When you are traveling to Spain I am pretty sure you want to keep the people back home up to date about how things are going on your trip. Surely you don’t want your Spain holiday to get ruined by outrageous roaming costs and therefore I recommend you buying a sim card in Spain. It is simple, just walk in to any mobile internet stores and ask for a prepaid Spain sim card, put it in your phone, activate it and within a couple minutes you are online.

To help you out I wrote this complete guide for buying a sim card in Spain with up to date prices, best 4G/5G network in Spain, where to go, EU roaming and much more.

Writing local sim card guides became a passion and in total I already wrote more than 150 guides all over the world: USA, Mexico, South Africa, Vietnam, etc.

Are you flying in to Madrid Airport or Barcelona Airport? Then click on the links to get to know everything about buying a sim card on arrival in 2021 at these airports. It is the fastest and most convenient way to directly get online. However, here you get of course not the best sim card deal.

Why buying a sim card for Spain

Traveling becomes so much more convenient with an active data connection. It can be as easy as ordering a taxi on the streets, or finding a cool roof top bar nearby. But what about emergencies or finding out directions on Google Maps. The easiest way to stay connected is by buying a local sim card. Spain sim cards are not too expensive and it is worth investing a couple dollars. Also don't rely on the hotel's WiFi, they can be slow or have a weak signal. Without a Spain sim card you are depending on WiFi.

If you don't like to swap your sim card for another one and change phone numbers then a local sim card isn't for you. In that case you should look into getting a portable WiFi device. See my HONEST review of a pocket WiFi in my article about how to get WiFi abroad. Personally I am not a fan, but some people call it a great travel gadget.

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends a Vodafone prepaid sim card for Spain. They have a very strong network and offer already 16 GB data for just €10.

We do NOT recommend so called global sim cards for travelers with worldwide coverage. These international sim cards are simply way too expensive compared to local sim cards. We found out after we reviewed them one by one and compared them all. Check the link above for all the detailed info.

Spain sim cards and free EU roaming

Prepaid Spain sim cards include free data roaming in the EU. Sometimes it is capped, so always ask when buying a sim card. Free EU roaming means the sim card you buy in Madrid or Barcelona can also be used in Paris, Rome or even Stockholm. Free EU roaming on Spain sim cards is great for those that arrive in Spain and travel to more countries in Europe on the same trip.

There are actually a couple sim cards for Europe that are worth buying online. Click on the link for a list of the best sim cards for Europe travel. Or have a look at my article with everything you need to know about buying a local sim card in Europe.

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Order a sim card for Spain online

If you don't want to waste your precious holiday time finding a store and standing in line for buying a Spain sim card then I got the best solution for you. Order a sim card for traveling in Spain online. Easy, quick and already activated from its first use. Have a look at all the international sim cards for Spain that are offered on the Simoptions website. You can already find 12 GB and unlimited calling/texting for less than $30. Or click on the banner below for more info.

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Mobile internet providers in Spain

Spain has 4 big mobile internet providers that all sell prepaid sim cards for tourists. Orange and Vodafone are the two well known European brands and then there is also Movistar and Yoigo. To find out what is the best prepaid sim card in Spain for tourists I compared all the prices and looked at their 4G coverage to come to a conclusion.

Where to buy a Spain sim card

At any international airport you will find either mobile internet provider stores or book shops selling local sim cards. It is one of the first things I do when I arrive, but be aware that buying a sim card at the airport is always much more expensive than in the city center.

Buying a sim card at Barcelona Airport

At Barcelona Airport you can find a great Orange sim card for €20 in Terminal 1 and 2. It gives you 9 GB data all over Europe and €5 calling credit. For more info click the link above.

Buying a sim card at Madrid Airport

When arriving at Madrid Airport you can buy an Orange sim card for traveling in Spain and Europe for €25 with 10 GB data + €10 calling credit. Only in Terminal 4 though. Check the link above for more info.

Once you are settled in your hotel simply type in the by you preferred Spain sim card provider in Google Maps. Mobile phone shops are mostly always clustered in the city center. In Barcelona, Alicante, Malaga and Madrid it is very easy to find a shop around you, even in Ibiza and Mallorca there are multiple places that sell Spain sim cards for tourists.

You can also buy Spain sim cards at the bigger gas stations and convenience stores. But there won't be any service and you will have to activate the sim card yourself.

