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Dollar Car Rental in Charleroi

Are you ready to uncover the hidden charms of Belgium? Charleroi, known as the "Steel City," offers a unique blend of industrial heritage, modern art, and a welcoming atmosphere. The city is nestled in the picturesque Sambre valley, in south-west Belgium, not far from France. With car rental in Belgium, you can discover the medieval charm of Dinant and explore its imposing Citadel. You could also escape to the Lacs de l'Eau d'Heure (Lakes of the Water Hour), the largest lake complex in Belgium. Enjoy hiking, biking, water sports, or simply relaxing amidst beautiful scenery.

With car hire in Charleroi, you can embark on your adventure at an affordable price. Choose from Dollar Car Rental’s diverse fleet of fuel-efficient and eco-friendly vehicles, including hybrids and electric options. With Dollar car rental in Charleroi, you are in control. In a post-pandemic world, a car rental in Belgium may be the best way to explore this stunning country, free of anxiety.

You may park your rental car at multiple convenient locations in Charleroi:

  • Parkwall has a huge parking just outside the airport, within a kilometre of its perimeter. They are open from 4 am to midnight and offer full-day parking for 35 euros. The address is Avenue Jean Mermoz 11 6041 Gosselies.
  • Rive Gauche car park is located at Bd Joseph Tirou 20, 6000 Charleroi. It’s a 24-hour free parking area and is completely automated without the need for tokens. The scanners read the licence plate for a faster and smoother experience for your car hire in Charleroi.

If you are driving a car hire in Charleroi that is eco-friendly and anxious about charging, there’s nothing to worry – the city is interspersed with charging stations. Here are some:

  1. 165, Rue de General de Gaulle
  2. 2 Avenue Jean Mermoz
  3. Parking Q-Park Tirou, at 22 Boulevard Joseph Tirou

It is very important to keep speed limits in mind while cruising along in your car rental in Charleroi

  • City Centre: 30 km/h (18 mph)
  • Residential Areas: 50 km/h (31 mph)
  • City Periphery: 70 km/h (43 mph)
  • Motorways: 120 km/h (75 mph) on roads with a minimum of two two-lane roadways separated by a median

  • A54/E42 Motorway: This motorway connects Charleroi with Brussels and Mons to the west, and Liège and Namur to the east, providing easy access to Germany and France.
  • N5 National Road: This is one of most important highways in Belgium, and cuts through Charleroi north to south, linking it to Nivelles and Namur.
  • R3 Ring Road: The ring road bypasses the city centre, easing travel between various districts of Charleroi.

  • Busiest Roads: The A54/E42 motorway and N5 National Road experience the heaviest traffic, especially during rush hour.
  • Peak Times: Expect increased traffic on weekdays during the typical rush hours (7 am-9 am and 4 pm-6 pm).

Ghent is famous for its public squares and marketplaces. It is about 100 km from Charleroi.

  1. Take the A54/E42 towards Mons/Brussels.
  2. Continue on the A8/E40 towards Ghent.
  3. Follow the signs for Ghent and exit at junction 14 (Ghent-West).
  4. Follow directions for Ghent city centre
  • Bois du Cazier: Immerse yourself in the region's industrial past at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the former coal mine and learn about its profound history. Parking is available on-site.
  • Museum of Photography: Discover a world-class collection showcasing the great power of photography from its origins to present times. Located in a tastefully restored former monastery, it's easily accessible from the city centre.  There is free parking at Place Roger Desaise, without a time limit. It is located 50 metres from the Museum and has 75 spots.
  • Eglise De Saint Christopher: This is one of the most important monuments to visit when you are in Charleroi – it’s an 18th-century construction in the Baroque style. You will get free parking at Ashton Park, a little walk away from the cathedral.

  • Boat Tour on the Sambre River: Experience Charleroi from a unique perspective with a scenic boat tour. See the city's industrial landscape and charming riverside spots from the water.
  • Visit a Local Market: Dive into the daily life of Charleroi with a visit to a bustling farmers' market or a vibrant flea market. Sample regional delicacies, find lovely souvenirs, and soak up the lively atmosphere.
  • Day Trip to Nearby Towns: With your car rental in Charleroi, venturing beyond the city is easy. Explore the historic charm of Namur, discover Mons' eclectic arts scene, or bask in the serenity of a picturesque village.
  • Ville 2 Shopping Centre: Find a diverse selection of shops, from popular brands to local boutiques, all within a modern setting. Accessible from the Q-Park Les Géants parking garage.
  • Sunday Market (Place de la Digue): Join locals browsing this popular weekly market for a mix of everything, from antiques and vintage finds to fresh produce and handmade crafts.
  • Concept Stores: Discover Charleroi's creative side in unique concept stores showcasing local designers and artists. Look for these hidden gems in the city centre especially around the Museum of Photography.

For all its hard industry by the day, Charleroi, albeit a relatively small city, acquires a different pace and vibe by night. 

Le Carolopolitan is the perfect bar to unwind – it has got the right ambience, the right music, the right cocktails, and the right prices! 

Chapeu, at Place de la Digue, is another place to relax with chilled beers and the chilled people of the neighbourhood.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which side of the road should I drive on in Belgium?

Driving is on the right side of the road, and overtaking is from the left.

Is there any age criteria for hiring a rental car in Charleroi?

While 18 is the minimum rental age in Belgium, young drivers may face restrictions or additional fees.

Can I use my debit card to rent a car in Charleroi?

Yes, you can use your debit card, but the same debit card as well as a valid credit card in your name must be produced at the Dollar Car Rental office in Belgium when picking up your rental car.

When is rush hour in Charleroi?

Expect the heaviest traffic on weekdays between 7 am-9 am and 4 pm-6 pm.

Do I need chains for winter driving in Charleroi?

Winter chains are generally not required, but do check conditions before travelling in snowy weather.

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FOR RENTALS IN ITALY - from 15th Nov to 15th Apr many cities in specific Italian regions are required by law to restrict rentals to only those vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. To comply with these regulations, Dollar equipped vehicles with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges as Winterisation fee. Hence, for these vehicles there’s NO NEED TO BOOK snow chains as Extra.

IMPORTANT: Please check the rate details of your quotation on the right of this web page to verify if your booking includes Winterisation fee before booking snow chains in Italy.