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Average Fuel Costs Around the World - Rental Car Fuel Costs

We all look for the best deals on car hire but there are a lot of other things to consider when deciding whether car hire is affordable when hiring a car at home or abroad.

A good example is to choose the Netherlands. Whilst hiring a car at Schiphol Airport can cost as little as £13 a day, you need to consider that petrol is 13% more expensive than in the UK at average of £1.52 a litre. Conversely, hire a car in Colorado where petrol is only 45p a litre but you’ll pay £20 a day for the smallest hire car. On top of that you may have road tolls to pay, congestion charges for cities and with some companies, a limit on mileage after which you’ll pay per mile for any extra driving you do.

It always pays to be prepared, so once you've hired a car it's worth checking up on the price of fuel wherever you are traveling. To help you here’s a list of the prices you’ll expect to pay for a litre of unleaded petrol in some of the major holiday destinations:
Fuel Price Map
Cheapest £/ltr Most Expensive £/ltr
USA (Colorado) 0.45 Spain 1.19
South Africa 0.82 France 1.31
Kenya 0.83 Portugal 1.34
Brazil 0.85 Ireland 1.35
Bulgaria 1.08 UK 1.4
Japan 1.13 Greece 1.43
Czech Republic 1.16 Italy 1.46

In the countries where it’s a lot more expensive to buy fuel, you can still make hiring a car affordable by choosing the model carefully, and if diesel is cheaper, compare the cost of hiring a diesel car to that of a petrol version – you could find you save money if you travel enough miles. Also it is always worth checking the fuel policy for each rental as depending on how many miles you plan to travel, a 'full - empty' policy may well get you into a cheaper deal, but the cost of the fuel could out weight this if you only use half a tank, in which case, you are probably better off selecting a rental with a 'full - full' rental and paying only for the fuel you use even if the base rental may cost a little more. If you need help with this when deciding which rental is best for you, please contact one of our friendly customer service team and they will guide you through the options and help you make the right choice.

In countries where the fuel cost is low such as the US, Venezuela and Brazil, the actual cost of rental will be the deciding factor. With a small car costing £42 a day from Sao Paulo Airport and close to £80 a day for a big family car, it won’t really matter how cheap the fuel is, you’ll go for the lower priced car but in America where car hire rates and fuel prices are low, you’ll be able to afford to travel around in greater comfort knowing that the overall costs won’t break the bank.
Kellie Hodge
Posted: January 31, 2013 by Kellie Hodge 0 comments
About the Author -

Travel writer, customer service guru, Kellie knows the ins and outs of car rental and always happy to share her knowledge on our blog. Favourite country to visit: Spain.

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