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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 29, 2016
Private Driver wanted  (2 Answers)

Coming to Surabaya 12/7 to 12/20 to visit friends, have a rental car, looking for a good driver for intermittent driving, inside and outside of the city, male or female no preference as long as a good driver

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 11, 2016
Driver from Surabaya to Bali  (1 Answer)

Hi, I’m planning a visit to East Java beginning of April. Could someone recommend me a good and reliable and experienced driver with a car who could do a classic trip Surabaya, Mt Brome (night there) then next day Ijen (night there) and drop off at Bali.

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 28, 2015
Driver to Jakarta  (1 Answer)

I need to get from Surabaya to Jakarta tomorrow.
Anyone know of private drivers ? The train is full and I cannot fly with my Visa.
Please let me know. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2015
Speifics on Bromo  (2 Answers)

I've done my research on getting to Bromo or Cemoro Lawang from Surubaya now I'm looking for specifics for getting around the area. I'll be doing this independent of the tours and walking/hiking as much of it as I can so I'm trying to gather as much info on it as I can.

I will try to get a room in Lava View or somewhere nearby, from there I would like to know how far it is to the viewpoint which from what I have read is on or near Mt. Pananjakan. The only review or blog post I've read which mentions the time says it's somewhere from 20-40 mins walk up there, not sure how accurate that is or if that's even from Cemoro Lawang area or some other point.

From the viewpoint, how far is it back down to the entrance or the place where you pay the fee and then to the actual volcano itself?

Any other vantage points or tips on getting around sand sea and the temple would also be appreciated.


EDIT: I just read another post stating that the route the 4x4's take to the viewing area is different from the walking path, don't know if this is true or if there are clear markings along the way when I get there.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 28, 2014
Surabaya International Aiport direct to Cemoro Lawang  (2 Answers)

Hi Im planning to take a chartered vehicle directly from Surabaya International airport to Cemoro Lawang, in order to cut on travelling time by waiting, hopping on multiple buses or taxis from various locations. I already have a reserved accomodation in Cemoro Lawang.

My question is
1. what is the recommended taxi (chartered vehicle) company i can get from the airport?
2. Is the company operating within the airport (e.g. there's a counter i can go to?)
3. do you know approximately the price from Surabaya International airport to Cemoro Lawang?

I just want to make sure im engaging the right company and paying the right price for the service.

Thanks in advanced

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2014
Surabaya during Ramadan  (2 Answers)

Are there any bars (ie colors, penthouse, etc) that are open during Ramadan? Are the restaurants open during lunch?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 19, 2014
How,where,when and what  (1 Answer)

Greetings..Me and family of 2 adults,2 teenagers,1child and 1 toddler,plans to have a few days trip to Mt Bromo & off to beautiful island of Bali. Any tips on transportation from Surabaya airport to/from Mount bromo.?. How long will the journey take?. Also any tips to take train,ferry or bus to Bali instead of flight? We want to enjoy a scenic & adventure tour of East Java.Im appreciative of any and all tips, feedback & suggestion. Thank you!...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2014
Solo female traveler in East Java  (7 Answers)

I'm interested with Ngadas village, Bromo, Madakaripura waterfall and Baluran National park. I will be in East Java in mid september for 7 days. Is it safe and possible for me to travel to these places? I want to do DIY tour. any tips?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 15, 2013
Transport & cost  (3 Answers)

How to go to Malang from Surabaya Airport?
And how much the cost?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 15, 2013
Transport & cost  (1 Answer)

How to go to Malang from Surabaya Airport?
And how much the cost?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 25, 2013
How to reach Bali from Surabaya?  (5 Answers)

Due APEC Summit my flight got cancelled to Bali. I am thinking of travelling to Bali from Surabaya. Can anyone guide me what are public bus companies, private taxi hire, train along with the fares.. We 7 people + luggage altogether. My preference is for a private 7seater taxi.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2013
Tour Guide/Agent to Mt Bromo for first timer :)  (1 Answer)

Am planning a trip to Surabaya coming Oct 2013 and am keen to visit/trek the famous Mt Bromo while am there. This will be my first trip to Surabaya, thus much appreciate for any tips, recommendation for getting a local tour/guide to Mt Bromo. Am open to overnight tour as well.

