From modern Brussels to medieval Bruges, Belgium is famous for its characterful towns and cities. Its gentle countryside is less well known, but offers good hiking and cycling, with the forests of the Ardennes in the south and a wild, dune-backed coastline to the north. Visitors also come for the cuisine, which includes the ubiquitous moules frites and hearty meat stews flavoured with distinctive local beers. Whatever you’re planning to do here, let Luggage Mule ship your luggage to Belgium for a generous weight allowance and a stress-free journey.
Customs: Due to Belgium’s place within the EU, travel between other EU countries is fairly easy. However, meat products not originating from EU member states are forbidden, as is the transport of pets. Check the Belgian Customs website for full details.
Price: One way shipping from £27.49!
Shipping times: 3 working days
Flights: Flights to Belgium usually take about one hour. Nearly all international airlines provide a service to Belgium but flights from the Australasia and Pacific region usually involve at least one change. Major gateways include Brussels, Liège, and Ostend.
Currency: Euro (€)
Language: Dutch and French
Power: 230V, 50Hz
Visas: Holders of British Citizen passports or any other EU state citizens are not required to have a visa to travel to Belgium. Other nationalities however may need a Schengen visa. To check the visa requirements of your country visit Schengen Visa Information website.
Time difference: Central European Time, GMT+1.
Packing for Belgium
It may not be a famous beach destination, but Belgium still gets hot, and because it’s a flat country there’s relatively little shade outside the cities and southern forests. If you’re coming in summer, pack suncream, sunglasses and a hat, as well as some long-sleeved shirts to keep those arms covered. Be prepared for rainfall and cold weather outside of high season, with waterproofs and fleeces. And don’t forget your walking boots if you plan to explore the countryside.
Ship your bike to Belgium
Home to two of the world’s most famous road races, the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Belgium is one of Europe’s leading cycling nations. If you want to tackle some of the stages of the Ronde, Luggage Mule can ship your bike and cycle gear to the nearby city of Ghent, just a short distance from the famous cobbled street trails of Kluisbergen. For those seeking a longer challenge, a 130km circular ride starting and ending in Ghent takes in the charming towns of Deinze, Waregem, and Geraardsbergen.
Alternatively, ship your bike to Belgium’s Wallonia region and explore the Réseau Autonome de Voies Lentes (RAVeL) pathways, a purpose built network of trails for cyclists, walkers and equestrians. Highlights include the popular Route Two, which heads to the north through Mariembourg to Hoegaarden.
Ship your golfing gear to Belgium
Most of Belgium’s best golf can be found around the city of Brussels, with some of Europe’s oldest courses all within a short drive of the EU capital. The highlight is the Royal Golf Course of Belgium in Tervuren, founded in 1906 by King Leopold II. Other courses include those at Chateau de la Tournette Golf Club, Golf Club d’ Hulencourt, and Kampenhout Golf Club. Luggage Mule can ship your golf clubs to Belgium securely and at reasonable rates, saving you hassle at the airport and allowing you to play with your own kit.
What to ship home from Belgium
Belgium produces some of the best beers in the world. Household names such as Leffe and Hoegaarden are just the tip of the iceberg: look out for the wild beers of Cantillon in Brussels and Trappist such as Chimay, Orval, and Rochefort. If you’re touring beer regions or visiting breweries, Luggage Mule’s generous 30kg allowance gives you plenty of room to buy a few bottles to take home. Still got room in your case? Other popular food items to bring home from Belgium include traditional mustard, artisan chocolates and wild boar sausages, and fashion fans will find some great shopping in the centre of Brussels.