Green Flag Motoring Assistance, based in the UK, carried out a survey of European garages and found that Austria has the highest call-out charges for motorists left stranded. The average cost in Austria is E110 (£74).
This was followed by Ireland and Germany at E100, or £67 and then Italy at E95, or £64. Spain was the cheapest at E55 (£37).
The initial call-out charged was also vastly different from country to country. In the Netherlands it was from within a 25-kilometre radius of garages and in Germany the distance was only six kilometres.
Labour rates also differed - costing about E31 (£20) per hour in Spain and E81 (£54) in Germany. Green Flag spokeswoman Melanie Denny said: 'The results of the research highlight to those responsible for fleets just how costly breaking down abroad can be. Call-out charges, recovery rates and hourly labour costs vary enormously and business car users who don't have adequate breakdown cover could be left facing enormous bills.'
France is the most common location for Green Flag customers to breakdown on mainland Europe, the research found.