Europe’s value fuel – where to save costs on car hire

car pump fuelIf you’re jetting off on a European holiday this summer and intend to hire a car and drive a lot, the cost of fuel could see your costs spiral.

That is, of course, unless you go to one of the destinations where fuel costs are far lower than elsewhere.

Post Office Travel Money has assessed the cost for one litre of unleaded petrol across Europe to find where you can get the most value at the petrol pump.

Costs ranged wildly too, from 98 pence per litre up to £1.62 in the most expensive destination. The UK ranked 8th on the list, with an average price of £1.28 per litre.

Low-cost fuel holiday destinations

Cyprus is the cheapest European destination for fuel this summer, as it will cost you 98p per litre of petrol on the Mediterranean island.

You won’t need to spend a fortune in Andorra and Luxembourg either, where it will cost £1.09 per litre, marginally less than in Austria where it will cost £1.10.

Fuel in Spain, Slovenia and Switzerland all costs less than in the UK while filling up your tank in Belgium, Ireland and Croatia will cost you £1.32.

Where will fuel cost you more?

Prices in Scandinavia were among the most costly, at £1.38 per litre in Sweden, £1.57 in Denmark and rising to £1.62 in Norway, the most expensive of any European destination.

The price per litre in France, Germany, Portugal, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands ranged between £1.40 and £1.60

When hiring a car, you should look for a rental company that offers a full-to-full fuel policy for the best value, as this ensures you only pay for the fuel you use.

Those looking to save on fuel could also make small detours when near national borders, such as by crossing from France to Luxembourg, or from Switzerland into Austria.

The study also showed that the majority of nations have seen prices remain stable over the last year, with the biggest savings compared to 2018 available in Cyprus, Luxembourg and Belgium.

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Date Created: 09/07/2019

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