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Service Stations on Ruta 40

Where to fill up the tank

Learn where the gas stations are located along Ruta 40, Argentina: where to fill your gas tank, which towns have service stations and more. Find all you need to know to plan a safe road trip.

Filling up along Ruta 40

¿Where are the Service Stations?

Tips and information for a peaceful trip

Ruta 40 in Argentina crosses areas with very low population density: towns and gas stations are far apart. Knowing where the next gas station is, is critical to be able to plan your journey. Here you will find complete details on fueling stations along the highway.

Your Road Trip along Ruta 40, South America's mythical highway will be easier if you know beforehand where to fill up your petrol tank.

Important tip: Keep your gas tank topped up

gasoline

Don't wait for the red light to show up on the dashboard to remind you that your fuel levels are low. Argentina in general and the Ruta 40 in particular has far less gas stations than you have in the US, Canada, Australia or Europe, they are also quite a distance from each other and, sometimes they run out of gasoline.

We once waited for several hours in Rio Mayo, Chubut, Patagonia for the tanker truck to arrive with its precious cargo to be able to fill up our gas tank, and a friend drove on his empty tank trying to find a service station with fuel in Santa Cruz.

So, just fill up your tank at every service station and play it safe

How gas is pumped in Argentina

There are no self-service gas stations in Argentina. Nobody pumps his or her own gas. The service station attendant will pump it for you.

Some places may not accept credit cards. By law they must accept debit cards, but don't bet on it. Always carry some cash to fill your tank. Gasoline costs between U$S 1.10 and U$S 1.24 per liter (95 and 98 octanes respectively).

The main players in the market are YPF, Shell, Axion (who purchased the Exxon network) and Oil. Petrobras stations were sold to Dutch oil company Trafigura and are being rebranded "Puma". Then there are independent gas stations known as "Bandera Blanca" or "white flag" stations.

Find your Service Station

Search each Province

Click on the province below to see which towns on Route 40 have gas stations -they are listed by region from south to north:

Patagonia

 

Cuyo Region

 

North Region

Service Stations Networks

Shell, YPF y Axion: Argentine locations

The websites of the main oil companies have maps that show the location of their service stations. The Argentine Ministry of Energy and Mining has a website that shows ALL of Argentina's gas stations and the price that they sell the fuel at:

Towns with Gas Stations in each Province

We also included those towns that are relatively close to the Ruta 40 in case you are doing a side trip or there are fuel shortages along the main highway.

It comprises the provinces of (from south to north): Santa Cruz, Chubut, Río Negro and Neuquén. We start with Santa Cruz and list each province's towns from South to North:

Santa Cruz towns with filling stations :

Visit This Website of the Department of Roadworks of Santa Cruz it has information on fuel and gas stations in the whole province.

Town

Service Stations

Río Gallegos

YPF - Petrobras

28 de Noviembre

YPF

Río Turbio

YPF - Petrobras

Tapi Aiken

White Flag ?

La Esperanza

YPF

El Calafate

YPF - Petrobras

El Chaltén

YPF ?

Tres Lagos

YPF ?

Gobernador Gregores

YPF

Bajo Caracoles

YPF ?

Perito Moreno

YPF - Petrobras

Not on Ruta 40, but close to it

Hipólito Yrigoyen

White Flag ?

Los Antiguos

YPF

ACA gas station in Confluencia Neuquen
ACA gas station in Confluencia "Old Ruta 40", Neuquén

The ACA is the "Automóvil Club Argentino" (The Argentine Automobile Club - just like the AAA of USA or the AA in the UK). The ACA sells YPF gasoline and has a network across the country.

Places with gas stations on Ruta 40 del Chubut, from south to north:

Town

Service Stations

Río Mayo

YPF

Gobernador Costa

YPF - AXION

Tecka

YPF

Esquel

YPF - Petrobras

Epuyen

Petrochubut

El Hoyo

YPF

Not on Ruta 40, but close to it

Aldea Beleiro

Petrochubut

Alto Rio Senguer

White Flag

Corcovado

Petrochubut

Cholila

Petrochubut

El Maitén

Petrochubut

Lago Blanco

Petrochubut

Lago Puelo

YPF

Rio Pico

Petrochubut

José de San Martin

Petrochubut

Sarmiento

YPF y Petrobras

Trevelin

YPF

Three tips to save fuel

  • Travel light
    The more load you carry the more energy you need to move it: more fuel consumption. Lighten up your car's trunk and take only what you need with you.
  • Accelerate gradually
    The ideal situation is to travel at a steady speed, to step on the throttle means wasting fuel. Accelerating and slowing down repeatedly uses more gasoline.
  • Turn off the airconditioner
    Most of us use the airconditioner year round, in winter it keeps the windows from misting up, but it requires power from the engine to run the AC and that uses more fuel.

