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Petrol and diesel prices in Europe January 4th 2021

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

Fuel prices in Europe: the cost of petrol and diesel in Europe. All petrol and diesel prices in Euros at January 4th 2021

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This page was updated on January 4th 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 out last update 6 weeks ago prices have risen very slightly pretty much across the board, but only by a few percent.

We know that driving to Europe is still far from easy, although the recent start of Coronavirus vaccine programmes means that, fingers crossed, it is something we can start thinking about for 2021. Note also that many ferry companies are offering rates and timetables for 2021 often with free cancellation guarantees. Our partner booking.com is also offering free cancellation on thousands of hotels, holiday homes and apartments; often included in the cost, sometimes for a small extra charge per night - always clearly shown.

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Remember that in almost every country our prices are an average for supermarket prices. Just as in the UK you will pay way more if you fill up on a motorway. If France is your destination then fill up in the UK with petrol, but with diesel in France where a 50 litre tank will cost about 4 Euro less than in the UK. Petrol costs about 10 cents less per lire Belgium than in the UK, and the price of diesel in Belgium is lower by about 12 cents. So if you're headed in that direction there are good savings to be made if you wait and fill in Belgium. Belgium is served by P&O Ferries from Hull to Zeebrugge. 

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. Differing taxation policies have also 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. Similar savings can be made if Austria is your destination.

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 Austria are inexpensive if you're heading that way for a winter sports holiday. 

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.

If you are planning to visit Luxembourg, or passing through, then although prices have increased they share with Austria and Poland in being amongst the lowest in Europe. 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 January 4th 2021
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Austria€ 1.12€ 0.99
Belgium€ 1.19€ 1.21
Denmark€ 1.49€ 1.32
France€ 1.33€ 1.25
Germany€ 1.20€ 1.12
Italy€ 1.43€ 1.35
Luxembourg€ 1.13€ 1.00
Netherlands€ 1.38€ 1.33
Norway€ 1.55€ 1.45
Poland€ 1.10€ 0.99
Portugal€ 1.47€ 1.28
Spain€ 1.18€ 1.10
Sweden€ 1.35€ 1.39
Switzerland€ 1.29€ 1.29
UK€ 1.28€ 1.33

ALL PRICES ARE SHOWN IN EUROS

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 are significant price changes. This update January 4th 2020. 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.

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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