Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

Last year when I returned from my European holiday I wrote about the costs we incurred on our driving holiday around Europe. The article has been very popular with my readers so I thought I’d give you a summary of the driving-related costs we incurred on our 2015 European trip.

6 week road trip in France and Italy

Vehicle: Citroen C4 Millennium 1.6L HDI, manual, diesel with GPS
Lease duration: 45 days

Once again we leased our vehicle using the tax-free vehicle leasing program. We collected the car at Montpellier airport (after travelling by train from Paris) and dropped it off in Munich on completion of our self-drive holiday.

Here’s a quick summary of our itinerary and some of the sightseeing trips we did by car.

Montpellier to Olonzac in Languedoc region of France
9 nights
Day trips included (amongst others) Narbonne, Carcassonne and Collioure

Olonzac to Cabrieres d’Avignon (Provence, France) via Pont du Gard
5 nights
Day trip to various Luberon villages and St. Remy de Provence

Cabrieres d’Avignon to Villefranche-sur-Mer (French Riviera)
2 nights

Villefranche-sur-Mer to Levanto (near Cinque Terre, Italy)
4 nights

Levanto to Ceva (Piedmont, Italy)
2 nights


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Ceva to Varenna (Lake Como, Italy)
6 nights

Varenna to Salo (Lake Garda, Italy) via Lake Iseo
3 nights
Day trip to Sirmione and Lake Idro

Salo to Selva val Gardena (The Dolomites, Italy)
3 nights
Day trip to Passo Pordo

Selva to Bozen/Bolzano (Italy) via Canazei and Cavalese
2 nights

Bozen/Bolzano to Munich (Germany) via Innsbruck (Austria)
Dropped off car at depot near Munich airport.

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Total driving-related expenses of our 6 week self drive holiday in France and Italy

  • Total distance travelled - 3657 kilometres
  • Total fuel cost (diesel) - €205.20* - costs ranged from €1.189/litre in Narbonne (France) to €1.62/litre near Nice (France). In Italy, fuel costs were around €1.419/litre.
  • Total cost of tolls - €132.30
  • Total cost of Austrian vignette - €8 (read more about Vignettes here)
  • Total cost of leased Citroen for 45+ days - A$1981.35^ (Earlybird rate). Full insurance included with no excess.  Click here to get a free quote for your trip.
  • French tolls accounted for 55% of the total and Italy 45%.


Here's a short video of the Citroen C4 we leased for our European driving holiday:



*On collection of our vehicle we were advised that it had a full tank of fuel. This is unusual as lease vehicles are normally supplied with only 5 - 10 litres of fuel.

^This amount includes a 15% travel industry discount which globalCARS kindly offered me.

+Due to an unexpected delayed start to our trip this year, we actually collected the vehicle a couple of days later than originally planned and we returned our vehicle (with prior arrangement) before the 45 day lease period was up. Our lease ended up being for 37 days which still worked out at a very reasonable $53.50^ per day.

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