Planning a trip to Ghana and wondering what is the best way to stay connected? This is a complete guide for buying a sim card for Ghana with where to buy a sim card, best 4G/5G network coverage in Ghana, up to date prices as per July 2022, my recommendations and my experiences, info about buying a sim card at Accra Airport and even info about international and e-sim cards for Ghana.
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Why buying a sim card for Ghana
First off you want to avoid high roaming charges. Make sure you switch off data roaming on your sim card from home when traveling to Ghana. Just a couple minutes of roaming can easily cost a lot of money.
Second, don’t rely on overseas data plans. These roaming packages are expensive first of all and they also reduce the data speed. Very unreliable!
Third, you want to stay connected when traveling! It makes traveling to Ghana so much easier. Think about getting directions from Google Maps, search for nearby restaurants, stay in touch, solve language barriers, find your hotel back, emergencies, etc.
Traveltomtom recommends an MTN prepaid sim card for Ghana. They have the best 4G/5G network in Ghana and they also have affordable prepaid sim card deals for tourists.
Another great way of staying connected is a global sim card with data. These travel sim cards cover multiple countries, although slightly more expensive they come with a lot of advantages, especially for frequent travelers. Check out my comparison of the best International sim cards for travelers in 2022.
However, the easiest way to stay connected when traveling abroad in 2022 is an e-sim card.
E-sim cards for Ghana
Get yourself an e-sim card for Ghana and arrive prepared. Arrange everything online in just a couple minutes. Order an e-sim card, get an email with a code, follow the instructions and you are all set. Check out the following e-sim card deals for Ghana:
- 1 GB data for 7 days = $9 USD
- 3 GB data for 30 days = $18 USD
- 5 GB data for 30 days = $27 USD
Click here to order one of the above Ghana e-sim card deals directly online or find more info in the link.
You can also order a physical prepaid sim card for Ghana that will be shipped to your home address before your trip. For example 10 GB data for $49.90 USD. Click here to order a prepaid sim card for Ghana online or see more offers.
Buying a sim card at Accra International Airport
Unfortunately there is no official mobile internet retail store at Accra Kotoko International Airport. However, you can still buy a prepaid sim card for Ghana in the Smice Digital store on your left hand side when you walk out of the arrival hall exit. They do NOT sell MTN prepaid sim cards, only Vodafone prepaid sim cards for double the price compared to the official stores in the city.
If you are not in a hurry, I recommend you to go to an official store in the city center of Accra, a good place to go is the Accra Mall. When buying a prepaid sim card in Ghana bring your passport. The new Ghana sim card will be registered on your name and passport number. A copy of your passport will be taken in the store.
Mobile internet operators in Ghana
There are 4 main mobile internet operators in Ghana: Glo, Airtel/Tigo, Vodafone and MTN. All of them sell prepaid sim cards for tourists.
Prices for prepaid sim cards in Ghana are pretty cheap for tourists so for finding the best prepaid sim card for Ghana the strength of the 4G/5G network is most important. Therefore in this comparison of the best Ghana sim card in 2022 I did not take into consideration Airtel/Tigo and Glo. Their 4G/5G network coverage in Ghana is simply not good enough.
Prices Ghana sim cards in 2022
At the time of research in July 2022 the Ghananian Cedi USD currency exchange was 10 GHC = $1.25 USD
A new prepaid Vodafone Ghana sim card is free for tourist and can be bought at any official Vodafone store. They offer the following data plans:
- 4.14 GB data for 7 days = 21.5 GHS
- 25 GB data for 30 days = 100 GHS
- 55 GB data for 30 days = 200 GHS
- 145 GB data for 30 days = 300 GHS
For more info see the Vodafone Ghana website.
A prepaid MTN Ghana sim card can also be ordered for free at any official retail store of MTN Ghana. MTN offers only monthly data plans:
- 1.61 GB data = 20 GHS
- 4.84 GB data = 60 GHS
- 10.64 GB data = 100 GHS
- 15.96 GB data = 150 GHS
See all the MTN prepaid sim card data package deals in the photo above or head to the MTN Ghana website.
Best 4G/5G network in Ghana in 2022
As I mentioned already before the network coverage in Ghana is very important for when choosing a prepaid sim card and therefore I will show you the network coverage maps of Ghana of MTN and Vodafone. The networks of Glo and Airtel/Tigo are not worth considering at the moment.
Is there 5G in Ghana?
No, as of July 2022 there is no 5G in Ghana yet.
Vodafone 4G/5G network coverage map
MTN 4G/5G network coverage map
As you can see from the above coverage maps for Ghana there is a pretty big difference between the network strength of Vodafone and MTN. It is an easy conclusion that MTN has the best 3G/4G/5G network in Ghana in 2022.
Best sim card for Ghana in 2022
As you have seen the prices for prepaid sim cards in Ghana are pretty cheap. Vodafone offers way more value for money than MTN. Vodafone is much cheaper than MTN in Ghana. However, the Vodafone 3G/4G/5G network is also much smaller and especially for tourists that travel in Ghana it is a very simple conclusion that MTN is the best prepaid sim card for Ghana in 2022.
Order a sim card for Ghana online
If buying a sim card in Ghana sounds like too much hassle you can also order one online and get it shipped to your home address before your trip. These pre-activated international sim cards work in Ghana. See the following international sim card deals:
- 6 GB data for 15 days = $39.90 USD
- 10 GB data for 14 days = $49.90 USD
Click here to order one of the above prepaid sim card deals for Ghana directly online or get more info in the link.
Also a last reminder that you can arrange everything online by ordering an e-sim card for Ghana through this link.
I hope all the above tips for buying a sim card for Ghana were helpful for your upcoming trip. May you have any questions please leave me a comment below.
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Enjoy your trip to Ghana!