Located just 25 minutes from the centre of the city of Brussels, Brussels Airport (BRU) is your gateway to this stunning part of Belgium. The capital of the country, combines history with modern developments to create a unique feel. It is also a great place to enjoy cafe culture and explore with your hire car.
You'll find a good range of car hire providers at Brussels Airport, ensuring there is a great mix of vehicle types. It is easier to find the right vehicle for your needs at a price that suits your budget when you compare car hire deals at Brussels Airport with our site. Not only do we show you all the cars available, we also provide 24/7 customer support.
Most of the car hire companies have desks in the arrivals hall of Brussels Airport, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding the provider you booked with. The majority of companies also provide pick-up at the airport. However, a few companies provide free shuttle buses to the off-site offices, so it is worth checking this before you book.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
As soon as you have collected your hire car, you're able to follow the E40 into the centre of Brussels or head further afield. The freedom of having a hire car ensures you can do whatever you want during your stay. With fantastic museums, beautiful historic sites, plenty of shops and restaurants and fun days out for the whole family, there is a lot to choose from.
Around 20 minutes from Brussels Airport is the iconic Atomium. The unusual science museum is house in a unique and rather strange building that is just as interesting as the exhibits it contains. Even if you go only to take photos outside, it is worth the trip.
Not much further away is Coudenberg, the former palace of Brussels. Here you can enjoy tours, learning about the history of the palace and get involved with hands-on activities.
A little over an hour away via the E40 is the city of Bruges, which is one of the most stunning places in Europe. With its beautiful network of canals and ornate Medieval buildings, simply walking around this city is a great day out. To really see as much of Bruges as you can, climb the 366 steps of the 13th-century Belfort to take in the fantastic view from the top.
You'll find cafes dotted throughout the city, which are great for coffee, light bites and people watching. These all have warm and welcoming atmospheres that you're sure to love.
You'll also find a great range of restaurants, most of which will serve the meals that Brussels is famous for, including moules frites and moules a la mariniere, which are usually dished up in hearty portions.
For a bit of history, you can't miss the Musee du Cinquantenaire, which is home to a range of exhibitions. Even the areas that house the exhibitions are beautiful and worth exploring. Alternatively, learn all about Brussels' lace-making past at the Musee du Costume et de la Dentelle.
There is no shortage of historical sites in Brussels, giving you many chances for a spot of sightseeing. One of the most imposing locations, as well as the most beautiful, is St-Gilles Town Hall. Inside and outside are simply stunning, giving you plenty of fantastic photo opportunities.