Recently I traveled to London and landed at London Heathrow Airport. There I already found out which UK sim card for tourists to buy and when I made it on my way out of London from Stansted Airport I did the same. Buying a European tourist sim card at London Stansted Airport is very straight forward and in this blog I will tell you where and which UK sim cards there are available.

First of let me tell you one of my biggest travel fails ever. After visiting 99 countries and being on the road as a professional travel blogger for more than 7 years I still was able to show up at the wrong airport in London! My flight from London to Gdansk (Poland) was leaving from Luton Airport. How could I be that stupid!? Anyway… as I have written many ‘sim cards for traveling in Europe’ articles, like buying a sim card at Rome Airport, Gatwick AirportParis, Brussels and I used this opportunity at London Stansted Airport to check it out for you.

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Sim cards for traveling in Europe

Because of new regulations in power since June 2017 mobile roaming costs in Europe got banned. Great news for people on a trip around Europe. This means that you are able to use the UK sim card you will buy at London Stansted all over Europe.

Brexit and free roaming in Europe

So far there are still a lot of uncertainties and as soon there is more news about the use of UK sim cards in Europe I will straight away update this blog. Until further notice you can use your UK sim cards all over Europe.

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Where to buy a UK sim card for tourists at London Stansted Airport

Just like at London Gatwick Airport and London Luton Airport there is a prepaid sim card vending machine. It works exactly like ordering a snickers. The sim card vending machine at London Stansted Airport is located at luggage collection. At the end of the hall next to the luggage belt you can get your prepaid sim card for tourists.

Immediately after you walk out of the arrivals door there is a WH Smith shop on your right hand side and they also sell prepaid sim cards for the UK.

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Buying a prepaid UK sim card at London Stansted Airport

At luggage collection you can already buy your UK sim card for tourists at the sim card vending machine. At London Stansted Airport the vending machine is loaded with the exact same prepaid sim card options as at London Gatwick Airport. It is all self-service at the sim card vending machines but there is very detailed information about the following UK sim cards: Vodafone, Lyca Mobile, EE and Three.

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There are 6 different prepaid UK sim cards available at the sim card vending machine:

1. Vodafone 20 SLV for £20

  • 200 UK minutes
  • Unlimited UK texts
  • 1GB data UK + extra 4GB
  • Valid 30 days

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It seems like the data is only valid in the UK, but that seems weird. Either way you will see that Vodafone is not the best UK sim card at London Stansted Airport you can buy.

2. Three All in One Bundle Unlimited for £30

  • Unlimited calls in the UK
  • Unlimited texts in the UK
  • 12GB data
  • Valid for 30 days

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You can use your Three data all over Europe and on top of that in: Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and USA. 

3. EE National Bundle for £20

  • 150 UK or international minutes to 34 destinations
  • 150 UK texts
  • 10.5GB data
  • Unlimited EE to EE calls and texts
  • Valid for 30 days

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4. EE International Bundle for £25

  • 250 minutes UK or international
  • 500 UK texts
  • 13GB data
  • Unlimited EE to EE calls and texts
  • Valid for 30 days

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Something extra about EE sim cards is that they are the only mobile internet provider that has a wifi connection at London Underground stations. There is no phone signal in the London tube, but you can connect to EE wifi at stations when you decide to buy a EE sim card at London Stansted Airport.

5. Lyca UK Plan Super for £25

  • 3000 minutes in the UK
  • 100 international minutes to selected countries 
  • 3000 texts in the UK
  • 6GB data
  • Valid for 30 days

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6. Lyca UK Plan Ultra for £35

  • Unlimited calls in the UK
  • 100 international minutes to selected countries 
  • Unlimited texts in the UK
  • 15GB data
  • Valid for 30 days

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Lyca Mobile uses the network of O2 in the UK.

