Kotka is a small city on its own island in southern Finland, connected to the mainland by road and rail links. Its position on the coast allows for significant trade on the Baltic Sea; HaminaKotka is Finland’s largest port. If you’re thinking of hiring a car in Kotka you’ll have the chance to appreciate some unique coastal sights, as well as the opportunity to visit Finland’s capital Helsinki; just a 9-minute drive west along major route E18. The Russian city of St Petersburg is also accessible on the E18 – a 3-hour drive southeast along the Gulf of Finland.