From today diesel is HUF 200 (EUR 0.49) cheaper in Croatia than in Hungary. That is because the government excluded business cars from its fuel price cap scheme introduced shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Though many experts thought it was just a welfare measure before the 2022 general elections, the petrol price cap remains in effect until at least 1 October. However, only for individuals having a car with Hungarian licence plates.
Those eligible to buy petrol in Hungary for the capped price must pay only 480 HUF/l (1.19 EUR/l) for gasoline and diesel. Meanwhile, that sum is currently 686.9 HUF/l (1.70 EUR/l) in the case of gasoline 95 for foreign individuals and Hungarian business cars. If you want to buy diesel, you must pay 823.9 HUF/l (2.04 EUR/l) from today, index.hu reported.
A growing number of Hungarian entrepreneurs living near the Hungarian border buy petrol in neighbouring countries. For example, Hungarian entrepreneurs buying diesel in Croatia may save 14,000 HUF (35 EUR) on each refuelling. Many Hungarian driving schools fill their fuel containers in Croatia, hvg.hu said.
ATV reporting on the issue, said they managed to buy Croatian kuna (HRK) for HUF 53 (EUR 0.13), so they could buy fuel for 11 HRK/l, which was less than 600 HUF/l (1.48 EUR/l). A worker in the petrol station said a lot of people arrived from Hungary recently.
Hvg.hu said that the diesel would cost 200 HUF/l (0.49 EUR/l) less on the other side of the Hungarian border from today since in Hungary, its price would increase again by 30 HUF/l (0.074 EUR/l). László Varga, a Hungarian business-owner living close to the Hungarian-Croatian border, said that he would save more than 14,000 HUF on each refuelling from today, calculating with a tank of 70 l.
Furthermore, if he buys vegetables, fruits and meat in Croatia, and the number of excise products the Hungarian laws enable, he can save up to HUF 25,000 HUF (EUR 62) at each turn.
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Source: hvg.hu, index.hu