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 centre, 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 centre, make sure you visit Balai Pemuda Arts Centre 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 centre, 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.

Four Points by Sheraton Surabaya
Four Points by Sheraton Surabaya
4 out of 5
Jl Embong Malang 25 - 31, Tunjungan Plaza, Surabaya, East Java, 60261
The price is Rp720.000 per night from 11 Sep to 12 Sep
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4.6/5 Wonderful! (211 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 23 May 2022

Four Points by Sheraton Surabaya
JW Marriott Surabaya
JW Marriott Surabaya
5 out of 5
Jalan Embong Malang 85-89, Surabaya, East Java, 60261
The price is Rp870.000 per night from 9 Sep to 10 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Surabaya. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (374 reviews)
"Staff worked hard to make you welcome. Room was of high quality"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2022

JW Marriott Surabaya
Four Points by Sheraton Surabaya, Pakuwon Indah
Four Points by Sheraton Surabaya, Pakuwon Indah
4 out of 5
Pakuwon Mall, Jalan Puncak Indah Lontar No. 2, Surabaya, 60216
The price is Rp740.000 per night from 12 Sep to 13 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Surabaya. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Popular attractions Pakuwon Mall and Ciputra World ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (42 reviews)
Above and Beyond
"Customer service exceeded expectations at every level. The room was very comfortable and clean. Our housekeeping services were very attentive to our needs and did an excellent job. Every member of the breakfast buffet team did a fine job including Chef Hidayat who went out of his way to speak to ..."

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2022

Four Points by Sheraton Surabaya, Pakuwon Indah
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Whiz Residence Darmo Harapan Surabaya - CHSE Certified
Whiz Residence Darmo Harapan Surabaya - CHSE Certified
3.5 out of 5
Darmo Harapan 1, Surabaya, East Java, 60187
The price is Rp446.281 per night from 19 Aug to 20 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Surabaya. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (8 reviews)
"Beautiful all around nice big swimming pool nice gym.big setting area. Nice love ❤️ to be there."

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2022

Whiz Residence Darmo Harapan Surabaya - CHSE Certified
Ascott Waterplace Surabaya
Ascott Waterplace Surabaya
4.5 out of 5
Tower D1 Jalan Pakuwon Indah, Lontar Timur Kav 3-5, Surabaya, East Java, 60126
The price is Rp950.649 per night from 22 Aug to 23 Aug
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Surabaya. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (78 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, 60225
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in Surabaya. Enjoy free WiFi, a children's pool and a fitness centre. Popular attractions Ciputra World Mall and Surabaya ...
Apartment Pavilion Permata by Faiza
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