Surabaya Transportation

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  • Tips to Get Off Public Bus Surabaya Safely

    by pacific_girl Written Apr 6, 2011

    For travelers, beware of being squeezed inside a public bus in Surabaya. The general condition of most buses there are non-air conditioned, corroded (at least from the outside) with passengers twice its original capacity who resignedly sway following the bus’ movement as it dodges cars, vans and motorcycles that come across its way. A fun and amusing experience, though.

    “Sayang anak..sayang anak..” (an Indonesian phrase for “love the kids”, generally uttered twice to attract passengers –potential customers by vendors who hop into the bus whenever it stops at a bus stop). Public buses are usually crowded with a variety of passengers (not to mention the different street vendors and aspiring artists that hop on and off the bus every few minutes or so) and mostly cramped during the afternoon after office hours.

    Although there are Patas buses (which are supposed to be first class with their full air-conditioned system), for those who wish to experience genuine bus-hopping adventure in this part of the globe, you could take cheaper standard buses with open windows and plastic-and-iron benches. They have better air circulation and the benches do not absorb any moisture, which is good, as you would not want to know where those people (and sometimes with their fowls) came from.

    Plus, the non-air con buses allow vendors and street singers to hop on the bus. So you get live music every now and then throughout your time sitting in the bus. There are good singers and ones that simply screech their voices. Nonetheless, it can be a fun experience. Street vendors who hop onto the bus would generally give their merchandise to each of the passenger, only to take them back moments later (unless of course you buy the item).

    Beware of pickpocket, so never bring expensive sunglasses, cameras, wallet filled with cash, or any expensive item on board. If you wish to experience traveling around the city safely on bus, bring money that is sufficient for the round-way trip (generally it would not take you more than IDR 20.000 or $2. Each stop generally costs IDR 2000-3000 or $.20-.30. Often times, the driver would simply take you into his bus, and when you're close enough to the destination place, he would stop the bus and ask you to jump off the bus -sometimes in the midst of heavy traffic. Just be friendly, keep calm, enjoy the adventure and watch out. And you'll be just fine.

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    Juanda International Airport

    by blue_sky04 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Juanda International Airport is about 30-45 minutes from downtown. Airport code: SUB.
    Many domestic and international airlines fly to Surabaya.

    From airport you can take a taxi to reach places around the city.
    To go to the bus station "Bungurasih" where you can catch intercity buses, there is a bus line which you can easily find at the airport.
    The train station is located around downtown area, so if you want to catch the train to go to other cities in Indonesia, you need to take a taxi from the airport to the train station or you have to go to the bus terminal "Bungurasih" and take a city bus from there.

    Check the website below to find more information about the airport and click the menu on the left side to find other information including airlines which fly to/from Surabaya.

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  • Trains to/from Surabaya

    by surabaya.expat Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Trains are definitely a great way to get around on Java. They usually don't follow the same route as the roadways. Expect sweeping views of rice fields and small villages instead of the truck in front of you and some shabby roadside houses.
    My advice is to take an ‘executive class’ train as they have air conditioning and are more reliable. If you take a train on-route they may be anything from several minutes early till many hours late, but they usually start from the first station on-time.
    You can find timetables & fares on the following web site, but the schedule for some ‘economy class’ trains (e.g. Surabaya-Malang) as well as the Surabaya city train misses. The info is also available in English and I find the manual search often more convenient.

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    Airport Taxi

    by blue_sky04 Updated Oct 4, 2007

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    From the international airport to the city, you can take the official Airport taxi.
    The counter is outside the arrival hall. After passing the exit door, you can see a small counter on the right. Ticket can be purchased there. The officer will ask you the final destination and let you know the price of the ticket.

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    Inter-city Train Travel

    by chiabh Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    surabaya gubeng train station...
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    Surabaya has 2 main train stations ~ Surabaya Pasar Turi and Surabaya Gubeng...

    Gubeng Station is the biggest railway station in Surabaya and as a place of main departure of all railways from Surabaya city (except the train that uses the north line, like the Jakarta via Semarang, that uses the Pasar Turi Station)... Some fot he trains that uses this station include: Executive Class trains ~ Argo Wilis to Bandung, Bima to Gambir and Turangga to Bandung... Executive and Business Class trains ~ Mutiara Timur to Banyuwangi and continued to Denpasar and Sancaka to Yogyakarta... Business Class trains ~ Cantik Ekspres to Jember, Jayabaya Selatan to Jakarta city and Mutiara Selatan to Bandung... Economics Class trains ~ Delta Ekspres (known as commuter train Surabaya-Sidoarjo), Gayabaru Malam Selatan (to Jakarta city), Logawa, Pasundan, Penataran (to Malang and Blitar), Rapih Dhoho (to Kertosono), Sri Tanjung (to Lempuyangan, Yogyakarta, or to Banyuwangi)...

    Turi Market Station serves trains travelling the north coast route of Java thru Semarang, Cirebon and Jakarta. The rapid train Argo Bromo Anggrek, Sembrani and Gurmarang uses this station... It will take about 9 hrs to Jakarta...

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    Inter-city Buses Travel ~ from Bungurasih Station

    by chiabh Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    purabaya bungurasih station...

    The Purabaya Station is located at Bungurasih village, about 20mins from Juanda International Airport... Hence, it is often referred to as Bungurasih Station and is the main bus station for inter-city travel and is about 10km fro downtown Surabaya... The station has all the facilities catering to inter-city travellers including mosque (for prayers), toilets and locker rooms, telephone booths, restaurants and food stalls, etc...

