Car Hire: Fuelling Up
A guide to the location of Tobago's few petrol filling stations
Trinidad is a petroleum producer, so it is no surprise to find that petrol (gas) is extremely cheap by European standards. Petrol is just TT$3 per litre (25p per litre / US$1.85 per US gallon). Diesel is half that price. I don't think I’ve ever spent more than £10 filling up a tank.
Rental agencies have different policies on fuel. The best agencies provide the vehicle with a full tank of petrol and ask you to return it similarly topped up. Some agencies take a more casual attitude and simply expect you to return it filled to the level it was on collection.
Obtaining fuel can be a major frustration. There is only one supplier (National Petroleum) and they have only eight filling stations on Tobago. Fuel shortages are common and filling stations appear to open and close when it best suits them. Hours are short and queues normal.
Every half-decent rental agency will provide you with a free roadmap showing the location of the filling stations. They are identified on the map below and on our detailed road map. It is a good idea to note the location of these filling stations during the early part of your holiday.
Another five stations are planned, but not currently shown on any published maps. The first, at Orange Hill near Scarborough, is under construction. Others are proposed for Carnbee (which has one already), Castara, Roxborough (a second station) and Goodwood.
Please note that there are NO petrol stations along the Caribbean coast or over the Main Ridge forest reserve - in fact, until the station at Castara is completed there is nothing between Plymouth and Roxborough. Make sure you have lots of fuel before attempting that journey:
- Crown Point – on the Milford Road between Pigeon Point and Canaan. Now open 24 hours and accepts MasterCard/VISA cards. Some pumps are self-service (pay for fill).
- Carnbee – on the road between Buccoo and Lambeau, east of Carnbee village
- Scarborough – Tobago's largest filling station (opened end of 2006) is located on the south side of the Claude Noel Highway as you approach Scarborough. There are two smaller stations on the on the sea front, south of the centre of town.
- Plymouth – drive into the middle of the village and ask if you don't see it.
- Roxborough – just keep on the coast road.
- Charlotteville – less than obvious, but next door to the fishing co-operative.