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Driving to BelgiumBelgium is a country that is extremely easy to reach by car, even from the United Kingdom.
While there are no longer any direct car ferry sailings to Belgium from Dover or Ramsgate, Belgium can be reached from London even faster by taking the Eurotunnel Shuttle or car ferries from Dover to Calais or Dover to Dunkirk. For information and online booking direct with the ferry companies, see Ferries to France.
From Calais to the historic city of Bruges, a UNESCO world heritage site, it is just over an hour up the (toll-free) French A16 and Belgian A18 motorways. The French motorway network is directly accessible from the ferry and Channel Tunnel terminals.
From Dunkirk, the journey is slightly shorter.
The battlefield areas and memorials around Ypres are only about an hour's drive from Calais.
Brussels is just under two and a half hours' drive from Calais, following the A16 / E40 route passing by Bruges and Ghent.
The only direct car-ferry sailings between Britain and Belgium are those operated by P&O between Hull and Zeebrugge, the ferry port just north of Bruges.
Driving in BelgiumKnowing where you're going
Take care when following roadsigns in Belgium; many Belgian towns have two names, depending on which of Belgium's two languages is being used: sometimes both will be indicated, but this is not always the case. In northern Belgium, it is the Flemish name that will be on the signs; in southern Belgium, it is the French name.
A few Belgian cities even have three names - if you count a slightly different name used in English: thus Brussels / Brüssel / Bruxelles, or Antwerp / Antwerpen / Anvers
While there is little confusion over Brussel / Bruxelles, things may be less evident with other pairs, such as Ypres / Ieper, Gand/ Gent, Bruges / Brugge, Louvain / Leuwen, Liège / Luik, Courtrai / Kortrijk, Tournai / Doornik, and others.
Fuel prices in BelgiumAs of January 2014, fuel prices in Belgium are about the same as in France, a bit cheaper than in Germany. Compared to the UK, unleaded is about 8% cheaper in Belgium, and diesel about 10% cheaper.