Holidaymakers on self-drive holidays to the Contintent this summer are being warned of the high cost of petrol. The falling value of the pound has also pushed up the cost for UK holidyamakers taking their cars overseas, according to a Post Office report.

The lowest cost of unleaded petrol for UK drivers in the 14 countries surveyed was in Luxembourg at 128p a litre, with the highest in Norway at 182p a litre. It is the second year running that Luxembourg has been named as the cheapest for UK drivers.

This was followed in the list of the cheapest fuel prices by Spain at 130p a litre, Austria at 133p and then the UK at 136p. Ireland and France were sixth and 10th on the list respectively at 147p and 155p a litre.

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

“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.”

Cost of unleaded petrol for UK drivers
Country Price per litre (increase since 2010)

Luxembourg 128p (24p)
Spain 130p (26p)
Austria 133p (24p)
UK 136p (14p)
Switzerland 141p (35p)
Ireland 147p (31p)
Italy 148p (25p)
Sweden 151p (30p)
Germany 155p (29p)
France 155p (32p)
Denmark 160p (28p)
Belgium 162p (31p)
Netherlands 166p (26p)
Norway 182p (34p)