Traveling to Austria soon? Don't let slow overseas data roaming plans or high roaming costs ruin your trip. The best way to stay connected is to buy a local sim card. This is your guide to buying a sim card in Austria. Where to go, the best network, up to date prices as per June 2021 and everything else you need to know.

Arriving at Vienna Airport? In my articles about buying a sim card at Vienna Airport I advised tourists to NOT buy a sim card at the airport but wait till they reached Vienna city center.

Finding the best prepaid sim card deals on arrival is the first thing I do when I get to a new country and it led to a passion for writing local sim card guides. In total I wrote more than 150 guides for buying a sim card in places like: Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland and every other European country and major airport.

Traveling to Vienna? Check out my 3 days in Vienna travel blog, including the best places to visit and things to do. Vienna in winter is completely different. Check which Christmas markets are the best in the link.

Why buying a sim card in Austria

First of all it is the best and cheapest way to stay connected. Local sim cards give you great value for money and you get the strongest network connection and the fastest internet speed. Although most hotels, bars, restaurants and even trains have free WiFi nowadays that is no guarantee that it actually works or is fast enough. Also very important: public WiFi's are UNSECURED networks, so be careful!

When ordering a taxi through an app, getting directions from Google Maps, etc. it is very much recommended to have a working data connection on your phone. Buying a sim card in Austria is easy, fast and affordable!

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends buying a T-Mobile sim card in Austria. For €30 you get 30 GB data and they have the strongest network.

We do NOT recommend international sim cards. These global sim cards with world wide coverage are simply way too expensive compared to local sim cards. This is what we found out when we reviewed and compared the best travel sim card on the market. Check the link for more info.

When swapping sim cards and changing numbers is not preferred then we recommend you to check out using a portable WiFi device. It is the best way to get WiFi abroad. Click on the link to read an HONEST review about these pocket WiFi's. Im not complete convinced!

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Austria sim cards and free EU roaming

Great news is that prepaid Austria sim cards come with free EU roaming. That means that the sim card you buy in Austria is also valid in Venice, Italy. So when you cross the border you can still use your data, voice and text allowance in Italy at no extra costs. Always ask your provider about the EU roaming limitations when buying a sim card in Austria.

I wrote a complete guide with tips and tricks for buying a local sim card in Europe, check it out for more info about free EU roaming. 

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Buy a sim card for Austria online

There are a bunch of Europe sim cards available online. I compared and reviewed them in my article about the best sim cards for traveling in Europe.

You can now also order a sim card for traveling in Austria directly online. If you order a sim card on the Simoptions website they will be shipped to your home address and are already activated. What about a European sim card including 10 GB data and unlimited calls/text for less than $30. Click on the link above or the banner below for more info.

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Mobile internet providers Austria

There are three mobile internet operators in Austria: A1, T-Mobile and Drei (3). All of them sell prepaid sim cards for Austria. A1 claims to have the best 4G network, T-Mobile to be the cheapest! Let’s see if some of that is true…

Best 4G/5G Austria network in 2021

To determine what is the best Austria sim card let's also have a look at the 4G and 5G network in Austria. Who has the best 4G network in Austria? Which network is best for traveling in Austria?

Is there 5G in Austria?

Yes, there is an ok 5G network in Austria. All the internet providers offer 5G in the bigger cities. See the 4G/5G coverage maps below or click here for a more detailed 5G coverage map of Austria.

A1 Austria 4G/5G network map

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T-Mobile Austria 4G/5G network map

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3 Austria 4G/5G network map

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As you can see from the above it is A1 that has the best mobile internet network in Austria in 2021. Their 4G network is pretty similar to T-Mobile, but A1 has the best 5G network in Austria. That said all the tourist destinations in Austria have great 4G coverage.

Where to buy a sim card in Austria

All over the country you can easily find mobile internet shops that sell Austria prepaid sim cards. All big cities and tourist destinations in Austria have multiple phone stores.

Buy a sim card at Vienna Airport

May you fly into Vienna Airport and you are looking to buy an Austria sim card then click on the link to read my article about it. I can already tell you that buying a sim card at Vienna Airport is NOT the best idea. It is cheaper to wait till you get to the city center and buy your Austria sim card there.

