Are Louis Vuitton Bags Cheaper In Europe? (Nov 2022)

Last update: 11/1/2022

If you are ready to pamper yourself with a new Louis Vuitton bag, this article might help you to save hundreds of dollars when purchasing your Louis Vuitton item. Be a smart shopper!

Louis Vuitton bag prices differ from country to country. We took the most popular styles and compared the prices on local websites for the USA and Europe.

An important point before we proceed is that all European countries have the same pricing. While buying in France, the homeland of the renowned trunk maker, may entail a lot of excitement, in terms of prices it's actually no different from buying in Germany or Spain.

Our comparison currency will be USD, so we assume that you are in the US looking to either buy a luxury Louis Vuitton bag either at home or in the regions mentioned.

This article was written in September 2022 and the current exchange rate is the following:

1 EUR = 0.99 USD

To simplify the task, we assume that the EUR prices can be equally converted to USD (1,000 = $1,000)

There will be some conversion commissions as well so that's not the final price but you can refer to these prices as an overall picture.

For more information on the current Louis Vuitton prices, please refer to the following materials:

Now let's compare the prices for the most popular Louis Vuitton styles. 

 

Is Louis Vuitton Neverfull Cheaper in France?

Louis Vuitton Neverfull is almost 40% cheaper in France than in the US. Below is the detailed calculation of the savings you might get by shopping in Europe.

louis vuitton neverufll pm monogram canvas price list

louis vuitton neverufll mm monogram canvas price list

louis vuitton neverufll gm monogram canvas price list

 

Here's the price comparison table for a Neverfull tote, demonstrating US pricing against the prices in Europe. 

Handbag 2022-2023 US Price  2022-2023 EU Price 
Louis Vuitton Canvas Neverfull PM $1,960 (USD) 1 450
Louis Vuitton Canvas Neverfull MM $2,030 (USD) 1 500
Louis Vuitton Canvas Neverfull GM $2,100 (USD) 1 550
Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte Neverfull MM  $2,710 (USD) 2 000

 

In 2022, a Neverfull MM is $2,030 in the US, while in France and Europe it's only 1 500€. Let's not forget that in the US you'll also have to pay sales tax, which means the purchase will be at least 5% more expensive over retail prices, which makes the total price $2,130.

 

It turns out that a brand new Neverfull is only 1,500€, or $1,500 in France!

It gets better. By shopping as a tourist, you're entitles to a VAT return, which realistically will be around 10%, or $150.

All in all, a Neverfull in France will cost you only $1,350, versus $2,130 in the US. By shopping in Europe you're saving $800, or about 40% of its price!

 

Is Louis Vuitton Onthego Cheaper in Europe?

Louis Vuitton Onthego is 30% cheaper in Europe. Scroll down to see a thorough calculation.

 

is onthego cheaper in europe
is onthego cheaper in europe

 

Let's repeat the trick with another very famous tote, Onthego.

Handbag 2022-2023 US Price EU
Louis Vuitton Reverse Monogram Canvas Onthego MM $3,100 (USD) 2 300
Louis Vuitton Reverse Monogram Canvas Onthego GM $3,250 (USD) 2 400
Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte Onthego PM  $3,250 (USD) 2 400
Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte Onthego MM  $3,400 (USD) 2 500
Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte Onthego GM $3,500 (USD) 2 600

 

Take Louis Vuitton Onthego GM in Monogram Reverse Canvas. It's $3,250 in the US. With tax, it'll turn to be at least $3,412.

In Europe, the same purse is 2 400€ (approximately $2,400 in USD). With a VAT refund, the price declines even further, totaling at $2,280.

The total savings are $1,132, or around 30% of the tote's price.

Again, there's a striking price difference.

 

Is Louis Vuitton Dauphine Cheaper in Europe?

Louis Vuitton Dauphine is about 40% cheaper in France and Europe than in the United States.

louis vuitton dauphine chain wallet price list

louis vuitton mini dauphine price list

louis vuitton dauphine mm price list

 

Here's the US vs EU price comparison table.

Handbag 2022-2023 US Price EU
Louis Vuitton Reverse Monogram Canvas Dauphine chain wallet $2,360 (USD) 1,750
Louis Vuitton Reverse Monogram Canvas Mini Dauphine  $3,400 (USD) 2,500
Louis Vuitton Reverse Monogram Canvas Dauphine MM $3,800 (USD) 2,800

 

Louis Vuitton Dauphine MM is 2,800€ in Europe vs $3,800 in the US.

With tax, it gets closer to the $4,000. With a tax refund in mind, you might only pay around $2,500 for this precious purse.

You savings might reach $1,500, or 40% of its US retail price!

