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NEW from 1st October 2011. TOBACCO guidelines for personal use – 800 cigarettes (was 3,200), 200 cigars, 400 cigarillos, 1 Kg smoking tobacco (was 3 Kg).

Useful link – shows next shoppers trips by date. www.europeanshoppers.eu

May 2014 – Golden Virginia now costs £5.35 a pack (6.80 euro) in Luxembourg. Benson & Hedges Gold now costs £3.87 (4.80 euro) a pack of 20. Tax increases in Belgium mean that Golden Virginia now costs £5.45 a pack (6.80 euro). Benson & Hedges Gold now costs £4.50 (5.70 euro). In the U.K. GV costs £17.26, Benson and Hedges Gold now costs £8.87.

In other words when shopping in Belgium, you will save 68.4% when buying Golden Virginia (£11.81 a 50g pack) and 48.70% (£43.20 per 200) when buying Benson & Hedges Gold.

February 2014 – Golden Virginia now costs £5.35 a pack (6.80 euro) in Luxembourg. Benson & Hedges Gold now costs £3.87 (4.80 euro) a pack of 20. Tax increases in Belgium mean that Golden Virginia now costs £5.45 a pack (6.80 euro). Benson & Hedges Gold now costs £4.50 (5.70 euro). In the U.K. GV costs £17.26, Benson and Hedges Gold now costs £8.87.

In other words buy the guidelines (3Kg GV and 800 cigarettes) and save £874.60 in Luxembourg, £835.40 in Belgium, and £481.76 in France.

January 2014 – The improving exchange rate mean that in Belgium Golden Virginia now costs £5.15 a pack (6.40 euro). A pack of Benson & Hedges Gold now costs £4.55 (5.40 euro).

August 2nd 2013 – In Belgium Golden Virginia now costs £5.30 a pack (6.40 euro). A pack of Benson & Hedges Gold now costs £4.55 (5.40 euro) in Belgium.

July 15th 2013 – prices will rise by 20 centimes a pack of cigarettes in France. Marlboro, the No1 brand, rises from 6.60 to 6.80 euro (about £5.96). In the U.K. they cost £7.98. Despite the increases in taxes in France cigarettes are still 25% cheaper.

July 2013 – In Belgium a pack of Golden Virginia now costs £5.15 (6.30 euro). The increase in the cash, sterling price is due to the deteriorating exchange rate. In France a pack costs £9.46 (50gm). A pack of Benson & Hedges Gold cigarettes costs £4.30 in Belgium (5.30 euro). In France a packet costs £5.31. Tobacco prices in the U.K. rise by 2% above the RPI every year (since 2010). Prices go up in France again in July and October.

June 2013 – In Belgium a pack of Golden Virginia now costs £5.05 (6.30 euro). In France a pack costs £9.46. A pack of Benson & Hedges Gold cigarettes costs £4.30 in Belgium (5.30 euro). In France a pack costs £5.31. Tobacco prices in the U.K. rise by 2% above the RPI every year (since 2010). Prices go up in France again in July and October.

March 2013 – U.K. Budget. Golden Virginia now costs £15.85(a 64 pence increase on last year) in the U.K. In Belgium a pack costs £4.95 (a 20 pence increase on last year). In France a pack costs £9.46. A pack of Benson & Hedges Gold now costs £7.71 in the U.K., in Belgium a pack costs £4.30. In France a pack costs £5.31. Tobacco prices in the U.K. rise by 2% above the RPI every year (since 2010).

February 2013 – Prices up again (tax increases and due to the exchange rate). In Belgium Golden Virginia now costs £4.95 (Luxembourg £4.95), and Benson & Hedges Gold £43.00 (Luxembourg £39.00).

October 2012 – French tobacco prices increase by 6%. I checked the prices mentioned in the French newspaper article I read. They said a packet of Marlboro cigarettes (one of the top selling cigarettes in France) would cost 6.50 euro from October. In the U.K. they are £7.39. In other words even after the increase, they will still cost 35% more at home, or 26% less in France. Work it out – buying one sleeve (200) in France will save you about £37.00. Buy 800 and you save nearly £150. In Belgium they cost £4.10 a packet, so you would save £255 if you bought 800.

July 2012 – Another reason to shop in Belgium for ttobacco – prices rise again in Spain. Golden Virginia now 8 euro a pack, B&H Gold now 5 euro.

