Petrol in Ireland

How difficult is it find petrol stations in Ireland, particularly in the rural areas? Do many of them take credit cards and if so, do they have to be chip & pin cards. Are most open on Sundays? Thanks,
John

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7978 posts

Not hard anywhere. Regular credit cards work. I've forgotten, or never thought about, Sunday in rural areas, but it shouldn't be a problem - - a cheapo car has an eight gallon tank and gets forty per - - that's three-twenty, a bit more than the straight-line length of the whole island.

Posted by Thomas
Snyder, Texas
503 posts

You will find stores like our convenience stores with gas pumps all over. It's as easy as it is here.
Have a great time.

Posted by Cynthia
Gig Harbor, Washington, USA
1202 posts

Our chipless credit cards worked just fine at Irish petrol pumps, April 2012. There are not very many gas stations in Connemara, so be sure your tank doesn't get low, at least in that area.

Posted by Tod
San Diego, CA, USA
218 posts

Regular credit cards worked fine over there. The cars get great mileage and the distances are short so you won't fill up as much as you think you will. It is a good idea to fill up before heading into really remote areas like Dingle just as precaution but other than that I wouldn't worry about it. The only caution is that the green labeling of diesel versus regular gas is opposite what it is in the states so double-check before putting gas in the tank. I assume they have different sized nozzles there like we do here but I wouldn't want to count on that. =Tod

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7978 posts

'into really remote areas like Dingle' There are gas stations all over the place on the peninsula. The whole loop is about a hundred miles -- less than a third of a tank of gas. 'I assume they have different sized nozzles'
Nope. Never assume.

Posted by Tod
San Diego, CA, USA
218 posts

I'm sure Ed's right thinking about it. I got gas in Tralee and then I don't think I filled up again until I returned the car at the airport unless maybe I got gas in Cashel so I wasn't paying much attention. The pass into Dingle and peninsula drive feel very rural and detached but there are a lot of cars so there must be the appropriate gas stations around. The only other I can remember is that gas was about .10/liter cheaper on the north side of the ferry. I didn't stop because I didn't want to miss the ferry and after crossing over and heading into Tralee it seems like it was a euro dime more expensive everywhere. =Tod

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7683 posts

I have driven whole weeks in Ireland and only needed to fill up once - and top it off before dropping the car at the airport. There are plenty of stations all over, and with a little planning you won't have to find one open on Sunday.