Flying to Vienna soon and looking to buy a sim card for traveling in Austria? I did the research and put everything together in this complete guide for buying a sim card at Vienna Airport. You can find out where to go, what is the best sim card deal and my recommendation.

On my trips around the world I often pass through Vienna Airport because of its cheap intercontinental flight deals. This article is updated as per June 2021 to get you the most up to date prices and information.

As part of my journey to visit every country in the world I get to a lot of countries and airports. The first thing I do on arrival is buying a local sim card to get connected to the internet. It became a passion to research the best prepaid sim card available and therefore I already wrote more than 150 guides for buying a local sim card. I covered every country in Europe as well as all major Airports and places like: Budapest, Venice, Zagreb, Milan, Berlin, Copenhagen.

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Why buying a sim card in Austria

Don't rely on other people! Having a working data connection makes traveling so much easier. Getting an Uber on the streets, finding your way around the city with the directions from Google Maps, etc. So many reasons to buy a local sim card and staying connected.

Yes, your hotel has free WiFi and so do the restaurants and bars in Vienna, but there is no guarantee it is actually works or is fast enough. Also keep in mind that public WiFi's are UNSECURED networks, so be careful!

My recommendation

Traveltomtom does NOT recommend buying a sim card at Vienna Airport as prices for data are very expensive compared to Austria sim card in the city. If you really want to get connected straight away we recommend you to go to the BIPA store and buy a 3 (Drei/Three) prepaid sim card. You will have to do the activation yourself, but it is doable. For €10 you get 4 GB data.

Check my article about the best prepaid sim cards for tourists in Austria and let me help you buy a local sim card in Vienna city center!

Traveltomtom also does not recommend a world sim card with global coverage. For our article about the best international sim cards we reviewed and compared all these global travel sim cards and came to the simple conclusion that very few of them are worth it.

When you don't want to change your number and swap sim cards then you can opt for a pocket WiFi. How do these portable WiFi's work? Check out my article about the best way to get WiFi abroad and I give you my HONEST review about these travel items. 

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Austria sim cards and FREE EU roaming

Because of the roaming laws in Europe there shouldn’t be any extra costs for using your Austria sim card in other European countries. This applies to all prepaid sim cards you can buy in Austria however, there are limitations. Therefore always ask your provider about the EU roaming policy when buying a sim card in Austria.

Check out my article with all my tips and tricks for when buying a local sim card in Europe with more info about EU roaming.

Buy a sim card for Austria online

I put together a list of the best sim cards for traveling in Europe and reviewed and compared them one by one. You can also order them direct online through the link below.

Save yourself all the hassle buying a sim card at Vienna Airport by ordering your sim card for traveling in Austria online. On the Simoptions website you will find numerous international sim card deals. One of the sim cards for example costs $30 gives you unlimited calls/text in Europe + 12 GB data. Click on the link above of the banner below for more info.

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Vienna Airport - VIE

As of June 2021 there is still ongoing construction at Vienna Airport. It is not the most convenient airport at the moment but arrival is simple. ALL passengers arrive in Terminal 3 and there is only one (busy) arrival hall and one exit after luggage collection.

Where to buy a sim card at Vienna Airport in 2021

There are three different places that sell sim cards. Two shops are identical and are called Wowww and then there is another option called Bipa.

As soon as you step into the arrival hall you are forced to go either left or right. Both directions will lead you right into the Wowww stores at Vienna Airport. So you can not miss them! Although I wish you actually could… ;)

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The Bipa store can be found if you go left and you keep on walking towards Terminal 1. It is just 100 meters away.

I already wrote blogs about buying an international sim card in almost every countries across Europe and more than 25 airports like: Budapest, Zagreb, Geneva, London, Copenhagen, etc. All the information from those articles I used to find the best sim card for Europe. Click on the link to find my complete guide.

Prices Vienna Airport sim cards in 2021

Lately I was at Venice and Milan Airport and I thought I found the biggest scam regarding tourist sim cards for Europe but unfortunately Vienna Airport is even worse. Asking Vienna Airport information about where to buy an Austria sim card they said Wowww is the only place to buy a sim card at Vienna Airport. WRONG!

Anyway sit back and read the next thing carefully…

Wowww store Vienna Airport

The arrogant employees at both the Wowww stores are selling Austria sim cards for an absolutely ridiculous price! The cheapest option for an Austria prepaid sim card at Vienna Airport is:

  • €65: 100 minutes and 100 MB!

Are you kidding me!? The registration fee only is already €40, then they dare to charge you another €10 for the sim card and then €15 for 100 MB.

This is not the only sim card they offer, they have more of course, but I refuse to write it all down! See the picture below…

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Please people do NOT buy any Austria sim card from the Wowww Vienna Airport shop please!

The reason I write these blogs is to make you save money so you can travel more! As a professional travel blogger I am in a position to teach people that traveling does not have to be expensive. Therefore please people stay away from this shop. This is the most ridiculous price I have ever seen for a local sim card and I wrote more than 100 blogs about buying sim cards all over the world.

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Update! As of June 2021 the Wowww store now also sells an Eety sim card and they offer 3 different packages:

  • €29,99 = 15 GB data in Austria + 1000 minutes + 500 sms in Europe - valid for 30 days.
  • €39,99 = 10 GB data in Europe + 1000 minutes + 500 sms in Europe - valid for 30 days.
  • €59,99 = Unlimited data in Austria + unlimited minutes/sms in Europe - valid for 30 days.

