Singapore: 7 questions to ask before you head to Rail Corridor (Central) trail at Upper Bukit Timah

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The rail corridor is Singapore’s latest and most popular attraction now!

The last time we were there, most parts were under construction. Now, it is partially opened! Since Singaporeans cannot travel, everyone wants to go to this green corridor at Bukit Timah.

I usually want to find out more before going but didn’t manage to find anything much. So I went, conquered and answered my own burning questions.

If you are looking for answers about the new rail corridor trail in Singapore, here are the answers.

1. Where can I access the rail corridor?

There are many access points along the rail corridor. If you are heading there, my suggestion would be to plan what you want to see, where you want to go and how far you intend to walk.

Brick stairs next to Hindhede Bridge was closed when I was there.

If your objective is to cover the whole 4KM, then start from either 1 or 8 (or near there.). Whereas, if your objective is to take instagram pictures of certain spots, eg. the old Bukit Timah Railway Station, then you can start at 8.

  1. Near The Rail Mall and Upper Bukit Timah truss bridge.
  2. Near Dairy Farm Nature Park and Singapore Quarry Bridge.
  3. Stairs from the end of Hindhede Walk, near Springdale Condominium.
  4. Stone path near the Hindhede Bridge and you can walk to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve from here.
  5. Brick stairs next to Hindhede Bridge was closed when I was there.
  6. Staircase from Jalan Anak Bukit, under the PIE viaduct.
  7. There are a few access points around Mayfair Park estate, with a ramp near Jalan Bangket.
  8. Either side of the Iron cast Bukit Timah Bridge. (Bukit Timah Road / Dunearn Road)

2. Where is the best place to park and start walking?

Like my previous point, it all depends on your objective.

Recommended Weekday Parking at Rail Corridor

You can probably find free parking at the Mayfair Park estate but please please do not park until you cause any inconvenience to the residents. If you are going on a weekday, I think it is pretty okay.

You can also try to park near the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. (But if you were to go on the weekend, you are ‘fighting’ with those going to there!)

Recommended Weekend Parking at Rail Corridor

You can park at the King Albert Park Mall. Another option is also to start at the Rail mall. After a long walk, you can sit down at one of the cafes or restaurants at these malls for some snacks and food.

Public Transport to Rail Corridor

If you are taking public transport, then start at at King Albert Park MRT station, walk to the Old Bukit Timah Railway station. U-turn back and walk all the way to the rail mall.

3. When to go to the railway corridor?

Given that covid is not over, I highly suggest you not to go and make it more crowded.

Avoid:

  • Weekends
  • School holidays

Do a google check on the crowd size before heading down.

4. What is the recommended route to take at Rail Corridor?

The Mayfair estate is not far about from iron cast Bukit Timah (about 400m) and another 800m to the Old Bukit Timah Railway Station.

King Albert Park Mall and Rail Mall starts off at the opposite parts of this newly built corridor.

4. Can I cycle at the Rail Corridor?

Yes, you can. When I went on a weekday mid-afternoon, there are quite a few cyclists. However, I heard that weekends can still be rather crowded so it may be tricky to cycle.

There were parts in which you need to dismount and push.

5. Can I walk / cycle to Tanjong Pagar or Woodlands?

No. Not yet at least!

6. What is there to see?

My personal highlights are probably:

  • the old restored bridges,
  • the flora and fauna, and
  • the old Bukit Timah Railway station – It will be converted into a railway gallery.

Try to spot this train-themed unique houses along the way!

train themed houses along rail corridor
train themed houses along rail corridor

Let me know if you have any more questions in the comments and I will be happy to answer you.