Surabaya SUB (Juanda)

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Surabaya airport info

Juanda International Airport (SUB), is an airport located in Sidoarjo, a small town near Surabaya, East Java. Juanda International Airport is the 2nd largest and 2nd busiest airport in Indonesia after Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The airport was named after Djuanda Kartawidjaja, the last Prime Minister of Indonesia. Juanda has an expanding selection of domestic routes, including direct flights to Lombok and Kalimantan.

There are two terminals at Juanda International Airport - Terminal A handles all international flights, while Terminal B serves for domestic transport. The international arrival and departure hall is on the west wing and the domestic terminal is on the east wing. In the centre you can find the information centre and the shopping arcades. There is a large waiting room on the top of the airport terminal (accessible directly from outside), it could be very useful if your flight is delayed or if you have to wait here for one night.

Departure tax at Surabaya airport

When flying within Indonesia, everyone must pay a departure tax that may vary from airport to airport. At Surabaya the departure tax for domestic flights is Rp. 30,000. Make sure you have this amount in Rupiahs as the departure tax must be paid at the airport before you proceed to the departures area.

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Transport to and from the airport

By bus: Damri air conditioned shuttle buses are available in front of the domestic terminal, near the parking bay. The fare is Rp15,000 and the bus will take you to the Purabaya Bus Terminal (the locals call it Burgarasih Terminal), which is about 10km south of the city. Depending on traffic, this will take around 30 minutes. The operating hours are from 4am till 7pm.

The taxis are widebly available outside the terminal building. Primkopal Juanda taxis operate on a flat-fee rate to various destinations in Surabaya. This is different from other airports in Indonesia, where all taxis can only transport passengers from the airport to the city. Officially, you are supposed to buy fixed-fare taxi coupons from the "Prima Taxi" stand for the 18 km trip into town (around Rp80,000-100,000 depending on your exact destination, add on another Rp8,000 for toll road fees). In practice you may be able to get a driver dropping off passengers to pick you up.

Airports near Surabaya

The following airports are very close to Surabaya. As prices can differ remarkably you may want to check flights to these airports. Then, in case of finding a good fare, catch a bus, boat or train to your destination city.

Airlines which serve Surabaya airport

AirAsia Jakarta, Medan,
Batavia Lombok, Ambon, Banjarmasin, Berau, Balikpapan, Batam, Jakarta, Jayapura, Denpasar (Bali), Gorontalo, Yogyakarta, Kupang, Luwuk, Manokwari, Maumere, Palangkaraya, Palu, Pontianak, Sorong, Semarang, Lampung, Tarakan, Ternate, Makassar,
Citilink Banjarmasin, Balikpapan, Batam, Jakarta,
Garuda Banjarmasin, Balikpapan, Batam, Jakarta, Denpasar (Bali), Yogyakarta, Medan, Semarang, Makassar,
Lion air Lombok, Ambon, Banjarmasin, Bandung, Bima, Balikpapan, Batam, Baubau, Jakarta, Jayapura, Denpasar (Bali), Ende, Fak Fak, Gorontalo, Yogyakarta, Kendari, Kaimana, Kupang, Labuan Bajo, Tual, Manado, Medan, Mamuju, Manokwari, Maumere, Nabire, Natuna, Padang, Palangkaraya, Palu, Pontianak, Pomala, Sorong, Semarang, Surabaya, Tarakan, Makassar,
Mandala Batam, Jakarta, Denpasar (Bali),
Merpati Lombok, Bandung, Biak, Jayapura, Denpasar (Bali), Yogyakarta, Kendari, Kupang, Manokwari, Maumere, Sampit, Sorong, Timika, Ternate, Makassar,
Sriwijaya Banjarmasin, Bandung, Balikpapan, Jakarta, Kupang, Manado, Medan, Padang, Semarang, Makassar,

Surabaya city info

Surabaya (formerly Soerabaja) is Indonesia's 2nd largest city, and also the capital of the province of East Java. It is located on the northern shore of eastern Java at the mouth of the Mas River and along the edge of the Madura Strait. Surabaya is a gateway city for Mount Bromo and Bali. As the one of the busiest ports in the country, and a commercial center, Surabaya has become one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia. Surabaya's population is around 3,000,000 (second most populous city in Indonesia, after Jakarta), and the surrounding rural area houses at least 7,000,000. Surabaya is a multi-ethnic city: foreign nationalities represented include Malaysian, Chinese, Indian, Arabic, and European. In addition to Javanese and Madurese natives, the city also has representatives of other Indonesian area: Sunda, Minangkabau, Batak, Banjar, Balinese, and Bugis. Most citizens speak a dialect of Javanese called Suroboyoan.

The earliest record of Surabaya was in a 1225 book, in which it was called Jung-ya-lu - the ancient name of Surabaya. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Surabaya was a sultanate and a major political and military power in eastern Java. The expanding East Indies Companies took the city over from a weakened Mataram in November 1743. Surabaya became a major trading center under the Dutch colonial government, and hosted the largest naval base in the colony. Japan occupied the city in 1942 as part of the occupation of Indonesia, and it was bombed by the Allies in 1944. After that it was seized by Indonesian nationalists. However, the young nation was soon put into conflict with the British who were care takers of the Dutch colony after the surrender of the Japanese. To Indonesians, Surabaya is known as "the city of heroes", due to the importance of the Battle of Surabaya during the Indonesian National Revolution.

Surabaya is locally believed to derive its name from the words sura or suro (shark) and baya or boyo (crocodile) - two creatures which, in a local myth, fought each other in order to gain the title of "the strongest and most powerful animal" in the area according to a Jayabaya prophecy. This prophecy tells of a fight between a giant white shark and a giant white crocodile. Now the two animals are used as the city's logo, the two facing each other while circling.