    There are also taxi stands for arriving passengers wishing to take taxis into the city... or travellers can take the Damri public bus into Surabaya... Buses on Line 1 serves the western route to Solo, Yogya, Semarang and Madura among other towns... Buses on Line 2 serves the eastern route to Malang, Probolinggo (to Mt Bromo) and Banyuwangi (to Bali) among other towns... Tickets fro long haul journey should be booked in advance, where possible...

    Another option is to go by minibus... A number of bus companies run door-to-door minibus services to popular destinations such as Malang, Yogjakarta and Banuwangi... These service are both more convenient and expensive than public buses... Seats can be booked in advance thru company offices, hotels and travel agents...

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    Becak

    by chiabh Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    a becak...

    The becak is a tricycle pedalled by a man who sits normally behind the passenger(s)... It could sit 2 persons (rather tightly as we found out when we hire one from the House of Sampoerna to Kya Kya)... There are many becaks in Surabaya... It is rather inconvenient and uncomfortable to take a becak when it rains with the plastic cover pull over the front of you to protect you from the rain...

    Becak is normally used for travelling short distances... You will have to bargain the fare before getting in... The minimum fare for tourists in now IDR5,000 although you may be able to find some at IDR3,000 per trip...

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    Metered Taxi

    by chiabh Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    a blue bird taxi... from its website...
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    The best way to travel around Surabaya is by taxi... There are many companies operating taxi service within the city... Among them are Surabaya Taxi, O-Renz Taxi, Zebra Taxi, Metro Taxi etc... The major taxi operator is the Blue Bird Group... Taxis are usually stationed within 5* hotels and shopping complexes... There are also cruising taxis where you can stop them... The taxis are air-conditioned...

    The best thing about Surabaya taxis is that they go by the meter so that there will be no hassle with the fare... Flag down is IDR4,000 with IDR250 for every 100m thereafter... Short trips around the city will generally be about IDR10,000... It is good to round up to the nearest multiple of IDR1,000 for the metered fare... and driver are generaly appreciative of that...

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    Juanda International Airport

    by chiabh Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    departure lounge at juanda...
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    The Juanda International Airport is located about 18km from downtown Surabaya... The travelling time to Central Surabaya is about 45mins or more depending on traffic condition... For an international airport, I would say that the access road from Surabaya is both narrow and crowded... There is also an infrequent Airport Bus service to the main Bungurasih bus terminal in southern Surabaya...

    The airport taxi is the best option to take to the city... There is a city booth at the exit of the arrival lounge where taxi coupon can be purchased... The fare to Central Surabaya is IDR70,000...

    Upon departure, the airport tax is IDR100,000 payable before you pass through immigration at the departure lounge...

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    Motocycle

    by chiabh Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    motorcycles for rent...

    There are various places where you can rent a motorcycle in Surabaya... The rental rates come with a crash helmet... Although riding a motocycle can be a convenient way to travel around the city, it would not be advisable to rent one and ride it yourself due ignorance of the unfamiliar terrain, the local driving habits, traffic patterns and road signs... Hence, it would be wise to use one with a driver instead of riding it yourself and sit behind him fully equipped with the appropriate crash helmet...

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    Mikrolet

    by chiabh Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    a mikrolet...
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    Mikrolet is not the only name for this form of transport... It is also called oplet, bemo or colt depending on its location of operation... They are usually used for travel between city and suburbs... It can generally seat up to 10 passengers but often times they will exceed its capacity... making it a dangerous mode of transport... Fares are not uniform and depends on the distance travelled...

    One advantage over the bigger bus is that being smaller, it can stop to take or drop passengers anywhere making it a slower mode of transport because of its frequent stop... However, tourists are advised to avoid the mikrolet as they may not be aware of its route... At the same time, overcrowding will result in pocket picking...

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    Getting Aound

    by cokes Updated Aug 28, 2006

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    Me and My Great Guides ;P
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    I would say its best to hire a car if you planning on going to Mt Bromo , Malang or Pandaan from Surabaya. It cost between IDR 250 000 - IDR 300 000 to hire a vehicle with a driver for the day and all you must do is just pay for the fuel of the car. I went with Iqbal and Ridwaan who was excellent and a really good guide , I would recommend them and you can reach Iqbal on +62811379049 if you looking to hire a car and a driver. When hiring a car please specify where you wanna go to so they can fetch you with the correct vehicle because when I went to Mt Penanjakan its a very steep and winding and narrow road and you would want to go with the correct vehicle.

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    FUN RIDE

    by blue_sky04 Updated Feb 16, 2005

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    BECAK

    BECAK - This is a traditional transportation - a tricycle pedaled by a man who sits behind the passenger. Becak’s seat is enough only for two persons. You need to bargain with the becak driver for the rate. Try it, and have fun.

    You can see some becak and the drivers from my pic

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    Public Transportation

    by blue_sky04 Updated Feb 16, 2005

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    BEMO

    Bemo/minivan – This public transportation connect different places in town. There are several groups of Bemo – marked with the color of the minivans and a big letter on it (N, Q, S, etc), and each group has different routes.

    City bus – there are also many city buses going around.

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    TAXI

    by blue_sky04 Updated Jan 28, 2005

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    Blue Bird Taxi Group

    They can easily be found in public places such as airport, railroad station, bus terminal, hotels, or malls.

    The best taxi company in town is the Blue Bird group (Taxi Surabaya and Taxi Sentra). Generally speaking, their drivers are polite and trustworthy.
    And, do not take Metro taxi.

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