Rent a car in Brussels with Europcar
Whether you are in Brussels for business or pleasure, the Belgian capital is an incredibly diverse city, with its Art Nouveau cityscape, awesome art and science museums, and palatial buildings. And when it comes to food, there is something for everyone, including of course the chips and chocolate that Belgium is famous for! Along with the headquarters of the European Union, Brussels is also home to the headquarters of several international businesses.
The Europcar car rental experience in Brussels
Europcar has stations near all the major transport hubs, including the Midi railway station (with high-speed rail links from London and Paris), Zaventem airport, and the European area if you are visiting for business.
From the nifty Smart Fortwo, Volkswagen Golf and the Audi A3, Europcar has many great options for exploring the city in style and comfort. Larger models include the spacious Mercedes Vito Bus, and van hire is available for more ambitious adventures.
For drivers who are looking for a longer stay, Europcar offers flexible weekly, monthly and long-term car rental.
Driving in Brussels
To rent a car in Belgium you must be over 18 years old and possess a valid EU driver’s licence.
Belgium currently has no toll roads, except for vehicles over 3.5 tones. Large parts of Brussels have a 30 km/h speed limit and on the city ring road, the R0, speed limits are as low as 50 km/h in some areas. Elsewhere, the motorway speed limit is 120 km/h and the open road limit is 90 km/h.
Drivers should be aware that Belgium has strict drink driving laws, allowing 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood; less than other EU countries.
Parking in Brussels is easy and unlimited in the city centre, with the exception of busy shopping areas. A colour-coded system tells drivers what tariffs to pay and where: in the Blue Zone, you may park for two hours for free with an international blue parking disc. In the red, orange and green zones paid parking is in operation, but the rates are reasonable.
Brussels has a network of road tunnels which allow for quick access in and out of the city, as well as convenient car travel to many famous Brussels landmarks.
Discover Brussels and the surrounding area by car
Away from the quaint city streets of central Brussels, the city can also be a great base for day trips by car. In just thirty minutes, visitors can reach the globally renowned Ghent, Antwerp, and the UNESCO World Heritage centre of Bruges.
Further afield, why not explore beyond Belgium’s borders? Lille (120 kilometres away), Rotterdam (213 kilometres away) and Amsterdam (213 kilometres away) are all accessible by car.
On the edge of the city is the Atomium, a 100-metre-tall stainless steel sculpture of a unit cell of an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times, constructed for the 1958 World Fair. The structure has since been turned into a museum with the top dome boasting a restaurant with a panoramic view of the city and rotating science exhibits in the other domes. Named by CNN as the weirdest building in Europe, it makes for a great family day out. Travelling here by car means intrepid explorers can also check out nearby Mini-Europe and Train World.
Things to see in Brussels
Brussels is awash with chocolate-box cobbled streets and architectural gems, including the Old England Building which is home to a unique music museum. For comic book lovers, the Belgian Comic Strip Centre is perfect for a few hours of fun and photo opportunities.
The city centre is brimming with culture, including the Magritte Museum; the Musee du Cinquantenaire with its ancient artefacts; and MIMA, the contemporary art museum.
And after all that pounding the pavement, the famous waffles, beer and chocolate are sure to go down well!