Average gas prices in Austin topped $4 for the first time in history last week — compared to last year’s average price of ~$2.70 per gallon, that’s a 55% increase.
Unfortunately, those prices likely aren’t going down any time soon. A recent report predicts prices could increase by as much as 30% by August, putting the national average at $6.20.
Are these prices getting you down? Us, too. That’s why we put together four ways to be fuel frugal in Austin.
Get stepping 👟
Austin is rated as the 30th most walkable large city in the US on Walk Score. And some neighborhoods — including downtown, East Cesar Chavez, and around the UT campus — are classified as “walker’s paradises,” which means it’s time to break out your walking shoes. Ditch the drive and head to a nearby trail.
Break out the bikes 🚲
Enjoy pedaling down the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, which runs a 10-mile loop from Barton Springs to East Austin. Need a bike? Stop by Mellow Johnny’s at 400 Nueces St. or Cycleast at 1619 E. Cesar Chavez St.
If you’re not ready to commit to cycling, test out the ride with rentals from Barton Springs Bike Rental & Tours or Austin Bike Tours and Rentals.
Public transit is legit 🚍
Getting around Austin is made easy with the help of bus routes + the MetroRail. Pro tip: download the CapMetro app to make riding even easier.
Get creative with your commute ⛽️
Hunt down the best gas prices by using an app like GasBuddy or Google Maps. Split the bill by starting a carpool with your coworkers + get the perks of riding in the HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes.
Where have you spotted the cheapest gas? Share your tips with us.