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  • Excellent53%
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  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“tiffin lunch”(73 reviews)
“steam engine”(49 reviews)
“return journey”(31 reviews)
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 yesterday via mobile

NBR notified us the evening before the train ride that it was cancelled. Our family plans were based around the ride. We adjusted our holiday plans to take the train four days later. Again, cancelled the evening before. No explanation - just a cancelation. Do...More

Thank Discover314266
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was such a pity that our group couldn’t complete our journey as the engine couldn’t produce enough steam to get us up the hills later in the second half and we had to return to KK - hence only an ‘average’ rating. This meant...More

1  Thank Sharon T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an enjoyable outing (I do love train trips!) and a relaxing way to see the countryside. We had two stops where we could hop off and have a look around the villages. These were interesting but nothing exceptional, not much to do but...More

Thank Gaye N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Got to be done. It was a great experience that I would not have wanted to miss! Staff were really lovely and liked a laugh with the passengers and were happy to pose for photos with you. The 4 hour trip took us 6, an...More

1  Thank GillMargo
Reviewed 12 September 2018

Fabulous day out on the North Borneo Railway! I initially booked this trip, online, for a Saturday. Booking online, and funds transfer was a little complicated, but eventually I managed it. Unfortunately the trip was cancelled due to 'engineering' issues. Tried again for the Wednesday...More

1  Thank jccoffey
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately we did not get to experience this Tour, it only Runs on Wednesday and Saturdays. And is very popular and must be booked well in advance.

1  Thank William W
Reviewed 5 September 2018

My tour was cancelled 36 hours only prior schedule. After 2 weeks, I still don`t have any response from the Company and I couldn't have been reimbursed. Take care and be cautious.........

1  Thank richardvallin
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

For those who love history - must see! Lovely atmosphere, delicious food, extremely friendly stuff. Unmissible!

1  Thank Masha C
Reviewed 26 August 2018

For everyone's information: I'm here in KK 25-28 August and the railway is closed for repair. A bit disappointing.

2  Thank mungbeanuk
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Ordinarily I would say ‘these things happen’ and we were unlucky, but reading other reviews, breakdowns are a common occurrence. Firstly we departed late, then got to the first station where we weren’t supposed to stop... sat there for over half an hour. Then got...More

5  Thank Neil123
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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|
Response from Louise P | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don’t know......
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.