Melbourne motorists are being urged to shop around for petrol ahead of the long weekend amid whopping price variations across the city.

Fuel tracking websites such as PetrolSpy and RACV reveal the most expensive price in Metro Melbourne, for ordinary unleaded petrol, was 219.9 cents per litre on Thursday – compared with 164.9 cents per litre for the cheapest fuel.

This puts the price discrepancy for petrol in Melbourne at a staggering 55 cents per litre.

RACV’s fuel tracking website states Melbourne’s average price for petrol is 188.4 cents per litre, advising drivers not to pay more than 174.9 cents per litre.

The drastic distinction comes as Victorians enter the public holiday long weekend, drivers expected to flock to the roads on route to the coast or country.

Motorists looking to save on fuel are being encouraged to use petrol tracking websites to shop around to get the best value.

Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association CEO Mark McKenzie advised holiday-makers driving out of Melbourne to search the petrol prices at their destination.

“The petrol price cycle is very much a metropolitan phenomenon so it is quite likely that people may find cheaper petrol either at their destination or along the way,” he said.

“It makes sense to look at petrol prices at your destination because the petrol price cycle doesn’t really exist in regional areas.”

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