The transportation in Surabaya is supported by the infrastructure of land transport, sea and air that could serve the local trip, regional, and international. The types of public transportations in the city are taxi, bemo, becak, and bus.



Juanda International Airport is home to domestic and international flights. Mostly flights to go to Eastern part of Indonesia, as well as to Australia and the Pacific depart from this airport:

Garuda Indonesia (031)5468501

Citilink (031)2931100

Lion Air (031)5036111

Merpati (031)688111

Batavia Air (031)5049666

Sriwijaya Air (031)58251277

Air Asia (031)5303030

Malaysia Airlines (031) 5318632

China Airlines (031)5470898

Cathay Pacific (031) 5345052

Tiger Airways 007 803 60 1933



There are numerous taxi companies in Surabaya whose cars are mostly new. Most of them will use Argo Meter for counting the fee. However, there are some that prefer not to use the Meter. If this happens, you have to bargain with the driver. We recommend you to use these taxi companies below:

Bluebird (031) 3721234

O-Renz (031) 8799999

Cipaganti (031) 71770000 / 77070000

Gold (031) 8545555

Silver (031) 5600055



There are four bus terminals that connect parts of Surabaya:

1. Bungurasih/Purabaya Bus Terminal

Located in the South of Surabaya, Bungurasih is the busiest terminals in Surabaya, both for with Surabaya route and inter-city and interprovince routes. Its route also goes to the Juanda International Airport. This terminal serves buses and bemo.

2. Bratang Bus Terminal

Located in the East of Surabaya, Bratang Terminal mostly serves bemo. The only bus that starts from this terminal is DAMRI bus that goes to Bungurasih Terminal.

3. Wonokromo/Joyoboyo Bus Terminal

Located in the South of Surabaya, Wonokromo Terminal mostly serves bemo. The only bus that starts from this terminal is DAMRI bus that goes to Bungurasih Terminal.

4. Tambak Oso Wilangun Bus Terminal

Located in the North-West of Surabaya, Tambak Oso Wilangun Terminal is close to the border of Gresik. It serves mostly bemo. The only bus that starts from this terminal is DAMRI bus that goes to Bungurasih Terminal.



Bemo is the van-like public transportation that mostly available for you to go to several places. The tariff is IDR 3.000/individual for one way.



Becak is a tricycle/rickshaw transportation that is very popular in Asian countries. It is human- powered to carry passengers in addition to the driver. You have to bargain to use the service.



The train in Surabaya connects Surabaya with other cities or provinces. If you want to check the schedule, you can visit . Below is the address of the train stations in Surabaya:

Gubeng Station

Address: Jl. Gubeng Masjid 1, Pacarkeling, Surabaya Pusat

Phone: 031 5033115

Surabaya Kota Station (Semut Station)

Address: Jl. Stasiun 9, Bongkaran – Surabaya

Phone: 031 3521465

Surabaya Pasar Turi Station

Address: Jl. Semarang 1, Alun-alun Contong, Bubutan, Surabaya

Phone: 031 5345014

Wonokromo Station

Address: Jl. Stasiun Wonokromo 1, Surabaya Selatan

Phone: 031 8410649



Ampel Mosque
Location: KH Mas Mansyur Street. Ampel Masjid 53. Ampel Suci 45.
Old mosque: 1421
Great mosque: 1870 by local citizen.
*The oldest mosque in Sby.
*Sunan Ampel’s grave.
*Traditional market of Arabian
*Hajj souvenir
*Arabic Culinary


Cheng Ho Mosque
Location: Gading no 2 Sby
Built: Oct 2001
Officiated: 2004
Architect: Azis Johan (Bojonegoro)
*The combination color: red, green, and yellow gold.
*The special number: 8, 9, 11
*The name is inspired from Adiral Cheng Ho (Chinese seafarer)
*Symbol of spirit of Tionghoa moslem in Sby
*Space for 200 congregation.


Cheng Ho Mosque
Location: Taman Sampoerna no 6
Built: 1862
*At past, used to orphanage by Dutch
*This area consists of: 2Museum, Residence, Art gallery, café.
*in museum: brick oven, old bicycle, bamboo stall and living room of Liem Seeng Tee
>Opening Hours:
Everyday 9am-10pm (Free)
Also provide SHT


Heroes Monument and Tenth of Nopember Museum
Location: Pahlawan Street
Built: 1951
Officiated: 1952
Architecture: this building like “reverse spike”
*Icon of Surabya city
*There are many sculpture to describe the spirit of Arek” Suroboyo, 8 dioramas, photograph reproduction, and can hear Bung Tomo voice when he burn the spirit of Arek” Suroboyo.
*Thereis underground museum
>Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday 8am-9pm
Weekend 7am-10pm
>Ticket: 10.000


Kepanjen Church
(Gereja Katholik Kelahiran Santa Perawan Maria)
Location: Kepanjen 4-6
Establish on 12 April 1899 by Westmaes
Architecture: Europe Church
*This is the oldest church in Sby
*in the next building there is mini museum to kept equipment for pray
*this building also ever became emergency for Colera epidemic
*the old name of this church is “ Tweede Roomach Katholieke Kerk”


