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Renting a car in Belgium

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.

Why rent a car in Belgium?

Renting a car in Belgium is the perfect solution for tourists who want to explore the country’s cities, forests, and countryside. However, it’s important to consider your travel style and needs before making a decision. If you’re only planning to visit cities, the public transport system in Belgium is well-organized and can get you to your destination quickly and easily. On the other hand, if you’re interested in visiting the Ardennes forests, or planning a road trip, a rental car is the way to go.

Why you shouldn’t rent a car in Belgium

Although renting a car in Belgium offers many benefits, there are also some disadvantages to consider. Traffic in cities like Brussels and Antwerp can be congested during rush hour, and finding a parking space can be a hassle. Additionally, many cities in Belgium are introducing Low Emission Zones to reduce motorized vehicles in parts of the city, and cities like Ghent and Bruges have car-free city centers.

Car rental companies in Belgium

There are many car rental companies in Belgium, including the most famous ones such as Avis, Hertz, and Europcar. Each company offers different rental options, so it is important to compare prices and services to find the best option for your needs.

Types of rental cars in Belgium

The type of car you choose will depend on your needs and budget. In Belgium, you can choose from a range of cars, including small city cars, family-sized vehicles, and luxury cars. You can choose between manual or automatic gearbox. Nowadays most rental cars will also have airconditioning, but it’s always good to double check.

Do you want to ride green? Then you’ll be happy to hear that the fleet of hybrid and fully electric rental cars in Belgium is growing. However, make sure your accommodation offers a charging station for your EV.

Understanding the Legal Requirements

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. In addition, the choice of vehicles for young drivers under 25 might be smaller, since many car rental companies don’t allow them to rent expensive luxury cars.

Drivers licence requirements

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.

Insurance coverage

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

Deposit requirements

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.