Gas, fuel, petrol or diesel – call it what you will, if you’re visiting the Ring you’ll need it. Having the opportunity to floor it on different sections of the 13 mile circuit is a real treat, but also comes with a hefty fuel price tag. In this article we list all the Nurburgring petrol station options near the circuit for when you’re in a time of need.
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Driving 13 miles on the motorway at 70 mph may not shift your fuel needle in the slightest. 13 miles of the Nordschleife, however, will be a totally different story. Friends of ours with tuned 996 turbos and modified Nissan GTRs have reported managing only 3 or 4 laps on a full tank of fuel before needing to fill up. And you don’t want to run out on circuit – if you do, you’ll have a hefty bill to pay for the recovery truck.
If you are hiring one of the Nurburgring rental cars, you will normally also have to bring it back with a full tank but this does change based on each company.
And for you gas guzzlers with your big loud internal combustion engines, make sure you’re away of the noise limits before your head to the track.
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Below are the nearest petrol stations to the Ring for when it’s time to give your car a drink.
the closest petrol station - ED Tankstelle
- Super – 95 octane
- Super – 95 E10
- Super Plus – 98 octane
Car wash: No
Driving time from Nurburgring entrance: 3 mins
The nearest Nurburgring petrol station is the infamous ED Tankstelle Dottinger Hohe. Almost as well known as the ‘Ring itself, it’s pretty much a rite of passage to stop by here and put some tasty (but pricey) super unleaded in your car. A tourist attraction in its own right, the ED Tankstelle shop is filled with racing and ‘Ring memorabilia. How many petrol stations do you know with their own website!? Having been opened for over 30 years it must have had more high-value performance and track cars across its forecourt than any other gas station in the world.
This petrol station is also a hotel and bistro, so you can get some half-decent food in the shop if you’re as hungry as your car is thirsty.
On almost any given day will be a hangout for supercar spotters with their cameras in hand. On a busy day there will be crowds of people sat by the side of the road here watching cars leave the forecourt. Don’t be too tempted to get caught up in the wheel-spinning showboating antics; you’ll end up on YouTube and look like a bit of a muppet if you get it wrong, plus the Polizei are never too far away.
Often the queues to get on to the petrol station forecourt can be quite long. There are two webcams here though, so check those out before you head there to see how long the wait might be.
ED Tankstelle is located parallel to the Dottinger Hohe, just a 3 minute drive from the main entrance to the Nordschleife. In the webcam image above you can see the Audi Sport gantry at the start of the Dottinger Hohe straight in the top left.
Turn right out of the Nurburgring car park, head down the hill alongside the main straight, take a right at the bottom under the bridge and another right at the junction and it’s on your left, you can’t miss it.
For its convenience and proximity to the circuit, the prices here are normally a few Euro cents more expensive than the next closest Nurburgring petrol station. Google maps shows fuel station prices so you can always check that before you go.
the second closest petrol station - ARAL Adenau
- Ultimate Diesel
- Super- 95 octane
- Super – 95 E10
- Ultimate – 102 octane
Car wash: Yes – automatic
Driving time from Nurburgring entrance: 8 mins
The next closest fuel station to the main Nordschleife car park entrance is the ARAL in Adenau. Not quite as infamous as the ED Tankstelle, but this petrol station still gets very busy on a weekend when the Ring is open for tourist driving.
ARAL is a little further away, being an 8 minute drive from the main entrance. To get there, take a right out of the car park down the hill. At the T-junction at the end, turn left down the hill towards Adenau. This takes you down the winding road over the hills and through the trees with the two hairpin turns. At the end of that road, turn right in to Adenau and the ARAL will shortly be on your right.
It is only a minute’s drive from the half-way circuit entrance / exit point at Breidscheid bridge so was perfectly placed if you needed a top up. Unfortunately that entrance / exit point is now officially closed. But combining your trip to the ARAL with a spot of lunch is a good idea as there’s a lot of options in Adenau. The currywurst and chips at the Café Zur Nordschleife has to be sampled. There’s also spectating at Bergwerk corner just a couple of minutes’ drive away.
This Nurburgring petrol station doesn’t offer 98 octane fuel, instead you can either get Super 95 or the proper GoGo juice – Ultimate 102. Whether you car can make use of the extra octanes depends on your ECU mapping, but maybe the placebo alone will help you shave 0.5 seconds off your lap.
Usually prices for equivalent grade of fuel are a couple of Euro cents cheaper at ARAL than at ED Tankstelle. But obviously the 102 octane will be more expensive.
There is also a carwash here. It’s an automatic one with big roller brushes, so maybe avoid it if you’re precious about your paint work and swirl marks give you recurring nightmares.
Total Tankstelle inside the nurburgring GP track
Google maps also shows a fuel station within the Nurburgring Grand Prix track – a Total Tankstelle. If you are doing a trackday on the Nurburgring GP track, and sometimes if the GP track is open for tourist lapping then you can get access to this. But normally, as it’s inside the circuit, you can’t get access to this Nurburgring petrol station so use one of the two above instead. Plus it will be way more expensive than the other two.