If you are looking for a sport to do on the weekends, love scenic views yet absolutely hate jogging, you’ll be happy to know that Singapore offers many cycling routes. Whether you are just cycling leisurely with family or doing some intense mountain biking, there is definitely a trail for you.
1. Northern Eastern Riverine Loop
This 26-km biking trail, which comprises Buangkok, Sengkang, Punggol and Lorong Halus Wetland, links through Serangoon Park Connector to Punggol with lots of great natural scenery. Beginning from Punggol Park, you’ll be riding along breezy reservoirs and coastlines along Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk, Lorong Halus Wetland, Punggol Waterway Park and Sengkang Riverside Park before ending your journey at the Buangkok Park Connector. If you are up early enough, you can even catch the sunrise at the Sunrise Bridge in Punggol Waterway Park.
Northern Eastern Riverine Loop starts from Punggol Park and ends at Buangkok Park Connector. To get to the start point, you can take a 10-minute walk to Punggol Park via Serangoon Park Connector, or take bus service numbers 74, 113, 119 or 147 to Hougang Ave 8 and walk to Punggol Park.
2. Eastern Coastal Loop
Eastern Coastal Loop is a 17.5-km trail in the east of Singapore. You can rent bicycles from the PCN Pitstop starting point at Pasir Ris Town Park before passing through open grasslands, freshwater wetlands and lush trees along Tampines Eco Green and Bedok Reservoir Park. It is also a good spot to stop for lunch or dinner with food options along the way such as Bedok Food Centre around the corner. If you still have time to spare after reaching the end of the trail at East Coast Park, head back up to Changi Beach Park through the Coastal Park Connector and have a meal at Changi Village. Feeling extra adventurous? You can even go offshore to Pulau Ubin!
Eastern Coastal Loop starts from Pasir Ris Town Park and ends at East Coast Park. To get to the start point, you can take a 10-minute walk from Pasir Ris MRT Station to the start point at Pasir Ris Town Park, or take bus service numbers 3, 5, 6, 12, 15, 17, 21, 58, 88 or 403 to Pasir Ris Bus Interchange and walk for 10 minutes.
3. Northern Explorer Loop
This trail starts in the quieter Lower Seletar Reservoir Park, which is a great respite from the bustling Yishun heartlands. Then, cycle past Upper Seletar Reservoir into Ulu Sembawang Park Connector via the Mandai Park Connector. The 11km loop will take you through Admiralty Park, where you can attempt to spot wildlife at Sungei Cina, before making a final stop to admire the sea view at one of Singapore’s longest coastal jetties in Woodlands Waterfront.
Northern Explorer Loop starts from Lower Seletar Reservoir Park and ends at Woodlands Waterfront. To get to the start point, take a 5-minute walk from Khatib MRT Station through Yishun Park Connector, or take bus service numbers 851, 852, 853, 854, 855 or 957 to Yishun Avenue 2 and walk to Mandai Park Connector.
4. Western Adventure Loop
Start the 12km trail at Choa Chu Kang Park before riding along the canal at Pang Sua Park Connector. If you are lucky enough, you may even spot a variety of birds and explore two butterfly gardens. Arriving at Zhenghua Park via the Bukit Panjang Park Connector, you’ll be getting a full workout on the area’s uneven terrain before passing through Dairy Farm Nature Park – remember to take photographs at the Singapore Quarry! Finally, at Bukit Batok Nature Park, you can check out the park’s orchids, Quarry Pool and World War II Memorial Site.
Western Adventure Loop starts from Choa Chu Kang Park and ends at Bukit Batok Nature Park. To get to the start point, take a 10-minute walk from Choa Chu Kang MRT Station, or take bus service numbers 307, 925 or 927 from Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange to Choa Chu Kang Drive and walk to Choa Chu Kang Park.
5. Khatib Loop
Once a secret amongst serious cyclists, Khatib Loop is now popular among many leisure cyclists. 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.
Khatib Loop starts from Khatib MRT Station and ends at Gambas Avenue. To get to the start point, take a train to Khatib MRT station.
6. Kranji Heritage Trail
If you’re a history buff and love exploring historical landmarks, this is the trail you’ll love. Added bonus if you enjoying taking a breather at the rare few plantations and farms that still exist in Singapore! Spend your day leisurely cycling through the Kranji area and stop by farms such as Bollywood Veggies, as well as historically significant sites like the Kranji War Memorial and World War II First Landing Site.
