If you’re the kind of traveler who relishes the journey as much as the destination, the Jungle Railway, or the East Coast Railway Line (ECRL), is your ticket to a laidback adventure through Malaysia’s heartland.
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Built during British colonial rule in the 1800s, this historic diesel-powered locomotive, operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTM), offers a nostalgic way to traverse the country. Once a bustling tin transportation route, it now beckons curious locals and tourists seeking a rustic cross-country experience.
Embark on a 520-kilometer scenic ride from the Singapore-Malaysia border to the Malaysia-Thailand border. The complete journey takes approximately 16 hours from JB Sentral to Tumpat, Kelantan, and 11 hours from Gemas, Negeri Sembilan, to Tumpat.
As you relax in your seat, soak in the stunning views of the Titiwangsa range’s tropical forests, picturesque riverbanks, and tranquil paddy plantations. Don’t miss the chance to capture the limestone formations at Gua Musang station and marvel at the historic Guillemard Bridge in Kampung Kuala Kemubu, Kelantan.
For those opting for an overnight adventure, the Jungle Railway offers sleeper berths with comfortable beds and privacy curtains. Day travelers can choose between single or double seats in an air-conditioned carriage, with ample space for luggage, restroom facilities onboard, and a 24-hour cafeteria serving affordable local dishes.
To embark on this scenic journey, head to Gemas from KL and catch the connecting Ekspres Timuran for an eastbound trip. Keep an eye on KTM’s website for the Jungle Railway’s changing timetable.
Tickets vary depending on the chosen travel day, with an average cost of around RM50 per person for a full-length journey and approximately RM70 for sleeper train options.
Escape the urban rush and savor the beauty of Malaysia’s outskirts on a traditional railway journey. Experience the Jungle Railway for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Malaysia’s countryside.
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