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North Borneo Railway

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Address: 1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard | Level 2, The Magellan Sutera Resort, Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu 88300, Malaysia
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The North Borneo Railway runs two weekly return departures (Wednesday,...

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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US$138.75*
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North Borneo Steam Train With Tiffin Lunch from Kota Kinabalu
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Half-Day North Borneo Railway Train Ride
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Half-Day North Borneo Steam Engine Train from Kota Kinabalu

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So much fun!

I thoroughly enjoyed this train experience! The staff were friendly, the food was great and the scenery was wonderful. You get a chance to wander around some of the towns and a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Sarah W
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Cairns, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband & I went on this journey 15 years ago so were quite keen to try it again. The whole experience was really quaint and the staff on board were fantastic. We were staying at The Sutera Harbour resort so had a tour bus pick us up from the hotel. We arrived at the train at 9.40am and it... More 

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Thank Knills
SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this review

Dear Knills, Thank you for posting a review on our TripAdvisor page. Glad that you took the opportunity to ride on board 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 to have guests, like yourself, who truly appreciates the adventure, ambience, food and service... More 

Cairns, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I thoroughly enjoyed this train experience! The staff were friendly, the food was great and the scenery was wonderful. You get a chance to wander around some of the towns and a market along the way. Staff also stamp a train passport for you, which is a nice souvenir/keepsake.

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SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this review

Dear Sarah W, Thank you for posting a review on our TripAdvisor page. Glad that you took the opportunity to ride on board 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 to have guests, like yourself, who truly appreciates the adventure, ambience, food and... More 

Peterborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would say that if you wish to join this iconic trip then it is best to book this before arriving at your hotel. We booked this trip through a tour operator that was at the Rasa Ria Resort. \\\as this is way out, not many tour companies will pick you up you would have to hire a taxi to... More 

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SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this review

Dear LINDA M, Thank you for posting a review on our TripAdvisor page. Glad that you took the opportunity to ride on board 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 to have guests, like yourself, who truly appreciates the adventure, ambience, food and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You'll love this if you like seeing the country side. You'll hate it if you cannot live without air conditioning. We stayed at the Pacific Sutera, so there was a free shuttle that took us from the hotel to the railway station for this train ride. It is quite easy to spot the staff for this ride from the hotel... More 

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SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this review

Dear AyCee76, 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 to have guests, like yourself, who truly appreciates the adventure, ambience, food and service that... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very pleasant morning with nice food and good service. The experience is about the train - not the places en-route, which we're pretty average. The train was very well presented and the staff all played their part - wearing uniforms from the Colonial era, which felt slightly weird given Malaysia's independence 60 years ago. On the day we went... More 

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SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this review

Dear yeltie, 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 to have guests, like yourself, who truly appreciates the adventure, ambience, food and service that... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to do something special for a friends 50 th birthday and so booked six tickets for the four hour trip on a steam train. If you love steam trains you won't be disappointed .The staff ensured not only did we enjoy our breakfast and tiffin lunch but they made every effort to chat to us and let us... More 

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SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this review

Dear Jude185, 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 to have guests, like yourself, who truly appreciates the adventure, ambience, food and service that... More 

Como, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

I can tell you the food was really good and the staff is great....nothing else honestly and I can't believe this tour has so many good reviews!!

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SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this review

Dear Maurizio979, 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. We're not sure what is not up to your expectations however, allow us to describe a little on the... More 

Pinhal Novo, Portugal
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

I have enjoyed steam train voyages all over the world, and would have loved to travel on this one. I had to stick to platform photos though, because It was just too expensive as a day trip. Shame really.

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SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this review

Dear LuisSilveiro, 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 to have guests, like yourself, who truly appreciates the adventure, ambience, food and service that... More 

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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

The North Borneo Raileay is a steam train excursion. Climb aboard and you could be back in the days of thr North Borneo Company. It is a train pulled on the narrow gauge line by a 1954 wood-burning locomtive built in Lancashire (pulling Japanese carriages). No air-con, but there are plenty of good fans in the ceiling. And the windows... More 

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SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this review

Dear Lloyd W, 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 to have guests, like yourself, who truly appreciates the adventure, ambience, food and service... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Very enjoyable trip with excellent staff, food (see photos) and comentary. Good to see passenger railway also operating and expanding. Definitely worth a days fun on this railway if you are on KK Sabah.

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Thank Yvonne W
SHR-Management, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at North Borneo Railway, responded to this review

Dear Yvonne W, 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 to have guests, like yourself, who truly appreciates the adventure, ambience, food and service... More 

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