Current Fuel (Gasoline and Diesel) Prices in Mexico
Gasoline and diesel fuel prices are lower in border towns.
Gasoline and diesel prices in Mexico now vary wildly from the interior price to the border regions (Reynosa / Matamoros, Nogales, Cd. Juarez, Cd. Acuña, Mexicali etc.). The gas prices on the Mexican border will be on on par with US prices. I don't post border prices. I only post fuel prices for the interior of Mexico. So, please, don't write nasty emails to me complaining because the price in Baja or Nogales is different. That is not my focus. The majority of the country is. Save your ire for political discussions. Diesel is the same on the border as in the interior.
My database is broken, so until I can fix it, I will manually post fuel price changes below - roughly once a month.
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As of January 5, 2016 these are the gasoline and diesel prices in mainland Mexico (most of the country).
Magna (regular gas) - 13.16 pesos / liter.
Premium (92 mid grade gas) - 13.98 pesos / liter.
Diesel (LSD - NOT ULSD [Ultra Low Sulfur, required by diesel vehicles in the USA] which is not available) - 13.77 pesos / liter - the same all over.
Is it worth it to drive across the border to fill up? I don't think so. Border towns are less expensive than the mainland, but the prices are manipulated to be practically on par with the US side. Adding in the cost of Mexican insurance and the hassle of waiting on a bridge for an hour, no vale la pena (It's not worth the effort).
Gas and diesel prices were supposed to float in 2015, but they still change once or twice a month. So I am updating my fuel price database once a month, around the 10th -15th. Although the recommended maximum price will still be suggested by AMEGAS, stations will be free to sell below that. So far that has NOT been the case. The same prices are charged by all stations in each sector.
In 2018, prices in all of Mexico will be on par with gas and diesel prices in the United States.
Border towns & parts of Baja have been allowed to adjust their prices to compete with USA prices.
The state of Morelos is installing nine charging stations for electric cars, made by Nissan. Three will be on the Mexico-Cuernavaca highway.
The Mexican constitution was amended in 2014 to allow private investment in Pemex, mainly to fund exploration offshore and fracking. For years, Mexico was a net oil exporter and noted for cheap gas and diesel prices. Neither is true today.
Gas stations are independent franchises. There are more than 10,000 gas stations in Mexico. Starting in 2016, new, independent (international) franchises will be allowed to set up chains in Mexico.
Fuel costs (unleaded gasoline, UBA, diesel or low-sulfur diesel) in Mexico will be in flux this year and the next. During times of inexpensive crude on the international markets, USA prices will generally be less than gas prices in Mexico, except on the border. When crude oil is selling for over a hundred dollars a barrel, you can bet Mexico gas will seem like a bargain. Regardless, fuel costs what it costs. You'll have to pay whatever the asking price is wherever you are.
When US gas prices fluctuated a few years ago, Mexican gas and diesel prices stayed stable.
All Mexican gasoline is unleaded gasoline (Magna - regular and Premium UBA - super gasoline). Magna is 87 octane. Premium gas is not only higher octane (91) but lower in sulfur (15 ppm).
Drive A Diesel? Think Twice
If you drive a diesel, the next page has lots of facts on whether you should drive it to Mexico. I can save you some reading - don't.
Premium Gas In Mexico
It it a waste of money to buy Premium gasoline in Mexico if your vehicle uses regular gas in the USA. Ditto for the aditivos (additives) that gas jockeys try to sell you. Fuel injector cleaner MAY be somewhat valuable. I used to use it all the time, but today, seldom bother.
USA Exports Petroleum Products to Mexico
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the United States 527,000 bbl/d of petroleum products to Mexico in 2013, mainly gasoline, with fuel oil being second and LGP third LPG (liquefied petroleum gases) are growing exponentially. Mexico is adding 1,000 miles of LPG pipelines to its existing 5,000 miles. Mexico exports only crude oil, not refined gasoline or diesel to the USA, despite rumors that they do. I believe that may have been true decades ago, but it certainly is not today.