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Getting There by Rail

Malaysia - Getting There by Rail

As with travelling by sea and by road, getting to Malaysia by train is probably not a realistic option if you are moving from the UK or the USA, but it can be a cost effective and fast way to travel to other countries once you get to Malaysia.

High Speed Railway

Malaysia’s only high speed railway currently in existence connects Kuala Lumpur train station to Kuala Lumpur international airport. It is just 57 km (35 miles) long. At the beginning of 2013, plans were revealed which hope to connect Malaysia and Singapore via a high speed rail network. This plan is obviously only at the very early stages of development but the proposals hope to see a rail connection in place by the year 2020. The journey will be approximately 400km long and will take 90 minutes. It is going to cost in the region of RM 10-14 billion. The cost is so high because they aim to build completely new tracks for the trains to run on, allowing trains to reach speeds of at least 250 km / hour along some sections of the track.

For more information about the airport service, for updates on the new high speed network or for general information on fees and schedules, contact Kuala Lumpur Sentral railway station.

Kuala Lumpur Central Station
Tel :+60 3 9051 2000 or +60 3 9051 2121.
Email : customercare@tbsbts.com.my


There is already a rail link between Malaysia and Singapore, and although it is an express line, calling only at major railway stations en route, it is nowhere near as fast as the high speed network claims it will be. It currently takes about 6 hours to travel by train from Kuala Lumpur Sentral station to Singapore. The proposed new network will make this journey take a quarter of the time it does currently. There are two stops along this route where passengers can join the Thai railway network and travel into Thailand by train. Passengers wishing to do so will have to change at either Padang Besar or Rantau Panjang.

East Malaysia

There is only one railway line on the island of Borneo. It connects Tanjung Aru (near Kota Kinabalu) and Tenom. The track is 134km (83 miles) long and is somewhat in need of maintenance work. This track is also home to the North Borneo Railway tourist train. There is currently no rail link between Brunei and Malaysia.

The North Borneo railway is a tourist experience which many visitors to Malaysia undertake each year. The 180 passengers board the train at 09:45am at Tanjung Aru Station and are taken on a short excursion to the town of Kinarut to visit the Tien Shi Temple. Passengers then re-board the train and are taken to Papar where they get to visit the local market and shops. After they have re-boarded once again, a ‘Tiffin’ style lunch is served on board, a blend of Asian cuisine with Continental cuisine, served with a signature lemonade, before arriving back into Tanjung Aru Station. The whole experience costs RM 290 for adults and RM 185 for children. The train only departs twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am.

If you have any questions, or require any further information about the North Borneo Railway, then you can contact their office by using the details below.

North Borneo Railway
Tel: + 60 88 318888 (Sutera Harbour Operator)
Fax : +60 88 263932
Email: info@northborneorailway.com.my, nbr@po.jaring.my
Website: www.northborneorailway.com.my

Other than the few examples detailed above, the train network in Malaysia is mostly used by commuters for local, shorter distance journeys. There are very few international trains, and just one track in East Malaysia.

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