Gas stations on Ruta 40 in Río Negro.

Town

Service Stations

El Bolsón

YPF - Petrobras

Villa Mascardi

YPF

S. Carlos de Bariloche

YPF - Petrobras - Axion

Dina Huapi

Axion

Check your tire's pressure

Defated tires have a wider tread-step on the road surface, increasing friction and requiring more power from you engine to move the vehicle. Read the manual to find out which is tthe correct pressure for your car and check the pressure every two weeks to keep the tires correctly inflated.

Neuquén's Ruta 40 service stations:

Town

Service Stations

Villa La Angostura

YPF

San Martín de los Andes

YPF

Junín de los Andes

YPF - Axion

Zapala

YPF - Petrobras

Las Lajas

YPF

Chos Malal

YPF

Buta Ranquil

White Flag

Barrancas

White Flag

Not on Ruta 40, but close to it

Aluminé

YPF

Confluencia

YPF

Loncopue

YPF

Villa Pehuenia

YPF

 

This complete's the Patagonian section, now we continue north into the "Cuyo Region".
 

Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja are the three "Cuyo" provinces along Ruta 40.

Fill your tank in Mendoza in these towns along Ruta Nacional 40:

Town

Service Stations

Malargüe

YPF - Axion

El Sosneado

White Flag

Pareditas

White Flag

Eugenio Bustos

Shell

San Carlos

YPF

Tunuyán

YPF - Shell

Ugarteche

YPF - White Flag

Luján de Cuyo

YPF - Shell

Maipu

YPF - Shell

Mendoza Capital

YPF - Shell - Petrobras - Axion - White Flag

Jocoli

Aspro

Not on Ruta 40, but close to it

La Consulta

YPF

Vista Flores

White Flag

Tupungato

YPF

Uspallata

YPF

San Rafael

YPF - Shell

ACA gas station in El Bolsón, Río Negro
The ACA gas station in El Bolsón, Río Negro

Fuel on Route 40 in the province of San Juan

Town

Service Stations

Media Agua

Axion

San Juan Capital

YPF - Shell - Axion - Oil - White Flag

Jáchal

YPF

Not on Ruta 40, but close to it

Calingasta

YPF

Las Flores (Iglesia)

YPF

Tips to use less fuel

Anything that alters the flow of air around your car will generate "drag" and slow it down, meaning that you will need to use more power (and gasoline) to keep the same speed. Racks on the car's roof and ski racks, bikes, trailers, caravans and even sunroofs or open windows disrupt the car's aerodynamics.

Anything that makes wind-noise when you are driving will cause drag.

La Rioja and its stations

Town

Service Stations

Guandacol

White Flag

Villa Unión

YPF - White Flag

Nonogasta

YPF

Chilecito

YPF - Shell - Oil

San Blas de los Sauces

YPF

Not on Ruta 40, but close to it

Aimogasta

YPF - Shell

Famatina

YPF

 

This concludes Cuyo Region. Now we will head north into Argentina's Northern Region.
 

Catamarca, Tucumán, Salta and Jujuy provinces

Where to fill up your petrol tank in Catamarca (R.Nac. 40):

Town

Service Stations

Belén

YPF - Refinor

Hualfín

YPF

Santa Maria

Oil

Not on Ruta 40 (These are on the "Ruta de los Seismiles")

Tinogasta

YPF

Fiambalá

YPF


Tucumán has the shortest segment of all of Ruta 40, and has no gas stations on it.

Tucumán, Fuel close to Ruta 40:

Town

Service Stations

Tafí del Valle

YPF

Mollar

YPF

Gas station in Barrancas, Neuquen
Gas Station in Patagonia: Barrancas, Neuquén

Fill up on Ruta 40 in Salta:

Town

Service Stations

Cachi

YPF

Cafayate

YPF

San A. de los Cobres

YPF

Not on Ruta 40, but close to it

Chicoana

YPF

Carril

YPF

Salta

YPF - Refinor - Shell

Rosario de Lerma

YPF

The Jujuy Gas Stations:

Town

Service Stations

La Quiaca

YPF

Susques

White Flag

Not on Ruta 40, but close to it

Tilcara

YPF

Paso de Jama

YPF

Humahuaca

YPF

Abra Pampa

White Flag

Important comment

We try to provide reliable information to our visitors so that they can plan their trip along Ruta 40. To this effect we have checked the official sources and those of the oil companies. Nevertheless, this information may become outdated, service stations may close, others open, some may go bankrupt, etc. So we strongly recommend that you check out this information before setting out on their Ruta 40 road trip. All information on our website is for information purposes only and shall not be construed as the giving of advice or making of any recommendation and this website should not be relied upon as the basis for any decision or action. The contents may not be comprehensive or updated. All information is provided in good faith but without warranty of any kind, express or implied, and any use of information or material contained on this website is at the users sole risk.

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