Convenience store and gas stations

Not my preferred choice but yes you can also buy sim cards for traveling in Austria in bigger convenience stores as well as gas stations. These sim cards are pretty basic, but there is no service. You will need to activate the sim card yourself.

Prices Austria sim card in 2021

All the below information and prices are up to date as per June 2021.

A1 sim card

When buying a A1 prepaid sim card you will pay a registration fee of €29,90 ($35). On top of that you will have to choose between one of the following packages:

  • A1 SIMply S - €16,90 ($20) = 6 GB data + unlimited calls/text valid in the EU for 30 days.
  • A1 SIMply L - €26,90 ($32) = 20 GB data + unlimited calls/text valid in the EU for 30 days.

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For more info about the A1 prepaid sim cards have a look at their website.

3 Austria sim card

A 3 Austria sim card costs €9,90 for the activation. 3 Austria has a wide variety of  

3 Austria has two different prepaid sim cards for tourists for sale:

  • €15 = 8 GB data + 2,000 minutes + 2,000 sms.
  • €30 = 18 GB data + 5,000 minutes + 5,000 sms.

All of the above packages are for use in Austria AND in all the in Europe!

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 There are way more 3 sim card deals for Austria, like a sim card with unlimited data in Austria for €40 or a data only sim card with 8 GB data for €10. Click here to check the latest 3 Austria sim card deals on their website. 

T-Mobile Austria sim card

A T-Mobile prepaid sim card costs €10 for the activation fee as well. And then there are the following packages available:

  • Klax S €10 ($12) = 8 GB data + 1,000 min/sms.
  • Klax M €15 ($18) = 15 GB data + 1,500 min/sms.
  • Klax L €20 ($24) = 20 GB data + 2,000 min/sms + international min/sms.
  • Klax XL €30 ($36) = 30 GB data + 3,000 min/sms + international min/sms.

For more details see the picture below.

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For more info have a look at the latest T-Mobile sim card deals on their website.

Best Austria sim card for tourists in 2021

Considering that T-Mobile has the best mobile network in Austria, has the cheapest sim card deals and allows (limited) FREE EU roaming I would say: T-Mobile is the best Austria sim card for tourists!

Curious what is the best sim card for traveling in Europe? Click on the link for a complete guide for buying a EU sim card.

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Buy a European sim card online

Don’t want all this hassle on your trip to Austria and/or Europe? There is always the possibility of ordering a sim card for Europe online. Get it shipped to your home address before your trip. Easy, quick and convenient... just put it in your phone on arrival in Europe and it gets activated automatically.

The following international sim cards are a great deal for traveling in Austria AND Europe. All the below prepaid sim card deals for Austria can be found on the Simoptions website.

1. Orange Holiday ZEN - $29.90

  • 8 GB data
  • Unlimited calls in Europe
  • 30 minutes worldwide
  • Unlimited sms in Europe
  • 200 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

2. Three PAYG AIO15 - $29.90

  • 10 GB data
  • Unlimited calls within Europe
  • Unlimited sms within Europe
  • Valid 30 days

3. Three PAYG AIO20 - $39.90

  • 12 GB data
  • Unlimited calls within Europe
  • Unlimited sms within Europe
  • Valid 30 days

4. Orange Holiday Europe - $49.90

  • 20 GB data
  • Unlimited calls in Europe
  • 120 minutes worldwide
  • Unlimited sms in Europe
  • 1,000 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

Personally I would recommend you the Three or Orange option above that is linked. You can order them and many other international sim cards directly through the Simoptions website. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address and are already activated. Click on the links above or the banner below for more info.

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There are many Christmas markets in Vienna, but which ones are the best when traveling to Vienna in winter? Check them out in my latest Vienna blog. A complete travel guide for this city? Have a look at all my Vienna travel tips and 3-day itinerary.

I hope all these tips for buying a sim card for Austria were helpful. In case you have any additional questions please leave me a comment below and I am happy to help you out. Also with Austria travel tips.

Enjoy your trip to Austria!

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