Surabaya Travel Guide


Surabaya, an introduction


Surabaya is located in Java (East) in Indonesia, about 9635 km from Jakarta. There are several interesting places to visit around Surabaya. Around Surabaya are several temples and old historic buildings. You should at least have visited the Heroes Monument when you are here.

There is lots to do near Surabaya. For example, you can go or if you are looking for some nice pictures, head out to Suramadu Bridge and don't forget to bring your camera. Or, if you are a bit tired of the standard things, you can visit one of the attractions Surabaya has to offer and spend a day in the park, like for example Suramadu Bridge.

Surabaya History

Surabaya is also called The City of Heroes for its service in gaining Indonesian Independence. In both during the Dutch and Japanese occupation, the people of Surabaya fought hard to gain independence. The finale was on November 10th, 1945 when the people of Surabaya occupied Oranye Hotel which was the symbol of colonialism at that time. To honor that day 10 November has become Heroes Day until now.

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Surabaya on the map

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Things to see and do near Surabaya

Airport at Surabaya

Surabaya is served by the Juanda Airport.

Juanda International Airport (SUB), is an airport located in Sidoarjo, a small town near Surabaya, East Java. Juanda International Airport is the 2nd largest and 2nd busiest airport in Indonesia after Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The airport was named after Djuanda Kartawidjaja, one of Indonesia’s Prime Ministers. Juanda has an expanding selection of domestic routes, including direct flights to Lombok and Kalimantan.

There are two terminals at Juanda International Airport: Terminal A handles all international flights, while Terminal B is for domestic. The international arrival and departure hall is on the west wing and the domestic terminal is on the east wing. In the centre you can find the information centre and the shopping arcades. There is a large waiting room on the top of the airport terminal (accessible directly from outside), which can be very useful if your flight is delayed or if you have to wait here for one night.

Entering the city from the airport

By bus: Damri air conditioned shuttle buses are available in front of the domestic terminal, near the parking bay. The fare is Rp 20,000 and the bus will take you to the Purabaya Bus Terminal (the locals call it Burgarasih Terminal), which is about 10km south of the city. Depending on traffic, this will take around 30 minutes. The operating hours are from 4am till 7pm.

Taxis are widely available outside the terminal building. Primkopal Juanda taxis operate on a flat-fee rate to various destinations in Surabaya. Officially, you are supposed to buy fixed-fare taxi coupons from the "Prima Taxi" stand for the 18 km trip into town (around Rp 90,000-120,000 depending on your exact destination, add on another Rp 8,000 for toll road fees). In practice you may be able to get a driver dropping off passengers to pick you up.

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