One of the reasons I became a successful professional travel blogger is because I documented all my travel tips on this travel blog and so did I start to write about buying a sim card for tourists as well. So far I have done the research for more than 20 countries and when I traveled to Denmark in April 2019 I found the best prepaid sim card in Denmark for you.
Prepaid sim cards in Denmark
Tourist in Denmark have a hard time finding prepaid sim cards for traveling in Denmark. It may be one of the most well organized and wealthiest countries in the world but when it comes down to prepaid sim cards Denmark is like a 3th world country!
For some reason all the mobile internet providers in Denmark stopped selling prepaid sim cards. Therefore tourists are not spoiled for choice at all! As if traveling to Denmark alone is not already expensive enough! There is not one mobile internet provider selling prepaid sim cards with data! It was so weird to found out about this. In whole of Europe sim cards for tourists are easy to find everywhere. Countries like Spain, UK, France, Belgium, Greece and Italy even have great sim value deals for European sim cards.
So what are the options buying a Denmark sim card? For this article I did research buying a sim card at Copenhagen airport but also researched in the city center of Copenhagen. I went to many different mobile phone shops to gather information and this is the outcome.
In the picture it says Copenhell on the banner hanging across the street and that is exactly what buying a Denmark sim card is like! It is a hell for tourists! The 7-Eleven's across Denmark are one of the few places where tourists can buy a prepaid sim card.
Buy a European sim card online
Trust me when I tell you that online you can find better sim cards for traveling in Europe. Check out the Orange sim card with 10GB data valid in 35 countries for example. Or may be a portable WiFi device with unlimited data per day is something that might be of interest for you. A portable TEP WiFi device lets you connect 5 devices at the same time. Perfect is you are traveling with children for example.
Portable Wifi device
Another option is a portable wifi device that lets you connect up to 5 devices at the same time, perfect for when traveling to Denmark with kids. TEP wireless offers unlimited data per day for a fixed price, for more info click here.
Where to buy a Denmark sim card?
The are 4 big mobile internet providers in Denmark are:
As I first did not believe the info I found online I wanted to check it out myself and went to all the telecom shops in the city center of Copenhagen. All of them told me the same: we don’t sell prepaid Denmark sim cards! All of them sent me to either the 7-Elevens or Netto supermarket.
YouSee actually did sell a prepaid sim card I found out but only for calling and texting. It was really expensive and even the guy at the YouSee shop told me to not worry about it.
So buying a Denmark prepaid sim card is only possible in a supermarket or a convenient store! At least you don’t need to bring anything buying a Denmark sim card. It is like ordering a Snickers!
Available Denmark sim cards for tourists
Of course does someone working at the Netto supermarket or the 7-Eleven know everything about the sim cards they are selling, right? Damn no! Service is awful and most of the staff have no clue what they are actually selling. Asking questions about what was the best sim card for travelers was kind of useless. They had no clue and I had to search everything myself online.
I went to 5 different 7-Eleven’s in Copenhagen city center and all of them could sell me just one sim card: Lebara Mobile. If you have read my Amsterdam Airport sim card article and many other EU sim card articles you know that I am not a fan of Lebara Mobile sim cards.
They always lure you with attractive prices but in the end you either end up paying a lot or it is not working abroad. The same for Lebara Denmark! At the 7-Eleven in Denmark they sell the following prepaid sim card for tourists: 49 Krones ($7,50). This sim card comes with 10 Krones calling credit, no data!
Data packages can easily be bought from the 7-Eleven and these are the available packages.
In the photo above you can see that for 99 Krones ($15) you get a ton of data: 60GB and 10 hours calling time. Unfortunately the data is ONLY valid in Denmark and NOT in Europe.
Lyca Mobile Denmark
At the Netto Supermarket I could find a Lyca Mobile sim card. Kind of similar to the Lebara sim cards at the 7-Elevens but then cheaper! A Lyca Mobile Denmark sim card at Netto supermarket cost 29 Krones ($4) and it comes with 10 Krones calling credit.
In both shops I went to no one could tell me more about what packages were actually available for Lyca Mobile Denmark so I went online and checked it for you. This is what I found.
As you can see for 99 Krones ($15) you can already get 60GB data, 10 hours calling time and unlimited texting within Denmark. That actually is a great value deal if you only stay in Denmark.
But for people traveling in Europe BE CAREFUL! All the Lyca Mobile data packages are capped! I hate false advertisement and Lyca Mobile is a master in doing this. On the above picture it seems EU data roaming is included, but when you dive in deeper you can find very small letters saying:
Data while roaming in EU is capped: All In One 99 = max 5GB, All In One 149 = max 7.25GB, All In One 199 and Plus = max 9.75GB data.
You can also find Lyca Mobile and Lebara sim cards in some random shops around Copenhagen, wherever you see their logo on the window.
Best Denmark prepaid sim card
So what is the best option for tourist traveling in Denmark? It kind of depends if you are only traveling in Denmark, then I would go for a Lebara sim card. Just because it is the easiest to buy and top up. Find a quiet 7-Eleven and Im sure the friendly Danish people will help you out. The data packages are actually huge and the network coverage is perfect all around the country.
A Lebara Denmark sim card is great value for money!
When traveling onwards in Europe you want to buy a Lyca Mobile sim card as their data is usable in other European countries as well. But that said if you only stay in Denmark for a couple days you can probably better not buy a Denmark sim card. Other countries in Europe are much more affordable and offer better European prepaid sim cards than Denmark. Have a look at the best sim card in France, UK, Spain, etc.
Sim card for traveling in Europe
Don’t forget you can also buy a European sim card online. The Orange sim card will be delivered to your home address and is valid in over 35 countries in Europe and comes with 10GB data and international calls. Click on the link to find out more!
TEP portable Wifi device
If you want to connect more than 1 device to the internet at the same time than a portable WiFi device could be very useful. TEP offers unlimited data in more than 100 countries for just a couple dollars per day. You can order a TEP WiFi device online through the link and they ship it to you or you pick it up at your destination. Check the link for more info.
I hope this article about buying a Denmark sim card was helpful for you. May you have additional questions let me know and Im happy to help out if I can.