Surabaya is Indonesia in a nutshell. The city was founded almost eight centuries ago, Indonesia’s second largest city has seen empires come and go. The founders of the Hindu Majapahit Empire were here in the late 13th century to the 17th century and were followed by Muslim rulers of Mataram. Later came the colonialists of the Dutch East India Company.

In recent decades, Surabaya has grown into a cosmopolitan seaport and conurbation where 21st century hotels, apartment towers and shopping malls stand next to historic mosques and palaces.

Facts

Population

3,114,700

Currency

Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), 1 Rp = 100 cents

Opening hours

Business hours in Surabaya are from 8/9 am-4/ 5pm Monday-Friday. Many shopping malls remain open until 10 pm or later. Many street markets do not open until around 7 pm and remain as late as midnight. Many smaller shops close from dusk on Friday until Saturday night.

Newspapers

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Tourist information

East Java Government Tourism Service Jalan Wisata Menanggal, Surabaya +62 31 853 1814

Travel to Surabaya

Book your flights to Surabaya with Etihad Airways and get ready to explore one of Indonesia's compelling cities that is full of culture, life and history. In Indonesia, this city is popularly known as the 'City of Heroes'. Its distinctive location encompasses unique landscape and tropical areas.

Top 5 Things To Do in Surabaya

  • Visit Hong Tiek Hian Temple and relish the exotic architecture and history in the city’s oldest temple
  • Spend a great afternoon outdoors at the Surabaya Zoo, the oldest zoo in Indonesia
  • Witness the amazing Suramadu National Bridge that connects Surabaya and Madura, the longest bridge in the country and shoot some beautiful pictures
  • Embrace the local culinary delights and diverse cuisine at the busy Pakuwon Food Festival which is also a great event for getting a taste of local living
  • Play some golf at Taman Dayu, known for its beautiful and endless golf courses

Plan Your Surabaya Holiday

If you are unaware or have never travelled to East Java before, Surabaya is definitely the perfect starting place for you. Surabaya serves as an opening to reach out to traditions and beautiful areas of Indonesia and East Java. From its cool beaches to its impressive metropolitan areas, you will have a long list of activities to do during your stay in Surabaya. If you are interested in Surabaya's history, visit the Hero’s Monument that is contributed to those that died in battle in the 1940s.

Search great flight deals to Surabaya, Indonesia easily with popular Deals section on Etihad Airways website. If you plan to visit Surabaya in the summer, book your hotel and tickets to Surabaya several months in advance. To find cheap hotels in Surabaya, travel anytime during the summer because of the heat and hotels offer at reduced.