Find Cheaper Petrol and Diesel
In Spain it’s not easy to save money on petrol or diesel, read our tips on how to pay less when filling your car.
Measures introduced in 2013 to encourage competition have only recently started to yield results for the consumer.
The 'Big Three' -Repsol, Cepsa and BP - charge practically the same prices. It’s hardly surprising given that together they control over 70% of the market.
Spanish consumer organisations are not in favour of unmanned low cost petrol stations. Some regions in Spain have banned them outright.
Cheapest Option 1: Your Local Supermarket
The numbers of petrol stations located at Carrefour, Alcampo, Eroski and E. Leclerc supermarkets are increasing, as well as at smaller regional supermarkets.
At Carrefour every time you fill up you’ll get 8% back on your Carrefour loyalty card. If you live near a Carrefour petrol station, even if you don’t shop there normally it’s worth getting their free loyalty card just to accumulate this discount.
Other supermarkets offer lower fuel prices directly to attract people to shop at their stores and they may offer additional discounts or promos.
Cheapest Option 2: Low Cost / Independent Petrol Stations (limited locations)
Self-service locations with no frills and, sometimes, no personnel. Prices range from 5 to 10 cents/litre lower than average market prices.
Don’t expect any extras such as loyalty cards, a shop or car wash. Many locations do not offer premium fuel.
All major petrol stations offer free loyalty cards with discounts. Some of these are directly linked to a credit card with a yearly fee that could wipe out any savings:
Repsol Visa card offers a 3 cents/litre direct discount on fuel at Repsol, Campsa and Petronor.
Cepsa Loyalty Card “Porque Tu Vuelves” has a points system, 1 litre= 5 points, increased by 40% when you use your local petrol station. Buy in their stores and you’ll get 15 points per euro spend. Accumulate 1000 points to get a 1€ discount. Note that Carrefour also offers 4% cashback on your Carrefour loyalty card if you use Cepsa petrol stations.
BP PremierPlus offers a basic 3 cents/litre discount, higher discounts are available for more litres purchased. Discounts are not direct but accumulated in a monthly voucher. Vouchers are limited to 24€/ month, you have 2 months to use them. Register online to exchange points for each litre purchased for gifts and discount vouchers from their catalogue.
Shell Club Smart gives 200 welcome points when you request their card. Each litre of fuel equals one point, exchange points for gifts from their catalogue.
Galp Fast offer points per litre depending on the type of fuel purchased. Galp also has a number of additional benefits with companies such as Orange, Mapfre or Asisa. Exchange points for discounts on fuel or gifts from their catalogue.