Car hires in Belgium: practical information
Where to rent a car in Belgium
Are you planning a trip to Belgium? Laying low on the North Sea, Belgium is at the crossroads of Western Europe. With France, Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg as neighbours, Belgium is a centre for high arts and Western European culture. The best way to explore this small but beautiful country is with a Belgium car hire.
The easiest place to pick up a car hire in Belgium is the airport (like those in Brussels, Antwerp, Ostend or Liège). Each has a number of car hire options suitable for every type of trip. Do you need a long term car hire or a one way? Renting is easy thanks to the large number of companies to choose from. To get the best price however, make sure you compare the offers using an online search tool like liligo.com.
Driving in Belgium: parking and other tips
To drive in Belgium all you need if your UK driver's license. It's also a good idea to travel with your passport if you have one. This will make it much easier to get through borders if you happen to be crossing any with your Belgium rent car. There is quite little tolerance for drinking and driving, with a limit of 0.05% per litre of blood. If you're caught it's a €125 fine on the spot.
There are speed traps everywhere in Belgium so keep an eye on your odometer while you're driving. In urban areas the speed limit is 50km/h and goes up to 90km/h on rural roads. For highway driving, you can cruise along at 120km/h. Drivers in Belgium are pretty considerate and patient, even in Brussels despite the heavy traffic jams in the city centre every day.
Road trips in Belgium: what to do, what to see
If you think Brussels is only an administrative city with not much to see or do, think again! There are so many things to do, and even more things to see, starting with the Grand Palace and then the Manneken Pis an the Atomium monument. And then there's the food: restaurants from every ethnic background, fresh ingredients and always delicious… Brussels is by far one of the most delicious cities in Europe. Getting around the city centre is easiest done on foot.
Bruges is one of the top destinations for visitors on holidays in Belgium after the capital. The reason? The city's eight districts, each distinctly different but all sharing a huge cultural history. Then there is the old town which dates back to the Middle Ages. Historic houses and canals, small streets and chocolate shops definitely contribute to the city's charm. Don't miss the Groeninge Museum, the De Halve Maan Brewery and the Basilica of the Holy Blood.
Called the "Diamond City", Antwerp is so laid-back you'll find it hard to leave again. The local are notoriously friendly and the pace of the city is surprisingly relaxed considering 70% of the world's diamonds are traded here on a daily basis. The city centre is full of historic places to visit starting with Rubenshuis, the house of the painter Peter Paul Rubens. The Antwerp Zoo is one of the oldest in the world and notable for its architecture and 19th century design.