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Ostend Guide

Car hire Ostend
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Located in the Belgian province of West Flanders along the west coast of Belgium, Ostend is a recreational haven. Situated on the North Sea this city is steeped in history and has a thriving modern culture. Ostend is also regarded as one of the busiest ferry ports in Belgium, and receives regular ferries from the UK.

Explore Ostend

The elevated Albert I Promenade runs the entire length of Ostend's 5km beachfront. Lined with elegant private seaside villas and modern hotels, the Promenade is the heart of Ostend’s thriving tourist culture. During the summer you will find the five beaches of the city crowded with holidaymakers sunbathing and swimming, and during the winter it is an excellent place to sit and enjoy the scenery in peace.

Visit the De Plate Folklore Museum, also referred to as Heemkundig Museum De Plate, which contains a fascinating display of Neolithic and Roman artifacts. Another interesting museum is the Fine Arts Museum, which is called Museum voor Schone Kunsten to the local residents and features paintings by native sons James Ensor, Leon Spilliaert and Jan de Clerck Constant Permeke.

For entertainment, the Kursaal Oostende is Belguim’s largest casino. With all of the most popular games, plus a disco, restaurant and concert hall, the Kursaal makes for a fun night indeed! Another popular attraction is the North Sea Aquarium. This aquarium contains a marvelous display of North Sea Flora and fauna, great for a family day out.

Not far from Ostend, and easily reached by train or car, are some of Belgium’s other wonderful cities such as the medieval wonder of Bruge or the unofficial capital of Europe, the lively Brussels.


The best way to get to Ostend is by car or train via the international airport in Brussels, located just over an hour's drive east of Ostend. From England and the other coastal counties on the North Sea it is possible to take a ferry to Ostend.

Car hire is also available at ferry ports and train stations and should be purchased in advance of travel to secure the best deals.

Frequently asked questions

Is 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). Which car rental companies are compared by at this location
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • Keddy By Europcar

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