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Fuel prices in Europe: the cost of petrol and diesel in Europe. All petrol and diesel prices in Euros at December 20th 2014.

petrol pumpThe last month has seen the price of petrol and diesel in Europe drop everywhere. Prices have generally reduced by about 5%, or approximately 7 cents a litre.

 The relative cost of fuel in different countries has not changed much. Norway holds on to the doubtful honour of having the most expensive petrol in Europe, but diesel prices here and in Italy have fallen faster than in the UK. So the UK now claims to have the most expensive diesel in  Europe. So if you're going abroad this festive season you'll do better to wait until you get to Europe before filling up.

Having said this, remember that there are big variations in the cost of fuel within a country. Our chart shows prices that are not hard to find, but you can often do quite a lot better, especially in supermarkets, and, just like in the UK, fuel is dearest on the motorways.

Ferries from the UK go to France Belgium and Spain and with diesel around 30 cents a litre cheaper in France, 40 cents in Spain and almost 50 cents cheaper in Belgium there are big savings to be made. The difference in petrol prices between the UK and these countries is no so great, at about half that for diesel, but still worth it.

Petrol and diesel prices in The Republic of Ireland are also cheaper than the UK. In the Netherlands, the only other country currently having a ferry connection with the UK, petrol is slightly dearer than here, but you'll still save about 10 euros on a tank of diesel.

If you are planning to visit Luxembourg then you will find some of the lowest fuel prices in Europe. Most former Eastern European countries are inexpensive and Switzerland and Austria are also worth filling up in.

Petrol and Diesel prices in Euros at December 20th 2014
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To make comparisons easier this chart shows all petrol and diesel prices in Euros. But payment must be made in local currency for countries not using Euros. U.K. prices are also in Euros to help you compare.

The chart is updated about once every couple of months. This update December 20th 2014. The data is collected from various sources, some from official government websites, some from fuel companies' sites, some from price comparison sites in the respective countries. and some from our own travels. The prices for petrol and diesel relate to the average. When you first arrive in a country drive for a while before you fill up, so you can get an idea of the prices on offer.

Remember that fuel is usually dearest on motorways and cheapest in supermarkets. Supermarket petrol stations are often closed on Sundays, bank holidays and during the late evening and night, although most have automatic payment pumps.

Nowadays these mostly accept UK credit cards, but not always debit cards or pre-paid currency cards such as CaxtonFX. Keep your tank topped up outside working hours unless on motorways, where fuel is always available.