Are you visiting Saudi Arabia soon and flying to Medina International Airport? Get yourself a local prepaid sim card on arrival for your trip to Saudi Arabia, it is easy to fix and done fast. In this guide I will tell you everything you need to know for buying a sim card at Medina Airport: the available shops, up to date prices as per June 2022, where to buy a sim card, my recommendation, information about international and e-sim cards for Saudi Arabia and even a vlog to make it easy for you showing you where to go on arrival.
Recently I traveled to Saudi Arabia as part of my journey to visit every country in the world and also visited Medina, a magical place that is one of the best places to visit in the country and of course in the Muslim religion. Totally recommended, it was a truly inspiring journey.
On my blog you can also find Saudi Arabia sim card guides for Jeddah Airport and Riyadh Airport as well as a comprehensive guide for buying a prepaid sim card in Saudi Arabia in 2022 in case you missed the opportunity at the airport on arrival.
Traveltomtom recommends an STC sim card for Saudi Arabia. Not only does STC have much better prepaid sim card deals for tourists, but also has a stronger mobile internet network. For $23 you get 20 GB data.
Another suggestion is to get an international sim card for travelers. These sim cards with coverage in multiple countries work the same as a prepaid sim card but their data is valid cross borders. Check out my comparison of the best international sim cards for traveling in 2022 and find the one that suits your trip the best.
However, the easiest solution for getting connected abroad in 2022 is an e-sim card.
E-sim card for Saudi Arabia
Order online, receive a code, follow the instructions and you are all set. It is not a physical sim card, but an electronic sim card that you instal on your phone. Make sure your phone is capable of handling e-sim cards before ordering.
- $6.50 = 1 GB data for 7 days
- $18 = 3 GB data for 30 days
Click here to order an e-sim card for Saudi Arabia directly online or find more info. With an e-sim card you keep your own phone number. It is a very simple and easy way to stay connected for your trip to Medina.
Why buying a Saudi Arabia sim card
First of all it is easy to arrange and it will save you a lot of money on high roaming costs. A working data connection on your phone makes life simply easier. There are many taxi apps that you can use in Saudi Arabia to go for example to Mosque Quba, which is 15 minutes outside of Medina.
Also finding nearby restaurants with good ratings, getting directions from Google Maps or simply staying in touch with friends and family and showing them the beauty of Medina.
Don’t rely on public WiFi as there is no guarantee it is working or even fast enough. Also a reminder that browsing the internet on public WiFi is through an UNSECURED network. The use of a VPN is recommended!
Where to buy a sim card at Medina Airport
There are 2 different shops at Medina Airport that sell prepaid sim cards for tourists: STC and Zain. The small STC shop can’t be missed as you walk straight into it when walking out of arrivals. You will see its big purple letters.
The Zain shop is located near the entry/exit of the airport terminal, just 50 meters away.
Medina Airport is pretty small and easy to navigate. You will find ATM’s, car rental companies, currency exchange and the information desk all next to each other.
To make things even easier you can watch my vlog below and I show you exactly where to go.
Reminder that both prepaid sim card shops are open 24 hours and you can pay by international credit cards, so there is no need to exchange money first.
Prices prepaid sim cards at Medina Airport
Zain Saudi Arabia
You will get a free sim card and registration when buying one of the Zain prepaid sim card packages:
- 63.25 SAR = 2 GB data + 30 minutes + 20 SAR credit for int. calls - $17
- 113.85 SAR = 4 GB data + 60 minutes + 50 SAR credit for int. calls - $30
- 228.85 SAR = 10 GB data + Unlimited Social Media + Unlimited calls + 50 SAR credit for int. calls - $61
- 458.85 SAR = Unlimited data + unlimited calls + 25 credt for int. calls - $122
STC Saudi Arabia
At STC they offer a wide range of prepaid sim card packages for arriving tourists, valid for 4 weeks:
- 40.25 SAR = 1 GB data + 1 GB Social Media + 100 minutes - $11
- 86.25 SAR = 12 GB data + 8 GB Social Media + 500 minutes - $23
- 103.5 SAR = 10 GB data + 10 GB Social Media + 200 minutes* - $28
- 115.0 SAR = 10 GB data + 25 GB Social Media + 250 minutes* - $31
- 132.25 SAR = 20 GB data + 30 GB Social Media + 1,000 minutes - $35
- 195.5 SAR = 65 GB data + unlimited Social Media + 1,200 minutes - $52
- 276.0 SAR = 100 GB data + unlimited Social Media + unlimited calls - $74
*international calls to 21 destinations included
Best prepaid sim card at Medina Airport
When looking at the prices we can already determine very easily that STC has much better prepaid sim card deals than Zain. So if it was only for the price I would surely recommend an STC prepaid sim card.
On top of that STC also has the strongest 4G/5G mobile network in Saudi Arabia. For more info about the best 4G/5G coverage in Saudi Arabia check my article about the best prepaid sim card in Saudi Arabia in 2022.
All in all it is a very easy conclusion and therefore Traveltomtom recommends buying an STC prepaid sim card for Saudi Arabia.
Buying a Saudi Arabia sim card online
You can also order a sim card for Saudi Arabia online and get it shipped to your home address before your trip to Medina. Check out the following Saudi Arabia sim card deals:
- True Move = 6 GB data for 15 days —> $39.90 USD
- Orange = 10 GB data for 14 days —> $49.90 USD
Calls and sms are not included in the above sim card deals for Saudi Arabia. These sim cards are pre activated and automatically activated from its first use. It is plug and play, but make sure your phone is unlocked.
Click here to directly order one of the above Saudi Arabia sim card deals online or find more info.
I hope all the above tips for buying a sim card at Medina Airport were helpful for your upcoming trips. Please, when you still have questions leave me a comment below and I will try to help you out.
Visiting Jeddah after Medina? Then I recommend you to take a look at my YouTube channel for my vlogs about traveling in Saudi Arabia. Specially recommended for you a trip by high speed train from Medina to Jeddah. For some Saudi Arabia travel inspiration check out my Instagram account @traveltomtom and follow my road to visit every country in the world. As of June 2022 I have visited more than 130 countries.
Enjoy your trip to Medina, Saudi Arabia!