It is often cheaper to refuel on holiday abroad
Whe goes abroad during the Pentecost holidays or on the long weekend, but often can’t fill up cheaper there. Both for diesel and for premium petrol of the E5 variety, the prices in five of Germany’s nine neighboring countries are cheaper, according to data from the EU Commission and the Swiss traffic club TCS. The price differences are sometimes high: Depending on the country and the fuel, you can save up to 20 euros on a full tank if you fill up on the cheaper side of the border.
According to data from the EU Commission, Poland and the Czech Republic currently have the lowest fuel prices among Germany’s neighboring countries. On Monday – more recent figures are not available – a liter of Super in Poland was on average 39 cents cheaper than in Germany, diesel around 22 cents. In the Czech Republic, a liter of Super was 29 cents cheaper, and a liter of diesel was 25 cents cheaper.
Savings can also be made in Austria, where super is 28 cents cheaper and diesel is 9 cents cheaper. The same applies in Luxembourg, where Super 29 and Diesel cost 19 cents. If you go to Belgium, you can save 14 cents per liter on premium petrol. Diesel, on the other hand, is 8 cents more expensive. In the Netherlands it’s the other way around: Super is 3 cents more expensive here, diesel 8 cents cheaper.
But it’s not cheaper everywhere
On the other hand, vacationers who want to save should fill up before the border if they go to France, where super is 2 cents more expensive and diesel is 8 cents more expensive. In Denmark, Super 8 and Diesel cost 3 cents more than in Germany. Switzerland is also more expensive: if you compare current TCS data with that of the EU Commission, the difference for premium petrol is rather small at a good 5 cents, but diesel is around 40 cents more per liter across the border.
If you look at other holiday countries that are often traveled to by car, there are also savings opportunities: In Slovenia, Super is 42 cents cheaper, and diesel is 17 cents cheaper. In Croatia it is even 47 and 21 cents. If you drive to Spain, you can refuel there for 26 or 17 cents cheaper. Italy, on the other hand, is slightly more expensive than Germany, at 2 cents for Super and 7 cents for Diesel.
The price differences refer to country averages and do not necessarily arise directly when crossing the border. There are often equalization effects near the border, as well as fluctuations in prices from day to day, by region, brand and time.