skyscrapers with canals and buildings from its Dutch colonial past. It has a thriving Chinatown and an Arab
Quarter whose Ampel Mosque dates to the 15th century.
It is Indonesia’s second-largest city with a population of over 2.7 million (5.6 million in the metropolitan area),
and the capital of the province of East Java. It is located on the northern shore of eastern Java at the mouth of
the Mas River and along the edge of the Madura Strait. To Indonesians, it is known as “the city of heroes” due
to the importance of the Battle of Surabaya in galvanizing Indonesian and international support
for Indonesian independence during the Indonesian National Revolution
Surabaya features a tropical wet and dry climate, with distinct wet and dry seasons. The city’s wet season
runs from November through June, while the dry season covers the remaining five months. Unlike a number
of cities and regions with a tropical wet and dry climate, average high and low temperatures are very
consistent throughout the course of the year, with an average high temperature of around 31 degrees Celsius
and average low temperatures of around 26 degrees Celsius.
How to Reach Surabaya (Travel)?
Surabaya is easily accessible from all areas in the world, Surabaya’s Juanda Airport (SUB) is the second busiest in
the country after Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta, with very frequent flights to Jakarta and other major Indonesian
destinations, as well as some direct international flights to destinations including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur,
Penang, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, Guangzhou and Bandar Seri Begawan. Terminal 2 has opened on February 14
2014, and all international flights and some domestic flights have moved here from the older Terminal 1. Holders
of eligible passports arriving on international flights can arrange visa-on-arrival at Terminal 2.
Officially, you’re supposed to buy fixed-fare taxi coupons from the “Prima Taxi” stand for the 18 km trip into town, around US$7-10 depending on your exact destination. If you choose to save time by taking the toll road from the airport, the toll charges will be extra. In practice you may be able to get a driver dropping off passengers to pick you up. There are 2 choices available: sedan type accommodates 4-5 pax and SUV type 6-7 pax.
Flight Schedule Surabaya Airport:
|Airfast Indonesia||Bawean, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Karimunjawa, Makassar, Sumenep||
|Batik Air||Perdanakusuma, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Makassar||
|Cathay Pacific||Hong Kong||
|China Airlines||Singapore, Taipei–Taoyuan||
|Balikpapan, Bandung, Banjarmasin, Batam, Denpasar/Bali, Jakarta–Halim|
|Citilink||Perdanakusuma, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Kupang, Lombok, Makassar,||
|Manado, Palangkaraya, Palembang, Pekanbaru, Pontianak|
|Eaglexpress||Seasonal Charter: Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur–International||
|Garuda Indonesia||Balikpapan, Bandung, Banjarmasin, Denpasar/Bali, Jeddah, Kupang||
|Lombok, Makassar, Semarang, Singapore|
|Banyuwangi, Jember, Yogyakarta||
|operated by Explore|
|Bandung, Bangkok-Don Mueang (ends 31 July|
|Indonesia AirAsia||2016), Denpasar/Bali, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Johor Bahru,||
|Kuala Lumpur, Penang,Pekanbaru|
|Jetstar Asia Airways||Singapore||
|Kal Star Aviation||Berau, Denpasar/Bali, Pangkalanbun, Pontianak, Sampit||
|Balikpapan, Bandung, Banjarmasin, Batam, Denpasar/Bali, Jakarta–|
|Lion Air||Soekarno–Hatta, Kendari, Kupang, Lombok, Makassar, Manado, Medan,||
|Palangkaraya, Palu, Solo, Tarakan|
|NAM Air||Bandung, Denpasar/Bali||
|Royal Brunei Airlines||Bandar Seri Begawan||
|Saudia||Seasonal: Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh||
|Balikpapan, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Kendari, Kupang, Makassar, Sampit|
|Sriwijaya Air||Semarang, Ternate, Yogyakarta, Berau||
|Trigana Air Service||Pangkalanbun||
|Wings Air||Banyuwangi, Sampit, Semarang, Solo, Yogyakarta|
Train / Railways
Surabaya has 2 main train stations ~ Surabaya Pasar Turi and Surabaya Gubeng.
Gubeng Station is the biggest railway station in Surabaya and as a place of main departure of all railways from
Surabaya city (except the train that uses the north line, like the Jakarta via Semarang, that uses the Pasar Turi
Station). Some of the trains that use this station include: Executive Class trains ~ Argo Wilis to Bandung, Bima to
Gambir Jakarta and Turangga to Bandung. Executive and Business Class trains ~ Mutiara Timur to Banyuwangi and
continued to Denpasar Bali and Sancaka to Yogyakarta
Turi Market Station serves trains travelling the north coast route of Java via Semarang, Cirebon and Jakarta.
The rapid train Argo Bromo Anggrek, Sembrani and Gurmarang uses this station. It will take about 9 hrs to Jakarta.
