Guide to Surabaya

04 Jun Guide to Surabaya

The second largest city in Indonesia with over 6 million people, Surabaya is located in East Java, north of Mount Bromo and the West of Bali. The story goes that Surabaya’s name derives from the Javanese words Suro, meaning shark, and Boyo, meaning crocodile. Most people come here for business, as there is not many sight seeing to do in the city itself. However, Surabaya is a gateway city to Bromo and Bali.

=Getting There & Getting Around=

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Surabaya has an international airport and it can be reached via many airlines. Being the second busiest airport in Indonesia after the airport in Jakarta, Juanda Airport also recently opening a Terminal 2 in 2014 to accommodate the air traffic.

From the airport to the city center, there are many airport taxis available upon your arrival. It costs between Rp 120 000 to 150 000 depending on the location you are heading to; the taxis include sedan type and the suv type.

There is an Airport Bus service operated by DAMRI and costs only Rp 15 000.

The safest and best way to getting around Surabaya will be on a taxi. You can insist on a metered fare or a negotiated fixed fare. It begins from Rp 40 000 aorund the city. In a metered taxi, do round up your fare to the nearest Rp 1 000 as it is considered polite.

=What to See=

  • G-Walk

Address: G Walk, Jl. Niaga Gapura, Lontar, Sambikerep, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur, Indonesia


If you are here in Surabaya, you have to head to G-Walk Surabaya to find night markets. It is a good place to spend your weekends with your family by walking around this area. G-Walk is where you will find many local food fares such as lontong, balap, tahu campur, gado-gado and many more. If you prefer to venture into non-Asian food, you can also find pizzas, burgers and other typical western foods in G-Walk.

  • House of Sampoerna

Address: Taman Sampoerna No. 6, Jawa Timur, Indonesia

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This old Dutch colonial style compound was built in 1862 and is now a preserved historical site. Cited as one of the top tourist attractions in Surabaya, the complex has a museum, an art gallery, a souvenir shop and a café. The museum’s main attaction is viewing hundreds of girls hand-rolling Indonesia’s most prestigious cigarette, Dji Sam Soe. You have to check for the timing and you are not going to regret witnessing the incredible speed the cigarettes are prepared using traditional equipment.

  • Kaza City Mall

Address: Jalan Kapas Krampung No. 45, Simokerto, Jawa Timur, Indonesia

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Kaza City Mall is more than just a place for shopping as this is also a trade center and a fresh market. It is located conveniently at the city center and houses many stores where you can purchase or simply have a walk around to kill time.

  • Suramadu Bridge

Address: Jl. Tol Suramadu, Jawa Timur, Indonesia

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This is a bridge opened since 2009, with cable stayed that connects Surabaya on the island of Java and the town of Bangkalan on the island of Madura.

=What to Buy=

  • Roode Brug Soerabaia

Address: Jl. Pucang Anom Timur 70

Surabaya heritage souvenirs: miniatures of Suramadu Bridge and KRI Pasopati Submarine, etc

  • Lien Flowers & Decoration

Address: Jl. Dinoyo 78

Purchase local and imported fresh cut flowers, etc

=What to Do=

  • Mount Bromo

7 Mount Bromo Sunset Tour from Surabaya, Malang, Banyuwangi

The closest city to Mount Bromo is Surabaya, a 3 hours bus or car ride depending on the traffic and weather. It is less than Rp 50 000 per person each way. A recommended travel agency to book your trip to Mount Bromo is using Bromo Ijen Transport. The volcano hike is worth scenery and the experience will be even more memorable if you are riding on a horse at Mount Bromo.

  • Ciputra Waterpark

Address: Kawasan Waterpark Boulevard Citraland, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur, Indonesia

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Located in Citraland Complex, a great place for families with great water slides and wave pool. It is also one of the biggest in Southeast Asia

  • Surabaya Zoo

Address: Jl. Setail No. 1, Jawa Timur, Indonesia

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One of the oldest and largest zoo in Southeast Asia, it houses more than 70 Komodo Dragons in the Komodo Dragon Park.

=What to Eat=

  • Ayam Goreng Sriwijaya

Address: Jl. Raya Jemursari

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Indonesian food – Fried chicken, fried quail, noodles and milkfish

  • Indragiri

Address: Jl. Indragiri 10

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Beef tongue soup, tofu omelette with peanut sauce and fried freshwater fish with sliced tomatoes

  • Hary Hary Resturant

Address: Jl. Musi 47


Indonesian grilled fresh fish and prawn in a Dutch colonial house with classy atmosphere

  • Lung Yuan Chinese Restaurant

Address: Jl. Embong Malang, Sheraton Surabaya Hotels & Towers


Serves premium fish, fresh seafood and other Cantonese cuisines

  • Burger Bunder

Address: Jl. Gayungsari Barat 125


The original recipe of Surabaya burger

=Where to Stay=


  • Hotel Majapahit Surabaya


Address: Jalan Tunjungan No.65, 60275 Surabaya, Indonesia


  • JW Marriott Hotel Surabaya


Address: JL Embong Malang 85-89, 60261 Surabaya, Indonesia

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  • Hotel Ciputra World Surabaya


Address: Jalan Mayor Jendral Sungkono No. 87 – 89, 60225 Surabaya, Indonesia

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  • Novotel Surabaya


Address: Jalan Raya Ngagel No.173-175, Ngagel, Wonokromo, Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia

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  • Bumi Surabaya City Resort


Address: Jl. Jend. Basuki Rakhmat, 106-128, 60271 Surabaya, Indonesia