The statewide gas price average in Texas is $3.13 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is five cents more per gallon than it was on this day last week and is $1.14 less per gallon compared to this day last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in El Paso are paying the most on average at $3.41 per gallon while drivers in the McAllen metro area are paying the least at $2.97 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.57, which is three cents more when compared to this day last week and $1.03 less than the price per gallon at this same time last year.
Texas roadways and gas stations will be very busy this Memorial Day weekend. AAA expects 3 million Texans will drive 50 miles or more for the holiday (click here for AAA Texas travel forecast). This will be the second highest Memorial Day travel volume on record for Texas. While gas prices have risen slightly in recent days, they remain more than one dollar cheaper compared to the 2022 Memorial Day holiday. Demand for fuel has been on the rise as millions of Americans are hitting the road this weekend, causing retail fuel prices to increase and/or fluctuate. Prices will likely continue to fluctuate in the coming days due to holiday demand.
“While gas prices are up slightly in Texas going into Memorial Day weekend, regular unleaded fuel remains more than a dollar cheaper compared to one year ago,” said AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster. “Price fluctuations remain possible due to busy holiday demand, as this is expected be Texas’ second highest Memorial Day travel volume on record.”
2023 will bring the second highest retail gas prices Texans have paid over the past five years. Prices remained under $3 per gallon until last year, when fuel prices soared following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Drivers in Texas are paying the third lowest gas price average in the country, according to gasprices.aaa.com. Meanwhile, drivers in California are paying the most at $4.81 on average for a gallon of regular unleaded.
Prices up to date at press time using market prices posted at 3:41 a.m. Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free and revamped AAA App for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route and learn traffic conditions along that route, find discounts, locate parking, book a hotel and request and track AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at www.AAA.com/mobile.