Flying to Rome any time soon? Enjoy this extraordinary magical city, but don't get stuck with high roaming costs. Local sim cards in Italy are 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, best network and more... read it all in this article.

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 100 countries and uncountable big cities, still saying that Rome is a world apart. GORGEOUS!

Traveling around Europe? Make sure to get a sim card with free EU data roaming. Click here for my complete research about the best European sim card for tourists!

Note that most airports lure tourists with great deals which in fact mostly are NOT. For the best prepaid sim card in Italy in 2021 you wait till you get to Rome city center. Click on the link to read my complete research.

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Get a sim card for Italy online

If you don't want to waste your precious vacation days standing in line to get a sim card for Italy I recommend you ordering one online! It can be done in as little as one minute and you will receive the sim card prior to your trip on your home address. Simoptions, a website specialized in international sim cards for travelers offers almost 10 different Italy prepaid sim cards. Check the link for more info or click on the banner below.

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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 or what about finding nice restaurants in Rome, some extra info on Wikipedia about the tourist spots or simply to use Google Maps or Uber for getting you back to the hotel. A prepaid sim card for Italy is always useful.

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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 2021

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.

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Prices sim cards at Rome Airport in 2021

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!

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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 2021!

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.

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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.

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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.

Portable Wifi device

Last option great if you are traveling with kids is a portable wifi device from TEP Wireless. For a couple dollars per day you get unlimited internet and you can connect 5 devices at the same time. Order online and get it shipped to you home address. Check them out!

portable wifi device for traveling

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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