Flying to Athens Airport and planning your trip to Greece. Stay connected with a local prepaid sim card or may be even an e-sim card for Greece! This is a complete guide for buying a sim card at Athens Airport with up to date prices as per August 2022, where to buy a sim card, my recommendation and even info about international and e-sim cards for traveling in Greece.

Buying a prepaid sim card is the first thing I do when I get to a new country. Simply because I use a lot of data and prepaid sim cards with data are cheap in Greece! However, also at Athens Airport?

At most airports around the world you pay often a hefty price for the convenience to get connected straight away. Or is it called squeezing money out of unknown tourists? Therefore I am here to give you all the up to date information and recommendations for buying a sim card for your trip to Greece and help you saving on high roaming costs.

As I am on a mission to travel to every country in the world and I write sim card guides wherever I go you can already find more than 200 local prepaid sim card guides on Traveltomtom from all over the world: New York, Barcelona, Milan, Amsterdam, London, Istanbul, Bogota, Pakistan, Vietnam, Amman, Jeddah, Johannesburg and many more.

For most Europeans there is no need to buy a sim card for their trip to Greece as their local prepaid sim card from their EU home country will most probably include free EU data roaming. Always ask your provider in your own country before traveling abroad.

My recommendation

local sim athens airport

Traveltomtom does NOT recommend buying a prepaid sim card at Athens Airport! Simply overpriced! Sim cards at Athens Airport cost more than double the price than sim cards at Athens city center, so if you are not in a rush you should wait until you get to Athens city center. Check out my guide for buying a sim card in Greece in 2022 for more info.

Another great alternative for staying connected when traveling abroad is a global sim card with data. In my comparison of the best international sim cards for going abroad in 2022 you will find a bunch of great sim card deals for traveling to Greece.

That said, if you are looking for the easiest way to get data on your phone when overseas you should look into getting an e-sim card.

E-sim cards for Greece

Arrange everything online within just a couple minutes. Order your e-sim card online, instantly receive an email with instructions and a unique code, follow the instructions, apply the settings and you are all done. Check out the following e-sim card deals for Greece.

  • 1 GB data for 7 days = $5 USD
  • 3 GB data for 30 days = $9 USD
  • 5 GB data for 30 days = $13 USD
  • 10 GB data for 30 days = $25 USD

Click here to order one of the above e-sim cards for traveling in Greece or click on the link for more info.

There are also e-sim cards for Europe which are amazing deals as well: Get 30 GB data for $49.90 USD for example or 15 GB for $29.90 USD. Click here to order one of the above e-sim cards for Europe directly online and great thing is they also include calling time.

Athens Airport

free wifi athens airport

Although Greece is a very popular summer tourist destination in Europe, Athens Airport is pretty easy going even in the high season. The airport lies about 40 minutes away from the city center of Athens. It is very easy to navigate and only has one arrival hall for international arrivals.

Athens Airport provides free WiFi for everyone. It is easy to connect and it actually works pretty fine.

Where to buy a sim card at Athens Airport

where to buy sim card athens airport

There are 2 places where you can buy a Greece sim card at Athens Airport. One is directly after the passport control right in front of luggage belt number one. It is impossible to miss! When you get stamped into Greece and walk away from passport control you will walk right into big signs saying: ’buy your local prepaid sim card here’.

athens airport sim card store

As it can get pretty busy at this sim card booth you can also pick up your luggage first and then walk through the customs baggage check into the arrival hall of Athens Airport. Then you will see on your left hand side the exact same booth selling the exact same tourists sim cards for Greece. It is not to miss, next to the kiosk there is also the tourist information desk. 

Both sim card stores from Sim Local are open from 06:00 am until 10:00 pm and they accept Euros as well as credit cards.

Prices sim cards for Greece at Athens Airport

buying sim card athens airport

As Sim Local has the right for selling prepaid sim cards for Greece at Athens Airport there is not much choice. They basically offer 3 prepaid sim card deals, but two of them are completely identical. On top of that they charge an activation fee of €12.50 per sim card.

vodafone sim card athens airport

There are 2 Vodafone prepaid sim card deals for 30 days:

  • 15 GB data in all of Europe + 200 minutes in Europe + 120 international minutes = €22.50
  • 18 GB data in all of Europe = €22.50

 taza mobile sim card athens airport

Then there is Taza Mobile that works on the Vodafone network:

  • 15 GB data in all of Europe + 200 minutes in Europe + 120 international minutes = €22.50

Yes the exact same however, if you download the app you get 5 GB data extra for 7 days.

Taza Mobile is a completely new product to me and a so-called MVNO, a Virtual Mobile Network Operator. I have never tried it before so I can’t tell you anything about it. I would personally just go for a Vodafone sim card if you really want to buy a prepaid sim card at Athens Airport.

To make it even easier for you here is my vlog about my arrival at Athens Airport showing you what it looks like buying a sim card at Athens Airport in 2022.

Order a sim card for Greece online

If this all sounds like too much hassle you can also order a sim card for Greece online and get it shipped to your home address before your trip. These international sim cards work like plug and play. Just put this pre-activated sim card in your phone when you arrive in Greece and it works instantly. 

Check out the following sim card deals for Greece:

  • 15 GB data in all of Europe + unlimited calls/sms for 14 days = $29.90 USD
  • 30 GB data in all of Europe + unlimited calls/sms for 14 days = $49.90 USD

Click here to order one of the above prepaid sim cards for traveling in Greece or find more info and offers in the link. 

Also another reminder that you can arrange everything directly online within just a couple minutes by ordering an e-sim card for Greece directly online. With an e-sim card you keep your own phone number from home.

How to get from Athens Airport to Athens city center

from athens airport to city center

There are direct busses that take you in about 50 to 60 minutes to the city center of Athens. Just follow the signs. Ordering an Uber is also possible at Athens Airport and that will cost you a little over €40 depending on where in the city center you are going.

If you have Euros on you then I recommend taking a normal airport taxi as it is the exact same as an Uber and you don’t have to search for your car. Airport taxis are well regulated at Athens Airport and work with a taxi meter.

I hope all the above tips for buying a sim card on arrival at Athens Airport were useful for your upcoming trip. If you still have questions please leave me a comment below and I will help you.

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Enjoy your trip to Athens!

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