Hungarians gathering winter gas for his or her automobiles and different automobiles are filling up over the border in neighbouring international locations to keep away from hovering inflation at residence.
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Euronews travelled to Slovakia and Romania to see if there was any fact to claims each international locations had been benefiting from gas tourism alongside one other Hungarian neighbour, Croatia.
Párkány in Slovakia is the closest metropolis to Esztergom in Hungary. The 2 cities are separated by a bridge over the Danube and Euronews noticed dozens of automobiles with Hungarian licence plates whereas they had been there.
“We cross as a result of petrol is cheaper right here once more,” stated one motorist. “When the bridge opened twenty-odd years in the past, it was additionally the identical.”
However for an additional customer from Hungary, the worth distinction was not as excessive as they may have hoped.
“It’s not that rather more beneficial, the distinction is 30-40 HUF (about 10 euro cents),” stated the driving force.” They added “I stuffed up with diesel. Clearly, the trade fee of the euro is just a little higher now in comparison with the HUF, and that makes it just a little extra beneficial.”
Inflation in Slovakia was 15.4% in December 2022 in comparison with 24.5% in Hungary for a similar month.
With Hungarians discovering they will save round €20 each time they refill in Slovakia, looking for gas in neighbouring international locations is proving fashionable for individuals who reside near the borders.
For folks dwelling in Kübekháza in southern Hungary a visit over the border to Romania can save more cash. The city’s municipality takes its minibuses over the border to refill with gas.
“As the top of a municipality, I am unable to waste cash as our authorities does,” stated Mayor Robert Molnar. “We’ve due to this fact determined that we’ll go from Kübekháza to the petrol station subsequent to a small city in Romania to refuel, as a result of there it’s 100-120 HUF (€0.25) cheaper per litre for gas, and we’ve to refuel 2-3 instances a month, so it does matter.”