Gas prices expected to drop more this fall. Where to find the cheapest fuel in NC

Gas prices across the country are continuing to drop this season, including in North Carolina.

According to AAA, the national average for a gallon of gas is now $3.54, a drop since the 2023 peak of $3.88 a month ago.

In comparison, North Carolina’s average is $3.23. AAA experts say If oil prices remain steady or fall, drivers can expect gas to get even cheaper over the next few weeks.

“While gas prices are falling about a penny a day, that feels like a glacial pace,” Andrew Gross, a AAA spokesperson recently said. “The oil market is watching to see if the war between Israel and Hamas widens, so the price is stuck at a rather elevated price in the mid-$80s per barrel. This, in turn, is slowing the decline in gas prices.”

In North Carolina, gas is more affordable in some areas than others. Here’s a look at prices compare in different metros across the state:

Metro

Regular

Mid-grade

Premium

Diesel

New Bern

$3.093

$3.447

$3.871

$4.166

Fayetteville

$3.115

$3.492

$3.879

$4.167

Jacksonville

$3.115

$3.488

$3.916

$4.205

Goldsboro

$3.158

$3.636

$4.032

$4.307

Burlington

$3.171

$3.553

$3.955

$4.301

Hickory-Lenoir- Morganton

$3.176

$3.620

$4.004

$4.252

Rocky Mount

$3.184

$3.600

$3.939

$4.171

Wilmington

$3.202

$3.625

$3.995

$4.139

Greensboro

$3.211

$3.633

$3.984

$4.253

Raleigh

$3.214

$3.606

$3.958

$4.288

Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News

$3.225

$3.584

$3.988

$4.087

Winston-Salem

$3.243

$3.682

$4.039

$4.216

Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill

$3.255

$3.672

$4.030

$4.271

Durham-Chapel Hill

$3.352

$3.749

$4.107

$4.287

Asheville

$3.428

$3.835

$4.223

$4.311

County average gas prices are updated with any price changes on AAA daily. You can check the latest gas prices online here.