drive alive holidays

Petrol and diesel prices in Europe

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 October 10th 2018

petrol pumpJump to chart

This page was updated on October 10th 2018 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

When we updated this page in August prices for petrol and diesel in Europe had been fairly steady for weeks. Since then, price movements have been somewhat erratic, although sadly the general trend has been upwards.

There have been some odd exceptions, with Danish fuel prices falling by an average of 12%. As usual, the countries of Eastern Europe offer the lowest prices, although unless you're heading that way that's not very helpful. Portugal has become one of the top 3 for the price of petrol, although in the bottom 5 for diesel.

The price difference between France and the UK is now small, with petrol a little cheaper in the UK and diesel a few cents cheaper in France. Remember that as in almost every country our prices are an average for supermarket prices. You will pay way more if you fill up on a motorway.

In the popular tourist destination of Spain prices are lower than here, especially for diesel, 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 although prices have increased they are still competetive. Switzerland has raised prices for petrol and diesel by almost 10%, but it's still cheaper than Italy, if you're heading that way. By contrast Austria is worth filling up in.

Petrol and Diesel prices in Euros at October 10th 2018
Click the column headings to sort by country or price.

Austria€ 1.30€ 1.29
Belgium€ 1.40€ 1.40
Czech Rep€ 1.30€ 1.30
Denmark€ 1.47€ 1.34
France€ 1.50€ 1.49
Germany€ 1.50€ 1.35
Hungary€ 1.25€ 1.34
Ireland€ 1.45€ 1.36
Italy€ 1.65€ 1.59
Latvia€ 1.30€ 1.25
Luxembourg€ 1.27€ 1.27
Netherlands€ 1.64€ 1.36
Norway€ 1.80€ 1.70
Poland€ 1.20€ 1.21
Portugal€ 1.65€ 1.52
Slovakia€ 1.43€ 1.33
Slovenia€ 1.38€ 1.34
Spain€ 1.35€ 1.30
Sweden€ 1.44€ 1.49
Switzerland€ 1.49€ 1.58
UK€ 1.47€ 1.52


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 October 10th 2018. 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 just like in the UK 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.