Want a cheap getaway with friends? Why not drive to Belgium?


Summer is just around the corner, and with the weather as beautiful as it is at the moment, we are all pining for an adventure. If you and your friends are yet to make plans, why not pile into the car and drive over to North Belgium for a few days? Just don’t forget to apply for your EHIC.

With Eurotunnel prices as low as £60 for a return trip for one car, and many cheap hostels across Belgium, it’s the perfect country for an adventure that won’t break the bank, and each place on this list is a short drive away from the next. Just remember your euros, EHIC card, spare clothes and sunglasses!


From Calais, Bruges is only an hour and 20 minutes’ drive away. The characteristic canals are lined with quaint bars and restaurants to stop off at mid-exploring. Why not hire a bike for the day and get lost between the cobbled streets? Bruges still has an antiquated feel about it; it’s a great place to start your Belgian road trip.


Ghent is an undiscovered gem with several cheap and quirky hostels to stay in. You will be spoilt for choice for activities. Take a boat ride down the canals and spot the many areas to later explore by foot. Just make sure you try a Belgian waffle, or five, and a flavoured Belgian beer by the canal.


Antwerp is slightly more commercial than Bruges and Ghent. It is larger, but has lots of smaller streets to explore. There’s even a zoo you can visit if that takes your fancy. The shopping area has the usual high street brands to stock up on, but there are also several areas full of chocolatiers which you must try.


This bustling city is not only the capital of Belgium, but the capital of the EU, so naturally it is a must-see. With several museums and many quarters to wander through, Brussels is not only a political city, but it is full of culture. It is more expensive than the other places, which is to be expected, but there are plenty of cheaper places hiding away for you to find.

Happy road-tripping!

Photo: good morning bruges by Wolfgang Staudt licensed under Creative commons 2