DRIVING IN BELGIUM
Belgium is perfectly located for a driving holiday from either of our ports in Dunkirk or Calais, as well as our Amsterdam port too.
Once you’re in Belgium you’ll find driving an absolute breeze, as the country has an excellent toll-free motorway network, as well as very well-maintained A roads which provide a more scenic route to your destination.
only issue that you’re likely to encounter comes from the two different languages used in the country, Flemish and French. Although some signs show names in both languages generally in the north they are in Flemish and in the south they’re in French. Many place names are simple to translate, for example Bruges/Brugge but others like Liège/Luik and Ypres/Ieper can be confusing, especially if you’re passing the sign at speed, so it may be worth familiarising yourself with these first.
Belgian Driving Laws
- As in the UK, wearing seatbelts is a legal requirement.
- Drivers must carry a reflective vest
- Every vehicle with 4 wheels must carry a warning triangle
- Whilst not compulsory, it is recommended that you carry a first aid kit
- Children under 1.35m must be seated in a child seat or restraint, or in the rear of a car with a seat belt.
- Built up areas: 31mph or 50km/h
- Outside built up areas: 55mph or 100km/h
- Dual carriageways and motorways: 75mph or 120km/h
- GB sticker, unless the registration plates have the GB logo on them
- Registration and insurance documents
- Headlight converters
- Motorcyclists must wear a crash helmet and use dipped headlights at all times
- All drivers in Belgium must have 3rd party insurance or above
- For a guide to Belgian road signs, download our PDF
- When overtaking a cyclist or moped rider there should be a distance of least 1m between them and the overtaking vehicle.
- If the carriageway is too narrow, then the driver may use the side of the path provided that pedestrians are not put in any danger.
If you’re looking to take a driving holiday to Belgium, then why not check out our Great Journeys pages, with recommendations of touring routes you can discover and explore for yourself.
- Benelux Tour: Explore Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg all in one with this fascinating route, taking in cultural and tourist hotspots of all 3 countries.
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