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Fuel prices in Europe: the cost of petrol and diesel in Europe. All petrol and diesel prices in Euros at May 27th 2016

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Recently prices in the UK have started to rise again so we thought it was time to check out the rest of Europe. With a few exceptions prices are on the rise everywhere.  So far the rises have been modest.

As we write France is being hit by some shortages of petrol and diesel due to strike action. For the latest on this see our page about driving in France. Because prices are lower it usually makes sense to wait to fill up until leaving the ferry in France or Spain, but this advice should be ignored for France while the disputes continue. Fill up before you leave the UK and top up in France when you can.

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. 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 May 27th 2016
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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. This update May 27th 2016. 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.