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About Belgium (BE)


Belgium is one of the smallest and most densely populated European countries. It is a federal state made up of three regions: Brussels, Flemish and Walloon. The capital Brussels is situated roughly in the middle, with the French speaking Wallonians in the south and the Dutch speaking Flemish in the north. German is the 3rd national language.

This beautiful small country is packed with a range of leisure pursuits and diverse activities. If you enjoy walking, sports and the outdoors, the southern parts will appeal, but the northern historic cities of Ghent and Brugge, are equally attractive. From Brussels all parts of the country can be reached by car within 2 hours.

  Getting around

Travelling around Belgium is quite straight-forward. It is a well-organized country, and mostly free of traffic hassles, unless you are driving around Brussels or the Antwerp ring road during peak hour.

In Brussels and surrounding areas, the road signs are in both French and Flemish, but elsewhere it is either the one or the other. As soon as you cross the ‘language line’ the road names change. For example, “Liège” will suddenly become “Luik”. So best to make sure you have a good road map or GPS.

Belgium has one toll tunnel, the Liefkenshoektunnel in Antwerp. The toll fee has to be paid by credit card (not debit), or cash, but that is a more expensive option.

  Choosing your car

Belgium car rental offers a selection of all the major international car rental agencies such as Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar and Enterprise. However, to ensure cheap car rental rates, we recommend that you book online in advance. Our Belgium car hire booking site makes it easy to choose from a selection of cars — whether you need a small city runner, SUV or minivan.  You can also add extra benefits, such as a GPS or child seat. Just list the destination, dates of travel, driver’s age and you will be presented with a range of vehicle options.

It is also important to read and understand the conditions of your car rental before signing, as contracts are not all the same.

  Tips and advice

1

Reflective jackets must be worn if involved in a breakdown, an accident or alongside a road where stopping or parking is prohibited. Check that your rental car contains these.

2

Give way to traffic from the right, but trams always have priority over all other road users, whether on the right or on the left.

3

At night you should flash your headlights instead of using the horn, except in the case of immediate danger.

4

Most Belgian cities have paid parking with meters and ticket machines on the streets. But watch out for the blue zone meters which override the parking disks. There are also many municipal and private parking garages. 

5

By law, if you are stuck in traffic it is recommended to switch off the engine, unless absolutely necessary.

6

You should always park in the direction of travel on the right-hand side of the road. 

Urban Speed Limit

THE URBAN SPEED LIMIT IS

20 kph  | 12.4 mph
Rural Speed Limit

THE RURAL SPEED LIMIT IS

90 kph  | 55.9 mph
Motorway Speed Limit

THE MOTORWAY SPEED LIMIT IS

120 kph  | 74.6 mph
Fuel Price

THE FUEL PRICE IS

SEE PRICES
Currency

THE CURRENCY IS

EUR
Road Driving

THE ROAD DRIVING SIDE IS THE

Right
Driving Age

THE MINIMUM DRIVING AGE IS

18 years of age
21 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICE NUMBERS

112
Documentation requirements

DOCUMENT

License
IDP
Passport
Insurance
Registration

Belgium Driving Ideas Guide


Belgium, known for its medieval old towns and Flemish Renaissance architecture, has two distinctive regions: Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north and French-speaking Wallonia to the south. Belgium is also lovingly known as ‘a food lover’s dream and a beer lover’s haven’ — a reputation that is worth exploring when visiting Belgium.

Although public transport in the cities is convenient, getting around the country is best done by rental car, which will give you the opportunity to see more without spending more.

Start your journey in Brussels or Antwerp

In the bilingual capital and largest city, Brussels, expect traditional sights such as the Grand Place Museums, theatres and historical monuments, and of course the Mannekin Pis. You can discover Brussels through themed experiences such as gourmet or art, or just have fun in the streets on a Segway! Your friends won’t believe this one.  The famous open air markets and the annual Jazz Marathon attract thousands of visitors to the city.

After taking in the sights of Brussels, a leisurely 45km drive to Antwerp could be your next move. The Flemish city Antwerp is a gem. It’s the second largest, and also an international port city, on Belgium’s River Scheldt, with a history dating to the Middle Ages. In its centre you will find the centuries-old Diamond District houses with thousands of traders, cutters and polishers. Cycling is a popular choice for getting around this lively city.  Its medieval streets, Renaissance monuments and vibrant nightlife are a good match for its reputation as diamond trade centre.

The drive from Brussels to Liege and Namur could well be the most rewarding in Belgium

Liege, on the South East side of Belgium, is only one hour from Brussels by car. This historical city on the river Meuse dates back to Charlemagne. Discover Liege by taking a stroll through the ‘Carre’ district, an extensive quarter of pedestrian streets near the Cathedral. By day, this neighbourhood is bustling with shoppers, but by night Le Carre becomes the place to be for nightlife.

