As I lately flew a lot with Qatar Airways (check out my video of their new First Class), Frankfurt Airport became my new arrival port in Europe. Being a full time world traveler I gave up my phone contract and now rely on buying a prepaid sim card in Germany.

Although I am Dutch and my parents live in Holland I can still buy a German sim card at Frankfurt Airport when I come to Europe. Since 2017 roaming costs within Europe are history and it does not matter where you buy a prepaid sim card in Europe. You can use your data in all EU countries including Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Where to buy a German sim card at Frankfurt Airport?

When arriving at Frankfurt Airport there are three arrival halls A, B and C. I checked all of them and there are only two places to buy a German prepaid sim card at Frankfurt Airport. When you come out in arrival Hall B, you can not miss the Vodafone and O2 signs. So this is where you buy your German sim card.

frankfurt airport sim card germany

Hall A and Hall C have no shops at all, so you will have to walk back. A level down from Hall C there actually is another O2 shop but they don’t sell a German sim card for tourists.

frankfurt airport sim card

Now you know where to go, but there are two different shops next to each other. For those travelers arriving late or early there is only one option left.

o2 sim card germany frankfurt airport

The O2 shop has limited opening times and may you arrive before 8.00 in the morning and after 19.00 at night (weekends are even worse), you have to buy your German sim card at the next door shop: Travelex, which is open 24 hours.

sim card germany frankfurt airport

Don’t get fooled by all the signs saying buy your German sim cards here and Vodafone or Ortel Mobile. There are only two mobile operators available: Lebara (Travelex) and O2.

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Vodafone only sells top-up and does not sell prepaid German sim cards with data. Ortel Mobile and O2 are apparently the same.

Prices German sim card at Frankfurt Airport

When you buy a sim card at Frankfurt Airport be ready to spend some money, because the cheapest option available is €35.

Sim card O2

O2 has three different prepaid packages for your German sim card:

  1. 3GB = €40
  2. 5GB = €50
  3. 10GB = €60

This is just a prepaid sim card with data, this does not include calling. If you want your calls within Europe to be included you have to pay an extra €10 for unlimited calls.

prepaid sim card frankfurt airport

For people asking themselves and what about texting: no one sends a text in Europe! I have probably not send a single text for the last 5 years!

All prepaid packages are valid for 30 days.

Lebara Sim Card at Travelex

At Travelex there is only one German prepaid sim card with data available: Lebara Mobile. The old man behind the glass showed me the only package he was selling.

For €35 you get 3GB data, including €5 calling credit, valid for 30 days.

Lebara Mobile uses the network the Telekom network in Germany

lebara sim card germany

Best German sim card at Frankfurt Airport                    

If you are looking for the best sim card in Germany for tourists then Frankfurt Airport is not the best place to buy it, because there is not much choice and the packages are rather expensive.

Best Frankfurt Airport sim card is the one from Lebara Mobile though. They simply are cheaper than O2 and network coverage is nearly the same. If you are not good with activating your new sim card then you might want to pay a little extra and get it done at the O2 shop, as they offer the full service. Lebara Mobile sim cards are sold at the Currency Exchange and you will have to activate the sim card at Frankfurt Airport yourself.

I also wrote an article about buying a sim card at Amsterdam Airport and came to the same conclusion as here at Frankfurt Airport:

Do not buy a German sim card at Frankfurt Airport if you are not in a rush!

Where to buy a prepaid sim card in Germany

Wait till you get to the city and compare the prepaid sim cards of Vodafone, T-Mobile and a couple other German sim card providers. Data packages are much cheaper in the city than at Frankfurt Airport. It is a shame that there is no competition at Frankfurt Airport and therefore the mobile operators can ask these high prices.

Check out my article about the best Germany prepaid sim card here!

best prepaid sim card germany

European data sim card from SIM EASY

Another option and way cheaper and better value for money is to order a European SIM card for travelers online at SIMEASY. Do you want 4GB data for €25 in 37 European countries? Let them send your sim card for traveling in Europe to your home address before your trip, click on the banner below or the link above.

TEP Wireless portable WiFi device

Buying a sim card can be a hassle and easily be avoided by buying a portable WiFi device. A Teppy can solve the connectivity problem as TEP Wireless gives you unlimited data per day plus you can connect 5 devices at the same time! Check it out here.

Tep Wireless

about traveltomtom

This is me

My name is Tom and my biggest passion is obviously traveling. In 2008 I decided to go on a trip around the world and in 1 year I traveled through 24 countries from North America to South America, New Zealand, Australia and finally South East Asia.

I got back to the Netherlands and saved as much money as I could and in December 2012 I quitted my job again and ever since I am traveling the world. I have now been to almost 100 countries and this website and my social media accounts help me to travel the world. Traveling makes me a better person with ever day I am on the road. Don’t waste time live now, go out and explore the world! May you want to help a little please use my affiliate links. Thank you very much!

With this blog I love to give back and help you make the most out of your trip. I hope these tips will help. May you have specific questions please get in touch with me.

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