Bargain prices at EU fuel pumps 24 Jul 2015

Eurotunnel cars boarding

(Photo courtesy of Eurotunnel)

Drivers heading to the continent for their summer holidays will see their fuel bills slashed as the strong pound keeps European pump prices down.

While motorists in the UK are still paying about 117p per litre for petrol (the 4th highest price in the European Union) the fuel is cheaper almost everywhere else across the EU, including tourist destinations like:

  • Austria – 86ppl
  • Spain – 94ppl
  • France – 102ppl
  • Germany – 106ppl
  • Portugal – 112ppl

 

Here in the UK diesel currently sells for about 118p per litre (the highest price in the EU) as compared with:

  • Austria – 74ppl
  • Spain - 83ppl
  • France – 84ppl
  • Germany - 87ppl
  • Portugal – 90ppl

 

This is the full table (data as of 23 July 2015):

Rank

Country

Unleaded Retail Price

 

Rank

Country

Diesel Retail Price

1

Neth'lands

£1.23

 

1

UK

£1.18

2

Italy

£1.21

 

2

Italy

£1.08

3

Denmark

£1.18

 

3

Sweden

£0.97

4

UK

£1.17

 

4

Denmark

£0.96

5

Greece

£1.13

 

5

Finland

£0.96

6

Portugal

£1.12

 

6

Neth'lands

£0.94

7

Finland

£1.11

 

7

Ireland

£0.92

8

Belgium

£1.09

 

8

Cyprus

£0.90

9

Germany

£1.06

 

9

Malta

£0.90

10

Sweden

£1.06

 

10

Portugal

£0.90

11

France

£1.02

 

11

Belgium

£0.87

12

Ireland

£1.01

 

12

Croatia

£0.87

13

Slovakia

£0.99

 

13

Germany

£0.87

14

Croatia

£0.96

 

14

Czech R.

£0.86

15

Malta

£0.95

 

15

Greece

£0.86

16

Slovenia

£0.95

 

16

Romania

£0.86

17

Cyprus

£0.94

 

17

Slovenia

£0.86

18

Spain

£0.94

 

18

Bulgaria

£0.85

19

Romania

£0.94

 

19

Hungary

£0.85

20

Lux'bourg

£0.92

 

20

Slovakia

£0.85

21

Hungary

£0.89

 

21

France

£0.84

22

Austria

£0.86

 

22

Spain

£0.83

23

Czech R.

£0.86

 

23

Latvia

£0.79

24

Latvia

£0.85

 

24

Poland

£0.78

25

Lithuania

£0.85

 

25

Austria

£0.74

26

Bulgaria

£0.84

 

26

Lux'bourg

£0.74

27

Poland

£0.83

 

27

Lithuania

£0.72

28

Estonia

£0.80

 

28

Estonia

£0.71

 

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

“This is a big weekend for trips to the continent with the majority of state schools breaking up over the last few days.

“Assuming UK holidaymakers can get past what seems to be the now routine disruption in and around Calais then they should at least benefit from cheaper fuel as they drive across Europe.

“Diesel is cheaper in in every other EU country and only the Netherlands, Italy and Denmark currently have more expensive petrol than we do.

“Part of the reason for this holiday bonus is the strong pound but it is also down to varying policies on fuel taxation. Before tax the UK actually has competitively priced fuel compared with the rest of Europe. But it is a different story after tax is added. Currently Mr Osborne pockets two-thirds of what drivers here pay at the pumps.”

Contact:

Philip Gomm – Head of External Communications – RAC Foundation

philip.gomm@racfoundation.org | 020 7747 3445 | 07711 776448 | 020 7389 0601 (ISDN)

Notes to Editors:

The RAC Foundation is a transport policy and research organisation that explores the economic, mobility, safety and environmental issues relating to roads and their users. The Foundation publishes independent and authoritative research with which it promotes informed debate and advocates policy in the interest of the responsible motorist.

The RAC Foundation is a registered charity, number 1002705.

Much more fuel related material is available on the RAC Foundation website:

http://www.racfoundation.org/data

The interactive charts on our website are available to embed on third party sites. Embed codes available on request.

This is the link to the Foundation’s weekly fuel fact sheet:

http://www.racfoundation.org/assets/rac_foundation/content/downloadables/RACF_fuel_fact_sheet.pdf

 

 

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