The best way to travel around Surabaya is by taxi. There are many companies operating taxi service within the
city.Among them are Surabaya Taxi, O-Renz Taxi, Zebra Taxi, Metro Taxi etc. The major taxi operator is the Blue Bird Group. Taxis are usually stationed within 5* hotels and shopping complexes. There are also cruising taxis where you can stop them. The taxis are air-conditioned..
The best thing about Surabaya taxis is that they go by the meter so that there will be no hassle with the fare. Flag down is IDR4,000 with IDR250 for every 100m thereafter. Short trips around the city will generally be about
IDR10,000. It is good to round up to the nearest multiple of IDR 1,000 for the metered fare and driver is generally
appreciative of that.
Intercity Bus Travel
The Purabaya Station is located at Bungurasih village, about 20mins from Juanda International Airport. Hence, it is
often referred to as Bungurasih Station and is the main bus station for inter-city travel and is about 10km from
downtown Surabaya. The station has all the facilities catering to inter-city travelers including mosque (for prayers), toilets and locker rooms, telephone booths, restaurants and food stalls, etc.
There are also taxi stands for arriving passengers wishing to take taxis into the city or travelers can take the Damri
public bus into Surabaya. Buses on Line 1 serves the western route to Solo, Yogya, Semarang and Madura among
other towns. Buses on Line 2 serves the eastern route to Malang, Probolinggo (to Mt Bromo) and Banyuwangi (to
Bali) among other town. Tickets from long haul journey should be booked in advance, where possible.
Another option is to go by minibus. A number of bus companies run door-to-door minibus services to popular
destinations such as Malang, Yogjakarta and Banyuwangi. These services are both more convenient and expensive
than public buses. Seats can be booked in advance thru company offices, hotels and travel agents.
The Becak is a tricycle pedaled by a man who sits normally behind the passenger(s). It could sit 2 persons (rather
tightly as we found out when we hire one from the House of Sampoerna to Kya Kya). There are many Becaks in
Surabaya. It is rather inconvenient and uncomfortable to take a Becak when it rains with the plastic cover pull over
the front of you to protect you from the rain.
Becak is normally used for travelling short distances. You will have to bargain the fare before getting in. The
minimum fare for tourists in now IDR20,000 although you may be able to find some at IDR15,000 per trip.
What to See at Surabaya?
Along with its vibrant atmosphere, Surabaya makes a perfect place for holiday with its natural attraction as well as historical places. Below are some tourist attractions to visit during your stay in Surabaya.
Ampel Mosque and Arabic Quarter
Ampel Mosque is built by Raden Rahmatullah in 1421 and reside in Ampel Street Surabaya. The pilgrim arrival or
the visitor will be greeted by the merchants who sell various supplies to pray and also souvenir like arabic clothes, prayer beads, cowl, cap, arabic perfume and dates fruit.
Wish to buy typical Surabaya edible gifts? Stop at Genteng market. You’ll find Surabaya’s traditional and popular
munchies such as variety of crackers, smoked fish and the famous Surabaya layer cakes.
The Tallest Four Faced Buddha & Kwan Im’s Statue
Located in Kenjeran Park, the Four-Faced Buddha statue is a spectacular sight at over 36 metres tall, making it the
largest Buddhist statue in Southeast Asia. The faces reflect mercy, generosity, fairness and contemplation, while the multiple hands hold holy books, beads, water vessels and other artifacts.
Nearby the statue, there is a vaulting 20 meter-high statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kwan Im Po Sat, flanked by two
daughters and four men on the level below. Find the two dragons guarding the magic bejewelled ball of fire from
falling down denoting the Goddess’ blessings to the sailor’s a safe trip home.
The Suramadu bridge in East Java is the longest bridge in Southeast Asia, connecting Java and Madura Island.
Opened in June 2009, the 5.4 km bridge is the bridge to cross the Madura strait. The bridge is aimed at accelerating transportation to and from Madura and Surabaya. Earlier, it took 30 minutes to get to Madura and vice versa by ferry, but now it takes only 10 minutes.
House of Sampoerna
Learn to roll a clove cigarette in the house!! A combination of cigarette museum and cafe, House of Sampoerna is an
interesting place to visit. It was built in 1858 and used as an orphanage during the Dutch administration. It was then purchased in 1932 by Mr. Liem Seeng Tee, the founder of Sampoerna. It is now a preserved historical site.
Tugu Pahlawan (The Heroes Monument)
Tugu Pahlawan is the main symbol of the city, dedicated to the people who died during the battle of Surabaya on
November 10, 1945. This monument is located at Jalan Pahlawan, with shape like nails standing upside down.
Suroboyo bridge is the latest local attractions in Surabaya. It connects to the Juanda International Airport. The bridge is designed with 150 poles and has a colorful fountain in the side.
Grand Pakuwon Food Junction
Food Junction is located in Grand Pakuwon housing and has an indoor and outdoor venue. Traditional and modern
culinary variety is available here. The Food Junction is also equipped with a variety of games arcade, perfectly suit for kids and family.