Traveling to Frankfurt soon? Avoid high roaming charges while traveling in Germany, get yourself a local prepaid sim card! This is your guide for buying a sim card in Frankfurt Airport. Where to buy a sim card, up to date prices as per June 2022, shop opening times, a vlog about my arrival and experiences and even info about international and e-sim cards for Germany/Europe.

As I fly a lot with Qatar Airways from Frankfurt Airport (check out my video of the amazing Q-Suite from Qatar Airways), you can find me regularly at Germany's biggest international airport.

Traveltomtom is aiming to visit every country in the world and everywhere I go I write local prepaid sim card guides to help fellow world travelers save money on high roaming charges. Not only did I find the best European sim card for tourists in 2022 but also detailed guide for buying a sim card at: Venice Airport, Budapest Airport, Geneva Airport, Madrid Airport, Milan Airport, Nairobi Airport, Douala Airport, Dubai Airport, Riyadh Airport, Amman Airport, Istanbul Airport, Cape Town Airport and many more places around the world.

RELATED: Ultimate Frankfurt Travel Guide for 2022 with 16 things to do, hotel recommendations, rooftop bars, restaurants and day trips.

My recommendation

Traveltomtom does NOT recommend buying a sim card at Frankfurt Airport! Sim cards are overpriced and there is very limited choice. It is better to wait till you get to Frankfurt city center. Therefore check out my article about the best prepaid sim card for Germany in 2022. However, the best sim card deal at Frankfurt Airport is a Lycamobile sim card with 15 GB data for €40.

Another great alternative is buying an international sim card for traveling abroad! Check out my comparison of these global sim cards in the link  and find the one that fits your trip to Europe, also updated in June 2022.

If you are NOT a fan of swapping sim cards then there are 2 alternatives: a pocket WiFi and an e-sim card for Germany. Read my article about getting WiFi on the road and get an honest review about these portable WiFi devices for traveling. It is so old school!

E-sim cards for Germany

The most convenient way to stay connected when traveling abroad in 2022 is an e-sim card! You simply order one online, receive a code, follow the instructions and you are good to go and connected! Here are the best Germany e-sim card deals:

  • $5 USD = 1 GB data for 7 days
  • $10 USD = 3 GB data for 30 days
  • $15 USD = 5 GB data for 30 days
  • $22.5 USD = 10 GB data for 30 days

Click here to order one of the above Germany e-sim cards directly online or find more info.

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You can also a physical sim card for Germany online. For example an international sim card with 12 GB data and unlimited calls and texts in Europe for $30 USD. Cheaper than the best sim card deal at Frankfurt airport. Click here to directly order this international sim card for Germany and see many more options.

Germany sim cards and free EU roaming

Always double check if you Germany sim card includes FREE EU roaming. That means you can use the sim card you bought in Frankfurt also in Amsterdam, Rome or even Helsinki at no extra costs.

Be aware: Germany sim cards are some of the worst for traveling in Europe as they have a lot of restrictions. I wrote a guide with the best sim cards for traveling in Europe in 2022 and another guide with all my tips for buying a local sim card in Europe, including a list of the best prepaid sim card deal per country.

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Where to buy a German sim card at Frankfurt Airport?

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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 and both of the shops are in Arrival Hall B. When you arrive in arrival Hall B, you can not miss the Vodafone, T-Mobile and O2 signs, they are right in front of the door that you come out.

There are two different shops next to each other: Currency Exchange and the Ortel store.

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The Currency Exchange is open from 06.00 am to 9.30 pm and the Ortel Store only from 09.00 am to 07.00 pm on week days and 10.00 am to 05.00 pm in weekends.

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 and Lycamobile.

Prices prepaid sim cards at Frankfurt Airport

There is very limited choice when it comes to buying a sim card for your trip to Germany at Frankfurt International Airport. Two shops, two sim card deals, that is it!

Ortel - Lycamobile

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  • 15 GB data  + unlimited calls for 28 days in all of Europe = €40

Lycamobile operates on the network of Vodafone Germany.

Currency Exchange - Lebara

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At the Currency Exchange shop they only sell a Lebara prepaid sim card. For €39 you get 10 GB data + unlimited calls in Germany and 250 international minutes, valid for 28 days.

Lebara operates on the network of O2 Germany.

Best sim card at Frankfurt Airport in 2022            

If you are looking for the best prepaid sim card for Germany then Frankfurt Airport is not the best place to be! There is not much choice and the packages are expensive. However, the best sim card deal at Frankfurt Airport is the one from Lycamobile. For €40 you get 15 GB data.

But the overall conclusion is simple: do NOT buy a Germany sim card at Frankfurt Airport!

So what is next? Wait till you get to Frankfurt city center and buy your sim card for Germany there. Which one? Click here to read my complete guide for buying a Germany sim card in 2022. Or if that all sounds like too much hassle I recommend you to order one online.

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Buy a Germany sim card online

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Want to save time and money? Then buy an international sim card for Germany online. All the below international prepaid sim card offers are valid in all over 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 you the last two available option: Three or Orange. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address and are already activated.

Click here to directly order one of the above international sim card deals for Germany or find more info in the link. Also another reminder that an e-sim card for Europe gives you 10 GB data for just $22.5 USD. Click here to order one of the Germany e-sim card deals directly online.

Interested in watching a video about my experiences on arrival at Frankfurt Airport then click below.

I hope all the above tips for buying a sim card at Frankfurt Airport were helpful. If you still have questions please leave me a comment below and I am more than happy to help you out.

If you are interested what it looks like traveling to every country in the world then check out my Instagram profile @traveltomtom for some serious wanderlust. As of June 2022 I have visited more than 130 countries around the world.

Enjoy your trip to Frankfurt!

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