Are you planning your trip to Egypt? The land of the mysterious Pharaohs, the Sahara Desert, the Red Sea and the majestic Nile River will amaze you, but don't get stuck with high roaming charges. Looking for the best way to stay connected when traveling to Egypt? This is the ultimate guide to find the best sim card for your trip to Egypt.

Find out everything about buying a prepaid sim card for Egypt, where to buy a sim card, the best e-sim cards for Egypt, up to date prices as per January 2024, the best 4G/5G network in Egypt, my recommendation, a vlog about my experiences and even information about international sim cards for Egypt.

Traveling the world is my biggest passion and inspiring and helping other travelers doing the same is what keeps me going. On my journey to visit every country in the world I made it to a long list of countries.

The first thing I do when I get to a new countries is looking for the best way to stay connected and therefore on Traveltomtom you can find already more than 200 sim card guides from all over the world: USA, Canada, Dubai, Turkey, Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Australia, New ZealandDominican Republic and also a guide for buying a sim card for Egypt at Cairo Airport.

Are you just looking for e-sim cards then check out my comparison of the best e-sim cards for traveling to Egypt in 2024.

So next time you are planning your adventure abroad come check out Traveltomtom for the latest prepaid and e-sim card advice for your next holiday destination. Bookmark me!

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends using a Vodafone sim card for Egypt. They have the best mobile internet network coverage in Egypt. They are slightly more expensive than other providers but it is worth the extra buck.

That said at Cairo Airport you can find a great Egypt prepaid sim card plan for tourists offered by Orange. Check the link for my complete guide for buying a tourist sim card at Cairo International Airport.

So what about e-sim cards for traveling to Egypt I hear you say. Well, of course Traveltomtom recommends using e-sim cards when traveling to Egypt. But it is also no secret that e-sim cards are more expensive than local prepaid sim cards.

E-sim cards are just so convenient and you arrange everything online in just a couple minutes. Traveltomtom recommends ordering an e-sim card for Egypt via either SimOptions, Airalo or Nomad.

For those who do not have an e-sim compatible phone Traveltomtom recommends international physical prepaid sim cards for traveling the world.

These prepaid sim cards with global coverage are more expensive than local prepaid sim cards, but the convenience is that you can order them online before your trip and arrive prepared in Egypt. Check out my comparison of the best international sim cards for traveling abroad in 2024 and find the one that suits your trip.

Best e-sim cards for Egypt

By far the easiest way to stay connected when traveling to Egypt in 2024 is an e-sim card. You arrange everything online within just a couple minutes. No more swapping physical sim cards and visiting a sim card shop.

You order an e-sim card for Egypt on the internet, you receive a QR code, scan it, follow the simple steps and within less than 2 minutes you have an Egypt e-sim card installed on your phone.

Upon arrival in Egypt it automatically connects you to an available network and you enjoy data on your phone pretty much when the plane lands.

Make sure your phone is e-sim compatible before ordering an e-sim card for Egypt.

On arrival in Egypt you can not get an e-sim card via one of the mobile internet operators. They only provide physical prepaid sim cards for tourists in phone stores in Egypt.

Fact is that e-sim cards for Egypt are more expensive than local prepaid sim cards. Check out all my FAQ's about using e-sim cards for traveling to Bali in my complete guide about the best e-sim cards for Egypt in 2024.

There are several e-sim card providers that offer Egypt e-sim cards. Here are the best ones.

Airalo

airalo esim card plans for egypt 2024

Airalo is a reliable e-sim provider and Traveltomtom has used Airalo in more than 50 countries around the world and never faced an issue.

Have a look at the Airalo e-sim card plans for Egypt for 2024:

  • 1 GB data for 7 days = $7 USD
  • 2 GB data for 15 days = $12.5 USD
  • 3 GB data for 30 days = $17.5 USD
  • 5 GB data for 30 days = $26.5 USD

Click here to directly order an Egypt e-sim card via Airalo.

The above Giza Mobile e-sim cards for Egypt are data-only and only valid in Egypt. Incoming and outgoing calls are not supported. The Giza Mobile e-sim cards from Airalo operate on the Orange 4G/LTE network, 5G is not supported.

