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Car-sharing and car-pooling explained
The sharing economy has given Belgium a number of new mobility options. Cambio, which can be found in cities throughout the country, can be a bargain if you’re not going far; to keep the service for city-based short hops and errands, the time is cheap and the fuel is free – it’s the kilometre count that drives up the price. A typical monthly bill can go from €23 for infrequent users to €200 for those who use it every day. Cambio stations can be found throughout the city and they are often placed at or near public transport interchanges. The Cambio app can help you find and book your ride, and Mobib cards can double as Cambio access cards.
Zen Car offers a fleet of rechargeable electric cars in Brussels. Other companies offering car-sharing include DriveNow, Ubeeqo and Zipcar. Scooty offers shared electric mopeds.
Carpool, run by Taxistop, is a nationwide database of drivers and passengers looking to share the price of a ride. It’s ideal for those who want to share their daily commute. Schoolpool is an offshoot aimed at the parents of school kids. There are also plenty of long-distance carpooling options, the best-known being BlaBlaCar and Karzoo.