Situated quite centrally, between Brussels and Luxembourg, the airport in Charleroi has a significant strategic position. Passengers travelling to Belgium, France or western Germany can take advantage of a cheap car hire from Charleroi Airport and conveniently arrive at their destination after a short drive. Visitors to Charleroi itself are welcome to visit the largest museum of photography in Europe, one of historic estates surrounded with beautiful gardens or the Town Hall, where you can listen to its 47 bells playing an ode to Charleroi every hour. Get familiar with Auto Europe's offers for a car hire from Charleroi Airport and see why we pride ourselves in our award-winning customer service and long-standing experience in the car rental business.
Charleroi Airport (CRL)
Official Name: Brussels South Charleroi Airport, also called Charleroi or Gosselies Airport
Address: Rue des Frères Wright 8, 6041 Charleroi, Belgium
Location: The airport is located 28 miles south of Brussels.
Airlines operating at Charleroi Airport: Airlines flying to and from the airport in Charleroi are Pegasus Airlines, Ryanair, Wizzair, Jetairfly and Thomas Cook.
Despite its modest size, the airport in Charleroi still counts as the second largest airport in Belgium. Due to the increased interest and number of travellers, the airport has been renovated and one terminal has been opened recently. Being a compact airport, it is also very convenient and easy to navigate.
The leading car rental suppliers have their desks at the airport in Charleroi. Please note that the opening times in the table are only valid on weekdays and are subject to change. Be sure to check the opening hours and your supplier when you book your car rental from Charleroi Airport.
Car hire desks operating hours
|Hertz||8:00 - 23:00|
|Thrifty||8:00 - 23:00|
|Avis||8:00 - 23:30|
|Europcar||8:00 - 23:30|
|Budget||8:30 - 23:30|
Charleroi Airport, due to its compact size, has arrivals and departures very close to each other. Several cafés and kiosks that sell bus and train tickets are located in the arrivals hall. If you proceed to the departures, you will see two gates, 12 check-in points, a currency exchange office and a duty-free shop. Passengers travelling through Charleroi Airport will only have free Wi-Fi for surfing the airport, shuttle bus and tourist information. To be able to view other websites or to use internet kiosks, you will need to pay a fee. As for shopping, you will have several shops at your disposal, one of them being a famous Belgian chocolate manufacturer, where you can get a sweet treat for yourself or a last-minute gift for family and friends. When you pick up your car hire, you can stop by at the self-service petrol station and a car wash at the very exit from the airport. The opening hours are from 5-23h.
Brussels, depending on the time of day, can be reached in one hour with a car from Charleroi. Get on A54/E420 from N568 and drive until you come to Rue de la Bienvenue/Verwelkomingststraat and E19 in Anderlecht. Take exit 17 from E19. From here, take N266 and Avenue Fonsny/N265 to Boulevard Anspach in Brussels. Follow the road signs to get to the centre of Brussels.
At the very airport, you will find a variety of car parks for every budget and length of stay. All car parks are situated in the vicinity of the terminal and it will take you around two minutes on foot or by courtesy shuttle to reach any of them. As for parking in the centre of Brussels, you may not find available spots very easily, especially if you are looking for one during rush hour. You are welcome to park your car hire on the outskirts of the city and use the Park&Ride scheme to get to downtown fast and easily.