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Petrol and diesel prices in Europe July 17th 2021

Chart showing fuel costs, price of petrol and diesel in euros

Fuel prices in Europe: the cost of petrol and diesel in Europe. All petrol and diesel prices in Euros at July 17th 2021

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This page was updated on July 17th 2021 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. Since the last update prices have been creeping up, and although the rate of increase has been variable it has averaged about 5%. The cost of fuel in Austria has even fallen back a little,

Our price comparison chart enables you to sort by country, and by diesel or petrol price. This is useful if you are crossing borders as you can easily see whether to fill up before leaving your current country or wait until you've crossed the border.

We know that driving to Europe is still far from easy, although the recent successful rollout of Coronavirus vaccines means that it is something we can start planning for. The EU has announced plans to accept tourists from outside the EU who can prove they have had 2 doses of one of the approved vaccines (which include Pizer/BioTech and Oxford/Astrazeneca). We don't know from when this might be, so we can only hope

Note that many ferry companies are offering bookings for 2021 with free cancellation guarantees. Bookings are also being accepted for 2022, but make sure you read the conditions on refunds if things don't go according to plan. Sadly some ferry companies are only offering vouchers to spend in the future in the event your crossing is cancelled.

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If going abroad is a step too far at the moment, have a huge number of hotels, apartments, and self catering accommodation here in the UK. Again, free cancellation is available on many bookings, often right up to the day of travel.

The prices shown below are an average for supermarket prices. Just as in the UK you will pay way more if you fill up on a motorway. Prices for petrol and diesel in Europe fell dramatically at the start of the Covid restrictions but have slowly recovered, but not consistently across countires. Norway has lost its place as the most expensive country to Denmark and Sweden for petrol and to Sweden for diesel. Poland, Spain, and Luxembourg remain inexpensive. Austria has become dearer. Differing taxation policies have made changes erratic, so check our chart carefully if you're moving across countries. If you're heading through Germany to Poland, wait until you arrive and save between 12 and 20 cents per litre although of course you'll pay in Polish Zlotys. Prices in Austria have risen recently and are now middle of the road. Portugal is now at the cheaper end of the market. In the popular tourist destination of Spain diesel is still cheaper than here, so it makes sense to wait to fill up until leaving the ferry in Spain.

Prices in the Netherlands with its ferry services between Harwich and the Hook of Holland and Hull and Rotterdam are now not too different from the UK, although they do vary significantly throughout the country.

Switzerland is much cheaper than Italy, if you're heading that way. In fact fill up before you reach Italy because all the surrounding countries are less expensive.

Petrol and Diesel prices per litre in Euros at July17th 2021
Click the column headings to sort by country or price.

Austria€ 1.25€ 1.18
Belgium€ 1.41€ 1.41
Denmark€ 1.77€ 1.53
France€ 1.60€ 1.45
Germany€ 1.39€ 1.35
Italy€ 1.62€ 1.55
Luxembourg€ 1.35€ 1.22
Netherlands€ 1.49€ 1.46
Norway€ 1.59€ 1.47
Poland€ 1.23€ 1.19
Portugal€ 1.45€ 1.28
Spain€ 1.18€ 1.09
Sweden€ 1.56€ 1.59
Switzerland€ 1.55€ 1.42
UK€ 1.53€ 1.57
Finland€ 1.65€ 1.45


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.

TThe chart is updated about once every couple of months unless there are significant price changes. This update July 17th 2021. 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.

Supermarket petrol stations are mostly closed on Saturday afternoons, Sundays, bank holidays and during the late evening and night, although most have automatic payment pumps. This trend to automatic pumps is spreading across many parts of Europe, and not just in supermarkets. Many supermarkets are now auto pumps only, and service stations are moving this way.

Automatic pumps mostly accept UK Visa and Mastercard 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.

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