March 2012 – U.K. Budget. Golden Virginia now costs £15.21 in the U.K. In Belgium it is £4.75. A pack of Benson & Hedges Gold now costs £7.37 in the U.K., in Belgium it costs £4.00.

October 2012 – French tobacco prices increase by 7.6%.

February 2012 – Fightback! Our friends at Smoking Hot continue with their great work. Why not print these leaflets and give them to fellow shoppers / leave them on the ferry etc?. nothing-2-declare.blogspot.com

We found it easier to download the pdf (opens up after download) – Back / Front.

January 2012 – GV is now £4.50 in Belgium (£14.38 – U.K.) and B&H Gold (200) is now £41.00 (£69.40 – U.K.).

Cigarette prices over the last 20 years in the U.K. www.the-tma.org.uk

Latest European Tobacco prices from the Tobacco Manufacturers Association (click on image belwow to enlarge). www.the-tma.org.uk

October 2011 – The French Government has announced tobacco and spirit tax increases. The price of tobacco in France will increase by 6% on cigarettes and cigars and 12% on rolling tobacco in 2011 and again in 2012. Prices remain the same in Belgium. The increase in France took place on the 17th October.

GV is now £4.70 in Belgium (£14.38 – U.K.) and B&H Gold is now £42.00 (£69.40 – U.K.).

March 2011 – GV now 6.75 euro in Spain. Buy at it at the airport and it could cost you up to 8.44 euro (it is legal to have different prices in Spain).

February 2011 – Golden Virginia is now £4.40 in Belgium (4.90 euro). The same pack costs £12.75 in the U.K.

December 2010 – Tobacco prices in Spain have risen substantially.

October 2010 – Golden Virginia, which remains in short supply now costs £4.10 a packet in Belgium. Benson and Hedges now costs £39.

October 2010 – English tobacco supply in Europe. Shoppers will be aware that there have been supply problems in Belgium and Luxembourg especially of Golden Virginia and Amber leaf tobacco. U.K. Customs have been behaving with their usual threatening, bullying way. Their power is enough it seems, to cower even the large multi national Tobacco companies who suspended supplies to Europe when a lorry with 19 pallets was stopped at Dover – tax paid in Luxembourg. So scared were many of the shop keepers, they did not even want to protest, which disappointed us a lot. Of course, this has all given another enormous lift up to those smuggling contraband tobacco (organised crime – no taxes paid anywhere). Good work has been done by followers of this site, and we shall have a full report soon. In the meantime please keep writing to the E.U. Commission asking why HMRC are not being held to account, the opportunity to buy goods anywhere in Europe being a basic European right.

September 2010 – Cigarettes will increase in price by 6% in France in November 2010. The cheapest cigarettes will now cost 5.40 euro, and Marlboro goes up to 5.90 euro per packet. Rolling tobacco goes up 0.40 euro per 40 gram packet. Apparently legal tobacco sales in France collapsed from 82.5 billion euro in 2000 to 55 billion euro in 2004. Much of that loss can be put down to U.K. shoppers no longer buying tobacco in France and large numbers of French people shopping in belgium where the majority of the customers are now French.

August 2010 – Golden Virginia is now £3.85 in Belgium. Tobacco availability in Belgium. Following a large Customs bust when a lorry carrying a huge quantity of Amber leaf bought in Luxembourg, was stopped at Dover, the tobacco companies have been prevailed upon to restrict the sale of English tobacco in Europe. Amber leaf is very difficult to get now. We are making representations to the E.U. about this as it is a clear breach of free trade and good swithin the E.U. Now they are requiring shops in Adinkerke to serve English shoppers with the suggested guidelines only (3000 cigarettes and 3 kg rolling tobacco).

July 2010 – Prices down in Belgium on many cigarettes (but only if you pay sterling cash)! Benson and Hedges now £37.50 a sleeve (200)

June 2010 – Prices down in Belgium (but only if you pay sterling cash)! Benson and Hedges now £38.50 a sleeve (200) and Golden Virginia tobacco now £3.75. In Luxembourg expect to pay around £34 per sleeve of cigarettes

June 2010. Spain. GV gone down a euro to 48.50 euro / drum now 45.00 euro / jps black now 32.00 euro. Amber leaf is still 45.00 euro, and cutters 44 euro.

