4th February – Tobacco in Luxembourg

Why go to Luxembourg for tobacco?  Well, whilst rolling tobacco is generally the same price as in Belgium if paying with sterling cash (they tend to offer a better exchange rate in Luxembourg), the euro rate you would pay if you used your credit card is a bit less.

However cigarettes are much cheaper – here they cost just £39 a sleeve (200), whilst in Belgium they will cost you £43.  In the U.K. it will cost you £77.10. The savings for any normal smoker (say 20 a day) over a six month period are substantial even at todays exchange rate (1.13 euro to the £). Buying 18 sleeves of cigarettes (6 months supply) will save you £685 in Luxembourg and £613 in Belgium.

Buying 52 packs (2.6 kgs) Golden Virginia will save you £572 on U.K. prices in both Luxembourg and Belgium.


In Luxembourg (Route 66 Tobacco shop);

Golden Virginia Tobacco costs 5.90 euro, or £4.95 sterling cash. In Belgium a pack (50g) costs  6.00 euro or £4.95.

Benson & hedges Gold costs 46.50 euro (sleeve of 200), or £39.00 sterling cash. In Belgium a sleeve costs  51.00 euro or £43.00.

Savings when buying enough for six months (if you don’t travel frequently this is what we recommend you buy). Tobacco prices in Belgium & Luxembourg

Cigarettes Per day  20
Cigarettes / six months  3,640
Approx. Number of sleeves  18.00 Cost / Savings
Cost in U.K.  7.71  1,387.80
Cost in Luxembourg  3.90  702.00
Saving in Luxembourg (200)  3.81  685.80
Cost in Belgium  4.30  774.00
Saving in Belgium (200)  3.41  613.80
Packs Golden Virginia Per week  2
Per six months  52 Cost / Savings
Cost in U.K.  15.96  829.83
Cost in Luxembourg  4.95  257.37
Saving in Luxembourg (200)  11.01  572.46
Cost in Belgium  4.95  257.37
Saving in Belgium (200)  11.01  572.46

2 thoughts on “4th February – Tobacco in Luxembourg

  1. Simon

    Ref your post, I am always confused as to how much I can bring back. The shops in Belgium say 1kg but you it’s also on how much you use personally. How much will I get through customs without them seizing my car etc.? I used to go every six months or so but if I can only get 1kg, it doesn’t seem worth it.

  2. drash Post author

    1Kg is the point at which the UKBA can start questioning you. As long as it’s for personal use, and you can sensibly justify what you have and you can bring back much more. Just be 100% honest as they use any slight variations in your story (and do compare it with your other passengers) to seize. Frequency of travel is important – if you have a lot and travel every week they will assume you usually have tobacco and seize. Make a point of working out how much what you have will last – they will ask you this – it’s a trick / trip up question that most travellers fail on – BE PREPARED! More info here

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