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Brussels is an historic city with a selection of fascinating museums to visit, including the Musée du Cinquantenaire, featuring interesting historical artefacts from various eras and parts of the world, and the Musée des Sciences Naturelles, where you can see a family of fossilised iguanodons that was found in a coalmine after being covered by a mudslide and preserved. If you rent a car in Brussels, you'll also be able to enjoy a wealth of charming cafés and classic architecture that can be found around the city.
You can get to Brussels by flying into Brussels Airport, which is less than half an hour's drive from the city centre. Leuven is under 40 minutes away in a Brussels rental car. If you're into modern art, you'll enjoy a visit to M - Museum Leuven. Or if nature is more your thing, you might prefer to visit Kruidtuin, a botanical garden that showcases a range of indigenous and tropical plants.
Antwerp, around 55 minutes' drive from Brussels, is home to several museums that are as interesting for the buildings that house them as their contents. A Brussels hire car will allow you to take in the Plantin-Moretus Museum of printing, located in a 16th century house, and the Museum aan de Stroom, where you can learn about Antwerp's history in the setting of a building with ultra-modern design features. For a more active family day trip, Wavre is just under 40 minutes from Brussels, offering amusement and adventure parks including the Aqualibi water park and Walibi Belgium, where you can enjoy a selection of theme park rides.
Be aware that parking your Brussels rental car can be challenging at times, because on-street parking is limited and mainly reserved for residents. There are some car parks in the city centre that you can use though, and there are plenty of hotels that offer parking. You can rent a car from Brussels Airport or a selection of locations in the city centre.
If you want to rent a car in Brussels, the following companies are available:
Ghent is just under an hour's drive when you hire a car in Brussels. If you're a fan of architecture, Ghent offers a number of stunning churches and castles to feast your eyes on. The pick of the bunch is probably Gravensteen, a well-preserved 10th century castle that offers panoramic views of the city.
Drive on the right-hand side of the road in Belgium, and overtake on the left. The speed limit is 75mph on motorways. The driver is responsible for ensuring that everyone in the car is wearing a seatbelt while travelling.
To start organising your trip to Brussels and other parts of Belgium, use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.
The airport serving Brussels is located in Zaventem, just outside of the Brussels-Capital Region (which comprises 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels). Passengers coming into the city via this airport will find it easy to pick up a car here; several agencies operate out of this travel hub, including Europcar and Sixt (you can browse the selection of agencies using the Expedia search tool). From the airport, the centre of Brussels can be reached in around 30 minutes by car.
If you are arriving in the city by train or bus, or you would simply rather pick up a vehicle in the city, rest assured that you’ll find plenty of hire agencies in the centre. Car hire companies such as Europcar, Thrifty and Sixt have branches dotted across the region, with most located in or just outside the City of Brussels. You’ll find a particular concentration of rental agencies next to the Brussels-South train station, which is also referred to as Midi-Zuid or Bruxelles-Midi.
You’ll find that Brussels has a superb public transport system in place. Hiring your own vehicle, though, will you that extra bit of flexibility to explore the city and the surrounding region in a way that suits your interests and budget. Regarding parking, you can make life more straightforward for yourself by booking accommodation that has parking available, or, if not that, you can familiarise yourself with parking on the outskirts instead of searching for a parking space.
It’s also useful to know that the Brussels region is ringed by three major motorways, which offer convenient connections to neighbouring towns and cities. If you have your own rental vehicle, you can head out of the city for day trips to Antwerp (1 hour north), Ghent (1 hour northwest), and Mons (1 hour 20 minutes south).
For many tourists, the historic centre of the City of Brussels is the main attraction. Here you’ll find the cobblestoned Grand Place, the Royal Palace of Brussels, the Magritte Museum, and beautiful Brussels Park.
Naturally, you can make the most of your hire vehicle to tour different areas of the region. There’s the bohemian quarter of Saint-Gilles, famous for its Art Nouveau buildings; affluent Uccle, which boasts plenty of green spaces; and Anderlecht, the home of the successful Belgian football team. Drive north from the centre and you’ll also find a water park, Océade, and Mini-Europe, an amusement park which has recreated European monuments in miniature form. Both attractions are perfect for families travelling with children.
In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £48 in Brussels.
On average, car rentals in Brussels are £49.
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Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.
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Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.
A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.
We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.
When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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