Mechelen Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Mechelen

Brussels Airport is situated 14.2 km south of Mechelen, providing the main airport for both the city and the surrounding region. An Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch can be found at Brussels Airport, with car rental reservations available. Mechelen is also served by train with inter-city services to Antwerp, Brussels, Amsterdam and Leuven. Belgium's road system provides one of the most convenient means of exploring the region with a rental car in Mechelen.

What to do and see in Mechelen

Mechelen has a rich cultural calendar with religious festivities, theater performances and more. The Carillon Festival in April is one of the most unique. It's an annual festival that celebrates the carillon, a rare bell percussion instrument that symbolizes the city. The Flanders Festival is another local specialty during the April/May period that's dedicated to Flemish traditions with local artisans and performances.

Mechelen is a sports city with two professional Belgian soccer clubs that are over 100 years old and a handful of amateur teams, too. K. R. C. Mechelen is based in Oscar Vankesbeeckstadion and plays in the Belgian Division 3. K. V. Mechelen plays at AFAS-stadion Achter de Kazerne and competes in the Belgian First Division A. Other local sports of note include rugby, ice hockey and canoeing.

Mechelen is a postcard-perfect city with a scenic downtown packed with landmarks. These include the Brusselpoort, a medieval town gate, and Saint Rumbold's, a 13th-century cathedral with one of Belgium's tallest church towers. Discover impressive Flemish artworks at the Museum Hof van Busleyden or take unique narrated tours of paintings at Het Kunstuur Mechelen.

Mechelen is a foodie hot spot with a wide variety of restaurants spanning Italian classics to Flemish favorites. The city also has an impressive brewing heritage with beers like Het Anker founded here in the 15th century. The city's stand-out restaurant is the Michelin-awarded Tinèlle, known for its French pedigree. There are also plenty of cozy cafés, like Noen and Beans, for midday pick-me-ups.

Mechelen has a vibrant shopping scene with local boutiques, open markets and shopping malls. The city's main shopping street, de Bruul, offers a blend of international and Belgian fashion and home stores. More independent retailers can be found on Sint-Katelijnestraat. Weekly markets take place on Saturday with produce and stalls in the downtown area.

Families traveling with kids will find much to do in and around Mechelen. The Speelgoedmuseum is located just outside the central beltway and hosts a wealth of vintage toys. For scenic picnics and walks, Vrijbroekpark offers quiet lakes and rose gardens to wander through. On the outskirts of the city, you'll find Technopolis, a hands-on science museum that's great fun for children. There's also a large zoo, Planckendael, with enclosures spanning five continents. Discover the best of the region with a convenient rental car or van in Mechelen.

Driving in Mechelen

Mechelen is an easy city to navigate to and from, with a few restrictions within its downtown area. A beltway (R12) provides access to the E19 freeway and a network of national roads for convenient travel in the region.

Mechelen's main freeway access is via the E19 (consisting of the A1). This route spans the length of Belgium from Antwerp and Mons, crossing into the Netherlands in the north and France in the south. Exits for Mechelen are most convenient via the B101/N1 (exit 9) or N16 (exit 10), which merge directly with Mechelen's beltway.

The very center of the city does not allow motorized traffic from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Therefore, parking is recommended upon accessing Mechelen via the R12 to avoid entering restricted or otherwise narrow zones. Plenty of parking lots are found in this vicinity with posted paths into downtown. Visitors can also park at Douaneplein for a free shuttle bus to the downtown area.

Drivers should note that in Belgium, cars are driven on the right side of the road, and it is prohibited to pass cyclists or moped riders with less than one meter of distance. Some other quirks of Belgium include the widely adopted habit of zipper merging in slow-moving traffic caused by lane closures. Only merge into the other lane when it begins to close, and not before. It may seem counterintuitive, but if you wait a few seconds, you'll be let into the adjacent lane, and traffic will flow more smoothly.

Mechelen limits the number of cars downtown, where cycling is promoted. As a result, congestion is more likely on exits along the beltway and national roads. Rush hour is typically from 7:30 am to 9:00 am and from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Try to avoid driving in and around the city and its beltway during these times.

The national average speed limit for urban areas in Belgium is 50 km/h, while freeways allow speeds of up to 120 km/h. However, there are plenty of areas in Mechelen where speeds are as low as 20 km/h. Pedestrian areas, especially around schools, have posted speeds of 30 km/h, even when schools are closed. There are active cameras, both static and mobile, within the Mechelen area. If you're caught speeding in excess of 40 km/h, you can be fined an eye-watering amount on the spot. Visitors must obey posted speed limits at all times, and violations are swiftly fined.

Car and van rental in Belgium with Enterprise

Enterprise Belgium offers a range of car and van rental services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle rental. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

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Car rental in Mechelen

If you are traveling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van rental in Mechelen

Should you need to rent a van while you’re in Mechelen, all our vans can be driven on a standard license and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your rental van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.