There are big differences in fuel prices in Europe. While diesel and petrol are expensive in Germany and Scandinavia, drivers can refuel very cheaply in many holiday destinations.
If the fuel gauge in the car lights up, you should visit a gas station as soon as possible. However, depending on the time of day, this can be expensive fun. In addition, local fuel prices are among the highest in Europe. In terms of diesel, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland and Belgium are ahead of Germany, as an evaluation by the ADAC shows (as of May 4, 2023). And according to data from the Touring Club Switzerland, refueling in Switzerland remains more expensive than in this country.
Switzerland is an expensive place for diesel drivers
However, drivers have to dig deepest into their pockets in Switzerland. According to the ADAC, diesel costs 1.98 euros there. It is followed by Finland with 1.98 euros. In Sweden, 1.86 euros are due. In France, a litre of diesel costs 1.72 euros, closely followed by Italy (1.71 euros) and Belgium (1.69 euros). Germany follows with an average price of 1.62 euros.
In some holiday destinations, drivers can refuel more cheaply than in Germany. But not in all of them anymore. © A. Pérez Meca/dpa
But it can also be much cheaper. In the Netherlands and Austria, for example, diesel costs only 1.53 euros. In Poland, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic, drivers pay 1.40 euros. For motorists who live on the border, the trip to Germany's neighbouring countries can therefore be worthwhile. However, if you want to take fuel with you, you should find out in advance what rules apply. The cheapest way to refuel is in Malta. Diesel costs only 1.21 euros in the island state.
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Super cheapest in Bulgaria and Malta
When it comes to gasoline, Denmark is one step ahead. A whopping 1.98 euros costs a liter of Super there. It is followed by France (1.91 euros), Greece (1.88 euros), Switzerland (1.87 euros) and Italy (1.86 euros). For comparison, in Germany, the price for the liter of Super is currently 1.79 euros, according to the ADAC.
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It's a little cheaper to refuel in one of the Germans' favourite holiday destinations: Spain. Here, a liter of Super currently costs an average of 1.62 euros. In Austria, 1.58 euros per liter is due. In Croatia, motorists pay 1.47 euros. In Malta, it is only 1.34 euros. However, the cheapest way to refuel is in Bulgaria, where petrol costs just 1.1 euros, according to the Federal Statistical Office (as of 30 May).
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However, the ADAC emphasizes that the database of the countries is very different and that there can be major delays in price reporting. "The prices shown are therefore to be understood as an order of magnitude and not 1:1 comparable with the fuel prices in Germany. In addition, there are sometimes strong regional differences abroad."