Kotka is a city in Kymenlaakso.


Kotka, Finnish for "eagle", is the southeasternmost major city in Finland and part of the Kymenlaakso region. The municipality has a population of around 55,000 and much of its area is made up of water. The city centre of Kotka is located at Kotkansaari — the "Eagle's Island". A few kilometres north of it, around the motorway is Karhula which is a kind of second centre and home to several shopping malls.

Get in

By train

Unfortunately there are no fast InterCity or Pendolino trains to Kotka, but slower yet acceptably quick local trains connect Kotka to Kouvola where you can change trains to get into Helsinki and numerous other destinations.

By car

Route E18 connects Kotka to Helsinki, Hamina and Saint Petersburg. Also highway 15 connects Kotka to Kouvola.

By bus

Bus companies operate frequently to Helsinki and other cities, even Saint Petersburg in Russia.

Get around

Centre of the city, Kotkansaari (Island of Kotka) is small enough to get around by feet. However if you need to go to other parts of the city you should use bus, take a taxi or rent a car. Check bus schedules from www.kotka.fi/aikataulut. You can call a taxi from number 10041.


Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge




Ships in the port of Kotka at the Tall Ship Race


Cheap places to eat include:







Stay safe

You can go more or less anywhere in Kotka any time of the day. Although Kotka has its share of violence and drug use, violent crime happens mostly between addicts and criminals themselves. Robbings are very uncommon.

You might want to avoid jumping a line anywhere during the night, particularly at Finnish hot dog stands ("nakkikioski"). Drunken fights are not unheard of.

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