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North Borneo Railway

1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard | Level 2, The Magellan Sutera Resort, Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu 88300, Malaysia
+60 88-308 500
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US$ 138.75*
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North Borneo Steam Train with Tiffin Lunch from Kota Kinabalu
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US$ 149.00*
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Half-Day North Borneo Railway Train Ride
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US$ 159.00*
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Half-Day North Borneo Steam Engine Train from Kota Kinabalu
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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.
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1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard | Level 2, The Magellan Sutera Resort, Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu 88300, Malaysia
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+60 88-308 500
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

So many positives about this trip such as the wonderful staff, beautiful carriage, the steam engine and the food. The puffin lunch is well worth a mention - delicious food that even our younger kids enjoyed. But unfortunately a few negatives: the places en route...More

Thank Baghla18
SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Baghla18, Thank you for posting a review on our TripAdvisor page. Glad that you took the opportunity to ride onboard the North Borneo Railway's vintage steam engine - one of the only few functional wood-burners left in the world! It brings us great joy...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did this steam train trip from KK and back. For the children it was enriching and nice for them to see and travel to the smaller towns. The staff in their great costumes were both efficient and friendly. The breakfast and tiffin set lunch...More

2  Thank WhoppeR2015
SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear WhoppeR2015, Thank you for posting a review on our TripAdvisor page. Glad that you took the opportunity to ride onboard the North Borneo Railway's vintage steam engine - one of the only few functional wood-burners left in the world! It brings us great joy...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The North Borneo Railway is fun. A charming journey into yesteryear. Polite helpful staff and interesting scenery. The suburbs of Kota Kinabalu slowly give way to gardens, palm oil plantations, wetlands as well as rainforest. A fun day for a family - especially with pre...More

1  Thank RussellsRoamings
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose this trip to see some countryside and enjoy the experience of train travel like it was many years ago. We felt that the cost was very high for what we received. The food and service were fine but not outstanding. If you have...More

1  Thank Jenny C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a nice experience! After we left you will be served breakfast and first stop is at a Buddha temple, the stop at the end is a bit lame, just nothing to see here. On the return trip lunch is served, the jungle is...More

Thank B L
SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear B L, Thank you for posting a review on our TripAdvisor page. Glad that you took the opportunity to ride onboard the North Borneo Railway's vintage steam engine - one of the only few functional wood-burners left in the world! It brings us great...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the highlight of our trip. Beautiful, cozy coaches with dining table type arrangement. Breakfast and lunch served on board. Warm and efficient service by the staff. Steam engine burns wood so less pollution than coal. Sound of the whistle and smell of the...More

Thank deepdas
SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear deepdas, Thank you for posting a review on our TripAdvisor page. Glad that you took the opportunity to ride onboard the North Borneo Railway's vintage steam engine - one of the only few functional wood-burners left in the world! It brings us great joy...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked my ride in May and they confirmed it cause I sent a card authorisation form and all. Planned my entire trip around this to make sure I am in Kota Kinabalu on the day the train works cause my 3 year old was super...More

1  Thank Anuj G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is worth doing once. It was an enjoyable steam train ride with two stops that allowed a 30 minute visit to local markets - with nothing much worth buying. The scenery along the way was interesting and whilst breakfast was unmemorable the lunch served...More

Thank Louise P
SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Louise, Thank you for posting a review on our TripAdvisor page. Glad that you took the opportunity to ride onboard the North Borneo Railway's vintage steam engine - one of the only few functional wood-burners left in the world! It brings us great joy...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Travelled on 14 June, the train was continuously delayed due to technical issues and so our half day trip lasted a full day. In our opinion this trip is overrated and over priced. The food is not even average one cup of tea all day,...More

3  Thank 471joany
SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear 471joany, Thank you for taking the time to post a review on our TripAdvisor page. We read your experience with deep regret and disappointment. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience you may have encountered during your train ride with us. Despite the best planning,...More

Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Not necessary to book a seat before you go and people we spoke to were often charged a lot more if not double by booking from Aust. through companies other than Nth Borneo. An interesting trip seeing the countryside and small towns. Our steam train...More

4  Thank Helen A
SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2017

Dear Helen A, Thank you for posting a review on our TripAdvisor page. Glad that you took the opportunity to ride onboard the North Borneo Railway's vintage steam engine - one of the only few functional wood-burners left in the world! It brings us great...More

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robertcarter2017
17 March 2017|
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Response from SHR-Management | Property representative |
Hi robertcarter2017, There isn't any dress code for the train ride. You may dress casually.
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JoostTom
7 March 2017|
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Response from David N | Reviewed this property |
Joost van Nispen, The stream train operates on Saturday and Wednesday 0930hrs leaving on time at 1000hrs. Booking? Visit the Tanjung Aru travel shop and book with them , you can charge some excursions too your room, you... More
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RenoCottee
21 January 2017|
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Response from SHR-Management | Property representative |
The steam train runs every Wednesday and Saturday and is priced at: RM345.00Nett per adult /per child (Age above 4 years old ) (Inclusive 10% and 6% GST) Complimentary for children below 3 years old Inclusion: The... More
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