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Europe’s best road trips by electric car

More charging points and improved battery ranges mean EU holiday-goers can opt electric for cleaner, cheaper road trips this year. Here’s the best EU road trips in an electric car.

  • 632,423 public charging points were available across Europe in 2023, compared to 3 million electric cars (EVs) on the road.
  • Between 2017 and 2023, EV sales increased eighteen fold, while EU public chargers grew just sixfold.
  • Three EU countries – The Netherlands, France, and Germany – are home to almost two-thirds of all EU charging points.

An expanding charger network and improved EV battery ranges make those iconic European road trips cheaper, cleaner, and easier than ever.

Although there are now more charging points across the EU they’re still heavily outnumbered by BEVs, so it’s important to plan your route carefully and ensure there’s plenty of facilities along the way.

From the Black Forest highway in Germany to the vineyards of Slovenia, compares 15 iconic routes across Europe, comparing:

  • public and private charging costs
  • number of charging points
  • accommodation with charging facilities
  • tourist hotspots and national parks on route.

Public charging prices fluctuate across the 15 countries on our list, but it costs, on average, €9.62 per 100km to charge an EV at public stations. There was also an average of 80 public chargers and 14 hotels with chargers per 100km.

Best countries for an EV road trip

Routes that topped our index offered low electric car charging costs, a wealth of public charging choices and lots to do and see along the way.

Sweden’s Stockholm to Lake Mälaren route had the cheapest public charging prices on our list, plenty of chargers around hotels, cafes, shops and restaurants and green spaces, too.

The remaining top four routes were ideal for EV drivers with many charging points, reasonable charging costs and a host of tourist hotspots:

  • Luxembourg City to Mondorf-les-Bains
  • Slovenia’s Ljubljana to Piran
  • Belgium’s Brussels to Ypres
  • The Netherlands’ Rotterdam to Groningen

stockholm road trip eu

1. Sweden: Stockholm and around Lake Mälaren

Spanning 297 km in total, Sweden’s Stockholm to Lake Mälaren route was the best EV trip, with the lowest public charging costs and the most public chargers on route.

Start on the cobbled streets of Stockholm and head west toward Lake Mälaren, Sweden’s third largest salt-water lake. The route includes four stops:

The town of Vårby Brygga, the UNESCO-protected viking island of Björkö, the bustling harbour village of Strängnäs and finally Västerås; home to Baroque palace Strömsholms Slott.

Charging points Accommodation with charging Attractions Public charge cost  
134 per 100km 14 per 100km  13 per 100km €6.49 per 100km  

2. Luxembourg: Luxembourg City to Mondorf-les-Bains

At 308 km, the Luxembourg city to Mondorf-les-Bains route coined second place, hosting an abundance of charging points, reasonable public charging costs and a wealth of tourist hotspots.

Starting in Luxembourg City, your journey brings you north through clusters of medieval castles to the town of Bourscheid, where you’ll find the renowned Château de Bourscheid.

The route then heads southward through the country’s vineyards, finishing in the spa town of Mondorf-les-Bains.

Charging points Accommodation with charging Attractions Public charge cost  
97 per 100km 11 per 100km  30 per 100km €8.50 per 100km  

3. Slovenia: Ljubljana to Piran

Slovenia’s Ljubljana to Piran route is 272 km in total and takes third spot on our list. It had some of the highest amount of accommodation with chargers, and was third cheapest for public charging.

Your trip starts in the capital, winds northwest to the fairy-tale Lake Bled and lesser-known Lake Bohinj, then tips south to Goriška Brda, the “Tuscany of Slovenia” and The Vipava Valley.

Finish in Karst, and the UNESCO-listed Škocjan Caves.

Charging points Accommodation with charging Attractions Public charge cost  
87 per 100km 18 per 100km  12 per 100km €6.93 per 100km  

4. Belgium: Brussels to Ypres

The Brussel to Ypres road trip, stretching 267km through the towns of Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges and De Haan, ranked fourth best on our index.

Although EV charging costs were high, it had the most accommodation with chargers and heaps of public charging points along the way.

Charging points Accommodation with charging Attractions Public charge cost  
94 per 100km 34 per 100km  11 per 100km €11.41 per 100km  

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5. Netherlands: Rotterdam to Groningen

Though public charging is costly, the Netherlands Rotterdam to Groningen route had top scores for public charging spots, hotels with chargers, and national parks along the way.

