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 it’s zoological gardens, the immaculately presented Sampoerna museum 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.
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 operate connections to Sulawesi and Kalimantan. Fast trains travel between Jakarta and Surabaya via Semarang and Yogyakarta. From Surabaya most trains going to Jakarta depart from Pasar Turi train station and depart multiple times a day.