Tour Information: 

Tour Code: BLT-CTRL03

Description: North Borneo Railway

Region: Kota Kinabalu - Papar

Duration: Approx. 4.5 Hours

Minimum: 02 Adults

Departure: Wednesday & Saturday Only

Pick up: City Hotels
Drop off: City Hotels


The North Borneo Railway features a British Vulcan steam locomotive. The engine is designed for wood burning, a costly yet more environmental form of steam. 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 countryside and the unique sights and sound of Sabah landscape on board a vintage steam engine train.


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.

On board, passengers are treated to a rare delight: A set of Continental breakfast and Tiffin 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.

The North Borneo Railway runs two weekly departures (Wednesday and Saturday) and a trip typically runs for 4 hours. An early booking of at least 1 (one) day before departure is required.


  • Luxurious English-style steam train 

  • Visit to Papar town

  • Continental breakfast

  • Tiffin style lunch

  • Hotel transfers (Optional)

Sample Itinerary:

0930 Hrs - Boarding at Tanjung Aru Railway Station, breakfast will be provided

1000 Hrs - Voyage. Depart for Papar Train Station

1040 Hrs - Pit stop at Kinarut Town - visit Tien Shi Temple or traditional shops

1100 Hrs - Depart from Kinarut Station continue journey to Papar

1145 Hrs - Arrive in Papar Town - explore the local wet market and shops, mingle around with locals to add a slight touch of closeness to the local

1220 Hrs - Re-board train for return journey

1230 Hrs - Train depart for Tanjung Aru Railway Station

1245 Hrs - Tiffin style lunch served (Menu)

1330 Hrs - Arrive at Tanjung Aru Station

* Optional hotel transfers available

Tour Inclusion:

  • North Borneo Railway ticket

  • Pit stop at Tien Shi Temple

  • Papar Town - Visit wet market, old town shop

  • Continental breakfast

  • Tiffin style lunch

Tour Exclusion:

  • Outskirt hotel transfers

  • Personal insurance

  • Items not mentioned above


  • Min. 02 Adults to go

  • Additonal pick up charges of RM 30/pax exceeding radius of10km from city centre

  • RM 50 per pax for exceeding 15km

  • Children 2 years old and below  is Free of Charge (FOC), no seats arranged.

  • Rates effective 1st April 2017 onwards

Things to bring/wear:

  • Cap / Hat

  • Sun block

  • Extra pocket money

  • Comfortable walking shoes / flip flops

  • Casual wear (light clothing)

  • Camera to capture life moment