Car rental Belgium
General information and regulations
To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 2 years. Traffic travels on the right, Speed limits in Belgium are as follows: City 31mph/50kph, open Roads 56mph/90kph, highways 75mph/120kph.
Pay attention to cyclists on Belgian roads, these come in large groups and are allowed to be on the highway, which is prohibited in many countries. Seatbelts are mandatory (front and back) and the use of cell phones is allowed only in handsfree mode.
Driving in Belgium with a rental car
The prominent cities in Belgium are Antwerp and Brussels. These cities are situated at a short distance from each other, about 45 km. Antwerp is located in the North, which makes it easy to visit cities such as Gent and Bruges.
The Dutch border is easily reached as well. Amsterdam can be reached within 2 hrs from Antwerp. From Brussels, cities such as Liège can be visited on a daytrip. The French border is close as well. The distance from Brussels to Paris is only 261 km, making a city trip to the French capital very tempting.
Both Antwerp as well as Brussels are situated conveniently with regard to the Belgian coast. Cities such as Zeebrugge and Oostende (or Ostend) can be visited at ease and a day out on the beach is certainly recommended.
Renting a car in Belgium
Antwerp and Brussels have the most important airports in Belgium. At Antwerp Airport, one will find the rental companies Avis and Hertz. Brussels airport offers the services of the abovementioned and in addition Budget, Europcar, National, Alamo and Sixt.
In addition, it is possible to book a car through EasyTerra. Here, the rates of well-established car rental companies are compared.