Northern Ireland petrol prices – are they that expensive?

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Filling up at the pump is always the biggest cost for any motorist in Northern Ireland. Discussions about the price of petrol and diesel are ubiquitous, with drivers desperate to find out where the cheapest fuel can be found. As an island region, stuck on the periphery of Europe and subject to some of the highest fuel taxation in the world, we have resigned ourselves to the fact that our petrol and diesel will always be more expensive that everyone else’s.

However, in a total turn up, this isn’t actually the case!

Remarkably, the AA fuel price report shows that diesel in Northern Ireland is the cheapest in the UK, by 1.4 pence a litre. Northern Irish petrol prices are also bang on the UK mean; in fact the AA analysis shows that the only region with that has cheaper than average prices than Northern Ireland is Wales.

Our near neighbours in Scotland – an area with very similar geography to our own – have to stump up nearly 2 pence more on average for a litre of diesel and 0.5 pence for petrol.

As the market for super unleaded in Northern Ireland remains small, it’s no surprise to see that we have to endure one of the highest average prices for higher octane petrol. Although, bizarrely a litre of super is currently most expensive in the West Midlands

Service stations the other side of the Northern Ireland border continue to offer more attractive prices, due to the combination of lower taxation and attractive exchange rates. The AA calculate that the price of diesel in the Republic of Ireland is equivalent to around 94 pence per litre, whilst the price of unleaded is roughly 103.3.

If you are want to avail of permanently low fuel prices, the only option left is to move to the USA. At 47 pence for a litre petrol, it’s almost cheaper than water.


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Chris, known as Cess on the forums, is a long time RMS member. He is a fervent motorsports enthusiast and lover of all things automotive. He can be found on the ditches of most Irish rallies, at Mondello watching drifting or in front of the TV watching motorbike racing.

RMS Forum Comments

Cooper replied at 13:33, Wed 12 Aug, 2015
I hope @[email protected] doesn't mind me using his pic!
Coog replied at 13:43, Wed 12 Aug, 2015
Any ideas why diesel is cheaper than petrol at the minute? It's usually a few pence more...
brendy replied at 13:56, Wed 12 Aug, 2015
| Any ideas why diesel is cheaper than petrol at the minute? It's usually a few pence more...
Isnt it a by product of kerosene so the more kerosene produced, more diesel reserves increase dropping prices?
Barry replied at 14:29, Wed 12 Aug, 2015
Heard on the radio yesterday that diesel prices are seasonal like heating oil prices. Diesel will be slightly cheaper than petrol in summer and more expensive than petrol in winter for some reason.
Coog replied at 14:35, Wed 12 Aug, 2015
I can't ever remember it being cheaper in the UK but perhaps I've not really noticed before. I was hoping that petrol prices were a few weeks behind diesel due to lesser demand and that petrol would soon drop 5/6p :(
stevieturbo replied at 15:34, Wed 12 Aug, 2015
Well bollox to that. Even 3 weeks ago when I was in England, most stations were cheaper than here. No idea where they did their research !
Blackie replied at 16:17, Wed 12 Aug, 2015
I've been wondering the same myself. I can't honestly recall diesel being cheaper than petrol in the 20 odd years I've been involved with cars?!?
brendy replied at 17:03, Wed 12 Aug, 2015
Diesel was cheaper up until about 8-10 years ago when Brown/Darling started hammering derv drivers having given them tax breaks for so long to get the numbers up, or suckers if you will.
mn5587 replied at 17:24, Wed 12 Aug, 2015
I was wondering why diesel was cheaper than petrol as I thought it was bought and sold by weight and priced at the pump by litre as diesel has more energy per kilo than petrol although ot takes a longer burn time to extract all the energy? Or maybe thats ballocks
Coog replied at 17:26, Wed 12 Aug, 2015
I think it is, yes.