Planning your trip to Indonesia and trying to avoid high roaming costs? Getting a local prepaid sim card in Indonesia is the best way to stay connected. Don't let those slow overseas data roaming packages fool you. They reduce the internet speed! In this guide I tell you where to buy a sim card for Indonesia, the best 4G/5G network, up to date prices as per May 2022, my recommendation and even information about international and e-sim cards for Indonesia.
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Why buying a sim card for Indonesia?
First of all to avoid high roaming costs! Overseas data plans reduce their speed and easily charge you $5 per day! With an Indonesia prepaid sim card you might not spend more than $10 for the whole month!
Staying connected while traveling makes life so much traveling easier! Think about ordering an Uber, checking Google Maps to not get lost, finding a good restaurant around you or finding your nearby friends.
Don't rely on free public WiFi, although widespread in Indonesia there is no guarantee and trust me a 4G/5G data connections is much faster than your hotel's free WiFi. Also another reminder that public WiFi is through an UNSECURED network connection. The use of a VPN is recommended.
Traveltomtom recommends a Telkomsel prepaid sim card for Indonesia. A so called simPATI sim card deal gets you 25 GB data for around $11 and Telkomsel has the best 4G/5G network in Indonesia.
Another great alternative is a travel sim card with global coverage. Check out my guide for buying an international sim card with global coverage in 2022 and find a comparison of the best sim cards for travelers. Pick the one that suits your trip the best!
When traveling to more countries in Asia have a look at my comparison of the best sim cards for Asia and although buying a local prepaid sim card is the cheapest way to stay connected I strongly recommend you to consider an e-sim card for Indonesia.
E-sim Card for Indonesia
No more visiting a store and swapping sim cards when getting an electronic sim card for your trip to Indonesia. Within a couple minutes and a few steps you arranged an e-sim card for Indonesia and you are instantly connected. Check out the following deals:
- 1 GB data for 7 days = $5.5 USD
- 3 GB data for 30 days = $11 USD
- 5 GB data for 30 days = $16.5 USD
- 10 GB data for 30 days = $24.75 USD
Click here to order one of the above e-sim card deals for Indonesia or find more info.
You can also still order a physical sim card for Indonesia and get it shipped to your home address before your trip. For $29.90 USD you get 12 GB data. Click here to order an international sim card for traveling in Indonesia and see all the travel sim deals and more info.
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Mobile internet operators in Indonesia
There are 5 different mobile internet providers in Indonesia and there is a lot of competition. Don't forget that Indonesia is one of the world's biggest countries by population: 270 million. You can buy a prepaid sim card in Indonesia from the following operators:
- Indosat Ooredoo
- 3 (Tri)
- XL Axiata
The first 4 operators are the main ones with an extensive network in Indonesia, however there is one that has by far the best network in Indonesia, but more about that later. Smartfren is a fairly new mobile internet provider in Indonesia and their network is not yet the biggest, especially if you are going off the beaten path in Indonesia I would not recommend a Smartfren prepaid sim card.
Where to buy an Indonesia sim card
It is easy to buy a local sim card in Indonesia as they are sold on basically every street corner. Convenience stores, gas stations, mobile phone shops, official retail stores, electronic shops and so on.
Of course you can also buy a sim card at Jakarta or Bali Airport on arrival or any other International Airport in Indonesia. Be aware that buying a sim card at an airport is always much more expensive and try not to get ripped off! In Indonesia you can negotiate even about the price for a prepaid sim card.
Also when looking for sim cards for tourists expect to find different prices everywhere. To get the best sim card deal you have to shop around and even haggling about the price could be worth it. It is like a jungle walk. Good thing is that prices for sim cards are cheap in Indonesia.
Indonesia prepaid sim card prices in 2022
The following prices for prepaid sim cards in Indonesia are up date as per May 2022, but for the latest sim card deals I refer to the official website as linked below per provider.
These are the official prices that you can expect more or less in stores around Indonesia. At tourist hotspots like Bali expect sim cards to be more expensive than official prices. Also the same prepaid sim card could be priced differently in every other shop, gas station, etc.
Oh one more thing: mobile internet in Indonesia is CHEAP, but internet speed in Indonesia is NOT what it is like in your home country, so have low expectations about 4G and 5G. More about the best 4G/5G network in Indonesia below.
At XL Axiata they have 3 great prepaid starter sim card packages called Unlimited Turbo:
- 21,000 INR ($1,50) = 3 GB data + free Whatsapp + 5 minutes of calls.
- 46,000 INR ($3,50) = 11 GB data + free Social Media + 5 minutes of calls.
- 68,000 INR ($4,80) = 21 GB data + free Social Media & YouTube + 5 minutes of calls.
For the latest prepaid sim card offers check the XL Axiata website.
Tri 3 Indonesia
The 3 Indonesia sim card prices are not only in real life hard to figure out, also online on their website. But Tri Indonesia offers the Paket Happy prepaid sim card:
- 50,000 INR ($3,50) = 12 GB data valid for 30 days.
