Traveling to the Netherlands soon? Let me help you finding the best local sim card for your trip in my country so that you save on high roaming costs. Don't get fooled by slow overseas data roaming packages, they slow down the internet speed abroad. Buying a local sim card in The Netherlands is simple, easy, fast and there is 4G and 5G EVERYWHERE! The Netherlands has some of the most extensive mobile networks in the world. In this article you will find where to go, up to date prices as per June 2021 and who has the best 5G network.

The first thing I do when I land is to look for the best local prepaid sim card. When I arrived at Amsterdam Airport I was shocked finding out what kind of Europe sim cards we offer for tourists. In my own country? SHOCKING! Buying a sim cards at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is extremely expensive and I would NOT recommend it. The choices are very limited, it kind of feels like a scam buying a local prepaid sim card at Amsterdam Airport!

UPDATED! All the information and prices in this article are updated in June 2021!

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Why buy a sim card for Netherlands

There is WiFi EVERYWHERE! But a very simple question... do you want to rely on other people? What is the WiFi is not working, the signal is weak or it is too slow to upload a story to Instagram? Getting a local sim card has some many advantages and it makes traveling so much more convenient. Get yourself a taxi through a taxi app, look for a cool rooftop bar, directions and nearby gas stations on Google Maps, download the train schedule, etc.

Just like in real life it is so much easier when having a data connection!

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends a Vodafone sim card for the Netherlands. They have the best 5G network and the best value for money data packages. But be aware prepaid data sim card deals in the Netherlands are expensive.

Traveltomtom does NOT recommend travelers buying an international sim card btw! Check out the article in the link about the best global sim cards, I compared them all and only very few are worth it, some are so incredibly expensive I feel it is almost a scam!

Netherlands sim cards and FREE data roaming in the EU

Good thing about the sim cards in the Netherlands is that ALL the prepaid sim cards come with FREE data roaming in Europe. That means when you buy a sim card in Amsterdam you can use the data, calling and texting credit also in Italy, France or even in the UK. Basically in more than 30 countries in Europe with extra costs.

Buy a sim card for The Netherlands online

As Dutch sim cards are expensive it is even cheaper to order your international sim card for Europe online. You will get it shipped to your home address and are able to start surfing when the plane touches the ground. At the Simoptions website you will find numerous sim cards for The Netherlands and they are specialized selling sim cards for travelers.

You can already get a sim card with 12 GB and unlimited calls and text in Europe for $30. Prepaid sim cards in The Netherlands won't even give you half that value!

Buying a Netherlands sim card for traveling in Europe is a NO-GO! Simply TOO EXPENSIVE. There are much better options. Read my full guide about the best Europe sim card for tourists in this link or check out my guide with the best local sim card per country in the EU.

Mobile internet operators in the Netherlands

In Holland there are a bunch of small mobile internet providers but looking at the bigger picture it is better for tourists to buy a Dutch prepaid sim of one of the following mobile internet providers: Vodafone, KPN, Telfort and T-Mobile.

There are also multiple prepaid sim cards that you can buy in Supermarkets like Lyca Mobile, Lebara Mobile, Albert Heijn, etc. I will also highlight these prepaid sim cards for the Netherlands, but I do NOT recommend them for tourists.

Note: TELE2 stopped selling Netherlands prepaid sim cards so if you are reading anything about this it means these articles are outdated!

Network coverage in The Netherlands in 2021

Normally when comparing sim cards for a country a very important ranking factor is their 4G network. Not in The Netherlands. There is a 4G signal EVERYWHERE! But we are living in 2021, so important nowadays is 5G. Which providers has the best 5G network in The Netherlands?

KPN 5G Network

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T-Mobile 5G Network

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Vodafone 5G Network

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The above data is collected by nperf.com and shows us that the 5G network in Holland is pretty advanced. we can clearly see that Vodafone has the best 5G coverage in The Netherlands.

Holland is only a small country so when traveling in the Netherlands you can go as much off the beaten path as you want and still find a 4G signal!

Prices prepaid sim cards in The Netherlands in 2021

Holland is a very laid back country and I am proud being Dutch but not all that glitters is gold! Prices for data sim cards in Netherlands are expensive! I kind of feel happy I am hardly ever in Netherlands when I saw what you have to pay for a Dutch sim card with data.

