As a Dutchman coming back to my own country always gives me the hassle of not being connected to the world. As you know I always buy a local sim card when I arrive in a country and I strongly encourage others to do so too to avoid high roaming costs. But damn it, in my own country I find it hard to buy a sim card at the airport in Amsterdam when I arrive. Let me tell you why...

When I decided to start traveling full time I gave up on my phone contract in Holland and ditched my Netherlands sim card. So every time I come back to Holland I feel like a tourist and need to buy a prepaid sim card at Amsterdam Airport. But would I recommend tourists to do this? Or are there better options? This article is updated in August 2020 with the latest prices.

Landing somewhere else in Europe? Buying a Spain sim card, or a sim card at Barcelona, Paris or Rome Airport is much cheaper. How come? I thought we were pretending to be one Europe! You can use your data all over Europe now, no borders! So if you get a chance don't buy a sim card for your Europe trip in The Netherlands! Too expensive.

But what is the best sim card for Europe travel? I compared all the options in my latest article updated in August 2020.

Looking for a Schiphol Airport Hotel? I stayed in Van Der Valk A4 Hotel, with a free shuttle from the airport and an amazing breakfast from 5:00 am onwards.

Order your Europe sim card online in 2020

You are better off looking into buying a sim card for Europe online. Have a look at this Orange sim card with 20GB data valid in 30 European countries including calling time and text messages. More info in the link or click on the banner below.

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4 Best Netherlands sim cards to buy online in 2020

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

1. Orange Smart Comfort S - 8 GB data

Price: $30

  • 8 GB data
  • 30 minutes worldwide
  • 200 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

2. Orange Smart Comfort X - 20 GB data

Price: $50

  • 20 GB data
  • 120 minutes worldwide
  • 1,000 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

3. Three Smart Silver - 5 GB data

Price: $30

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

4. Three Smart Gold - 12 GB data

Price: $40

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

For more amazing sim only Europe sim card deals, click on the link and read my complete guide about it.

Claim your free $30 Airbnb credit

When signing up for Airbnb through this link you get $30 credit to spend on your first night in Amsterdam. Already have an account? Create a new one with a different email address. ;) THIS IS THE EASIEST $30 IN YOUR LIFE!

Traveling to the Netherlands? This is your chance to go off the beaten path! Netherlands is more than Amsterdam! Check out my blog about 25 amazing places to visit in Netherlands.

Where to buy a Dutch sim card at Amsterdam Airport in 2020

Honestly I feel stupid being Dutch when it comes to this topic. We always think we have everything so damn well organized here in our small country. But where are the mobile operator stores at Schiphol? Where is Vodafone, KPN and T-Mobile? Why is there no official phone store at Amsterdam Airport?

Lebara Kiosk main hall Amsterdam Airport

Do I really have to go to that little kiosk with the two arrogant guys trying to sell as many sim cards as possible per minute? Is that where you buy a prepaid sim card at Amsterdam airport?

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Somewhere in the center of the main hall there is something like a trolley or tiny little kiosk with two guys dressed in a Lebara clothes. When I asked the two guys for the prices he handed me over a sheet, while continuously screaming: buy your Dutch sim card for tourists here. Not even 10 seconds later he asked me so what package would you like to buy?

I looked at him like saying: chill the f*ck down idiot! When buying a sim card at Frankfurt Airport I thought tourists get scammed but at Amsterdam Airport it was even worse!

Ako Book Store

Is there another place to buy a prepaid sim card at Amsterdam Airport? According to the information desk tourists can also buy a sim card in the nearby bookshop. When I walked in a very friendly old man pointed to this following sheet.

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Oh no again a Lebara sim card, definitely not worth going, way to expensive! Don't pay €25 for 1 GB data please!

Airport Telecom

End of 2019 the Airport Telecom shop opened its doors. Finally a proper place to buy a sim card at Amsterdam Airport, but not cheap. The Airport Telecom store is located between Arrivals 1 and 2.

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Prices Netherlands sim card Amsterdam Airport in 2020

In India you get 1.4 GB per day for 30 days for $4, no joke! I understand that the prices for a Netherlands sim card are no way near this, but I did not expect to pay €20 for the cheapest prepaid sim card at Amsterdam Airport. And those €20 will only get you 500 MB data! CRAZY, do not buy this!

Lebara sim card Amsterdam Airport

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These prices are outrages when you ask me. The guy quickly mentioned that it was valid all over Europe, but to give you an example to compare. An Ireland prepaid sim card for €20 gives you 20 GB data! :)

Airport Telecom

These are the up to date prices for an Amsterdam sim card.

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On the right side you can see all the 'Holland' Lycamobile Netherlands sim cards, which are NOT valid (or very limited) in Europe AND are very expensive!

On the left side you can see Vodafone Netherlands prepaid sim cards sold at Amsterdam Airport, also very expensive.

Best Amsterdam sim card in 2020

Although really expensive the best sim card at Amsterdam Airport can be bought from the Airport Telecom shop close to Arrivals 1. For €45 you will get 6 GB data only though!

Buying a sim card at Amsterdam Airport is simply really expensive. Check here for my best sim card in Netherlands article for all available sim cards in stores across Netherlands.

Order your sim card for traveling in Europe online (much cheaper)

Check the online offer of an Orange sim card for tourists in Europe: 20GB data, 2 hours calling time, 1,000 text messages. Order direct through the banner below and get free shipping to your home address (some countries). This Europe sim card is valid in 30 countries and much cheaper than what you can buy at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam.

Here is another example that it is cheaper to order online: $40 = 12 GB data for Europe - unlimited minutes and sms in and to Europe.

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For a complete guide for the best Europe sim card click on the link to read my complete guide for buying a sim card in Europe.

Consider: TEP Wireless portable WiFi

Buying a Dutch SIM card at Schiphol Airport is too expensive plus the hassle of changing sim cards and numbers is not convenient either. Therefore take a look at Tep Wireless. This portable WiFi device lets you connect your smartphone, laptop or tablet wherever you go for just a couple bucks per day. The best thing about it is that it provides unlimited data plus you can connect up to 5 devices at the same time. Check it out!

Tep Wireless

If you really want to buy a sim card in the Netherlands then wait till you get to Amsterdam city center and search for either a KPN, Vodafone or T-Mobile shop nearby. In this link you can read all about the best prepaid Netherlands sim card.

My to go to hotel at Schiphol Airport is the Van Der Valk A4 Hotel. It provides a free shuttle from the Amsterdam Airport.

For any specific questions send me a message on my Instagram: @traveltomtom. I am happy to help you out with your travel questions. Be aware that this could create some serious wanderlust with pictures from more than 7 years around the world. My best travel adventures from around the world can be found here. Also my stories about how I afford to travel and how to make money travel blogging are here.

Enjoy your trip to Amsterdam!

Some links in this article about the best Amsterdam sim card are affiliate links. If you buy any of the products after using the outgoing links I’ll earn a small commission. Don’t worry this is at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your understanding!

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