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Cheap gas stations in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / August 6, 2014

cheap gasCheap gas in Toronto may be an oxymoron but we decided to survey our Twitter followers to see if they had any recommendations for stations that regularly priced their gas a few cents cheaper than the competition. Apparently, a couple of hot spots on Dundas and the Danforth routinely have price wars, but a number of other sought after stations were routinely mentioned as well. You know what they say, count your penny and the dollars will follow. Vroom, vroom!

Here's where to find cheap gas in Toronto.

Shell (1292 Dupont St. at Emerson, near Lansdowne)
The line-up may dissuade some drivers from making a pit stop at this Dupont Shell, but others a willing to wait for what's often the cheapest gas in the downtown core.

Top Valu (1161 Kingston Rd, east of Victoria Park)
The name says it all, Top Valu, for all your gas deals, but it's only open till 8, so get there early.

Star Gas (3180 Danforth Ave., at Madeleine)
Head to the Danforth to Star Gas to fill up for cheap. My advice: go during non-peak hours as they are open 24/7.

Pioneer Gas (840 Dupont St., just east of Ossington)
Pioneer Gas competes with the Shell on Dupont for clients, often with price wars that would make any driver smile.

Costco (1411 Warden Ave. at Canadian Rd., and 50 Queen Elizabeth Blvd. near Taymall Ave and Queensway
Costco offers everything else for cheap, so why wouldn't they also be the cheapest purveyors of gas? Two locations, Warden Ave, and Taymall Ave, will hook you up.

Danforth Gas and Wash (3561 Danforth Ave., at Warden)
The edge of Toronto and Scarborough is a real hot spot for cheap gas, serving both communities. The Danforth Gas and Wash is another location for a great deal 24/7.

Lambert's Gas ( 2145 Dundas St. West at Richie Ave.)
Lambert's Gas is another of the Dundas gas stations that has low-low prices on gas, but this one seems to have a little less of a lineup at times.

OP (1471 O'Connor Dr. at Amsterdam Ave.)
The hours at this East York car wash and gas bar kind of stink (open till 5:45 pm and closed Sundays) but the price is right.

No Frills (449 Carlaw Ave. at Victor Ave.)
Leslievillers love Dave and Charlotte's No Frills for a sweet deal on gas (and produce, and international groceries). Pro tip: Go gas up before you do your grocery shopping, and you'll earn coupons to spend inside.

Did we miss any? Leave your favourite source for cheap gas in the comments. Photo by bigdaddyhame in the blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

23 Comments

Cheryl / August 6, 2014 at 06:51 am
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You have to be a member to buy gas at Costco
Nanny / August 6, 2014 at 08:21 am
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Ultramar on Broadview is cheap. Cheaper than Costco often.
scottd / August 6, 2014 at 08:42 am
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You missed the Ultramar at Dundas and Lansdowne. Usually the cheapest gas in the west end.
Sharon / August 6, 2014 at 08:50 am
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Yes there is also an Ultramar at Dundas and Lansdowne thats cheap
Sharon / August 6, 2014 at 08:52 am
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ScottD we were thinking the same thing and finishing each others sentences sweetheart. You beat me to it.
Sean / August 6, 2014 at 09:11 am
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Best to give them business and forget the rest.

Jeremy / August 6, 2014 at 09:16 am
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No idea why idiots line up for 20 minutes to save 50 cents
Martin / August 6, 2014 at 09:18 am
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I'm surprised you didn't mention http://www.torontogasprices.com/ which also has mobile apps in which users post current prices at stations they use. It lists stations outside the GTA as well. ;)

Also check Dan McTeague's website that predicts the changes of this commodity: http://tomorrowsgaspricetoday.com/gas-prices/?city=133&;Toronto-Gas-Prices
Jamie's Cryin replying to a comment from Jeremy / August 6, 2014 at 09:27 am
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Yes I know. They complain gas costs $1.50 then they go and buy a bottle of Evian water for $2-3.
GucciPiggy / August 6, 2014 at 09:45 am
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It boggles my mind that some people are willing to wait in line for 20 minutes to save a few cents on gas. I'd rather just go somewhere else and not have to wait. It's worth the higher cost just for that in my books.
Cee / August 6, 2014 at 10:09 am
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South side of Gerrard St E, just west of Main St. Forget the name of it.
JC / August 6, 2014 at 10:22 am
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Shitty little gas station on Eastern Ave just west of Leslie.
Usually cheapish.
Michael / August 6, 2014 at 10:41 am
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Echoing a few people here, lets suppose you have a big rig, with maybe a 100L gas tank. Now lets also suppose you need to fill up and remarkably find the local cheap place with a line up down the street is selling gas for say a cent a L cheaper than the average. (Now at the risk of sounding like ad copy, you guys do know you can get a Petro Can Master Card and save two cents a liter right?) But anyway lets say you save a cent a liter cause you *must* pay cash and you have a phobia towards Petro Can. Anyway that 100L fillup, saved you a whole loony. (Of course you queued up in line for 20 minutes, idling so you actually burned 1.5L of fuel waiting to get to a pump. At $1.30/L you saved a buck and blew a buck thirty. Instead of waiting to buy gas these are a few things I would rather do:
* Play with my children
* Do my day job
* post tedious comments on the ToBlog
* be stuck in a room watching vintage CNN from the OJ trial
* pick belly button lint
* fart in a jar
...you get the idea!
Rennie / August 6, 2014 at 10:53 am
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All thou their gasoline sucks, ultramar at dundas and lansdowne is one of the cheapest in the city.
TJ / August 6, 2014 at 11:09 am
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For the average car, idling 10 minutes uses up to 0.4l of gas. If you idle 20 minutes to get in line, you are using about 0.8L or around $1.07 in gas. So your savings better be more than $1.07!
However, I do know some of these gas stations do offer good savings on regular price of gas. Costco is around 6 cents cheaper per liter. If you fill up an average tank of 50L, you save $3.00.
Moaz Ahmad / August 6, 2014 at 11:28 am
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Echoing what Michael said above. "Hunting" for cheap gas us a pointless waste of money. It's better to get a points card or credit card that will either save you money at the pump or save you money from the points you collect. If you are looking to gas up in a cheaper location the only way to save money is to add it to an existing trip and/or go at a time when there is no line. Buying gas on Sunday and Wednesday nights are probably the best times and you'll find the lowest prices in the weekly cycle too. Cheers, Moaz
Skye / August 6, 2014 at 11:34 am
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Waiting 20 minutes makes no sense, but at least a few of the stations listed here are "hidden gems", as it were, and so they seldom have any lines at all.

Of course, that might change after this post, but I'll refrain from sulking and share the wealth.
Blogto Hipster / August 6, 2014 at 12:04 pm
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Ewwww cars are gross!
yt / August 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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i agree that i'm probably not changing my route to save a cent or two per litre, but you can often see $0.08 difference within blocks. that's something like $4 to fill a car, which over time adds up. i just use the gas buddy app, or fill up when i'm in an area that i know has better prices.

vin / August 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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TOPVALU 920 Albion Road, For all the Etobicoke Residents, Best Price in Town, Guranteed to be the best price in town....TOP VALU gives you the best value. 920 Albion Road at Islington!!!!!!
AM / August 6, 2014 at 05:01 pm
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the esso at vp and danforth is almost always the same price as the danforth gas and wash.
lycuecair replying to a comment from Nanny / August 6, 2014 at 05:39 pm
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agree - Ultramar on Broadview +1
Jason / August 6, 2014 at 06:08 pm
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I live near one of these gas station. Time to celebrate!

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