Damn it! I feel ashamed for my own country! Why? The sim cards for Netherlands or traveling in Europe what we sell in Amsterdam Airport Schiphol are a scam, so crazy expensive for just a couple GB of data!

As a Dutchman coming back to my own country always gives me the hassle of NOT being connected to the internet as I don't have a Dutch mobile phone contract anymore. I always buy a local sim card as soon as I arrive in a country and I strongly encourage others to do so too to avoid high roaming costs. Well in The Netherlands I don't...

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 June 2021 with the latest prices and my advices. I just landed back in The Netherlands from my 6 month trip around Africa.

Luckily Amsterdam Airtport Schiphol has very fast, reliable and free Wifi for everyone. Well done! That is at least what I call a warm welcome to my country.

With the FREE EU roaming you can use your data, voice and text all over Europe now, no borders, no roaming costs! The best sim card for Europe travel? I compared all the options in my latest article in the link! Here is an article with all my tips for buying a local sim card in Europe including a list of the best prepaid sim card for tourists per EU country.

My recommendation

Traveltomtom does NOT recommend buying a sim card at Amsterdam Airport. Prices are too high for just small data bundles. It is better to buy a sim card in Amsterdam city center.

Landing somewhere else in Europe first? Try buying a sim card in Lisbon, Barcelona, Dublin, London, Rome before your connecting flight to Holland, it will save you a lot of money!

Also Traveltomtom does NOT recommend international sim cards with global coverage. In my article about the best travel sim cards I reviewed them one by one and came to the conclusion that most of them are super expensive.

Always buy a local sim card over a travel sim card!

Order your sim card for Amsterdam online

You are even better off looking into buying a sim card for Europe online, rather than buying one on arrival in Amsterdam. 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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Looking for an Amsterdam 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.

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Traveling to the Netherlands? This is your chance to go off the beaten path! Netherlands is more than Amsterdam! Check out my blog about 27 amazing places to visit in Netherlands.

Where to buy a sim card at Amsterdam Airport

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 or 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?

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 they 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 is even worse! Prices for Netherlands sim cards are stupidly expensive!

Prices Lebara sim card

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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, a Lebara sim card at Amsterdam Airport gives you 500 MB! AT 3G SPEED! LOL

AKO Book Store

There is 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 AKO bookshop, close to the main hall. 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! I will help you find a much better deal. Keep on reading!

Airport Telecom

Since two years there is now finally a proper place to buy a sim card at Amsterdam Airport, but they are not cheap. The Airport Telecom store is located between Arrivals 1 and 2. They sell multiple operators like Vodafone and Lycamobile.

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

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

Best Amsterdam Airport sim card in 2021

Although really expensive the best sim card at Amsterdam Airport for traveling in Europe can be bought from the Airport Telecom shop close to Arrivals 1. You pay €45 but you will only get 6 GB data. If you only stay just The Netherlands and don't need EU roaming, a Lycamobile sim card for €45 gives you 15 GB data.

Buying a sim card at Amsterdam Airport is simply really expensive. A better option is to wait until you get to Amsterdam city center the next day. Read my best sim card in Netherlands article for all available sim cards in stores across Netherlands and know where to go! Too much hassle? Order a Europe sim card online! See below...

Buy your sim card for traveling in Netherlands online (much cheaper)

Save the hassle of buying a Netherlands sim card on arrival at Amsterdam Airport, let it be shipped to your home address before your trip to the Netherlands. The following Europe sim cards are valid in over 30 countries in Europe.

On Amazon I found the following sim card that can be shipped to your home address.

O2 UK Prepaid Travel SIM Card

  • 100 GB in the UK
  • 25 GB anywhere in Europe
  • Unlimited calls and text anywhere in Europe and the UK
  • Price $49.95 (excluding shipping cost)

All the below prepaid sim cards for traveling in the Netherlands can be found on the Simoptions website and directly ordered online. They are specialized in sim cards for travelers.

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 available option: Orange Holiday Europe with 20 GB data. Click here to order it directly through the Simoptions website. It will be shipped to your home address and this international travel sim card is already activated.

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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.

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 please leave me a message below. I am happy to help you out with your travel questions about the Netherlands or about buying a sim card for your trip to Europe.

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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