May 2010. Prices down in Belgium and some are UP in Luxembourg. In Belgium tobacco (50g) – GV now 4.50 euro (£3.85), Cutters 4.10 euro (£3.50), Amber 4.00 euro (£3.40), Old Holborn 5.25 euro (£4.50), Samson 4.90 euro (£4.20), Drum and soon GV 4.70 euro (£4.00), Turner 3.90 euro (£3.20 special price because Belgian manufacturer). In Luxembourg, Amber Leaf was 3.30 now 3.70 euro / Cutters choice was 3.30 now 4.00 euro / Domingo was 2.45 now 2.70 euro.

January 2014 – Save £482 in France, £835 in Belgium, £875 in Luxembourg and stay within the limits! SAVE from 55% up to 184%!

Watch out! We notice an increasing trend for cigarettes in Belgium to be sold in packs of 19. If this is the case, add 5% to get the price per 20.

United Kingdom budget 2010 – Tobacco duty increased from 25th March by 1% above inflation and will then increase by 2% in real terms each year until 2014. www.direct.gov.uk

According to our calculations this means that a packet of cigarettes previously costing £5.60 will in 2014, after the last 2% increase cost 9.33% more in real terms or £6.12. Remember to add in the inflation increase automatically incurred every year.

November 2009 (UK). United Kingdom Government gives smugglers and criminal gangs a hand. Cigarettes going up by between 15 and 18 cents a pack. www.cigarettesreviews.com

November 2009 (France) – Cigarettes up 6% in France. Briefly, this now means that Benson and Hedges cigarettes are 15.70% cheaper in France, 30.58% cheaper in Belgium, in Luxembourg 32.21%, and in Spain 42.96% cheaper than in the United Kingdom For Golden Virginia the savings are; 28.81% in France, 65.29% in Belgium, in Luxembourg 65.42%, and in Spain 60.54%.

October 2009 Belgium. The poor exchange rate has seen another increase in Adinkerke, Belgium. Golden Virgina is now £3.95 and Benson and Hedges is £39.50 (200). We also hear that Regal cigarettes are no longer exported to Belgium.

October 2009 – French prices up again. This time it's the price of cigarettes which will rise 6% from 5th October 2009. The last cigarette price rise was in August 2007 when they rose by 6%. Cigars and cigarillos went up by 4% in July 2009.

September 25th – Prices up in Belgium for cash (sterling) purchases. This is entirely down to the poor exchange rate. GV, Drum, Gauloises now 3.90 euro, Samson 3.95 euro, Turner and Cutters now 3.25 euro, Amber now 3.20 (unchanged, but again hard to come by) Old Holborn 4.50 euro, Cigarettes: Superkings, Embassy, Silk cut, Lambert, Regal, Bensons now £39.50, Mayfair £37.00, Marlboro £42.00, Sterling £33.50, John Player £35.50.

July 2009 – Luxembourg prices offer good value. GV is £4.25, Cutters is £3.30 and Amber Leaf £3.20. French tobacco price increase. Golden Virginia (40 gram pack) £6.02. Benson And Hedges Gold £4.44 (at 1.08 euro).

June 2009 – Golden Virgina costs about £3.67 in Luxembourg, £3.70 in Belgium and £3.95 in Spain, about £6.50 in France (pro rata per 50g pack) and a whopping £11.40 in the United Kingdom.

June 2009 – Golden Virginia up 8% in France. Rolling and pipe tobacco have gone up between 5 and 10% in France. Cigarette prices remain unchanged.

June 2009 – Ouch! Once again prices have risen in Spain. Golden Virginia has gone up from 3.50 euro to 4.85 euro a pack (it happened a few years ago, but prices quickly dropped back once sales declined). Drum is up from 3.00 to 4.60 euro. Benson and Hedges is now 3.40 euro. With the sterling price expected to drop in Belgium soon, Adinkerke seems to be coming back into favour.

June 3rd – Good news at last. The tobacco companies are reducing the price of Golden Virginia tobacco from £4.55 to £3.70 from today (Wednesday). Cigarette prices have also been reduced, Benson and Hedges is now £38.00 per 200.

April 22nd – United Kingdom Budget news. Cigarettes up 7 pence a packet of 20, Rolling tobacco up 14 pence per 50 gram packet.

