Because of my Instagram account I was invited to come to Venice to stay at two really cool places, one in the city and one in the countryside. Upon arrival at Venice Airport I checked out all the options for buying an Italy sim card for tourists and in this blog you can find all the prices and my conclusion.
Buying an Italy sim card is the best way to avoid crazy roaming costs. Buying a sim card is always the first thing I do when arriving to a new country, however buying a sim card at an airport is not always the best idea. In most countries sim card deals at airports are overpriced, at least that is what I found out in for example: Copenhagen, Milan, Rome, Heathrow, Paris, Barcelona, etc.
Italy sim cards and traveling in Europe
I also wrote a guide for the best sim card in Italy for tourists and I found out that prepaid sim cards for Italy are actually great deals for traveling in Europe. The first month is kind of normally priced, but the second month for example you can already get 30 GB data for €10. Data roaming in the EU is free, but be aware that most prepaid Italy sim cards are capped with 5 GB EU data only. Sneaky! Not all of them though… click on the link above for a full report.
Buy a sim card for Europe online
If buying a sim card at Venice Airport is too much hassle after a long flight than why not buy your sim card for traveling in Europe online? Click on the link to find out more about the Orange sim card with 20GB data and 200 international minutes or click on the banner below and get it shipped to your home.
Venice Airport Marco Polo VCE
Marco Polo Airport is a relatively small airport and there is only one Arrival Hall. When walking through baggage check you can either go left around or right around but you will end up in the same Arrival Hall. The small airport made it easy for me to find out everything about buying an Italy sim card at Venice Airport.
Where to buy an Italy sim card at Venice Airport
I did my best for you to find all the shops where they sold Italy sim cards for tourists, but there literally is only one place where they sell them! When you walk out into the arrival hall and you choose to take the left exit you literally walk straight into the shop. You can’t miss it either as there are huge signs of Vodafone Italy sim cards. It is also right next to where they sell public transportation tickets to go from Marco Polo Airport to Venice. More tips about that later.
Prices Italy sim cards Venice Airport
For my research finding the best Italy sim card at Venice Airport I did not really need to search long. I asked the lady which prepaid sim cards for Italy she was selling and she showed me the following.
Vodafone Italy sim cards
Price: €45 - valid 30 days
- Free Chat Apps (Whatsapp, Messenger, Viber)
- Free Google Maps, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Facetime.
- 500 minutes local calls
- 300 minutes international calls
- 18 GB data
- EU data limited till 3.6GB
Price: €50 - valid 30 days
- 500 minutes local calls
- 300 minutes international calls
- 28 GB data
- EU data limited till 3.7 GB
Both Vodafone Italy sim cards are kind of similar. Which one is better depends on how much you use the apps that are free. YouTube is NOT one of the free apps for the record.
When I was doing my research for buying a sim card at Milan Airport I stumbled upon Tutto Communications for the first time. In that article I named everyone who would buy a sim card from them an idiot. I don’t want to be rude but why the hell in the world would you buy a sim card with only 3 GB data for €69 when they sell at the same shop a Vodafone Italy sim card with almost 10 times as much data and is even cheaper! Stupid right?
I know the girl working is just a messenger, but when I asked her about it she came up with a lie to make Tutto Communications more attractive to buy! She said that the packages from Tutto Communication, which btw are sim cards from Wind Italy are activated immediately and that the Vodafone Italy sim cards take 1 hour to be activated!
THAT IS A FREAKING LIE!!!! If you fall for this then you got scammed straight upon arrival. Please do not believe this!
Why I write these articles is that I want people to save money and travel more. As a professional travel blogger all I do is inspire people to travel the world and show them that traveling does not have to be expensive. Click on the link to read how I travel the world for 7 years now.
Best Italy sim card Venice Airport
Of course the Wind Italy sim cards from Tutto Communications are a NO-GO. The Vodafone Italy sim cards sold at Venice Airport are a damn bad deal either though. If you buy a prepaid Vodafone sim card in one of their shops around Italy they have NO roaming limits for the EU!!! Why this does apply for the Vodafone sim cards sold at Venice Airport is completely weird to me! But hey welcome to Italy!
My conclusion: do NOT buy an Italy sim card at Venice Airport.
So where to buy an Italy sim card in Venice?
All the mobile internet providers in Italy have phone shops in Venice city center: TIM, Vodafone, 3 and Wind. All their shops are centrally located close to grand canal. Click here to find which Italy sim card is best for tourists and which shop to go. I did the research already for you because there are big differences.
Order a Europe sim card online
You could also order an Orange sim card with 20GB data valid in 30 countries around Europe through this link and it will be shipped to your home address before your trip. Click on the banner below for more info.
TEP Wireless portable WiFi
In case you are traveling with kids I would recommend you to check out TEP Wireless. They sell/rent portable wifi devices that allow you to connect 5 devices at the same time: iPad, laptop, mobile, etc. For a couple dollars a day you get unlimited internet.
How to get from Venice Airport to Venice
There are two ways to get to Venice from Marco Polo Airport. As you might know there are no cars in Venice and the only mode of transport is either a boat or on foot. From Venice Airport there is a direct boat to the city and vice versa but I would recommend you to take a bus. Busses run much more frequent and take only like 15 minutes or so. A one-way ticket costs €8. You can then walk to your hotel or take a water taxi. Water taxis are €7,50 one-way or you can buy a (multi) day pass.
I hope all the above tips for buying an Italy sim card at Venice Airport were helpful. Let me know if you have any additional questions and I am happy to help wherever I can. Message me on my Instagram: @traveltomtom.
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