End of August 2019 Jordan was the 100th country I visited in 8 years traveling around the world. After my trip to Syria I finally made it to this magical country. On arrival at Amman Airport I of course checked out the best Jordan sim card for tourists as well as the mobile phone shops in Amman and Aqaba.

Being connected to the internet is my number 1 priority when I travel to a new country. In the last months I also wrote articles about the best sim card for Israel, LebanonTel Aviv Airport, Istanbul Airport and many more.

I can already tell you that buying a sim card in Jordan is worth it. Although I experienced Jordan as an expensive country (day ticket for Petra is a lousy $75) a Jordan sim card with data is pretty cheap!

Mobile internet providers Jordan

There are three mobile internet operators in Jordan: Umniah, Zain and Orange Jordan. All three have coverage all over the country and in the best tourists destination in Jordan. Umniah claims to be the largest mobile operator in Jordan.

Best Jordan mobile network

After researching the 4G network coverage maps I can tell you that Umniah has the smallest 4G network of all, Zain by far the best 4G network and Orange in and between. That said Umniah still guarantees a 4G connection in all tourist destinations in Jordan.

Where to buy a sim card for Jordan

When arriving in Amman or Aqaba go to Google Maps and find the nearest Orange, Zain or Umniah shop. There are also multiple mobile phone shops that sell Jordan sim cards, but the value for money is less. Advantage of these mobile shops is that they are open until late.

orange store amman jordan

When buying a prepaid sim card for Jordan you will need to bring your passport!

While checking out prices for buying a Jordan sim card in the Orange, Zain and Umniah stores in Amman city I experienced long waiting lines. To be honest Im pretty sure you don’t want to waste your precious holiday time waiting in line to buy a sim card for Jordan.

Therefore it is a better idea to buy a sim card at Amman Airport or get a TEP Wireless portable Wifi device.

portable wifi device for traveling

Amman Airport

Buying a sim card at Amman Airport is actually a great idea. Normally airport sim cards are much more expensive, but not in Jordan. When entering the arrival hall at Queen Alia International Airport you can’t miss the mobile phone stores. Orange, Zain and Umniah are all next to each other right in front of you.

sim card amman airport

I checked out the prices for a Jordan sim card at Amman Airport for you.

Orange Jordan sim card Amman Airport

Orange sells two Jordan sim cards for tourists:

  • 15 JD ($21) = Unlimited local calls & sms + 30 minutes international calls & sms + 5 GB data. Valid for 30 days.
  • 30 JD ($42) = Unlimited local calls & sms + 10 minutes international calls & sms + 30 GB data. Valid for 90 days.

orange prepaid jordan sim card

Umniah Jordan sim card Amman Airport

The Umniah guys were pretty pushy and arrogant and didn’t like all my questions. But they sell 5 different Jordan sim cards for tourists:

Price: 10.88 JD ($15.36)

  • 10 GB data
  • 4 GB Facebook
  • 15 minutes local calls
  • 15 minutes international calls
  • Valid 10 days

Price: 16.12 JD ($22.75)

  • 18 GB data
  • 22 GB Facebook
  • Pretty much unlimited local calls
  • 2000 sms
  • 350 minutes international calls
  • Valid 30 days

There are 3 more plans available all valid for 30 days, see the picture below.

umniah jordan sim card for tourists

Zain Jordan sim card Amman Airport

They sell 3 different prepaid sim cards for tourists at the Zain store:

  • 18.50 JD ($26) = 15 GB - unlimited calls to Zain - 1000 min other networks - 50 minutes international calls and valid for 30 days.
  • 23 JD ($32) = 20 GB - unlimited calls to Zain - 1000 min other networks - 50 minutes international calls and valid for 30 days.
  • 29.25 JD ($41) = 50 GB - unlimited calls to Zain - 1000 min other networks - 50 minutes international calls and valid for 30 days.

From the above we can clearly see that Zain is the best prepaid Jordan sim card for tourists at Amman Airport. They have big bundles for the lowest price!

Prices prepaid Jordan sim card

As part of my research for the best prepaid Jordan sim card I also checked out the prices in stores around Amman and Aqaba.

Orange Jordan prepaid sim card

All the prepaid sim cards come with unlimited calls to Orange numbers and you are able to use a hotspot.

Valid for 1 week:

  • 13.30 JD ($19) = 10 GB data + 60 minutes local calls & unlimited sms.
  • 14 JD ($20) = 20 GB data.

Valid for 30 days:

  • 23 JD ($32) = 25 GB data + 2000 minutes local calls & 3000 sms.
  • 41 JD ($58) = 50 GB data + unlimited calls and sms + 1 hour international calls.
  • 23 JD ($32) = 60 GB data

Zain Jordan prepaid sim card

All the Zain Jordan prepaid sim cards are valid for 30 days:

  • 14.5 JD ($20) = 8 GB data + 6 GB Facebook + 5000 minutes to Zain + 1000 minutes local calls.
  • 18.5 JD ($26) = 15 GB data + 6 GB Facebook + 5000 minutes to Zain + 1000 minutes local calls.
  • 14.5 JD ($20) = 45 GB data (25 day + 20 night)

zain sim card jordan

Umniah Jordan prepaid sim card

The Umniah prepaid sim cards for Jordan are like a puzzle. They offer 4 Jordan sim cards for tourists, all valid for 1 month.

U6 Smart = 10.90 JD ($15)

  • 6 GB data
  • 2 GB data at night extra
  • 6 GB Facebook
  • 6000 minutes to Umniah
  • 750 minutes local
  • 600 sms

U8 Smart = 13.51JD ($19)

  • 9 GB data + 12 GB ???
  • 4 GB data at night extra
  • 9 GB Facebook
  • 24000 minutes to Umniah
  • 1500 minutes local
  • 1800 sms

U10 Smart = 16.1 JD ($23)

  • 9 GB data + 18 GB ???
  • 4 GB data at night extra
  • 9 GB Facebook
  • 51600 minutes to Umniah
  • 1750 minutes local
  • 2400 sms

U13 Smart = 17.04 JD ($24)

  • 9 GB data + 24 GB ???
  • 4 GB data at night extra
  • 9 GB Facebook
  • 51000 minutes to Umniah
  • 2000 minutes local
  • 2400 sms

umniah prepaid jordan sim card

Honestly I am not a fan of these complicated packages and data bundles!

Best Jordan sim card for tourists

As I said before it is best to buy your Jordan sim card at Amman Airport rather than in the city. The prices at Queen Alia airport are just a couple dollars more expensive and they offer big data bundles.

After studying the 4G network coverage maps I could clearly see that Zain has by far the best mobile internet coverage throughout the country. That alone for me would already be a reason to choose Zain as my sim card for Jordan.

The best Jordan sim card for tourists is Zain. For $26 you get a Jordan sim card with 15 GB and lots of (international) calling minutes. In Aqaba or Amman you can even choose the data only option: 45 GB for only $20 in one of their stores.

Portable wifi device for Jordan

An alternative for buying a sim card in Jordan is TEP Wireless. This portable Wifi device lets you have unlimited internet in Jordan for a couple dollars per day. You can connect up to 5 devices at the same time, so perfect if you are traveling with kids or in a group. Check out the link above or click on the banner below.

portable wifi device for traveling

I hope all my tips for buying a sim card in Jordan were helpful for your upcoming trip to Jordan. Hit me up on my Instagram @traveltomtom if you have any more questions. I could create some serious wanderlust though with pictures from more than 100 countries. ;)

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Enjoy your trip to Jordan!

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