Global Fuel Index: Comparing Gasoline Prices in Cities Worldwide

Motorists are everywhere. Driving a car is often the most convenient way to go where you gotta go, whether you’re in Bondi, Bamako, or Bangkok. So, while a select few countries monopolize the fuel extraction industry, the price of gasoline and diesel varies from country to country, depending on affordability, availability, and local taxes.

And these fuel prices have yo-yo’d dramatically since the pandemic hit.

Budget Direct decided to take a global look at fuel costs. The team indexed the cost of gas and diesel worldwide for an up-to-date picture of prices and affordability in every country where data is available.

The affordability of gasoline and diesel was calculated as a percentage of the costs of 80L of fuel to the average monthly salary. Income per capita data were taken from the World Bank.

Budget Direct teem also show the price of fuel across crucial US, UK, and European cities. Here’s a preview of the maps showing where diesel and gasoline are most affordable in the world:

Where in the world has the most affordable gasoline?

Where in the world has the most affordable gasoline?

Where in the world has the most affordable diesel?

Where in the world has the most affordable diesel?

Where in the world has the most expensive gasoline?

Where in the world has the most expensive gasoline?

Where in the world has the most expensive diesel?

Where in the world has the most expensive diesel?

Key Findings

  • The country with the most expensive gasoline is the Central African Republic, at the cost of US$2.027 per liter.
  • The most expensive diesel is in Sweden, where a liter costs US$1.809.
  • The least affordable market for fuel is in Burundi, where it costs 576% (gas) or 563.9% (diesel) of the average monthly salary to fill an 80L tank.
  • The most affordable fuel is Qatar, where it takes 0.8% (gas) or 0.6% (diesel) of the monthly salary to fill an 80L tank.

The price of fuel across key the U.S., the U.K., and European cities.

