Best jogging routes in Singapore

Best jogging routes in Singapore

Singapore is a runner's paradise, with miles of paved coastal paths, beautiful rainforests and dedicated running spots. Once you've dealt with the humidity and tropical temperatures, there's no better island to lace up your trainers and get running.

How to cope with the heat...

Singapore's equatorial climate means temperatures remain around 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year, so be mindful of this when running. Head out early (before 10 am) or run after sunset, where you'll be rewarded by cooler temperatures. Make sure you drink plenty of water and keep track of your heart rate with a Fitbit or other exercise tracker.

Marina Bay

Starting at Raffles Place MRT station, run in a loop through the awe-inspiring architecture of the Marina Bay area. You'll start by running past the historic Fullerton Hotel, before looping around along Merlion Park, across the stunning Helix Bridge (inspired by the structure of DNA) and beneath the colossal Marina Bay Sands hotel complex. The best part is still ahead of you however - keep along the coastline, and run through Gardens by the Bay, where glimpses of giant glasshouses and the famous supertrees will keep you inspired. Finish at Marina Barrage, where you can take a breather at the famous grassy roof with spectacular views across the CBD.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore's historic Botanic Gardens is a popular running spot, and it's open to the public from 5am to midnight daily. This UNESCO world heritage site is huge, peaceful and very well-maintained, and you'll find plenty of paved paths to run on. Start at Tanglin Gate and loop up past the lakes and under shady trees. Finish off with breakfast at one of the Gardens' many cafes.


Singapore's favourite recreation spot is also perfect for running. Head here early in the morning or late at night, not just to miss the heat but to beat the crowds. Get off the monorail at Beach Station, where you can run on the boardwalk past white sands and beautiful views. The trail is 3.25 km in total, and runs along the length of Sentosa's three beaches: Tanjong, Siloso and Palawan Beach. Don't forget to cool down after your run with a swim in one of the seafront lagoons.

East Coast Park

Probably the most popular running route in Singapore, East Coast Park stretches 15 km along the south-eastern shore of Singapore. Run along dedicated paved trails which continue along the entire length, and be cooled down by the sea breeze while you're at it. The park has beautiful beaches and great food - make sure you try the satay at the East Coast Lagoon Food Centre when you're finished. It also houses a myriad of amenities - like showers, lockers and ample toilet facilities.

Singapore River

Despite its position in central Singapore, the paved paths along the Singapore River are a peaceful place to run. Start at Alexandra Canal Linear Park, and run along the winding river, past historic buildings and the bustling nightlife of Clarke Quay, till you reach Esplanade and the soaring architecture of Marina Bay. A loop around this stretch is around 12 km, and is best done at night, when the bright lights of the CBD and skyscrapers above you are a spectacular sight.

MacRitchie Reservoir

For a truly wild running route, take to the shores of the MacRitchie Reservoir. You'll be heading deep into the forest on a dirt track, so you'll get to witness the flora and fauna of Singapore while you run, including monkeys – make sure you keep hold of your snacks! Despite the feeling of remoteness there are amenities like toilets, showers and a shop here, and while you're here don't miss a wander along the HSBC Treetop Walk - for a beautiful view of the whole area.

The Green Corridor

This rural running route is also one with an interesting history - The Green Corridor is the site of the old railway, which ran across the length of Singapore. Now closed and abandoned, a nature reserve was opened in its place, and it created a flat path surrounded by lush scenery for hikers, runners and cyclists to enjoy. Run past grand houses, heritage trees and old railway infrastructure as you enjoy this 10.5 km route.