Car Hire in Brussels
Brussels car hireWelcome to buzzing, cosmopolitan Brussels. The Belgian capital has two other roles: it's the headquarters of the EU (clustered around the Rond-Pont Schuman and the Place de Luxembourg) and the European base for thousands of international corporations, many of which have headquarters on the highways leading out to the airport.
Meet us at our airport, railway station or Brussels city car rental locations and begin your journey in style.
Plan your journey from BrusselsTo get your Brussels bearings take an hour to walk from the Palais Royal, along the Rue Royale, through the Place du Grand Sablon and down to the Grand Place.
One of Europe's greenest cities, lose yourself in regal Cinquantenaire park. Dominated by a Triumphal Arch, these 30 hectares of classic gardens were created by King Leopold II in 1880 to celebrate the 50th anniversery of independence.
Culture-vultures should alight at Place Royale for the Magritte Museum, which holds the largest art collection of Belgian surrealist René Magritte. Grand Place, a 10-minute walk away, is a World Heritage Site. The guildhouses around the square add to the charming character.
A trip to Brussels must include some sampling of the wonderful chocolate. Rue de Chartreux is a good place to start. It's chock full of sweet shops and chocolatiers, as well as clock shops, art galleries and vintage clothes stores.
Road trips from BrusselsWaterloo
The infamous battle that ended Napoleon's empire was fought just 10km south of Brussels and the rolling farmland remains much as it was on June 18, 1815. Near the visitor centre at Braine l'Alleud, climb Lion Mound to get the best view.
Drive for 13km from Brussels in a south-westerly direction and you get to Kasteel van Gaasbeek, an ancestral chateau with particularly resplendent furnishings. You may feel that the long-deceased inhabitants have never left.
Antwerp and Bruges
It's a 50-minute drive north to the diamond capital of Antwerp, popular with fashionistas and fans of fusion dining. In medieval Bruges, an 80-minute drive away, climb the 12th-century belfry in Markt Square and spy the 18th-century windmills on the eastern edge of town.
Driving rules in BelgiumWhich side of the road?
In Belgium, please drive on the right side of the road.
Country driving laws
- Mobile phones may only be used with a hands-free device. Do not use headphones or earpieces
- Lots of crossings are equipped with cameras; if caught jumping a red light you could be heavily fined.
- In towns and rural areas, on minor roads and where there is no clear indication of right of way, it may be prudent to give way to traffic coming from the right (“priorité a droite”)
All speed signs will be in km/h.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailer:
- Urban areas: 50 km/h (31 mph)
- Motorways and National Roads 70 km/h - 80 km/h (43 mph - 50 mph)
Unless indicated by road signs. Be aware of changes to speed limits displayed on road signs due to adverse weather conditions.
Child safety / Seatbelt laws
- It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt
- Babies up to 13 kg must travel in a car seat, facing backwards
- Children 13 Kg to 18 kg must travel in a car seat, facing forwards
- Children 18 Kg to 36 kg must travel in an adapted car seat using the normal seat belt
- Children measuring less than 1.35m must travel in an adapted car seat
Please note, it is the child’s parent/guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
This road rules information is for provided for general guidance only. We endeavour to keep the information up to date and accurate, but any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.