Also, will be nice to know if i can experience any off the beaten path or places to visit in Mt Bromo region or Surabaya....Hope can gain some insight from other travelers.

Lastly, any cycling day tour to recommend in Surabaya?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 30, 2013
Banyuwangi to Surabaya  (3 Answers)

Hi, has anyone flown from Bayuwangi to Surabaya? I'm considering it for the scenery (as well as to save time). Otherwise, I can catch the train but it would mean arriving in the late afternoon in Surabaya (and I'll miss the cigarette making at the House of Sampoerna factory). I've heard the scenery is also good on the train, but I'll be hiking up to the Ijen crater anyway. The problem is I only have 1 night in Banyuwangi & 1 in Surabaya before heading to Yogyakarta. I could possibly extend by one night (requires leaving Bali 1 day early) & do the overnight train from Banyuwangi to Surabaya, or the day train & stop at Probolinggo (on the way to Bromo), but it's peak season & I'm not sure if it's worth the hassle. Also, I'm catching the train from Surabaya to Jogya. Any opinions on that journey? Is it very scenic? I'm arriving in Banyuwangi on the 13th (or 12th if I extend) & need to be in Jogya by the afternoon of the 15th. Cheers, Jason.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 29, 2013
Tours to Bromo.  (7 Answers)

Hi there. Can anyone recommend one day tours to Bromo from Surabaya?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2013
Recommend a driver  (2 Answers)

we would like to hire a driver preferably with a 6 sitter mpv for multi purpose and available as and when needed. Driver should have good knowledge of the city and it's nightlife...can anybody help?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2013
Best place to enjoy the nightlife in Surabaya

Hi, may i know where are the best and hippiest place to party all night long....and is it good to visit surabaya in october?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 19, 2012
buying homewares in surabaya  (2 Answers)

We are considering a move from Australia to Surabaya and instead of shipping everything, I was wondering if buying once we get there would be a better option? can anyone give me an idea of price ranges for household items,,,if you can just give me a couple of things like fridge, washing machine, beds etc, then it would give me an idea what is the best option.

Also, can electronics from Australia work in East java just with a travel adapter, or do we need to buy new electronics and electrical stuff once we get there?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 20, 2012
train to surabaya from singapore  (5 Answers)

this my 1st time to singapore, i need to go to surabaya , may i ask what is the best train i can ride to surabaya , be going there on june 28, can u pls help me.tnx .

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 31, 2012
Surabaya - Cemoro Lawang (Bromo) on April 4  (5 Answers)


I'll arrive Surabaya on April 4 evening and go Bromo directly. Gonna to rent a car for my Bromo trip. Is there anyone who also wants to go Bromo during that day? So that we can share the transportation fees.

Thanks you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 31, 2011
Transportation arrangement for Bromo  (6 Answers)

Here is my plan to Indonesia:
Day 1: arrive Jakarta
Day 2: City Tour in Jakarta
Day 3: domestic flight to Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta city tour
Day 4: Borobudur
Day 5: Prambanan
Day 6: domestic flight to Surabaya (early morning). Join 2-day tour to Bromo
Day 7: see sun rise on Bromo, Go back to Surabaya
day 8: Surabaya city tour, see the Komodo dragon in the zoo.
Day 9: domestic flight to Lombok Island
Day 10: Lombok
Day 11: go to Bali, city tour in Bali
Day 12: domestic flight to Jakarta
Day 13: flight to Hong Kong

My questions regarding the part in Surabaya:
1. Plan to catch early flight from Yogyakarta to Surabaya so that I can join a local tour to Bromo. Is this feasible? Am I having enough time to find a travel agency? Shall I book the tour in advance elsewhere, ie Yogyakarta?
2. What is the average price for the local tour?
3. From Surabaya is there flight to Lombok?

