Traveling to Gabon anytime soon and looking for the best way to stay connected? Get yourself a local prepaid sim card on arrival or an e-sim card for Gabon. In this guide I will explain you everything you need to know for staying connected when traveling to Gabon. Find out where to buy a sim card in Gabon, the best e-sim cards for Gabon, up to date prices as per January 2024, the best 4G/5G network in Gabon, my recommendation, my experiences and more information about international sim cards for Gabon.

Traveling is my biggest passion and visiting every country in the world is a dream. Whenever I get to a new country the first thing I do is finding the best way to get connected. Mostly that is by buying a local prepaid sim card, but depending on the length of my stay I prefer an e-sim card these days.

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Why buying a sim card in Gabon

Don’t think you can easily get away with using the hotel’s free public WiFi when traveling to Gabon. There might be free WiFi but don’t have any expectations. This is Central Africa and you can’t expect fast free WiFi. On my trip to Gabon I did NOT use the free public WiFi anywhere.

Also another reminder that public WiFi is through an UNSECURED connection. The use of a VPN in these cases is very much recommended.

Overseas data plans limit your internet speed and data roaming is simply outrageously expensive. Therefore Traveltomtom recommends buying a local prepaid sim card in Gabon or an e-sim card for traveling to Gabon. It takes just a couple minutes to register and you can get a lot of data for little money.

Be aware that foreign sim cards only work in unlocked phones. Make sure your phone is unlocked before your trip to Gabon. If you are unsure about this contact your provider in your home country. This also counts for e-sim cards and international sim cards.

My recommendation

Based on my own experience and my research Traveltomtom recommends an MOOV prepaid sim card for traveling in Gabon in 2024. They have the most extensive mobile data network and they offer cheap prepaid data for tourist sim cards.

Traveltomtom definitely recommends e-sim cards. The best value e-sim card is from Orange and you can order it via SimOptions. This e-sim give you a rate of $3.99 USD per Gigabyte. See below for more info.

If you want to arrive in Gabon prepared you can also buy a sim card on the internet before your Gabon trip and get a physical prepaid sim card delivered to your home address. Check out my list of the best international sim cards for traveling in 2024 and see which ones I recommend for traveling in Gabon.

Best e-sim cards for Gabon

The easiest way to stay connected when traveling to Gabon in 2024 is an e-sim card. Forget about swapping physical sim cards and visiting a sim card store. Order an e-sim card online, instantly receive QR code, scan it, instal the e-sim on your phone in a couple simple steps and you are all set for your trip to Gabon. As soon as the plane lands you are online and enjoy a data connection on your phone.

There are no e-sim available in stores in Gabon, only physical prepaid sim cards for tourists are provided. If you want an e-sim card for traveling in Gabon you have to order one online.

There are several e-sim providers that offer e-sim cards for traveling to Gabon. Here are the best ones.


Check out the following Airalo e-sim card deals for Gabon in 2024: 

  • 1 GB data for 7 days = $8 USD
  • 3 GB data for 30 days = $16 USD
  • 5 GB data for 30 days = $24 USD 

Click here for more info or to directly order a Gabon e-sim card via Airalo.

The above data only-sim cards from Libreville operate on the 4G/LTE network of Airtel in Gabon. Data is only valid in Gabon.


simoptions esim card plans for gabon 2024

SimOptions is another reliable e-sim card provider and they offer international e-sim card deals that also cover Gabon.

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

Click here for more info or order an international e-sim card for Gabon via SimOptions.

Before ordering an e-sim card for Gabon make sure your phone is e-sim compatible.

If your phone is not e-sim compatible you can order a physical international prepaid sim card for Gabon via SimOptions. In the link you will find a sim car deal for $49.90 USD and you will get 10 GB data to use in Gabon for 14 days. 

Mobile internet operators in Gabon

Gabon is a big country, but it has only 2 million inhabitants. There are 2 mobile internet providers in the country. There is Airtel and MOOV Africa (former Gabon Telecom). Both operators sell prepaid sim cards. 

Where to buy a Gabon sim card

Buying a sim card at Libreville International Airport

airtel store libreville airport

The easiest place to buy a sim card in Gabon is on arrival at Libreville Airport. There is not much choice as you can only find an Airtel store at Libreville Airport. Traveltomtom recommends buying a sim card at Libreville Airport for several reasons: the staff speaks at least some English, they are used to selling prepaid sim cards for tourists in Gabon and it is mostly not too busy.

You can find the Airtel store on your right side when you walk out after the customs check. It is very easy to find. It is in the covered area opposite Paul’s Bakery.

The Airtel store at Libreville Airport unfortunately only accepts cash payments, credit cards are NOT accepted. There are ATM’s at the airport as well as currency exchange kiosks. The Airtel store is open from 06.00 am to 07.00 pm.

Mbolo Shopping Mall

moov africa store mbolo libreville

If you have missed the opportunity to buy a sim card for Gabon at Libreville Airport then Traveltomtom recommends you to visit Mbolo Shopping Mall in Libreville city center. Here you will find an Airtel store and a MOOV Africa store. It is the most well known shopping mall in Gabon and every taxi driver knows where it is.

Registration process

gabon sim card registration

Always bring your passport when buying a sim card in Gabon as they will need it to register your new Gabon prepaid sim card on your name and your passport number. A copy of your passport will be taken or they take a photo of your passport page. You will receive a new number starting with +241.

