18 cycling routes in Singapore for all levels besides East Coast Park

by Vivian Ng and Jesslyn Lye

There’s lots to love about a cycling trip — it’s a fun activity, you get to explore parts of Singapore that you might not often have the chance to otherwise, plus you get a good workout out of it. 

And whether you’re cycling with family or friends, it’s a fun bonding activity to get your endorphins flowing. So if you’re on the lookout for great cycling routes around Singapore, keep reading for a list of routes arranged according to distance and difficulty levels!

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)

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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With gigantic, life-sized dinosaurs and huge dino eggs, this is one cycling trail with a unique, prehistoric view.

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

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

4. 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

5. Mandai Track 15

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There aren’t many beginner-friendly mountain biking trails in Singapore, which makes mountain biking a little tougher to get into compared to regular cycling. 

Thankfully, if you’ve just gotten yourself a mountain bike and want to start out with a relatively simple trail, the Mandai Track 15 has easy slopes, smooth tracks, and no sharp drops or jumps — perfect for beginners who are just getting into the sport. Still, the trail has its fair share of sloping terrain, so you’ll nevertheless be getting your leg workout in for the day.

Difficulty: Beginner, easy
Distance: 12km
Suitable for: Mountain bikers, leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there: Kranji MRT station

6. Southern Ridges

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The Southern Ridges route is slightly challenging, with short but steep hills that definitely make for a good leg workout — but the breathtaking views here make it more than worth taking on.

You’ll pass through open green spaces such as the ‘Gateway to Nature’ and Telok Blangah Hill, before finally arriving at the iconic Henderson Waves. Take a break on the famous bridge, and maybe snap a picture or two against the pretty backdrop of the distinctive, undulating structure. 

To end your journey, make your way up to Mount Faber, where you’ll be able to take in panoramic views of Singapore from the various lookout points.

Difficulty: Beginner – Intermediate
Distance: 9km
Suitable for: Leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there: Kent Ridge MRT station, Harbourfront MRT station

7. Sentosa Island

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Most people visit Sentosa Island for its beaches and attractions, but did you know that the island is a great place to cycle too? Start your journey at VivoCity, where there’s a designated cycling path you can take all the way to Sentosa Cove — though it does include its fair share of long slopes and steep climbs. 

Alternatively, if bringing your bike all the way there is a hassle, the island also has bicycle rental shops at Beach Station and Siloso Beach where you can rent a bike for S$15/hour. 

End your trip with a visit to the beach and let the sea breeze cool you down after a day of cycling.

Difficulty: Beginner – Intermediate
Distance: 12km
Suitable for: Leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there: Harbourfront MRT Station

8. Rail Corridor

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Filled with abundant greenery, the newly revamped Rail Corridor is a 24km trail that runs from Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to Woodlands Train Checkpoint

The best part? The trail passes right through the famous Bukit Timah Railway Station, which has just reopened after 11 years with a cafe, a heritage gallery, and more exciting features. The popular spot is the perfect place to take a break, grab a bite, and snap some pictures before continuing down the trail.

If you prefer a shorter route though, you can also choose to just take on the Central Rail Corridor, the middle section of the trail that’s just 4km and includes the Bukit Timah Railway Station and iconic Bukit Timah truss bridge.

Difficulty: Beginner – Intermediate
Distance: 24km
Suitable for: Long-distance cyclists, leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there: Take a bus to Melati Block 2 bus stop

9. 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, and do note that 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: Beginner – Hard
Distance: 10km
Suitable for: Leisure cyclists, explorers (easy), advanced – expert cyclists (hard)
Getting there: Take a ferry ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal

10. Western Adventure Loop

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Filled with picturesque landscapes and lots of nature, this cycling trail in the West might just be the prettiest one.

Start your journey at Bukit Batok Town Park, where you’ll find Little Guilin, a charming lake surrounded by rock cliffs. The trail will then take you through Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, before you end your journey at the scenic Pang Sua Park Connector, which houses two beautiful butterfly gardens.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance: 20km
Suitable for: Leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there: Bukit Gombak MRT

11. 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

12. 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

13. Central Urban Loop

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Taking you through the heartlands of Singapore, the best part about the Central Urban Loop is that it also passes through multiple great food spots — perfect for some late night supper if you’re going for a nighttime cycle.

The 36km islandwide loop will take you through Ang Mo Kio, the Kallang basin, and Punggol via the park connector networks, with multiple parks along the way where you can take in some nature and greenery.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance: 36km
Suitable for: Long-distance cyclists, leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there: Macpherson MRT station

14. Mandai Loop

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For beautiful, soothing views, take on the Mandai Loop, which starts near Orchard Road and moves towards Novena and Upper Thomson Road. Looping around Singapore’s central catchment reserve, you’ll get to enjoy calming sights as you cycle.

That said, with a distance of 40km and multiple steep climbs, this route is definitely better suited for cyclists with some experience.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance: 40km
Suitable for: Long-distance cyclists, leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there: Orchard Road MRT

15. 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

16. Seletar Loop

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A well-known route amongst cyclists, the Seletar Loop will take you around Seletar Aerospace Park, passing by popular cafes such as Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe and Sunset Grill where you can break for a drink or chill out after you’re done with your ride.

But since a large part of the route is on the road, definitely make sure you’re comfortable with road-riding before you attempt this one.

Difficulty: Intermediate – Hard
Distance: 12km
Suitable for: Leisure cyclists, explorers
Getting there: Yishun MRT, Punggol MRT, Sengkang MRT

17. 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

18. 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!

So the next time you feel restless or bored, take on one of these cycling trails for an adventure on wheels!

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