Service stations are just as abundant in Europe as
in the US. The only difference seems to be that European
service stations are cleaner.
Almost all stations have both gasoline and diesel fuels.
Gasoline is expensive in Europe --about double that
of the US. However, European cars are more fuel-efficient
than their US counterparts. All things considered, the
cost of fuel is not a terribly significant item in your
travel budget. Let's conservatively say that your Peugeot
averages 24 mpg and that you will be driving about 1,200
miles while in Europe. This means that you'll be using
about 50 gallons of gasoline and that will cost about
$200-240. See. Fuel is not very much in the scheme of
Distances in Europe are not as large as in the States.
For example, it's only 850 miles from Paris to Rome
and, according to Michelin, you can drive that comfortably
in about 12 hours. Spacing these miles out over 4 or
5 driving days in a 15-17-day trip reduces the driving
to very comfortable distances.
Now let's talk about diesel fuel. Diesel is available
everywhere in Europe and costs 35% less than gasoline.
Combine this with the fact that diesel-powered cars
get mileage of at least 30 mpg, and the cost of fuel
becomes almost unimportant in planning the trip. It's
for this reason that we strongly suggest leasing diesel-powered
Peugeot models. Today's diesel-powered vehicles perform
just as well as their gasoline-powered counterparts
and are just as quiet.