Traveling to Jordan soon? Planning your trip to this gorgeous country? Make sure to get a local sim card on arrival. Don't get stuck with high roaming costs or slow overseas data roaming. Enjoy the best network and the fastest data speed possible! This is the ultimate guide for buying a sim card in Jordan for tourists. With where to buy one, the best network in Jordan and up to date prices.
This article is updated in June 2021 with the most up to date prices and the latest information.
Getting connected to the internet is my number 1 priority when I travel to a new country. Combined with my passion for providing resourceful travel tips for travelers I already wrote more than 150 local sim card guides, also for other Middle Eastern countries: Israel, Lebanon, Tel Aviv Airport, Turkey, Istanbul Airport and many more.
All the info below is based on my own experiences traveling in Jordan. On arrival at Amman Airport I of course checked out the best Jordan sim card for tourists for you, later more about buying a local sim card at the airport in Amman. I also checked out the mobile phone shops in Amman and Aqaba.
Why buying a sim card in Jordan
Having a working data connection on your phone makes makes traveling in Jordan so much easier. Think about getting an Uber or finding directions on Google Maps. There are so many reasons to get connected.
There is a big chance that your hotel has WiFi, but not all restaurants and bars in Jordan provide that service. Basically, I would not recommend to be dependent on public WiFi. What if the signal is too weak in your hotel room or the internet is so slow it is creeping you out? Also keep in mind that public WiFi is an UNSECURED connection, so the use of a VPN is recommended.
Although I experienced Jordan as an expensive country to travel, day ticket for Petra is a lousy $75, a Jordan sim card with data is pretty affordable! Buying a sim card in Jordan is worth it.
When swapping sim cards does not have your preference then have a look into a portable WiFi device. Personally, I am not a big fan of these pocket WiFi's, but I must admit they work pretty well for short trips. Read my HONEST review in my article about how to get WiFi when traveling.
Traveltomtom recommends buying an Orange prepaid sim card for traveling in Jordan. Although Orange is the most expensive mobile internet provider, they have by far the best network. We also recommend to buy a sim card at Amman Airport on arrival.
We do NOT recommend world sim cards for travelers. These global sim cards claim to have coverage in every country in the world, but against what price? We reviewed and compared all the international sim cards and came to the conclusion that most of them are NOT worth it.
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Buy a sim card for Jordan online
Buying a sim card in Jordan too much hassle? You can now order a Jordan sim card directly from your couch and get it delivered to your home address. Click here to order a Jordan sim card directly from the Simoptions website. It is very easy, but they are also more expensive of course. You can get an Orange sim card with 10 GB can for $49.90 or 6 GB data for $19.90. For more info click on the link above.
Mobile internet providers Jordan
There are 3 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 in 2021
After researching the 4G/5G network coverage maps I found out that there is a huge difference in mobile internet network strength between the providers. Let's have a look at the 4G/5G coverage maps for Jordan and you see what I mean.
Is there 5G in Jordan?
No, there is still no 5G in Jordan as per June 2021.
Umniah Jordan 4G/5G coverage map
Zain Jordan 4G/5G coverage map
Umniah Jordan 4G/5G coverage map
Based on the mobile internet coverage I would always recommend tourists to buy an Orange prepaid sim card for Jordan. Definitely if you are traveling Jordan by yourself. For more detailed maps of the Jordan 4G/5G coverage click on the link.
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.
Mobile phone shops can be found everywhere, the official retail stores of Orange, Zain and Umniah are a little more scarce, but clustered in the city center of Amman and Aqaba.
When buying a prepaid sim card for Jordan you will need to bring your passport!
While checking out prices for 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.
Buying a Sim Card at Amman Airport
Buying a sim card at Amman Airport is the best place to get your local sim card for Jordan. Normally you pay a little extra for the convenience of getting connected at the airport straight after you land, but not in Amman.
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, see the picture below.
Buying a sim card at Amman Airport in Jordan
The following prices are update as per February 2021.
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.
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.
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 in 2021
As part of my research for the best prepaid Jordan sim card I also checked out the prices in stores around Amman and Aqaba and on the mobile internet providers websites to keep this article up to date. The info and prices find below are up to date as per June 2021.
Orange Jordan prepaid sim card
These are the prepaid sim cards for tourists offered by Orange:
- 15 JD ($21) = 5 GB data + unlimited minutes/text in Jordan + 10 minutes international calls/text.
- 30 JD ($42) = 30 GB data + unlimited minutes/text in Jordan + 30 minutes international calls/text.
Packages are valid for 30 days. For the latest Orange sim card deals click on the link to check the Orange Jordan website.
Zain Jordan prepaid sim card
All the Zain Jordan prepaid sim cards are valid for 30 days:
- Weekly Visitors Line is 7.87 JOD ($11) = 12 GB data + 20 local minutes + 15 international minutes - valid for 1 week.
- New Visitor Line is 14 JOD ($20) = 50 GB data + 1000 local minutes + 1000 minutes to Zain - valid for 1 month
- Al Oumda Line is 13.11 JOD ($18.5) = 20 GB data + 10,000 minutes to Zain + 1000 sms.
Check the Zain website for the most up to date prices for prepaid sim cards for visitors.
Umniah Jordan prepaid sim card
The Umniah prepaid sim cards for Jordan are like a puzzle. They offer several Jordan sim cards for tourists, all valid for 1 month. The Umniah sim cards for Jordan come with a lot of data for very competitive prices.
- 6 JOD ($8,50) = 9 GB + unlimited calls + 3,000 sms.
- 8 JOD ($11,30) = 20 GB + unlimited calls + 3,000 sms.
- 13 JOD ($18,30) = 40 GB + unlimited calls + 3,000 sms.
For the latest Umniah prepaid sim card deals check their website in the link.
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Best Jordan sim card for tourists in 2021
First of all let me recommend you to buy your Jordan prepaid sim card at Amman International Airport may you arrive there. Prices for Jordan sim cards at Queen Alia International Airport are just a couple dollars more expensive than would you buy one in a phone store across the country.
Based on the prices for Jordan sim cards in 2021 I should send you to an Umniah or a Zain store, as they are much cheaper than Orange, but...
Soley because Orange has by far the best network in Jordan, I come to the following conclusion that Orange is the best sim card for tourists in Jordan in 2021!
Buy a sim card for Jordan online
Get a Jordan sim card before your trip and forget about the all the hassle buying one on arrival. Check out the following two Jordan sim card deals from Simoptions. Sim cards will be send to your home address and are activated automatically from its first use. Click on the link above for more info.
- AIS SIM2FLY = $19,90 for 6 GB data in Jordan - valid for 10 days.
- Orange Holiday World = $49,90 for 10 GB in Jordan - valid for 14 days.
I hope all my tips for buying a sim card in Jordan were helpful for your upcoming trip to Jordan. If you have any additional questions about traveling in Jordan I am more than happy to help you out.
Enjoy your trip to Jordan!