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North Borneo Steam Train Adventure

Pick up from Kota Kinabalu

Tour Code: BKI-09 Duration: Approx 4 Hours

Embark on a scenic tour of the countryside aboard the North Borneo Steam train, one of the oldest running steam train in the region!


  • Experience a Colonial Style Steam Train
  • Visit a Beautiful Temple, the Tien Shi Temple
  • Visit Quaint Shophouses and a Local Wet Market

Tour Description:

If Orient Express is for Europe, then the North Borneo Steam train is for Sabah. Fun fact: it is also the oldest running steam train in Sabah and Borneo. This beautiful 4 hours journey will take you on an amazing experience of natural lush green scape and the unique coastal areas of Sabah. The train departs from Tanjung Aru and travels through Kinarut before reaching its destination at Papar, which is also famously known as The Rice Bowl of Sabah. You will enjoy the scenic beauty from the villages to coastal towns, from paddy fields to plantations of rubber and coffee, and most of all through the rainforests.

Also called the North Borneo Railway, it runs twice on a weekly basis, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from Kota Kinabalu to Papar. What is more interesting is that a ‘tiffin’ colonial breakfast and lunch will be served on the return trip. You will also have the opportunity to visit the temple that is famous for its fine statues, Tien Shi Temple in Kinarut town. The next interesting stop will be the busy local wet market and the old historical looking shop houses in Papar.

The trains are actually refurbished to recreate the nostalgic romance of people travelling by steam train in the days of the Chartered Company and the British Colonial Office. It is no surprise then that both the exterior and interior create a mystical 1900s ambience. The traditional deep green and cream of the original North Borneo Railway are used for the exterior of the train. They even have the carved brass logos exhibiting the original design of a tiger holding a rail wheel and standing on the royal crown! And the interior is artistically refurbished with Sabah’s unique and natural trees.

Cancellation Policy:

Please refer to our refunds policy under Terms of Use section.

Pick-Up Time:

  • 8:30 am to 9:00 am

What's Included:

  • English-Speaking Guide
  • Hotel Return Transfer
  • Entrance Fees
  • Meals: Tiffin-Style Breakfast & Lunch

What's Not Included:

  • Any Items Not Mentioned

Additional Information:

  • Transfer duration above are estimated and subject to traffic and weather condition, and not inclusive of any sightseeing
  • Tour requires minimum four (4) pax to be confirmed. Please check with Adventoro Concierge regarding availability (Call / Whatsapp +6010 468 8011)
  • Only available on Wednesday and Saturday
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances (such as train breakdown), the itinerary will be adjusted to accommodate changes. Refunds, however, shall be granted solely for trains that are non-departing from Tanjung Aru Station
  • Child prices apply for children of ages 2 to 11. A minimum of two (2) adult tickets are required to be eligible for child ticket prices
  • Please adhere to strict pick-up time punctuality. Tour operators may forfeit tours for travellers if no-show during stipulated time
  • Registered name of the traveller must be corresponding with photograph documentation (Example: Passport). Tour operators reserve the right to reject if registered traveller fails to provide photographed documentation of their own

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Refer to the map below to see a list of pick up location(s) that are available for you to choose from. You can select your desired pick up location when you book the tour.

List of Location(s):

    Pick up is also available for other location(s) under the vicinity of Kota Kinabalu. For more information, please contact Adventoro's concierge service.

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