Belgium Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving In Belgium
Its flat, the roads are in good condition and the standards of driving and rental cars are high. Even driving in Brussels and other major cities is unlikely to cause you many problems, though in old cities such as Bruges you may struggle to park in the centre. Belgium is generally a trouble free self drive destination. However, in Summer 2012, the UK Foreign Office issued warnings to British visitors driving to mainland Europe in their own vehicles. Eastern European criminals were targetting the drivers of foreign cars, mainly in France but also close to the channel ports of Belgium and Holland. The ruse was usually that a passing car would signal some problem with the visitors vehicle as they passed and when the unsuspecting motorist stopped they would be robbed. If anyone signals to you when driving anywhere abroad, providing your vehicle appears to be running Okay, you should proceed to the nearest busy rest area or other public place before stopping. Another trick, which is more difficult to guard against is when the criminals deliberately shunt your vehicle from behind. In these cases, you obviously need to stop but be on your guard – lock doors and keep valuables safe and in sight at all times.
Many travellers drive in or through Belgium as part of a longer road trip across Europe. Some destinations in neighbouring countries that can be driven in a day from Belgium are as follows-
Brussels-Amsterdam 200 km, estimated travel time, 2 hours, Toll cost 0 Euro
Brussels-Frankfurt 395 km, estimated travel time, 3.5 hours, Toll cost 0 Euro
Brussels-Paris 307km, estimated travel time, 3 hours, Toll 13 Euro,
Brussels-Antwerp 45km, estimated travel time, 45 mins, Toll 0 Euro,
Brussels-Luxembourg 212km, estimated travel time, 2 Hours, Toll 0 Euro,
Most of the large multinational car rental companies will allow cars to be driven to UK, though probably won’t allow one way rental. Given the cost of taking a car on the ferry though, its better to pay on the boat as a pedestrian, then rent a car in UK.
Belgium Car Rental-
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National,Budget,Avis, Thrifty, have outlets here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as ebookers.com. or Expedia
This is a Belgian rental company. Unfortunately they don’t seem to have an English language website
Belgium Self Driving Rules-
You should be able to take the car to other mainland European countries for no extra charge. There may be restrictions on taking high spec vehicles into Eastern Europe or you may need to leave a cash bond. International one way rentals within mainland Europe are usually possible for an additional charge.