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CHEAP PETROL AND DIESEL, AIR QUALITY AND EMISSION ZONES PLUS SOME GREAT FERRY OFFERS


FUEL CHEAPER IN THE UK THAN IN FRANCE!

it has been many years since we have been able to write that but, yes, petrol and diesel are now cheaper in the UK than in France. So our advice to fill up when you get to France no longer applies. With petrol about 20 cents a litre cheaper in the UK than in France, that's a worthwhile saving of around £10 if you fill up before you leave the UK. Even diesel is a few cents cheaper here. But in some countries linked to the UK by ferry, Spain for example, fuel is still cheaper abroad. So check out our recent update and see for yourself where savings can be made.


CITY STICKERS FOR AIR QUALITY AND EMISSIONS REMINDER!

You may remember we told you about new air control laws in many German cities and some in France. Both Marseilles and Toulouse have now initiated such schemes on an emergency basis when air quality is poor. Our best advice is if you're going to be driving into any of the larger French cities, including Paris of course, you should apply for an Air Quality Certificate.

More cities in Germany have now introduced schemes as well, so we also recommend applying for their Emission Sticker.

For general information on Low Emission Zones in Europe click here.

Driving in central Paris
? You'll need an Air Quality Certificate.
Driving in Berlin and most German cities? Yes, you'll need an Emission Sticker.

What's this all about? How to apply for the Air Quality certificates and Emission Zone stickers; which vehicles need them; how much do the emission zone stickers for Germany and Air Quality certificates for France cost? Find out more here.
We expect more destinations to introduce similar schemes in the near future - we'll do our best to inform you.

Some great offers to save you money on your holiday.
  • Brittany Ferries If you're heading to France (especially Brittany, the Vendee, Aquitaine, the Dordogne  or really anywhere in Western France) then Brittany Ferries have a variety of offers to tempt you. And don't forget they also sail to Spain!
  • P&O Ferries have a Dover Calais discount of £15 return, or short breaks from £70 return.
  • DFDS Dover to Newhaven, Dover or Dunkirk with discounts for multi-trips and mixed routes and great prices on trips to the Plopsaland Theme Parks near Dunkirk.
  • DFDS Newcastle Amsterdam are discounting their crossings from Newcastle to Amsterdam by £20 each way and if you're a caravanner you can take it for free on this route!
  • Eurocamp: Europe's top camping operator has up to 20% off selected parks during August and up to 30% during September and October when the weather can still be perfect for camping.

To find out which ferry companies go where visit our Ferry Home page.


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If you're taking your car to Europe don't forget you can book en-route hotels, self catering accommodation, camping holidays, ferries and Eurotunnel at the best possible rates by following the "Book" links on the Drive-Alive website.

If you take the train, or fly, why not hire a car on arrival. Our automated car hire software trawls the internet for the best prices, then you book and pay online. Visit our car hire pages to find out more.

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