As a Dutchman coming back to my own country always gives me the hassle of not being connected to the world.As you know I always buy a sim card when I arrive in a country and I strongly encourage others to do so too. And damn it in my own country I find it hard to buy a sim card at the airport in Amsterdam when I arrive. Let me tell you why?
When I decided to start traveling full time I gave up on my phone contract here in Holland and ditched my Dutch sim card. So every time I come back to Holland I feel like a tourist and need to buy a prepaid sim card at Amsterdam Airport. But would I recommend tourists to do this? Or are there better options?
Where to buy a Dutch sim card at Amsterdam Airport in 2018?
Honestly I feel stupid being Dutch when it comes to this topic. We always think we have everything so damn well organized here in our small country. But where are the mobile operator shops at Schiphol? Where is Vodafone, KPN and T-Mobile? Why is there no phone shop at Amsterdam Airport?
Do I really have to go to that little cart with the two arrogant guys trying to sell as many sim cards as possible per minute? Is that where you buy a prepaid Dutch sim card at Amsterdam airport?
Unfortunately yes it is! Somewhere in the center of the main hall there is something like a trolley or tiny little stand with two guys dressed in a Lebara sweatshirt. Never even heard of a Lebara sim card to be honest. When I asked the two guys for the prices he handed me over a sheet, while continuously screaming: buy your Dutch sim card here. Not even 10 seconds later he asked me so what package would you like to buy?
I looked at him like saying: chill the f*ck down idiot!
Is there another place to buy a prepaid sim card at Amsterdam Airport? According to the information desk tourists can also buy a sim card in the nearby bookshop. When I walked in a very friendly old man pointed to this following sheet.
Oh no again a Lebara sim card! Definitely not what I was hoping to find!
Prices Dutch sim card Amsterdam Airport in 2018
I just came from India where I bought a package that gave me 1.4GB daily 4G connection for a period of 30 days. Price? $4! This is not a joke. I understand that the prices for a Dutch sim card are no way near this, but I did not expect to pay €20 for the cheapest prepaid sim card at Amsterdam Airport. And for €20 I would only get 500MB data!
Prices are of course outrages when you ask me. The guy quickly mentioned that it was valid all over Europe and yes that definitely is an advantage for people on a eurotrip. But to give you an example so you can compare prices. Lately I went on a road trip to Austria and bought a sim card for €20, valid for 30 days 4G network and 15GB data.
Best Dutch sim card for tourists at Amsterdam Airport in 2018
Apparently Lebara Mobile bought some kind of right to be the only sim card seller on Amsterdam Airport. To me this is a perfect example of screwing over tourists. Dutch people always complain they get screwed over when they travel abroad but we do the exact same thing. Shame on you Schiphol Airport and Lebara Mobile! There is no competition and prices for buying a sim card on Amsterdam Airport are outrageous!
My conclusion: do not buy a prepaid sim card at Amsterdam Airport!
Consider: TEP Wireless portable WiFi
Buying a Dutch SIM card at Schiphol Airport is too expensive plus the hassle of changing sim cards and numbers is not convenient either. Therefore take a look at Tep Wireless. This portable WiFi device lets you connect your smartphone, laptop or tablet wherever you go for just a couple bucks per day. The best thing about it is that it provides unlimited data plus you can connect up to 5 devices at the same time. Check it out!
Wait till you reach the city center and search for a more affordable prepaid Dutch Sim card. I will soon write another article in where I will find out for you what is the best prepaid sim card for tourists in the Netherlands.