Getting Around Belgium

Traveling by Road:

Belgium features a very extensive road network that allows one to travel to most areas of the country. Traffic drives on the right side of the road and you must be at least 18 years old to drive; 23 years of age to rent a car in Belgium. Speed limits on the highways are posted at 75mph and in built up areas posted at 31mph. Motorways are toll free and will be designated by a white "E" on green signs. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers in the car and children under 12 must ride in the backseat.

Traveling by Rail:

Traveling by train in Belgium is the preferred way to move about this vast country. The national rail company, SNCB, offers 3 different types of train travel. The fastest being the Intercity Rail, followed by regional and local trains. The network covers just about the entire country, reaching towns of just about any size. Seats cannot be booked in advance but tickets can be purchased up to 5 days before departure. Special passes are available if you plan on visiting multiple neighboring countries.

Traveling by Bus:

Belgium does offer an extensive bus network but are a more popular mode of transportation within major cities due to the great coverage of the rail network. There is one exception where traveling by bus is the best option as the rail network does not reach parts of the Ardennes.

Traveling by Boat:

Belgium does offer multiple water transportation options. Regular ferries run between Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K. to Belgium. Local river and canal cruises are a popular ways to experience this country.

Traveling by Taxi:

Taxi service is available in just about all towns throughout Belgium. Make sure the taxi has a meter and take note that the tip is included in the final price on the meter. It is customary to round the tip up to provide a small extra tip to the driver. If you telephone for the service of a taxi note that there will be a small additional pick up charge included in the price.

Belgium Flights
Children (under 11):