10 cycling routes in Singapore for your weekend plans that isn’t East Coast Park

by Vivian Ng

With the weather being so bright and cheery, it’s as if it’s taunting us to leave the house. However, the grappling forces of Phase 2’s limitations allow us to do very little, apart from going down to the nearest supermarket to pick up daily essentials. If you’re looking for something to rid you of that persistent boredom, cycling is a fantastic way to release pent-up energy.

This list is arranged according to distance and difficulty levels, so keep reading for your next big adventure!

1. St John’s Island Trail

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Taking a short vacation break outside of Singapore sounds like a great idea for most of us now. After these gruelling long months of not travelling, we’d take anything that remotely resembles an overseas getaway.

Here at St John’s and Lazarus Island, you’re able to explore the gold coasts of Singapore on your bicycle.

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Bicycle rental is also available at St John’s Island, and you can even rent a tent to relax after long hours of cycling. Bicycle rentals are clocked at S$30 per person, while the bicycle package with a tent costs S$80.

Difficulty: Beginner, easy
Distance: 2.8km
Suitable for: Leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there: Travel towards St John Island Pier from Marina South Pier (20 minutes ferry)
📍 St John’s Island

2. Jurassic Mile

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Cycling with dinosaurs may seem like an odd idea, but this cycling path that has created an upROAR in the community may pique your interest. Stretched over 3.5 kilometres, the Jurassic Mile begins at Tanah Merah Coastal Road and ends at Changi Airport Terminal 4.

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Even though Hong Kong Disneyland is strictly out of bounds, you can still ride your bicycle alongside these massive, reptilian friends. This may simulate the thrill of theme park rides and hopefully, the makeshift can weed out a little of our restlessness.

Difficulty: Beginner, easy
Distance: 3.5km
Suitable for: Leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there: Drop off at Changi Airport, Terminal 4, and make your way to Jurassic Mile
📍 Airport Blvd

3. Punggol Waterway Park

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Enveloped by lush greenery, the North-Eastern part of Singapore is severely underrated. If you’re a nature lover who enjoys the calmness of water and crisp bird chirpings, you might want to check out this cycling route.

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Cruise down the mangroves and enjoy the serene waters surrounding Punggol Waterway bridges. Punggol Waterway Park is also one of the prettiest parks in Singapore, so while you’re there, don’t forget to update your Instagram feed.

Difficulty: Beginner, easy
Distance: 4.2km
Suitable for: Leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there: Travel to Sam Kee LRT Station
📍 Sentul Crescent, Singapore 821313

Marina Bay Loop

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If you wish to stray away from nature tracks to something more urban, the Marina Bay Loop is a great option. This cycling route gives you a stunning view of the gorgeous city skyline.

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Travel along the Helix Bridge towards the Esplanade and the Merlion. This entire journey will take about 40 minutes to complete, so time it well if you desire to catch that cinematic sunset en-route. Watch the sky fade out from blue to bright citrus orange, with its luminous glow setting behind the skyscrapers.

Difficulty: Beginner, easy
Distance: 11km
Suitable for: Leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there: Travel to Bayfront MRT station
📍 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

5. Ketam Mountain Bike Trail

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For the brave hearts that are looking for something more difficult, this is for you. Situated at Pulau Ubin, this international standard Ketam Mountain Bike Trail is bound to send adrenaline pumping through your veins.

There’s a 10km bike trail that’s suitable for all levels, including beginners. The real challenge is its double-black diamond trail. Manoeuvre through muddy downhills and rocky bumps to unlock a series of bragging rights.

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If you’re thinking of giving this route a try, you can access it by taking a 15-minute boat ride. Do note that there are no longer bicycle shops in Pulau Ubin, and there is a fee of an additional S$2 to transport your bicycle.

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Alternatively, you can also join Pulau Ubin’s bike tour where they’ll show you the best views around Pulau Ubin. Although there’s less freedom to explore on your own, the tour makes a great option to get navigation tips around Pulau Ubin — so you don’t FOMO.

Difficulty: Easy – Hard
Distance: 10km
Suitable for: Leisure cyclists, explorers (easy), advanced – expert cyclists (hard)
Getting there: Take a ferry ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal
📍 Pulau Ubin

6. Northern Explorer cycling Loop

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Wave hello to Malaysia from across — the Northern Explorer Loop includes a pit stop at Woodlands Waterfront, giving you a full-frontal view of JB. This cycling route comprises some of the best nature spots in Singapore, including Woodlands Waterfront Park, Admiralty Park, and Lower Seletar Reservoir.

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Enjoy your time riding through this route while spotting some of the cutest wildlife animals. Be warned — this is a relatively long track. However, most of the stops are surrounded by large water bodies, so there’s plenty of breeze to cool down your body.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance: 25km
Suitable for: Long-distance cyclists, leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there: Travel to Yishun MRT station
📍 Simpang Kiri Park Connector, Sembawang Rd, Singapore 758495

7. Coast to Coast cycling trail

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Leading from the beautiful Jurong Lake Gardens to the peaceful Coney Islands, this long-distance trail is not for the faint of heart. The long-distance Coast to Coast route cuts across various local park connectors, nature parks and heartlands. This offers you the full visual package of local sightseeing.

This trail can be completed within half a day’s time on your bicycle. As you’d be sharing footpaths with people, don’t forget to slow down for pedestrians!

Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance: 36km
Suitable for: Long-distance cyclists, leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there (Jurong Lake Garden): Travel down to Lakeside MRT
Getting there (Coney Island): Take bus 84 from Punggol Interchange
📍 Jurong Lake Gardens or Coney Island

8. Bukit Timah Mountain Bike Trail

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Yet another mountain trail, the Bukit Timah Mountain Bike Trail is made for seasoned riders only. Zip through the dense forest and bounce through the rocky, steep trail — truly a daredevil’s game.

Popular among advanced cyclists, this bike trail tests your reflexes, memory, endurance and strength. The Bukit Timah Mountain Bike Trail challenges you through demanding inclines, swerves and rapid downslopes. This is undoubtedly a great place to upskill and beat your personal bests.

Difficulty: Intermediate – Hard
Distance: 6.5km
Suitable for: Seasoned and advanced cyclists, challengers, mountain bikers
Getting there: Travel down to Beauty World MRT
📍 126F Rifle Range Rd

9. Kranji Marshes Loop

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Clocking in at 70km altogether, Kranji Marshes Loop allows you to zip past famous landmarks. These include Macritchie Reservoir, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, and Kranji Marshes.

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Behold the beauty of the tall tower overseeing nature’s beauty located at Kranji Marshes and the lush greenery of Macritchie Reservoir. This cycling experience is one to remember for a long time.

Difficulty: Advanced, hard
Distance: 70km
Suitable for: Long-distance cyclists, leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there: Board the Kranji Express Bus from Kranji MRT
📍 11 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718814

10. Cycling across Singapore

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Does none of these satisfy your boredom? Hop on a Round Island Loop and ride around the circumference of Singapore instead. The minimum distance that you’ll cover is an average of 150km, and there are multiple ways to plot your trip around the country.

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Expect to shuttle through local park connectors and various attractions. You may even pass by the renowned lamp post 1 in Tuas, an official landmark owned by cyclists. By the way, don’t forget to strike a pose for your online posts!

Difficulty: Intermediate – Hard
Distance: ~120km to 200km
Suitable for: Long-distance cyclists, leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there: Start wherever you want!

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