Buying Gas in Wales

Will I have any problems buying gas in Wales without a chip and pin card? We will be driving from Bath through the Brecon Beacons area, then along the southern coast, up the western coast, through Snowdonia National Park, on to Conwy and then to the Manchester Airport. Most of our travel will not be on the main highways. Thanks.

Posted by Ed
9110 posts

I used a chipper yesterday at one of the supermarket stations at Porthmadog because that's what it needed when I got to the pump - - and that was the first unattended one I've stumbled across and it was plainly marked as such but I missed the sign. Otherwise AmEx, Visa, etc are working fine. Could easily have gone down the road a mile and used a stripper. I spend my time on really, really, back, back roads. You won't have any trouble.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
12331 posts

As you are filling up you may find that you see supermarkets which sell petrol and diesel. Green handle for regular unleaded, black for diesel in most places. The supermarkets will likely be considerably cheaper than free standing petrol stations. Asda and Morrisons are usually the cheapest, Tesco and Sainsburys next. Out in the wilds of Wales, rural GB in general, fuel is much more expensive than in the bigger towns.

Posted by Carroll
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
1468 posts

Ed and Nigel, Thanks for responding. It sounds like we'll be okay without a chip and pin card.