Surat travel guide

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You're Going to Love Surat

Tucked away in southeastern Gujarat, Surat is the state's second-largest city and its industrial powerhouse. Dynamic, prosperous, and exciting, Surat is famous for its diamond cutters and has plenty of historical charm as well.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Surat

1. It's the Center of the Global Diamond Industry

Surat's army of craft experts polish over 90 percent of the world's diamonds. Head to the Surat Diamond Association on Varachha Road to find cut-price bargain jewels.

2. A Collection of Enchanting Historical Sights

Surat has long been a vital port. See the impressive ramparts of Surat Fort as well as Mughal masterpieces from the 16th century, like Mughal Sarai, to get a feel for Surat's historical side.

3. Deliciously Spicy Surti Cuisine

Surat is Gujarat's culinary capital. Surti food is famous for its delicate but spicy dishes. Don't miss dishes like Rasawala Khaman or Surti Ghari sweets.

4. Relax with a Visit to Suvali Beach

Surat is also close to the Indian Ocean coast, and you can easily get to long stretches of sand like Suvali Beach.

5. Enjoy a Safari in Vansda National Park

Vansda is around two hours drive southeast of Surat, and it's a great place to see tigers, panthers, and leopards in the wild.

Where to Eat in Surat

For authentic, spicy Gujarati cuisine, be sure to visit Surat standouts like Ziba at the Grand Bhagwati (where the fish masala is spectacular), and Kansar Gujarati Thali or Sasumaa. Meals will usually come to about ₹300-400 per head.

When to visit Surat

Surat in April
Estimated hotel price
£11
1 night at 3-star hotel
Surat in April
Estimated hotel price
£11
1 night at 3-star hotel

October to March tends to be the best time of year to visit Surat, with mild temperatures and relatively little rain. Spring might be ideal, with the city hosting the magnificent Dangs Darbar festival.

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How to Get to Surat

Plane

Surat Airport (STV) is well connected to Mumbai and New Delhi. From there, a taxi into town should cost around ₹70.

Train

Trains run into Surat Railway Station from Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and Delhi, among many other Indian cities.

Car

Highway 48 runs up the coast from Mumbai and also connects Surat to Ahmedabad and Vadodara.

Bus

Intercity buses to and from Surat are provided by Raj Express. Buses from Mumbai take around five hours and will cost ₹500.

Airports near Surat

Airlines serving Surat

KLM
Good (3,806 reviews)
Air India
Good (7,040 reviews)
IndiGo
Good (689 reviews)
SpiceJet
Good (360 reviews)
FlexFlight
Excellent (4 reviews)
GoFirst
Good (121 reviews)
Air India Express
Okay (32 reviews)

Where to stay in Surat

Some standout options include the Grand Bhagwati, the riverside Gateway Hotel Athwalines Surat, and the affordable, cozy Budget Inn Bellevue.

Popular neighbourhoods in Surat

Dumas Road - home to a cluster of modern malls, Dumas Road also has a lively street market and is easily the city's retail highlight.

City Light Town - probably Surat's most upscale neighborhood, City Light Town features attractions like the Science Centre and the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Museum.

Sagrampura - right at the heart of Surat, Sagrampura offers plenty of dining options, including Sasumaa Gujarati Thali and Taste of India.

Where to stay in popular areas of Surat

Most booked hotels in Surat

Budget Inn Bellevue
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
£43+
The Grand Bhagwati
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
£61+
Hotel Hospice
Good (7.3, Good reviews)
£16+
Tex Palazzo Hotel
Good (6.8, Good reviews)
£23+
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How to Get Around Surat

Public Transportation

Public transportation in Surat isn't as good as it could be, so locals tend to rely on auto-rickshaws to get around (or taxis). Fares start at around ₹14.

Taxi

Expect taxis in Surat to cost around ₹45 for the meter drop, then ₹30 or so per mile.

Car

You can rent a car in Surat from companies like Surat Car Rental, and prices tend to start at around ₹500-800 per day.

Car hire agencies in Surat

The Cost of Living in Surat

Shopping Streets

Whether you want to shop for traditional fabrics, craft items, or designer clothes at modern chain stores, Dumas Road is Surat's shopping center. However, there are also diamond boutiques elsewhere, particularly on Ghod Dod Road.

Groceries and Other

Local supermarkets include Star Bazaar and Dhiraj Sons. As a guide, expect a gallon of milk to come to around ₹190.

Cheap meal
£2.99
A pair of jeans
£27.21
Single public transport ticket
£0.23
Cappuccino
£0.95
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