drive alive holidays
Driving holidays in Europe - Plan your self-drive motoring holiday

Fuel prices in Europe: the cost of petrol and diesel in Europe. All petrol and diesel prices in Euros at July 5th 2017

petrol pumpJump to chart

This page was updated on July 5th 2017 and shows the price of petrol and diesel in Europe. We monitor fuel prices across Europe and update this page whenever prices have changed enough to make a worthwhile difference

After a period when petrol and diesel prices rose towards the end of 2016 the trend has since been steady or downward. The biggest change we have noticed is for some countries, including the UK, to lower the price of petrol to bring it more inlikne with diesel prices. This has presumably been as a result of the emissions scandal and the increased awareness of the environmental and health damage from diesel emissions.

Although this page is mainly for UK motorists to find the cheapest countries to fill up in, it is interesting to note that for the first time since we started to offer this service that the UK has dropped out of the top 4 for the most expensive petrol and diesel. It is now 11 th most expensive for petrol and eighth for diesel. The UK is now cheaper than France for petrol although diesel is still about 10 cents a litre cheaper when you leave the ferry in  France

In the popular tourist destination of Spain prices are lower than here, so it makes sense to wait to fill up until leaving the ferry in Spain.

Belgium, served by P&O Ferries from Hull to Zeebrugge, still represents good value. The Netherlands, with its ferry service between Harwich and the Hook of Holland and Hull and Rotterdam, offers savings over the UK only for diesel as petrol is among the most expensive in Europe. Petrol and diesel prices in The Republic of Ireland are cheaper than the UK.

If you are planning to visit Luxembourg, or passing through, then you will find some of the lowest fuel prices in Europe. Most former Eastern European countries are inexpensive and Switzerland (even with recent price increases) and Austria are also worth filling up in.

Petrol and Diesel prices in Euros at July 5th 2017
Click the column headings to sort by country or price.


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 better, especially in supermarkets, and, just like in the UK, fuel is dearest on the motorways.  

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 unless there a significant price changes. This update July 5th 2017. 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 mostly 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.