Itching for some exercise? A vast network of bike paths makes cycling in Singapore the perfect activity. There are even trails to get away from the crowds. Here, we bring to you Part 2 of our best selection of Singapore cycling routes. Hop on!
1. Best cycle route for families: Bedok Reservoir Park
Choosing a place for kids to cycle in Singapore can be a challenge. A good one can be found in Bedok, with cool breezes blowing across the reservoir and a mixture of well-paved, flat surfaces and pebbly paths. Kids will be pleased with a jaunt around here, and mum and dad can be relieved that if junior gets too tired or throws a tantrum, the family is never more than 2.3km from the entrance to the park.
Route: A circuit of Bedok Reservoir Park (4.3km)
Getting there: Take bus 28 or 67 from Bedok MRT
2. Best cycle route for beginners: Pasir Ris Park
With over 7km of well-maintained track and excellent bicycle rental facilities, novices flock to Pasir Ris Park to get to grips with bikes and revel in the tranquil beach setting. The ample shade offered by the sprawling ancient trees dotted throughout the park help provide respite from the heat. There is even a stretch which passes through a mangrove forest for you to have a moment communing with nature. With a designated path for cyclists and minimal slopes, humps and bumps, this is the perfect place to build up your confidence on two wheels.
Route: A circuit of Pasir Ris Park (around 7km)
Getting there: Pasir Ris MRT
3. Best cycle route for city views and sunset romance: Kallang River and Marina Bay
Starting from Marina Bay Sands, head out over the iconic Helix Bridge and enjoy a leisurely ride along the Kallang River. Turn back at the bridge crossing the river near Kallang MRT, and head back towards the skyscrapers, passing by the Esplanade and stopping at the Merlion. For those in the mood for a bit of romance, lock up the bicycles and head up to the Esplanade roof for the Marina Bay Sands Light Show.
Route: Marina Bay Sands to Kallang and back to the Merlion Park (about 11 km)
Getting there: Bayfront MRT
4. Best cycle route for off the beaten path exploring: Khatib Loop
This 16km loop is a great way to rediscover the country without pushing yourself to the extremes. Start at Khatib MRT and head towards the Simpang Kiri Park Connector. Catch a quick break at the old Singapore Naval Base at Sembawang where you can enjoy sweeping views of the Straits of Johor. The route now passes through a quiet residential area filled with old colonial ‘black and white houses’ dating from the 1920s. Pass along cosmopolitan Canberra Road and its churches and temples before emerging out at Gambas Avenue, where you’ll find the fabled Sembawang Hot Spring, Singapore’s only natural hot spring.
Route: Start and finish at Khatib MRT (16km)
Getting there: Khatib MRT
5. Best cycle route for nature and night cycling: Lower Seletar to Woodlands Waterfront
Begin your ride at Lower Seletar Reservoir Park before pushing away from the crowds at Yishun along the tranquil Mandai Park Connector and follow the Park Connector route through the heartlands of Woodlands to Admiralty Park. It might be worth parking your bike here and enjoying a stroll through the park. As the sun begins to set, pedal through the bumpy gravelly track until you emerge at Woodlands Waterfront Park, which boasts amazing night views of Johor Bahru. There are a number of cycling trails through the park, but you may want to take it easy and bask in the warm sunshine and drink in the scenery.
Route: Lower Seletar Reservoir Park to Woodlands Waterfront Park (12km)
Getting there: Cycle to Lower Seletar Reservoir Park from Khatib MRT
6. Best cycle route for gluttons: Pasir Ris to East Coast Park
The Park Connector here is a piece of cake to follow and has plenty of pit-stops to make for a fun and calorific cycle. Follow the route out of Pasir Ris Town Park, passing by the wetlands and vast greenery of Tampines Eco Park. Stop by Bedok Food Centre for a bowl of ban mian, lor mee or a Bedok signature watermelon bowl. With a full stomach, get back on your wheels and head for East Coast Parkway and down to Parkland Green, a National Parks project featuring a mix of cafes, bars and recreational spots including a one-hectare open lawn for those wanting to enjoy a picnic.
