Surabaya

Travel Guide
Surabaya

Indonesia’s second-largest city is a thriving business center with lively food courts, markets and a colorful local arts scene. It’s also home to one of Indonesia’ largest mosques.

Come to Surabaya to explore this ancient city’s many exciting districts, shop in the markets and malls and spot a fascinating display of architecture from several different eras. Use this exciting city as a base to explore the mountains, national parks and outer islands of East Java or explore the city’s fascinating streets and treat yourself to a luxury hotel.

Surabaya was founded in the 13th century and has a rich history. One of the city’s most notable historical events was its early role in the Indonesian Battle for Independence. Surabaya has since grown to become a major industrial center, though those who explore will be sure to find the city’s fascinating heritage and culture amid new commercial developments.

Wander around the enchanting Arab District or explore one of Indonesia’s largest Chinatown districts. You can sample local delicacies in the food courts on G-Walk and The Loop, both in the west of the city.

Don’t miss the Masjid Al Akbar Mosque, which towers above the skyline and is one of the largest mosques in the country. Families will love the Surubaya Zoo, one of the oldest and largest zoos in the country. Near the city center, make sure you visit Balai Pemuda Arts Center to see dancers perform traditional Reog dances. A large festival, the Seni Surubaya, takes place here in June.

Many people use Surabaya as a base from which to explore other east Javanese sights. Mount Bromo is a popular two-day trip, while the ancient archaeological site of Trowulan can be explored in one action-packed day.

Being such an important industrial center, Surabaya has a busy international airport and has excellent bus and rail links with the rest of Java. Once you have arrived in the city, taxis are the most convenient way to get around.

Be prepared for flash rain showers from November to February. Otherwise, the climate in Surabaya is tropical and sunny year-round.

Hotel Majapahit Surabaya - MGallery
Hotel Majapahit Surabaya - MGallery
5 out of 5
Jalan Tunjungan No. 65, Surabaya, East Java
The price is S$69 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
This family-friendly Surabaya hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Tunjungan Plaza, BG Junction and Surabaya Plaza Shopping ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (221 reviews)
"The hotel had a lot of character in architecture, furniture and history but was exceptionally well presented. The recent refresh has resulted in a very well presented environment. The staff were friendly, professional and attentive. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on 26 Oct,2021

Hotel Majapahit Surabaya - MGallery
JW Marriott Surabaya
JW Marriott Surabaya
5 out of 5
Jalan Embong Malang 85-89, Surabaya, East Java
The price is S$96 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in the heart of Surabaya, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of BG Junction and Tunjungan Plaza. Surabaya Plaza Shopping Mall and Grand City ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (364 reviews)
"Great location, nice staff, beautiful rooms"

Reviewed on 10 Aug,2021

JW Marriott Surabaya
Ascott Waterplace Surabaya
Ascott Waterplace Surabaya
4.5 out of 5
Tower D1 Jalan Pakuwon Indah, Lontar Timur Kav 3-5, Surabaya, East Java
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$88 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan
This family-friendly Surabaya aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Pakuwon Mall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Surabaya Town ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (75 reviews)
"Everything is amazing, staffs are super helpful"

Reviewed on 17 Oct,2021

Ascott Waterplace Surabaya
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Easy Access Studio Apartment at Anderson Tower Supermall Mansion
Easy Access Studio Apartment at Anderson Tower Supermall Mansion
3.5 out of 5
Anderson 17FL-02 Jl. Raya Lontar No. 5, Lontar, Sambikerep, Surabaya, Jawa Timur
The price is S$43 per night from 13 Feb to 14 Feb
Situated in Surabaya, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Pakuwon Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Ciputra Waterpark and Ciputra World Mall. Ciputra ...
Easy Access Studio Apartment at Anderson Tower Supermall Mansion
Ascott Waterplace Surabaya
Ascott Waterplace Surabaya
4.5 out of 5
Tower D1 Jalan Pakuwon Indah, Lontar Timur Kav 3-5, Surabaya, East Java
The price is S$88 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan
This family-friendly Surabaya aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Pakuwon Mall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Surabaya Town ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (75 reviews)
"Everything is amazing, staffs are super helpful"

Reviewed on 17 Oct,2021

Ascott Waterplace Surabaya
Apartment Pavilion Permata by Faiza
Apartment Pavilion Permata by Faiza
2.5 out of 5
Apartemen Pavilion Permata : jalan, Dukuh Pakis Baru II A No 3,Dukuh Pakis, Surabaya, Jawa Timur
Situated in Surabaya, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Ciputra World Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Surabaya Town Square and Mpu Tantular Museum. ...
Apartment Pavilion Permata by Faiza
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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