late at 3.30 pm and the driver was waiting to take us back to our hotel. My husband is a steam loco fanatic so he would have enjoyed the journey come what may. I can however say that I also thoroughly enjoyed the whole day which is one of the best activities we did during our stay in Borneo.
Great experience a must do trip.good...
Leonard M
, Sep 2017
Great experience a must do trip.good service on board,staff dressed appropriate for the occasion. Lunch was fantastic.Do not go off times though as we were to leave at 10am but delayed an hour because engine had to build up steam,as well as coming back had to wait an hour to build up steam again and and got back at 5.30pm instead of 1.45pm,but do not get discouraged as this makes it more of a trip.

Product code: 19625P4

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