Flying to Milan Malpensa Airport soon? I sincerely recommend you to buy a local sim card to share the beauty of Italy with your friends and family? Overseas data roaming bundles? They are slow as their speed is limited. Don't get stuck with high roaming costs! This is your complete guide for buying a sim card at Milan Malpensa Airport in 2021.

 

All the information in this article is based on my own experiences. For this article I made my way to the international Airport to find out everything you need to know for buying an Italy sim card at Milan Malpensa. Updated with the latest information and prices as per January 2021.

Buying a sim card upon arrival is at most of the airports around Europe NOT the best idea! Why? Sim card deals are mostly overprices and value for money is NOT good. This also counts for Milan Airport, however for those who don't care about $10 extra I recommend you to get a sim card at Milan Airport. Is is fast and you are online within a couple minutes.

Remember that the bus from Milan Malpensa Airport to the city center is about 45 minutes. A data connection on that boring bus trip would be nice to kill time.

I also wrote a guide for buying a sim card in Italy in 2021 and turns out you can already more than 100 GB data for just €20. Click on the link to read all about it.

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Italy sim cards and traveling in Europe

Since summer 2017 roaming costs within Europe are from the past and therefore you can use your Italy sim card for traveling in Europe. But be aware not all data you get on an Italy sim card can be used in Europe. Most of the Italy sim card have a data cap, some don't. Just always ask when buying a sim card in Italy.

Buy a sim card for Europe online

To avoid all the hassle buying a sim card at Malpensa Airport you can also buy your sim card for traveling in Italy online. Click on the link to see for example the Orange Europe sim card with 20 GB data and unlimited calls and text in Europe.

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Milan Malpensa Airport

There are 2 terminals at Milan Malpensa airport. Terminal 1 is the new one and is where all intercontinental flights arrive. Terminal 2 is a very old terminal and mainly used for Easyjet only. To give you a complete guide for buying a sim card at Milan Malpensa Airport I also checked out Terminal 2 for you.

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Where to buy an Italy sim card at Malpensa Airport in 2021

Terminal 1

At Terminal 1 there are two arrival halls: A and B. Both arrival halls have a Money Exchange office straight after luggage collection. The Money Exchange shop is where they sell Italy sim cards. You can’t miss them as they have big advertisements displayed for buying a Vodafone sim card.

At Terminal 1 there is also a Tutto Communications, a small booth. They are located close to Arrival Hall B, but this is a tourist trap! Prices are outrageous, more about it later...

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Terminal 2

May you arrive at Terminal 2 then in the arrival hall there is no shop that sells an Italy sim card. If you really want to buy a sim card for Italy at Milan Airport Malpensa Terminal 2 go to the Departure hall of Terminal 2. It is in the building next door. There you will find a money exchange shop and they sell Italy sim cards.

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Sometimes in Italy things don’t make sense and so is buying a sim card at Milan Airport. You can only buy them per 2! Like a couples sim card or what? Solo travelers will just have to deal with it…

At some of the Exchange offices they where very strict, but one was like: ok, you can also buy 1. WEIRD!!!!

Prices Italy sim cards Milan Malpensa Airport in 2021

Terminal 1 Exchange Office

The exact same shops basically sell the exact same Vodafone Italy sim card packages. Vodafone is the only prepaid Italy sim card they offer. For some strange reason they differ slightly in price for the same package. Arrival Hall A and B are only 3 minute walk from each other and in and between you find 3 Exchange Shops.

These are the Vodafone Italy sim card welcome packs they offer:

All the packages are for 2 sim cards so you get twice the package below.

  • 18 GB data in all of Europe, no roaming costs for 30 countries
  • 500 minutes in Italy
  • 300 minutes international
  • Texting is NOT included
  • Valid for 30 days

The price? In Hall B you pay €60,50, in Hall A you pay €56,50 (+1 sim card gets free social media) and in and between the two arrival halls there is an Exchange shop that sells the same Italy sim card for €55,50.