2nd April 2009 – Prices down again! Benson and Hedges is now £39.50 a sleeve and Golden Virginia is now £4.55 a packet.

19th March 2009 – Benson and Hedges is now £41.00 a sleeve and Golden Virginia is now £4.75 a packet.

March 2009 – Benson and Hedges is now £39.50 a sleeve and Golden Virginia is now £4.60 a packet.

4th February 2009 – Good news! Benson and Hedges is now £38.50 a sleeve and Golden Virginia is now £4.50 a packet.

Luxembourg? Cigarettes are a good buy in Luxembourg – expect to save about £7.50 pack compared with Belgium.

13th January 2009 – Benson and Hedges is now £39.00 a sleeve, and Golden Virginia is still £4.60 per 50 grams.

January 2009 – Benson and Hedges is now £41.50 a sleeve, and Golden Virginia is now £4.60 per 50 grams.

December 2008 – Benson and Hedges Gold now costs £42.00 a sleeve and Golden Virginia Tobacco is now £4.75 a pack. Pay with your credit card and Golden Virginia is still 55% cheaper in Adinkerke, with cash it's still 57% cheaper than in the United Kingdom.

November 2008 – In Belgium cigarettes now cost £36.50 (Benson's), and Golden Virginia now costs £4.20 a pack.

October 2008 – In Belgium Golden Virginia now £3.95. Most cigarettes now £34.50.

May 2008 – Golden Virginia is now £3.80 in Luxembourg.

April 2008 – 10th. Golden Virginia now £3.90 (50grams), cigarettes are now £34.50 a sleeve (200). Golden Virginia is now £3.74 in Luxembourg.

April 2008 – Golden Virginia now £3.85 (50grams), cigarettes are still £34.00 a sleeve (200).

March 2008 – Golden Virginia now £3.80 (50grams), cigarettes are still £32.50 a sleeve (200).

January 2008 – Cigarettes now £31.50 a sleeve. Golden Virginia is £3.65 a pack. This is down to the very bad exchange rate. In Luxembourg Golden Virginia now £3.60 a pack in Luxembourg (January 2008). Cigarettes are £26.76 a sleeve. In Sluis prices start at £29.50 for cigarettes and GV costs £3.90.

Price history

Price check (June 2007) Fancy that! People moan that things are not what they use to be. However if you consider that Golden Virginia cost £1.80 in Belgium in 1998 and in the United Kingdom it cost £7.80, that equals a saving of £6.00 a packet (50 grams). In 2007 the Belgium price has risen to £3.15, and in England it is now £10.66. The saving is now £7.51 a packet.

With cigarettes the saving has actually widened even more. In 1998 Marlboro cost £1.91 in Belgium in 1998 and in the United Kingdom it cost £3.36, that equals a saving of £1.45 a packet. In 2007 the Belgium price has risen to £2.90, and in England it is now £5.31. The saving is now £2.41 a packet.

Pouch tobacco is sold in 40g packets in France, in Belgium they are 50g. Keeping track of prices in France and Belgium is a difficult process. In Adinkerke, Belgium (where most tobacco is sold) prices are exclusively quoted in Pound Sterling and fierce competition results in prices changing almost daily. In France prices are always quoted in euro (but they take sterling). As Britain is not part of the Euro, Sterling fluctuates up and down like a yo-yo, so what seems like a good deal one week may well change if the Pound dives or strengthens. These prices are therefore a guide only.

Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of these surveys, and Day-tripper.net has carried out considerable in depth research, they should be seen as a guide only and not definitive.

Tobacco is cheaper in France and even cheaper in Belgium compared with the United Kingdom Recent prices rises in France have made it worthwhile travelling up to Adinkerke in Belgium if buying larger quantities particularly of rolling tobacco. Cigarettes are considerably cheaper in Luxembourg. Luxembourg is cheaper still overall as they have lower excise duties and their VAT rates are much lower on both tobacco and wine. More stores are opening here to cope with the increase in British shoppers. It is not just day-trippers who save – short stay visitors have realised that their holidays can be paid for, simply by shopping for tobacco on the way back.

Remember that supermarkets don't sell tobacco in France.

