Lonely Planet Writer

Boost for holidaymakers as motoring fuel prices fall across Europe

British holidaymakers will experience a financial boost driving in Europe this summer thanks to the fall in prices at fuel pumps.

Petrol and diesel prices on the continent have fallen by up to 17% - leading to savings for motorists travelling there this year
Petrol and diesel prices on the continent have fallen by up to 17% – leading to savings for motorists travelling there this year Image by Nick Bramhall / CC BY 2.0

New research by the Post Office say that motorists can expect to make savings of up to 17% over the cost of petrol last year when driving on the continent.

Cars queue to board a ferry in Dover bound for Dunkirk, France, can look forward to cheaper fuel prices there and on the continent in general this summer
Drivers queue to board a ferry in Dover bound for Dunkirk, France, can look forward to cheaper fuel prices there and on the continent in general this summer Image by Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The Daily Telegraph reports that despite the fall in sterling against the euro, the survey showed that fuel prices have been reduced in all 19 countries examined.

Driving in Switzerland will yield the biggest saving as holidaymakers will pay 20p less per litre – a fall of 17%. That is 95p per litre which is very favourable when compared to the British current average of £1.07 per litre.

Switzerland has seen the largest fall in unleaded petrol prices, with holidaymakers paying 20p less per litre, down to 95p per litre, a fall of 17%. The average UK price at the moment is about £1.07, according to the RAC.

Andorra, situated between France and Spain, can boast to charging least for unleaded petrol prices at 82p per litre on the continent.

Motoring in Norway continues to be the dearest destination to fill up your tank with unleaded as it costs £1.32 per litre.

Forty four per cent of Britons say they have driven to the continent on holidays with France being the most popular destination.

Diesel prices are even more favourable for the motorist across Europe, with prices plummeting by double-digit numbers in all but five of the countries surveyed.

That means that most are offering a litre of diesel at less than £1 a litre. In Andorra, it costs just 66p per litre.