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Post Office Motoring On The Continent Report 2018

Post Office Motoring On The Continent Report 2018

If you are planning a motoring trip to Europe this summer or to hire a car while on holiday, you will have to dig a big deeper in your pocket at the pumps, according to this year’s Motoring on the Continent report by Post Office Travel Money. The rising cost of crude oil has already hit motorists in the UK and the same applies in Europe – although a strengthening in the value of sterling means price rises are generally lower than in the UK.

What is more, prices have fallen significantly in the past five years. In 2013 a combination of higher prices for crude oil and a weak pound mean that holiday motorists were paying up to 19 per cent more at the pumps.

Key findings include:

  • Depending where you will be driving, you could pay up to 16p more a litre for unleaded petrol compared with last summer’s price and up to 21p more for diesel.

    The biggest price rise is France, which is the most popular driving destination!

  • But the cost of unleaded petrol has fallen by 1p a litre in Slovenia and 2p a litre in Croatia, which spells good news if you are planning a touring holiday to the Balkan region. If you are driving in Sweden this year you will benefit from far bigger falls of 14p on a litre of unleaded petrol and 13p on a litre of diesel fuel.

  • Unleaded petrol costs least in Andorra at £1.06 a litre and 93p for diesel.

  • Prices at the pumps are lower in Austria, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Spain, Slovenia and Croatia than in other motoring holiday destinations.

  • Diesel continues to cost less than unleaded petrol in most countries. Only Switzerland and the UK charge more for diesel than for unleaded. In the Netherlands a litre of diesel costs 28p less than unleaded petrol.

Currencies for the destinations included in the Motoring on the Continent report are among 30 available on demand at 1,600 larger Post Office branches, while over 10,000 Post Office branches offer euro over the counter.

Up to 80 currencies can be pre-ordered at over 11,500 Post Office branches or online for next day branch or home delivery.

Best Value for Motoring on the Continent – Unleaded 95 petrol price comparison
# Country Cost
for 1,000 miles
Cost per litre £ +/-
vs 2017
% +/-
vs 2017
1 Andorra £164.17 £1.08 +11p +11.3%
2 Cyprus £167.83 £1.11 +4p +3.7%
3 Austria £168.83 £1.11 +11p +11.0%
4 Slovenia £171.16 £1.13 -1p -0.9%
5 Luxembourg £172.16 £1.14 +10p +9.6%
6 Croatia £177.49 £1.17 -2p -1.7%
7 Spain £179.82 £1.19 +10p +9.2%
8 Sweden £181.82 £1.20 -14p -10.4%
9 Switzerland £188.81 £1.25 +8p +6.8%
10 UK £193.18 £1.28 +12p +10.3%
11 Ireland £198.14 £1.31 +7p +5.6%
12 Germany £200.80 £1.33 +8p +6.4%
13 Belgium £206.79 £1.37 +11p +8.7%
14 France £210.79 £1.39 +16p +13.0%
15 Portugal £223.44 £1.47 +11p +8.1%
16 Italy £228.44 £1.51 +10p +7.1%
17 Greece £230.77 £1.52 +2p +1.3%
18 Denmark £237.43 £1.57 +11p +7.5%
19 Netherlands £239.09 £1.58 +9p +6.0%
20 Norway £243.09 £1.60 +2p +1.3%
Best Value for Motoring on the Continent – Diesel price comparison
# Country Cost
for 1,000 miles
Cost per litre £ +/-
vs 2017
% +/-
vs 2017
1 Andorra £144.52 £0.95 +.12p +14.5%
2 Luxembourg £151.85 £1.00 +12p +13.6%
3 Austria £161.51 £1.07 +15p +16.3%
4 Slovenia £165.17 £1.09 +5p +4.8%
5 Cyprus £168.83 £1.11 +6p +5.7%
6 Spain £169.16 £1.12 +13p +13.1%
7 Croatia £170.16 £1.12 +2p +1.8%
8 Germany £177.82 £1.17 +12p +11.4%
9 Sweden £178.82 £1.18 -13p -9.9%
10 Ireland £184.48 £1.22 +8p +7.0%
11 Switzerland £192.14 £1.27 +6p +5.0%
12 Portugal £195.47 £1.29 +13p +11.2%
13 Netherlands £197.47 £1.30 +14p +12.1%
14 UK £198.03 £1.31 +14p +11.8%
15 France £200.13 £1.32 +21p +18.9%
16 Greece £203.46 £1.34 +15p +12.6%
17 Belgium £206.46 £1.36 +17p +14.3%
18 Denmark £207.13 £1.37 +14p +11.4%
19 Italy £211.46 £1.39 +12p +9.4%
20 Norway £229.44 £1.51 +5p +3.4%

 

Source: Post Office Travel

Money Fuel prices for the Post Office Travel Money Motoring on the Continent report were sourced from fuel-prices-europe.info. Post Office Travel Money surveyed unleaded petrol and diesel prices per litre and calculated the cost of motoring for 1,000 miles (based on 30 miles per gallon/4.55 litres), comparing 2018 prices with 2017. Data for both tables relates to exchange rates on 14 June 2018 and the cost per litre is to the nearest pence.

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Best Value for Motoring on the Continent – Unleaded 95 petrol price comparison Best Value for Motoring on the Continent – Diesel price comparison