 

Louis Vuitton Speedy Price Comparison US vs EU

Louis Vuitton Speedy bags are almost 30% cheaper in Europe.

louis vuitton speedy 25 monogram price list
louis vuitton speedy my lv heritage  monogram price list
louis vuitton speedy my heritage price list

 

Here is the price comparison between US and EU Speedy prices. Even with all the currency conversion rates involved, it's pretty obvious that Louis Vuitton bags are cheaper in Europe.

Speedy handbag 2022-2023 US Price  EU 
Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy 25 Bag $1,490 1 100€
Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy 30 Bag $1,550 1 150€
Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy 35 Bag $1,620 1 200€
Louis Vuitton My LV Heritage Speedy 25 Bag $1,890 1 400€
Louis Vuitton My LV Heritage Speedy 30 Bag $1,960 1 450€
Louis Vuitton My LV Heritage Speedy 35 Bag $2,030 1 500€
Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy Bandouliere 25 Bag $1,820 1 350€
Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy Bandouliere 30 Bag $1,890 1 400€
Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy Bandouliere 35 Bag $1,960 1 400€

 

Louis Vuitton Multipochette bag US vs EU Price Comparison

louis_vuitton_multi_pochette_3_piece_bag_price_is_it_cheaper_in_europe

You can refer to the Louis Vuitton Multi-Pochette Guide for a detailed calculation. 

 

How Much Cheaper Are Louis Vuitton Bags in France?

Generally, it varies from 20% to almost 50%. Overall, the purses are at least 20% cheaper. The general rule is the more expensive the purse, the cheaper it gets in Europe.

Is Louis Vuitton Cheaper in Rome?

The prices of the French designer bag company are the same across Europe. So all the prices in France are also valid for Italy. The only thing that might be different is VAT refund amount. It differs slightly across all EU countries, however, both France and Italy have a VAT of 20% so no difference here.

 

How To Get a VAT Refund 

Despite what you have read in our blog, you'll hear that VAT refund is around 20%. It means you can get 20% of the price you paid back provided that you're not a European resident.

However, the real amount you get back is different from the stated tax due to commissions and currency exchange. The real figure you get back will be 10-14% depending on the country. This figure comes from experience (we used to shop in Europe a lot :)

Louis Vuitton offers VAT refund everywhere in Europe. To get it, follow these simple steps.

  • When you're at Louis Vuitton's checkout with your dream bag, tell the Sales Assistant that you would like to get a VAT refund.
  • They will ask for your data and either fill in the documents straight away, or they will give you the Tax Free form with an envelope, filling in all the information they have to provide.
  • When you get back to the hotel, make sure that al the fields are filled it and you indicated the way you would like to receive your VAT refund back (it can be either card or cash)
  • Before going to the airport, make sure you have the item, its receipt and papers readily available. Do not pack any of these with your luggage. You may be asked to demonstrate the actual item.
  • When you get to the airport, look for the 'VAT refund' sign and follow the directions.
  • As soon as you reach the 'VAT refund' counter, show them the papers and the receipt. They may ask you do show the item you purchased, although that doesn't happen too often.
  • A lot of airports currently have self-service VAT refund post boxes. If you see any of these, just drop the envelope with the tax refund papers and within several weeks you'll get your VAT refund back to the credit card, which you used to pay for your item.
That's it! Actually, the process is quite straightforward.
 

Where Are New Louis Vuitton Bags the Cheapest?

If two years ago when I first wrote this article, UK was a clear winner offering an opportunity to score a bag with 20-25% discount from the US retail price, now with the latest price increases all EU prices are more or less the same. Depending on the price of the bag, you can save from 20% to 40% if you buy an LV bag in Europe.

Please be aware that the EU has the same pricing policy, so the price is exactly the same in France, Spain or Italy. What's different is your VAT refund, but the difference is not huge (11% vs 13%, for instance).

If your vacation is already booked in Europe, why not bring home these beauties at a reduced price? The more expensive is the bag, the better is the refund :)

And I do understand Asian people who take an extra suitcase for the Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Hermes bags when visiting Europe! Look at the price difference for Artsy Empreinte! What a nice discount!

Are you a smart shopper? Where do you prefer to buy Louis Vuitton bags?

Buying Preloved? Order professional Louis Vuitton Authentication services. Choose from the options below.

 

Comments

  • Posted by Faye Severino on

    Do I get refunded if I purchased a Loui Vito’s in Greece?

  • Posted by Huyen t nguyen on

    I love this website it help me pick the right bag

  • Posted by Me on

    UK VAT is 20% so this is what your are discounted if you are an overseas visitor purchasing. In most of the above you have referenced 10% which is incorrect. It’s been 20% for like 20years.

Leave a comment