Your trip starts in Rotterdam, then on to Amsterdam via the iconic Erasmus bridge and northward to the town of Zaanse Schans - with its 17th century windmills and clog factory.

Continue along the Afsluitdijk causeway to De Alde Feanen National Park, then finish at the vibrant city of Groningen.

Charging points Accommodation with charging Attractions Public charge cost  
84 per 100km 15 per 100km  8 per 100km €11.50 per 100km  

6. Switzerland: Zurich to St. Mortiz

One of the first official road trips for electric cars, Switzerland’s ‘E-Grand Tour’ is truly an EV driver’s heaven, and it came in at number six on our index.

Although the full e-trip stretches over 1,000km, we’ve featured a shortened version of 272km which starts in Zurich, continues to St. Gallen and finishes in St. Mortiz.

Charging points Accommodation with charging Attractions Public charge cost  
92 per 100km 23 per 100km  9 per 100km €10.36 per 100km  

7. Hungary: Pécs to Hévíz

Hungary’s 188km route, which starts in the Roman city of Pecs on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains, continues north to Kaposvár, Keszthely, and finishes in the spa town of Hévíz.

The trip earned seventh place in our study, with some of the cheapest public charging prices, tourist attractions, and a reasonable number of charges along the way.

Charging points Accommodation with charging Attractions Public charge cost  
39 per 100km 6 per 100km  16 per 100km €7.28 per 100km  

8. Denmark: Odense to Svendborg

Boasting the second highest number of public charging points per 100km, Denmark’s Odense to Svendborg trip is an idyllic drive for any EV owner.

The 112km journey is based in Funen, a vast Danish island with coastal towns and ancient castles. From Odense, head southeast to the town of Ringe, then from the renowned Egeskov Castle to the town of Faaborg, with its brightly-coloured, timber frame buildings.

Finish in Svendborg, but not before you visit Valdemar’s Castle.

Charging points Accommodation with charging Attractions Public charge cost  
107 per 100km 8 per 100km  11 per 100km €11.67 per 100km  

Black Forest Germany road trip

9. Germany: The Black Forest

The home of Black Forest gateau and cuckoo clocks, this iconic 172 km route boasts forest trails, beer halls, pristine lakes, and spa towns.

Kick off in Baden-Baden and take the Black Forest Mountain Highway south to Triberg, and afterward, finish in the resort town of Titisee.

The trip claimed ninth place in our study, and while public charging was costly, it ranked number one for tourist attractions and national parks.

Charging points Accommodation with charging Attractions Public charge cost  
81 per 100km 12 per 100km  22 per 100km €11.41 per 100km  

10. Spain: Malaga to Cadiz

Although charging is pricey and it’s not awash with public chargers like other routes, Spain’s 271 km Andalusian road trip offers stunning coastal views.

Starting in Malaga, head southwest toward the palm-lined resort town of Estopena, continue along the coast to the surfer-haven of Tarifa, and finish in the old port city of Cadiz.

Charging points *Accommodation with charging** Attractions Public charge cost  
61 per 100km 13 per 100km  15 per 100km €9.65 per 100km  

11. Austria: Salzburg to Lienz

This 294 km journey through the snow-capped Austrian Alps starts in Salzburg then heads southwest to the mountain villages of Salzkammergut and Hallstatt, to finish in the medieval town of Lienz.

With some of the most ev friendly hotels and national parks along the way, it claimed eleventh spot on our list.

Charging points Accommodation with charging Attractions Public charge cost  
77 per 100km 20 per 100km  15 per 100km €10.18 per 100km  

12. Finland: Helsinki to Turku

This 222 km trip starts in the beautiful city of Helsinki, and heads southwest to the artisan village of Mathidedal, stopping at the thriving art villages of Fiskars and Billnäs, then further west to Turku - the oldest town in Finland.

Although hotels with chargers were more sparse than other routes, it had plenty of other public charging points along the way, and an abundance of green spaces.

Charging points Accommodation with charging Attractions Public charge cost  
98 per 100km 8 per 100km  9 per 100km €10.27 per 100km  

grenoble France road trip eu

13. France: Lyon to Grenoble

At 253 km, the Lyon to Grenoble road trip through the French alps stops in Lyon, Annecy, and Grenoble, with cultural gems like Lyon’s Musée des Beaux Arts and La Bastille at Grenoble.

The second cheapest route for public charging, there were lots of public charging points along the way, too.