Prices Spain sim cards in 2021

Prices for prepaid sim cards in Spain are moderate. They are not the cheapest nor the most expensive. Some European countries offer better value for money on their local sim cards.

All the Spain mobile internet providers are constantly publishing with offers. All the below prices are up to date as per June 2021, for the latest deals click on the links below to go directly to the providers website and see the latest Spain sim card deals.

Movistar Spain prepaid sim card

A Movistar prepaid sim csard wasn't really worth it for a long time, but Im surprised their packages became A LOT BETTER in 2021. These are the best prepaid sim card offers of Movistar.

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For the latest Movistar offers go to their website.

Vodafone Spain prepaid sim card

Also Vodafone updated their prepaid sim prices for 2021 and we all benefit! For €10 you already get 16 GB. All the prepaid sim card packages below offer EU roaming.

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For more info and the latest Vodafone Spain prepaid deals check their website.

Prepaid Orange Spain sim card

These are the latest Orange prepaid sim card offers. They have 3 different data packages available. Check their website for the latest Orange prepaid sim card deals.

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Free EU roaming is included in the above data packages of Orange Spain and packages are valid for 4 weeks.

Yoigo prepaid sim card

Yoigo is a newer and smaller mobile internet provider in Spain. Their network is not so extensive, but more about that later. For big cities a Yoigo prepaid sim card works fine, but it is not recommend for a Spain road trip.

There data packages for prepaid sim cards are smaller than all the other mobile internet providers. As they also have a weaker network I would not recommend tourist buying a Yoigo prepaid sim card for traveling in Spain.

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Click here for more info about the latest Yoigo prepaid sim card deals.

Best 4G/5G Network in Spain in 2021

It is not all about prices when determining the best prepaid sim card for tourists in Spain. Another important ranking factor is the 5G network in Spain. We are in 2021, we don't want to get stuck with slow 3G.

Is there 5G in Spain?

Yes, there is 5G in Spain, but it is mostly limited to the bigger cities. For more detailed 4G/5G coverage maps of Spain, check the link.

Movistar Spain 4G/5G network map

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Vodafone Spain 4G/5G network map

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Orange Spain 4G/5G network map

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Yoigo Spain 4G/5G network map

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The above Spain 5G network maps are pretty disappointing, especially compared to other European countries. As of 2021 Spain has one of the weakest 5G networks in Europe. If you compare the Spain 4G network with the 4G network in France, Spain is by far the weaker brother.

This also shows that Yoigo has no 5G at all yet and is therefore not in the running for becoming the best prepaid sim card for Spain. Although Movistar has the best 5G network in Spain, Vodafone and Orange are pretty similar when it comes to network strength. All 3 of them have a good 4G network.

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Best prepaid Spain sim card for tourists in 2021

This article about the best Spain sim card is not sponsored neither am I affiliated to any of the mobile internet providers In Spain. This is an independent research partially because I travel a lot to Spain I buy a sim card for tourists myself all the time.

I can come to the conclusion that buying a prepaid sim card in Spain is a pretty good deal in 2021 and I would recommend the following sim card:

Vodafone Spain is the best prepaid sim card in Spain in 2021!

For €10 you get 16 GB data + 300 minutes (inter)national calls and their data is valid all over Europe!

Orange is a good runner up as they pretty much offer the exact same deal!

Landing on either Barcelona Airport or Madrid Airport you might wanna buy a prepaid sim card for Spain on arrival. It is pricey, but click on the link to read everything about it.

Buy a Spain sim card online

If finding a Vodafone or Orange store is too much effort when arriving in Spain there is always the possibility of ordering a sim card for Spain online. Get it shipped to your home address before your trip to Spain. Easy, quick and convenient... just put it in your phone on your arrival and it gets activated automatically.

The following international sim cards are a great deal for traveling in Spain AND Europe. All the below prepaid sim card deals for Spain can be found on the Simoptions website.

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 Three or Orange option above that is linked. You can order them and many other international sim cards directly through the Simoptions website. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address and are already activated. Click on the links above or the banner below for more info.

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I also put together a complete guide for buying a European sim card. Which one is the best for your trip!? Click on this link to find out everything you need to know when looking for a sim card for Europe travel.

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I hope the above tips for buying a prepaid sim card in Spain were helpful for your upcoming trip. May you have any questions please leave me a message below and I do my best to answer your questions. Also if you have any Spain travel related questions don't hesitate to message me.

Enjoy your trip to Spain!

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