Surabaya

Travel Guide
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 - CHSE Certified
Hotel Ciputra World Surabaya managed by Swiss-Belhotel International - CHSE Certified
5 out of 5
Jl. Mayjen Sungkono Kav. 87, Surabaya, East Java, 60225
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$398 per night from 15 Feb to 16 Feb
HK$398
per night
15 Feb - 16 Feb
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Surabaya. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (214 reviews)
"enjoyed stay"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2022

Hotel Ciputra World Surabaya managed by Swiss-Belhotel International - CHSE Certified
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 HK$475 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar
HK$475
per night
5 Mar - 6 Mar
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Surabaya. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Pakuwon Mall and Al-Akbar Mosque are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (54 reviews)
Stay here if you haven't
"First time staying, staff were very friendly and quick to assist with anything. Room is clean, bed comfy. Definitely deserves another stay."

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2022

Four Points by Sheraton Surabaya, Pakuwon Indah
Sheraton Surabaya Hotel and Towers
Sheraton Surabaya Hotel and Towers
5 out of 5
Jalan Embong Malang 25-31, Surabaya, East Java, 60261
The price is HK$522 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar
HK$522
per night
5 Mar - 6 Mar
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Surabaya. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (300 reviews)
Strong recommended hotel in Surabaya
"The staff are nice and friendly , especially the staff from Bromo cafe . Chef Fitri , Mr. Jojok, Ms. Fitroh and Denny are giving good service, I am impressed . This is the strong reason I choose Sheraton Surabaya again for my long stay during my business trip. The location also very good , connecting ..."

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2022

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.
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
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
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! (82 reviews)
"Very well set out accommodation."

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2022

Ascott Waterplace Surabaya
Stylish Studio Apartment Connected to Ciputra World Mall at The Vertu
Stylish Studio Apartment Connected to Ciputra World Mall at The Vertu
3 out of 5
22FL #02 Jl. Mayjen Sungkono No.87-89, Dukuhpakis, Surabaya, East Java, 60224
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Surabaya. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a TV. Popular attractions Ciputra World Mall and Surabaya Town Square are located ...
Stylish Studio Apartment Connected to Ciputra World Mall at The Vertu
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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