Great news for avid bikers: Singapore's turning into a cycling city. We pick the best bike trails for all sorts of wheeled adventures
With the rise of bike-sharing services and new parks and cycling routes being opened, Singapore has officially achieved its status as a bike-friendly city. It’s great news all around, whether you own a car, travel by public transport or bike on the regular. Want to know where to cycle to your heart’s content? We’ve picked the best bike trails in Singapore for adventures on wheels.
For the great outdoors: Western Adventure Loop
West-side cyclists are blessed with this picturesque trail, home to green corridors and tropical terrains. Start off at the Bukit Batok Town Park. See the rock cliff by the lake? That’s Little Guilin and it resembles a similar attraction in China by the same name. About halfway through the route, you’ll hit the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Tired yet? We recommend taking a pit stop here to admire the resident pangolins (if you’re lucky!) and listen to birds songs. If you need a little nudge to get back on your bike, we’ll let you in on a secret: the last leg of this journey might just be its prettiest – head into the Pang Sua Park Connector to discover two charming butterfly gardens with these colourful creatures hovering about the shrubs. Get your phone ready for the perfect snap!
Start point: Bukit Batok Town Park
For park-hopping: Northern Explorer Loop
Discover the Sungei Cina river, open grassland and a mangrove swamp at Admiralty Park. With its rich biodiversity, you might even spot a mudskipper or two along the way. Pedal forth and feel the cool breeze when you hit the Woodlands Waterfront. Then it’s in and out of the greenery again until you’re at Sembawang Park, the final stop with a rich colonial history. Hop off and explore the Beaulieu House, Sembawang Jetty and the Seletar Pier to wrap up your trip.
Start point: Admiralty Park
For discovering the heartlands: Central Urban Loop
Local or not, you’d have fun exploring (or re-exploring) these neighbourhoods. This trail takes you through some of the oldest districts like Toa Payoh and younger estates such as Punggol. Along the Whampoa Park Connector, stop by Balestier Road. It’s one of our fave hawker haunts with amazing food at pretty much all hours of the day! Or have a picnic at the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. It’s got scenic open spaces and wildflowers along the river bank.
Start point: Toa Payoh Town Park
For riverside views: Punggol’s Northern Eastern Riverine Loop
Punggol’s the perfect place to let off steam if you want to unwind after a long work week. The cycling town is home to the 26km Northern Eastern Riverine Loop. Connecting four parks, it starts at Punggol Park and ends at Buangkok Park Connector, rewarding you with breathtaking riverside and wetland views, as well as meandering stretches of coastal trees and stunning foliage. This will take you approximately four hours to complete, but we recommend getting off your bike every now and then to check out the scenery, or fuel up over brunch and coffee at Whisk and Paddle.
Start point: Punggol Park
For the best local food haunts: Eastern Coastal Loop
Whether you’ve lived in Singapore all your life or for a while, chances are you’ve been cycling in Pasir Ris or East Coast – we’d even say these are Singapore’s two most popular cycling trails. For the ultimate beach adventure, take the Eastern Coastal Loop which links Pasir Ris Town Park to East Coast, and finally Changi Beach Park. Besides offering gorgeous views from various jetties and flora and fauna sightings, it’s also home to Bedok Food Centre and East Coast Lagoon Food Village (an institution for satay, seafood and chicken wings).
Start point: Pasir Ris Town Park
For Singapore’s best landmarks: Eastern Coastal Loop
Cycling in the city can’t get better than this. The extension of the Eastern Coastal Loop from East Coast takes you around Singapore’s most famous landmarks, including the Supertrees of Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, and the Singapore Flyer. Start in the late evening, just in time to catch the sunset over the Singapore skyline.
Start point: Tanjong Rhu Promenade, located opposite the Singapore Sports Hub
For aspiring mountain bikers: Pulau Ubin
Away from the concrete terrain of Singapore, this largely untouched island is a breath of fresh air – it’s charmingly rustic, and still boasts remnants of old Singapore life including villages and raw landscapes. Its abundant forests were begging to be explored, and so we did, in an adrenaline-pumping mountain biking adventure which encompassed trips through a rustic village, a short hike detour up Ubin’s highest hill, and explorations of serene quarries. Head here the full story on how we tackled the trail!
Start point: Pulau Ubin Village
For untouched nature: Coney Island
The park’s rustic terrain makes cycling here bumpy at times, but rest assured that it will be a breezy and enjoyable experience. Cycle along the 2.4km main path or follow the signs to navigate your way to the beaches. If you’ve got an adventurous streak, you may very well find yourself veering off the beaten tracks – literally!
Start point: Punggol Settlement
For Singapore’s farms: Kranji Road to Lim Chu Kang Road
If you’ve always been a country person at heart, here’s the best way to spend your Sundays. Rent a bicycle from a bike sharing service and kick off your journey at Kranji MRT station. The 20km trail, which stretches from Kranji Road to Lim Chu Kang Road, encompasses the hidden farms in Kranji Countryside, the Kranji War Memorial, and even Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on the next Farmers Market – it’s the best time to shop local and organic produce, and visit the famed Bollywood Veggies.
Start point: Kranji MRT station
For history and culture buffs: Khatib Loop
Once a secret amongst serious cyclists, Khatib Loop is now a budding crowd favourite. The 16km trail begins at Khatib MRT station. From here, cycle to Simpang Kiri park connector, until you reach Singapore Naval Base, where views of the Johor Straits await. Continue on your route and you’ll see the stars of the trail: a cluster of black and white colonial bungalows, as well as a small bunker along Gibraltar Crescent. Don’t leave without a quick visit to Sembawang Hot Springs.
Start point: Khatib MRT station
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