Flying to Rome and planning your trip to Italy? Enjoy this extraordinary and magical city, but don't get stuck with high roaming costs. Local sim cards in Italy are very affordable so I strongly recommend you getting one. This is your guide for buying a sim card at Rome Airport on arrival. Where to go, prices, e-sim cards, best 4G/5G network in Italy and everything else you need to know you find it in this guide.

All the information and prices are up to date per January 2022.

Writing guides for local sim cards became a passion as getting a local sim card is the first thing I do when I get to a new country. As part of my journey to visit every country in the world I get to a lot of places and wrote sim card guides in for example: Milan, Venice, Budapest, Dublin, Oslo, Vienna, but also Dubai, Cape Town, Riyadh, Hong Kong, etc. So before your next trip abroad make sure to come check out Traveltomtom.

Touristy or not! Who cares, this is Rome, one of the most awesome cities in the world. I have been to Rome multiple times and even after visiting more than 120 countries and uncountable big cities, still saying that Rome is a world apart. SIMPLY GORGEOUS!

Why buying a sim card for Italy

Yes, your hotel has free WiFi and so do the restaurants and bars in Rome, but do you want to rely on others? What if the signal in your room is weak or the WiFi is so slow you can't even upload an Instagram story? Also keep in mind that public WiFi is an UNSECURED connection.

Disconnecting is the new luxury and I totally agree however, not in a city! Ordering an Uber on the streets to get back to your hotel, getting directions from Google Maps following a walking tour, finding tourist attractions in Rome, searching for a nearby restaurant with good views and so on. I can come up with a dozen reasons why being connected to the internet makes traveling in Rome much more convenient.

Buying a sim card at an airport in Europe won't get you the best deals unfortunately, but by all means it is the easiest and fastest way to get a local sim card. You just pay a little extra for this convenience.

When not a fan of swapping sim cards and changing numbers you can opt for a pocket WiFi. These portable WiFi devices are a great way to get internet while traveling, but I am not a fan. Click on the link to read my HONEST review.

Another great alternative these days is an e-sim card. Meaning you order an e-sim card for Italy online and you will receive a code on your mobile which you enter and it gives you access to a 4G/5G mobile network in Italy. New technology that does not involve swapping physical sim cards. More about e-sim cards for Italy below or check the link.

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends buying a Windtre prepaid sim card on arrival at Rome Airport. For €20 you get 20 GB data.

Keep in mind that if you buy a sim card at Rome city center, you can get 100 GB for €20, just saying... check out my complete guide for buying a sim card in Italy for more info.

Traveltomtom does NOT recommend world sim cards. These international sim cards with worldwide coverage are simply way too expensive compared to local sim cards. This is what we found out when we reviewed and compared them one by one for our article about the best international sim cards for traveling the world.

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Italy sim cards and free EU roaming

Good news is that all the prepaid sim cards in Italy have free EU roaming included. However, there are limitations so when buying a sim card in Italy and traveling onwards in Europe double check with your provider.

Free EU roaming means that the data, voice and text allowance on your Italy sim card is also valid when traveling to Amsterdam, London, Stockholm or anywhere else in Europe at no extra costs. For more info check my guide for buying a local sim card in Europe.

E-sim card for Italy

The easiest way to stay connected in 2022 is an e-sim card. The most convenient is that you can buy them online and it only takes you a couple minutes. You will receive a code which you enter on your mobile and you are online in seconds on an Italian network provider. I found the following e-sim card deals for Italy for you.

  • $4.50 = 1 GB data for 7 days
  • $7 = 3 GB data for 30 days
  • $10.50 = 5 GB data for 30 days
  • $16 = 10 GB data for 30 days

As you can see even competitive prices however, e-sim cards are data-only sim cards and calling is not supported. You can order one of the above e-sim cards for Italy directly through this link or find more info about it.

You can also buy a physical sim card for Italy online and get it shipped to your home address before your trip. Check out my comparison and review of the best European sim cards for tourists or order one directly online, through the link below.

Ordering an Europe sim card can be done in as little as two minutes. Simoptions, a website specialized in international sim cards for travelers offers almost 10 different prepaid sim cards for Italy.

