Calculating fuel prices in France depends both on the cost of petrol/diesel and the current exchange rate. Prices will tend to be cheaper at major hypermarkets, but some small supermarkets even in rural locations can offer keen prices. It will tend to be most expensive on branded oil company filling stations and on autoroute services. Diesel is significantly cheaper than unleaded petrol in France.
Many filling stations will offer 24/7 pumps – pay with card at all hours, and some only offer automated payment. Foreign cards are increasingly widely accepted – but beware as the pump will usually pre-authorise an amount (about €100), so ensure that you have plenty of leeway on the card.
Indicative prices 05 November 2012:
Exchange rate: £1 = €1.2260 (with a Fair FX pre-paid Mastercard)
|Sans Plomb 95 (unleaded 95)||€ 1.5440||£ 1.26||per litre|
|Sans Plomb 98 (unleaded 98)||€ 1.5940||£ 1.30||per litre|
|Gazole (diesel)||€ 1.3660||£ 1.11||per litre|
For latest exchange rate see http://frenchduck.co.uk/euro/