Places to visit

Surabaya: A City of Heroes

Overview


This big thriving city is the crowded capital of East Java . Home to many of the nation’s fiercest independence fighters, the city is known to locals as Kota Pahlawan (City of Heroes) and around the city you will see scatered statues commemorating many heroes of the independence movement.
Historically this city used to be the trading hub for the illustrious inland empires of Java, that included Majapahit, Singosari and Kediri.  Situated on the mouth of the Brantas river, Surabaya was officially founded in 1293 on the site of a legendary battle between a shark (sura) and crocodile (baya).
Today Surabaya is a modern industrial city, considered the economic and trading centre of Eastern Java as well as home to the nation’s navy. Second only to Jakarta in size, population and commerce, this is a massive city of over three million people.

With 21st century shopping malls, colonial era buildings and business high rises, this city represents a melting pot of Javanese culture with modern industrial development.
For visitors, highlights of the city include it’s zoological gardens, the immaculately presented Sampoerna museum or a visit to the island of Madura where you can experience the excitement and thrill of a local bull race. The city is also an ideal base to explore the other attractions of East Java including Mt Bromo, the cool mountain retreats of Malang and the natural beauty of Ijen Plateau. 

To Stay

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Inna Simpang Surabaya

Jl Gubernur Suryo 1-3 60271 Surabaya East Java

Grand Surabaya Hotel

Jl. Pemuda 21 Surabaya

Sparkling Backpacker

Jl. Kayun 2AB Surabaya

Surabaya Plaza Hotel

Jl. Pemuda No 31-37 Surabaya

Garden Palace Hotel

Jl. Yos Sudarso 11, East Java 60271 Surabaya

Sahid Surabaya

Jl. Sumatra 1 - 5 Java (East) 60281 Surabaya

Garden Palace Hotel Surabaya

Jl Yos Sudarso 11, Surabaya, Indonesia, 60271 Surabaya

Hotel New Coklat

jl.gubeng pojok no.3 Surabaya

Royal Regal Hotel

Jalan Jaksa Agung Suprapto No. 35 Surabaya

Hotel Tanjung

Jl. Panglima Sudirman 43-45 Surabaya

Elmi Hotel

Jl. Panglima Sudirman 42 - 44 Surabaya

Hotel Tanjung Indah

Jl. Embong Cerme 1 Surabaya

Get Around

Taxi’s, buses and bemo all operate in Surabaya.
The cities extensive bus network is the most popular way to get around. Bemo (minibuses) operate on different routes which are labelled A, B, C etc.
The reputable Bluebird group operate taxi’s in Surabaya. They also offer Silver Bird executive taxis. Call Center in Surabaya is: +62 31 3721234, website: www. bluebirdgroup,com
 
You can also ask at your hotel to help you organise to hire a car with a driver.

Get There

Surabaya is served by domestic and international air routes. Many domestic routes use Surabaya airport as a transit point.
Airlines operating to and out of Surabaya include:

Buses operate between Surabaya and Malang, Probolinggo, Banyuwangi, Solo and Yogyakarta .
Boats operate from Tanjung Perak Harbour. Pelni operate connections to Sulawesi and Kalimantan.  
Fast trains travel between Jakarta and Surabaya via Semarang and Yogyakarta . From Surabaya most trains going to Jakarta depart from Pasar Turi train station and depart multiple times a day. 

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