Spinning may be all the rage these days, but old school cycling still boasts numerous benefits – and you get to explore Singapore while at it. You get to choose your own pace too, whether you prefer leisurely peddling along the coast or conquering one of Singapore's toughest cycling trails.
No bicycle? No problem. There are bicycle rental shops and kiosks dotted around the island, so you can simply get on a bike and hit the road. Here, the best bicycle rentals in Singapore.
This brick and mortar bicycle rental service is located right in the heart of Singapore in the Downtown Core. The store is located just five minutes away from City Hall MRT and within a 1.5km radius of the city's iconic attractions. The kiosk offers both hourly and daily rates depending on your needs.
The rates here start at $12 per hour for Schwinn and Raleigh bikes, and $15 per hour for fat-bikes. Going on an adventure with the little ones? Child seats are $20 per hour and $40 for two to three hours, while tandem or double seater bikes are $20 per hour and $38 for two to three hours. Daily rates start from $45 per day.
Recommended trail: Head towards the iconic Civic District, home to some of Singapore's most important cultural monuments such as the former Supreme Court and City Hall buildings, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, and the Asian Civilisations Museum. After which, take a leisurely cycle along the Singapore River towards The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.
One of Singapore's most popular bicycle rental shops, Hello, Bicycle! has retails renowned European brands such as Linus, Strida, Viva, Lekker, and Creme. If you want to take the bikes for a spin before investing in one, the store also offers premium quality bicycles starting from $30 for up to six hours. Rental cost includes the bicycle, helmet, bicycle lock, and a set of front and rear lights.
Recommended trail: Wander around the Bras.Basah.Bugis district, a vibrant arts and heritage precinct. Cycle down to the National Museum of Singapore before stopping for a breather – or even picnic – at the lush Fort Canning Park.
Located in an industrial park off Balestier Road, the warehouse chic decor of this bicycle atelier looks more like an East London warehouse than a family-run bicycle store and canteen. Indulge in some delicious nosh at the in-house cafe before taking a spin on one of their single-speed bicycles, which are retailing from $600 to $3,000.
Recommended trail: Cruise around the rustic neighbourhood of Balestier or hit the Whampoa Park Connector, which runs along Sungei Whampoa and joins up with the Kallang Park Connector.
Getting to East Coast Park can be a pain in the neck from one of the main roads. While there are bike rentals at the park itself, we'd recommend getting one before you even hit East Coast Park. Located along Tanjong Katong Road, 12Cycle is one of the most convenient kiosk and offers one of the most competitive rental rates in the area, starting from $8 per hour.
Recommended trail: Cycle along Mountbatten Road until you get to Amber Road, from there, find one of the underground park connectors that take you to East Coast Park.
If you're driving to East Coast Park, there are existing bicycle rental kiosks in the park itself too. Located in areas B and E of East Coast Park, Coastline Leisure has become an institution for bike and skate rentals – so you can enjoy the beach and keep fit while at it. Choose from their range of mountain bikes, road bikes or tandem bikes. Rates start from $10 for three hours.
Recommended trail: Start from area B of East Coast Park and cycle the whole length of the park. Alternatively, the park connector from area B also leads to Gardens by the Bay East Garden, where you can marvel at excellent views of the Singapore skyline. From there, you can continue your trail to the Marina Barrage and Gardens by the Bay Main gardens.
If you haven't been to Punggol Waterway Park, you're missing out. Get on your saddles and explore the lush park in one of Singapore's most underrated neighbourhood. Bikes @ Waterway has got all your cycling needs covered. Buy a refurbished bicycle or rent one from $8 an hour and coast through the park at top speed. The shop even offers two and four-seater bikes for couples and those riding with younger children, so you won’t have to worry about novice cyclists feeling left out.
Recommended trail: Cruise along Punggol Waterway Park and check out some of the cafes and bars along Punggol Settlement. After which, set your sights further and head to Coney Island for photo opportunities at its hidden beaches and mangrove swamps.