Charging points Accommodation with charging Attractions Public charge cost  
83 per 100km 7 per 100km  11 per 100km €6.85 per 100km  

14. Ireland: Cork to Killarney

The Cork to Killarney route begins in Cork City, winding southward through the harbour towns of Kinsale, Clonakilty, Skibereen, Schull and Glengariff, and taking the legendary Moll’s Gap mountain pass to finish in Killarney.

Although stunning, the 206 km route offers fewer points to charge your EV, so any trip will need to be planned carefully.

Charging points Accommodation with charging Attractions Public charge cost  
24 per 100km 9 per 100km  10 per 100km €8.00 per 100km  

15. Croatia: Split to Dubrovnik

The Dalmation coast offers cliff-top views and mountain roads from Split to Dubrovnik, winding through Krka National Park and across the new Pelješac Bridge and into the stunning capital.

Though the 232 km journey is breathtaking, it has some of the lowest numbers of chargers in our study, and the highest prices for public charging.

Charging points Accommodation with charging Attractions Public charge cost  
77 per 100km 20 per 100km  15 per 100km €10.18 per 100km  

Best for charging facilities

  • Belgium’s Brussels to Ypres route, stretching 267 km through the towns of Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, and De Haan, ranked fourth best overall our index and topped our list for access to charging facilities; with the most hotels with chargers and chargers beside cafes, restaurants or shops.
  • Switzerland’s Zurich to St. Moritz, Sweden’s Stockholm to Lake Mälaren, Netherlands’ Rotterdam to Groningen, and Slovenia’s Ljubljana to Piran were the top four routes for public charging facilities.

Cheapest charging costs

  • Sweden’s Stockholm to Lake Mälare, France’s Lyon to Grenoble, Slovenia’s Ljubljana to Piran, and Hungary’s Pécs to Hévíz routes were the cheapest for public charging, and cost, on average, €6.89 per 100km.
  • Hungary’s Pécs to Hévíz route, Croatia’s Split to Dubrovnik route, Luxembourg city to Mondorf-les-Bains and Slovenia’s Ljubljana to Piran routes were the cheapest for private charging, and cost, on average, €3.05 per 100km.

That’s compared to the most expensive public trips - in Croatia, Denmark, Netherlands and Germany - where it cost an average of €11.85 per 100km for a public charge. .

Best for tourist attractions

Road trips in Germany, Denmark, Luxembourg and Ireland featured the most tourist attractions and green spaces along the route; from museums to national parks and famous landmarks.

From German clog factories to fairy-tale castles, archaeological sites cathedrals, harbours and forest trails, there’s something for everyone along each of the routes in our study.

How to get the right insurance for your holiday

Whether you’re planning a road trip, a beach holiday or a city break this summer, here’s how to get the right travel insurance or car insurance for your trip.

Levels of cover

Most insurers offer three levels of cover for each type of policy, ranging from basic, which is the cheapest, to premium, which is typically the most expensive.

  • Firstly, check what your home insurance and private health insurance policies already cover you for, so you’re not paying for extras you don’t need.
  • Finding the right level of cover, means looking for a policy that fits your trip and circumstances.
  • Premium policies offer higher cover limits, and they tend to cover you for more eventualities.

Comparing quotes

Once you’ve worked out what type of policy you need, it’s time to shop around, but picking the right policy can be tricky with so many insurers to choose from.

Here are some pointers to help you compare the cover:

  • Compare standard policy prices and the benefits on offer
  • Weigh up the costs of a single trip policy versus annual cover based on how often you travel
  • Check how much cover you get for each benefit - most insurers offer 2 or 3 levels of cover and price
  • Check for exclusions and make sure you’re covered for what’s advertised
  • Compare the cost of add-ons if you need them and factor them into the total cost
  • Seek out online reviews if you’re still unsure about your choice

Travel insurance excess

The excess is the amount you agree to pay towards a claim, so the higher the excess, the cheaper the policy is likely to be. A basic level travel insurance policy may have an excess of between €100 and €300 , which is the amount you’d have to pay against most claims.

  • Some premium travel insurance policies offer zero excess, so you won’t have to pay anything if you make a claim.
  • Spending a few more euro upfront for a premium policy could save you money if you had to make a claim.
  • Look at the policy as a whole, not just the excess, to ensure it offers the cover you need.

Car insurance excess

Similarly, if you plan to hire a car in Ireland or on holiday abroad, there’s usually an option to purchase car hire excess insurance, also known as ‘excess waiver cover’.

This covers the excess you have to pay for repair or replacement if your rental car is damaged or stolen.

