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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...more
1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard | Level 2, The Magellan Sutera Resort, Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu 88300, Malaysia
+60 88-308 500
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I read previous reviews about passengers complaining of delays and was a little worried. But our service on July 7th was on time, in fact we arrived back a few minutes early. This 4 hour trip was a really nice experience, and something different to...More

1  Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The train can bring you to explore the nature beauty of Sabah wife life and the surrounding small town which is located in the remote area of Sabah state. It is also a good experience to know more about the culture and how people here...More

1  Thank Alex W
Reviewed 5 June 2018

I emailed to NBR a week before departure. My email was sent in the late evening and I received their response the next morning before 9 am. Completed the forms provided and emailed them the required details later on the same day but didn't receive...More

1  Thank Simply1005
Reviewed 24 May 2018

This trip isn't cheap but in my opinion well worth it. The attention to detail and staff was excellent. The carriage was well restored and loved the staff uniforms, passport stamps, cold towels to keep cool at each stop. Loads of food and drinks provided....More

Thank Sticks333
Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

I finally make it to the ride! Amazing experience and I enjoyed every moment from pick up to drop off. Will be lovely if there is special price for Malaysian.

1  Thank Joey L
Reviewed 15 May 2018

The train was beautiful, an old steam engine and the carriages were beautifly restored. Good way to see some of the outskirts of Iota Kinabalu, Shame it didn't go a bit further though. Stopped at a temple which was interesting but enjoyed talking to the...More

Thank Kaye J
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

A unique experience to sit on a steam locomotive which gives you the nostalgic colonial days of British. Breakfast and lunch of local dishes are served. Experience spoilt by the faulty steam engine where we had numerous stops and finally had to turn back to...More

Thank Simon Y
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Food was nice always have troubles with engines. it may take 1 to 2 hours until repaired. racially segregated by coach.

Thank Lovesarasvati
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Simple trip but if u bring kids along..damn it's a wonderful experience at how excited they can be! Disappointed to not bring my camera but all the pictures taken during our trip was fabulous. Had lunch at the awesome awesome TaukehFish Recipe. One of the...More

Thank kkfoodiebeast
Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

When you arrive at the station to board the train, there is a sense of excitement from everyone. Your greeted by the staff who are well presented including pith helmets which gives a lovely atmosphere. The train carriages which were built in the 1970's have...More

3  Thank ianx17489
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13 April 2018|
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Response from mhharvey | Reviewed this property |
Your choice but I'd say yes. Check with your physician or if you have a travel service for 'foreign' travel with them.
11 December 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.