Explainer: New Sunday trading rules in Budapest
From 15 March, many shops in Hungary are no longer allowed to open on Sundays. We explain the changes to Sunday trading laws with some limited exceptions to the new rule.
The new law affects supermarkets (like Tesco and CBA), furniture stores (like Ikea), electronics shops (like Media Markt), clothing stores (like Zara and H&M) and other types of stores which are bigger than 200 square metres. Some stores that are smaller than 200 square metres will also be closed on Sundays.
Shops that are, at this stage, free to remain open on Sundays regardless of size include convenience stores, news stands and shops, pharmacies, shops at Liszt Ferenc International Airport, shops at train and bus depots, shops at hospitals, markets, petrol stations, restaurants and hotels, museums, baths and cigarette shops. Shops selling bakery goods or dairy products may open on Sundays from 5am to midday.
On Sundays during the Advent period (ahead of Christmas) all shops can open if they wish. Each store can also nominate one other Sunday in the year when they can choose to open.
It’s not yet clear whether business offering an “order online” and delivery service will be impacted.
The famous shopping strip called Váci Street and shops at touristy hotspots in downtown areas will also be closed on Sundays unless they meet the criteria for exemption.
Some brands (such as Spar and CBA) have varying sized shops so its opening hours will vary from store to store.
It’s also important to note that the general opening hours of some stores will be capped to 6am – 10pm, meaning some stores might have to reduce their existing opening hours to comply with this element of the new rule.