Car Hire in Brussels
If you want to hire a car in Brussels, there are many different companies offering car rental including Hertz, Sixt, Europcar and Avis. You can rent a car at Brussels' twin airports themselves or visit one of the many car rental businesses throughout the city. The vehicle selection is as diverse as you might expect from such big-name companies; they include everything from luxury saloon cars to SUVs that are perfect for families.
Car Hire at Brussels Airports
Brussels has two international airports serving it: Brussels Airport (BRU) and Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL). Brussels Airport is north of the city centre. To rent a car at Brussels Airport, head to baggage claim where you'll find stations for Hertz, Sixt, Avis, Europcar, Alamo, and Zen Car. A vehicle lot along the airport exit on Leopoldlaan is where you will pick up your car rental at Brussels Airport. To get from Brussels Airport to the city centre, simply take R0, (Outer Ring Road) following signs for Brussels. Arrive in downtown Brussels in 18 minutes.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport is south of the city centre. The nearest places to hire a car at Brussels South Charleroi are by Thrifty, Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Sixt, and Flizzr. The Thrifty location is directly inside the airport, near baggage claim. At the northwest portion of the airport, off Rue des Freres Wright, is where a lot of the other rental car agencies are located. Once you rent a car at Brussels South Cherleroi, you can get to downtown by going north on the E420 until it merges onto A54. Exit onto A7 and continue on R0 to exit 18. You will reach downtown in about 45 minutes.
Driving in Brussels
Drivers must be 18 to drive in Brussels, even if their home country issued them a driver's licence at a younger age. While driving in Brussels, you must carry your valid driver's licence, passport or other valid proof of ID, proof of insurance, and proof of vehicle ownership or rental.
Belgium imposes heavy fines for drivers who don't also keep certain items in their vehicles at all times. These items include reflective jackets that must be worn during a breakdown or accident, a warning triangle, headlamp beam deflectors, fire extinguisher, and first aid kit. On motorways, the speed limit is 75 mph and on other roads the speed limit is 45 mph. Seat belts are required for all a vehicle's passengers wherever seat belts are installed.
Parking in Brussels
When parking in central Brussels, street parking is available at spaces with meters or automated machines. Within blue zones with such spaces, parking discs are not permitted.
Brussels also has an abundance of parking lots, from R0 inward toward Brussels Park. Rates average at around £2.25 per hour and up to £24.30 per day. Free parking for your car hire in Brussels can be found on the city outskirts.
Where to Go and What to See in Brussels
During your stay, take your car hire in Brussels and head out to Grote Markt, Mannekin Pis, and Saint-Michel Cathedral. Other nearby towns and cities worth driving to include Antwerp, Ghent, and Bruges. Popular neighbourhoods in Brussels include Marollen, Northern Quarter, La Roue, Vogelenzang, and Leopold Quarter.