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 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.
For the best local food haunts: Eastern Coastal Loop (Pasir Ris to Changi)
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).
For Singapore’s best landmarks: Eastern Coastal Loop (East Coast Park to the city)
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.
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!
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!
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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