The Best Running Routes in Marina Bay

If you’re a well-seasoned runner who’ll soon be in Singapore for holiday or a business trip, these scenic running routes mapped along the waterfront promenade might give you – rather ironically – the breather you need. 

Route 1: Marina Bay

The waterfront promenade surrounding Marina Bay is a 3.5km stretch lent by views of the city skyline. Take in the shiny skyscrapers, well-restored colonial structures and sculpted greenery as you meander the paved paths – and if luck’s on your side, you may even spot otters scuttling along the bank or frolicking in the open waters.

Route 2: Gardens by the Bay

For yet more greenery, Gardens by the Bay is a running route worth plying, with its dewy lawns and Avatar-like Supertrees. Go before sunrise – the crowds typically descend from 10am – and make for the outer gardens that wrap the two domed conservatories. Admire over 40 sculptures and installations in the Gardens, from the supersized baby that’s Planet by Marc Quinn to Wang Rong Hai’s Chinese guardian lions located on both ends of the Supertree Grove.
By the River
singapore river
Extend your run beyond the Marina Bay waterfront to the Singapore River, which you can get to by way of Boat Quay. The area, once swollen with boats upon which traders swopped and sold spices and grains, is fronted by shophouses that hold an eclectic mix of eateries and bars. Further down is Clarke Quay, a buzzy nightspot where weekend revellers congregate over live music or in nightclubs.

Leave the inebriated guffaws and chatter behind and press on to Robertson Quay – where stylish apartments and posh restaurants (think starched tablecloths, candlelit tables and lilting music) are matched with wider, quieter spaces and overhanging trees. When you’ve hit the main road, either carry on along the canal to venture deeper into the residential areas, or turn back towards the city. 
Singapore is generally hot and humid all year ’round with occasional spates of rain – and heavy downpours during the monsoon season from November to end-January. Dress light, and be sure to stay hydrated. As convenient as the public transport system here is, it’s advisable to avoid the peak periods from 7.30am to 8.30am. Be sure to also don brightly-coloured clothing if you’re jogging at night. For more essential tips before travelling to Singapore, this guide will serve you well.

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