Turks complain that
Turkey has the highest
motor fuel prices in the world,
are ways to reduce your fuel costs
on your trip to Turkey.
Fuel stations (benzinci) in Turkey sell
the following motor fuels (akaryakıt) for cars:
Unleaded gasoline/petrol (kurşunsuz
benzin) is sold at all fuel stations,
usually with a choice of two octane grades.
Here are some estimates of its cost.
Diesel Fuel (dizel, mazot)
Dizel, or mazot, is
sold at most fuel stations for use
in Diesel-engine cars, trucks and buses.
Most fuel stations
also sell euro-dizel (ultra
low sulfur diesel fuel, sometimes called "clean
diesel," "ULSD" or "DERV").
If you rent a car that uses euro-diesel
fuel, instead of normal diesel
fuel or gasoline/petrol, your fuel
consumption will be lower, and so will your fuel
In fact, the very best way to lower
your overall car-rental costs is
to rent a high-fuel-efficiency
Euro-diesel vehicles have specially-shaped
fuel tank inlets that only
accept matching euro-diesel
nozzles. Normal diesel nozzles
and gasoline/petrol nozzles do not
fit. If a fuel station attendant
has difficulty inserting the fuel
pump nozzle into your car, the fuel
pump probably does not dispense euro-diesel,
and you should find a pump that does. Here
are some estimates of its cost.
Avoid Istanbul traffic if you can.
Liquified Natural Gas (LNG)
All Istanbul taxis, and some other
cars in Turkey are fitted to use liquified
natural gas instead of gasoline/petrol
or diesel fuel. This usually means
that the vehicle must carry a large,
heavy LNG tank in its trunk/boot, leaving
much less room for baggage.
LNG is not sold at all fuel stations,
but it is not difficult to find a station
that sells it.
At a fuel station (usually called benzinci, "gasoline-man"), an
attendant will fill your tank (no self
service), no matter which fuel you
choose. In some stations, you pay the attendant directly for the fuel. In others, you go inside and pay a cashier. The cashier gives you two receipts, one of which you give to the attendant outside before leaving the station, to demonstrate that you have paid.
If some other service is
performed, such as cleaning your windscreen,
checking the oil, putting air in a
tire, etc., you may want to offer a small tip. It's up to you.
Many fuel stations have "markets" selling
snacks and drinks, and some have car-wash facilities
as well. If there is no automated car
wash, you can usually haggle with
an attendant to clean your car (outside,
inside, or both) for a reasonable sum.
—by Tom Brosnahan