Gebze is located on the Kocaeli-Istanbul highway. It is 51 km from Kocaeli, 15 minutes from Istanbul and 15 minutes from Sabiha Gokcen International airport by drive. Gebze with Osman Gazi Suspension Bridge is located in the Aegean and Central Anatolia regions via Yalova and Bursa.

The town is located on the Ankara-Istanbul high speed train line. Gebze will be even more easily accessible by major cities after the completion of the Istanbul-Gebze Metro, which is planned to be completed in 2018. Once it is completed it will be possible to reach Istanbul by public transport infrastructure as well. Also another Metro project has started between Darica seaside to Gebze industrial zone.

In addition to the large industrial institutions, the Turkish Scientific and Technical research institution (Tübıtak-MAM) and the district of Gebze Advanced Technology Institute are also located in Gebze. The tomb of the commander Hannibal, the museum-house of archaeologist painter Osman Hamdi Bey, and the work of Mimar Sinan Shepherd Mustafa Pasha Complex are among  the most important historical monuments of Gebze.

Darıca – Bayramoğlu area is one of the most important holiday resorts in Gebze with direct access to the sea. Ballıkayalar Nature Park, Darıca Bayramoğlu Bird Park are natural areas to relax and enjoy.


The oldest history of the Ancient Greeks and Romans (Bithynie), which is also located in Gebze, dates back to the 12th century BC.

The region has been a homeland for many nations in almost all periods of history, especially in Kocaeli Peninsula, due to its geographical position. Kocaeli Peninsula, which is the most important gateway of continents between Asia and Europe, has been a place where many nations have been, or have left, followed by their civilizations.