• More than 1-in-5 holidaymakers planned to drive in Europe

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

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

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

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!

And wherever your road trip takes you on the continent, don't forget your travel money.

Best value 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%

 

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%