On invitation of Tourism Greece I was able to travel to Lesbos Island, which was my first time traveling to this magical 'island-hopping-heaven' country. Greece was listed as country number 81 when I visited the first time. In December 2019 I returned to Greece after my inaugural cruise of Sky Princess. For you I researched again the prices for a Greece sim card to keep this article about buying a sim card for Greece up to date.
The first thing I do when I get to a new country is buy a local sim card. I did the enquiry for you to help you choose the best Greece sim card for you. In December 2019 I updated all my sim card for Europe articles on my blog. So far I wrote guides for: France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Barcelona, Rome, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and more.
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Buy a Europe sim card online
Nothing easier than ordering your sim card for traveling in Europe online. Orange offers a EU sim card valid in 30 countries including Greece with NOW 20GB data and 2 hours calling time worldwide. Order through the above link and get free shipping to your home address.
4 Best Greece sim cards you can buy online
Don't waste your precious Greece holiday standing in line getting a Greece sim card, simply order one online! On top of the above mentioned Orange sim card for Europe, the following prepaid sim cards are perfect for traveling in Greece:
- 8 GB data
- 30 minutes worldwide
- 200 sms worldwide
- Valid 14 days
- 20 GB data
- 120 minutes worldwide
- 1,000 sms worldwide
- Valid 14 days
- 5 GB data
- Unlimited calls within Europe
- Unlimited sms within Europe
- Valid 30 days
- 12 GB data
- Unlimited calls within Europe
- Unlimited sms within Europe
- Valid 30 days
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Prices Greece mobile operators in 2020
In most countries it is pretty regulated and prices are fixed no matter which store you go. This is the case when buying a sim card in Turkey for example. But there are exceptions as well. While looking for the best sim card in Bali, Indonesia I found out that every little phone store had different prices for the exact same packages. Here in Greece I discovered that yes prices are fixed, but depending where you buy your Greece sim card you are offered different packages!
Got it? Buying a sim card in Athens airport is more expensive. Depending on the mobile operator you either want to buy your Greece sim card in an official shop or on the streets...
There are 3 main Greece mobile operators: Wind, Cosmote and Vodafone. All of them have shops all around Athens center and on the main tourist islands as well. But sometimes it is not the shops where you find the best option for a data sim card for Greece. Also check out the street vendors…
Vodafone Greece prepaid sim card
In a Vodafone shop:
- Sim card with 12 GB data cost €25 is valid for 1 month and gets you another 100 minutes calling time.
With a Vodafone Greece street vendor:
- €10 = 4 GB data in the EU+ 150 minutes in Greece and 50 minutes international - valid for 15 days.
- €20 = 9.2 GB data in the EU + 220 minutes in Greece and 120 minutes international - valid for 30 days.
Wind Greece prepaid sim card
In two different WIND shops around Athens I found the following prepaid sim cards for Greece. Data packages where very straightforward:
- Sim card with 1GB data cost 5 EUR.
- Sim card with 15GB data cost 15 EUR.
Both packages are valid for 1 month and do not contain calling minutes. Wind also has two different mobile operator that are part of Wind: Free To Go and Q, both packages are not even worth mentioning with 500MB for 10 EUR and 1GB for 10EUR and 1,000 calling minutes.
Street vendors Wind Mobile
- €10 = 15 GB data only (5 GB for Europe) - valid for 30 days.
- €10 = 11 GB data only (5 GB for Europe) + 300 minutes in Greece + 20 sms - valid for 30 days.
Conclusion: The service in Wind Greece shops was good, friendly young people that spoke good English, but I would not recommend Wind as your Greece sim card. Packages are too expensive compared to their competitors!
Cosmote is the biggest company when it comes to Greece mobile operators. Cosmote shops are huge, but service is the worst.
Cosmote Greece sim card in the shop:
- Sim card with 1GB cost 10 EUR is valid for 1 month, no calling minutes.
- Sim card with 3GB cost 10 EUR but is only valid for 7 days, no calling minutes.
This is what I was told at two different Cosmote shops, but in their folder I found this. Not that I can read any Greek, but Im not stupid either. When I asked the people in the shop, the were literally annoyed and refused to speak English suddenly.
Please avoid any Cosmote shops! The employees were very rude, their English was very bad and they are not interested in people looking for a prepaid sim card for Greece. They rather sell drones or iPhones to people. :(
This is how I felt walking into a Cosmotel Shop. :)
Then there are the street vendors for Cosmote Greece:
- Sim card with 10GB data cost 10 EUR is valid for 1 month and includes 100calling minutes.