As for the best prices, it doesn't matter where you go in France as prices at all TABAC's are regulated. However shops in Calais and Adinkerke often use a generous exchange rate when working out the Sterling CASH price, so do take plenty of sterling cash when buying tobacco to get the best prices. Whilst you can pay by credit card, bear in mind that the price that shows on your statement will be about 7% more than the sterling prices listed in the shop.

Always make sure you get a receipt for HM Revenue and Customs.

WARNING! Don't believe the adverts saying you can buy as much as you like – British Revenue and Customs are now seeing the new guidelines as OVER SIX MONTHS, and will mark your passport if stopped. They are also now checking shoppers when they leave the United Kingdom.

Tobacco brands not sold in France

Older price history

route 66 tobacco luxembourg

– British American Tobacco. www.bat.com

– Gallagher Group

– Altria Group (was Philip Morris). www.philipmorrisinternational.com

– Imperial Tobacco. www.imperial-tobacco.com

– Tobacco news international. www.tobacco.org

Old Cigarette packets – site for collectors worldwide. houel.club.fr

Old price history information

January 2008 – Golden Virginia now £3.65, most cigarettes now £31.50.

November 2007 -Golden Virginia now £3.16 a pack in Luxembourg. France; Cigarettes now £30.50 a sleeve. Golden Virginia still £3.50 a pack.

October 2007 – The price of Golden Virginia is now £3.50 (50 grams) in Belgium. In Luxembourg it costs £3.08.

September 2007 – Prices up in Belgium. Most cigarettes now £30 a sleeve, Golden Virginia £3.30.

August 2007 – Prices in France have gone up 6%, a pack of Marlboro now costs 5.30 euro (expect to pay about £3.70)

March 2007 – Golden Virginia now £3.15 a pack. Most cigarettes are now £29.00 per 200. United Kingdom Budget adds £1.10 to a sleeve of cigarettes, and 22 pence to each 50 gram pack of Rolling tobacco.

January 2007 – Golden Virginia now £3.05 a pack. Most cigarettes still £27.00 per 200.

October 2006 – A change in prices in Belgium! Many cigarettes are now down to £27.00. Golden Virginia remains at £2.85. A reminder that to get these prices you must pay in sterling CASH.

September 2006 – Golden Virginia now £2.85 a pack. Most cigarettes still £27.00 per 200.

February 2006 – Golden Virginia now £2.90 a pack. Most cigarettes still £27.50 per 200.

September 2005 – Golden Virginia now £2.85 a pack. Most cigarettes now £27.50 per 200.

May 2005 – Good news – due to a price war between the suppliers some brands are cheaper. Lambert and Butler will now cost £25 for two months at least. Royals are also £24.00, JPS £21.00, Mayfair £21.00. You must pay in sterling cash to get these prices.

March 2005 – cigarettes now £27.00 and Golden Virginia is £ 2.75. The reduction in price is due to the fact the shops can NO LONGER give free gifts such as lighters away. Many shops have large stocks of lights and are selling them off for 5 – 10p each.

December 2004 – Golden Virginia now £2.80 a pack (£9.49 in London). Cigarettes are £27.50 a sleeve (200).

November 2004 – cigarettes now £27.50 a sleeve. This is due to a 2 euro increase in tax and the lousy exchange rate. Golden Virginia now £2.80.

September 2004 – Golden Virginia now £2.60 a pack.

August 2004 – Cigarettes have gone up again to £26.00 The exchange rate and new taxes are being blamed.

July 2004 – A warning – there are increasingly amounts of counterfeit tobacco in circulation. Even C and E are now listing the proportion of counterfeit tobacco on our streets. They often contain excessive levels of tar and nicotine, presenting an increased risk to smokers. For example, fake cigarettes seized in Camden in 2002 were found to contain 75% more tar, 28% more nicotine, and 36% more carbon monoxide.

April 2004 – £25 again, lets hope it stays here.

March 2004 – £25! – Excellent news. Due to the improving exchange rate, the Adinkerke shopkeepers have once again responded positively by reducing prices. Cigarettes are now £25, Golden Virginia £2.55.

January 2004 – Prices increases in the Netherlands mean it is no longer worthwhile going there. Belgium is now the best bet for day-trippers. France is still worthwhile – cigarettes are about 26% cheaper than the United Kingdom Cigarettes are now £26 a sleeve in Belgium (Silk Cut), about £36 in France, £23 in Luxembourg, £19 in Spain and about £49 in the United Kingdom.

