Welcome to the Surabaya cruise port guide. Surabaya is a city of 2.4 million inhabitants. That makes it the 2nd largest city in Indonesia. You could basically say Surabaya is Indonesia in a nutshell. In the 8 centuries that Surabaya exists it has seen empires come and go and that makes it a cultural melting pot. Even today you can still find the traditional ethnic neighbourhoods like the Arab quarter, the Dutch old town and China town. In recent history Surabaya is often to the birth of Indonesia, because it was here that the battle for independence began. They often call Surabaya the city of heroes because of this. The truth is it is a big business driver city, a true example of Indonesia and a gem to explore. It is an easy town to navigate yourself, wether you are doing it by public transport, tuk-tuk, taxi, excursion or whatever you had in mind. Read the information underneath to be fully prepared.
In the city you will find 2 statues like this; one at the zoo and one at the river. It is the symbol of the city because of a famous story. Sura means shark and Baya means crocodile, hence the name of the city. The story goes that these 2 creatures fought each other in order to gain the title of strongest and most powerful animal in the area.
Surabaya has tons of shopping malls. The Grand city mall is a superb one, but the best one of all is perhaps Tunjungan Plaza. See both shopping malls location on the map.
Cruise ships arrive at the high tech Surabaya cruise terminal. This modern building has lots of facilities to welcome cruise passengers to their wonderfull destination. Read all about your transportation options and what to see and do in the full Surabaya cruise port guide.
This Russian submarine is one of the eye catchers of the city. This submarine was build in 1952 in Vladivostok and it was bought by Indonesia in 1962, decommissioned in 1990. It now stands tall next to the river and if you want you can actually peek inside. All the rooms are open for the public and you’re free to get an inside look into the periscope and torpedo tubes.
This hotel will never disappoint whatever your interests are. If you like the spa: they have the packages here for you. If you want to relax at the pool: your welcome to join in. If you want a luxurious lunch: they make that for you. If you want history: there is not a better location in the city. The Majapahit hotel is a luxury hotel in Surabaya formerly known as Hotel Orange that opened in 1911. In the new art deco style lobby you will find several historical photos reminding the Indonesians of the time they tore down the Dutch flag right here at this hotel, claiming their freedom from the Netherlands. Whatever you are looking for we think a stop at the Majapahit hotel is mandatory.
The House of Sampoerna often organized a free heritage track tour through the city. Catch it at the house of Sampoerna. Read more information about this on their website.
This building stand in the middle of Surabaya. It is the Grahadi building which is a convention hall and the official resident of the East Java Governor. You can visit the house if you want.
The official taxi of Surabaya (and Indonesia) is the blue bird company. You can recognise these taxis by their blue color. They have got the best price for you and they are always willing to go on the meter. You will find these and also other freelance taxis at the cruise terminal on the parking lot. Rule of thumb and easy calculation for you: if you let the Blue Bird taxi of on the meter it will coast about 10 USD per hour.