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Blog 11.10.2023.

Where to refuel if you're renting a car in Montenegro?

When renting a car, it is essential to know which type of fuel your vehicle requires, to avoid potential engine damage, insurance penalties, or incurring additional fees. Choosing the right gas station is also important for various reasons, but mainly because of the fuel quality, pricing, and availability of specific fuels. For a better travel experience, MontenegroCar suggests planning your refuelling stops in advance.

Select the Correct Fuel

Some Tips about Fuel Types and Safety Measures

Determining the type of fuel your vehicle requires and following safety measures during refuelling is crucial to ensure your vehicle's longevity and safety.

There are several ways to check the fuel type a vehicle uses. For example, you can look at the vehicle's manual, fuel door or cap, or you can look for dashboard indicators or vehicle indication number (VIN), where you will find the vehicle’s specifications. Sometimes, the name of the vehicle model has a "D" in it which means it uses diesel.

As for the safety guidelines, we recommend you always turn off the engine, avoid overfilling, and ensure the cap is securely tightened after refuelling, and, as we mentioned above, always use the correct fuel for your vehicle.

Most gas stations in Montenegro accept credit cards, but just to be sure, you should always have cash with you. All of them are also open on Sundays when all the other shops are closed, so expect it to be a bit more crowded than usual.

Gas Types

Petrol (Gasoline), often known as Benzin, is the most standard car fuel, especially for rental vehicles. It is a transparent, petroleum-derived liquid primarily used as fuel in spark-ignited internal combustion engines.

Another widespread fuel type is diesel. It offers better fuel efficiency than petrol and is generally cheaper. Diesel engines, which use this fuel, rely on the heat of compression to ignite it, rather than an external spark as in gasoline engines. Diesel engines tend to be noisier but provide more torque, making them popular for larger vehicles and those that need to haul or tow. Watch out not to fill your diesel car with petrol, as it can cause significant damage to the engine.

Diesel fuel comes in two main categories:

  • Regular Diesel: Derived from crude oil, this is the standard diesel found at many fueling stations. It's primarily used in trucks, buses, and other heavy-duty vehicles due to its efficiency and high-energy release upon combustion. However, it has a notable environmental footprint, especially regarding greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Supplemented Diesel: This variant often contains additives to improve performance (like better performance in cold conditions) and reduce environmental impact. Examples include biodiesel (made from vegetable oils or animal fats) and synthetic diesel (derived from natural gas or biomass). These are generally considered cleaner alternatives but may not be as widely available as regular diesel. Q Max Diesel is one of them and is available at Petrol Gas Stations (Look at the map below for locations of Petrol gas stations).

Lately, electric and hybrid cars have been gaining in popularity, as they represent a shift towards sustainable transportation, aiming to reduce gas emissions and dependency on fossil fuels. Electric cars (EVs) run solely on electric power, sourced from a battery pack, and require charging from external electric sources. In contrast, hybrid vehicles combine a conventional internal combustion engine with an electric motor, which means they can run on petrol or electricity.

Plan Refueling in Advance

Interactive Google Map with all the gas stations in Montenegro, sorted by gas companies:

Take a look at The interactive map of all the gas stations in Montenegro.

When journeying through Montenegro, it's essential to familiarize oneself with the country's major fuel providers and locations of gas stations. These gas station companies are the major fuel.

  • EKO: A well-known brand in the Balkans, EKO gas stations offer high-quality fuel, ensuring your vehicle runs efficiently. Their stations are strategically located and numerous, making them accessible to travelers exploring Montenegro's varied terrains.

  • INA: Originating from Croatia, INA has expanded its operations to neighboring countries, including Montenegro. They are known for their commitment to quality and service. With a good number of stations all over the country, you're never too far from an INA gas station.

  • LUKOIL: A Russian multinational, LUKOIL is one of the world's largest oil companies. Their presence in Montenegro ensures that drivers have access to internationally certified fuel. Their stations often come equipped with convenience stores, making them a popular stopover for long drives.

  • Hifa Oil: This regional brand, based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has made a significant mark in Montenegro. Known for their high standards of service, Hifa Oil stations offer not just quality fuel, but also a range of additional services that cater to drivers' needs.

  • Petrol: A leading energy company in the region, Petrol hails from Slovenia. Its widespread network in Montenegro ensures that drivers are well-catered to. Their stations are equipped with modern amenities, making them a favorite for those seeking a quick break during their journey.

  • EURO Petrol: A local favorite, EURO Petrol is synonymous with quality fuel in Montenegro. They have a strong presence in the country and are trusted by many for their consistency and reliability. Their stations often boast facilities like car washes and cafes, making them an all-in-one stop for many motorists.

You can follow the fuel price changes on this website.

Avoid Extra Costs

The best way to avoid damages to your car and any extra costs is to be prepared. Take a look at our rent a car Support Center and always stay up to date.


Q: Who should I contact if I need help during the booking?

     A: You can contact our Customer Service for any assistance you may need. We are available 24/7 and equipped to help with any issue.

Q: What should I do if I accidentally fill my vehicle with the wrong type of fuel?

     A: If you use the wrong type of fuel, do not try starting the engine. This will prevent the possibility of major engine damage. Contact our Customer service, which will come up with the best solution so you can continue your journey as quickly as possible.

Q: What if the car runs out of fuel?

     A: Try to stop the car on the road, turn on the hazard signals, switch off the engine, pull the hand brake and place the safety triangle at the prescribed distance from the vehicle. Buy a plastic canister at the nearest petrol station and fill the car with at least 5l of the appropriate type of fuel (check the label on the tank lid). If you cannot start the engine even after several attempts, contact our technical support to avoid damaging the engine.

Q: How do I check the fuel type for a rented car?

     A: You will find a sticker indicating the type of fuel the car is using on the outside of the tank lid. For added visibility, there is a factory mark on the inside of the lid.

Q: Does the car I pick up come with a full tank?

     A: Yes, you pick up the car with a full tank and return it with a full tank as well. Any missing fuel will be charged upon car dropoff.

Q: Are there any gas stations in Montenegro that are open 24/7?

     A: Certainly, a lot of gas stations here are open 24/7, you can always check the map above and make sure which ones are available at all times.

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Here are some of the vehicles in Montenegrocar’s fleet that use petrol:

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Driving through this breathtaking country and seeing the natural wonders it has to offer is a special kind of experience. Being informed about the right type of fuel for your vehicle not only ensures a smoother journey but also safeguards against unwanted hiccups. At Montenegrocar, we prioritize your safety and driving satisfaction, offering you a curated fleet of vehicles tailored to your needs. Whether you're cruising along the coastline in a petrol-run Škoda or venturing through the mountains in a diesel-powered Mercedes, we have you covered. Remember, the journey is as significant as the destination, and with the right vehicle, every moment becomes memorable.

Ready to explore Montenegro’s scenic beauty in style? Book your ideal vehicle with Montenegrocar today and drive with confidence!

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