After my adventures in West Africa I returned back to Europe in December 2019 and had to buy a European sim card to stay connected. Landing at Dublin Airport I searched for the best Ireland sim card for tourists. If you are traveling to Dublin soon then this is everything you need to know about buying a sim card at Dublin Airport in 2020.

For many years I have mapped tourist sim cards for Europe when arriving at countries and airports. I already wrote about the best prepaid Ireland sim card, as well as sim cards for UK, France, Norway, Portugal, Oslo, Madrid, Lisbon and all other European countries.

Can I buy a sim card at Dublin Airport?

Yes you can! Although there are not many options and no official phone stores there are several places where you can buy an Ireland sim card at Dublin Airport.

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Ireland sim cards and traveling in Europe

Out of all the European sim cards I think Ireland sim cards are among the best ones for traveling in Europe. The value for money for data sim cards for Europe is great in Ireland and you can already find 30 GB for €30 valid for 30 days in all of Europe. Always ask with the mobile internet provider how many GB is valid for roaming within the Europe.

So if Ireland is your first stop on your trip to Europe, Dublin is a great place to buy a sim card for Europe travel.

Buy a European sim card online

Want to save yourself all the hassle getting in line and buying a sim card in Dublin then order one online before your trip to Ireland. Here are 3 great sim card deals for Europe and Ireland.

1. Orange Smart Comfort S - 8 GB data

Price: $30

  • 8 GB data
  • 30 minutes worldwide
  • 200 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

2. Orange Smart Comfort X - 20 GB data

Price: $50

  • 20 GB data
  • 120 minutes worldwide
  • 1,000 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

3. Three Smart Silver - 5 GB data

Price: $30

  • 5 GB data
  • Unlimited calls within Europe
  • Unlimited sms within Europe
  • Valid 30 days

4. Three Smart Gold - 12 GB data

Price: $40

  • 12 GB data
  • Unlimited calls within Europe
  • Unlimited sms within Europe
  • Valid 30 days

For more amazing sim only Europe sim card deals, click on the link and read my complete guide about it.

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Dublin Airport

There are two different terminals: 1 and 2. Terminal 1 is mostly used for European flights and Terminal 2 for intercontinental flights. That means if you are flying Delta Airlines, United, Airlines, Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, etc you will arrive in Terminal 2.

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Where to buy a sim card at Dublin Airport

Strange enough there are more opportunities to buy a sim card at Dublin Airport Terminal 1. This is not where the majority of the intercontinental tourists arrive but well…

At Terminal 1 you can buy an Ireland sim card at the WH Smith shop as well as at the Left Luggage store. You can easily find them either right or left when you enter the arrival hall.

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At Termnial 2 the easiest place to buy a sim card at Dublin Airport is at the SPAR convenient store directly next to entrance into the arrival hall. There is a little baggage wrap kiosk downstairs at Departures that sell the exact same Ireland sim card for tourists.

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Prices Ireland sim cards at Dublin Airport

Unfortunately there are very few options for buying a sim card at Dublin Airport and they basically all sell the exact same Ireland sim cards: Lyca Mobile, Vodafone Ireland and 3 Three. There is not much choice when you want to buy a sim card at Dublin Airport

Lyca Mobile prepaid sim card

A Lyca Mobile activated sim card costs €25, does not come with any package, but give you €20 credit to choose any package you want from their website. For example you can choose 35 GB data in Ireland and unlimited calling and texting in Ireland for €20, but be aware only 5.5 GB can be used for roaming in the EU.

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Im personally NOT a fan of Lyca Mobile because there are always these restrictions. So for traveling within Europe I definitely do not recommend buying a Lyca Mobile sim card at Dublin Airport.

Vodafone Ireland prepaid sim card

They have a couple different Ireland sim cards on offer:

  • €25 = 20 GB data in Europe + 100 minutes calls & unlimited text in Ireland - valid for 30 days.
  • €25 = 5 GB data in Europe + unlimited calls & texts to Vodafone Ireland + €10 credit - valid for 30 days.
  • €35 = 15 GB data in Europe + unlimited calls & texts in Ireland + 100 minutes in Europe - valid for 30 days.

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Three Ireland prepaid sim card

A Three Ireland sim card isn’t sold in Terminal 2, only at Terminal 1 at the WH Smith shop.

  • €30 = Unlimited data in Ireland + 8 GB data in Europe + unlimited Three to Three calls + unlimited sms in Ireland - valid for 30 days.

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Best prepaid Ireland sim card at Dublin Airport

Unfortunately there is not much choice when looking to buy a sim card at Dublin Airport. I already told you I am not a fan of Lyca Mobile, because they mostly lure you in with great offers but only to find out there are a lot restrictions. A Three (3) Ireland sim card can only be bought in Terminal 1 and most intercontinental tourists arrive at Terminal 2. It is therefore easy to find the best sim card at Dublin Airport!

Vodafone Ireland is the best prepaid Ireland sim card at Dublin Airport for tourists. They offer 20 GB data and calling and texting for €25. You can buy them easily across the airport at several kiosks.

When arriving at Terminal 2 you can impossible miss the SPAR convenient store and that is where you will find the Vodafone Ireland sim cards at Dublin Airport.

Buy an Ireland sim card online

Forget about the hassle buying a sim card at Dublin Airport and order your Ireland sim card online. With a couple clicks you have ordered your sim card for Europe online and it will be shipped to your home address before your trip to Ireland. Click here for the best Ireland sim cards that you can order online.

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Portable wifi for Ireland

Traveling with kids then a TEP Wireless portable Wifi is a great solution. It lets you connect up to 5 devices at the same time and you can all enjoy high speeds internet for a couple bucks a day. The best way to keep your children quiet while traveling. Click on the banner below or the link above for more info.

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How to get from Dublin Airport to the city

This is an easy one as there are busses running 24 hours between the airport and the city center. Taxi’s are expensive in Dublin and Uber is kind of non-existing. Busses are the best way to travel from the airport to the city and back. They leave just outside Terminal 1 and 2 and costs between €6 to €8 one-way and take around 30 minutes.

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I hope this article about buying an Ireland sim card at Dublin Airport was helpful. In case you have any more questions, please contact me on my Instagram: @traveltomtom, where you also find my journey visiting every country in the world.

I also wrote the best UK sim card for tourists article, the best Ireland sim card or the best European sim cards for travelers have a look at them in the links.

Also when interested how to make money travel blogging or how to afford to travel I invite you to have a read, they say it is inspiring!

Enjoy your trip to Ireland! 

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