Sidoarjo, Greater Surabaya Area, Indonesia 7.4530° S, 112.7173° E
Sidoarjo is a satellite town of around 200000 people situated to the south of Surabaya city within the metropolitan area of Greater Surabaya. It is linked to Surabaya by commuter train, buses and taxi. It is a compact town and the EF school, housing and shopping centres are all within walking distance. There is one EF Indonesia school in Sidoarjo with 1300 students and around 20 teachers.
City facilities and services
You will find all of life’s essentials and more within walking distance of EF Sidoarjo school. Next to the school is Hero supermarket, several restaurants including Mc Donalds and a short walk away is Suncity Mall complete with waterpark. In the mall you will find all the Indonesian national chain stores, including a department store, restaurants and cafes, a hotel and a cinema.
Sidoarjo has excellent transport connections to East Java and beyond. The city is connected to Surabaya by a motorway and the journey should take around 30 minutes. The motorway also connects Sidoarjo to East Java and the mountain area around Tretes is a 3o minute drive away. There is a mainline train station with trains going to Surabaya (commuter line), Bali, Jogjakarta and other cities in East Java. There is a regular bus shuttle service to Surabaya, as well as coach services to other parts of Java. Surabaya international airport, is actually located in Sidoarjo and has excellent connections to all parts of the Indonesia, as well as South East Asia.
As the city is compact and walkable, transport is not really needed. Mini bus services operate in the city (bemo) or you jump on a becak (rickshaw) and experience life in the slow lane.
Places to go around Sidoarjo
Sidoarjo is on the doorstep of the Arjuna mountain park area. It is a short 30 minute drive to Tretes or you can take public buses. There are many trails and paths to explore around Tretes and the twin peaks of Mount Arjuna and Welirang can be climbed comfortably in a weekend. Tretes itself is a relaxing weekend break away and you will find hotels available to suit all budgets.
There are many parks within a 30-45 minute drive from Sidoarjo. The large Taman Dayu park complex, which has a waterpark, amusement park, tree houses and paragliding, is located just off the main Sidoarjo – Malang road. Purowadadi Botanical Gardens, further along the main road is an ideal place for an afternoon picnic and walks. Another pleasant day trip is a visit to Taman Safari park in Prigen. It is both a safari park with animals from all around the world including Komodo Dragons, and also an amusement park.