SimOptions

simoptions esim card plans for egypt 2024

SimOptions is another very trusted e-sim card provider. They offer international e-sim cards that are valid in up to 141 countries around the world, including Egypt.

  • 6 GB data for 15 days = $39.90 USD
  • 10 GB data for 14 days = $39.90 USD

Click here to order an international e-sim card for Egypt via SimOptions.

Nomad

nomad esim card plans for egypt 2024

A third e-sim provider that is recommended is Nomad. They often have great e-sim card plans for many countries in the world, but when comparing the Nomad e-sim cards for Egypt with Airalo and SimOptions we see that they are more expensive.

  • 1 GB data for 7 days = $9 USD
  • 3 GB data for 30 days = $22 USD
  • 5 GB data for 30 days = $34 USD
  • 10 GB data for 30 days = $65 USD

Click here to order an e-sim card for Egypt from Nomad.

Before ordering an e-sim card for Egypt make sure your phone is e-sim compatible and unlocked. Otherwise an e-sim card will not work on your phone.

For a more detailed guide about using e-sim cards for Egypt check out my article with a comparison of the best e-sim cards for traveling to Egypt, including all FAQ questions about e-sim cards.

Why buying a sim card in Egypt

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First of all a local prepaid sim card is in 9/10 times the cheapest way to get a lot of data on your phone. Getting an e-sim card for Egypt is the easiest way to stay connected when visting Egypt. There are many other options, like overseas data plans, portable WiFi devices and international sim cards, I will compare them all.

Personally I prefer a local prepaid sim card for Egypt because I am a heavy data user and these sim cards guarantee you the most affordable rates and the best mobile data speed and network connection. By the way a reminder that overseas data plans limit your internet speed.

Buying a sim card in Egypt is pretty easy, done fast and cheap! However, buying an e-sim card for Egypt takes just 2 minutes and you arrange everything online.

Having a working data connection makes traveling to Egypt so much easier. Think about ordering an Uber or finding a nearby restaurant with good ratings, killing time on long bus and train rides or getting directions from Google Maps and figuring out your travel plans while on the go.

Don’t rely on public WiFi, first off WiFi in Egypt is not reliable. Mostly it is either super slow or not working at all. Second I would like to remind you that public WiFi is though an UNSECURED network connection. The use of a VPN is recommended.

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Mobile internet operators Egypt

we egypt prepaid sim card

There are 4 main mobile internet providers in Egypt:

  • Vodafone
  • Etisalat
  • Orange
  • WE

All the mobile operators sell prepaid sim cards for tourists. But not all operators are recommended, therefore keep reading and explain you the difference and why you should not buy a sim card of some operators.

Where to buy a prepaid sim card

where to buy a sim card in egypt

International Airport on arrival

The best and easiest way to get a prepaid sim card for Egypt is on arrival at the airport. All the international airports in Egypt have kiosks that sell prepaid sim cards for tourists. You can’t miss them. In Cairo Airport the sim card shops are already located next to the luggage belts.

Flying to Cairo? Check out my complete guide for buying a sim card for Egypt at Cairo International Airport.

Mobile phone stores in Egypt

If for some reason you couldn’t buy a sim card at the airport on arrival there are mobile phone shops in every tourist destination in Egypt. Sometimes you can even find a mobile shop on the side of the road, like the one above on the main square in Alexandria.

Traveltomtom advices you to buy an Egypt sim card from an official retail store from one of the mobile internet operators rather than any random mobile phone shop. They have the best deals, best advice and in case something goes wrong the problem can be fixed instantly.

At random phone stores in Egypt they also sell prepaid sim cards for tourists, but they have of course their own price. You can even negotiate, but so much hassle. Therefore not directly recommended.

Online

The easiest way and to avoid all hassle of buying a prepaid sim card for tourists on arrival in Egypt is to order a sim card for traveling to Egypt on the internet. If your phone is not e-sim compatible you can order a physical prepaid sim card for Egypt online via SimOptions.

