This city used to be the trading hub for the illustrious inland empires of Java. Situated on the mouth of the Brantas river, 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. For visitors, highlights of the city include its submarine museum, the immaculately presented Sampoerna museum, Cheng Hoo Mosque 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.
Explore the culinary adventure of fine dining choices to vivid night stalls offering unique local snacks. From fresh fruit salad known as Rujak, the savoury blacksoup with diced meat called Rawon and the fried tofu dish named Tahu Tek. Most famous food souvenir from Surabaya would be the layered cake brand of Spikoe Resep Kuno, Almond Crispy chips, Bu Rudy’s Chilly Sauce and the latest hits of Surabaya Snowcake – mixed of pastry and sponge cake.
Surabaya is served by domestic and international air routes. Many domestic routes use Surabaya airport as a transit point. Buses operate between Surabaya and Malang, Probolinggo, Banyuwangi, Solo and Yogyakarta. Boats operate from Tanjung Perak Harbour. Pelni operates connections to Sulawesi and Kalimantan. Fast trains travel between Jakarta and Surabaya via Semarang and Yogyakarta. From Surabaya, most trains goes to Jakarta and depart from Pasar Turi train station multiple times a day.
Car rentals or taxis are available if you need to circle around the city with ease. Ask for a good guide that knows the highlight of this vibrant metropolitan. There are also motorcycle called ojek and public transportation in the form of minibuses. Try riding the Becak, a kind of rickshaw that maneuver easily among the busy street of Surabaya. Since Becak driver usually lacking English skills, you might need local assistance to help you with price bargain and point of destinations.
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