Holiday Motorists Face Fuel Price Hike in Europe

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Post Office Travel Money Services advises holiday motorists to be smart with their foreign currency

Post Office Travel Money's new Motoring on the Continent Report has revealed that fuel prices are sky high across Europe - up as much as 24p a litre for unleaded petrol and 30p for diesel compared to 2009 prices. Post Office Travel Money is recommending that UK holidaymakers hopping onto a ferry with their vehicles to Europe to avoid air travel or strike disruption should take extra care to plan and budget their foreign currency in advance to compensate for the price increases.

Post Office Travel Money recommends that UK tourists should check petrol prices ahead of planning their holiday driving route, to ensure they make their foreign currency go further by filling up in countries where petrol or diesel is cheaper.

The Post Office Travel Money report has revealed that UK holiday motorists' topping up the tank will find their foreign currency goes further in Luxembourg, which topped the list for the best deal for petrol in the eurozone. UK holidaymakers' travel money won't go as far if they are driving through the Netherlands, which was revealed to be the most expensive eurozone country when it comes to filling up with fuel.

Sarah Munro, Post Office Head of Travel Money, said: "The clear message to tourists is to check prices before planning their route and fill up in countries where unleaded petrol or diesel is cheaper. Avoid topping up the tank on motorways and instead get fuel at the ferry ports, where it is invariably cheaper, or stop at European supermarkets, where it costs less, too. With sterling on the rise, tourists should also change foreign currency in the UK before they leave to avoid paying more overseas."

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