But no doubt the easiest way to stay connected when traveling to Egypt is ordering an e-sim card on the internet. Check out my complete guide for buying an e-sim card for traveling to Egypt in 2024 and find your e-sim for your trip to Egypt.

Registration Egypt prepaid sim cards

Like almost every other country around the world you need your passport when buying a prepaid sim card in Egypt. In the store they will take a copy of your passport and register the sim card on your passport number and your name.

That is also another reason why Traveltomtom recommends buying a sim card in Egypt from an official retail store and not any random mobile phone shop. The whole registration process should not take more than 5 minutes.

You will receive the sim card with your new Egypt phone number. Always put the sim card in your phone immediately and make sure the purchased data plan and voice packages are working before you leave the store and ask them how you can check your balance and remaining data.

If you rather not get your sim card registered then look into ordering a physical prepaid sim card for Egypt or an e-sim card for Egypt. When buying a sim card for Egypt on the internet there is no ID verification required, just an email address.

Traveltomtom recommends ordering an e-sim card for Egypt via either SimOptions, Airalo or Nomad.

Prices prepaid sim cards in Egypt in 2024

Data plans and prepaid packages in Egypt are a little complicated as some mobile operators work with units and so called super apps. Basically 1 unit is like 1 MB. However, when using the super apps you only use 0.5 unit per 1 MB, so your MB allowance pretty much doubles if you use the super apps.

All is explained below per mobile internet operator. When buying a prepaid sim card in Egypt we advice you to always ask your provider what is the exact deal. As of January 2024 $1 USD = 31 EGP and 100 EGP = $3.23 USD.

WE Egypt

we egypt prepaid sim card plans 2024

WE is by far the smallest mobile internet provider in Egypt. A WE sim card costs 77 EGP ($5) and comes with 0 credit. They offer a wide range of mobile data packages and are called Nitro Prime which are valid for 28 days.

  • 10 EGP = 625 MB up to 1,250 GB
  • 20 EGP = 1,375 MB up to 2,750 MB
  • 40 EGP = 3,250 MB up to 6,500 MB
  • 70 EGP = 6,250 MB up to 12,500 MB - $2.3 USD
  • 100 EGP = 10,000 MB up to 20,000 MB
  • 200 EGP = 23,500 MB up to 47,000 MB
  • 450 EGP = 50,000 MB up to 100,000 MB for 90 days

All the above packages are valid for 28 days, unless stated different. The use 1 MB of social media apps like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are counted as 0.5 MB. Which means if you would only use social media apps you get the maximum amount of MB’s to use from your data package.

Normal browsing and streaming is 1 MB = 1 MB. Therefore in the above packages they speak from X up to X MB’s

WE Egypt has very competitive data package prices compared to other mobile internet operators in Egypt, but are they the best sim card for traveling in Egypt? Wait till you see their network coverage across the country!

For more info check out the WE Egypt website.

Etisalat Egypt

etisalat egypt prepaid sim card plans 2024

An Etisalat prepaid sim card costs 30 EGP ($1 USD) for the registration and activation and then you will have to add one of the following data packages:

  • 7 GB data + 100 minutes + 5 min international = 200 EGP - $6.5 USD
  • 12 GB data + 250 minutes + 10 min international = 300 EGP
  • 25 GB data + 250 minutes + 20 min international = 450 EGP
  • 40 GB data + 400 minutes + 30 min international = 600 EGP - $19.6 USD

Etisalat Egypt keeps it simple, no super apps or units. I like! As you can see a prepaid sim card in Egypt is very cheap.

Check the Etisalat Egypt website for more info.

Orange Egypt

orange egypt prepaid sim card plans 2024

An Orange Egypt prepaid sim card costs 84 EGP and comes with 2,000 units for calling. Orange offers the following mobile data package deals for 28 days:

  • up to 5,000 MB = 40 EGP
  • up to 8,500 MB = 60 EGP
  • up to 12,000 MB = 80 EGP
  • up to 20,000 MB = 120 EGP - $3.9 USD
  • up to 36,000 MB = 200 EGP
  • up to 90,000 MB = 400 EGP

Orange Egypt data plans are super cheap and you get a lot of data for just a couple dollar. However, there is a catch! Orange prepaid sim cards also have Super MBS and Super Apps and Super Websites. Meaning if you use the Super Apps/Websites then 1 MBS is 1 MB. However, if you use an app that is not part of the Super Apps then 1 MB is 2 MBS. Complicated and impossible to keep track of your data usages. Well, luckily data sim cards for tourists are really cheap in Egypt.

