On my travels around the world I often pass through Geneva Airport. For my Youtube channel I wanted to make a video about how much it cost to travel to in Switzerland and as Geneva is one of the most expensive cities in the world I wanted to start here. Upon arrival I checked the prices for buying a Swiss sim card at Geneva Airport and you can read all about it in this guide.
Curious what is the best sim card in Switzerland? Click on the link and I show you prices, 5G coverage maps, where to get a Swiss sim card and more!
Switzerland sim cards and traveling in Europe are a bad combination! There is no free EU roaming. Click on this link for my article about the best travel sim in Europe!
Using a Europe sim card in Switzerland
Not every sim card for traveling in Europe also works in Switzerland. Officially Switzerland is not part of the EU and therefore roaming charges can apply even for UK sim cards as well as Germany, France, etc. With my Europe sim card there were no extra roaming charges.
Buy your Switzerland sim card online
Click on the link to order a Switzerland sim card online from the Simoptions website. For $50 you get 20 GB data and unlimited calls and sms valid in over 30 countries. The sim cards are valid and already activated for using in Switzerland and in the rest of Europe.
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Wlecome to one of the most well organized countries in the world and also one of the most expensive ones. Geneva Airport is pretty small and arriving here is very convenient. There is only one arrivals exit and if you have someone picking you up it is easy to find him or her.
There is free Wifi but you will need an activation code. You can get them for free with your passport at the Information desk.
Where to buy a Switzerland sim card in Geneva Airport
This is really simple as there is only one place in Geneva Airport where you can buy a Swiss sim card. When you walk out of arrivals head to the left towards the public busses and after like 50 meters you will see a huge Exchange desk on your left side. This is the ONLY place in Geneva Airport that sells Switzerland sim cards for tourists. There are no Swiss mobile shops!
The sim card desk of the Exchange shop is only open from approximately 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. Pretty damn inconvenient!
Prices Swiss sim card Geneva Airport
At the Exchange Shop they only sell two prepaid Switzerland sim cards for tourists: Lebara prepaid sim card and a Yallo prepaid sim card.
At the time of research (January 2021) 1,12 USD was 1 CHF. Prices for Swiss sim cards shown below are in Swiss francs but are about 10% cheaper when calculated to US dollars.
Another inconvenience is that you can only buy a sim card at Geneva Airport with cash (Euros or Swiss Francs) only, no credit cards accepted!
Lebara sim card Geneva Airport
Lebara Switzerland offers unlimited high speed internet for 1.5 CHF per day to be used in Switzerland only. Outside of Swiss roaming charges apply!
If you buy a Lebara sim card at the Exchange shop it will be activated for you on the spot. Then you will need to top up your credit with how many days you stay in Switzerland. You could also opt for one of the Lebara prepaid sim card bundles so you can use it in Europe or around the world. These data bundles are more expensive but include calling and texting as well. See the below options.
As these international Lebara Mobile bundles always have small data packages I am not a fan of Lebara sim cards for travelers!
Yallo sim card Geneva Airport
Second option for buying a Switzerland sim card at Geneva Airport is Yallo Switzerland. This mobile internet company operates on the Sunrise Switzerland network. At Geneva Airport you can buy a Yallo sim card with 10GB data in Switzerland for 30 CHF, normally 40 CHF, it also includes calling and texting, see below.
Roaming charges apply for traveling in Europe but you can buy the following top ups.
Mobile internet connection Switzerland
Like most things in this country the mobile network coverage is very well established. Swiss mobile internet connection is even guaranteed in some remote places. All mobile networks in Switzerland have great 4G coverage and 5G in Switzerland is very well established as well. For the best 5G network check out my article about buying a Switzerland sim card.
Best Switzerland sim card Geneva Airport in 2021
Unfortunately there are only two Swiss sim card options available in Geneva Airport. Comparing the above mentioned sim cards is hard as they have different flexibilities and therefore depending on your needs you gotta decide for yourself what is the best Swiss sim card at Geneva Airport.
If you are not in a rush then wait till you get to Geneva city. There you will find better deals with Swisscom, Sunrise and Salt. Click on the following link to read all about the best prepaid sim card in Switzerland.
Both prepaid Swiss sim cards sold at Geneva Airport do NOT included roaming in the EU so if you are looking for a sim card for traveling in in Swiss AND in Europe then you want to look into the following Switzerland sim cards that you can order online.
Buy a Swiss sim card online
Save the hassle of buying a Swiss sim card on arrival, let it be shipped to your home address before your trip to Switzerland. The following Switzerland sim cards are also great for traveling in Europe as they all offer free roaming. All of the following prepaid sim cards can be ordered through the Simoptions website. 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 AIO20 - $39.90
- 12 GB data
- Unlimited calls within Europe
- Unlimited sms within Europe
- Valid 30 days
- 20 GB data
- Unlimited calls in Europe
- 120 minutes worldwide
- Unlimited sms in Europe
- 1,000 sms worldwide
- Valid 14 days
Personally I recommend the last option of Orange as I consume a lot of data and I wanna roam the internet without think about my data limit.
Portable WiGi device
A great option in case you are traveling to Europe with kids is TEP Wireless. You can connect up to 5 devices at the same time and you get unlimited internet for just a couple bucks per day. Click below for more info!
How to get from Geneva Airport to the city
Believe it or not but you can get free public transportation tickets! In a city where everything is crazy expensive this made me smile big time. In the baggage hall just before you walk out of arrivals there is a machine that gives out free public transportation tickets to get you anywhere within Geneva city. The tickets are valid for 80 minutes.
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I hope all the above tips for buying a sim card in Geneva Airport were helpful for your next trip to Switzerland. Let me know if you have any additional questions and I try to answer them in the comments below. Enjoy your trip to Geneva.