Namur and Dinant both have ancient citadels worth seeing.  The view over Namur and the Meuse valley from the eastern tip of the citadel, are breathtaking. The Citadel of Namur, a massive stone fortress, is the site of the oldest permanent settlement in the Benelux, and remains the most extensive construction in the country, with a circumference of several kilometres.

Visit the town of Spa for a royal treatment

Staying over in Liege means you can do an adventurous drive to Eupen.  The first stop would be Spa - the town that gave its name to all spas in the world. The waters have been famous since Roman times. Kings and Queens come here to bathe in the waters, soak in mud baths and walk in the beautiful forests. Spa is also home to the oldest casino in the world with construction starting in 1763.

The Pearl of the Ardennes, in the town of Ardennes, is a place to enjoy outdoor theatre performances and music festivals in summer. The surrounding forests offer ideal hiking and biking paths.

The highway from Malmedy to Eupen is one of the most beautiful in Belgium, winding through the Hautes Fagnes natural reserve. In the park the Signal De Botrange marks the highest point in Belgium (2.277 ft). On a clear day you can see as far as the city of Aachen in Germany from the top. From Eupen you can go back to Liege or on to Brussels.

Whether you are looking for action or a laid-back holiday, Belgium will not disappoint you.  And to top it all, you need not look further than Cheaperthancars and Cheaperthanhotels to find the best deals and choices for rental cars and accommodation.

We really do believe that the less you spend on your rental car and accommodation the more you can do when you get there.

Your Cheaperthancars Team

Belgium Driving Rules and Tips


Use the guide below to brush up on tips before you drive in Belgium. As a road traveller, you need to know the rules of the road.

Documentation

Be sure to take the proper documentation with you when you go. You’ll need:

  • A valid driver’s license from your own country
  • Official photo ID (passport)
  • Proof of insurance (Call your insurance company to make sure it will be usable in a foreign country)
  • Proof of ownership if you are bringing your own car or written permission from the owner
  • Can rental documents, if using a rented car

You may also need:

  • An International Driver’s Permit (IDP). While not required by law, it does make it easier if your license is in a non-official language, and you are stopped by the police. Also, some rental companies require you to have one.

Age Restrictions

  • You must be 18-years-old to drive. Children who are under the age of 12, must be in the backseat.

Driving Rules, Laws, and Regulations

  • Drive on the right hand side of the road; you will also find road signs on the right side
  • Do not honk in urban areas
  • Use dipped headlights during the day if conditions are bad
  • Always yield to trams
  • You must carry a warning triangle in the car, as well as a reflective jacket (for breakdowns) and deflectors for your headlights
  • When entering roundabouts, yield to the traffic
  • You must wear a seatbelt at all times, whether in the front or backseat

Speed Limits and Fines

Speed limits will be posted in kilometers per hour. However, as a general rule, speed limits will be as follows:

  • 50 km/h (31mph) in urban areas
  • 90 km/h (56 mph) in non-urban areas
  • 120 km/h (75mph) on highways that are 4 lanes or more

Be aware that the Belgium government employs speed traps and cameras to catch speeders. Some police may be in unmarked cars, and the police can demand fines on the spot.

Here is a list of fines by how much you are over the speed limit on regular roads:

  • 1-10 km/h (1-6 mph): 50 euros
  • 11-30 km/h (7-19 mph): 50 euros plus 10 euros for each km/h
  • 30+ km/h (19+ mph): must go to court

And on highways:

  • 1-10 km/h (1-6 mph): 50 euros
  • 11-30 km/h (7-19 mph): 50 euros plus 5 euros for each km/h
  • 30+ km/h (19+ mph): must go to court

Drunk Driving

The legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) for driving is fairly low in Belgium at 0.05g/100ml. That is the equivalent of 1 glass of wine per hour, depending on your weight. Police can demand a breath test at any time. If you are found above the legal limit, you may face one of the following:

  • Fines, depending on the amount of alcohol in your blood. In fact, you can be fined up to 10,000 euros.
  • License restrictions, including having your license confiscated.
  • Jail time, also depending on the amount of alcohol in your blood.

Also drivers, who have had their license for less than two years, will face harsher punishments.

Parking

You must pay to park in a blue zone. Other areas require that you purchase a parking disk, which you leave on your car with the time you left. Do not park close to a tram or bus. You also cannot park near a rail station or intersection.

Don’t forget to check for local signs whenever you’re parking, which will indicate what you need to do.

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