As the world moves further and further into the digital age, being able to purchase goods with your phone is more convenient than ever.
It is especially convenient at gas pumps, where your phone is likely mounted to your dashboard or sitting in a cupholder.
One excellent option for digital payment is PayPal.
Google Pay and Samsung Pay both allow you to link your PayPal account to their digital wallets.
Unfortunately, this is not yet true of Apple Pay.
We’ll cover 20 gas stations where it’s possible to pay with PayPal.
20 Gas Stations That Accept PayPal
Chevron began as the Pacific Coast Oil Company in 1879 in San Francisco.
They built refineries and drilled for oil for years before the first motor vehicles hit the road.
After a few name changes and expansions, Chevron, as we know it today, was born.
Today, there are around 7,000 Chevron locations throughout the United States.
Chevron fuel boasts the addition of Techron, which the company claims will maximize gas mileage while minimizing emissions.
You can pay using PayPal through Google Pay and Samsung Pay at Chevron.
Once your PayPal account is linked to your digital wallet, you can pay with your phone at the pump.
Texaco was started in 1902 under the name Texas Fuel Company.
For a long time, Texaco was the only gas company selling gasoline under the same brand name in all 50 states.
This made it a truly national company.
In 2001, Chevron bought Texaco and took over its refineries.
Many of its stations were then divested to Shell.
However, Texaco stations can still be found throughout the country.
There are roughly 1,300 locations today.
Because it is owned by Chevron, Texaco fuel also has Techron in it.
To pay with PayPal at Texaco, download the Texaco app and input your PayPal information.
You can then pay through the app when at the pump.
You can even pay while sitting in your car.
The Shell Company began in London when Marcus Samuel began importing seashells from the Far East to sell in his store.
He passed the company on to his sons, who expanded the company and began importing and exporting oil.
The company was later named Shell as a tribute to their father and his business’s humble beginnings.
After 185 years, Shell is a global company, with over 14,000 stations across the United States.
With the Shell app, you can use PayPal to purchase fuel, as well as items from inside the store.
4. Phillips 66
Phillips 66 opened its first gas station in 1927 in Oklahoma.
The name came from the name of the refinery owners—Frank and L.E. Phillips—and the road test of a new fuel when the test car reached 66 mph on Route 66.
During World War II, the company produced aviation fuel for Allied airplanes.
The company merged with Conoco in 2002 to form ConocoPhillips.
After a split in 2012, the company returned to the name Phillips 66, though it is still linked to Conoco.
There are around 7,500 Phillips 66 gas stations across 48 states, with the company’s headquarters residing in Texas.
Phillips 66 only accepts PayPal through Samsung Pay at participating locations.
5. Exxon Mobil
In 1859, the first successful oil well was drilled in Titusville, Pennsylvania.
This led to the formation of the Standard Oil Company, which dominated the oil industry for many years by taking over other oil companies.
After a landmark Supreme Court case was decided against Standard Oil in 1911, the company split into 34 different oil companies, which evolved into many of the gas stations on this list.
Exxon Mobil emerged from Standard Oil of New Jersey.
Today, there are more than 11,000 Exxon and Mobil gas stations in the United States.
Exxon Mobil uses Synergy gasoline, which they claim protects your engine from damage and gives your car better performance.
The Exxon Mobil Rewards app accepts PayPal through digital wallets like Google Pay and Samsung Pay.
Once you link your PayPal account to your digital wallet, you can use it in the Exxon Mobil app.
Compared to other gasoline companies on this list, ARCO is a relatively new one.
Founded in 1966 under the name Atlantic Richfield Company, ARCO decided in the early ‘80s to go cash-only.
In 1986, after several rough years, they began to accept ATM (debit) cards with a 10-cent transaction fee—something that many stations still charge today.
ARCO was acquired by BP in the year 2000.
It was then sold to Tesoro in 2012.
They’ve recently begun to accept credit cards and digital payments.
Today, there are around 1,300 ARCO gas stations throughout the western United States and northwestern Mexico.
ARCO accepts PayPal when linked to Google Pay and Samsung Pay.
Simply input your PayPal information and then pay with your digital wallet at the pump.
After seven frustrating years of drilling for oil in Persia, William D’Arcy’s First Exploitation Company struck paydirt in 1908.
They then became the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, housed in England.
Anglo-Persian purchased the assets of British Petroleum (BP) in 1917.
When Britain entered World War II, BP supported the war effort by providing aviation fuel and engineering a gasoline pipeline that followed Allied ships to Normandy.
Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, the company saw tragedies such as the Texas City Refinery explosion and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Despite it all, the company still exists today, with some 7,200 gas stations throughout the country.
BP pumps accept PayPal through Google Pay, or you can link PayPal to the BPme app.
Sunoco opened its first gas station in Pennsylvania in 1920.
