BMW filling up at petrol station

Post Office Motoring on the Continent Report

  • More than 1-in-5 holidaymakers plan to drive in Europe this year

  • Cyprus offers holiday motorists the cheapest unleaded fuel at 98p per litre

  • Diesel motorists will find a sub-£1 litre in Luxembourg and Andorra

  • Diesel is cheaper than unleaded petrol in 80% of the countries surveyed

This year’s Travel Money Motoring on the Continent Report reveals that a record 21 per cent of holidaymakers taking trips abroad this year plan to drive their own vehicle or rent one.

In our annual survey of pump prices in 20 European destinations, we found that the cheapest petrol in the EU could be found in Cyprus at 98p per litre, an 11.7 per cent drop on last year’s pump price. Despite the recent fall in sterling’s value, prices are down between 1-3p a litre in five other countries too: Austria (£1.10), Luxembourg (£1.13), Belgium (£1.34), Greece (£1.43) and Italy (£1.50).

In fact, the picture looks pretty positive if you are one of those planning to get behind the wheel on holiday. This is because prices in the other countries surveyed are either on par with 2018 or rises are no greater than 2.5 per cent. The only exceptions are Sweden, where prices have risen the most (£1.39, +15.8%), Croatia (£1.32, +12.8%), Germany (£1.43, +7.5%) and Slovenia (£1.21, +7.1%).

Diesel motorists will fill up for a sub-£1 litre in both Luxembourg (96p) and Andorra (97p). Prices are down 4p a litre at the pumps in Luxembourg but the biggest price falls of 5p are in Austria (£1.02, -4.7%) and Cyprus (£1.06, -4.5%). Diesel prices in most other countries have either fallen, risen marginally or remain on par with 2018. However, pump prices have surged by 18p a litre in Sweden for diesel – a rise of 15.3 per cent.

You are likely to get a better deal if you are driving a diesel car or motorhome. Diesel fuel remains cheaper than unleaded petrol in 80 per cent of the countries surveyed by the Post Office. In the Netherlands you will save 32p because diesel costs £1.30 compared with £1.62 for unleaded. In fact, the only countries where diesel is more expensive than unleaded petrol are Belgium, where you will pay 1p more; the UK, where prices for diesel are 5p higher, Switzerland, where unleaded is 7p cheaper, and Cyprus, where pump prices are 8p higher for diesel.

The petrol prices in France and Spain, the places where most of us will drive, are roughly on par with last year. 46 per cent of those surveyed have driven or will drive a car in France this year, while 39 per cent have done so in Spain. Motorists will find a cheaper fuel price in Spain because unleaded petrol costs £1.19 - 22p less a litre than in France - while diesel costs 18p less - £1.12 in Spain compared with £1.30 in France. Over 1,000 miles of motoring that makes a difference for both fuel types of over £30.

So it's a good idea to do your homework and plan carefully to cut motoring costs!

Motoring on the Continent 2019 infographic

And wherever your road trip takes you on the continent, don't forget to order your Euros from the Post Office, or get yourself a Post Office Travel Money Card for use anywhere in the EU and lots of other global destinations.

Best Value for Motoring on the Continent – Unleaded 95 petrol price comparison
# Country Cost
for 1,000 miles
Cost per litre £ +/-
vs 2018
% +/-
vs 2018
1 Cyprus £148.19 £0.98 -13p -11.7%
2 Andorra £165.17 £1.09 +1p +0.9%
3 Luxembourg £165.17 £1.09 -5p -4.4%
4 Austria £166.17 £1.10 -1p -0.9%
5 Spain £180.82 £1.19 = =
6 Slovenia £183.48 £1.21 +8p +7.1%
7 Swirtzerland £193.47 £1.28 +3p +2.4%
8 UK £193.64 £1.28 = =
9 Belgium £199.80 £1.32 -5p -3.6%
10 Ireland £200.47 £1.32 +1p +0.8%
11 Croatia £200.47 £1.32 +15p +12.8%
12 Sweden £209.12 £1.38 +18p +15.0%
13 France £212.79 £1.41 +2p +1.4%
14 Germany £216.78 £1.43 +10p +7.5%
15 Portugal £225.11 £1.49 +2p +1.4%
16 Greece £226.44 £1.49 +2p +1.4%
17 Italy £227.44 £1.50 -1p -0.7%
18 Denmark £238.10 £1.57 = =
19 Netherlands £242.09 £1.60 +2p +1.3%
20 Norway £246.09 £1.62 +2p +1.3%
Best Value for Motoring on the Continent – Diesel price comparison
# Country Cost
for 1,000 miles
Cost per litre £ +/-
vs 2018
% +/-
vs 2018
1 Luxembourg £145.85 £0.96 -4p -4.0%
2 Andorra £147.52 £0.97 +2p +2.1%
3 Austria £154.51 £1.02 -5p -4.7%
4 Cyprus £160.84 £1.06 -5p -4.5%
5 Spain £168.83 £1.12 = =
6 Slovenia £177.49 £1.17 +8p +7.3%
7 Germany £182.48 £1.20 +3p +2.6%
8 Ireland £186.81 £1.23 +1p +0.8%
9 Croatia £191.14 £1.26 +14p +12.5%
10 Netherlands £193.81 £1.28 -2p -1.5%
11 France £196.14 £1.30 -2p -1.5%
12 Portugal £197.80 £1.30 +1p +0.8%
13 Greece £200.47 £1.32 -2p -1.5%
14 UK £201.67 £1.33 +2p +1.8%
15 Switzerland £203.46 £1.34 +7p +5.5%
16 Belgium £204.13 £1.35 -1p -0.7%
17 Denmark £205.46 £1.36 -1p -0.7%
18 Sweden £205.79 £1.36 +18p +15.3%
19 Italy £212.12 £1.40 +1p +0.7%
20 Norway £227.11 £1.50 -1p -0.7%

 

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 2019 prices with 2018 and 2016. Data relates to exchange rates on 14 June 2019 and the cost per litre is to the nearest pence.

 

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