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Eskihisar is a small coastal town in Eastern Marmara. It’s located just east of easternmost suburbs of Istanbul and on the northern shore of the Gulf of Izmit.

Get in

By car

From Istanbul, take D100 highway to east. Follow “Eskihisar” signs once you left the suburbs of Istanbul behind and crossed the provincial boundary of Kocaeli. It normally takes about an hour from central parts of Istanbul – unless the highway is congested as is usual.

By minibus

Get around


  • Eskihisar Citadel (Eskihisar Kalesi).
  • Osman Hamdi Bey Museum (Osman Hamdi Bey Müzesi), (on the waterfront street; very near the ferry harbour). A renovated white wooden Victorian mansion that wouldn't be out of place in Büyükada. Formerly owned by Osman Hamdi Bey, founder of the Istanbul Archaeology Museum.




There are some restaurants on the shore to the left of the ferry jetty.



There are some hotels/guesthouses (pansiyon) in the streets to the left of the ferry jetty.


Get out

  • The only reason for you to be in this town is probably to take the ferries [1] to Topçular near Yalova across the Gulf of Izmit. Ferries are quite frequent and take about 40-45 minutes to reach the other side. While pessengers without a vehicle pay 2.80 TL/person, flat fare for cars is 45 TL one-way, i.e. it is not dependent on how many people are riding in the car. Larger vehicles pay substantially more.

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