How to travel to Kocaeli?

Hezarfen Airport: Hezarfen Airport lies within 59 kilometers’ distance to Çatalca and 7 kilometers’ distance to Çatalca. It is possible to go to Çatalca and to Yenibosna, respectively, on a public bus departing from the airport and travel to Esenler bus terminal via the subway line in Yenibosna. The firms Efe Tur and İzmit Seyahat offers easy travel to Kocaeli. The distance between Kocaeli and Esenler bus terminal in İstanbul is 120 km and travelling between these cities takes 1 hour and 45 minutes under ordinary circumstances. Guests who wish to go to Kocaeli in their private cars can enter the TEM highway to the east using the Çatalca and Hadımköy toll booth and reach Kocaeli in a short time.

Atatürk Airport: It is possible to go to Esenler bus terminal using public busses or the subway line after leaving the international terminal. Firms like Efe Tur and İzmit Seyahat offer easy travel to Kocaeli city center from Esenler bus terminal. The distance between Kocaeli and Esenler bus terminal in İstanbul is 120 km and travelling between these cities takes 1 hour and 45 minutes under ordinary circumstances. You can also drive through the TEM and D/100 highways in your private cars to travel to Kocaeli.

Sabiha Gökçen Airport: Sabiha Gökçen Airport is in 70 kilometer’s distance to İzmit, 35 to Kozyatağı, 40 to Harem and 12 to Pendik. Service shuttle busses regularly depart from the airport to Kozyatağı and Kadıköy. Bus firms whose buses travel to İzmit from Harem will also send shuttle busses to pick their customers from their offices in Kozyatağı. The distance between Harem and İzmit is 90 km and it the travel will take approximately 70 minutes. It is also possible to use the railway departing from Pendik which lies in 13 kilometers’ distance. The distance between the airport and TEM highway is 1.5 kilometers.

Esenboğa Airport: The distance between Esenboğa Airport and AŞTİ interurban bus terminal takes 45 minutes and there are shuttle buses travelling between them. Buses to İzmit regularly depart from Ankara Interurban Bus Terminal. Alternative land transportation between Ankara and İzmit includes the TEM highway and the land route. Also, travelling between Ankara and İzmit using The Capital Express, the Republican Express, Fatih Express, the Bosphorus Express, Anatolian Express and Ankara Express railway lines is both easy and comfortable. The travelling time is approximately 8 hours and the distance is 480 km.

Railway: It is possible to travel to İzmit and Gebze from the Pendik railway line. The travelling time is 1 hour and 40 minutes from Haydarpafla Train Station to İzmit.

Seaway: Hydrofoils are run by the Metropolitan Municipality of Kocaeli between İzmit and the Prince Islands (İstanbul) in summer and during weekends and official holidays.

National Holidays
• April 23rd Festival of National Sovereignty and Children’s Day
• May 19th Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Festival
• August 30th Victory Day
• October 29th Republic Day

Religious Holidays
• Ramadan Festival (3 days)
• The Feast of Sacrifice (4 days)

Official Holidays and Working Hours
• Saturday and Sunday are holiday for a significant part of public organizations and banks. Working hours are generally between 08:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Some orgnaizations have different working hour applications though.
• The first day of January is the new year’s holiday.

Police Stations
• Police Line 155

Constabulary Stations
• Constabulary Line 156

Municipality Police
• Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Municipality Police Line 153
• Firefigting Department Line 110