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What’s the Price of Gas in Ecuador?

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A reader recently asked on Twitter: What does fuel cost in Ecuador?

A lot is said about cost of living in Ecuador. It is true that the cost of rent and food is less – but that can be harder to quantify. Gas is gas. What does it cost to fill your tank?

Fuel is a big part of the cost of vehicle ownership in Ecuador.

Recently the Federal Government removed the subsidy on jet fuel. This has increased national flight costs significantly – although they still aren’t very expensive. As an oil producing nation, Ecuador offers huge benefits to its citizens by subsidizing gasoline and propane. Propane is almost free.

Read more about driving in Ecuador.

What Does Gas Cost in Ecuador?

Fuel is sold by the gallon and there are three options.

  • Extra: $1.48
  • Super: $2.19
  • Diesel: $1.037price of gas in ecuador

So we can fill our old truck for $20 and drive around 300 kilometers. We spend around $80 per month on fuel. In contrast, we used to spend around $250 per month in Canada, driving our new Honda Civic sedan. Of course, we used to drive more in Canada, but the contrast is still huge.

As I write this, I remember that my first car (’88 Honda Civic) could hardly hold $20 worth of gas. Of course, that was more than 15 years ago. Today, I can fill our V6 full size truck for $20. It only goes about half the distance, but the price is hard to beat.

It’s funny, but after almost three years we have become very accustomed to life here. We don’t compare fuel costs to Canada anymore. We compare fuel costs here. For example, we almost never purchase Super, although it is still just a fraction of the price of the cheap gas in Canada.

Because of the low cost of fuel, the government has a hard time controlling gas stations on the border with Peru and Colombia from selling fuel in bulk to people crossing in from those countries. Recently, the President announced that he was taking control of these stations as they weren’t complying with Federal rules.

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The Cheapest Fuel We’ve Ever Seen

While Ecuador has very inexpensive gasoline, it isn’t the cheapest that we’ve seen. When we were in Venezuela a few years ago, we filled our rental car for USD$0.90 – after driving it for 4 days all over Margarita Island. The price is approx USD$0.09 / gallon (yes that nine cents per gallon).

What’s the cheapest gas you’ve seen?

 

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Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

21 comments… add one
  • John Jul 17, 2014, 10:22 pm

    I know this is an old thread, But is most of this data stated on this thread regarding Ecuadore prices still valid ?

    • Bryan Haines Jul 18, 2014, 7:11 am

      The price for extra gas hasn’t increased since this post was published two years ago. The price for super fluctuates between $2.00 and $2.20 per gallon. It doesn’t go above that.

      • John Averick Jul 18, 2014, 11:39 am

        Thank you for the reply Bryon. Sounds good to me. Here in Florida 20 cents a US gal fluxuation is almost negligible the way the inflation has been eating us up here in the states.

  • Jakob Jan 1, 2013, 4:28 pm

    Ecuador like Venezuela (which has the cheapest gas in the world) is an oil exporting country, so they produce more than they consume. Therefore, they can satisfy domestic demand and still be able to export. One of the rules for exporting oil from Ecuador is that domestic demand has to be met at government dictated prices before anything can be exported. Apparently, with this the oil companies still make money as I cannot remember the gas price budge significantly for a decade now nor has there ever been a heated discussion about this. However, Ecuador is not Venezuela. I worked in Venezuela and I know I would not want to live there right now. Venezuela has nationalized the oil business and kicked all foreign capital out, Ecuador is merely imposing conditions for domestic supply on oil companies who want to do business in Ecuador. That’s a big difference.

    Now the real shocker, Canada is an oil exporting country, too. However, Canada has a free trade agreement with the USA (NAFTA). You cannot sign a free trade agreement with the USA without pledging to put all of your oil on the world market regardless of the domestic supply situation. This allows the USA to compete for Canadian oil on the world market on the same terms as Canada (or in other words Canada has to buy its own oil back for world market prices). Therefore, you will not see cheap gas in Canada. The US would be up in arms if Canada did something like that. For Canada the benefits of this agreement outweigh the drawbacks.

    As you might have noticed, free trade talks between Ecuador and USA have broken down repeatedly, while its neighbours Colombia and Peru have signed such a treaty. Neither neighbour is an oil exporting country. I am quite sure that the regulated oil/gas was on the table. It seems the Ecuadorian government is thinking hard about the benefits of such an arrangement with the US. If that treaty ever gets signed I would not be surprised if a floating gas price on US level suddenly becomes a topic. In the meantime we benefit from Ecuador’s “no” to US terms.

