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Want to know the best countries in Europe for refuelling? Check out our recent update. You'll be pleased to hear that the UK has finally dropped out of the top four most expensive countries for petrol and diesel, but should you fill up before you get on the ferry or after you arrive? Well that depends on where you're going and whether you use petrol or diesel. More 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.
  • P&O Ferries have a Dover Calais Day-Trip Explorer offer from just £29 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 5 night returns to Amsterdam by 20% and if you're a caravanner you can take it for free on this crossing!
  • 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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We partner with to offer thousands of hotels throughout Europe, ranging from budget overnight stays to 5 star luxury. Search and you'll find what you want with a best price guarantee.

Type in your start point and destination for a detailed route which shows all hotels along the way. Zoom in or use the detailed itinerary below the map to inspect the hotels. Or if you just want a route you can hide the hotels. The itinerary even shows you the cumulative journey time and elapsed distance - very useful and ensures you don't try and drive too far in one day. Try it now

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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