After my weeklong cruise on the Mediterranean with Princes Cruises I ended up in Rome for the first time. I was biased, after visiting the ultra touristy Paris I though a trip to Rome would not be up my alley, but I was wrong! I loved this incredible city and would encourage everyone to travel to Rome when they get a chance. Toursity or not, Rome is worth it! On my way out I flew away from Fiumicino Airport and found the best sim card in Italy for tourists when you arrive at FCO Airport for your trip to Rome.

Why buy an Italy sim card

Yes most hotels have free wifi, but don’t you want to send your photos of the Trevi Fountain or the Colosseum directly to your friends or add them to social media? Being connected is not only easy for keeping up with your social life, but also to travel around Rome. The city is pretty hectic with so many tourists and you can easily lose each other. If you buy a sim card in Rome you can share your live location and cant lose each other anymore. Finding nice restaurants in Rome, some extra info on Wikipedia about the tourist spots or simply to use Google Maps getting back to the hotel. A prepaid sim card for Italy is always useful.

When traveling to Paris I also found out about the best sim card in France for tourists. Find out if buying a sim card at Paris airport is worth it.

Fiumicino Airport Rome

This is the major international Airport for tourist visiting Rome, also called Leonardo Da Vinci Airport. FCO Airport lies about 35 kilometers outside Rome City Center and has two operating Terminals at the moment: 1 and 3, Terminal 5 is being renovated. Most passengers looking to buy an Italy tourist sim card will arrive at Terminal 3, the largest and mostly used for long-haul flights. Later more about how to get from Rome Airport to city.

terminal 3 fco airport rome

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Where to buy a sim card at Rome Airport

Arrival Hall Terminal 1

When arriving at Terminal 1 I have bad news for you. I checked around and could not find any Italy sim card shop in Terminal 1. When I asked the information desk for an Italy prepaid sim card the lady confirmed that you can only buy them in Terminal 3.

Arrival Hall Terminal 3

After Customs there are just two Italy sim card shops in the arrivals hall: TIM and Vodafone.

vodafone shop fco airport rome

Vodafone Italy

The ladies at the Vodafone shop at FCO Airport seemed nice at first and I asked them for the available tourist sim cards for Italy. They gave me the info and showed me the following sheet. But when I took a photo of the price sheet one of the ladies tried to grab my phone and started shouting that I was not allowed to take a photo!

Are you kidding me? Am I not allowed to inform people traveling to Rome about the Italy prepaid sim card options? Idiots!

vodafone sim card rome airport

This is the photo that caused all the trouble! How strange...

Anyway if you really want to buy a Vodafone sim card Italy they sell this ridiculously overpriced package:

€65 (€50 + €15 service costs)

  • Free social media: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp
  • 1600 minutes calling to Europe, USA, UK, India, China, etc.
  • 16 GB data
  • 30 days valid

A package with a lot of possibilities but crazy expensive, wait till you see the other Italy sim card offers. Youtube is not included in free social media btw.

Comparing the above prices to buying a sim card in Netherlands or Germany they are still kind of cheap. Crazy prices for data are handled in these countries.

Just a couple meters further down you find a TIM shop where they sell the following Italy sim card for tourist.

Tim sim card Italy for tourists:

TIM €35

  • 200 minutes to Europe, USA, UK, Japan, India, Australia 
  • 9GB data Italy only
  • 6GB data all over Europe
  • 30 days valid

The package is not so complete as a Vodafone sim card next door, but it is almost half the price!

tim tourist sim card rome airport

Since there are only 2 Italy sim card shops in the Arrival Hall I thought it was an easy decision to tell people traveling to Rome to buy a Tim sim card at Rome Airport. But then I found out there are more options…

Buying a sim card at Rome Airport before customs

Upon arrival at Terminal 3 you will also stumble upon mobile internet provider shops that sell Italy prepaid sim cards for tourists. Directly after you disembark your plane on your way to bagage pick up and customs you will come across a 3 (Tre Ita) shop and another TIM shop.

Tre Ita - 3Store

Close to boarding Gate B5 there is a huge spacious 3Store where they sell Italy prepaid sim cards. They have data only sim cards and packages with calling minutes.

3store rome airport

Data only - €20

  • 20GB all over Europe
  • Hotspot: YES
  • Valid for 3 months

italy sim card rome airport

Data only - €40

  • 50GB all over Europe
  • Hotspot: Yes
  • Valid for 6 months

Data & Call - €25

  • 30 GB all over Europe
  • 1000 minutes in Italy only
  • Valid for 1 month

tre ita tourist sim card

This Data & Call package from Tre Ita is rechargeable online. For €9,99 you get another 1000 minutes calling time and 30GB data. This would already be very interesting for people living in Germany & Netherlands where prices for data are crazy expensive.

The people at the Tre Ita shop at FCO where super friendly!

TIM shop FCO airport before bagage pick up/customs

When walking towards your lugage belt you cant miss the two TIM shops at the end of the hallways. Directly opposite the Information desk.

They sell a different Italy sim card here than at the TIM shop in the arrivals hall in Terminal 3.

tim shop rome airport

TIM €25

  • Unlimited calling in Italy to Italy
  • Unlimited calling outside Italy to Europe
  • 10GB data
  • Valid for 1 month

TIM €30

  • Unlimited calling in Italy to Italy
  • Unlimited calling outside Italy to Europe
  • 20GB data
  • Valid for 1 month

TIM €35

  • Unlimited calling in Italy to Italy
  • Unlimited calling outside Italy to Europe
  • 40GB data
  • Valid for 1 month

Compared to many other European countries these are great packages. With a lot of value for money, a bit like buying a sim card in Belgium, but then even a little cheaper Buying a sim card in Rome Airport is totally worth it if you are traveling to Europe.

Best sim card for Italy at Rome Airport

Looking at all the available Italy prepaid sim card for tourist packages I can come to the conclusion that the 3Store has the best Italy sim card options. I love the fact that they are valid for 3 or even 6 months. I have not come across any prepaid data package in Europe like this. Even if you want data & calls 3Store has still the best option.

best italy sim card for tourists

The best Italy sim card at Rome Airport is Tre Ita (3).

I would strongly discourage buying a Vodafone sim card at Rome Airport. Not just because the rude ladies were trying to grab my phone because of a simple picture I took trying to inform you, but simply because they are extremely overpriced!

Wind sim card Italy

Another big mobile internet provider in Italy is Wind, but strangely enough they don’t have a shop at FCO Airport. IF you are looking for the best sim card for Italy you might wanna check their prices out as well. But then you will have to wait until Rome Airport.

Best way from Rome Airport to the city

If you are looking for the best way from Fiumicino Airport to Rome then you have two options: bus and train. Of course you can also take a taxi but they charge you at least €50 and up to €80.

There are many busses leaving outside Terminal 3 that go directly to Termini Station in Central Rome. Prices for busses range from €5,90 to €7 but all offer the exact same service. Just grab the one that is about to leave soon. Busses take around 45 minutes to 1 hour.

There is also a direct train service between Rome Airport and Termini station. Every 15 minutes a train leaves and brings you in 30 minutes to the center. This Express train cost €14 one-way.

I hope all this information about buying a sim card at Rome Airport and how to get there and back was helpful. If you have any questions please leave me a comment below. Enjoy your trip to Rome!

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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!

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