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Car Hire in Brussels

Car Hire in Brussels

This information is correct as of July 2015.

Known for its chocolates and beers, as well as a fascination for comic strips, Brussels makes an exciting place to be. The city is filled with a mix of regal mansions and buildings to unsightly concrete infrastructures, which give it a fascinating mixed look that also reflects well on its multicultural population.

Where to hire a car in Brussels

Going around Brussels in Belgium can be possible with a rental car with several international car rentall brands such as Avis Autoverhurr, Europcar, Hertz Rent A Car, Sixt Rent a Car, and Thrifty Car Rental providing options to consider. Local car rental operators also offer a wide range of vehicles to check out. You will find them in different parts of the city, but it would be better to contact them beforehand, so you can minimise the difficulties of choosing between different rental companies on your arrival.

You must be at least 18 years old to drive, with requirements such as a valid driver's licence from your home country. An International Driver's Permit (IDP) is also necessary, as well as a proof of insurance and a number of photographic IDs. Visitors driving in Belgium are also required by law to carry these items: reflective jackets, warning triangles, headlamp beam deflectors, and a first aid kit and fire extinguisher.

What to expect when hiring a car from Brussels

Driving in Brussels can be particularly hard during rush hours, which takes place for two hours around either side of 9:00AM and 5:00PM. You should avoid these times for easier driving, as well as to prevent from getting caught in traffic. The jams here can be arduous, which makes it necessary to plan out-of-town trips ahead some days ahead. The main routes and the R0 outer ring road (beltway) are especially notorious for slowing down the cars.

There are no toll roads in Belgium, except for the Liefkenshoek Tunnel in Antwerp. The Belgian highway system is said to be among the best lit in Europe, which makes night driving easier. You will have to prepare for possible congestion charges, though, as Brussels is trying to determine if it can solve their traffic situation for the long term.

Other than the cars, you should also watch out for public transport system such as trams, which are identified by signposts displaying the letter 'T' and a number. They are widespread and mostly on the surface, with some also going to Metro stations and running underground in some places. Cycling lanes can also be found in different parts of the city, as well as a number of one-way streets. Cyclists sometimes go by the main routes, however, so you should be additionally cautious when seeing on the road.

Parking is available in different parts of the city, with paid facilities regulated by parking meters or automatic machines. Parking discs must not be used, except when the parking meter or ticket machine is malfunctioning.

Getting to your destination

Tervuren
A municipality in the province of Flemish Brabant, Tervuren is the location of several landmarks such as the Royal Museum for Central Africa, which is surrounded by gardens with giant redwoods. There is also the Tervuren Library, with more than 43,300 printed documents and other collections.

To get here, take Rue de la Loi and Rue Ducale to Rue Belliard. Follow N3 to Chaussee de Malines/Mechelsesteenweg/N227 in Tervuren. Take Busselsesteenweg and Tervurenlaan to Oppemstraat to reach your destination. The trip can take around 25 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

Vilvoorde
A municipality comprises the city of Vilvoorde proper with two outlying quarters of Koningslo, Houtem, and the town of Peutie. You will find here several interesting sights such as the neoclassical city hall and a covered market hall, as well as the statue of a Brabant horse, which commemorates the city's tradition of horse trading.

Continue to Ijzerplein/Place de l'Yser and take N201 to N1 in Vilvoorde. The drive can be accomplished within 25 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions.

Ghent
Ghent, with its fabulous canal-side architecture, quirky bars, and fascinating museums, is a city not to be missed. Some of the best landmarks to check out here include St-Baafskathedraal, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, and the MSK Museum.

Take R20 to A10 in Sint-Agatha-Berchem and then venture to E40 to reach Zuidparklaan/N422 in Gent. Continue on N422 and take Graaf van Vlaanderenplein, Vlaanderenstraat, and Onderbergen to Sint-Michielsstraat. The trip can take around an hour or so.

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