This is always a popular post: As Bay Area gas prices continue to rise, why not use the web to find the cheap stuff?

The San Francisco Business Times reported the following on Jan 11:

Gas prices rose 6 cents a gallon in the Bay Area in a month, even though demand “is dropping like the New Year’s celebratory ball in Times Square,” according to AAA Northern California.

On Jan. 11, drivers paid an average of $3.41 per gallon in the Bay Area, compared with $3.35 in California as a whole and $3.09 nationally.

Nationally, prices are up 11 cents since Dec. 14, when AAA made its last report. In California they’re up 9 cents.

San Francisco drivers pay about $3.43 per gallon (up 7 cents), while those in Oakland pay $3.40 (up 6 cents).

So if you’re trying to stretch your gas dollars — and who isn’t? — sites like,, and others let you search for the cheapest prices by city or even by zip code. Try these from GasBuddy:

Right now, I’m seeing the least expensive gas in San Francisco is at the Arco at Geneva Ave & Naples St. The cheapest gas in the whole state is at the Tower on Auburn Blvd & Orange Grove Ave in Sacramento. Keep in mind, all of these prices are reported by users of the web site.

I suppose in order to take full advantage of the service, you’d have to do a little math. Like, how far out of your way can you drive to a cheaper gas station without eating up all the savings through traveling extra miles?

Is there an app for that?

Finding the Cheapest Bay Area Gas Prices 13 January,2011Jon Brooks

  • David Starr

    There is an outfit called, I joined them (it doesn’t
    cost anything to join) and then when I fill up, I keep the receipt and mail
    it in to get a 50% rebate on the amount I spent for gas. However, there is
    an upper limit that you can do each month I think it is $200 or something
    like that — but believe me an extra couple of hundred bucks a month
    gives my family our weekly trip to the movies again… or you can always
    buy more gas.. LOL.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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