London is the second worst city to drive in as a tourist

Not Nice: London is named the second worst European city to drive in as a tourist, while Frankfurt and Nice are named the best cities for holidaymakers.

London is the worst city for tourists

London has been named the second worst European city to drive in as a tourist, in a study of 24 major locations across the EU.

Insurance comparison site Compare The Market factored in the cost of parking, price of fuel, road safety, road quality, car density and congestion to come to this conclusion.

It will come as no surprise to anyone who has braved the streets of the UK capital.

Neither will the fact that Rome is ranked as the worst city for tourist drivers. From crazy scooter riders to madmen in Fiat Pandas, driving in the Italian capital can be a nerve-racking experience.

Moscow, Milan and Dublin were the other cities to find themselves at the foot of the table, while Paris just managed to avoid a bottom five slot.

With a road fatality rate of 140.69 per million residents, Moscow and St Petersburg are the cities to avoid if you value your life.

Nice is good, Frankfurt is nicer

Cars in Frankfurt

At the opposite end of the table, Frankfurt is the city to head to if you fancy a stress-free driving experience, with the German financial capital finishing top for congestion and second for the cost of parking.

Nice, Vienna, Madrid and Lisbon were the other European cities to finish in the top five.

Given the results of the Compare The Market study, tourists might want to consider using public transport when travelling to London. It costs £12 to park for two hours, while a gallon of fuel costs £5.43.

The results in full

City Parking (2 hours) Fuel (per gallon) Road fatalities

(per million residents)

Road quality rating Passenger cars (per 1,000 residents) Hours of congestion
1. Frankfurt £1.70 £5.28 38.78 5.5/7 562 107
2. Nice £3.70 £5.80 51.98 6/7 477 130
3. Vienna £6.80 £4.67 49.39 6/7 552 109
4. Madrid £5.30 £4.94 38.97 5.5/7 505 129
5. Lisbon £2.10 £5.69 57.25 6/7 470 162
6. Budapest £2.70 £4.29 61.83 4.1/7 355 162
7. Krakow £1.80 £4.45 79.74 4.1/7 586 125
8. Stockholm £5.80 £5.78 27.26 5.5/7 480 135
9. Prague £3.10 £4.74 57.85 4/7 523 143
10. Munich £6.10 £5.28 38.78 5.5/7 562 140
11. Barcelona £6.80 £4.94 38.97 5.5/7 505 147
12. Warsaw £1.30 £4.45 79.74 4.1/7 586 173
13. Berlin £7.00 £5.28 38.78 5.5/7 562 154
14. Amsterdam £7.50 £6.31 36.66 6.1/7 489 164
15. St Petersburg £2.90 £2.42 140.69 2.9/7 302 200
16. Copenhagen £11.00 £5.98 36.82 5.5/7 430 137
17. Brussels £4.90 £5.31 56.13 4.5/7 510 195
18. Florence £4.40 £6.02 54.17 4.5/7 625 195
19. Paris £6.50 £5.80 51.98 6/7 477 237
20. Dublin £5.20 £5.44 38.97 4.6/7 446 246
21. Milan £5.20 £6.02 54.17 4.5/7 625 226
22. Moscow £9.60 £2.42 140.69 2.9/7 302 210
23. London £12.00 £5.43 27.7 5.1/7 472 227
24. Rome £7.00 £6.02 54.17 4.5/7 625 254

Figures in bold and italics represent the best in each category. Figures underlined are the worst.

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Gavin Braithwaite-Smithhttp://www.petrolblog.com
Writer with a penchant for #FrenchTat. Also doing a passable impression of Cousin Eddie in an Italian-German beige motorhome.

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