Car Rental in Brussels
Belgium’s capital city is teeming with history and heritage as a place at the forefront of European history for centuries. The city is also the seat of many European Union institutions and is a bustling travel destination for sightseers, culture lovers and culinary enthusiasts. With all of Belgium within reach by car from Brussels, getting your own rental is the ideal way to explore this fascinating country.
Where to rent a car in Brussels
There are many leading international car rental providers available from Brussels Airport including Alamo, Sixt, Europcar, Avis and Hertz just by the baggage claim area at the airport. If you don’t need to collect your vehicle immediately after touching down, there are many offices located in the city center you can visit after you’ve settled in. Many international companies have offices in the Bruxelles-Midi train station but there are offices across the city.
Driving in Brussels
Brussels is served by an extensive public transport system which is better suited to exploring the city center compared to a rental car due to traffic. It is generally a good idea to keep your car on the outskirts before catching public transport into the city as the roads suffer significant gridlock, especially during the rush hour. Brussels is noted as one of the worst cities in the world for traffic so you should avoid the city center unless absolutely necessary. Many parts of the old town of Brussels are inaccessible to cars and other roads are old, winding alleys which can be difficult to navigate. The highways around Brussels and across the country are excellent which makes it a breeze to explore other cities in Belgium.
Parking in Brussels
It can be difficult to find parking in Brussels as the spaces are at a premium. Street parking is free from 18.00-08.00 each day and all day on Sunday; otherwise parking will cost you more than 6 AED per hour. Be advised that some areas will permit a maximum of 2 hours. The city has plenty of park and ride facilities available close by to public transport stations which makes it easy to catch a tram, bus or train into the center. There are also private parking garages available if you don’t mind paying a little extra – some providers allow you to book a space online beforehand. You can also look for hotels in Brussels providing parking if you don’t want the hassle of arranging your own parking.
Where to go around Brussels
Many of the most well-known tourist attractions in Brussels are found within the center but there are plenty of things to see and do around the outskirts. The bohemian district of Saint-Gilles is known for its colorful art, cafes and boutiques, or you can visit the charming and affluent district of Uccle with its quaint squares and tree-lined avenues. The historically significant town of Waterloo is just 15 km from Brussels as is the nature reserve of Zuunvallei-Volsembroek. The port city of Antwerp is less than an hour drive north of Brussels and the popular town of Bruges is around 100 km from Brussels.
* This information is correct as of December 2018