Revealed: The Top 10 Most Expensive Motorway Services

Wed 27th Nov 2019

We pay through the teeth for the petrol and are taken to the cleaners for the extortionate prices of the snacks, but on a long motorway journey the services are a necessary evil.

Now the actual cost of the mark-up on prices at motorway services has been revealed with the price of sausage rolls, chocolate and crisps going up by 135% at some services.

The research, which was conducted by Admiral Car Insurance, saw them travel up and down the country’s motorway network with very deep pockets, to find out how much motorists were being ripped off.

Staples such as water appear to have the biggest mark-up, with a 44p bottle from a supermarket costing £1.85 more in a service station. In fact, at the nation’s most expensive services, Durham Services on the A1 (M), a purchase of sweets and savoury snacks cost an eye-watering £16.21 compared to the same items being bought in a supermarket.

“We all expect to pay a little more for convenience, but the amount people are charged at service stations amounts to highway robbery in some cases,” said Clare Egan from Admiral.

“Grabbing the essentials from home or at least a supermarket before setting off could result in some big savings on the overall cost of your journey.

“Given the availability of free water refills at all of the service stations and the push to be plastic-free, motorists don’t need to spend anything on bottled water, let alone a forking out as much as 420% more than in a supermarket.

“Many of us will be making cross-country trips with our families over the coming weeks, and it will be tempting to stop en route for a snack or petrol," Egan said.

"By planning ahead, you could avoid the hyper inflated service station costs save some money for Christmas and help the environment at the same time.”


Top Ten Most Expensive Motorway Services


  • Durham Services A1(M) - 135% markup

  • Lancaster (Forton) Services M6 - 135% markup

  • Woolley Edge Services M1 - 135% markup

  • Hilton Park Services M6 - 135% markup

  • Leigh Delamere Services M4 - 135% markup

  • Beaconsfield M40 - 133% markup

  • Bothwell Services M74 - 132% markup

  • Magor Services M4 - 130% markup

  • Birchanger Green Services M11 - 129% markup

  • Reading Services M4 - 128% markup