Check the Orange Egypt website for more info.

orange egypt prepaid sim card deal

Note: Orange Egypt also offers packages for tourists at airports in Egypt. For 150 EGP you get 1,000 minutes and 16 GB. The same Super MBS system applies to these tourist sim cards. I only found this Orange sim card deal at Cairo International Airport.

Vodafone Egypt

vodafone egypt prepaid sim card plans 2024

Vodafone Egypt offers 2 different types of prepaid sim cards: the so-called sim cards with super units and tourist sim cards with simply just big data plans and voice bundles.

Let's forget about the Vodafone sim cards with Super Units as it get simply too complicated for tourists looking for the best prepaid sim card in Egypt.

Vodafone Egypt tourist sim card bundles:

  • 10 GB data + 200 local minutes + 20 international minutes = 255 EGP - $8.3 USD
  • 30 GB data + 200 local minutes + 30 international minutes = 505 EGP - $16.5 USD

Vodafone Egypt data-only plans, also see the above picture:

  • 4,000 MB = 60 EGP - $2 USD
  • 8,000 MB = 100 EGP
  • 12,000 MB = 150 EGP
  • 20,000 MB = 2500 EGP
  • 40,000 MB = 400 EGP - $13 USD

As you can see even Vodafone Egypt, rated as the best mobile internet provider in Egypt still has very competitive prices and data plans are simply really cheap for tourists.

The prices at Vodafone Cairo Airport and what I found in the stores around the country are the same. For more info check the Vodafone Egypt website.

Best 4G/5G mobile data network in Egypt in 2024

We Egypt has by far the smallest network, you will see in the below comparison. Based on the network coverage only I would already NOT recommend a WE prepaid sim card for Egypt.

All the other providers offer a 4G/LTE signal in most Egypt tourist destinations, but based on my own experiences in reality there is still a big difference. More about that later when I talk about my experiences using a prepaid sim card in Egypt.

Is there 5G in Egypt?

No, there is still no 5G network available for prepaid costumers in Egypt as of 2024. It has been tested by Vodafone and it has been said to be rolled out soon, but so far when buying a prepaid sim card for tourists in Egypt you can not use the 5G network yet. Max data speed on prepaid sim cards in Egypt is still 4G+.

Etisalat Egypt 4G/5G network coverage

etisalat 4g 5g network coverage map egypt 2024

Orange Egypt 4G/5G network coverage

orange 4g 5g network coverage map egypt 2024

Vodafone Egypt 4G/5G network coverage

vodafone 4g 5g network coverage map egypt 2024

WE Egypt 4G/5G network coverage

we 4g 5g network coverage map egypt 2024

Although the above mobile data network coverage maps are updated for 2024 they are not 100% accurate. However, they are a great reference to compare the 4G/5G networks of the mobile internet providers in Egypt in 2024.

From the updated mobile internet coverage maps for Egypt Traveltomtom comes to the conclusion that Vodafone has the strongest 4G/LTE network in Egypt in 2024.

Based on the network strength I would recommend you to get a Vodafone sim card for traveling in Egypt.

Also this Egypt 4G/LTE mobile data network comparison is another reminder that a WE Egypt sim card is not recommended for tourist traveling to Egypt.

Best prepaid sim card for Egypt in 2024

As mentioned before Traveltomtom does not recommend a WE Egypt prepaid sim card as their mobile data network coverage is very weak compared to the other mobile internet providers in Egypt. Based on my own experiences (see below) I would not recommend an Etisalat sim card either. I was disappointed with its performance.

Buying a sim card for Egypt online is very convenient and definitely those travelers that want to arrive prepared I recommend looking into buying an international sim card for Egypt or an e-sim card for Egypt directly online. It saves you the hassle of getting connected when arriving in Egypt. However, sim cards for Egypt you buy online are more expensive than local prepaid sim cards.

