Flying to Zagreb soon and planning your Croatia trip? Don't forget to get yourself a local sim card in Croatia. Slow overseas data roaming packages or high roaming costs can ruin your trip. This is your guide for buying a sim card at Zagreb Airport on arrival. It is easy, fast and simple. Read here where to you can buy them, which one is the best and which provider has the best network.

Being connected to the internet is part of our lifestyles and the first thing I do when arriving in a new country is buying a local sim card. Unfortunately I found out sim cards deals at airports are always much more expensive. At for example Milan Airport, Geneva Airport, Venice Airport or Budapest Airport options are limited and/or very expensive.

Interested in what is the best Croatia sim card for tourists in 2021? Then click on this link for a comparison of all the available prepaid sim cards in Croatia.

This article is updated with the latest info as per June 2021.

Why buying a sim card for Croatia

Just like in normal life being connected to the internet makes everything easier. From ordering a taxi or getting directions to finding a nearby rooftop bar or restaurant, there are uncountable reasons to buy a local sim card. Oh yeah, don't rely on expensive overseas data roaming packages that are actually limited in speed and data per day. Shaky and unreliable hotel WiFi is not gonna make you smile either.

My recommendation

Therefore I always recommend tourists to get a local sim card. My recommendation for Zagreb Airport is to get either a TELE2 or an A1 prepaid sim card, depending how long you intend to stay. However, the best prepaid sim card in Croatia is T-Mobile, but they don't sell them at Zagreb Airport.

Also please do NOT buy a travel sim card online before actually reading what you get. I reviewed the best global sim cards with data and found out that some are ridiculously expensive and NOT worth it. Check the article if you are considering buying one of these international sim cards.

When swapping sim cards and changing phone numbers is not your thing you can consider a pocket WiFi for your trip to Croatia. Do I recommend this? Well... I will give you my HONEST review about using these portable WiFi's in my article about how to get WiFi when traveling.

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Croatia sim cards and traveling in Europe

Although Croatia is an EU country and roaming charges don’t apply for Europe, always ask if you can use your data abroad when buying a Croatia sim card. In case Croatia is your first stop on your Europe trip I have bad news for you...

Croatia sim cards for tourists do NOT included free roaming in the EU. Have a look at my article for the best sim card in Europe for travelers if you want to know more, or order a Europe sim card online or check out my article with the best prepaid sim card listed per country in Europe.

Order a sim card for Europe online

If you are not only visiting Croatia but more countries in Europe I recommend you to have a look at all the Europe sim cards offered by Simoptions. They sell international sim cards for Croatia and Europe. You can get already 10 GB data + unlimited calls/text in all of Europe for just $30. Click on the link above or the banner below for more info.

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Zagreb Airport

ZAG Airport is a new and beautiful airport and super easy to navigate. There aren't that many intercontinental flights that arrive here, most of them come from within Europe. The airport is very small and there is only one Arrival Hall. Getting lost is impossible!

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Where to buy a Croatia sim card at Zagreb Airport

When you walk out of arrivals you will see that there is not much going on at Zagreb Airport and there is apart from some car rental booths, a Nero coffee shop and an exchange office a little convenience store. The store is called Tisak and they sell prepaid Croatia sim cards.

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In case the Tisak shop in the Arrival Hall is sold out head upstairs to the Departure Hall there is a Tisak Media shop that sells the exact same products.

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Prices Croatia sim cards Zagreb Airport in 2021

There are only two Croatia prepaid sim cards for sale at Zagreb Airport: TELE2 and A1.

TELE2 Croatia prepaid sim card

  • 59 Kuna ($9) = 10 GB data + 200 minutes - valid 30 days

All of the TELE2 credit is only valid in Croatia and NOT in the EU.

A1 Croatia prepaid sim card

  • 80 Kuna ($13) = Unlimited data + 5 Kuna calling credit - valid 7 days.

All of the TELE2 credit is only valid in Croatia and NOT in the EU.

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Best Croatia sim card Zagreb Airport in 2021

As there are only two sim cards for Croatia available at Zagreb Airport it is not hard to find the best one for tourists. But it all comes down how long you will stay in Croatia for.

Staying just for 1 week or less then: A1 is the best prepaid sim card at Zagreb Airport.

Staying longer than 7 days: TELE2 is the best prepaid sim card for Croatia at Zagreb Airport.

I mentioned it already briefly before the actually the best prepaid sim card for Croatia is T-Mobile, more info below.

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Best 4G/5G network in Croatia in 2021

There is also T-Mobile Croatia, but you can't buy a T-Mobile sim card at Zagreb Airport. Unfortunately because T-Mobile has by far the best 4G and 5G network in Croatia. For road trips and island hopping trips T-Mobile is the best sim card for tourists in Croatia in 2021. Check for more info my complete guide in the link.

Buy a Croatia sim card online

IF you are traveling onwards to Europe, your Croatia sim card is useless and you will need to buy one again in the next country. Looking for a Croatia sim card with free EU data roaming then have a look at the Europe sim cards offers from Simoptions. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address before your trip. find below a selections of their best Europe sim cards:

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 the last two linked options above: Three or Orange. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address and are automatically activated from its first use. Click on the links above or the banner below for more info.

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How to get from Zagreb Airport to Zagreb city

Apart from an expensive taxi you can also take the bus to Zagreb from ZAG airport. There are two different busses, a local one and a direct tourist bus. The local bus leaves every 35 minutes from the main street, about 3 minutes walk away from the airport and costs 8 Kuna ($1,30). It is cheap but takes a while to get into the city and only drives till Kvaternikov Square.

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More convenient is the direct tourist bus that leaves every 30 minutes just outside the arrivals hall. This bus costs 30 Kuna ($4,50) and goes directly to the central bus station in Zagreb.

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I hope all the above tips for buying a Croatia sim card at Zagreb Airport were helpful. In case you have any additional questions please leave me a comment below and I am more than happy to help you out. Also with Croatia travel tips.

Enjoy your trip to Croatia!

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