Belgium - Traveling
Diplomatic representations: All Belgium embassies abroad
Organizing your trip
Means of transport recommended in town
Taxis are to be found near railway stations, or you can phone them or hail them in the street. They are quite expensive. There is a standard charge before you even start driving, then a specific rate per kilometer.
Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country
The high-speed train network will comprise a total of 300 km of line, half of which will be newly converted to take speeds of up to 300 km/h.
There are no scheduled domestic flights in Belgium.
|Name||Type||Domestic flights||International flights|
|Brussels Airlines||Major/low cost||No||Yes|
Traveling by yourself
Most of the motorways are part of European routes. They facilitate access to neighboring countries and generally make it possible to travel easily from one town to another or to cross a region.
The toll-free highways are generally lit at night. Car insurance is compulsory. Road signs are written in Dutch in the Flemish part of the country and in French in the Walloon region. Be careful of the right of way. Trucks: be careful of the concentration of trucks in the border zone on Sunday evenings and especially in bad weather conditions, as well as in the hours preceding the time when trucks are not allowed to drive over the weekend in the countries surrounding Belgium (10.00 pm). It is advisable to have some Euros in case you need to pay a fine. If unable to pay immediately, vehicles that are registered abroad may be immobilized.
Different forms of tourism
- In Bruges: the Grand-Place and its Belfry, the canals
- In Ghent: the City hall, the Saint Michel Bridge, Saint Nicolas Church and the Belfry
- In Antwerp: the cathedral, the port.
Main shopping centers are located in Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, Liège, Mechelen, Mons, Namur and Ostend.
Health and safety
Time difference and climate
Belgian cuisine, which is related to the French one, but with some very distinctive touches, offers many dishes worth trying. A well-known specialty are the Belgian chocolates which are sold all over the world.
And then there is the national dish, "French" Fries ("frites"), which, according to legend, were invented in Belgium, not France, and which are supposed to be better here than in any other place in world.
The names given to some beers are pretty imaginative: e.g. Verboden Vrucht (Forbidden Fruit), Judas, Delirium Tremens. Warmly recommended are also Kriek (sweet or sour cherry beer) and, for the Christmas season, Stille Nacht (Silent night).