    • Roberto Apr 26, 2013, 11:56 am

      What is the current price now of regular and super now. I was told that it has went up significantly and is approximately $2.90 a gallon?

      • Bryan Haines Apr 26, 2013, 12:03 pm

        It hasn’t changed. Some times there is a variance of $0.01 – $0.03 per gallon of super – depending on the station. Regular (Extra) is always the same.

  • Richard Nov 12, 2012, 2:28 pm

    Would like to know if there are any retired ex.pat.( USA )living in Equador that would be willing to comunicate with us VIA E-Mail to answer the many many questions we have about possibly moving to Equador.

  • lana Jun 26, 2012, 11:35 pm

    Colombia** (spelling) sorry it’s my pet peeve.

    • Bryan Haines Jun 27, 2012, 7:30 am

      Thanks Lana – fixed it. Its one of those words I constantly spell wrong.

      Bryan

  • Cristian Apr 4, 2012, 9:09 am

    Good news Bryan, since April 1th, the gas is better at the same price.
    Congratulations for the blog, I’m a cuencano. Great to have people like you posting good things about my city

    • Bryan Haines Apr 4, 2012, 9:17 am

      Thanks Cristian – really appreciate it. I heard about the better gas. Do you know if it has a higher octane level or if it is cleaner? Just curious.

      Thanks again,

      Bryan

      • Paulo Jul 28, 2012, 8:42 pm

        Both. Super is now 92 octane and Extra 89 (RON). Also, Diesel has now 500 particles (it was 7000), and the governement expecto to reduce it to less than 100 (the goal is to have the same level that is used in europe) in the future years.

        • Paulo Jul 28, 2012, 8:42 pm

          Sorry, Extra is 87.

    • paul Jul 7, 2013, 12:30 am

      Hi!
      live in Maryland, retired, interested in moving to Cuenca
      do you think all the good things i read like gasoline price, equal treatment for resident visa, honor to those 65 and older, use of the US dollar, will continue?
      Are there any or many vacant houses in and near Cuenca?
      internet in Cuenca accesses same websites as in USA?
      Thanks, Paul

      • Bryan Haines Jul 9, 2013, 6:29 am

        Everything seems stable but there is no way of knowing if / when something will change. It is not hard to find a house or apartment for rent. Most new expats find their place within a week or so.

        Yes, the same sites are available as in the US. The exception are certain streaming video sites like Hulu. There are ways around it but some sites have licensing restrictions for use outside of the US. These are the only sites I’ve seen not work. Ecuador doesn’t restrict any sites – it is restricted from the US side.

  • Brendan Mar 30, 2012, 7:11 am

    Most of the limos that run between Toronto International Airport and the downtown use autogas. You can tell this by looking at the rear fender. Just above centre is a little yellow cap. This is the refueling port for propane. Drivers refill in the same way as pumping gasoline. Wikipedia has a good report on the subject. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autogas

    • Bryan Haines Mar 30, 2012, 9:20 am

      Nice – thanks for sharing this. I’m kind of out of touch…

  • Brendan Mar 29, 2012, 3:58 pm

    Bryan – Thank you for sharing this information. I had my car converted to run on either auto propane or gasoline. The former costs about 5O cents per litre in Scarborough, Ontario as opposed to $1.30 for gasoline. Based upon my normal driving, the conversion should be pay for itself within 3.5 years. By way of comparison, how much is auto propane in Ecuador? Do you pump the propane in a similar manner to refueling with gasoline?
    BTW – Propane burns clean, causing less pollution and engine wear than gasoline.

    • Bryan Haines Mar 29, 2012, 6:04 pm

      Hi Brendan – sounds like you are beating the system… I’ve never heard of auto propane – the tanks here aren’t refilled and returned to the original owner. The only system that we’ve seen is the exchange format. We have someone come to the house and take our empties (both propane tanks and water) and at the same time give us full ones.

      Sorry, but I’m not sure what is available.

      Bryan

  • Mom Mar 28, 2012, 8:48 am

    WOW! Our regular gas is now at $1.39.8/liter & on the way up. Another huge benefit of living in Ecuador! Just think how much your truck would cost to fill it up here in Nova Scotia.

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