Buying a sim card at WH Smith London Stansted Airport

If you want a little more service then I recommend you to go to the WH Smith shop directly on your right hand side when you walk into the arrivals hall at London Stansted Airport. There is even a lovely lady walking around willing to help you finding the right sim card for your trip to Europe.

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The WH Smith shops at London Stansted they sell the same prepaid UK sim cards packages with data as they do in London Gatwick and London Luton Airport.

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EE UK prepaid sim card

The WH Smith shops offer the same EE sim cards as the sim card vending machine at the luggage belts.

Lebara Mobile UK prepaid sim card

Lebara Mobile £20

  • 500 international minutes to 41 destinations
  • 500 UK minutes
  • 1GB data
  • For £2 extra 200 international minutes

Not the best UK sim card for tourists at all as you can easily call through Whatsapp, Viber, Skype for free nowadays and 1GB data is gone in 1 hour.

Lebara Mobile £30

  • Unlimited international minutes to 41 destinations
  • Unlimited UK minutes
  • 1000 UK texts
  • 5GB data
  • £5 additional PAYG credit

In case you have read more of my sim cards for Europe articles like the one from Amsterdam Airport or Frankfurt Airport you will understand why I am NOT a fan a Lebara Mobile. Simply no value for money and pricey compared to the other prepaid sim cards available.

Three UK prepaid sim card

At WH Smith they offer 3 different Three UK sim cards for £20, £30 and £45. The packages are slightly different than the UK prepaid sim cards in the vending machine. All the packages offered at WH Smith give you 3000 UK minutes and 3000 UK texts. The difference is the data bundle: 1GB, 12GB and Unlimited data. So for £45 you have unlimited 4G internet for 1 month.

Here are all the available UK sim cards for tourists at WH Smith London Stansted Airport in one overview.

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Best prepaid UK sim card for tourists at London Stansted Airport

When comparing all the above I personally think that the EE UK prepaid sim card is the best at London Stansted. With EE you get 13GB data for £25, the most value for money when it comes to data. For example in Netherlands and Germany you only get 2GB or 3GB for the same amount. On top of that an EE sim card will provide you an exclusive wifi signal in the London Underground. Very handy when you go sightseeing and travel from one side to the other in London.

If I had the choice buying a sim card at London Stansted Airport at either the vending machine or the WH Smith shop, then I totally would go for the lovely lady at the WH Smith shop.

Also when arriving at London Stansted Airport and you are willing to call home for free for 2 minutes, then head to the WH Smith shop as they give you 2 minutes free calling time with the phone below. Just a nice service of them as they took all the paid-phones away at London Stansted after the recent renovation.

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From Stansted Airport to Luton Airport

May you just like me somehow end up on the wrong airport then take the National Express bus 737. That bus will bring you directly from Stansted Airport to Luton Airport in about 1,5 hours. Also a handy connection if you have a connecting flight in Luton Airport. Price: £15.60.

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How to get from Stansted Airport to London city

There are many ways to get to London, some more expensive than others of course. When it comes to public transport you have two options: bus and train.

Bus from Stansted Airport to London

There are several bus connections connecting London city with Stansted Airport. If you want to take the National Express bus you can walk up to their service desk right in front of Arrivals inside the terminal. They have busses going to London every 10 minutes and the drive will take about 50 minutes depending on traffic. Tickets can be purchased for £8 already, though more expensive when you book them at the airport.

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With the train from Stansted to London

When taking the train you simply go down to the train station and buy a ticket for London at one of the machines. There are always people walking around to help you in the process. The train will take you In three stops to Tottenham Hale for £16.70. The tickets can be up to 50% cheaper when booked in advance.

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Buy your Orange sim card for traveling in Europe online: 20GB data, 200 minutes worldwide calling time, 1000 text worldwide valid in over 30 countries or check out all the prepaid UK sim cards you can buy in the shops around the country. I found you the best one!

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Thank you for reading my travel blog and I sincerely hope these London travel tips regarding buying a sim card at London Stansted Airport were helpful.

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