Are you always looking for good and unique running routes in Singapore? At RunSociety, we present you our very own editors’ pick of the Best Singapore’s Running Routes Series in the North, South, East, West and Central of Singapore.
The charm of Singapore’s eastern part lies in its bountiful number of beaches and shorelines, the world-renowned Changi airport and the kampong ambience that’s still retained at Changi Beach Park and Pulau Ubin.
Here are the 5 best Singapore’s running routes in the east that you should run at if you love stunning coastline views, peaceful reservoir atmosphere and picturesque coastal boardwalks.
1. Bedok Reservoir Park
Used to be a sand quarry, Bedok Reservoir Park is now a popular spot for runners, water sports enthusiasts, anglers and obstacles course lovers. One loop around the reservoir equals to 4.5km. So, if long distance running is your thing, multiple loops around the reservoir won’t bore you as the park is alive throughout the day. During your run, you will be able to enjoy the serene feel of the reservoir, the excitement of kayakers and the singing of birds.
Start point: Toilet A (near bus stop ID: 75341)
Finish point: Toilet A (near bus stop ID: 75341)
Running Route: Either clockwise or counter-clockwise loop around the reservoir.
2. Pasir Ris Park
Pasir Ris Park is different from most parks in Singapore as it has mangrove forest with mangrove boardwalk from where you might see fireflies in the evening, kitchen garden full of edible plants and herbs that you can smell and touch, butterfly garden, lookout tower for birdwatchers, camping sites, BBQ pits along the shoreline and even an adventure playground. You need to run 9km to explore the whole park. We doubt you will run without stopping, so expect to spend at least 2 hours at Pasir Ris Park.
Start point: Pasir Ris MRT
Finish point: Pasir Ris MRT
Running Route: Pasir Ris MRT -> Pasir Ris Park Mangrove Boardwalk -> Pasir Ris Park Connector (beside Downtown East) -> Pasir Ris Park (near Aloha Loyang) -> U-turn to Sungei Tampines -> Sungei Api-Api -> Last BBQ Pit at the west -> U-turn to Carpark E -> Carpark D -> Carpark C -> Pasir Ris MRT.
3. East Coast Park
East Coast Park has an activity for everyone. On the weekends, families and friends come out in droves to East Coast Park for jogging, cycling, skating, camping, barbecuing, eating at one of the restaurants or food courts, and even just for relaxing. Every Saturday morning, parkrun organises free 5km timed run at the park. Due to its popularity as a running spot, many races include East Coast Park in their race routes.
At the moment, the park is only accessible by public buses, not MRT. If you’re taking the MRT, you can start your running route from Kembangan MRT as suggested below.
Start point: Kembangan MRT
Finish point: East Coast Lagoon Food Village
Running Route: Kembangan MRT -> Siglap Park Connector -> East Coast Park Carpark C4 -> Parkland Green -> U-turn to National Sailing Centre -> U-turn to East Coast Lagoon Food Village.
4. Coastal Park Connector
Coastal Park Connector is a 15km running route suitable for intermediate runners. It’s relatively quieter than East Coast Park. Runners at Coastal Park Connector enjoy the sound of waves, the cool sea breeze and the sights of planes taking off and landing. Majority portion of the PCN is adjacent to the future Changi Airport Runway 3 and Terminal 5, which is expected to be completed by 2030. Do bring enough water as water points are limited along this PCN.
Start point: National Sailing Centre
Finish point: Changi Beach Park Carpark 7
Running Route: National Sailing Centre -> Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal -> Tanah Merah Coast Road -> Aviation Park Road -> Changi Beach Carpark 7.
5. Changi Beach Park & Changi Point Coastal Walk
Changi Beach Park is a secluded, tranquil and one of the oldest coastal parks in Singapore. This park still retains a kampong ambience and is a favourite park for residents in the east. It’s the go-to park for city dwellers looking for a short getaway. Other than barbecuing at one of the BBQ pits and savouring the tasty nasi lemak at Changi Village, visitors to Changi Beach Park often take the bumboat to Pulau Ubin.
Located at the west of Changi Beach Park, Changi Point Coastal Walk is a series of six scenic sections (Creek Walk, Beach Walk, Sailing Point Walk, Cliff Walk, Kelong Walk and Sunset Walk) that offer runners beautiful view of the coastline while running on the boardwalk.
Start point: Changi Beach Park Carpark 7
Finish point: Kelong Walk / Changi Boardwalk
Running Route: Changi Beach Park Carpark 7 -> Changi Beach Park Carpark 6 -> Changi Beach Park -> Changi Point Ferry Terminal -> Changi Sailing Club -> Changi Boardwalk.
Have you run in the eastern part of Singapore before? Where is your favourite running route in the east?