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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.

Where to buy a sim card at Rome Airport in 2022

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. Before customs there are some more options like a Windtre Italia shop and another TIM store. Transit passengers can buy a sim card here too.

vodafone shop fco airport rome

Prices sim cards at Rome Airport in 2022

Vodafone Italy Kiosk Arrival Hall

This kiosk from the photo above is located after customs in the arrival hall in Terminal 3 on your right hand side. 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? Rude!

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

Anyway if you really want to buy a Vodafone sim card for Italy with these snappy ladies, this is their offer:

€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 very expensive, wait till you see the other Italy sim card offers. Youtube is not included in free social media btw.

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

Tim sim Kiosk Arrival Hall

at the Tim Italy kiosk they sell only 1 prepaid sim card 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

These are the two options for buying a sim card in Rome Airport if you already went through customs. But there is more...

When arriving at Terminal 3, directly after you disembark your plane while heading on your way to baggage pick up you will come across a 3 (Tre Italia) store and another TIM shop.

Windtre Italy store

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

3store rome airport

Windtre Italia at Rome Airport offers the following packages:

  • €20 = 20 GB data in EU - valid for 3 months.
  • €40 = 50 GB data in EU - valid for 6 months.
  • €25 = 30 GB data in EU + 1000 minutes in Italy - valid for 1 month.

italy sim card rome airport

This Data & Call package from WindTre Italy is rechargeable online. For €9,99 you get another 1000 minutes calling time and 30GB data. When it comes to sim cards deals at airports this is one of the better ones I have seen. The people at the Windtre Italy store at FCO where super friendly as well.

TIM shop FCO airport near luggage belt

When walking towards your luggage belt you cant miss the two TIM stores at the end of the hallways. Directly opposite the Information desk at Rome Airport. They sell a different Italy sim card here than at the TIM shop in the arrivals hall in Terminal 3.

  • €25 = 10 GB data + Unlimited calls in EU - valid for 1 month.
  • €30 = 20 GB data + Unlimited calls in EU - valid for 1 month.
  • €35 = 40 GB data + Unlimited calls in EU - valid for 1 month

Compared to many other European countries these are great prepaid sim card deals for travelers. Buying a sim card in Rome Airport is totally worth it if you are traveling to Europe.

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Best sim card for Italy at Rome Airport

Looking at all the available Italy prepaid sim card for tourist packages it is an easy conclusion: Windtre Italy is the best prepaid sim card at Rome Airport in 2022!

They offer tourist sim cards valid for 3 or even 6 months and for €20 you already get 20 GB data valid all over Europe.

best italy sim card for tourists

However TIM also offers great value for money. Whatever you do make sure you buy your sim card at Rome Airport before you go through customs!

Order your Italy sim card online

Buying a sim card after a long haul flight can be a bit annoying therefore there is the option to order your sim card for Italy online. The sim card will be shipped to your home address and is already activated from its first use. Simple, easy and reliable... check out the following prepaid sim card deals.

1. Lycamobile Unlimited Talk Text Data

  • price $23
  • Unlimited data*
  • Unlimited calling + texting

*Lycamobile unlimited data is ONLY 2 GB at 4G/LTE speed and then reduced to 3G speed! They are masters in sales, not performance! 3G speed is awful.

2. TravSIM European SIM Card

  • price $21.99
  • 6 GB data
  • Unlimited calls in Europe
  • Unlimited sms in Europe

3. 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

4. Three PAYG AIO15 - $29.90

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

5. Three PAYG AIO20 - $39.90

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

6. 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

I recommend the Orange Holiday Europe sim card above for traveling in Italy and Europe. You can order one directly through the Simoptions website, as well as all the other above sim cards. They have international sim cards for traveling in every country in Europe. The sim card will be send to your home address and you simply put it in your phone on arrival. The data packages are already activated!

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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.

Looking for a Rome itinerary? Check out my friends blog with all the tourist spots.

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 or check out my Instagram profile @traveltomtom. Be careful as it could cause some serious wanderlust. As per January 2022 I visited more than 120 countries on my road to visit every country in the world.

Enjoy your trip to Rome!

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