Preparing for your trip to Copenhagen and looking for ways to stay connected when traveling to Denmark? Don't let high roaming charges and or slow overseas data roaming plans ruin your trip. This is a complete guide for buying a local prepaid on arrival at Copenhagen Airport. Find out where to buy a sim card at Copenhagen Airport, up to date prices as per August 2023, the best e-sim cards for Denamrk, my recommendation, info about EU roaming, international sim cards and more.
Getting connected is the first thing I do when I get to a new country. Depending on the length of my trip I either buy a prepaid sim card on arrival or get myself an e-sim card. I like to document everything a help other travelers and since I am also aiming to visit every country in the world you can already find more than 200 sim card guides on Traveltomtom from all over the world: Europe, London, Paris, Barcelona, Dublin, Zagreb, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Douala, Cape Town, Bogota, Newark, New York, Bali, Thailand, Jeddah and many more.
Traveltomtom recommends getting an e-sim card for traveling to Copenhagen. E-sim cards are cheaper, faster and easier than buying a prepaid sim card at Copenhagen Airport. However, if you want to buy a sim card on arrival at Copenhagen Airport go for an Oister prepaid sim card from the WH Smith convenience store in the arrival hall.
E-sim cards for Denmark already start from $4.5 USD and for $21 USD you already get 10 GB data. Everything can be arranged online, no more wasting time on arrival at Copenhagen Airport finding a sim card store.
Another great alternative for staying connected when traveling to Copenhagen is an international prepaid or e-sim card for Denmark. These pre-activated sim cards can be ordered on the internet and are valid in multiple countries around the world. Check out my comparison of the best travel prepaid and e-sim sim cards for 2023 and pick the one that suits your trip.
Best e-sim cards for Denmark
The easiest way to get connected when traveling to Copenhagen in 2023 is an e-sim card. You arrange everything online and there is no need to visit a sim card store anymore. Simply order on the internet, receive a QR code, scan it, follow the steps and you are all set in just a couple minutes.
Check out the following e-sim card deals for Denmark:
- 1 GB data for 7 days = $4.5 USD
- 2 GB data for 15 days = $7 USD
- 3 GB data for 30 days = $9.5 USD
- 5 GB data for 30 days = $13 USD
- 10 GB data for 30 days = $21 USD
- 20 GB data for 30 days = $32 USD
Click here to directly order your e-sim card for Denmark.
The above data-only e-sim cards for Denmark are only valid in Denmark. They are from Teledansk and they operate on the LTE/4G network of Telenor in Denmark.
Looking for an e-sim card including calls and sms then check out these international e-sim cards for traveling to Denmark. They are valid all over Europe and in more than 70 - 120 countries around the world:
- 10 GB data + $2 calling credit for 30 days = $24.90 USD
- 8 GB + unlimited calls/text for 14 days = $29.90 USD
- 20 GB + unlimited calls/text for 14 days = $49.90 USD
Very important to check before you order an e-sim card for Denmark is that your phone is e-sim compatible. If not, an e-sim won't work on your phone.
If your phone is not e-sim compatible but you would still like to order a sim card for Denmark on the internet then don't worry. There are also international prepaid sim cards that will be delivered to your home address before your trip. These sim cards are pre-activated and it is plug and play! For less $24.90 USD you can get a sim card for Denmark with 10 GB data. Click here to order this Denmark prepaid sim card deal or find more info and offers in the link.
The airport in Copenhagen is rather small and not really a big hub for traveling to Europe, though there are still a bunch of direct intercontinental flights arriving from North America, Middle East and Asia. There is only one very spacious Arrival Hall which makes Copenhagen Airport a very easy to navigate airport. The arrival hall is located in Terminal 3.
As soon as you walk out of arrivals you basically find yourself in the heart of Copenhagen Airport where you will find shops, convenience stores, information desk, public transport, etc. It is all right there.
Where to buy a sim card at Copenhagen Airport
When you have read my article about buying a sim card for Denmark in 2023 you already know that none of the 4 mobile internet operators in Denmark are selling prepaid sim cards for tourists. Yep that is right! Not a single mobile internet provider has prepaid packages for sale, only postpaid.
Denmark is the first country where I found out that the market for prepaid sim cards for tourists is so complicated. That is why you won't find a sim card store of any of the Denmark mobile internet operators at Copenhagen Airport.
There are 3 places to buy a sim card for Denmark at Copenhagen Airport: WH Smith shop and the 7-Eleven in the arrivals hall and there is a sim card vending machine in the baggage claim hall.
There are no mobile phone shops at Copenhagen airport. You can’t really expect any service from the above convenience stores and of course neither from the sim card vending machine.
Good thing is that people in Denmark speak at least very good English and are very friendly and helpful. Staff at these convenience stores are no experts in sim cards, so difficult questions like if the sim cards include EU roaming for example could not be answered.
When traveling onwards in Europe, prepaid Denmark sim cards are a no-go. Please take a look at my list of the best prepaid and e-sim cards for traveling in Europe in 2023 and save yourself the hassle of buying a sim card in Denmark.