Route: Pasir Ris Park to Parkland Green (17.5km)
Getting there: Pasir Ris MRT
7. Best cycle route for tranquil weekend outings: Punggol coastline and rivers
This 26km route that starts at Punggol Park takes in Coney Island and Punggol Promenade. Follow the well-marked Park Connector signs from Punggol Park and head north towards the water and the glorious sea breezes. Once you exit at Punggol, you will be away from traffic and can enjoy the sound of birds and the sun on your face. Detour at Coney Island to check out the monkeys, an eerie deserted mansion, and the beautiful views of Pulau Ubin and Changi Airport. From here, it’s a short ride to Punggol Promenade with its many restaurants and cafes and sandy beach. If you have the energy, you can continue down to Sengkang Riverside Park and pop by Buangkok – Singapore’s last kampong – before emerging onto the roads.
Route: Start and Finish at Punggol Park (26kms)
Getting there: From Buangkok MRT, hop on bus 102.
Rent bikes from: Go Cycling at Punggol Park or Punggol Jetty
8. Best cycle route for fitness freaks and tech geeks: Athlete Lab
Those living in crowded Singapore may find it difficult to get in a decent road cycle session outside of the weekend. And though you physically don’t travel anywhere at Athlete Lab, your body will get a serious two-wheeled workout. The sessions here are distinctly different to spinning as Athlete Lab uses Adjustabikes, real adapted road bikes with gears allowing you a genuine cycling experience indoors, whilst protecting your knees and ITBs. Tech geeks will love the data-rich environment with a wall display showing cycling performance data allowing you to get the most out of your workout whilst having a cheeky sneak at how others are doing at the same time. The specialised trainers here can guide you to a variety of workout programmes to suit your needs from weight loss to ironman and triathlon training.
Route: A downtown personalised indoor cycling experience with expert help for you to get the most of out your cycling experience.
Address: 71 Amoy Street
Getting there: Walk from Telok Ayer MRT
9. Best mountain biking route: Bukit Timah MTB Trail
This much-loved trail runs through Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and is generally free of pedestrian traffic. Riding this trail is by no means easy as it has a number of challenging technical climbs and arduous descents so expect a tender posterior after a ride here. This trail has a special place in the heart of Singaporean mountain bikers as many feel it is a true representation of the country’s terrain filled with knotty roots, mud, puddles, rocks and the aromas of the jungle.
Route: 6.5km mountain bike trail through Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Getting there: Enter through Dairy Farm Road or Hindhede Park
10. Best cycle route for birdwatchers: Choa Chu Kang to Bukit Batok Nature Park
Start off with a leisurely pedal around Choa Chu Kang Park before heading off down the Pang Sua Park Connector and pop into the two butterfly gardens along the way. The route then heads to Zhenghua Park which is a well-known haunt of birdwatchers, as it borders the central catchment area and its forests. The trail gets a bit rough around here and your legs will get a solid workout as you approach the beautiful Singapore quarry where a few photos and rest are the order of the day. From here, it’s a short ride to Bukit Batok Nature Park with its orchids and quarry pool.
Route: Choa Chu Kang to Bukit Batok Nature Park (12km)
Getting there: Start at Choa Chu Kang Park, a short ride from Choa Chu Kang MRT
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Top 5 tips for cycling in Singapore
- Singapore is roasting. The UV here is almost off the charts between 11am and 3pm, so try and avoid cycling in Singapore at these times. Slap on plenty of high factor sunscreen and a hat or helmet.
- Some of these routes are ulu. There might not be any shops for long stretches so pack a small day pack with a bottle of water, some nuts and raisins and a fresh tee for a quick change at the end of your mission.
- Relax. Don’t grip too hard or you will end up with all sorts of tension-related aches and pains. And, don’t hunch over the handlebars. Take some time to look around and admire the views!
- Don’t be overconfident. Sounds simple, but make sure you are competent enough to complete your trip. If you haven’t been on a long bike ride in a while, start with something simple before trying one of the more challenging routes.
- Keep to the cycle lanes. The Park Connectors are well-marked so you shouldn’t be in too much danger of knocking over irate aunties!
Originally published in April 2016 and updated in May 2020. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.