Vodafone Netherlands prepaid sim card

There are 4 data packages available when you buy a Vodafone Netherlands sim card. There are no activation costs and the sim card is free. Clear, simple and easy, see the following packages:

  • Vodafone prepaid 2GB = €10
  • Vodafone prepaid 4GB = €15
  • Vodafone prepaid 6GB = €20
  • Vodafone prepaid 10GB = €30

Pretty clear, right? If you like to add cals in Netherlands and the EU you will have to buy an extra package: 100 minutes & sms = $4. The data packages are valid for 30 days in all of the EU. For the latest prepaid offers check the Vodafone NL website.

KPN Netherlands prepaid sim card

A KPN sim card cost €9,99, but comes with €10 credit and 1 GB data. to add data to your prepaid sim card you will need to buy a bundle per day. 1 GB data per day costs €1.99 and is valid all over Europe.

Don't be fooled by the KPN prepaid sim card for €10 with unlimited data, the internet speed is 128Kbit/s, that is slower than 3G! For the latest offers check the KPN Netherlands website.

T Mobile Netherlands prepaid sim cards

Buying a prepaid sim card from T-Mobile Netherlands also costs €10 and comes with €10 credit and 1 GB data. T-Mobile offers unlimited high-speed internet for €2.95 per day, 50% more expensive than KPN Netherlands. Their most popular data package are the combi bundles:

  • €10 = 1 GB data + 10 minutes/sms
  • €15 = 2 GB data + 15 minutes/sms
  • €22,50 = 4 GB data + 20 minutes/sms

Still much much more expensive than Vodafone Netherlands. For more info check the latest prepaid offers from T-Mobile on their website.

Prepaid sim card Albert Heijn

Just out of curiosity I also looked at the prepaid sim card for the Netherlands Albert Heijn is offering. AH is the biggest and most well-known supermarket in Holland that can be found anywhere around Amsterdam and the rest of the country. This is their best prepaid sim card offer:

They also sell Dutch prepaid sim cards:

  • 5 GB = €30
  • Network KPN
  • 75 minutes calling = €4
  • valid for 31 days

You can buy credit yourself in any bigger AH supermarket, but everything is in Dutch and you have to activate it yourself as well through the app. Surely someone will help you, but buying an Albert Heijn sim card is not recommend for tourists.

Mobile Internet Speed The Netherlands

According to Wikipedia Netherlands holds the 3th place in the world behind Canada and South Korea when it comes to mobile internet speed. See the complete ranking on Wikipedia. The average download speed in The Netherlands is 54.8 Mbit/s. Double as fast almost as Germany, which only holds the 23th place with 28.7 Mbit/s.

Where to buy a sim card in Amsterdam?

The easiest way to find the nearest mobile internet provider shop is to go to Google Maps and type in the by you preferred shop. Surely there is a place within a couple hundred meters to buy your Netherlands sim card. Amsterdam has plenty of the above mentioned brands and may you happen to be close to a Media Markt, here they sell all the different prepaid sim cards with data for Netherlands.

You can also find Netherlands sim card deals at Amsterdam Airport, click on the link to find out more about it. But be aware those deals are much more expensive than in stores around Amsterdam and anywhere else in The Netherlands. It does not matter where you buy a sim card in Amsterdam or anywhere else in Holland. Almost everyone will speak good English and is happy to help you.

Best prepaid sim card for Netherlands in 2021

Comparing all the available prepaid sim cards for tourists in The Netherlands I came to the conclusion that first of all value for money buying a sim card in Netherlands is NOT GOOD!

Vodafone is the best prepaid sim card in The Netherlands in 2021.

They have the best 5G network and the cheapest prices. For €34 you get 10 GB data and 100 minutes/calls valid for 1 month all over Europe. 

Buy your Netherlands sim card online

Prices for sim cards in Netherlands are way too high compared to other countries in Europe, therefore when traveling to The Netherlands I strongly recommend you to buy an international sim card online. I also wrote an article with the best local sim cards in Europe, specified per country.

Save yourself the hassle of buying a sim card on arrival, let it be shipped to your home address before your trip to the Netherlands. The following Netherlands sim cards are also valid all across Europe:

1. 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

2. Three PAYG AIO15 - $29.90

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

3. Three PAYG AIO20 - $39.90

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

4. 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

Personally I would recommend you the last two available option: Three or Orange. Click here to order them directly through the Simoptions website or see all the above prepaid sim cards for Europe and more. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address and are already activated. Click on the banner below for more info.

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I hope the above tips for buying a prepaid Netherlands sim card were helpful for your upcoming trip to Holland. In case you have any questions don't hesitate to leave me a comment or question below. I am more than happy to help you out also for Netherlands travel tips.

Enjoy your trip to The Netherlands!

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