Car Hire in Brussels
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Brussels is the capital of Belgium. It is the seat of many international institutions such as NATO and the EU, making it an important city in international politics. Brussels has evolved from a 10th-century fortified city founded by Charlemagne to an important hub for international cooperation.
Belgium gained its independence after the revolution of 1830, it is a small country but an important bridge between Western and Eastern Europe. For this reason, Brussels was chosen as the capital of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952. In 1957, Belgium signed the Treaty of Rome, establishing what would later become the European Union (EU). However, the city's political importance goes back even further: at the end of the Middle Ages, Brussels was the focus of attention of two competing powers: France and the Habsburg Empire. The territory of the Habsburg Empire covered much of central and western Europe. In 1695, the city fell to French forces. In the following centuries, the city grew rapidly as workers arrived from all over Europe to take part in the rapid industrialization. Today, Brussels has about 1 million inhabitants.
Brussels is not only the seat of international power in modern Europe but also a centre for trade and culture. The city was awarded the title of the City of Art by UNESCO. The famous painter Peter Paul Rubens was born here, as was the surrealist René Magritte and the comic strip artist Hergé, who created Tintin. The city's many green spaces are frequented by locals seeking relaxation and fresh air. Some of the most famous are the Botanical Gardens, the Square Marie-Louise, the Parc du Cinquantenaire and the Jardin des Plantes.
Brussels is a city of many cultures and languages. The official language is French, but Dutch is also widely spoken. Brussels also has its flavour: the local dialect is called "Brussels French". Brussels is a major hub for transport, education, trade and industry. You could say that few other cities in Europe can match the international flair of Brussels.
Basic info and car hire in Brussels
- Location: North-central part of Belgium
- Population: 174.383
- Official language: 80% speak French. Dutch and Flemish as well.
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: The capital of Belgium, Brussels has a mild climate with four distinct seasons. With an average low temperature in winter at 1°C and summer reaching just 23 degrees Celsius the city is not as cold as other European metropolises such as London or Moscow but it does provide year-round activity for tourists looking to enjoy this diverse culture! Rainfall also remains constant throughout most parts of Brussels 24 hour period so you'll need either raincoats or umbrellas no matter what time you come here during any given day
The wind might be stronger sometimes than others but when compared against all Weather patterns: drizzle will always give way
- Holidays in Brussels: You can find all information about holidays in Brussels here.
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Road conditions in Brussels are generally quite good. Traffic jams can be expected in the city. The motorways are driven at high speed causing more risk. In general, the road conditions are very smooth and simple. There are speed cameras across Brussels.
- Car hire in Brussels: Finding affordable car hire in Brussels has never been as simple. With Orbit Car Hire, you can compare and find cheap prices with leading companies that provide nothing but the best of customer service. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Brussels! The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Brussels is Brussels Airport
Driving in Brussels
Brussels is a beautiful city within central Europe. It can be challenging to drive, but some key tips will make your experience much easier and safer! The driving culture in Belgium follows European norms; therefore you must keep an eye on the speed limit (50kph within urban areas/90+ km outside), as well looking out for traffic signs such as roundabouts or crossings when exiting any major roadways. The most stressful part about Brussels' roads might just seem like they're always packed: this makes parking difficult too so if possible try not to get stuck without finding somewhere safe. Belgium has strict drink driving laws, only allowing 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood. Fines for drink driving are high and the same goes for speeding tickets. In Belgium, you can expect to receive on the spot fines for drink driving and speeding. Motorways in Belgium are free of charge. Different driver age restrictions apply to different vehicle groups and these are applied automatically to all online rental searches. If you entered your correct age and the online search returned a specific vehicle group, you are eligible to rent it. Please note that the same restrictions apply to all Additional Drivers.
The only challenging part about getting around Brussel’s city centre might be finding parking spaces due to its popularity amongst tourists (and locals).
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Brussels is 19 years old. However, most car rental companies require you to be at least 21 to rent a car and at least 21 years to avoid paying an additional young driver fee.
- International Driving Permit: An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving Licence if the National Driving Licence you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving Licence, e.g., it is in a non-Latin alphabet (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese).
- Additional papers: You and all Additional Drivers must present a full valid original Driving Licence and the voucher or booking confirmation document when picking up the vehicle. If your Driving Licence has multiple parts, you must present all of them. All requirements apply to both you and any Additional Drivers. You must have held your Driving Licence for a minimum of 1 full year(s). Non-residents of the pick-up country must also present: Passport and identification card of their country of residence
- Additional requirements: You must have a warning triangle, High Vis vest and the first-aid kit in your car at all times. Remember to check if any of it's expired before you go out on the road!