More about using an e-sim card for traveling to Egypt in my complete guide, including all FAQ's about e-sims, prices and a comparison with local prepaid sim cards for Egypt.

Those travelers that like to buy a prepaid sim card on arrival in Egypt, Traveltomtom recommends an Orange or Vodafone sim card.

Orange Egypt has a great prepaid sim card deal but they are also complicated and keeping track of your usage is pretty much impossible with their so-called Super Apps and Super Websites and Units.

Vodafone Egypt keeps it simple and offers big data plans for just a couple dollars on top of that Vodafone has the strongest 4G/LTE mobile data network in Egypt.

Therefore it is an easy conclusion that Vodafone is the best prepaid sim card for Egypt in 2024 according to Traveltomtom.

Buying a prepaid sim card for Egypt online

orange holiday world international prepaid sim card for egypt

If your phone is not e-sim compatible but you would like to order a sim card for traveling to Egypt online before your trip then check out the following.

Arrive prepared in Egypt with an international prepaid sim card. You order them online and a physical prepaid sim card will be delivered to your home address. You put this sim card in your phone and it automatically connects to an available network upon arrival in Egypt, basically when the plane lands you are instantly online.

Via SimOptions you are able to order a pre-activated international physical sim card for Egypt:

  • 10 GB data for 14 days = $49.90 USD

Click here to order an international prepaid sim card for Egypt via SimOptions.

Also a last reminder that if your phone is e-sim compatible you can easily stay connected with an Egypt e-sim card. You order them directly through AiraloSimOptions or Nomad.

With an e-sim card you keep your own phone number from home, but not every phone is e-sim card compatible. Check out my comparison of the best e-sim cards for traveling to Egypt in 2024 with an answer to all your FAQ's.

My experiences buying a prepaid sim card in Egypt for tourists

egypt sim card recommendation

When I arrived in Egypt at Cairo Airport the WiFi wasn’t working and I had not done my research yet. Based on the prices and my feeling I got myself an Etisalat prepaid sim card with 20 GB data. The first week I spent just in Cairo and I was surprised how many times the Etisalat 4G/LTE signal was pretty weak. Especially going into buildings, I could often not connect to 4G.

Pretty damn annoying as I rather work on 4G/LTE than rely on WiFi. Unfortunately I couldn’t tether my Macbook to my phone as I did not have a signal in my room in the heart of Cairo and neither in some coffee shops. On the streets it was mostly fine, but even in rush hour, being stuck in a taxi in the middle of Cairo, my 4G/LTE Etisalat sim card wasn’t working properly.

After about 10 days my 20 GB data ran out and I wanted to top up. After I downloaded the Etisalat Egypt app, I tried to find the right internet bundle, but honestly couldn’t find it. It was very complicated with multiple types of bundles, but couldn’t just find one with a lot of GB’s. I found Etisalat very difficult to use and pretty frustrating. Also their sms service is in Arabic only and you will need to copy paste everything to Google Translate.

Therefore I switched to Vodafone and had a much smoother experience. Yes, Vodafone is more expensive but at least I didn’t have the connection issues and my data went a long way. I use mostly social media apps and Vodafone even had an ongoing offer with double data.

Unfortunately the Vodafone sms service is completely in Arabic as well even though in the Vodafone store they tried changing it to English. Pretty damn annoying. They will tell you to download the Vodafone App, but that is NOT possible for most iPhone users as Vodafone Egypt wouldn't pop up as my iStore is not located in Egypt. Vodafone Egypt also still has a lot of work to do when it comes to costumer service.

However, my overall experience using a Vodafone Egypt prepaid sim card was great and based on that I would recommend a Vodafone sim card for traveling in Egypt in 2024.

Here is my vlog about all my experiences getting connected traveling in Egypt and buying a local prepaid sim card.

I hope all the above tips and recommendations about buying a sim card for Egypt were helpful. If you still have any questions please leave me a comment and I will try to help you out.

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Enjoy your trip to Egypt!

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