How Much Do Truck Stop Showers Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

Truck stop showers provide a way for truck drivers to clean up after a long day.  Although there are some truckers who only drive locally and are able to sleep at home every night, most over-the-road truckers are not able to be at home every single day, and because of this, a shower is going to be needed from time to time.  Thankfully, most major truck stops offer showers for a nominal fee.

Flying J gas station, Nephi, Utah by 5of7, on Flickr
Flying J gas station, Nephi, Utah” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  5of7

 How much do truck stop showers cost?

In most cases, the cost of a truck stop shower is going to depend on the truck stop.  On average, be prepared to spend anywhere from $5 to as much as $12 for a truck stop shower, but in some circumstances, it can be free or even lower if you have a savings card and/or fill up a certain amount of fuel.

Truck StopCost
Flying J$10
Mom and Pop$5-$10
Travel America (TA)$13 to $15, depending on location

According to, they claim that most TA Travel Centers charge around $12 for their shower, and they also claim that at a TA, if you fill up with 50 gallons of fuel, you will get a coupon for a free shower. stated that most showers are going to cost $7 to $10 per shower.

What is going to be included?

Common showers found at most truck stops will include single, team, and handicap showers.

Most truck stop shower stalls will be private and equipped with a mirror, sink, toilet, oscillating fan, hooks on which you can hang your clothes, and a shower stall.  As premium features, some truck stops will include a bath mat, fresh bath towel, washcloth, and tiny soap.  After the shower has been used, a maintenance person will clean it down and sanitize it for the next person.

When you pay at the counter, you will get a shower pass that will have your stall number.   Depending on the truck stop, some may give you a PIN to access a room.  If the showers are currently full, you will have to wait at the truck stop until your number is called over the P.A. system.  If you fill up with fuel, simply show them the receipt and they will waive your costs.  Once you finish, you will be asked to return your towel to get your deposit back.

What are the extra costs?

Soap and shampoo, if you forget them, can be an additional charge.   Small trial sizes are often less than $1.

Some trucks stops charge a deposit for using their towels.  However, this deposit can be returned to you if you return the towel.

Tips to know:

Always make sure that you have a rewards card with the truck stop because if you cannot use your shower, they will be able to apply the credits to your card.  That way, in the future, you will be able to get your free shower.  However, make sure that you read the fine print because some credits may expire within a certain time period.

Always make sure you wear flip flops when entering the shower stall.  While most truck stops claim to wash and sanitize the showers after each use, you never know what you could pick up in a public place.

Even if you are not a trucker, you can still be able to use a truck stop shower.  If you are on a long road trip and you plan on driving through the night instead of getting a hotel, you might be able to take advantage of a truck stop shower to keep you fresh and awake.

Know your time limit.  Showers are often limited to 30 to 45 minutes, again, depending on the truck stop you visit.

How can I save money?

Most truck stops will let you shower for free if you fill up with more than 50+ gallons, and this is going to depend on the truck stop’s policy.  For instance, on the official Travel America website, it claims you have to fill up with 60 gallons in order to receive a free shower credit.   If you can, always try to take your shower while filling up your tank.

If your company has more than one terminal, see if they offer showers there.  Many larger companies have lounges in which their workers can sleep and shower.

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Average Reported Cost: $14

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  1. Petro travle center (Gaston,  Indiana) paid $14 and said:

    I paid $14.00 for a shower that is what petro travle centers charge

    Was it worth it? Yes

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