- Children in the car: Children under the age of 18 and 1.35 m must use an appropriate child restraint system, whether they are in the front or back seat of a vehicle. A child under the age of 3 may not be transported in a vehicle without a child seat/child restraint system. It is prohibited to use a rear-facing child seat in a front seat with a frontal airbag unless the airbag is deactivated.
- Driving side of the road: Right Side.
- Lights: Headlights should be used in poor conditions during the daytime.
- General speed limits: Speed limits are 50kph in built-up areas, 90kph outside,120kph on motorways.
- Parking suggestions: Parking in Brussels can be challenging while in the city centre. You will have to pay for parking during the day and you will find it to be free between 18:00-08:00.
Car Hire in Brussels
Most popular car hire at Brussels
The most selected hire car in Brussels is the Volkswagen Up, with the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Brussels are the mini and economy car categories.
9 seater car hire is available in Brussels upon request. You can find your van with Orbit Car Hire and Europcar. With the fuel-efficient Renault Traffic available for up to 9 people with large luggage space.
Premium car hire is available by request in Brussels. You can rent a premium car like the Mercedes C-Class with Orbit Car Hire and Europcar today.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Brussels
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Brussels. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Belgium.
- Brussels - Antwerp (45km, approx 1-hour drive)
- Brussels - Charleroi (61km, approx 1-hour drive)
- Brussels - Liege (100km, approx 1.5-hour drive)
Popular day trips from Brussels
Bruges is 120 km from Brussels and therefore easy to reach by car. The whole route (120 km) takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes and during the drive, you will see the landscapes of Flanders: small hills and roads along rivers. Bruges is located in the clay plain of Valonia with many water reservoirs that were used by local farmers in the past.
One of the most famous symbols of the city is the Belfort or Gildehuys Tower, built in the 13th century for defensive purposes. It is 75 m high and was one of the tallest buildings in Europe at the time. Today, inside it there are houses, restaurants and small cafés; each floor has its style - from Gothic to Baroque.
The Duke's Canal is another symbol of this city. In the past, this canal was used as a transport route, but today it is a nice place for walking and touring - there are many small cafes nearby where you can have a drink or snacks. It also looks fantastic at night when all the cafes are lit up and you can feel the true magic of Bruges as you walk through this historic part of the city.
Bruges has many museums - the Groeninge Museum shows paintings from the Middle Ages to the 19th century; the Memling Museum is famous for its collection of medieval works by Hans Memling, who lived and worked here in the 15th century; the Gruuthuse Museum shows us history from the 13th to the 19th century.
Bruges is also famous for its chocolate factories where you can buy real Belgian chocolate with different flavours - from banana to strawberry, vanilla or liqueur.
So if you come to this beautiful city in your car, you will have the opportunity to feel its magic during a long drive and visit historical sights! ;)
It's that time of year again when Belgium offers something unique and different from its neighbouring countries. Autumn brings us bright colours everywhere in nature, with the white snow-capped peaks of the Alps in the south, the green valleys in the east and the dark blue oceans on our western coasts. But above all, it showcases our cultural heritage! A few hours' drives from Brussels lies Antwerp, one of Belgium's liveliest cities on the picturesque Scheldt. Due to its rich history and beautiful architecture, which includes both Flemish and French Gothic style buildings, it has been named by many as "The Best City Center".
In the heart of Antwerp is MAS (Museum Aan de Stroom), the new museum for contemporary art. With its striking glass architecture, it offers extensive historical collections as well as modern art exhibitions and activities. Exhibitions include Flemish, Belgian and international artists such as James Ensor, Panamarenko and Erwin Olaf. In addition, many temporary exhibitions ensure you will not be bored here! Especially the "Late Night Museum" on Thursdays from 16:00 to 21:30 with DJ is very popular with locals and visitors. You might even meet one or two celebrities who like to visit the city!
What to see in Brussels
Many institutions of the European Union have their headquarters in Brussels, such as the Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission. The headquarters of these three institutions are located in different parts of Brussels. The European Parliament has 3 buildings: Espace Léopold (European Quarter), Louise Weiss and Altiero Spinelli (Eurométropole).
The best thing to do in a city is to walk around and take pictures of the beautiful architecture. Of course, there are many parks and green spaces in Brussels that are perfect for this activity. The most famous is the Grand Place (surrounded by beautiful buildings), the Parc du Cinquantenaire (with huge trees and flowers) and the Royal Park of Laeken (in front of the castle).
Another way to explore Brussels is to enjoy delicious Belgian food in charming restaurants near old churches or palaces. Yes, if you visit Brussels, you must try typical Belgian dishes like mussels, waffles, frites, etc. The best place to eat them is the Halle market, a huge market where you can find everything from clothes to fresh vegetables and fruits!
