Discover the wonders of Belgium at your leisure with a car hire from Auto Europe! With car rental pick-up locations available in 17 different cities and towns all over the country, including airports and railway stations, you are sure to find the most convenient place to begin your stay in Belgium. You will find that with a car hire in Belgium you can truly explore this remarkable country at your own pace!
Situated on the coast of the North Sea, Belgium is one of the Benelux states. Belgium offers wonderful opportunities for culture lovers with 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but is also a foodie's paradise: different kinds of beer number 650, and chocolate shops 2,000!
In general, there are no tolls on Belgium's motorways, but there is a toll on the Liefkenshoektunnel in Antwerp.
You must be at least 18 years old to drive a car in Belgium, but most car rental companies only rent cars to those who are 23 years and older. Additionally, under 25-year-old drivers will incur an additional charge when renting a car.
As a member of the euro area, the currency in Belgium is the euro. Major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express, can be used for payment in larger establishments, but for smaller shops and cafes it is best to keep some cash handy for purchases. ATMs are widely available in cities and towns, where you can use your bank card to withdraw money. It is advised that you inform your bank or card provider that you will be using your card abroad, to ensure that your holidays progress smoothly.
Belgium is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, GMT+1. Daylight Savings Time begins in late March and ends late October.
There are three official languages in Belgium: Dutch, French, and German, with Dutch and French being most commonly spoken. Dutch is spoken in the Flanders region, and French in Wallonia, where German is also spoken in the east of the region, though the number of German speakers is relatively small. The Brussels-Capital region is officially bilingual: both Dutch and French are spoken. Below you can find some helpful phrases in both French and Dutch.
Hello - Dutch: Hallo, French: Salut
Good morning - Dutch: Goedemorgen, French: Bonjour
Thank you - Dutch: Dank je wel, French: Merci
Goodbye - Dutch: Tot ziens, French: Au revoir
One way street - Dutch: Eenrichtingsstraat, French: Rue à sens unique
No parking - Dutch: Verboden te parkeren, French: Stationnement interdit
Petrol station - Dutch: Benzinestation, French: Station-service
Motorway - Dutch: Snelweg, French: Autoroute
Driver's licence - Dutch: Rijbewijs, French: Permis de conduire
Roadworks - Dutch: Wegwerkzaamheden, French: Travaux routiers
Exit - Dutch: Afslag, French: Sortie
Voltage in Belgium is 220 to 230V 50Hz. If you are bringing electronics with a UK plug, you will need an adaptor, as Belgium uses outlets that only accept two-pin plugs of CEE 7/5, CEE 7/7, and CEE 7/16 (Europlug) types.
British citizens do not need a visa to enter Belgium, but must have a valid passport with them. If you have any need for the services of the British Embassy, the contact information of the embassy in Brussels is listed below.
British Embassy Brussels
Avenue d'Auderghem 10
Telephone: +32 2 287 6211