Thanks a lot!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2011

Hi, I need to go to Mt. Bromo and Mt Penanjakan from Surabaya on 29th and come back on 30th of this month. Please let me know the price using budget taxi to take me to those places. I do not mind by mixing with other group traveling to the same place on the same day.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2011
Reliable Driver In Surabaya  (2 Answers)

I'm looking for a driver/guide to take me to Mount Bromo and Madakaripura waterfalls.

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 10, 2011
looking for an appartment  (2 Answers)

I've got a job in Surabaya with a contract for two years. I'm looking for an appartmen to rent , one room ,kitchen and bathroom.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 06, 2011
Wood carver? Glass blower? Painter?  (2 Answers)


I recently moved to Surabaya from Canada. I am looking for:

1. Wood carver to make some small carved boxes for me.
2. Glass blower to make small simple pieces of glass for me.
3. Painter to make paintings of some photos for me.

Can anyone tell me any names, addresses or where to look for this in Surabaya?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2011
Transportation to Bromo  (2 Answers)

Will arrive Juanda Airport at 10pm on July 10, thought of go directly to Bromo, no need to check in hotel, safe cost, any idea on the transportation

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 17, 2010
Accommodation near Purabaya bus terminal  (2 Answers)

Dear VTers,
I will be traveling to Surabaya this coming Sunday, and will be heading to Gunung Bromo the next morning. Please may I know if there are budget hotels near Purabaya bus terminal.

Originally I wanted to stay near Old City. But judging from the map in Lonely Planet, the Old City is kinda far from both the airport and the bus terminal.

Extra question:
Is it better to travel to Probolinggo by bus or by train?

Thanks for your advice :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 08, 2010
Taking young children to Bromo/East Java in December/January  (7 Answers)

Hi there - we are a family with 4 young children (aged between 4 and 9) and we're planning to visit Bromo and the East Java area at the end of December. We have just less than a week, flying in and out of Surabaya. We were thinking of renting a car and driving ourselves but I'm not sure whether this is a realistic/wise plan - any comments?! Alternatively we will arrange a driver/transport to take us around. Any recommendations of good transport companies or cars/drivers? Ideally we'd take someone from Surabaya where we start and finish. With young children we'd need someone safe and patient....!

Also any suggestions as to itinerary? We'd like to climb Mount Bromo of course, and also see as many of the best volcano views in the area as we can. The Ijen crater sounds beautiful. And then Malang sounds like a nice town. Also there are coffee and tea plantations. And Taman Safari sounds good - anyone been there?

Lastly - I know it's NE monsoon time so not the ideal time to go - but would it still be possible to climb Bromo?

Thanks so much for any advice - much appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 30, 2010
Tour from Surabaya to Bromo and Borobudor  (5 Answers)

Hi there, I will be going to Surabaya from 2 - 7, June 2011. There are 4 of us. We want to find out of the package tour and cost for a 3 days/2 nights to Bromo and Borobudor. Thank you in advance.

Mr Goh

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2010
Hotel Majapahit Surabaya  (4 Answers)

Hi Vts

Good days.
I am planning to visit Surabaya again this coming december.
This tim ei plan to stay at Majapahit hotel which i heard is a luxury antique hotel, an excolonial hotel buidling.

Anyone has experience stay in Majaphit before? How was it if compared to Novotel Surabaya?

Anyone know how much it cost for s standard room?

Thanks ya

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 28, 2010
earthquakes  (5 Answers)

Hello there,

I am from Borneo and this July I am planning to go on a trip to Surabaya,
due to business matters. For about just couple of weeks.
However, I have heard a lot told me that Surabaya is very hazardous location
to go since earthquake might occur anytime. Is coming earthquake is predictable?
Or any travel agency will inform or warn the travelers about the weather as well as any upcoming catastrophes?


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