December 2003 -The Belgian Government has a tax increase planned on all rolling tobacco from 10 euro cent per pouch (+/- 7 pence per pouch). On cigarettes it will be about 2 euro per sleeve. These are expected sometime in December or early January.

December 2003 – Golden Virginia and Old Holborn are now £2.59. Cigarettes will go up in the New Year as there is a 2 euro increase for most brands.

20th July – In Belgium, Golden Virginia and Old Holborn now £2.55 a pouch, cigarettes are now £25.00. However freebies are no longer being given out. After consulting customers the shops decided to lower prices instead.

30th June – In Belgium, Golden Virginia and Old Holborn now £2.50 a pouch, cigarettes are now £24.50. However freebies are no longer being given out. After consulting customers the shops decided to lower prices instead.

18th June – In Belgium, Golden Virginia and Old Holborn now £2.65 a pouch, cigarettes are unchanged at £25.00.

7th May – Golden Virginia and Old Holborn now £2.55 a pouch, cigarettes are up to £25.00.

22nd April – Golden Virginia and Old Holborn now £2.47 a pouch, cigarettes are up to £23.50.

March 2003 – United Kingdom pouch tobacco up 16p per 50g packets, cigarettes up 8p packet of 20.

28th February – Golden Virginia and Old Holborn now £2.42 a pouch, cigarettes are up to £23.00.

Cigarettes can also be contaminated with substances such as plastics, wrapping materials, and even sand.

How to spot a fake:

Fake cigarettes usually have packaging that closely resembles the brands they imitate, while the cigarettes themselves often taste noticeably different. Look closely for spelling mistakes in the small print on the box. Other clues are foreign, or misspelt safety warnings – or no safety warnings at all. If in doubt, buy from a reputable stockist or duty-free outlet. More

What to buy and where

If you pay with credit cards in France, prices on the ferry (PO Ferries) tend to be cheaper. Strictly speaking they should be the same as France, but the companies set their prices for months at a time and shoppers often (but not always) benefit from the favourable exchange rates used. Shopkeepers in France and Belgium tend to use a favourable exchange rate when working out prices in Sterling, which you only get if you pay in Sterling cash.

We always advise shoppers to pay using sterling cash when buying tobacco in Calais, Adinkerke or Luxembourg.

Despite the big increases recently in French tobacco taxes, it remains worthwhile shopping in France. If paying sterling cash, cigarettes are 1.40 times more expensive in the United Kingdom than France, rolling tobacco is nearly 1.68 times more expensive in the United Kingdom, and cigars are 1.35 times more expensive.

Compared with Belgium, cigarettes in the United Kingdom are 1.56 times more expensive, rolling tobacco is nearly 2.77 times more expensive, and cigars are 1.91 times more expensive.

The biggest change in prices since our first survey six years ago, has been the reduction in the amount that can be saved. You use to be able to save about £1,200 if buying the full amount suggested by the guidleines, but now the figure is about £930. Because cigarettes are cheapest in Luxembourg and the exchange rates used the most generous, the savings increase to £965 if shopping there.

Save in France or Belgium

On the ferry, tobacco prices are generally much cheaper than in an English Shop, and slightly less than in France. Compared with the United Kingdom, prices were;

Survey date September 2009. Rate used 1.12 euro to the Pound.

If you buy part of your allowance – Golden Virginia (rolling tobacco 3Kg) and cigarettes (3,200 or 16 sleeves of 200) Total savings   % saving on United Kingdom price
feries to France – In France you will save (Credit Card):

The savings when using sterling cash are marginal in France.

£369.21 or 23.31%
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In Belgium and Luxembourg they give a generous exchange rate, so it is advisable to use sterling cash.

belgium ferries – In Belgium you will save (Credit Card): £699.67 or 44.18%
If you pay with sterling cash the saving is even more £753.60 or 47.59%
– In Luxembourg you will save (Credit Card): £770.21 or 48.64%
If you pay with sterling cash the saving is even more £770.21 or 48.64%
If you buy your full allowance (rolling tobacco 3Kg / cigarettes 3,200 / cigarillos 400 /cigars 200)
feries to France – If buying your full allowance in France you will save:

The savings when using sterling cash are marginal in France.

