I'd like some comments/advice on KTMB trains, ESPECIALLY the
"Jungle Line" train, Train 91.
A reply to a query from KTMB said there is no dining car/food
service on the train. This is a 14+ hour trip and this is a
local train, stopping at every wide spot. Does it stop anywhere
long enough to get off and get some food? It leaves K. Bahru
at 0625, so looks like we (wife, Granddaughter & I) would need
breakfast, lunch & dinner before arriving Gemas. Can I purchase
a cooler in K. Bahru to keep some food in? Thanks very much, Tom
As far as I can remember using trains during my school days back in the 60's food is in abundance on the train at every stop the train makes. You can buy a fair share of local fares from nasi goreng to nasi lemak to hot savories. I believe 40 years on these small sleepy towns of the east coast would still provide the service unless you are traveling first class.
You can of course carry your own food in picnic basket style like most locals still do.
Play safe and take some food and drinks with you. They are not selling that much food at the train stations anymore. Times are changing.
You can buy a cheap cooler, one of the white cargo types. I think they are about 10 Ringitt the big ones. get an Ice block= 1 Ringitt and you should be fine. Only throw the ice sometimes out.
You can buy Nasi Lemak, fried noodles and all other thinks before your train ride.
Have a safe journey.
I personally don't like Malaysian trains, so I am not the best person to answer! Train travel is very slow in Malaysia. I guess there is no dining car on the local jungle train as most of the passengers are locals who wouldn't use it, as they won't be doing long journeys. And they probably take their own food.
I'm not sure if you can still buy nasi goreng / mee goreng etc at the stations, but I'm sure you can buy small tidbits . I don't think you will have time to get off and eat. All I can suggest is you buy packed breakfast and lunch before you leave, and wait for dinner after arrival in Gemas. Are you taking a connecting train from Gemas?
I took the train about 8 yrs ago, coming back from a trekking expedition. Got a few people selling hot food, snacks and drinks at some of the station. I doubt that nobody at all is selling food now. It's been like that since forever from what a local told me. Just use small notes and change for faster transaction.
Can get polystyrene cooler from fishing equipment shop in Kota Bharu. If I'm you, I'll bring my own food & drinks(at least for breakfast and lunch). Just incase you don't fancy any of the food they sell. In general, KTM service is not bad at all. A bit slow, but comfortable, safe and cheap for long journey. Enjoy your trip.
- Also, I'd like to express an opinion here. Some people might feel offended,but I'll give it a go anyway.
I think some people give a lot of guessworks for the enquirer's to ponder. What are you guys doing? Please answer with facts, based on experience. That's why these people asked in the first place. It affect their travel plan! Example:
----->>> I personally don't like Malaysian trains, so I am NOT THE BEST PERSON TO ANSWER!....... I GUESS there is no dining car ....... And they PROBABLY take their own food.
I'M NOT SURE if you can still buy .......