Following World War II, they expanded into Canada and Venezuela.
In 1956, Sunoco introduced “custom blending,” which allows you to choose from several octane ratings at the same pump.
After exiting the refinery business and filing for bankruptcy, Sunoco was purchased and its headquarters were moved to Dallas, Texas.
The company has been the official fuel of NASCAR since 2004.
There are more than 5,200 Sunoco gas stations in the United States today.
Sunoco accepts Samsung Pay or payment right through the PayPal app at the pump.
At participating locations, you can also pay with PayPal for goods inside the store.
The Cities Services Company, eventually CITGO, was one of the first companies to provide gas and electricity to public utilities in the United States.
In the 1970s, the CITGO Quik Mart pioneered the idea of convenience stores being connected with gas stations.
In Boston, the CITGO sign is an iconic sight in Kenmore Square and a major landmark along the course of the Boston Marathon.
There are over 4,600 CITGO gas stations across 31 states.
There aren’t any CITGOs in the West or Southwest.
The westernmost CITGO station is in central Texas.
However, throughout the East, South, and Midwest, they are easy to find.
CITGO stations accept PayPal on a franchise-by-franchise basis.
Those that do accept PayPal take it through Samsung Pay.
10. Cumberland Farms
Cumberland Farms differs from most other gas stations on this list in that its origins are not in petroleum but in dairy.
In 1939, a couple in Rhode Island purchased a cow and began a small dairy farm.
Cumberland Farms quickly became a series of dairy stores throughout New England, which eventually turned into convenience stores.
When cars became more common in the states, self-serve gas pumps began appearing outside the stores.
Nearly 600 Cumberland Farms convenience stores are in operation in the United States today.
The pumps at Cumberland Farms accept their SmartPay Rewards app, which works with PayPal.
In-store, you can use the app or Samsung Pay to pay with PayPal.
Speedway was founded in 1952 in Michigan.
In 1962, the first incarnation of Speedway became defunct, when it was converted to the Marathon brand.
In 1976, however, Marathon chose to use the Speedway name once again in self-service stations with convenience stores.
The brand was eventually acquired by 7-Eleven, but the Speedway name continues to be used.
There are around 4,000 locations in the United States, mostly in the East and Midwest, though there are some along the West Coast.
Speedway does not accept PayPal at the pump, but you can pay with PayPal through Samsung Pay in the convenience stores.
12. Kwik Trip/Kwik Star
Kwik Trip convenience stores first opened in 1965 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
By 1983, the company had expanded into 50 stores.
Three years after that, they had 100 locations.
In addition to traditional convenience store offerings, the stores feature bakery and grocery sections.
They also have a small deli that will cook food to order.
Kwik Trip also operates its own dairy, which supplies milk, cheese, and ice cream.
The stores that are located just off highways operate as full-service truck stops.
The Kwik Trip name exists only in Wisconsin and Minnesota while in Iowa and Illinois, they are known as Kwik Star stores.
Throughout the four states, more than 750 locations are in operation.
Only some locations accept PayPal, but those that do will take it both at the pump and in-store through Samsung Pay.
This chain of gas stations and convenience stores began as the grocery store chain of the same name.
The first Meijer gas station was opened in 1967.
Twenty years later, the company opened its first convenience store.
Their gas stations and c-stores operate in the same location as their supercenter stores, though not every supercenter has a gas station.
There are 176 Meijer gas stations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.
The stations offer gasoline, diesel, propane, and alternative fuels.
Meijer convenience stores accept PayPal through Samsung Pay.
14. Delta Sonic
Delta Sonic is primarily a car wash, though their locations feature gas stations and convenience stores as well.
The car wash chain was founded in 1967.
Their gas pumps offer a variety of fuels and fuel grades.
Customers can get a discount on gas by purchasing a car wash.
The chain operates 29 locations throughout New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
Unfortunately, Delta Sonic does not accept PayPal at the pump, but their stores will take PayPal through Samsung Pay.
Valero Energy Corporation was born in 1980 and opened its first full-scale refinery in Corpus Christi four years later.
Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the company made major purchases and mergers with other oil companies, making it the largest refining company in North America.
Later, the company acquired several ethanol plants and built 33 wind turbines, creating an alternative energy subsidiary.
Today, Valero operates 15 refineries throughout the country, which supply fuel to more than 7,000 gas stations, mainly throughout the East and Midwest.
Depending on the franchise owner, some Valero locations accept PayPal in-store.
When at a participating location, you can pay with PayPal through Samsung Pay at the register.
16. Kwik Fill
Not to be confused with Kwik Trip and Kwik Star, Kwik Fill gas stations operate in New York State, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
The gas stations are associated with Red Apple Food Mart convenience stores.
Some Kwik Fills are standalone gas stations with no convenience store, while others are located with Red Apple stores of varying sizes.