- 70,000 INR ($5) = 18 GB data valid for 30 days.
- 95,000 INR ($7) = 25 GB data valid for 30 days.
As far as I could figure out there is no calling time included to other networks. Calling is free to other Tri 3 Indonesia numbers. For more info see the Tri 3 Indonesia website, but unfortunately it is a bit of a maze, it does NOT work properly and does NOT translate.
A Telkomsel prepaid sim card cost 10,000 INR ($0,70) and comes with 300 MB data and 5,000 INR credit. These are the most common packages for simPATI:
- 102,000 INR ($7,25) = 12 GB data + 2 GB social media apps - valid for 30 days.
- 152,000 INR ($10,75) = 25 GB data + 2 GB social media apps - valid for 30 days.
- 191,000 INR ($13,50) = 50 GB data + 2 GB social media apps - valid for 30 days.
These are the prices for simPATI packages that you can expect in stores around Indonesia. Check the latest Telkomsel prepaid sim card offers on their website.
Indosat Ooredoo has the Freedom Combo package for prepaid sim cards for tourists with unlimited calls/text to other Indosat Ooredoo numbers:
- 49,000 ($3,50) = 2 GB data
- 99,000 ($7) = 6 GB data + 30 minutes calling time
- 199,000 ($14) = 16 GB data + 60 minutes calling time + 60 sms
- 299,000 ($21) = 30 GB data + 120 minutes calling time + 120 sms
Find the latest Indosat prepaid sim card offers on their website in the link.
Smartfren is fairly new on the market and they have great prices for Indonesia prepaid sim cards. All prepaid packages
- 60,000 ($4,25) = 30 GB - valid for 30 days.
- 80,000 ($5,75) = Unlimited with restrictions (see below) - valid for 28 days.
These are the up to date prices for Smartfren prepaid sim cards for tourists as per May 2022. For the latest offers check their website in the link.
Best 4G/5G network in Indonesia in 2022
Mobile internet network coverage is quite important when traveling to Indonesia. You don't want to get stuck on an island with no network coverage. Some islands only have specific signals available. The best example is Southeast Indonesia. From Flores towards the East there is basically only a Telkomsel signal available.
If you are traveling somewhere specific I would recommend you to have a look at the Indonesia 4G/5G network coverage maps.
Is there 5G in Indonesia?
Yes there is 5G in Indonesia, but I would not get too excited! As per May 2022 there is only 5G in major cities and some areas in Bali. When traveling around you will already happy with a fast 4G signal, trust me!
XL Axiata 4G/5G network coverage map
Tri 3 4G/5G network coverage map
Indosat Ooredoo 4G/5G network coverage map
Smartfren 4G/5G network coverage map
Telkomsel 4G/5G network coverage map
From the above 4G/5G coverage maps for Indonesia we can clearly see that one providers stick out. Telkomsel has by far the best mobile internet network in Indonesia. Without a doubt!
Best Indonesia prepaid sim card in 2022
Prices for Indonesia sim cards are VERY CHEAP and therefore I recommend investing a couple more dollars in one of the providers with the best 4G/5G network.
Based on the network strength and prices for prepaid sim cards Traveltomtom comes to the coonclusion that Telkomsel is the best prepaid sim card in Indonesia in 2022!
If you are traveling off the beaten path in Indonesia there is only one recommendation anyway and that is Telkomsel. But are you going on a Bali holiday and have no intension leaving the island a Smartfren prepaid sim card is a more than good enough as well as XL Axiata.
If you are looking for the cheapest data sim cards for Indonesia then we are definitely looking at a Smartfren sim card. Indosat Ooredoo is much more expensive than the other operators and therefore I would not recommend you buying an Ooredoo Indonesia prepaid sim card.
My personal recommendation would be the simPATI prepaid sim card for Indonesia from Telkomsel with 25 GB data for $11.
Buy a sim card for Indonesia online
If this all sounds like too much effort and you rather order a sim card for Indonesia online right now then have a look at the following pre-activated international sim cards that will be shipped to your home address before your trip:
- Three PAYG AIO15 - $29.90 = 10 GB data for 30 days
- Three PAYG AIO20 - $39.90 = 12 GB data for 30 days
- Orange Holiday Europe - $49.90 = 20 GB data for 14 days
Click here to order one of the above international sim cards for Indonesia directly online or have a look for more info. Personally I would go for the first option: Three PAYG AIO15 as its gives you 10 GB data for less than $30.
Also another reminder that you can order an e-sim card for Indonesia with competitive prices.
Indonesia travel blogs
In total I traveled almost 9 months in Indonesia over the last few years. I wrote numerous travel blogs from meeting the King of Bali to the Walking Dead of Toraja. Have a look at more than 25 blogs about traveling in Indonesia in this link.
If you have any further questions about buying a sim card in Indonesia or want some extra travel tips or recommendations please leave me a message below and happy to help you.
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