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The Exchange shops are literally within 400 meters from each other. Why they all have a different price for the same sim card packages is very strange! Welcome to Italy! :)

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There is also a slightly cheaper option for €50/€51,50 depending on which Exchange Store you go but you get 2 sim cards with each only 8GB instead of the above 18GB. If you want to buy just 1 sim card instead of two you pay €30 for this package. So you get 8GB, 500 minutes in Italy, 150 minutes international.

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All the above Vodafone Italy sim cards can be topped up through the Vodafone Italy website after 30 days. You then get the same package for only €10!

Tutto Communications

As I mentioned earlier there is also a little sim card booth just next to Arrival Hall B. I have done research for buying sim cards at Rome Airport, Venice Airport, Paris Airport, Frankfurt Airport, Amsterdam Airport and many more but never have I seen outrageous prices like this!

When I saw it I was like: who the hell on earth pays €169 for 20GB? Like for real? You can also buy 3GB for €69! INSANE!

Please people I hope when you are reading this you are also laughing. Things like this is why I love to write travel tips for people traveling around the world, because never ever buy a sim card for this price! It is a scam!

To prove I was not lying I took photos of what they offer. If you haven’t laughed your ass off today this is your moment! Go for it… :)

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The offered sim cards are from WindTre Italy by the way, but I bet they are NOT related to Tutto Communications at all.

The Tutto Communications booth also offers Lyca Mobile Italy sim cards. Also these ones are extremely overpriced and NOT worth buying!

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Please avoid this booth completely! I am only mentioning it to give you a complete guide for buying a sim card at Milan Malpensa Airport and of course helping you NOT to waste money and travel more, because in the end that is what I love doing.

My passion for traveling turned me into a professional travel blogger. Read my story of continuously traveling around the world since 2012 in the link above.

Terminal 2 Exchange Office Departures

The Exchange office at Departures Terminal 2 sells only a package of 2 Vodafone Italy sim cards for €60,50. For that price you get the following per sim card:

  • 18 GB data in all of Europe, no roaming costs
  • 500 minutes in Italy
  • 300 minutes international
  • Texting is NOT included
  • Valid for 30 days

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This Vodafone Italy sim card can be topped up through the Vodafone Italy website for the second month. The same package then only costs €10!

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Best sim card at Milan Malpensa Airport in 2021

This is of course a very easy conclusion as Vodafone Italy is the only sim card at Milan Malpensa Airport worth considering. Still can’t get my head around why you can only buy them per two though. But in fact the offer is not bad at all if you are with two people!

The best prepaid sim card at Milan Airport is Vodafone Italy. For around €30 you get for 18GB data to use everywhere in Europe and 500 minutes. Definitely good value for money.

When not in a rush you can also wait till Milan city center and buy your sim card there. Click here for my research about the best prepaid sim card in Italy in 2021 and you will see that things are much more cheaper in stores around Milan.

Buy an Italy sim card online

If you don't want to waste your precious holiday time standing in line for buying an Italy sim card then order one online. The following prepaid sim cards are perfect for traveling in Italy and Europe:

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 last two sim cards for Europe: Three and Orange. You can order them directly through the Simoptions website, as well as all the other ones above. They have sim cards for traveling in every country in Europe for sale. 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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Portable WiFi device for Italy

When traveling with kids you might want to look into buying a TEP Wireless. This portable WiFi device lets you connect 5 devices at the same time and gives you unlimited internet per day. Check the link or click on the banner below.

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How to get to Milan city from Malpensa Airport

Apart from taxis there are two other options: bus and train. Both run very frequent, busses go every 10 minutes, train every 20 minutes. A one-way bus ticket cost €10 and busses can be found right outside Arrival Hall A. My bus from Milan city to Malpensa Airport took only 40 minutes, but on the way back it took 1,5 hours. The advantage of taking a bus is that they have 3 other stops before they end at Milan Central Station.

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The train is slightly more expensive and costs €13 one-way but guarantees you to reach Milan Central Station in 57 minutes. The train station is 3 minutes walk from both arrival halls and tickets can easily be bought at the train station.

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I hope all the above tips for buying an Italy sim card at Milan Malpensa Airport were helpful. May you have any more questions please leave me a comment below and I will be more than happy to help.

Enjoy your trip to Milan!

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