Prices Gabon prepaid sim cards

The below prices are up to date as per January 2024. Prices are in CFA (Central African Franc) also called XAF and as per January 2024: $1 USD = 602 CFA and 100 CFA = $0.17 USD.


airtel sim card for gabon

An Airtel prepaid sim card cost 1,000 XAF ($1.7) for the registration and then you can top up with a large scale of data packages. Daily, weekly, monthly. There is a lot of choice see the photo above. Here are a couple common ones:

  • 2.5 GB data for 7 days = 5,000 XAF
  • 5 GB data for 14 days = 8,000 XAF
  • 10 GB data for 7 days = 10,000 XAF
  • 7 GB data for 30 days = 10,000 XAF
  • 15 GB data for 30 days = 20,000 XAF

There are no e-sim available in the Airtel stores, only physical prepaid sim cards for tourists are provided.

MOOV Africa

moov africa sim card for gabon

A Moov Africa prepaid sim card also costs 1,000 XAF ($1.7) for the registration and you will have to top up with one of the daily, weekly, monthly data packages to be able to use internet on your phone. Check all the available options in the photo above. Here is a selection of the most common ones:

  • 2.5 GB data for 14 days = 5,000 XAF
  • 5 GB data for 14 days = 7,500 XAF
  • 7 GB data for 30 days = 10,000 XAF
  • 15 GB data for 30 days = 20,000 XAF

There are no e-sim available in the MOOV stores, only physical prepaid sim cards for tourists are provided.

Best 4G/5G network in Gabon

Did you know that 90% of Gabon is forest? So when looking at the network coverage maps for Gabon you understand why there is very limited phone signal available around the country. However, the three big cities and tourists spots: Libreville, Port Gentil and Franceville are all covered.

If you are looking for 5G then sorry, but there is no 5G in Gabon as per January 2024. 

MOOV Africa 4G/5G coverage map

moov 4g 5g network coverage map gabon 2024

Airtel 4G/5G coverage map

airtel 4g 5g network coverage map gabon 2024

It doesn’t matter where you travel in Gabon, you will go off the beaten path and you will lose phone signal constantly.

From the above 4G/5G coverage maps we can clearly see that the mobile network in Gabon is very small. The latest data is showing that Moov has a slightly more extensive mobile data network than Airtel and therefore Traveltomtom comes to the conclusion that Moov has the best 4G/LTE mobile data network in Gabon in 2024.

Best prepaid Gabon sim card in 2024

Based on the prices for mobile data and the 4G/LTE network coverage Traveltomtom concludes that Moov is the best prepaid sim card for Gabon in 2024.

The prices for Airtel and Moov Africa data packages are more or less the same in Gabon.

Moov has much better coverage for those who are traveling to Franceville in 2024. So it is recommended to buy a Moov prepaid sim card in Gabon.

An e-sim card for Gabon saves you from all the hassle of finding the a sim card store in Gabon and as soon as the plane lands you are connected, but it is much more expensive and 5 GB data already cost you $24 USD.

However, Airtel has the best mobile network coverage and for $17 USD you get at least 10 GB for 1 week. In my case I even got a massive 200% bonus with Airtel! Read more about it below.

Buying a prepaid sim card for Gabon online

orange holiday world international prepaid sim card for gabon

If your phone is not e-sim compatible but you want to arrive prepared for your trip to Gabon then order an international prepaid sim card online before your trip. A physical prepaid sim card will be delivered to your home address before your trip. It is pre-activated and will automatically work from the first time it connects to a network in Gabon, basically when the plane lands. 

  • 10 GB data for 14 days = $49.90 USD 

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

Also another reminder that if your phone is e-sim compatible then simply order an e-sim card. Arrange everything in just 2 minutes by and no need to visit a sim card store on arrival in Gabon. Traveltomtom recommends buying an e-sim card for Gabon from either Airalo or SimOptions.

My experiences buying a sim card in Gabon

gabon sim card libreville airport

Upon arrival at Libreville Airport I looked around finding a shop for buying a Gabon prepaid sim card. There is only an Airtel shop at Libreville Airport so there wasn’t much choice. The guy charged me 1,000 XAF ($1.7) for the sim card, but when I told him I wanted to buy a data package with 10 GB data for 7 days for 10,000 XAF ($17) he said he would waive away the sim card registration fee.

Nice warm welcome to Gabon! It is not often in Africa that you get things for free so I took it with a big smile. The friendly and helpful guy at the Airtel shop told me that they were giving an extra 200% bonus, which meant another 20 GB data extra and also 10,000 XAF calling credit.

Basically I spent 10,000 XAF ($17 USD) and I got 30 GB data and 10,000 XAF calling credit for 1 week! I would say that is an amazing Gabon sim card deal! Right?

Much cheaper than e-sim cards for Gabon.

BTW on arrival at Libreville Airport I had to pay a bribe after setting foot in the country for less than 30 seconds. The extremely corrupt officers at Libreville Airport were scanning arriving tourists for not wearing their masks properly.

Of course the global pandemic is long time over, but it still is a funny side story! :)

They tried to fine me 25,000 XAF ($43 USD), I got away with bribing 5,000 XAF ($9 USD) but it feels SOOOOO BAD to be welcomed like this to a country. I had no other choice or probably waste hours in the police office and fight with them.

After traveling a lot in West and Central Africa I know how things work, but I will never get used to bribing corrupt police officers!

Anyway, during my trip to Gabon I was constantly connected to the internet with a 4G/LTE signal. Must add that I spent only 1 week in Gabon and only traveled in and around Libreville. However, I was surprised with the data speed of my 4G/LTE  connection on my Airtel sim card. Sometimes I enjoyed a download speed of up to 40 Mbps and upload of 25 Mbps.

I never used the free hotel WiFi or the public WiFi from the coffee shops. When using my Macbook for keeping this travel blog up to date I always created a hotspot from my phone and connected my Macbook to my Airtel sim card. It worked perfectly fine!

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Enjoy your trip to Gabon!

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