Belgium Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Belgium

Belgium drives on the right and you can use the photo licence of any EU country to drive here.Drivers from other countries need their own licence plus an international driving permit. Speed limits range from 120kmh on motorways to 90kmh on other roads and 50kmh in urban areas.All vehicles must carry -Reflective jackets for all occupants, to be worn if exiting the vehicle after a breakdown or an accident),warrning triangle, headlamp beam deflectors for right hand drive vehicles, First aid kit & fire extinguisher (vehicles registered in Belgium must carry both, but this is not compulsory for vehicles registered abroad) For motorcyclists protective clothing, i.e.: gloves, jacket with long sleeves, trousers with long legs or overall, and boots protecting the ankles.

Belgium has an efficient, well maintained motorway system with routes prefixed with an ‘A’. Most large urban areas also have a ring road with roads prefixed R. Belgium has no toll roads.Main routes include-

A1 (E19): Brussels – Antwerp – Breda

A2 (E314): Leuven – Lummen – Genk

A3 (E40): Brussels – Leuven – Liège – Aachen

A4 (E411): Brussels – Wavre – Namur – Arlon – Luxembourg

A10 (E40): Brussels – Ghent – Bruges – Ostend

A12 (Brussels – Boom – Antwerp – Netherlands

A13 (E313): Antwerp – Beringen – Hasselt – Liège

A14 (E17): Lille – Kortrijk – Ghent – Antwerp

A15 (E42): Charleroi – Namur – Huy – Liège

A17 (E403): Bruges – Kortrijk – Tournai

A18 (E40): Bruges – Veurne – Dunkerque

The terrain is flat, the roads are in good condition and the standards of driving and rental cars are high. Even driving in Brussels and other major cities is unlikely to cause you many problems, though in old cities such as Bruges you may struggle to park in the centre. Also, give way to trams.Belgium is generally a trouble free self drive destination.

Many travellers drive in or through Belgium as part of a longer road trip across Europe. Some destinations in neighbouring countries that can be driven in a day from Belgium are as follows-

Brussels-Amsterdam 200 km, estimated travel time, 2 hours, Toll cost 0 Euro

Brussels-Frankfurt 395 km, estimated travel time, 3.5 hours, Toll cost 0 Euro

Brussels-Paris 307km, estimated travel time, 3 hours, Toll 13 Euro,

Brussels-Antwerp 45km, estimated travel time, 45 mins, Toll 0 Euro,

Brussels-Luxembourg 212km, estimated travel time, 2 Hours, Toll 0 Euro,

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Belgium Car Rental-
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National,Budget,Avis, Thrifty, have outlets here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sitesand Web discount sites .

We currently have no local car rental partners in Belgium. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

Belgium Self Driving Rules-
You should be able to take the car to other mainland European countries for no extra charge. There may be restrictions on taking high spec vehicles into Eastern Europe or you may need to leave a cash bond. International one way rentals within mainland Europe are usually possible for an additional charge.


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