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Gasing up in Ireland

Been reading the forum for some time and have never come across anyone mentioning gas stations and how to fill up. Are gas stations plentiful in Ireland, are they full serve or self serve. Do you require cash or will credit cards work. Just curious if things are different than in North America

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105 posts

Very easy Warren, gas (we call them petrol) stations all over the place, vast vast majority are self service, careful to use the right fuel, petrol or diesel, credit cards are taken at virtually every station. Only slight word of caution, motorways (your highways?) have a limited number (if any) stations, this isn't really a problem as the motorways are quite short so no danger of running out if you're running on a fullish tank to start with.

Posted by
237 posts

Second that. I'm in Ireland right now and petrol stations are easy. They are pump first then go in and pay so that maybe strange but that's about the strangest part. The cars get super good gas mileage so you won't be getting gas very often - I went from Dublin through Newgrange to Galway and all over and didn't have to fill up until Tralee and that was still 1/4 of a tank.
-Tod

Posted by
433 posts

Paying after you fill up. Like it used to be . . .awesome

Posted by
89 posts

Great question! Renting a car and taking a driving tour. Can someone tell me the price per gallon, please? I'm working on our budget.

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105 posts

Petrol is €7.30 approx for a gallon of petrol, €7 approx for a gallon of diesel. We don't do gallons here, it's in litres, €1.6 approx for diesel, €1.67 approx for petrol

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12 posts

They are very easy to use and some of the bigger ones even have cafes where you can get a cheap breakfast or hot lunch.

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237 posts

In the Galway area I was seeing prices in the 1.50 euros a liter - roughly 1/4 of a gallon - and prices in the 1.60 euros in the south with diesel being about 10 euro cents less per liter. The conversion to gallons and dollars is only going to confuse the issue. Don't forget that the cars get much better gas mileage and doing Dublin Airport following an really sight-seeing wandering trial to Galway, Tralee, Dingle, Killarney and back I over 6 days covering probably >800kms only filled up twice probably going through 1.5 tanks and spent ~$110 (~80 euros) on gas. They take credit cards so if you have one that doesn't charge for currency conversion then just charge it and don't worry about budgeting for it. I wanted to add I was pleasantly surprised how nice many of the gas stations are inside. Many have simple grocery stores - including fresh fruit and baguettes - and lunch counters with espresso coffee drinks etc.
Also - green is unleaded not diesel as it is in the states. Know what kind of gas your care takes and choose carefully at the station.

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518 posts

There are many stations much like our convenience stores here. Buy gas, get a coke or snack, use their facilities -- easy. Buy, then pay. Just be careful. The hose colors on the pumps are opposite to ours. Green is gasoline. Black is diesel. Oh, I see you are Canadian. I suppose your pumps are color coded the same as US. Yes?

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Hi Warren, Just got back two weeks ago and was worried also, but I found out that I had nothing to worry about. It was super simple, we just pulled up, filled up and paid (in cash) what we owed. We drove from Dublin to Glendalough, Cashel,Kilkenny, Blarney, Dingle, Doolin and back to Dublin (6 days) and we only filled up once. The rate was 1.68 per liter. I wouldn't say they where plentiful but not hard to find. Honestly, if you looking for a place to fill up, just ask a local, they are as friendly and helpful as you will ever encounter. Have a wonderful trip! Patty