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About Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL)

Address: Rue Des Freres Wright 8, Gosselies, 6041

Brussels South Charleroi Airport is the second airport serving the city of Brussels and also the second biggest airport in terms of passenger traffic.

Brussels is favoured by food lovers and famous for its waffles, chocolate and beer. But this fascinating city, with its stunning architecture, has history packed into every street and corner.

Charleroi Airport car rental gives you the opportunity to explore this majestic city in your own time. There is The Grand Place - a beautiful 15th Century city hall, The Old England Building, Notre Dame Du Sablon - the spectacular 14th Century Gothic cathedral, Le Botanique historic botanical gardens and many more. For day trips you can venture to Belgium’s medieval cities of Ghent and Bruges.

  Getting around

The distance between Charleroi Airport and the centre of Charleroi is 11 km and it takes 15 minutes by car. The centre of Brussels is further away and directly linked to the N5.  It is 60 km and about 55 minutes by car, depending on the traffic.

It is important to know basic Belgian road rules before you start. Be very cautious with trams and pedestrians, avoid rush hours, and use a GPS.

Parking in town centres is controlled by parking meters, or in ‘blue zones’ by using a special disc (showing the time of arrival). If using meters, a ticket must be bought from a machine and placed clearly on the dashboard, showing valid hours.

There are no toll roads in Brussels.

  Choosing your car

Airport car rental has never been easier with our online booking experience. On our car rental booking page, you can filter the search results to show cars that are best suited to your needs and preferences.

There are several car hire companies at Charleroi Airport such as Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Avis and Budget.

Whether you are looking for a city zipper, sporty 4WD or mini-bus, you will find all the options on our booking site.

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  Tips and advice


To rent a car in Brussels you must be at least 21 years and hold a valid license for at least one year. Check these conditions on your rental agreement to be sure, before hiring your car.


Throughout the 19 communes in the Brussels Region, you will see small signs that indicate where cyclists have permission to jump red traffic lights, provided they turn right or continue straight on and have checked for zero danger of oncoming traffic.


You cannot park a vehicle within 15 meters of a tram, bus or rail stop or near where the tram or rail lines cross the road.


Drink driving is considered a crime and speeding is heavily fined.


Traffic or road signs are either in Dutch or French, so make sure you know the place names beforehand!


When travelling by car it is mandatory to carry your driving license, vehicle insurance certificate, registration documents, proof of payment of road tax and radio tax.


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