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 as per February 2021.
All the info below is baed on my own experiences traveling in Jordan. 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, Lebanon, Tel Aviv Airport, Istanbul Airport and many more. I also traveled to Syria, an eye opening but absolutely amazing journey.
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!
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Order a Jordan sim card online
If you wanna save the hassle of buying a sim card in Jordan then there is always the option to get one online. Order a Jordan sim card directly from the Simoptions website and get it shipped to your home address before your trip. You can get an Orange sim card with 10 GB can for $49,90 for example. 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
After researching the 4G 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, as of February 2021 there is no 5G in Jordan.
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.
Therefore it is a better idea to buy a sim card at Amman Airport or get a TEP Wireless portable Wifi device.
Buying a sim card at Amman Airport is actually a great idea. Normally airport sim cards are much more expensive, but in Jordan it is NOT. 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.
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.
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 and the above prices are up to date as per February 2021. 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:
- 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 GB day + 20 GB
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 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...
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.
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.
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!