Karabuk City Guide

Karabuk City Guide

Karabük is one of the most popular tourism and industrial centers of Black Sea Region. Today, Karabük is famous for its Safranbolu district with historical amazing houses. Moreover, Karabük hosts the KARDEMİR Steel Iron Factor which is one of the biggest factories of Turkey.  This city has gathered all the beauties of the Black Sea. Approximately 70 percent of the provincial lands are covered with forests. Again, Yörük Village of Safranbolu district selected one of Europe’s best-preserved almost 20 over the Turkey’s ‘museum village’ has become the case.

Check out the most comprehensive Karabük city guide now. You will find the answers of many questions like “Places to see in Karabük” or “How to get to Karabük ?” in this guide.

City Name



Population Density

Population Growth Rate

Surface Area

Number of Districts

Postal Code

Area Code

GDP (Per Capita)


Black Sea


61 / km2

0,18 %

4.103 km2




29,419 ₺

Safranbolu is the biggest and most popular district of Karabük. Today, Safranbolu is an important tourism center where attracts the interest of local and foreign tourists all over the world. The district reached more than 70.000 population today with the latest tourism and industrial investments.

The districts of Karabük are Eflani, Eskipazar, Ovacık, Safranbolu and Yenice. You will find detailed information for all districts of Karabük in this guide.

Short History of Karabük

In the first age, Karabük was a subject of extensive settlement in the Phrygian, Hellenistic Kingdoms and Roman periods starting from the Hittites. District of Karabük, which was settled in the Hittite period; Eflani. The Turks came to Anatolia for different purposes before the 1071 Malazgirt War and settled down. While Karabük was a neighborhood of Ögbeli Village of Safranbolu in 1937, it increased its importance with the Ankara-Zonguldak railway opened in 1935. Karabük became 78th province of Turkey in 1995.

Accommodation in Karabük will be important if you are not resident in this city. You can find a lot of hotels especially in city center and Safranbolu district  thanks to developed tourism activities.

If you are looking for real estate for sale in Karabük or real estate for rent in Karabük, you are on the right page. As of the end of August 2020 in Karabük, the prices of houses for sale increased by 23.77% in the last year. Average for sale residential property size is 120 square meters. Considering annual averages, as of the end of August 2020, the districts that gained the most value in Karabük for housing were Safranbolu, Eskipazar, Yenice, in order.

Do you want to get detailed information about hospitals in Karabük ? In Karabük, there are 3 state hospitals , 1 training and research hospital and 2 private hospitals.

Road Transportation

Due to its proximity to big cities and E80 highway, it is very easy to reach Karabük by car. Those who want to come by bus can also reach Karabük from most of the big cities without any direct transfer. Karabük Bus Station is located in city center.

Air Transportation

There is no airport in Karabük. The nearest airports are located in Zonguldak and Kastamonu.

Railway Transportation

There are regional train services between Zonguldak and Karabük for those who want to go to Karabük by train. It takes about 3 hours by train between Zonguldak and Karabük.

Safranbolu is a famous district for its Ottoman houses built between the 18th and 20th centuries and survived until today. The district, which has hosted many civilizations in its 3000-year history, mostly bears traces of Greeks and Ottomans. Safranbolu, which has mosques, churches, inn baths, bridges and mansions from these periods, is especially known for its mansions that reflect traditional Turkish houses. The district has been under the protection of UNESCO since 1994, with 2000 cultural assets to be protected. Tokatlı Canyon, located in Safranbolu district of Karabük, is among the must-see places in the city. Because there is a 9-kilometer walking track in the canyon and suitable areas for activities such as paintball and horse riding. Hadrianapolis Ancient City, located in Eskipazar district of Karabük, includes the villages of Budaklar, Büyükyaylalar, Çaylı and Beytarla. It is thought that the first settlement was built by the Hittites in the city, whose foundation date coincides with the years of 320 BC.

You will find the answers of the “Best places to visit in Karabük” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Karabük” questions in this guide.

There are only one state university located in Karabük named as Karabük University.


Enes Sahin

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