Khatib Heritage Trail runs through 14 trail markers. To get to any one of the points, board the free Kranji Countryside Express from the Kranji MRT Station that will bring you to a number of farms in the Kranji Countryside.
7. Marina Bay Front
If you are keen on taking in the sights and sounds of the bustling city life while working out with your friends, it’s always a fun idea to join the many cyclists who zoom past the Marina Bay Front everyday. Starting from Marina Bay Sands, cross the iconic Helix Bridge and 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. Wind down at night by heading up to the Esplanade roof for the Marina Bay Sands Light Show (it shows from Mon to Thu and Sun at 8pm and 9pm, and on Fri and Sat at 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm).
Marina Bay Front starts from Marina Bay Sands and ends at the Merlion. To get to the start point, take a train to Bayfront MRT station.
8. Coney Island
In 2015, Coney Island was opened to the public and started attracting many mountain bikers and casual cyclists alike. The main paths are mostly smooth and level, so even young children will have no problem covering the island on bike. Even if you’re an expert biker who craves more difficult paths, you’ll be satisfied by the various flora and fauna on the island – monitor lizards, snakes, wild-boars and bats have been reported to be a common sight!
Coney Island starts from Coney Island West Entrance. To get to the start point, take bus 84 from Punggol Bus Interchange to Punggol Point Park/Punggol Settlement, then walk about 500m east along the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk.
9. Chestnut Nature Park
This park is currently the largest nature park in Singapore at 81 hectares, and amasses a space larger than 110 football fields. The main highlight, however, is that it has the only park that has a section with separate loops for hikers and bikers! When you’re done with the easier, gentler slopes, challenge yourself with the steeper climbs
Chestnut Nature Park starts from Gali Batu Flyover to Dairy Farm Flyover. To get to the start point, take a train to Pending LRT. Walk towards Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre, walk past Kim San Leng Coffee Shop, head towards Blk 276 Bangkit Road, leading to Zhenghua Park, then take the tarmac track leading to Zhenghua underpass to get to Chestnut Nature Park. If you are coming by bus, take bus 700 or 966 and alight at Block 202, Petir Road. From the bus stop, take an approximately 2km (30mins) walk along Petir Road/Chestnut Ave into Chestnut Nature Park.
10. Ketam Bike Trail
Ketam Bike Trail, located in Pulau Ubin, is one of the most inaccessible trails on this list. If you are planning to go, you’ll have to take a ferry to the island first. It may be the youngest of the local trails, but it is also one of the most popular trails among Singaporeans – a TripZilla writer even named this one of the best trails in Singapore! Therefore, be prepared for some crowds on the weekends.
Ketam Bike Trail starts from Khatib MRT Station and ends at Gambas Avenue. To get to the start point, take a train to Khatib MRT station.
11. Bukit Timah MTB Trail
Bukit Timah MTB Trail (or BT) is situated within the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve area. It is essentially a 6km-long loop that runs throughout the Reserve. BT is immensely popular with many cyclists in Singapore, as it renders a good representation of what Singapore’s tropical terrain is like – moist, alive, sometimes rocky and full of extended climbs and descents at short intervals. Do take note that this trail can get rather crowded on weekend mornings.
Bukit Timah MTB Trail is stretched between Hinhinde Park and Dairy Farm Road. You can enter the trail from either entrances.
12. Kent Ridge MTB Trail
Kent Ridge MTB Trail is located nearest to the city area of Singapore. It has a short 2 km loop of single track for trail riding and a separate D-Line for the gravity riders. The traffic for this trail is estimated to be the lowest amongst all the trails in Singapore. Within the trail, there are many alternative paths and it is easy to get disoriented for those unfamiliar with the place. But as Kent Ridge is a relatively small hill, there is little to no risk of getting completely lost. In recent years, the gravity riders had added some unofficial features within the hills. As such, we would like to advise riders to attempt the features at their own risk as many are not officially built by the park management.
Kent Ridge MTB Trail is situated off South Buona Vista Road and up a steep driveway known as Vigilante Drive is the short but technical Kent Ridge Bike Park.