Wismilak Building
Location: Raya Darmo 36-38
Built: 1928
*at the beginning it was known as Darmo State Police Office
*this building used to dormitory for special police Tokubeten Kaisatsutai in Japan era
*there was on extension behind the building which was made by Wismilak
*NOW, the owner of this building is Sinta Dewi for office


*at the beginning it was known as Darmo State Police Office
*this building used to dormitory for special police Tokubeten Kaisatsutai in Japan era
*there was on extension behind the building which was made by Wismilak
*NOW, the owner of this building is Sinta Dewi for office


Surabaya features a tropical rainy and dry season. The city’s rainy season runs from November through May, while the dry season covers the remaining five months (June – October). Unlike the other cities and regions, the average high and low temperature in Surabaya is very consistent throughout the year. Overall, the average high temperature is + 310C and the average low temperature is + 260C. On average, Surabaya sees approximately 1500 mm of precipitation annually.


In Indonesia, the keeping of standard time is 24-hours format which is divided into three time zones, Surabaya follow the Western Indonesian Time/WIT (Waktu Indonesia Barat/WIB) (UTC+7).


Generally speaking, Indonesians are courteous, soft spoken and conservative in dress and behavior. Similar to other Asian countries, personal appearance is very important. Most of Indonesians dress modestly. Trousers or jeans are the common-wear clothing for both man and woman. Women will most likely wear pants, jeans or long skirts. They mostly prefer to wear

clothing with sleeves. Many Muslim women can be seen wearing head scarves. When you have conversations with Indonesian, please be aware that raising your voice or be confrontational to someone in public may be construed as a grave insult. The youths must speak in a polite language to the elderly. Using an informal language to speak to the elderly will consider as inappropriate. Please consider to use respectful terms while addressing and/or speaking to the elderly. In Muslim society, the left hand is considered unclean, so it is respectful to receive and present things with your right hand, especially food. Pork and alcohol are refrained from eating by most Muslims. Having meal while you are standing or walking will be seen as inappropriate to some people, particularly if you are female, so it is better to find a place to sit before you have your meal.



           The earliest record of Surabaya was in a book dated in 1225, written by Chau Ju-Kua, in which it was called Jung-yalu, the ancient name of Surabaya. Ma Huan documented the early fifteen century visit of Zheng He’s ship in his book (1433) Ying-yai Sheng-lan: “after travelling south for more than twenty li, the ship reached Sulumayi, whose foreign name is Surabaya. At the Estuary, the out flowing water is fresh. It is then officially established in 1293. The date was taken from the glory of Raden Wijaya, the first king of Majapahit Kingdom, who won the battle against Chinese troops. As Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya is known for its frankness and hot weather. Having the fierce struggles of Independence, Surabaya is also known as “the City of Heroes”. The Battle of Surabaya in 1945 played an important role for galvanizing independence movements and gaining international support for Indonesian Independence. Surabaya is locally believed to derive its name from the words sura or suro (shark) and baya or boyo (crocodile). In the local myth and Jayabaya prophecy (an ancient Javanese belief), a giant white shark and a giant crocodile were believed to have a fight against each other in order to gain the title “the strongest and most powerful animal” in the area. Now the two animals are used as the city’s landmark, the two facing each other while circling, as depicted in a statue appropriately located near the zoo’s entrance. Surabaya Landmark: Jalan Pahlawan Surabaya, 35



         As the main seaport and commercial center in the Eastern region of Indonesia, Surabaya has also become one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia. Today, Surabaya’s population is around 3 million. The dynamics of Surabaya are also affected by three major ethnicities that inhabit this city, namely the Javanese, Chinese, and Arabic. Thus, the level of religiosity is also quite high in this area, as well as the feeling of high solidarity within the community. In contrast, the modern Surabaya has been receiving many foreigners. Clubs, discotheques, pubs, etc are scattered throughout the city. Many of youth are also more familiar with the Western Culture. In order to preserve the local culture, the Regional Government centralized the cultural events in Balai Pemuda and has been encouraging to hold more cultural festivals. Malls will be filled with youths for various activities from business meeting to exercising. Moreover, with the building of Suramadu Bridge (2009) that connects Surabaya with Madura Island.


Universitas Airlangga

In 1948, The School of Medicine and Dentistry in Surabaya, established by former Dutch colonial government, was joined to Universitas Indonesia as its two new branches.

However, in the ninth commemoration of the Heroes Day on November 10, 1955, this institution was given charter by the national government to become Universitas Airlangga.

At the time, there were five faculties within Universitas Airlangga, namely Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Letters, and Faculty of Educational Science.

As the time passed by, the university would add several additional faculties to meet the growing need of potential students who wanted to study in Universitas Airlangga.

Faculty of Economics was officially founded in 1961 and three years later, Faculty of Pharmacy joined the rank of Airlangga growing prominence in higher education.

Later during the next three decades, other faculties were added: Faculty of Veterinary (1972); Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (1977); Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (1982); Postgraduate Faculty (1982), which later became the Postgraduate Program in 1991; Faculty of Public Health (1993); Faculty of Psychology (1993); and Faculty of Letters 1998.

Changes of nomenclature took place in 2008 when Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences was renamed faculty of Science and Technology, while Faculty of Letters was renamed Faculty of Humanities.

Along with these changes, Faculty of Nursing and Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Studies were also established.