posted 4 years ago

Holidaymakers to benefit from cheaper fuel

Tourists from the UK will benefit from cheaper fuel due to the strength of the pound against European currencies

Tourists from the UK will benefit from cheaper fuel due to the strength of the pound against European currencies. Currently tourists could pay up to 8.6 pence less for unleaded fuel in Europe than the same time a year ago and diesel could be as much as 10.4 pence cheaper.

Among the 18 countries surveyed the cheapest fuel was found in Andorra, which draws an estimated 10 million visitors a year to its mountainous terrain nestled between France and Spain. Unleaded petrol in Andorra is approximately £1.13 a litre which is a third less than in Norway where it is £1.67 per litre. Diesel in Andorra is just over £1 per litre which is 27pence cheaper than the UK.

At £1.35 a litre or £205 per 1,000 miles, unleaded petrol in the UK was found to be cheaper than countries including Ireland, France, Germany and Italy, but more expensive than places like Spain, Austria and Luxembourg.

Andrew Brown, Post Office head of travel money, said “motorists should bear petrol prices in mind when planning their routes to help them cut costs. A good tip is to fill up before leaving the UK if travelling to France or Belgium in a petrol car, divert into Luxembourg if travelling south through eastern France or detour into Andorra en route to Spain. If you are driving a diesel car, fill up as soon as you arrive on the continent as it is much cheaper in Europe than in the UK."