UK travellers warned about price in petrol in Europe

Petrol Prices continue to rise

Petrol Prices continue to rise

UK holidaymakers have been warned to expect higher petrol prices in Europe this summer after a Post Office report found they had increased substantially since last summer.

With the price of unleaded fuel increasing all the time in the UK it’s hardly surprising that petrol prices abroad have increased as well, and the Post Office also warned that the falling value of the pound will make prices seem even more expensive.

Luxembourg was the cheapest place to buy petrol in Europe, with the UK actually coming a respectful fourth in the list, a far cry from the days of being one of the most expensive places in Europe to buy fuel.

Spare a thought for drivers in Norway who must stump up 182p a litre of unleaded fuel.

The high levels of both diesel and petrol prices have led to many motoring organisations across the continent calling for an investigation into petrol prices.

The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) represent over 35 million European drivers and have recently sent a letter to the European Union asking for an investigation into the price of fuel in Europe.

In their letter they complained that the way petrol prices were set in Europe was “far from transparent.”

Luxembourg has the cheapest place in Europe to buy petrol for the second year running according to the annual Post Office survey of petrol prices.

Spain followed closely behind charging 130p a litre, followed by Austria selling at 133p and the UK where the average price of unleaded petrol is 136p a litre.

Ireland were sixth in the list selling unleaded petrol at 147p a litre while across the channel in France the average price is 155p a litre, tenth on the list.

Sarah Munto of the Post Office explained, “The high fuel price increases in Europe mean that UK holidaymakers should plan their routes carefully in advance to cut costs.”

“For example, motorists driving through eastern France can save 27p a litre on unleaded petrol or 24p on diesel by detouring into Luxembourg. Similarly motorists can save up to 23p a litre by crossing from Switzerland into Austria.”

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