Their nearly 300 locations include four full-size truck stops, four mini truck stops, and two truck stop motels.
Red Apple Food Marts accept PayPal through Samsung Pay in-store.
The last on a list of similar-sounding names, QuikTrip first opened in 1958 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Initially, the company was just a convenience store, but they added gas pumps in 1971.
In the 1980s, the company opened “travel centers,” which featured 5,000-square-foot stores, 12 gas pumps, five diesel pumps, and a truck scale.
QuikTrip earned a “Top Tier” rating in 2005, indicating that their gasoline exceeds the EPA’s standards for gasoline additives.
In the ‘90s, QuikTrip opened Wendy’s and Burger King fast-food stores in some of their c-stores.
Today, QuikTrip operates more than 900 stores in 14 stores.
Their convenience stores accept PayPal through Samsung Pay.
Like Cumberland Farms, Sheetz convenience stores started as dairies.
In the ‘50s, brothers Steve and Bob Sheetz turned their father’s dairy stores into convenience stores.
From 1952 to 1972, the company expanded to 14 locations.
The following year, they introduced gas pumps.
By 1983, Sheetz had grown to 100 stores.
As the company grew, the stores introduced their own line of coffee and bakery products.
The chain is still family-owned and based in its original city of Altoona, Pennsylvania.
There are more than 600 locations across six states on the eastern side of the country.
Sheetz takes PayPal through Samsung Pay at all locations, both at the pump and in-store.
RaceTrac began as Carl Bolch Trackside Stations in 1934.
When Carl Bolch purchased Oil Well Company, they began expanding through multiple states in the south.
In the ‘70s, the company introduced the first self-serve gas stations in Alabama and Georgia.
In 1979, they adopted the name RaceTrac.
They then began Metroplex Energy, a subsidiary of RaceTrac that provides bulk fuel to their gas stations.
In 2004, the company introduced fresh food to their convenience stores.
Throughout the early 2010s, RaceTrac began expanding its convenience store models, adding frozen yogurt machines, indoor and outdoor seating, and free Wi-Fi.
More than 550 locations operate throughout Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas.
PayPal is accepted through Samsung Pay in almost all convenience store locations.
In 1932, Union Oil introduced 76 gasoline.
The name was in reference to the US Declaration of Independence being signed in 1776, as well as the octane rating of gasoline at the time.
They are known for their sign, which is an orange ball with “76” written on it in blue.
In 2001, the company was purchased by Phillips and became part of the ConocoPhillips company.
The company split in 2012, and now 76 is owned solely by Phillips 66.
There are just over 2,000 locations throughout the country, mainly in the South and on the West Coast.
The company is a partner with Google Pay, so to pay with PayPal, you’ll need to link your PayPal account to your digital wallet.
Linking PayPal To Digital Wallets
It’s not currently possible to link PayPal to your digital wallet on iOS devices.
However, Samsung Pay and Google Pay have made it possible for Android users.
To be able to pay with PayPal at these gas stations and many other businesses, you’ll need to add your PayPal information to the wallet first.
This is a simple process.
1. Google Pay
To add PayPal to Google Pay, open the Google Pay app.
Tap the card button at the top of the screen.
Tap “Add a Payment Method.”
Then, click “add PayPal.”
Input your information, including the email address associated with your PayPal account.
Accept the terms and conditions, and you’re all set.
There are two ways to make PayPal your default payment method in Google Pay.
First, you can simply long-press the PayPal card and move it to the top of the list of cards.
The other way is to tap the PayPal card and select “Set as default” in the card details screen.
Linking these accounts will allow the two apps to share some data.
The two will share your name, billing address, email address, account type, and a few other pieces of information.
2. Samsung Pay
Linking PayPal to Samsung Pay is very similar.
Open the Samsung Pay app and tap “Add PayPal.”
Log into your PayPal account, then select a top-up amount.
Top Up is a PayPal feature that allows the app to pull money in increments of $10 from your bank account.
This helps prevent your payment from being declined when you don’t have sufficient funds in your PayPal account at the time of purchase.
The app will also ask you to select a backup funding instrument for your top-up (such as a bank account).
You can add up to five PayPal accounts to your Samsung Pay wallet.
To make PayPal your default payment method through Samsung Pay, select the checkbox “add to favorite cards” when linking your account.
Paying With The PayPal App
For those without an Android phone, paying through the PayPal app is still an option.
Unfortunately, fewer businesses accept the PayPal app than digital wallets, but there are a handful that will receive payments in this way.
The PayPal app utilizes QR codes to help you pay for items in-store.
There are two ways to make a purchase at a participating business.
The first way is to use the PayPal app to scan the QR code on the item in question.
However, not all businesses have items with QR codes.
The other way to pay is to present your PayPal QR code at the register (found under “show to pay”).
Participating businesses will be able to scan your QR code and the money will come out of your PayPal account.