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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

Novotel Samator Surabaya Timur
Novotel Samator Surabaya Timur
4 out of 5
Jl Kedung Baruk 28 Rungkut, Surabaya
The price is Rp397.800 per night from 26 Jul to 26 Jul
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from University of Pembangunan Nasional Veteran and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Mpu Tantular Museum. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (32 reviews)
"Great Hotel - Clean and spacious"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2021

Novotel Samator Surabaya Timur
Hotel Majapahit Surabaya - MGallery
Hotel Majapahit Surabaya - MGallery
5 out of 5
Jalan Tunjungan No. 65, Surabaya, East Java
The price is Rp560.000 per night from 7 Aug to 7 Aug
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (218 reviews)
"Awesome crew"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

Hotel Majapahit Surabaya - MGallery
Shangri-La Surabaya
Shangri-La Surabaya
5 out of 5
JL. May. Jend. Sungkono 120, Surabaya, East Java
The price is Rp765.000 per night from 30 Jul to 30 Jul
This family-friendly Surabaya hotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Ciputra World Mall and Surabaya Town Square. Surabaya Zoo and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (170 reviews)
"The breakfast is excellent, the staff are very friendly, good location and good price, we will stay there again next time."

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2021

Shangri-La 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.
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 Rp762.986 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in Surabaya, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Surabaya Plaza Shopping Mall, Grand City Surabaya and Tunjungan Plaza. Surabaya Zoo ...
Strategic 2BR Apartment at Trillium Residence
Apartment Puncak Permai
Apartment Puncak Permai
2.5 out of 5
Jalan Raya Darmo Permai III, Surabaya, Jawa Timur
Situated in Surabaya, this apartment building is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Pakuwon Mall and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Ciputra World Mall. Surabaya Town Square and Surabaya ...
1/5 (1 review)
Not worth it for the price
"The place is not near like the pictures The place is so small - the water is smell really bad and the sink stink. The wall is awful and the bed spread was never been change it was smell like someone slobber so discussing. For the price $20.00 dollar I rather ho to Fave hotel another $10.00 dollar ..."

Reviewed on 3 May 2017

Apartment Puncak Permai
Waterplace Residence
Waterplace Residence
3 out of 5
Jalan Pakuwon Indah, No. 3-5, Lontar Timur, Surabaya
Situated in Surabaya, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Pakuwon Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Surabaya Town Square and Surabaya Zoo. Ciputra ...
2.8/5 (6 reviews)
Worst stay
"Call reception, call them many time but no answer only responded via sms. She cant speak English it hard to understand. No proper instructuon on check in and usage. ALL electrical circuit breakers were turn OFF. Luckily I am an electrical guy that dare to turn ON by myself. Room condition is worst ..."

Reviewed on 6 Feb 2019

Waterplace 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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