- Sim card with 5GB data cost 6 EUR is valid for 1 month but does not include calling minutes.
Conclusion Cosmote Greece: Avoid any shop! But the Cosmote street vendors who were really friendly and spoke good English have a really good option. Cosmote street vendors exist but were a bit harder to find than the Vodafone girls.
Mobile Internet in Greece from Frog
This prepaid sim card can be found in some random mobile providers shops and is part of the Cosmote company. I did not find any Frog employees selling a sim card to use in Greece at the streets, neither did I find a proper shop. But their prices were very competitive. Frog operates on the Cosmote network.
- Sim card with 5GB data cost 5.10 EUR including 60 minutes calling time to some very random countries.
- Sim card with 10GB data cost 8.30 EUR including 60 minutes calling time to some very random countries.
Conclusion Frog: so far they are the cheapest Greece sim card for tourists, but unfortunately it is a little harder to find a shop that sells Frog Mobile.
Best mobile internet network in Greece in 2020
We now know who offers the cheapest Greece data sim card, but what about the network coverage of these mobile providers. For these data I always refer to nperf.com as they can give you detailed maps about the mobile internet network in Greece. Going to any specific Greek island than on this website you can zoom in and see which Greek mobile provider has the best 4G network.
Vodafone Greece network map
Wind Greece network map
Cosmote Greece network map
Cosmote has the best mobile internet network in Greece followed closely by Vodafone. Wind Greece is far behind when it comes to network strength.
Where to buy your Greece sim card in 2020?
Buying a sim card at Athens Airport
I normally never encourage you to buy a sim card at the airport as prices always double in these places. In almost every country the first thing you see at Airport Arrivals is car rental companies and mobile operators, but not in this country. There are very limited options for buying a prepaid Greece sim card for tourists at Athens Airport. You can only find a Vodafone store and they offer sell the following Greece sim cards for tourists:
- €22,50 = 12 GB data in Greece valid for 15 days.
- €22,50 = 7 GB data in Greece + 120 minutes international + 120 minutes for Greece valid for 15 days.
Buying a Greece sim card on the streets
So I told you that the street vendors have one of the best Greece sim card deals but may be it feels weird to buy a sim card on the streets with someone who takes a photo of your ID or passport? You can trust them! They are official employees of either Vodafone, Wind or Cosmote and wearing their branded clothes. They organize everything on the spot and they wont let you walk away before your data sim card for Greece is activated and working.
Where to find them? At the bigger metro stations in the city center you will find youngsters selling sim cards. Trust me they are easy to find and all of them sell the same packages for the same price and speak good English.
Buying a prepaid sim card for Greece on the streets vs. shop
You might not trust the street vendors, but another big advantage of the youngsters selling the prepaid packages on the streets is that they speak really good English as they are targeting tourists. The employees in the shops speak mostly very little English and especially at Cosmote they are very rude. Cosmote is a big brand that is selling a lot things from drones to tv’s and I walked into two shops and was treated very badly and the staff was arrogant. No I am not a big fan of Cosmote Greece at all!
Buying a sim card on a Greek island
But Frog Mobile shops are harder to find and especially on the Greek islands. In for example Lesbos Island I did not find a shop selling Frog Mobile. So in case you land on an island and want to buy a sim card there I strongly advice you to go to a Vodafone shop as they have the best packages available in their shops. Wind is too expensive in general and the 4G coverage is not that strong, Cosmote packages in their shops are shit and the people are the worst.
Best sim card for Greece for tourists in 2020
The conclusion based on all the collected data is pretty simple. You know now where to buy, you have seen the best Greece network and I showed you all the prices. As Frog mobile is using the Cosmote network and has the best value packages they are the best prepaid sim card for tourists in Greece.
Portable Wifi device for Greece
Is buying a Greece sim card too much hassle for you or you simply don't want to change sim cards in your phone? Take a look at a Teppy, they offer unlimited data for a couple dollars per day in more than 100 countries! Perfect for traveling to Greece with kids as you can connect 5 devices at the same time.
Buy a sim card for traveling in Europe online
Probably the best idea is to order your sim card for your trip to Greece online. An Orange sim card with 20GB data and 2 hours worldwide calling can already be found for less than $50. It is valid in 30 European countries! Get it through the above link and this EU sim card will be shipped to your home address for free! But there are many more sim cards for Greece which you can order online. Click on the link or the banner below to see all the prepaid Greece sim card deals.
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Safe trip to Greece! Enjoy....