Petrol is not low-priced, it’s a fact. However, you should not be too quick to feel down when you plan travelling by car in this small yet beautiful country. On the first hand, “not low-priced” does not necessarily mean “hugely expensive”; on the second hand, you will be able to save on other things, such as taxi and time spent.
Local filling stations sell unleaded petrol and diesel. You will find leaded petrol in Georgia. Petrol prices as of February 2020:
Most fuel stations are open 24/7.
Please note that you should exchange your currency in advance. You can pay only with lari in Georgia.
When calculating your fuel consumption, please remember that Georgia is a mountainous country, and petrol consumption is much higher on highland roads than on lowland roads.
There are enough methane gas filling stations nearly everywhere across the country. They are few and far between on the Georgian Military Road, with the last gas filling station located right after the turn to Vladikavkaz when you drive from Tbilisi. There’s no methane in Tusheti, Svaneti, and Racha.
In places where gas is sold its quality is the same at both large and small fuel stations.
Propane is less frequent. So, you’d better not count on it. If propane is unavailable, fill up your vehicle with petrol.
Diesel is offered at every filling station.
All drivers would like to know which petrol stations are the best. And nobody wants to be fooled into buying less or worse fuel than expected, that is why we prefer familiar network filling stations.
We advise buying petrol from Lukoil, Gulf, Socar, Wissol, and Rompetrol. Of course, there are other brands in Georgia, but their fuel is not always of high quality. Therefore, you'd better fill up your hire car at network petrol stations. We recommend that you opt for "premium" fuel.
Network filling stations are frequent in large cities like Tbilisi, Batumi or Kutaisi. You don’t need to get out of your car to fill up the tank, a filling station attendant will do the job. You can pay by a bank card.
What should you do if there are no familiar petrol stations nearby? It’s simple. Look where taxi and truck drivers fill up. They know which stations sell the best petrol.
On the whole, the atmosphere in the country is calm, and the people are well-disposed. You can travel by car with your kids. If something goes wrong, e.g. if you run out of fuel, get a flat tyre or lose your way, feel free to turn to the police for help, it's a common practice here, and police officers consider such requests an essential part of their job.