  • You can buy it directly from your car rental firm, but it can be expensive and if you buy it on the spot, you may not have time to read the T&Cs.
  • Alternatively, you can buy a ‘stand-alone’ car hire excess policy from a broker before you go on holiday.
  • You can generally get it as a daily rate for your holiday or purchase an annual policy for regular or long-term car hire.


What is the cheapest way to charge an electric car?

Public charging can be one of the costliest ways to charge an EV - sometimes double the price of charging at home - with fast chargers costing the most.

Though home charging is cheaper than on the go, you will need to include up front costs of charger installation.

Some energy suppliers have partnered with car manufacturers to provide free home charge points, while others offer discounted installation.

You can also claim up to €300 towards purchasing and installing an EV charger unit if you apply for an EV Home Charger Grant.

Europe’s best road trips by electric car index

Rank Country Chargers Accommodation Dining Attractions   Parks/national parks Avg public charge Avg private charge Index score  
      Per 100 km With charging per 100km With charging per 100km  Per 100km Price for 100km Price for 100km Normalised  
1 Sweden Stockholm to Lake Mälaren 134 14 53 13 20 €6.49 €4.00 4.17  
2 Luxembourg City to Mondorf-les-Bains 97 11 38 30 19 €8.50 €3.65 3.90  
3 Slovenia Ljubljana to Piran 87 18 38 12 20 €6.93 €3.82 3.55  
4 Belgium Brussels to Ypres 94 34 77 11 18 €11.41 €6.83 3.33  
5 Netherlands Rotterdam to Groningen 84 15 65 8 23 €11.50 €4.55 3.03  
6 Switzerland Zurich to St. Mortiz 92 23 61 9 16 €10.36 €5.62 2.82  
7 Hungary Pécs to Hévíz 39 6 14 16 20 €7.28 €2.05 2.81  
8 Denmark Odense to Svendborg 107 8 29 25 22 €11.67 €6.43 2.74  
9 Germany The Black Forest 81 12 16 22 28 €11.41 €7.27 2.67  
10 Spain Malaga to Cadiz 61 13 25 15 20 €9.65 €4.25 2.59  
11 Austria Salzburg to Lienz 77 20 31 9 20 €10.18 €4.97 2.55  
12 Finland Helsinki to Turku 98 8 36 9 18 €10.27 €4.35 2.33  
13 France Lyon to Grenoble 83 7 21 11 15 €6.85 €4.69 2.28  
14 Ireland Cork to Killarney 24 9 12 10 28 €8.95 €6.86 1.88  
15 Croatia Split to Dubrovnik 27 8 16 16 20 €12.81 €2.68 1.79  


  1. To work out the best road trips for EV drivers in Europe, we identified the countries with the most public charging points per 100,000 inhabitants (Charge Up Europe)
  2. From those top 15 countries, we identified the most popular road trips routes for EVs from reputable travel sources (Lonely Planet, government websites etc.)
  3. We then gathered data for each road trip route; and calculated it per 100 km
  4. We then ‘normalised’ all the data, (using the max-min method from 0 to 1.) or standardised the numbers across each data source, which allowed us to compare each country, and rank them.
  5. Counties with the best features for EV charging costs, charger availability and tourism per 100 km scored closest to 1, while ones with the least features scored closest to 0.
  6. The normalisation scores were summed up, and each country was ranked to create the Europe’s Best Road Trips by Electric Car Index. The potential maximum index score was 10.

The data included;

  • Public chargers along the route
  • Hotels with public chargers along the route
  • Public chargers beside dining areas (cafes, restaurants etc.)
  • Average price for public charge per 100 km
  • Average price for private charge per 100 km
  • Tourist attractions along the route
  • Parks and national parks along the route

The data was collected and analysed in June 2024.



About public charging prices

  • Prices listed from this calculator, and hence in our study, are only indicative.
  • The monthly recharging price calculator takes into consideration the average prices for public recharging in selected countries and calculates an estimated monthly cost.
  • A weighted price is applied to public recharging. It that takes account the extent to which local CPOs and MSPs, on average, apply an energy price component (kWh fee), a time-based component (EUR/min or hour) or a fixed session component (EUR/s session)
  • For the MSP price they also add the average monthly subscription fee.
  • Since they are weighted prices, the prices applied by any given CPO or MSP in the country of choice may differ significantly from those in the calculator.
  • Please also note that additional costs may apply, such as a blocking fee.