Ok Wowww store, you listened clearly to my blog post and I am happy you now have normal prices for tourists sim cards in 2021.

Bipa store Vienna Airport

According to the Airport information the Wowww store is the only one that sells sim cards, but that is not true! I found out that the BIpa store also sells sim cards. Mind you this is not a phone shop but a cosmetics shop. They have a bunch of Austria sim cards for sale, but…

This is self service! The ladies working at Bipa have zero clue about it and can’t give you any information or answer your questions.

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I speak fluent German so I tried to figure out whatever these Austria sim cards offer, but still I was left with many questions!

Anyway I found 3 different Austria sim cards:

EETY Austria prepaid sim card

Just forget about this one straight away: only 100 MB data for €15! Stupid.

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Also this sim card is only valid for 15 days. Although in 15 minutes I would probably already been through my 100 MB data bundle anyway. These sim card offers make me laugh. RIP OFF!

Three (3) Austria prepaid sim card

IA Three (3) prepaid sim card costs only €9,90 so this is something I would recommend trying. How much you get for this price is a valid question. This prepaid sim card package says on the front: including 10 GB. On the back it says: 1000 minutes, 1000 sms and 4 GB. I tried to figure it out for you but with no luck. You can probably choose either one of the below package when activating.

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This Three Austria sim card is valid for 30 days, free data roaming in the EU is NOT included.

Lyca Mobile Austria prepaid sim card

A Lyca Mobile sim card at Vienna Airport can also be bought from the Bipa store. It costs €12 and gives you €10 credit and if you register online you get €2 extra credit.

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According to the Lyca Mobile website you can get 30 GB data for €11,90 and it says EU data roaming! BUT… if you read the small letters it tells you that the data roaming outside Austria is capped to 1 GB only. Exactly this is the reason I never recommend Lycamobile: false advertising!!!!

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Best Austria sim card at Vienna Airport

It is a pretty simple conclusion find the best Austria sim card at Vienna Airport. You gotta be at the Bipa store and take a leap of faith. A Three sim card for less than €10 will give you by far the best value. The 3 Austria sim card is activated already. Read more about this below.

Anyway it is pretty clear that I of course DO NOT RECOMMEND YOU TO BUY A SIM CARD AT VIENNA AIRPORT!

Wait till you get to Vienna city center and get a sim card for Austria there. Click on the following link to see what is the best prepaid sim card in Austria in 2021.

Activate a Three (3) Austria sim card

To activate the Three Austria sim card you can buy at the BIPA store you will need sign up online. That means you will need an internet connection to go to their website as described on the back of the package. When singing up and activating your €10 package you can choose to either go for a data only package or data + talk package. The data only package will give you 10 GB data to be used across Europe for 30 days. A great deal!

You can also choose the data + talk option which will give you only 4 GB data but you get 1,000 minutes + 1,000 texts to be used in Europe. Unfortunately the website of Three Austria is only in German, but if you pop into a Three store Im sure they will gladly help you.

The Three Austria sim card at Vienna Airport is the cheapest, but also complicated to get activated!

Buy a sim card for Austria online

Don’t want all this hassle on your trip to Austria and/or Europe? There is always the possibility of ordering a sim card for Austria online. Get it shipped to your home address before your trip. Easy, quick and convenient... just put it in your phone on your arrival and it gets activated automatically.

The following international sim cards are a great deal for traveling in Austria AND Europe. All the below prepaid sim card deals for Austria can be found on the Simoptions website.

1. Orange Holiday ZEN - $29.90

  • 8 GB data
  • Unlimited calls in Europe
  • 30 minutes worldwide
  • Unlimited sms in Europe
  • 200 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

2. Three PAYG AIO15 - $29.90

  • 10 GB data
  • Unlimited calls within Europe
  • Unlimited sms within Europe
  • Valid 30 days

3. Three PAYG AIO20 - $39.90

  • 12 GB data
  • Unlimited calls within Europe
  • Unlimited sms within Europe
  • Valid 30 days

4. Orange Holiday Europe - $49.90

  • 20 GB data
  • Unlimited calls in Europe
  • 120 minutes worldwide
  • Unlimited sms in Europe
  • 1,000 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

Personally I would recommend you the Three or Orange option above that is linked. You can order them and many other international sim cards directly through the Simoptions website. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address and are already activated. Click on the links above or the banner below for more info.

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How to get from Vienna airport to city center

After you bought your prepaid sim card for Austria at Vienna Airport or NOT, you can easily get from the airport to the city center. There is a direct fast train called City Airport Train (CAT). This bad boy costs you €12 one-way per person and takes like 30 minutes. It leaves every 30 minutes and brings you directly to Vienna Mitte. This is also a shopping mall where you will find a 3 Austria, T-Mobile Austria and an A1 store.

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But all in all it is just 8-10 minutes faster than a normal bus/tram, which leaves much more frequent to  will cost you only €4,20 per person one-way. Up to you… ;)

I hope all the above tips for buying an Austria sim card at Vienna Airport were helpful for your upcoming trip. Still questions? Please leave me a message below and I am happy to help you with all your questions.

For Vienna travel tips in winter click on the link to read my article. When traveling to Vienna in summer than have a look at my complete Vienna travel guide including a 3-day itinerary.

Enjoy your trip to Austria!

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