North Borneo Steam Train Day Trip ~ Kinabalu Park, Sabah Borneo

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.

Trip Description


Sabah ~ Kota Kinabalu ~ Papar


5 hours




2 persons


Please bring along drinking water bottle, insect repellent, hat, walking shoes, raincoat & swimming attire.

More About The Train Route

The North Borneo Railway runs 6 miles between Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, and Papar, an agricultural town, known as the rice bowl of Sabah.

Tanjung Aru

Passengers board the train at Tanjung Aru Station at the designated platform. At the station, passengers are greeted by well-appointed train stewards. They receive their train passport and boarding pass at the counter and proceed to the platform. As the whistle blows during departure time, the train will commence its journey while passengers are pampered by the train stewards and treated to some of the unique and interesting sceneries in Sabah.


As the train pulls out of the station, the development of Kota Kinabalu begins to slip away. Time and history begin to take over. After Putatan, the train veers into the countryside, away from the modern day trapping of Sabah society. The train hugs the coast of Lokawi Bay and offer passengers an opportunity to take in the picturesque view of the South China Sea.


The train then leaves the road and edges towards Kinarut, a traditional trading village. A school stands proudly in the forefront, reminding everyone of the importance of education. A mosque also stands near the station, highlighting the influence of the national religion. An interesting Buddhist temple appears at the foot of the nearby hill.


After Kinarut, the train passes through Kawang, home to Kawang Forest Reserve. Gazetted as a Second Class Domestic Forest Reserve, its main purpose is to supply clean water for locals in the Vicinity. The centre also offers a myriad of activities from jungle trekking, camping to cave exploration.


The train veers again and crosses the Papar River over a steel trestle bridge as Papar town comes into view. A quaint township, Papar is wedged in the valley between the Crocker Range and the coast. Here, everyone is a neighbour and the intimacy is clear with their dispositions and smiles. The local market or Tamu is a reflection of life in Sabah - simple and alive with the sounds and smells of recurrent daily routines.

North Borneo Steam TrainTrip Rate

Twin Sharing basis Rates based on per person (RM)
Minimum 2 persons
Inclusive :

Meals 01 Continental Breakfast, 01 Tiffin-Style Lunch

Includes Train Ticket Only

Return Shuttle Transfer from Sutera Harbour Resort – Tanjung Aru Train Station (Seat-in-coach), Train Ticket, Meals as Stated

Ticket + Return Hotel Transfers

Hotel Pickup & Drop off, Train Ticket, Meals as Stated

Notes: We will pick you up from your hotel and transfer directly to Tanjung Aru Train Station (Seat-in-coach).

Excludes Tour Guide, Alcoholic Drinks, Personal Expenses, Personal Travel Insurance and Any Items Not Mentioned


Rate Per Person is based on Join-In Tour Basis (shared guide & vehicle).

All rates displayed are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia (MYR).

All rates displayed are inclusive of 6% Goods & Service Tax (GST).


There is no Child Rate for this Tour. Child 4 Years and above will pay adult rates

Infant below 3 years old is FOC.


Additional charges of MYR 30 per pax are chargeable for outskirt hotels pick-ups. Outskirt charges applicable for hotels outside of Kota Kinabalu city area & 1Borneo area.


Request for Private Tour at a reasonable fee (private guide & vehicle).


Comfortable walking shoe




The train runs every Wednesday and Saturday only.

Passengers are offered free seating on one of the five colonial-style train carriages.

Each carriage provides the amenity of a modern unisex washroom.

Each carriage accommodates 16 passengers, with a total train capacity of 80 passengers.

Windows remain open throughout the journey to enhance the overall heritage experience.

High-powered fans line the ceilings to ensure maximum comfort.


This package is based on join-in basis of shared guide and transport vehicle. Private Guide or Tour is available upon request at a reasonable fee. Please inform us when making the bookings.

Departure time is approximate and varies from different hotels due to traffic conditions, please reconfirm with our staffs. Should the transport be delayed, please call the relevant telephone number as stated on the voucher before making alternative arrangements.

Amazing Borneo Tours reserves the right to alter routes, timetables, itineraries and accommodation reserved should conditions beyond our control render it necessary.

Tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.



Day 1

North Borneo Railway

Pick up will be from your hotel lobby, where you will be whisked away for a real feel of the bygone era.

Upon arrival at Tanjung Aru Train Station, hop on the board on a journey filled with historical grandeur of once upon a time Borneo.

The railway track ushering you through scenic landscapes is the only railway track in Sabah since 1896 which runs a 134km line length, coursing down south from Kota Kinabalu to Tenom (Pangi Station). The railway track was primarily for the transport of tobacco from the interior to the coast for export, today it serves as reliable public transportation for the locals in the outskirt of town.

Enjoy a light breakfast in a nostalgic ambience as the steam locomotive takes you through lush country-side vitas leading to the first stop, Kinarut Town to visit the Tien Shi Temple that is well renowned for fine statues.

Next stop, Papar. Mingle with the locals at the wet market and the vintage shop houses that lace the charming small town of Papar.

Relish in a tiffin style lunch of colonial and continental cuisines served on board the train. It comes with a panoramic display of paddy fields, rivers and villagers along the way.

After a dandy day on the train tracks, you will return to the Tanjung Aru Train Station and transferred back to our hotels.

Breakfast / Lunch