Early January 2020 I made it back to Portugal and landed in Lisbon. First things first, I researched the airport to find the best Portugal sim card to get connected. In this blog I tell you all about buying a sim card at Lisbon Airport. Where to buy one, the prices and which Portugal sim card at Lisbon Airport is the best.

The options for buying a Portugal sim card at Lisbon Airport are very limited. Read my guide for the best Portugal sim card for tourists to see more sim cards for Portugal which you can easily buy in the city.

Buying a local sim card is the best way to stay connected while traveling and therefore I researched the best sim card in Madrid, Oslo, Dublin, Ireland, Norway and many more places in Europe.

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Portugal sim cards and traveling in Europe

When buying a Portugal sim card for traveling in Europe double check first with your mobile operator if your data is valid all over Europe. Not all Portugal sim cards are good for traveling in Europe and many have data restrictions. For a complete overview of the best sim cards for Europe in 2020 have a look at my ultimate guide in the link.

4 Best Portugal sim cards to buy online in 2020

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

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.

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Lisbon Airport (LIS)

There are two terminals at Lisbon Airport but ALL flight arrive at Terminal 1. Terminal 2 is only used for departures and mostly low-cost carriers and European flights. Lisbon Airport is a pretty small airport and Terminal 1 tends to be busy.

Where to buy a Portugal sim card at Lisbon Airport

There are three places where you can buy a sim card at Lisbon Airport. As soon as you walk into the arrival hall you can see a big Vodafone store on your right hand side and right in front of you there is an Exchange kiosk that sells a Portugal sim card for tourists.

You can also buy a Portugal sim card at luggage belt 8, there is another exchange desk from Unicambio with 2 ATM’s and a Lycamobile sign.

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Prices prepaid Portugal sim card at Lisbon Airport

Unfortunately there are only three different Portugal sim cards for tourists for sale at Lisbon Airport. The choice is very limited! Normally prices for sim cards at airports are more expensive, but not here. The Vodafone store at Lisbon airport sells the same Portugal sim cards for tourists as in the stores around Lisbon.

Vodafone Lisbon Airport

The Vodafone store offers two different prepaid Portugal sim cards:

  • €20 = 5 GB data in Europe + 500 minutes OR sms + 30 international minutes - valid for 30 days.
  • €30 = 60 GB data ONLY for Portugal - valid for 30 days. (hotspot available)

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Exchange store

  • €10 = 4 GB data ONLY for Portugal + 500 international minutes + 100 sms - valid for 30 days.

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Best sim card at Lisbon Airport

Although Vodafone offers you more service than the Exchange kiosk, the Lycamobile sim card for Portugal they sell there is the best sim card at Lisbon Airport. For only €10 you get 4 GB data and 500 international minutes.

Be aware that the data on the Lycamobile sim card is only valid in Portugal, when traveling in Europe it is NOT a good deal! Take a look at the best sim cards for Europe travel in my complete guide in the link or check out my article about the best sim card for Portugal.

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Buy a European sim card online

As said in the beginning of this article you can best order your sim card for traveling in Europe online. Get it shipped to your home address before your trip to Portugal. No hassle buying a sim card at Lisbon Airport this way.

Take a look at the best deals for Portugal sim cards in this link or click on the banner below!

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Portable WiFi device for Portugal

TEP Wireless offers a portable WiFi device for Portugal and Europe that lets you connect 5 devices at the same time. Great for traveling with kids as everyone can enjoy high speed internet for a couple bucks a day. Click on the link or the banner below for more info!

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How to get from Lisbon Airport to the city

There are several busses outside the arrival hall, just follow the signs for busses. A ticket costs €4 and can be bought on the bus by credit card. Depending on where you go it takes around 45 minutes to reach your destination in the city center.

Best way to get from Lisbon Airport to the city center is by Uber. A normal taxi will charge you around €25, but an Uber can cost only 50% of that price depending where in the city you want to be dropped off. There is free WiFi at Lisbon Airport use it to order an Uber in case you did not buy a sim card at Lisbon Airport yet.

Click here for my complete guide for buying a prepaid sim card in Portugal.

I hope the above tips for buying a prepaid sim card at Lisbon Airport were helpful for your upcoming trip to Lisbon. May you have any questions please send me a message on my Instagram account @traveltomtom. I am happy to help you out! Enjoy the pictures and wanderlust vibes on my Instagram as Im trying to travel to every country in the world as of 2020.

My best travel adventures from around the world can be found in this link. Or when interested in how to earn money from a travel blog or how I became a professional travel blogger then click on the links to read my story.

Enjoy your trip to Portugal!

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