Here's a little list of tips we've compiled for living on the road in Belgium.
Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French and German. French is spoken in the South and Dutch is spoken in the North, while only a small area in the East speaks German.
Belgium’s official currency is the Euro. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted.
Drinking water is hard to come by for free in Belgium. There are a few fonts scattered around so if you see one be sure to fill up.
‘Drinking water’ in Belgium’s three offical languages:
French: “Eau potable”
Check out our map of water points here.
You can get post delivered to any Belgian Post office (BPost) by addressing it as “Poste restante”. Your post will be held until the end of the next month after delivery (e.g. if your post arrives mid-March it will be held until the end of April), and there is a small charge of 1,66€ upon collection which can also be prepaid by the sender. The address format is as follows:
Street, house number
Post code, town
Belgique / België*
* Depending on whether you are sending your post to a French or Dutch speaking area respectively
The surname must be written first and in capital letters.
Addresses and opening hours for all BPost offices can be found on bpost2.be
Petrol: Super Euro 95 / Super Plus 98 / Ongelood (95 / 98)
LPG: LPG or Autogas
belgique.carbu.com can be used to check local fuel prices in the area which are generally up to date and accurate.
Small public bins are placed around the country, often in car parks. For larger bins and recycling you will need to find a container park; each commune has one, but they can be tricky to find. You can use Belgium’s yellow pages website or alternatively you can download the official app from Fost Plus (Belgium’s national recycling company) for free here.
· Residential areas 12mph (20km/h)
· Built-up areas 31 mph (50 km/h)
· Outside built-up areas 43 mph unless otherwise stated (70 km/h)
· Motorways & dual carriageways with a central reservation 74 mph (120 km/h)
There is a minimum speed on motorways of 43mph (70km/h)
Cycle streets and some built-up areas may have a speed limit of 18mph (30km/h) indicated by a sign at the entrance.
There are no toll roads in Belgium as of 2016, apart from the Llefkenshoek Tunnel which costs 6€.
Belgium roads observe the “Priority to the right” rule. A red and white triangular sign with a black cross in the middle means that you do not have priority. Conversely, a yellow or orange diamond sign with a white border means that you do have priority when approaching a junction (this can also apply for an entire town).
You must give way to pedestrians at pedestrian crossings (unless traffic light controlled).
Compulsory items to carry in your vehicle always:
· Reflective vest
· Warning triangle
· First aid kit
· Fire extinguisher
Wild camping in Belgium - as in many countries - is a legal grey area. As a general rule if you are out of the way, not on private property or in densely populated tourist areas you will be okay to stay in your van overnight. Just look out for signs and restrictions. Police tend to look differently at the situation if you have chairs out and awning up etc., so just keep it discreet and move on regularly and you should be fine.