One of the cheapest means of transportation in Sabah is by train. The train stops at several stations such as Tanjung Aru, Putatan, Kinarut, Papar, Kimanis, Bongawan, Membakut Beaufort and Tenom. A 2-hour trip to Beaufort will cost you only RM4.80 (adult) and RM2.40 (children).
On top of that you can enjoy a nice view of the west coast of Sabah from inside the train. The Beaufort – Tenom stretch of track runs through the Padas River gorge and is regarded as incredibly scenic.
Thus, making trains in Sabah as not just a mode of transportation but as one of the tourism attractions as well.
Tanjung Aru Sabah Railway Station
The Sabah State Railway (SSR) is operated by Sabah State Railway Department, which is an arm of the Sabah state administration. It is currently the only rail transport system operating on the island of Borneo. SSR was formerly known as North Borneo Railway. Nowadays, North Borneo Railway refers to a luxury tourist train services in Kota Kinabalu jointly operated by SSR and Sutera Harbour Resort.
It is the oldest running steam train in Sabah and Borneo, and you can check it out at SuteraHarbour.Com.
Sabah Railway Station is opened daily from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
The starting point of the Sabah State Railway (if you are in KK) is at the Tanjung Aru Sabah Railway Station. It is only 10 kilometers, or about a 10-minute drive away, from Kota Kinabalu city centre.
For train schedule, please click here.
– Kota Kinabalu Travel Guide