Public Holidays - Shopping

Public holidays, shopping, tax-free shopping, opening hours, food stores

Public Holidays

1 January - New Year's Day
15 March - National Holiday
in April - Easter Sunday & Monday
1 May - Workers' Day / Day of Labour
in May - Pentecost (Whitsun)
20 August - St. Stephen's Day
23 October - Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution
1 November - All Saint's Day
25-26 December - Christmas


In general, shops are open Monday through Friday, from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., on Saturday from 9.00 a. m. to 1.00 p. m. Stores do not close for lunch.

Food stores and shopping malls are open Monday through Friday from 7.00 a. m. to 7.00 p.m., on Saturdays from 7.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Entertainment complexes, and some small, family-run stores are open on Sundays as well (some of these are open 24 hours a day). Since a change in the law in March 2015, most large food stores and other shops can no longer open on Sundays.

Tax-Free Shopping
Look for the Tax - Free Shopping emblem when you buy.
The total sum of the bill (VAT included) must be at least 50,000 HUF. Ask the shop assistant for a detailed VAT invoice, VAT-refund form and a "Tax - Free" envelope. Attach the official receipt or the credit card receipt to the documents. Have all documents stamped by Hungarian Customs before leaving Hungary.

No more than 90 days is allowed to pass between the purchase date and the date of the customs stamp.
No more than 183 days is allowed to pass between the date of the customs stamp and the date of reimbursement.
Travelling by airplane: After receiving your boarding pass (but before going on board), see the customs office.
VAT reimbursement is not possible without a Hungarian customs stamp!
For further information: Global Refund