Singapore’s Park Connector Network (PCN) introduces a fun and different way of exploring our island. Long regarded as ‘a City in a Garden’, Singapore also stood out as the greenest city in the world in 2017, according to a study by Treepedia in 2017.

Around one-third of Singapore is covered in greenery, and invites you to discover all corners of her natural beauty via the island’s five PCN loops, each offering its own distinct type of outdoor adventure and recreational activities.

Simply walk, jog, cycle or rollerblade along pretty rivers, scenic trails and serene waterways to indulge these picturesque park networks. The five PCN loops are listed below in ascending order of difficulty (from easy to challenging), including estimated walking and cycling durations.

Eastern Coastal Loop
Cyclists and joggers along the Eastern Coastal loop, by the east coast beach

Difficulty level: Easy
Distance: 17.5km; 3-4 hours walking or 2 hours cycling

A favourite amongst bike, running and rollerblading enthusiasts, this trail connects Pasir Ris Park to East Coast Park, traversing eastern Singapore. 

Begin your trip after a spot of fishing or a relaxing barbeque at Changi Beach Park, venturing on a stretch that will bring you through many diverse habitats, covering rainforest, wetland and coastal environments. If you crave urban beauty and architecture, you can hop on a bicycle at East Coast Park and take a cycling route that links all the way to Marina Reservoir.

If you’re up for more adventure, catch a bumboat to Pulau Ubin. This island is home to one of our last true kampongs (traditional village). Enjoy the quiet bliss of sandy trails running through overgrown rubber plantations, secluded beaches, majestic quarries and flourishing mangroves.

Northern Eastern Riverine Loop
Night view of Punggol Waterway Sunrise Bridge, along the Northern Eastern Riverine Loop

Difficulty level: Easy
Distance: 16km; 3-4 hours walking or 2 hours cycling

Discover the rustic landscapes of Singapore’s Punggol district. You’ll feel an instant calm along its glistening reservoirs and waterways, as well as the open waters of Sungei Dekar and the Johor Straits. 

The waters are home to many colourful species of birds, including the White-Collared Kingfisher, Grey Heron or the migratory Little Egret. Tropical fruit-fanatics will delight in the sixteen types of fruit trees featured along the perimeter of the Sengkang Floating Wetland, including the exotic species of Pond Apple, Island Lychee and Sweetsop.

Central Urban Loop
Sunset aerial view of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, along the Central Urban Loop

Difficulty level: Medium
Distance: 15km; 3-4 hours walking or 2 hours cycling

Experience Singapore’s heartlands, encompassing the iconic central Housing Development Board (HDB) housing estates of Bishan, Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh and Whampoa. Also known as the ‘Makan Trail’, this is the ideal route for working up an appetite, as you’ll pass through some tasty hawker centres, such as Block 17 Upper Boon Keng Road Market & Hawker Centre and Block 79 Circuit Road Hawker Centre. 

Take a pit stop (or two) and dig into local culinary delights. Unbeatable favourites include laksa (spicy coconut milk-based noodle soup); and braised duck rice, with its tender duck slices in sweet and savoury sauce, often accompanied with duck broth, marinated hard boiled eggs and tofu.

Northern Explorer Loop
Sunset horizon along the Northern Explorer Loop

Difficulty level: Moderate
Distance: 11km; 2-3 hours walking or 1 hour cycling

This loop accesses the island’s northernmost regions of Woodlands, Yishun and Sembawang, covering diverse terrains and rich biodiversity. Walk in the shoes of conservationists and biologists as you look out for the curious forest residents of the Central Catchment Reserve, such as the Long-tailed Macaque and the endangered Harlequin butterfly. Whilst you’re in the area, pop by the Singapore Zoo, which is home to over 2,400 animals that comprise over 300 species.

Western Adventure Loop

Difficulty level: Moderate
Distance: 12km; 2-3 hours walking or 1 hour cycling

This adventure trail takes you through the island’s wild west, providing outdoor experiences unlike any other in Singapore. Thrill-seekers will relish the rugged terrains of Zhenghua Park and Dairy Farm Nature Park.

These nature reserves are home to the critically endangered Sunda Pangolin—the most trafficked mammal in the world. Few are rarely ever sighted, though one was once spotted along the Bukit Panjang Park Connector.

Water-sport fans are in for a treat—the idyllic waters of Jurong Lake Park and Pandan Reservoir are perfect for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing and rowing.