Driving in Thailand: Fuel Types and Prices (Compare PTT, Shell, Esso, BCP, Caltex, Etc.)

Driving in Thailand: Fuel Types Explained & Check Prices Between PTT, Shell, Esso, Caltex, BCP

Petrol Fuel Prices Thailand

If you’re driving in Thailand especially when you’re on a holiday, you may not be familiar with the various types of fuel there and their prices.

Thailand isn’t a top producer of petroleum, whether in Southeast Asia or in the world. Naturally, its petrol prices are also costlier, at least compared to neighboring countries like Indonesia and Malaysia, the top two oil producers in the region.

Driving in Thailand Fuel Types Explained & Check Prices Between PTT, Shell, Esso, Caltex, BCP
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In Thailand, there are several types of fuel, comprising of various grades of diesel and gasoline. Based on my experience of driving and refueling in Thailand, below I will try to explain each types of the fuel in Thailand:

Diesel & Premium DieselFor diesel-fueled vehicles onlyColour Code
Gasoline 91Regular unleaded (RON91) fuel/pure benzine with 0% ethanolRed
Gasoline 95Premium unleaded (RON95) fuel/pure benzine with 0% ethanolYellow
Gasohol 91 (E10)Regular unleaded (RON91) mixed with 10% ethanolGreen
Gasohol 95 (E10)Premium unleaded (RON95) mixed with 10% ethanolOrange
Gasohol 95 (E20)Premium unleaded (RON95) mixed with 20% ethanol. Please check manual to see if your vehicle supports this fuel
Gasohol 95 (E85)Premium unleaded (RON95) mixed with 85% ethanol. Please check manual to see if your vehicle supports this fuel
NVG (Gas)For natural gas-fueled vehicles

Generally, most gasoline-powered cars should be able to run on Gasoline E95, Gasohol 91 (E10), and Gasohol 95 (E10) and these fuels are relatively more expensive compared to Gasohol 95 (E20) and Gasohol 95 (E85). Although the E20 and E85 are cheaper, having more percentage of ethanol in the fuel will translate into loss of power and fuel efficiency, as well as possible damage to the fuel system.

In Thailand, people refer to gasoline as “petrol” and a filling station is called a “pump”. Prices of fuel are under the managed float system, so everyday, the prices of various types of petrol will float based on the market and government subsidy.

Below are the latest fuel prices in Thailand per litter:

Below are the latest fuel prices in Thailand per litter:

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Please note that the fuel prices listed above, fetched directly from fuelpricesthailand.com, are for Bangkok. Prices in other provinces may vary between 1% to 10%.