Lebanon was my port of call for my trip to Syria. Of course I wanted to be connected to the internet straight away and I looked into buying a sim card at Beirut Airport. Since that was pretty damn expensive I waited for an official store in Beirut city. My research led me to write this article about a Lebanon sim card for tourists. Updated January 2020 with the latest prices.
Over the years I have written multiple international sim card blogs for tourists to help my readers save money on ridiculous roaming charges. Lebanon was my first Middle Eastern country to find the best prepaid sim card for tourists. After Lebanon I also did research in Dubai, Israel, Jordan and Tel Aviv Airport.
Mobile internet operators Lebanon
There are only two mobile internet providers in Lebanon: Alfa and Touch. Probably that is the reason a Lebanon prepaid sim card with data is expensive as there is no competition.
What to bring when buying a Lebanon sim card
When you buy a sim card in Lebanon you need to bring you passport. You can register up to 3 sim cards on one passport.
Prices prepaid Lebanon sim card in 2020
An Alfa Lebanon sim card costs $3,33 (5.000 LL) and is valid for 30 days. You will have to add credit yourself.
- 1.5 GB = $17
- 5 GB = $23
- 10 GB = $30
These prices are exclusive VAT (11%).
So an Alfa Lebanon sim card valid for 30 days with 10 GB data will cost you $36,33.
A Touch Lebanon prepaid sim card also costs $3,33 (5.000 LL) and is valid for 30 days. You can add the following packages:
- 1.75 GB = $19
- 6 GB = $26
- 10 GB = $33
These prices are exclusive VAT (11%).
So a Touch Lebanon sim card valid for 30 days with 10 GB data will cost you $39,66.
Touch Lebanon also offers the Visitor Line prepaid sim card for $43,29:
- 10 GB data
- 100 minutes local and international
- 100 sms
- Valid for 14 days
Best Lebanon sim card for tourists in 2020
First of all I think a Lebanon sim card is pretty expensive and the value for money is not good. That said I still would suggest you to buy a Lebanon sim card as Wifi in Lebanon is often shit! Investing a couple dollars in a 4G will be worth it and saves you from a lot of stress.
The best Lebanon sim card for tourists is Alfa, simply because they are cheaper and the network is just as strong as Touch Lebanon.
Where to buy a Lebanon sim card
There are a bunch of mobile internet shops scattered around Beirut, but for the best prices you want to go to an Alfa store or a Touch store. Both operators have a store in Beirut Downtown, but in Hamra for example you won’t find them.
Buying a sim card at Beirut Airport
On arrival I went to the Airport Information Desk and they told me that there is only one shop that sells a prepaid sim card for Lebanon at Beirut Airport: CityFone.
You can’t miss this Beirut airport shop as it will be on your right hand side straight after you walk out into the Arrivals hall. But as I already said in the beginning of the article it is NOT worth it.
At the CityFone shop they only sell a Touch Lebanon sim card for tourist for $44 and you only get:
- 60 minutes calls or 60 sms
- 500 MB data
This sim card for Lebanon is valid for 30 days and only in Lebanon.
I traveled to Lebanon to depart for my overland trip to Syria. Interested in reading about this extraordinary journey then head over to my Syria travel blog in this link.I hope all these tips for buying a sim card in Lebanon were helpful for your upcoming trip. May you have any more questions hit me up on my Instagram account @traveltomtom.
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Enjoy your trip to Lebanon!
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