It took me 2,5 years to travel to Israel for the second time. On my first Israel trip I learned how expensive it is to travel here, but I also found out that in contrast with everything else mobile internet in Israel was cheap! On my visit in August 2019 I researched the best sim card for Israel travel and in this blog you can read all about it.

Buying a local sim card is the first thing I do when getting to a new country and so did I look for an Israel sim card at Ben Gurion Airport. Click on the link to read all about that, but I can already tell you that it is much more expensive than in Tel Aviv city. In this light I also wrote blogs for buying a sim card at Istanbul Airport, Lebanon and Jordan.

Traveling the world continuously since December 2012 turned me into a professional travel blogger and Israel holds a special place in my heart in the more than 100 countries I have been to.  My article with loads of tips for when you travel to Israel was my first big article on the Google charts and has now already been read over 200,000 times. You can also find a list of the best things to do in Israel and more reasons to travel to Israel.

Buy your Israel prepaid sim card online

It can be very simple. Click here to order a sim card for Israel travel and get it shipped to your home address for free. What do you get?

  • 30 GB data + unlimited calls & sms in Israel + unlimited calls & sms to USA and Canada.

A sim card valid for 7 days costs $25, 10 days = $29, 14 days = $35, 21 days = $39, 30 days = $45 and many more. Click on the link above or the banner below for more info.

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Mobile internet operators Israel

Finding the best Israel sim card wasn’t an easy thing to do as there are 8 different mobile operators in Israel:

  • Partner (former Orange)
  • Cellcom
  • 019
  • Golan Telecom
  • HOT Mobile
  • Pelephone
  • 012 Mobile
  • Rami Levy

Apart from Rami Levy I found out the prices for a prepaid sim card for Israel per provider. Therefore I didn’t include Rami Levy in my research for the best Israel sim card.

Best mobile network in Israel

All the mobile internet providers have strong network coverage in the best tourist destinations in Israel. 019 and 012 Mobile operator on the network of Partner. Below you can see all the network coverage maps per mobile operator (source nperf.com).

Golan Telecom Israel network coverage map

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Cellcom Israel network coverage map

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HOT Mobile Israel network coverage map

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Pelephone Israel network coverage map

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Partner Israel network coverage map

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From the above network coverage maps we can clearly see that Golan Telecom has the smallest network and for people on a road trip this is not the best Israel prepaid sim card. Partner has the strongest network, but the others are not far behind.

Remarkably Pelephone has no 4G+, that means its mobile internet speed is most probably much slower than the other mobile internet providers in Israel.

Where to buy an Israel sim card for tourists

Mobile phone shops are scattered around the city and buying an Israel sim card in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem is pretty easy. Not only will you find loads of official stores, you can also find many mobile phone shops that sell Israel sim cards for tourists. Hitting a shopping mall is always a good idea when looking for a sim card.

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Open Google Maps and search for mobile internet and you will see all the stores around you.

Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv

As I said before it is easy to buy a sim card at Tel Aviv Airport on arrival. There you will find a book store that sells Partner Israel sim cards as well as a 019 Mobile shop. Prices are significantly higher though and it is better to order an Israel sim card online and pick it up at Tel Aviv Airport.

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Eilat Airport

Are you flying directly into Eilat Airport then don’t worry. At Eilat Airport you can also buy a prepaid Israel sim card.

What to bring when buying an Israel sim card for tourists

Without a valid passport you are not able to buy an Israel sim card. A photocopy or a photo on your mobile is also enough.

Prices prepaid sim card for Israel

Luckily most providers only have 1 or 2 Israel sim card for tourists available, which made my research much easier. All the bundles mentioned below are only for use in Israel, not abroad.

Pelephone Israel sim card

A prepaid Phelephone Israel sim card comes with free use of Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram & Google Maps are free.

  • 90 NIS ($25) = 35 GB data + unlimited calls & sms - valid for 30 days.

pelephone israel sim card

Partner Israel sim card

  • 100 NIS ($28) = 35 GB data + unlimited calls & sms - valid for 30 days.

Golan Telecom Israel sim card

  • 100 NIS ($28) = 30 GB data + unlimited calls & sms - valid for 30 days.

HOT Mobile Israel sim card

  • 50 NIS ($14) = 20 GB data + unlimited calls & sms - valid for 30 days.

Cellcom Israel sim card

  • 100 NIS ($28) = 35 GB data + unlimited calls & sms - valid for 30 days.

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019 Israel sim card

  • 95 NIS ($27) = 20 GB data + unlimited calls & sms - valid for 30 days.

012 Mobile Israel sim card

  • 80 NIS ($23) = 24 GB data + unlimited calls & sms - valid for 30 days.

Best Israel sim card for tourists

From all the above info about the prices and the network strength for Israel sim cards we can concluded that because of the fierce competition there is not that much difference between the mobile internet providers in Israel.

One that really stands out though in terms of price is HOT Mobile. Their network coverage is pretty good, their data bundle is big and they are by far the cheapest! Therefore HOT Mobile is the best prepaid Israel sim card.

Buy an Israel sim card online

Remember that you can also oder your Israel sim online and get it shipped to your home before your trip for FREE! Prices are also really competitive and you don’t need to get in line when arriving in Israel.

  • 30 GB data + unlimited calls & sms in Israel + unlimited calls & sms to USA and Canada.

Valid for 7 days = $25, 10 days = $29, 14 days = $35, 21 days = $39, 30 days = $45. Click on the link above or the banner below to order or for more information.

sim card for israel

Portable Wifi device for Israel

Another great alternative for buying a sim card in Israel is a TEP Wireless portable Wifi device that lets you connect 5 devices at the same time. Perfect if you travel to Israel with kids or when you have a locked phone! Click on the link above or the banner below for more info.

I hope all the above tips for getting a sim card for Israel were helpful. Personally I of course bought a HOT Mobile sim card and had no problems at all traveling through Israel. Always enjoyed a fast internet connection.

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Looking for some vital Israel travel tips then click in the link. While traveling in Israel I went on some pretty cool adventures: hot air ballooning, ATV riding through the desert and many more things. See my list of 8 unique things to do in Israel!

May you still have questions hit me up on my Instagram @traveltomtom and I will happily help wherever I can. Be aware though that this could create some serious wanderlust with pictures from more than 100 countries.

Curious how to afford traveling the world? Read my story of how I became a professional travel blogger or find out here how to make money travel blogging.

Enjoy your trip to Israel!

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