£563.30 or 28.67%
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In Belgium and Luxembourg they give a generous exchange rate, so it is advisable to use sterling cash.

belgium ferries – In Belgium you will save (Credit Card): £830.93 or 42.14%
If you pay with sterling cash the saving is even more £930.80 or 47.20%
– In Luxembourg you will save (Credit Card): £939.32 or 47.63%
If you pay with sterling cash the saving is even more £939.32 or 47.63%

Note; To calculate these prices, the following items were researched; Benson and Hedges Cigarettes, Half Coruna cigars, Cafe Creme cigarillos and Golden Virginia Tobacco. All prices compared with the cheapest rate in Sainsbury or Tesco.

Our survey prices are shown in £'s for convenience of comparison (also, most Belgian and French shops have prices in Sterling).

In France pouch tobacco is sold in 40g packs. The prices used for comparison purposes are per 50g.

In France and Belgium you do not get quantity discounts. On the ferries or Eurotunnel you occasionally do.

Shops in both France and Belgium use a generous rate of exchange PROVIDING you pay sterling cash. Do not be misled by the large prices in sterling – the rate you actually get on your card will be different and less favourable.

The top selling cigarettes are; Benson and Hedges, Regal, Superkings Black, Lambert and Butler, Embassy No. 1, Marlboro Light, JPS, Mayfair and Silk Cut.

The top selling Rolling tobacco's are; Golden Virginia, Old Holborn and Drum.

January 2014 – Save £482 in France, £835 in Belgium, £875 in Luxembourg and stay within the limits! SAVE from 55% up to 184%!

French Tax increases

The French Government dramatically increased prices in 2003 for health reasons. In 2008 they went up again by 9.00%.

None the less, it is still very much cheaper shopping in France or Belgium than in the United Kingdom For example rolling tobacco is 63.69% cheaper in Belgium (France 36.35%), and cigarettes are 28.63% cheaper (France 23.88%).

Other countries

Latest European Tobacco prices from the Tobacco Manufacturers Association. www.the-tma.org.uk

If you have the latest prices from other countries let us know and we will publish the info.on the Tobacco in Spain page.

Tobacco in E.U. CountriesTobacco in Luxembourg

Sample Prices – 2008 prices (Pouch Tobacco by 50g)

silk cut cigarettes – Price in United Kingdom £x Belgium £x Luxembourg £x

marlboro cigarettes – Price in United Kingdom £x Belgium £x Luxembourg £x

benson and hedges cigarettes – Price in United Kingdom £5.47 Belgium £3.50 Luxembourg £3.14

superkings cigarettes – Price in United Kingdom £x Belgium £x Luxembourg £x

embassy cigarettes – Price in United Kingdom £x Belgium £x Luxembourg £x

samson tobacco – Price in United Kingdom £x Belgium £x Luxembourg £x

drum tobacco – Price in United Kingdom £x Belgium £x Luxembourg £x

These are guide prices only calculated at an exchange rate of 1.23 euro to the Pound. Prices in Belgium yo-yo up and down all the time due to the intense competition.

– Gallagher Group brands available in European member states.

United Kingdom – Benson and Hedges, Berkeley, Club, Dickens and Grant, Dorchester, LD, Mayfair, Park Drive, Senior Service, Silk Cut, Sobranie, Sovereign, Sterling.

Belgium – Benson and Hedges, Dorchester, Level, Mayfair, Ronson, Silk Cut, Sovereign.

France – Benson and Hedges, Ronson, Silk Cut, Mayfair.

Useful Outside links

Customs tobacco – We really like what this group is doing challenging Customs and holding them to account. "A blog on issues and experiences of U.K. Customs and Smoking Ban. Guest posts welcome. Note:- We use the term U.K. Customs for simplicity of understanding, their official title is HMRC and are under U.K. Border Agency now.". Please remember though, that any tobacco brought back from a trip, must be solely for your own personal use (small amounts may be gifted). nothing-2-declare.blogspot.com

HMRC are SHITE – HMRC Is Shite. This blog is "dedicated to the taxpayers of Britain, and the employees of the HMRC, who have to endure the monumental shambles that is Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC)." Do a search for articles under "tobacco" – scary stuff. hhmrcisshite.blogspot.com