Indonesia: Surabaya

[Recent Trip 2016 Apr 27-May 1] Budget Travel 5D4N To Surabaya Under SGD $400

Friday, May 06, 2016

I am writing this post as a guideline for travelers based on my personal experience of travelling to Surabaya, Indonesia to explore volcanic mountains with under SGD $400 for 5 days from 27th April to 1st May 2016 . I will also be sharing my travel itinerary at the last page. Please note that SGD $400 below is inclusive of flights, accommodations, transports, foods and outdoor activities.

A jump shoot photo was taken in Malang Surabaya, Indonesia near to this Ladang Coffee Cafe.
I traveled to Surabaya Indonesia during summer time in the month of April because I just want to explore volcanic mountain in a mild weather and it is one of my to-dos in my bucket list this year 2016. I think that from February to May is the best time go to volcanic mountains because it is not a raining season at the top hill vicinity. It is always around 22 degree Celsius and the lowest temperature in the day can drop down to 16 degree Celcius at the top hill vicinity.

Below are my tips to travel to Surabaya Indonesia on a Budget!

(1) Get the Right Air Ticket

Tigerair departure flight ticket heading to Surabaya from Singapore dated on 27 April 2016.

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Cost for two ways flight ticket:
Approximately SGD $150 to SGD $180 inclusive of airport tax, fuel surcharge, security fee, GST and online payment service charge.

(2) Accommodation

My Studio Hotel located in Surabaya center provided me a comfort night stay.

Accommodation in Surabaya in general is quite affordable, if not outright cheap. Hostels are set up more as guest houses and it is often easier to find double rooms than dorm beds. Some double rooms come en-suite, while other have common bath room facilities. Guest houses in the tourist areas have inflated room prices but prices are still decent.

You can also arrange your accommodation with the locals like book a single room with a shared bathroom or host a family bedroom or whole house. If you are travelling solo, you can always hunt for the low cost budget hostels through Hostels/Hostelworld/ to find a single room or dorm beds.

Cost for average per night staying in Surabaya hostel:
Approximately SGD $6 to SGD $15

(3) Transportation
Purabaya Bus Station also known as Terminal Bungurasih is the busiest bus terminal on this Java Island of Indonesia. This bus station serves local and inter island route such as to Bali and up to 120,000 passengers pick up business in a day.

Taxis are the most expensive transport in every country where you go. So do not take any taxi simply unless certain area you want to go is unreachable by public transport or you want to rush your time. Surabaya city is located on the island of Java and the train is one of the great transportation option for many budget travelers.

For example, an economy class overnight train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta could costs you around IDR 110,000. If the train ticket is sold out or not available, local bus is the only option left. I took a 9 hours overnight bus from Probolinggo to Banyuwangi pass by a ferry terminal where it is connected to Denpasar, Bali at the cost of IDR 55,000.

Another option is to rent a motorbike that it is the way of Surabaya and considered cheap. You can hire an ojek or motorbike for IDR 200,000 to IDR 300,000 for a day of 24 hours. It can be worth it to be able to go anywhere on your own time. If you do not feel comfortable riding by yourself, you can use the Uber apps service on your mobile but on the back of an ojek or motorbike rider by instructing him picking up you. This is the option mostly suitable for male solo backpackers.

Cost for local bus depends on distance and location:
Approximately IDR 20,000 (SGD $2) to IDR 95,000 (SGD $9.50)

(4) Food and Drink

Local street food: nasi goreng campur with fried eggs, satays and veggies.

Stall food in Surabaya Indonesia is a great value and do have a try on it with local food cooking taste. Simple single plate meals or noodles cost anywhere from IDR 5,000 to IDR 15,000, while a giant plate of food with all kinds of assorted side dishes (for example, nasi campur with seafoods, veggies and chickens) costs around IDR 15,000 to IDR 20,000.

Eating stall style fulfilling meals like entire grilled fish and fancier dishes can cost in the range of IDR 25,000 to IDR 35,000 per person. Most Indonesian sit-down restaurants are priced in the range of IDR 20,000 to IDR 50,000. If you eat at more western style food chains or fancier restaurants, meals can cost you starting from IDR 50,000 to IDR 100,000 per one set order.

But even restaurants owned by westerners can be quite inexpensive where looked for brunch cafe and vegan delis. You can budget between IDR 200,000 and IDR 250,000 a day on food and drink and can eat quite well.

A large bottle of mineral water with 1.5 liter goes for IDR 4,000 to IDR 7,000. If you want to save on this drinking water cost, you can simply boil water or refill it with water cooler machine inside your accommodation.

(5) Outdoor Activities

Starting point to do a paragliding sport in the top hill of Wisata Paralayang, Batu, Malang Indonesia.

There is so much to see and to do in the island of Java, Surabaya. For tours around the island, hire a local driver and split the cost with other fellow traveler to save money. You can hire a jeep driver for around IDR 300,000 per person in a four person sharing costs for the day and visit sites like Mount Bromo. Be sure to use your haggle skills to book some outdoor activities like mountain parasailing at a cost of IDR 350,000 per person.

(6) My Planned Travel Itinerary and Expenses

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