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Top tips for hiring a car in Belgium
With the exception of luxury cars, most rentals (including Europcar and Sixt) are allowed for cross-border travel in Western Europe. There are additional restrictions if you want to rent a car in Belgium and drive to Eastern Europe, and fees may apply for certain countries. You need to refer to your rental agreement or contact the agency if you have questions before setting off.
Street parking meters are used in most Belgian cities. There are also designated Blue Zones for parking, which have a maximum limit of three hours. In order to use these areas, you must purchase a special time-stamped parking permit, which is available at all police stations, most smoke shops and all petrol stations. When parking on the street, always face the direction of oncoming traffic.
Foreign nationals may require only a valid driver’s license to drive in Belgium, but it’s not a bad idea to consider an International Driver’s Permit just to be safe. Also, all passengers must wear seatbelts at all times, and you must carry a reflective vest and a reflective triangle in your car. You should perform a check on the vehicle to ensure these items are onboard before you sign the contract.
The use of child seats is mandatory for infants up to three years of age, and you must first deactivate the airbag if you’re using a rear-facing car seat on the passenger side. Also, blood-alcohol levels in Belgium are very low; the police perform regular checks and fines are hefty, so mind your intake if you’re out at dinner and intend to drive afterwards.
FAQs about hiring a car in Belgium
On average a car hire in Belgium costs €44 per day.
Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Belgium.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Sixt (€20/day), Hertz (€27/day) and Budget (€32/day).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Belgium are Hertz (7.6, 53 reviews), Sixt (7.6, 50 reviews), and Avis (7.1, 59 reviews).
Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Belgium are Brussels (89% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Belgium), Charleroi (10%) and Ostend (1%).
On average hiring a car in Belgium costs €201 per week (€29 per day).
On average a car hire in Belgium costs €863 per month (€29 per day).
Driving is done on the right side of the road in Belgium, and trams or trolley cars always have the right of way in the country. Bicycles are a very common mode of transportation in Belgium, so be careful whenever you’re on the road. There are no toll bridges in Belgium except for the Liefkenhoeks Tunnel in Antwerp, which is about 6,00 € (about $6.80).
All drivers intent on renting a car in Belgium must be at least 21 years of age and must hold their license for at least 12 months to be eligible. Drivers under 25 may incur an additional young driver fee. This fee will vary among companies but is estimated to be between 4,40 and 20 € (about $5-23) per day. There is no stated maximum age for renting cars, so if you are a senior, you should consult your rental agency of choice to see if there are restrictions.
The average price of petrol in Belgium is about 1.43 € ($1.62) per liter and is higher than the median world average of about 1.06 € ($1.20) per liter ($5.90 per gallon). A liter of diesel costs about 1.41 € ($1.64) compared to about $5,99 in the United States per gallon; so if your plan is to rent a car in Belgium and drive around the country extensively, make sure you budget for fuel costs.
Speed limits are fairly uniform across Belgium, though there may be some variations in certain geographical areas (Flanders versus French-Belgium). Regardless, the legal speed within city limits is 50 km/h (about 31 mph), and reduced speeds are common in most residential areas. Ninety km/h (about 56 mph) is permitted on highways, and 120 km/h (about 75 mph) is allowed on expressways.
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.