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.
Travel information Indonesia
Official currency – Indonesian Rupiah
Accepts Us dollars – yes
Creditcards – are not widely accepted
Drives on the – left
Timezone – UTC +7 – +9
Inhabitants – 255 million
Official language – Indonesian
Capital city – Jakarta
Republic of Indonesia
Government – Unitary presidential constitutional republic
Good day – Hari yang baik
How are you? – Apa kabar?
Thank you – Terima Kasih
Cruise ship – Kapal Pesiar
Port – Pelabuhan
Cruise Port Guide Surabaya – Indonesia: docked
Cruise ships dock at Surabaya’s Tanjung Perak. This brand new terminal in Surabaya sets a whole new standard for cruising in Southeast Asia. You will find a high end terminal with all the facilities you could wish for: tourist information, currency exchange, postal service, souvenirs shops and even a free tour desk. The cruise terminal is about 10 km away from the city centre. Keep in mind that this large city does not have 1 central point where you want to spend the day walking around. For example; the old town is about 5 km south of the port, the city centre is about 10 km south of the port and anything in between also has sights to visit. Therefore you might want to think ahead what type of transportation you will be needing. We feel in this case the ship will need to provide a shuttle service into town, but this is not the case with every cruise line. Check with you ship what they have got organised.
Taxis in Surabaya
At the parking lot in front of the cruise terminal there are 2 kinds of taxis waiting for you. You will find the freelance taxis here. These are individuals that are interested in giving you a taxi tour. Negotiate a price before you step into the taxi. Prices range between 80 and 150 USD for the entire day depending on your itinerary and your negotiation skills. You will also find blue bird taxis at the terminal. This is the official taxi of Indonesia. These taxis are blue and have a meter. It will cost about 40.000 rupee to get to the old town, depending on traffic. You can negotiate with them for a a private service. The rule of thumb is that they cost about 100.000 rupee per hour. Tuk tuks or trishaws are also in abundance in Surabaya, but they generally do not come to the cruise terminal. You can only pick them up in the city centre.
There is public transport at the port that can take you to the city centre. You will find these Damri buses at the public road in front of the terminal. The fare one way is about 3000 rupee. Keep in mind the quality of the public transport might not be as good as back home, so be flexible.
Destination and distance from port:
Surabaya old town: 5 km south
Surabaya city centre: 10 km south
Trowulan: 87 km south west
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.