The obvious reason for the price increase: massively increased oil prices because of Putin’s war in Ukraine. Nevertheless, fuel is sometimes much cheaper in neighboring countries.
Fuel is much cheaper in Poland and Austria
The consequence of the enormous price differences: tank tourism is booming! But when does buying fuel in a neighboring country pay off? And what is actually allowed?
AUTO BILD summarizes important information about refueling abroad
How much fuel can I take with me in spare cans in the car?
A reserve canister must be tight, lockable and unbreakable. There are fixed standards for the containers, more on this below.
How much fuel can I take back across the border to Germany?
From non-EU countries (e.g. Switzerland), an additional 10 liters in a reserve canister are tax-free in addition to the full tank if the canister is brought in by car.
When is the trip to the neighboring country worthwhile?
▶︎ Distance to foreign petrol station
▶︎ Amount of fuel to be purchased
▶︎ Consumption of the car
This is what you need to know about storing fuel
What is the maximum amount of fuel that can be stored in the garage?
How long does fuel keep?
These rules apply to the canister
Not all plastic materials are suitable for filling with fuel – signs of dissolution can occur when they come into contact with petrol. For this reason, only containers with special properties and a corresponding label (RKK approval) should be used (also for metal containers).
In the case of plastic canisters, the material degrades over the course of a few years. The year of manufacture is stamped on the canisters and they should be replaced after about ten years. Check metal canisters for rusty spots!