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SurabayaIndonesia

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.

Top hotels in Surabaya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
JW Marriott Surabaya
JW Marriott Surabaya
5 out of 5
Jalan Embong Malang 85-89, Surabaya, East Java
The price is Rs3,464 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Located in the heart of Surabaya, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of BG Junction and Tunjungan Plaza. Surabaya Plaza Shopping Mall and Grand City ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (355 reviews)

"Excellent hotel, had an issue with a glitch in the process@expedia.com auto-booking and auto-cancellations emails. Hotel was patient and kind enough to fix the issue."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2020

JW Marriott Surabaya
Wyndham Surabaya City Centre
Wyndham Surabaya City Centre
4.5 out of 5
Jalan Basuki Rahmat No. 67-73, Surabaya, East Java
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs2,886 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Located in the heart of Surabaya, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sharp Bamboo Monument and Tunjungan Plaza. Surabaya Plaza Shopping Mall and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (105 reviews)

"Very nice hotel, Great staff, will book again once I am in the area again, hopefully Expedia fixes my account by then!"…"

Reviewed on 23 May 2020

Wyndham Surabaya City Centre
Best Western Papilio Hotel
Best Western Papilio Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Jalan A Yani No 176-178, Surabaya
The price is Rs1,342 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Located in the heart of Surabaya, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Pelita Harapan University Surabaya and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Surabaya Town Square. City of Tomorrow ...

4.2/5Excellent! (43 reviews)
pleasant stay

"overall it was pleasant stay, super responsive customer service and room service.clean place and so many amenities nearby, easy access to airport too. thanks"…"

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2019

Best Western Papilio Hotel

Top Holiday Rentals in Surabaya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 Rs3,696 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

This family-friendly Surabaya aparthotel is located in a state park, 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Pakuwon Mall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Surabaya Town Square and Surabaya ...

4.2/5Excellent! (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
Whiz Residence Darmo Harapan Surabaya
Whiz Residence Darmo Harapan Surabaya
3.5 out of 5
Darmo Harapan 1, Surabaya, East Java
The price is Rs1,730 per night from 30 Sep to 1 Oct

Situated in Surabaya, this aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Pakuwon Mall and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Ciputra World Mall. Surabaya Town Square and Surabaya Zoo are ...

4/5Very Good! (7 reviews)

"This place is very nice and comfortable. They are all very helpful. Beautiful and huge swimming pool. And big gym.very close to the tollway to go to tertes trawas prigin."…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2019

Whiz Residence Darmo Harapan Surabaya
RedDoorz Apartment near Grand City Mall
RedDoorz Apartment near Grand City Mall
2.5 out of 5
Jalan Kalisari I No.1, Surabaya Center, Surabaya, Jawa TImur
The price is Rs800 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

Situated in Surabaya, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cheng Hoo Mosque, Grand City Surabaya, and Surabaya Plaza Shopping Mall. Tunjungan Plaza ...

RedDoorz Apartment near Grand City Mall

Popular places to visit in Surabaya

Suramadu Bridge
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Suramadu Bridge

3/5(1 review)

You can learn about the history of Surabaya with a trip to Suramadu Bridge. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Reviews of Surabaya

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Nov 2019

Local food was good

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

31 Jul 2019

I will not visit there again

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Jul 2019

I was attending the church conference so I didn't have much time to visit anywhere..maybe next time.

5/5 - Excellent

Masao

27 Jun 2019

It’s heaven on earth for culinary visit. No doubt about it because i was born and grew up in Surabaya until I finished university, and lived in Bogor ever since.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Feb 2019

Cleaner than Jakarta

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Dec 2018

Good variety of foods and very cheap