At less than seven miles from the centre of the Belgian capital, Brussels Airport is conveniently situated. It offers flights to destinations around Europe and to neighbouring continents. Car hire in Brussels Airport can be used to explore Belgium's largest city as well as other destinations around the Flemish Region and beyond.
Who to Book With
The desks of four car hire companies can be found in the Arrivals hall of the main terminal of Brussels Airport. Europcar, Hertz, Avis and Sixt are open from 06:30 until 23:30. Vehicles are collected from a dedicated car rental car park near Front Park 1.
Need to Know Essentials
You will need to show the following documents at vehicle collection:
- Full driver’s licence
- The credit or debit card used to make the reservation
- UK passport to confirm ID
- A print-out of confirmation of booking
For more info read our FAQ's.
Belgium boasts well-developed toll-free motorways that connect cities; however, roads around Wallonia are lesser maintained than those in other parts of the country. Although road signs are in the local languages (Dutch, French and German), English signage is provided in Brussels. Drivers are advised that traffic from the right gets priority on roundabouts. A reflective jacket and a warning triangle must be carried at all times. On-the-spot fines for traffic violations are common.
See our guide to Belgium for more information on driving here.
Brussels Airport is easy to reach from the city centre providing drivers follow the ring road for around seven miles. Other transport options include buses, trains, taxis and hotel shuttles. Cycling to the main terminal from the city is an alternative option which isn’t provided by most other airports around the world.
Trains can be caught from the basement of the main terminal. There are currently four trains per hour that connect Brussels Airport to the Central, North and Midi stations in the city centre. As well as these services, there are direct Belgian Railways services to other destinations around the rest of the country, such as Antwerp and Ghent.
Metered taxis are available from directly outside the main terminal and from in front of the main terminal. Official, licensed taxis possess a blue-and-yellow emblem and are most likely supplied by Taxi Hendriks.
Brussels Airport to Brussels city centre is about £40
Brussels Airport's bus station is found on Level 0 of the main terminal. De Lijn provides the most services, with an express service to the European quarter serviced by MIVB/STIB, and a typical fare into the city centre costs around £10 per person. AirportExpress services to Antwerp are also offered between 05:00 and midnight on most days.
Brussels Airport's main terminal has 54 gates, from where flights to destinations around Belgium, Europe and other continents leave and arrive on a daily basis. The hub is used as a base by the likes of Brussels Airlines, EVA, Jet Airways, Thomas Cooks Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Jetairfly.
There are over 12,000 parking spaces on site which are categorised into zones, such as Express, Fast Zone, Front Parking, Economy Parking, Holiday Parking, Lock Parking and VIP Premium. Average rates for leaving a vehicle in one of these car parks stand at around £15 per day.
Passengers must pay for Wi-Fi access in Brussels Airport. The service is supplied by companies such as Boingo, Ipass, Quiconnect and Telenet, with rates varying.
Information Services are located in the Arrivals hall.
Help desk: +32 2 753 77 53
The main passenger terminal has elevators, wide doorways and escalators, with these facilities ensuring visiting Brussels Airport is a comfortable experience for those with reduced mobility. Ramps, wheelchairs and other pieces of equipment are also available, although passengers are advised to inform their airline of their needs prior to travel.
Restaurants and Bars
Franchises such as Pizza Hut Express and Starbucks have a presence in Pier A of the main terminal, as do smaller restaurants such as Milestone, Grabandfly and Black Pearls. The Sports Bar and the Belgian Beer Café are popular places for drinks.
Brussels Airlines Lounge
Money and ATMs
There are two ATMs in the Departures hall, two in Arrivals, one on the fourth floor, one in the Baggage Reclaim area, one in Pier A and another in Pier B. Travelex is the main supplier of bureau de change services.
Big names such as Tommy Hilfiger, Hermes and Massimo Dutti have shops in the main terminal. Other fashion outlets exist alongside confectionery companies such as the Chocolate Company and stockers of travel essentials, such as suitcase giant Samsonite.
Frequently asked questions
Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
What do I need to do when picking up a car?
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
Are there any additional costs?
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
What is a worry-free label?
This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.
How can I change or cancel my reservation?
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
When will I get a confirmation of my booking?
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).
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