Where in America Has the Most Expensive Gasoline?
RankCityPriceCosts to Fulford F-150 (2020)
1San Francisco$1.00$87.06
2San Jose$0.99$86.19
3Los Angeles$0.96$83.58
3Sacramento$0.96$83.58
3San Diego$0.96$83.58
6Fresno$0.94$81.84
7Chicago$0.89$77.49
8Seattle$0.82$71.39
9Washington$0.81$70.52
10Philadelphia$0.80$69.65
11Portland$0.79$68.78
12Las Vegas$0.78$67.91
13New York City$0.77$67.04
14Baltimore$0.75$65.30
14Detroit$0.75$65.30
15Phoenix$0.74$64.43
16Miami$0.73$63.56
17Jacksonville$0.72$62.69
17Louisville$0.72$62.69
17Mesa$0.72$62.69
18Indianapolis$0.71$61.82
18Boston$0.71$61.82
19Columbus$0.70$60.95
19Memphis$0.70$60.95
19Nashville$0.70$60.95
20Denver$0.69$60.07
21Atlanta$0.68$59.20
21Milwaukee$0.68$59.20
21Charlotte$0.68$59.20
22El Paso$0.67$58.33
22Albuquerque$0.67$58.33
23Omaha$0.66$57.46
23New Orleans$0.66$57.46
24Tucson$0.65$56.59
24Oklahoma City$0.65$56.59
24Austin$0.65$56.59
24Houston$0.65$56.59
24Kansas City$0.65$56.59
24Fort Worth$0.65$56.59
24Dallas$0.65$56.59
23San Antonio$0.62$53.98
Where in America Has the Most Expensive Diesel?
RankCityPriceCosts to Fulford F-150 (2020)
1San Francisco$1.01$87.94
1San Jose$1.01$87.94
2Los Angeles$0.95$82.71
2Sacramento$0.95$82.71
3San Diego$0.93$80.97
4Fresno$0.91$79.23
5Chicago$0.86$74.88
6New York City$0.83$72.26
7Philadelphia$0.80$69.65
8Seattle$0.79$68.78
8Washington$0.79$68.78
9Portland$0.77$67.04
10Baltimore$0.75$65.30
11Las Vegas$0.74$64.43
11Detroit$0.74$64.43
11Indianapolis$0.74$64.43
12Columbus$0.72$62.69
13Boston$0.71$61.82
14Atlanta$0.70$60.95
15Memphis$0.69$60.07
16Miami$0.68$59.20
16Nashville$0.68$59.20
16Milwaukee$0.68$59.20
16Omaha$0.68$59.20
17Jacksonville$0.67$58.33
18Phoenix$0.65$56.59
18El Paso$0.65$56.59
18New Orleans$0.65$56.59
19Louisville$0.64$55.72
19Charlotte$0.64$55.72
19Tucson$0.64$55.72
20Mesa$0.63$54.85
20Albuquerque$0.63$54.85
21Denver$0.62$53.98
21Oklahoma City$0.62$53.98
21Austin$0.62$53.98
21Houston$0.62$53.98
22Kansas City$0.61$53.11
23Fort Worth$0.60$52.24
23Dallas$0.60$52.24
24San Antonio$0.58$50.50
Where in Europe Has the Most Expensive Gasoline?
RankCityPriceCosts to fill VW Golf Mk8
1Amsterdam€ 1.63€ 81.50
2Helsinki€ 1.52€ 76.00
3Paris€ 1.51€ 75.50
4Athens€ 1.49€ 74.50
5Rome€ 1.48€ 74.00
6Reykjavik€ 1.45€ 72.37
7Stockholm€ 1.43€ 71.38
8Brussels€ 1.38€ 69.00
9Lisbon€ 1.37€ 68.50
10Copenhagen€ 1.36€ 68.09
11Valletta€ 1.33€ 66.50
12Dublin€ 1.30€ 65.00
12Madrid€ 1.30€ 65.00
13Tallinn€ 1.28€ 64.00
13Munich€ 1.28€ 64.00
13Zagreb€ 1.28€ 63.87
14Bratislava€ 1.27€ 63.50
15Riga€ 1.21€ 60.50
16Luxembourg€ 1.18€ 59.00
17Vilnius€ 1.13€ 56.50
18Prague€ 1.12€ 56.07
19Budapest€ 1.11€ 55.62
20Vienna€ 1.10€ 55.00
21Nicosia€ 1.09€ 54.50
22Ljubljana€ 1.07€ 53.50
23Andorra la Vella€ 1.05€ 52.50
24Warsaw€ 1.04€ 52.11
25Bucharest€ 1.03€ 51.34
26Skopje€ 0.99€ 49.64
27Sofia€ 0.94€ 46.78
28Chisinau€ 0.86€ 43.03
29Kyiv€ 0.80€ 40.14
30Minsk€ 0.57€ 28.44
31Moscow€ 0.52€ 26.17
Where in Europe Has the Most Expensive Diesel?
RankCityPriceCosts to fill VW Golf Mk8
1Stockholm€ 1.45€ 72.57
1Paris€ 1.45€ 72.50
2Helsinki€ 1.43€ 71.50
3Brussels€ 1.39€ 69.50
4Reykjavik€ 1.38€ 68.96
5Rome€ 1.36€ 68.00
6Amsterdam€ 1.31€ 65.50
7Zagreb€ 1.21€ 60.70
7Athens€ 1.21€ 60.50
7Valletta€ 1.21€ 60.50
7Dublin€ 1.21€ 60.50
8Munich€ 1.20€ 60.00
9Lisbon€ 1.19€ 59.50
10Copenhagen€ 1.18€ 58.75
11Madrid€ 1.17€ 58.50
12Tallinn€ 1.14€ 57.00
13Budapest€ 1.13€ 56.40
14Nicosia€ 1.12€ 56.00
14Ljubljana€ 1.12€ 56.00
15Bratislava€ 1.11€ 55.50
16Riga€ 1.10€ 55.00
17Prague€ 1.08€ 54.04
17Luxembourg€ 1.08€ 54.00
17Vienna€ 1.08€ 54.00
18Bucharest€ 1.05€ 52.27
19Vilnius€ 1.04€ 52.00
19Warsaw€ 1.04€ 51.89
20Sofia€ 0.96€ 47.81
21Andorra la Vella€ 0.92€ 46.00
22Skopje€ 0.85€ 42.31
23Kyiv€ 0.78€ 39.09
24Chisinau€ 0.70€ 35.00
25Minsk€ 0.57€ 28.44
26Moscow€ 0.52€ 26.12
Where in the UK Has the Most Expensive Gasoline?
RankCityPriceCosts to fill Ford Fiesta Mk8
1Southampton£1.23£51.66
2London£1.20£50.40
2Manchester£1.20£50.40
3Bradford£1.19£49.98
3Edinburgh£1.19£49.98
3Newcastle upon Tyne£1.19£49.98
4Birmingham£1.18£49.56
4Leeds£1.18£49.56
4Nottingham£1.18£49.56
5Cardiff£1.17£49.14
6Bristol£1.16£48.72
6Liverpool£1.16£48.72
7Glasgow£1.14£47.88
Where in the UK Has the Most Expensive Diesel?
RankCityPriceCosts to fill Ford Fiesta Mk8
1Southampton£1.26£49.56
2London£1.24£50.40
3Edinburgh£1.23£50.40
3Manchester£1.23£49.98
4Bradford£1.22£50.82
4Newcastle upon Tyne£1.22£50.82
5Nottingham£1.21£51.66
5Leeds£1.21£51.24
5Birmingham£1.21£50.82
6Bristol£1.20£52.08
6Cardiff£1.20£51.24
7Liverpool£1.19£51.66
8Glasgow£1.18£52.92

Budget Direct Australia has been offering car insurance for over 20 years. One of the critical things car owners should consider when budgeting for their motor is fuel cost. This differs depending on where you are in the world – and if you use gasoline or diesel. With this study, Budget Direct aims to lift the lid on fuel prices worldwide.

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