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.

Where to stay in Surabaya

Hotel Ciputra World Surabaya managed by Swiss-Belhotel International
Hotel Ciputra World Surabaya managed by Swiss-Belhotel International
5 out of 5
Jl. Mayjen Sungkono Kav. 87, Surabaya, East Java
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rp644.628 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Situated in the business district, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Ciputra World Mall, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Ciputra Golf Club and Ciputra ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (201 reviews)
"Quite excellent for room and staff. I was good stay on 1 night."

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2021

Hotel Ciputra World Surabaya managed by Swiss-Belhotel International
Doubletree By Hilton Surabaya
Doubletree By Hilton Surabaya
4.5 out of 5
Jl Tunjungan 12 East Java, Surabaya
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rp765.000 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
This family-friendly Surabaya hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of BG Junction, Tunjungan Plaza and Grahadi. Surabaya Plaza ...
Doubletree By Hilton Surabaya
Sheraton Surabaya Hotel and Towers
Sheraton Surabaya Hotel and Towers
5 out of 5
Jalan Embong Malang 25-31, Surabaya, East Java
The price is Rp830.000 per night from 29 Oct to 29 Oct
Located in the heart of Surabaya, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tunjungan Plaza and Grahadi. Joko Dolog Statue and BG Junction are also within ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (290 reviews)
"The in-room aircon not up to standard - doesn’t not reflect as per settings. Splendid staff in all departments"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Sheraton Surabaya Hotel and Towers
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.
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
The price is Rp289.257 per night from 2 Nov to 2 Nov
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
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 Rp758.009 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
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! (73 reviews)
Great Hotel
"Excellent Hotel stay at Ascott, great location near to mega shopping centre, limited choice of breakfast buffet spread."

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2019

Ascott Waterplace Surabaya
Strategic 2BR Apartment at Trillium Residence
Strategic 2BR Apartment at Trillium Residence
3 out of 5
Jl. Pemuda No.108 - 116, Embong Kaliasin, Surabaya, Jawa Timur
The price is Rp915.583 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Situated in Surabaya, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Surabaya Plaza Shopping Mall and Submarine Monument (Monumen Kapal Selam). World Trade ...
Strategic 2BR Apartment at Trillium Residence
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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