Prices sim cards Copenhagen Airport
Prices are in Danish Kroner and as of August 2023: 10 DKK = $1.47 USD and $1 USD = 6.79 DKK.
Sim card vending machine in baggage hall
While waiting for your luggage you can already buy a sim card for Denmark. There is a sim card vending machine at Copenhagen Airport in the baggage claim hall that sells Lebara and Lycamobile sim cards. There is obviously no service at all. When buying a sim card for Denmark from a vending machine you will have to activate the sim card yourself on the website of the operator or find a Lycamobile or Lebara shop in Copenhagen city center.
The prepaid sim cards costs between $5 and $8 USD and come with 200 MB free data and 50 calling minutes. Top up can be done at most 7-Elevens and convenience stores. All too complicated, NOT recommended.
Lebara sim card at the 7-Eleven CPH Airport
The 7-Eleven shop is on your way to Terminal 2, so as soon as you walk out of arrivals turn left and keep on walking until you pass the Information desk and then it will be on your left hand side, just 1-minute walk.
At 7-Eleven Copenhagen Airport they sell one prepaid sim card for tourists from Lebara for 49 Kroner ($7 USD) and it comes with 10 Kroner calling credit.
Which means you will have to buy data plans separately. Below are the bundles you can buy when you top up. You can top up directly at the 7-Eleven cashier. Lebara operates on the Telia and Telenor 4G/LTE networks in Denmark.
The LEBARA 10 TIMER 60GB for 99 Kroner $14 USD sounds like a great deal. That means 2GB per day and 10 hours of calling. Great if you stay just in Denmark, but…
All the Lebara Denmark data bundles are ONLY valid in Denmark and NOT in the rest of the EU! This sucks if you are on a Europe trip and therefore I would NOT recommend buying a Lebara sim card in Denmark for your trip to Europe.
Oister sim card at the WH Smith shop
The WH Smith shop at Copenhagen Airport is easy to find as it is right in front of you when you walk out of arrivals and across from the DSB ticket machines where you buy your train ticket to get to Copenhagen city center.
At the WH Smith Copenhagen Airport they only sell the Oister sim card. I had never heard of this brand, neither when I researched the best Denmark sim card. It works exactly the same as the Lebara sim card they sell at the 7-Eleven, but cheaper! The Oister sim card operates on the network of Three mobile network.
The Oister sim card at Copenhagen Airport cost 49 Kroner ($7 USD) and comes with 50 Kroner credit. This credit stands for 100MB data or 100 minutes calling time. Obviously not enough and therefore I went online to their website and figured it out for you. I used Google translate as their website is in Danish only. This is what I found.
For 89 Kroner ($13 USD) you can get 25 GB data in Denmark, 5GB data in Europe and 5 hours calling time.
Best sim card at Copenhagen Airport
Looking at the above comparison of the sim cards you can buy at Copenhagen Airport it is an easy conclusion that Oister is the best sim card for Denmark at Copenhagen Airport in 2023.
You can buy the Oister sim card in the WH Smith shop located right in front of you when you walk out into the arrivals hall.
The Oister sim card you can use all over Europe and the Lebara packages are only valid in Denmark. I am not sure how long you are intended to stay in Denmark, but it is a really small country.
However, when you are continuing your trip through Europe after Copenhagen then I would advice you to buy a prepaid or e-sim card for traveling in Europe on the internet. Check out my list of the best sim cards for traveling in Europe in 2023.
Buy a sim card for Denmark online
If buying a sim card at Copenhagen Airport seems like a waste of time and you rather arrive prepared then make it yourself easy and get a sim card for traveling in Denmark on the internet. If your phone is not e-sim compatible then order an international prepaid sim card. This sim card will be delivered to your home address before your trip and is pre-activated.
Check out the following international sim card deals for Denmark:
- 10 GB data in all of Europe and UK
- Unlimited calls/sms in Europe and UK
- Valid 30 days
- 8 GB data in all of Europe and UK
- Unlimited calls/sms in Europe and UK
- Valid 14 days
- 20 GB data in all of Europe and UK
- Unlimited calls/sms in Europe and UK
- 120 minutes worldwide
- 1,000 sms worldwide
- Valid 14 days
- 12 GB data in all of Europe and UK
- Valid for 1 year
- 24 GB data in all of Europe and UK
- Valid for 2 years
Personally I can recommend the Orange holiday Europe sim card for traveling to Europe. I have used it multiple times and never had a problem. Nowadays I use the e-sim card version of this sim card for Europe.
A last reminder that if your phone is unlocked and e-sim compatible you can order an e-sim card for traveling to Denmark and arrange everything online in a couple clicks.
How to get from Copenhagen Airport to the Copenhagen city
As soon as you walk out of arrivals continue straight. On your left hand side you will see the WH Smith shop and on your right had side you will see the DSB ticket machines for trains to Copenhagen. There is staff walking around for answering your questions about how to get to the city and the (multi) day passes that you can buy.
I am sure some of the above information about buying a sim card at Copenhagen Airport was helpful. If you have any specific questions please leave me a comment below or reach out to me on social media and I will try to help you out.
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Enjoy your trip to Copenhagen!