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Renting a car in Belgium

In Belgium, your next destination will always be a short drive away. So renting a car is a great way to explore our country and maybe our neighboring country’s as well. In this article I will give you advice on renting a car in Belgium, so continue reading below.

Should you rent a car in Belgium?

This totally depends on your travel style and needs. The public transport network in Belgium is fairly well organised and will bring you to all major cities quick and easy. Tourists who only plan to do some city-tripping don’t really need to rent a car in Belgium in order to reach their destination. Actually in my opinion they are even better off using the Public Transport system since you don’t have to deal with traffic jams or parking fees. Tourists who like to visit the Ardennes forests could get there by public transport, but will find their ultimate freedom with a rental car. Of course there are many other reasons why you should rent a car in Belgium. Like planning a road-trip in Belgium, business travelers and more.

Why you shouldn’t rent a car in Belgium

The traffic in and around big cities like Brussels and Antwerp can get quite congested, specially during rush hour. As a former courier, I have wasted hours of my life in these traffic jams. More and more cities are introducing Low Emission Zones as well, trying to ban motorized vehicles in parts of the city. Cities like Ghent and Bruges have a car-free city centre. If you plan to visit these cities, you’re better off using public transport. In big cities, finding a parking space can sometimes be a hassle. Parking rates can also be quite expensive, depending on which part of the city you’re in.

Car rental companies in Belgium

Below you can find the most famous car rental companies who are active in Belgium.

Finding the best deal

There are many car rental companies active in Belgium. Travel Supermarket helps you compare and find the best offer available.

Minimum age to rent a car in Belgium

The minimum driving age in Belgium is 18 years old, however all rental companies set a minimum age of 21 years old for renting a car. Drivers under 25 years might be charged a young driver surcharge.

Drivers licence:

In order to be able to rent a car, you’ll need to posses a valid European or International drivers licence. The issued date needs to be at least 12 months before renting the car. Some rental companies require you to have had your drivers licence for at least 2 years.

Deposit:

Every rental company will ask you to pay a deposit, ranging from 300€ up to 800€, depending on the type of vehicle and length of the rental period. Deposits can generally be paid in cash or by credit card. When using debit card, it’s advised to inform on beforehand if your card will be accepted. After returning the car back in good condition, you will instantly get your deposit back.

Insurance:

Basic insurance is included in the renting price. However additional insurance of breaking of glass, is always a good idea to minimize the risk.