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|