Discount pushes German prices: refueling is more expensive in most neighboring countries

The Federal Statistical Office is convinced that the fuel discount introduced by the federal government ensures that it is cheaper to fill up at German petrol pumps than in most neighboring countries.

Discount pushes German prices: refueling is more expensive in most neighboring countries

The Federal Statistical Office is convinced that the fuel discount introduced by the federal government ensures that it is cheaper to fill up at German petrol pumps than in most neighboring countries. Diesel and premium petrol are only cheaper in Poland, the Czech Republic and Luxembourg.

Gasoline and diesel were recently cheaper or similarly expensive at German petrol pumps than in most of the direct EU neighboring countries because of the tank discount. On June 20, drivers paid an average daily price of 1.97 euros for a liter of Super E5 and 2.06 euros for a liter of diesel, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Monday. A liter of E5 premium petrol (or Eurosuper 95) was cheaper that day only in Poland (EUR 1.70), the Czech Republic (EUR 1.93) and Luxembourg (EUR 1.94). Diesel was also cheaper in Poland (EUR 1.69), the Czech Republic (EUR 1.93) and Luxembourg (EUR 2.00) than in Germany.

"One reason for the relatively lower prices in Germany is likely to be the temporary reduction in the energy tax on fuel as of June 1st, the so-called tank discount," the statisticians wrote. The rates for petrol were reduced by 29.55 cents per liter and the rates for diesel by 14.04 cents per liter - limited to three months. On May 30, with a view to the neighboring EU countries, super petrol was only more expensive than in Germany at petrol stations in Denmark and the Netherlands, and diesel only in Denmark.

Gasoline prices at German petrol stations in June were lower than before the reduction in the energy tax on motor fuels. On May 31, E5 still cost 2.21 euros per liter. Diesel, on the other hand, was slightly more expensive than on May 31st. At that time, a liter of diesel cost 2.04 euros. Overall fuel prices are still significantly higher than before the Russian war in Ukraine: On February 21 - i.e. shortly before the start of the war - a liter of E5 cost 1.80 euros and diesel 1.66 euros per liter.

If you want to travel by car or mobile home to southern European countries during the summer holidays, you can hope for a cheaper fuel bill. In Croatia, for example, E5 recently cost 1.83 euros per liter, diesel 1.84 euros. Also in Hungary (E5: 1.23 euros; diesel: 1.47 euros) refueling was significantly cheaper. In Spain and Italy, on the other hand, petrol prices were higher than in Germany, while diesel prices were at a similar level. If you are drawn to Sweden in the north, you have to pay significantly more than in Germany: on June 20, a liter of E5 cost 2.16 euros there and a liter of diesel 2.53 euros.

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