Revealed: Britain Is Fifth Priciest Place To Learn To Drive Globally, Typically Costing £1,247 Per Person How Do Other Countries Compare

Learning to drive is a goal that many teenagers look to achieve as soon as they turn 17, but it can be an extremely costly endeavour on British roads.

On average, learner drivers in Britain pay £1,247 in total before getting their full licence, with the average cost of a UK driving lesson costing £24, data shows.

It means Britain is the fifth most expensive country in the world to learn to drive and pass your driving test of the 15 places looked at in the research by Veygo, an Admiral offshoot, has revealed.  

a man driving a car: Malta is the cheapest place to learn to drive and has a low rate of accidents involving young drivers, data shows © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Malta is the cheapest place to learn to drive and has a low rate of accidents involving young drivers, data shows

However, the cost of learning to drive changes dramatically depending on which country you live in.

Veygo - which offers short term cover - calculated the cost of learning to drive by multiplying the average price of lessons by how many lessons are recommended in that country, the cost of a provisional licence, the cost of converting to a full licence plus the cost of sitting theory and practical tests.

Despite being fifth, the UK pays a relatively small amount in comparison to Hong Kong which tops the list with a mighty £3,100, more than twice the price of learning in the UK.


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Learners have to pay on average a staggering £97 per lesson, over four times as much as learners in Britain.

They also have a six to nine month wait before they can actually take their test. To add to the pressure, it is more expensive when taking the test for a second time – encouraging learners to pass the first time.

Prices are also higher for those in Hong Kong as learners there have to take lessons with a licenced instructor, unlike in the UK where learners can choose to have lessons with someone they know, as long as they have had their licence for three years and are over the age of 21.

It's a double-whammy for Hong Kong motorists, with our annual petrol index in September revealing it is the most expensive place to fill up globally.  

Rank Country Cost of provisional licence Average Cost: Single lesson in £ No. of recommended lessons Total cost of driving lessons in £ Total cost of tests £ Full licence upgrade £ Total cost of learning and getting licence
1 Hong Kong £53 £97 30 £2,910 £50 (theory and practical) £87 £3,100
2 Germany £35 £44 Recommended 40 - 50 hours £1760-£2200 £364 (theory and practical) £4 £2,164
3 USA £61 £86 Min 6, recommended 30 - varies by state £516 - £2580 NA - all included with learner permit £36 £1,647
4 Sweden £17 £68 - £1,166 £137 (theory and practical) £21 £1,325
5 UK £34 £24 47 £1,128 £85-98 (theory and practical) - £1,247
6 Australia £93 £35 25 £882 £45 (theory and practical) £170 £1,189
7 France £26 £40 20 (required), many need 40 £615-£1400 Included in lesson costs (via driving school) - theory and practical - £1,008
8 Singapore £14 £30 Recommended 20-25 £600 - £750 £182 (theory and practical) £28 £823
9 New Zealand £24 £31 20-40 £620 - £1240 £66 (theory and practical) £24 £734
10 Spain One single cost covers all via driving school £22 20 One single cost covers all via driving school £79 (included with driving school costs) - £623
11 Italy One single cost covers all via driving school NA minimum 6 hours is mandatory with a qualified instructor One single cost covers all via driving school One single cost covers all via driving school - theory and practical   - £616
12 Ireland £31 £35 12 hours of  mandatory lessons  £420 £114 (theory and practical) £48 £613
13 Canada £34 £18 20 £352 £74 (theory and practical) £9 £469
14 Barbados £30 £15 - £304 £49 (theory and practical) £19 £403
15 Malta £20 £13 - £260 £47 (theory and practical - increases if test on weekend) - £328
Source: Veygo by Admiral 

By comparison, Malta is the cheapest country to learn in, costing just £328 in total. Lessons are almost half the price of those in the UK at £13.

However, although it may cost them less to learn, Maltese learner drivers stay on a three year provisional licence after passing their test and will not be able to get a full licence until the three years are up and they have a clean record.

The US came third in the list of countries with costs of £86 per single lesson. However, these figures vary significantly from state to state in the States.

a person in a car: The UK is the fifth most expensive country to learn how to drive averaging out at £24 a lesson © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The UK is the fifth most expensive country to learn how to drive averaging out at £24 a lesson

Germany was the most expensive European country and the second most expensive country after Hong Kong – although, learner drivers in Germany still pay almost a thousand pounds less.

Much of the high cost for German learners comes from the driving test cost which costs £364 for both theory and practical, roughly triple what those in the UK pay.

The number of recommended lessons also changes wildly from country to country which impacts on costs. 

For example, it is mandatory for learners in Italy to have six lessons, whereas in the UK, we have one of the highest amount of recommended lessons at 47.

Different countries also have different requirements for each driver. For example, in Sweden, it is mandatory to have an eye test, costing £17, before learner drivers are even allowed on the roads. 

Those in Finland are given a licence that lasts for just two years - only after that time has passed and the driver has occurred less than two fines, can a permanent licence be handed over. 

Despite the UK landing high up the list, learners still have more freedom than other countries when it comes to driving.

Jean-Baptiste Limare, head of Veygo, said: 'Learning to drive can be an expensive business but UK learners are relatively lucky in that they can choose to learn with a parent or friend if they have the required experience which can help to reduce the costs, even if those lessons are mixed with official tuition from a registered driving instructor.

'Combining lessons with an official instructor has other benefits too, 90 per cent of our own customers say that additional private practice helped them pass their driving test.' 

'Costs vary vastly across the globe and despite being the fifth most expensive place to learn, the UK is still less than half the cost of Hong Kong.' 

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Revealed: Britain is fifth priciest place to learn to drive globally, typically costing £1,247 per person - how do other countries compare?