Traveling to Barcelona soon? Get yourself a sim card on arrival and stay connected. Don't waste money on high roaming costs or get annoyed by slow oversea data roaming. This is your guide for buying a sim card at Barcelona Airport in 2021. Where to buy, prices, best network and more, you can read it all in this article.

This blog is based on my own experiences and I can already tell you that arriving late at BCN airport everything will be closed. This blog is updated with the latest info per June 2021.

My airport hotel was not far and the free shuttle brought me back to El Prat Airport the next morning to check out the latest info. I often go on a weekend trip to Barcelona as it is one of my favorite cities in the world and I simply love F.C. Barcelona.

 

Traveling onwards to Europe? Make sure your local sim card includes FREE EU Roaming. Local sim cards from Lycamobile are notorious to NOT include FREE EU roaming. Check out my complete comparison of all Europe sim cards in this link.

Why buying a sim card at Barcelona Airport

Getting a sim card for your trip to Europe make traveling so much easier. Ordering a taxi through an app, finding the train schedule on the go, getting directions from Google Maps. So many examples that having an internet connection while traveling is very convenient.

Also don't simply rely on public WiFi, first off it is an unsecured network connection and second, there is no guarantee the WiFi is working or fast enough to roam the internet. Traveltomtom always recommend buying a local sim card.

When thinking about buying an international sim card with global coverage Traveltomtom recommends you to think twice before getting one. I reviewed and compared all the international sim cards for travelers and came to the simple conclusion that most of these sim cards are INCREDIBLY EXPENSIVE, compared to local sim cards.

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends buying an Orange sim card at Barcelona Airport, it is the best value for money. For €15 you can get 9 GB data.

However, buying a sim card at Barcelona Airport will most certainly NOT give you the best deal. You get much better value for money buying your sim card for your trip to Barcelona in the city center or order a Spain sim card online. Check here my complete guide for buying a sim card for Spain in 2021.

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Order a Spain sim card online

If you want to save all the hassle of buying a sim card at Barcelona Airport then you can order one online. All the prepaid sim card deals for Spain are also valid in Europe and within just a couple clicks you can order them at get them delivered to your home address. Check the Simoptions website for one of the many Spain sim card deals that suit you. Click on the link above or the banner below for more info.

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Mobile internet operators in Spain

There are 4 main internet operators in the country but if you are buying a sim card in Barcelona Airport, you will only find a Spain sim card of Vodafone and Orange. The other main internet providers I could not find. So if you want a Movistar sim card or a Yoigo sim card then you will have to check out Barcelona city center.

Where to buy a Spain sim card in Barcelona Airport in 2021

El Prat has two terminals and unfortunately they are pretty far away from each other. Traveling from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 takes about 10 minutes by bus. There are free shuttle busses outside that run very frequently though.

Terminal 1

When traveling to Spain and arriving at Barcelona Airport Terminal 1 you have two options for buying a prepaid sim card for Spain.

Crystal/Vodafone shop terminal 1 Barcelona Airport

You will see the Vodafone signs when walking away from arrivals on your right hand side. Of course here you can buy a Vodafone prepaid sim card for Spain.

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There are 3 Vodafone data sim cards for Spain available

1. Vodafone data only €30 - including international calls €35

  • Unlimited data use for all apps in Spain
  • 1,5 GB - 4G data (across all of Europe)
  • 30 days valid
  • NO hotspot available

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2. Vodafone data only €45 - including international calls €50

  • Unlimited data use for all apps imaginable in Spain (see picture)
  • 3,5 GB - 4G data (across all of Europe)
  • 30 days valid
  • NO hotspot available

The above packages seem a little complicated as there are a couple more restrictions!

  • Data valid across all of Europe, but the data use for apps only up to 5GB outside of Spain.
  • Internationals calls only to 58 countries, see the list below.

3. Vodafone prepaid sim card for tourists in Spain

  • €45
  • 17 GB - 4G data (across all of Europe)
  • 800 minutes international calls
  • 30 days valid
  • YES hotspot available

Apart from the complicated packages the Vodafone prepaid sim cards for tourists in Spain seem like reasonable. Big data packages and that is what travelers want.

At The Crystal Shop you can also buy an Orange sim card for Spain.

Orange sim card Spain at Crystal shop terminal 1:

  • €25 = 6 GB data in EU + 400 minutes international calling - valid for 30 days.
  • €35 = 9 GB data in EU + €15 calling credit - valid for 30 days.

As you can see the Orange sim cards are cheaper than the Vodafone sim cards. You can both buy them at the Crystal shop.

Tabaco Shop

Just outside Barcelona Airport Terminal 1 you there is a Tabaco Shop that sells prepaid sim cards for Spain.

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Here you get two different Orange sim cards:

  • €15 = 9 GB data in Europe
  • €20 = 9 GB data in Europe + €5 international calling credit

Both packages are valid for 30 days and a hotspot is available. Seem like these prices are way better than the Vodafone sim cards at the Crystal Shop!

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Terminal 2

When arriving at Terminal 2 it is very easy as there is only 1 place to buy a Spain sim card for tourists. In the middle of Hall B there is a Traveler Shop called Tienda del Viajero. Here they only sell one Orange prepaid sim card package, the same as the above one from the Tabaco Shop at Terminal 1.

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  • €20 = 9 GB data in Europe + €5 international calling credit

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Best sim card Barcelona Airport in 2021

Buying a sim card in Barcelona Airport is pretty straight forward as you can see. The Tobaco Shop may be a little hidden, but worth heading walking 1 min. They have their own Orange kiosk inside the shop and the super friendly ladies installed everything for me on my phone within 2 minutes.

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The best sim card at Barcelona Airport in 2021 is Orange!

For €15 you get 9 GB data for all of Europe!

When arriving at Terminal 2 you don’t have much choice, but spending €20 on an Orange sim card with 9 GB data is a very good deal too.

Buy a sim card for Europe online

Order your travel sim card for Spain online through the Simoptions website. They are specialized in international sim cards for travelers. Your ordered sim card will be shipped to your home address and will automatically be activated on its first use. Simple and easy. Have a look at the following offers:

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 Traveltomtom recommends you either the Three or Orange option above that are 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 wrote an article for the best sim card in Spain after I researched in places like Barcelona, Madrid, Alicante and Malaga.

How to get from Barcelona Airport to the city

It is very easy to take the bus just outside the Terminals. They are called A1 or A2 and both head to Plaza Catalunya.

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bus from airport to barcelona

Buy your Airport Bus tickets online

They cost €5,90 and there is wifi on board. They run basically every 5 minutes. If you arrive at Barcelona Airport at night take Bus N18, they only cost €2,20. You can buy your bus ticket from Barcelona Airport to the city online already and save all the hassle at the airport. Click here to secure your seat, tickets are valid for 1 year.

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barcelona airport to the city

Don't forget to check out my blog with the must do's for a weekend in Barcelona.

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I hope the above tips for buying a Barcelona sim card were helpful for your upcoming trip. In case you still have any questions please don't hesitate to leave me a comment below. I am more than happy to help you out, also with Barcelona travel tips.

Enjoy your trip to Barcelona!

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