Finally, I would like to tell you that there are many interesting museums in Brussels, such as the BOZAR (art centre), the Museum of Musical Instruments and the Magritte Museum, located in one building: La Maison Magritte. These sights might not be anything out of the ordinary for you, but they are great places if you are interested in art and music.
Drive your rental car beyond Brussels
Although Brussels is an amazing city that has so many great things to explore, it can be a great idea to rent a car and explore more of Belgium and even its neighbouring countries. Taking a road trip to visit Antwerp or Bugas is a great idea and will give you even more feeling about what Belgium is all about. Brussels, the capital of Belgium is a bustling metropolis. It's an amazing place that you can easily explore on foot or by taking small drives outside Brussels' city limits where there are beautiful landscapes and meadows with hills in between them all around! When driving past green areas take time out for some relief from your travels because they're refreshing reminders as to why we travel at first glance so many places across Europe
Enjoy the culture in Brussels
Where to eat, drink, and party in Brussels
If you want a drink, check out the bars around Place St. Gery or Rue des Bouchers. Most are tiled wall to ceiling with old-fashioned mosaics depicting scenes from the area or even further afield. Whether you are getting drunk on absinthe or drinking a beer for €1 a pop, the bars are an experience in themselves.
As for the food, the meatballs are a must! If you are not squeamish, it's worth it to have them served in their natural state without cutlery. And then there's the chocolate. Since 1884, Brussels has been home to Willie, one of the oldest chocolatiers and confectioners in Europe. They have 3 shops in the city, the most interesting being in Place Rouppe where you can watch the chocolate being made.
What you need to know about renting a car
How do you make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?
You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you must choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick the vehicle you want from the list. After filling out the personal information form, there is a step where you choose the payment method and fill in your credit card information. Finally, you can print out your voucher needed at pick-up time.
What are the charges for security deposits?
Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher.
What if I would like to change my booking?
How do I cancel my booking?
You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:
- Phone:+44 20 8089 0089
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
When do I pay for the rental car?
You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency.
What is included in the price?
Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.
Are there any hidden fees?
There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in the case of:
- Out-of-hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle outside of office hours),
- One-way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
- The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
- Young/senior driver fee (the car hire company sets this condition and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
- Excess and deposit amount (before hiring, you need to ensure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked, which usually equals the excess amount or higher).
We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.
What is a voucher, and why do I need it?
A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price, and the payment of your booking. Having your voucher with you at the time of pick-up is mandatory. If you do not have the voucher at the pickup, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or change the rental price.
What is an airport or premium location fee?
A Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.
What is Premium Coverage, and how does it work?
Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire that, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover refunds you if the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. You can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us for more information.
How do I find cheap car hire online?
Prices vary frequently. Booking a car 3 to 8 weeks before your desired pick-up date is best - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire.
How many countries do you compare to?
We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, and Germany.
What currency should I use to pay for the car?
You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire, you will pay the remaining balance in the currency of the pickup country.
Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?
You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal.
What is the cheapest car to rent?
The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda.
Can I add a driver to my booking?
You can always add a driver to your booking when finding your car hire deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add a driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle.
What payment methods are accepted?
You can pay with a debit and credit card when booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa.
Can I drop off my car at a different location?
Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage, you can press "Yes" to "Different drop-off location" and see all the best deals for one-way car hire.
How can I add a flight number to my booking?
You can add a flight number on our webpage when booking. If you already have a booking, email us at email@example.com, and our customer service will add your flight number to the booking.
Do I have to pay for toll roads?
If you drive where toll roads are required, you are responsible for paying for the toll roads on which you drive the rental vehicle.
What does deductible mean?
If a rental car is damaged or even stolen while on rent, there will be a limit to how much the renter has to pay to repair or fix it. Excess (also known as deductible) is a name for the amount that has to be paid. This excess is different between countries and car rental companies in each country. Depending on the car rental company, this can include fire, vandalism, theft, or loss of use while the car is being repaired. You can read more about deductibles right here.
What is a Collision Damage Waiver?
Collision Damage Waiver, or CDW, is a basic car rental insurance offered to renters by a car company. CDW limits your financial liability in case of damages to the body of the hired vehicle with an excess. The driver is responsible for paying for the excess, but the car rental company waives the rest of the cost. This excess can be different between rent a car company.
What is Theft Protection?
Theft Protection is a car rental insurance that car rental companies offer. It protects the renter up to a certain amount from the risk of stealing the rental car or somebody trying to steal it. An excess, also known as a deductible, comes with each Theft Protection. This excess is the limit to what the renter would have to pay if the car is stolen or if somebody tries to steal it.
Which brands can I compare with Orbit?
With Orbit Car Hire, you can compare car hire with all the major car rentals like Europcar, Enterprise, Alamo, Sixt and Budget. You can also compare over 100 local companies from all over the world.