Traveling to Belgium soon? Avoid high roaming costs when visiting Europe. Although Europe is expensive, most European sim cards are not! Don't get fooled by slow overseas data roaming packages, get yourself a local prepaid sim card. In this guide for buying a Belgium prepaid sim card on arrival I will show you who has the best 5G network, where to buy one, my recommendation and the latest prices.

Flying to Brussels Airport? Check out my guide for buying a sim card at Brussels Airport.

This article is updated with the latest information and prices as per September 2021.

Buying a local prepaid sim card is the first thing I do when I get to a new country. Overseas data roaming plans are mostly limited in internet speed and much more expensive. As part of my journey to visit every country in the world I get to some really cool places and I write local prepaid sim card guides everywhere I go: Dubai, USA, Thailand, but also Zambia, Djibouti, El Salvador, etc.

Why buying a sim card in Belgium

Traveling with a data connection is simply so much more convenient. Ordering taxis through an app, getting directions from Google Maps and so on. I can come up with a ton of reasons why it is great to have an internet connection on your phone.

Also don't rely on public WiFi. There is no guarantee it is working or fast enough, simply don't rely on others. Also keep in mind that roaming the internet on a public WiFi is through an unsecured network connection. The use of a VPN is recommended.

If swapping sim cards and changing phone numbers is something you don't prefer then look into renting or buying a portable WiFi device. Personally, I am NOT a fan, but some people love it. Have a look at my honest review about these pocket WiFi's in my article about how to get WiFi when traveling the world.

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My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends an Orange prepaid sim card for visiting Belgium. For €10 you get 4 GB data and even some minutes to call valid in all of Europe.

We do NOT recommend buying an international sim card with global coverage for the very simple reason that they are VERY EXPENSIVE compared to local sim cards. Click on the link to read my article about it and find a comparison of all the world sim cards for travelers available. You will see that only very few of them are worth buying.

Belgium sim cards and traveling in Europe

Good thing about the Belgium prepaid sim cards is that they have no EU roaming restrictions and free EU roaming is included. This means that the data, voice and text allowance on your Belgium sim card is also valid in Rome, Paris and even London, despite Brexit... at NO EXTRA COSTS!

Find more information about free EU roaming and local sim cards in Europe in my complete guide with tips about buying a local sim card in Europe.

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Order your a sim card for Belgium online

If buying a prepaid sim card for Belgium on arrival is too much hassle there is another solution for you. Order an international sim card online through the Simoptions website. This website is specialized in sim cards for travelers and offer for example: $30 = 12 GB data and unlimited calls/text all over Europe. Click on the link above or the banner below for more info.

This sim card will be delivered to your home address before your trip to Belgium.

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I have taken uncountable trips to Belgium, this was one to remember. Next time I will try to jump in time! :)

Mobile internet providers in Belgium

There are 3 main mobile internet providers in Belgium:

  • Proximus
  • Base
  • Orange

On top of that you can also by Lebara sim cards and Lycamobile sim cards in some convenience stores. They offer random sim prepaid sim cards for tourists, but sometimes they are worth checking out.

Where to buy a sim card in Belgium

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All of the big cities and tourists destination in Belgium have multiple mobile phone stores. They can be found all over the city center. Belgium is not a country with big malls, shops are concentrated in the historical center of cities.

When you connect to the internet at your hotel go to Google Maps and simply type in for example: Orange store. Only in Brussels city center there are already about 10 of them. Bring your passport or photo ID when you want to buy a prepaid sim card in Belgium. They need it for registration.

You can also buy prepaid sim cards at some gas stations as well as bigger convenience stores. These sim cards are already activated but you will need to top up with credit and then choose for example an internet package. It is possible to do it this way, but you will have to figure out everything yourself and it is NOT necessarily cheaper.

Best 4G/5G Network in Belgium

Belgium is a small country and its 4G network is pretty extensive. Almost everywhere you go you will have a stable 4G connection. But what about 5G? Is there 5G already in Belgium.

Is there 5G in Belgium?

The answer is yes, there is 5G in Belgium! However, as of September 2021 the Belgium 5G is pretty much non-existing. Come on Belgium, you are the last country in Europe who does NOT have a proper 5G network! See the maps below. For more detailed maps of 5G in Belgium have a look at the nperf website.

Base Belgium 4G/5G network map

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Proximus Belgium 4G/5G network map

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Orange Belgium 4G/5G network map

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Even though the BASE Belgium network is the weakest it still covered almost all the country. For tourists there won't be much difference choosing one mobile provider over the other just for the network. Proximus has a very small 5G network in Brussels, Hasselt and Leuven but not worth mentioning really. Even with the updated 5G network coverage maps from July there is hardly any difference.

Prices Belgium sim cards in 2021

Proximus sim card

A Proximus sim card costs €10 and comes with €10 credit for calling/texting + 3 GB data. Very simple, easy and straight forward. All credit is valid for 30 days all over Europe. Check the latest Proximus prepaid sim card offers on their website.

Orange sim card

An Orange prepaid sim card costs also €10 and comes with the following package:

  • €10 = 4 GB data + 400 sms and 50 minutes.

You can even convert your minutes for calling into another 8.5 GB data, see the picture below.

orange belgium sim card prices 2021

The above Orange prepaid sim card is valid for 30 days all across Europe. For the latest Orange prepaid sim card offers check their website.

Base sim card

There are 3 different Base prepaid sim card packages available:

  • €10 = 1 GB data + 40 minutes & 250 sms.
  • €15 = 4 GB data + 60 minutes & 1000 sms.
  • €25 = 8 GB data + 100 minutes & 5000 sms.

For more details see the pictures below.

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All Base sim card credit is available for 30 days and valid in all of Europe. Check their website for the latest BASE prepaid sim card offers.

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Best Belgium sim card in 2021

Comparing all the Belgium sim cards for tourists I come to the following conclusion:

Orange is the best sim card in Belgium in 2021!

For just €10 ($12) you get 4 GB data and 50 minutes valid all over Europe and you can convert those minutes into another 8.5 GB data if you want to. Pretty flexible, pretty good deal!

Some prepaid sim card deals at Brussels Airport are actually great! So may you start your trip to Belgium from Brussels Airport you know now where to buy your sim card for Belgium.

Buy your Belgium sim card online

Prices for sim cards in Belgium are higher compared to other countries in Europe and NOT the best for traveling in Europe. Save yourself the hassle of buying a sim card on arrival, let it be shipped to your home address before your trip. If you order an international sim card on the Simoptions website they are automatically activated from its first use.

The following Belgium sim cards are also valid all across Europe:

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 either the Three or Orange option linked above. 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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Mobile Internet speed Belgium in 2021

As the Belgium 5G network in September 2021 is still very small I guess its world ranking for mobile internet speed will drop significantly in 2021. With 37.6 Mbit/s Belgium was ranked number 9 in the world in 2020. That is actually great and I think that is because the 4G network in Belgium is very extensive. Thumbs up for that Belgium.

I hope the above tips for buying a prepaid Belgium sim card were helpful for your upcoming Belgium holiday. In case you have any questions don't hesitate to leave me a comment below. I am more than happy to help you out.

Enjoy your trip to Belgium!

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