Traveling to Croatia soon? Plan your trip carefully and get yourself a local sim card on arrival. Don't get fooled by slow overseas data roaming or get stuck with high roaming costs. This is your complete guide for buying a sim card in Croatia. It is simple, fast and easy. Find in this blog the best network in Croatia, up to date prices as per June 2021 and everything else you need to know!

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Why buying a sim card for Croatia?

The hotel or Airbnb you booked most probably provides free WiFi and so do restaurants and bars in popular tourist destinations in Croatia. In fact the WiFi is pretty good in Croatia, but... as soon as you go off the beaten path for example when on a road trip, into the national parks, waterfalls or on a ferry or sailing boat, there is NO WiFi. Yep being disconnected for a bit is awesome, but also highly inconvenient when traveling. What about ordering a taxi through an app, finding directions on Google Maps or searching for a restaurant nearby with good reviews?

Just like in normal life, being connected to the internet makes traveling so much easier and more convenient. Therefore, I always recommend people to buy a local sim card.

Do NOT fall for those global sim card deals that you can find online. They promise world coverage, but I reviewed them one by one and some of them I would almost call scams. Only very few are worth considering. Check out my article with the best international sim cards for travelers. However, let me reassure you:nothing beats a local sim card. So the best thing to do is buying a local sim card in Croatia on arrival!

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends people traveling to Croatia to buy a T-Mobile Croatia sim card. For $15 you get unlimited data plus a little bit calling time. The T-Mobile 4G/5G network is by far the best in Croatia.

Croatia sim cards and free EU roaming

Although Croatia is part of the EU (not Schengen) there should be no roaming costs if you already have a sim card from Italy, Denmark, Sweden, UK, Germany for example. The other way around when buying a prepaid sim card for Croatia and traveling onwards to other European countries you should be able to use your data at no extra costs as well. But be aware that there are limitations. Therefore I always recommend everyone to ask about free roaming in Europe when buying a sim card in Croatia.

I can already tell you though that Croatia sim cards are NOT the best idea for traveling in Europe! Check out my article about the best Europe sim card for tourists and I tell you everything you need to know how to stay connected during your Europe trip. Or check my guide for buying a local sim card in Europe with the best sim card for tourists per country.

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Order a Europe sim card online

A great alternative is to order your sim card for Croatia and Europe online. If you order a Croatia sim card on the Simoptions website, it will be shipped to your home address before your trip. You can already get 10 GB data + unlimited calls/text in all of Europe for less than $30. Click on the link above or the banner below to see all the Croatia sim card deals.

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Mobile internet operators Croatia

There are three mobile internet operators:

  • Hrvatski Telekom - T-Mobile Croatia
  • A1 Croatia
  • TELE2 Croatia

All three providers offer Croatia prepaid sim cards for tourists.

Best Croatia mobile network in 2021

Not only the price is important to determine what is the best prepaid sim card in Croatia. The strength of the mobile network is just as important. Therefore I had a look at the mobile networks

Is there 5G in Croatia?

Yes, there is 5G in Croatia. T-Mobile has the best 5G network in Croatia in 2021. But it is limited to Zagreb and Split. If you are island hopping or road tripping along the coast in Croatia, the best signal you can expect is 4G. For more detailed Croatia 4G/5G coverage maps click on the link.

T-Mobile Croatia 4G/5G network map

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A1 Croatia 4G/5G network map

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TELE2 Croatia 4G/5G network map

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From the above coverage maps we can clearly see that T-Mobile has the best network in Croatia by far. TELE2 and A1 are not far behind though and also perfectly cover all the tourist destinations in Croatia.

That said when you go sailing in Croatia the best prepaid sim card for tourists is T-Mobile because it has the strongest network around the islands.

Where to buy a Croatia sim card in 2021

The best places to buy a prepaid sim card for Croatia are in the city centers of any big tourist destination and city. T-Mobile, A1 and TELE2 all have shops in Zagreb, Zadar, Pula, Dubrovnik, Split, etc. The Croatia sim card deals you find at the international airports are more expensive, but more convenient.

When in the city use Google Maps to determine the nearest mobile internet shop by just typing the by you preferred mobile internet provider in the search bar.

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Zagreb Airport

At Zagreb Airport they only sell a TELE2 Croatia sim card and an A1 Croatia sim card. Click here to read my complete guide for buying a sim card at Zagreb Airport in 2021.

Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar Airport

I have done research online about buying a sim card at these airports in Croatia and found out that every Airport kind of offers the same as they do at Zagreb Airport. They don’t sell T-Mobile Croatia sim cards at the airports, only TELE2 and A1.

In Croatia it is NOT necessary to bring your passport when buying a prepaid sim card. The sim cards are not registered on your name.

This makes it possible to buy a prepaid sim card for Croatia in the bigger convenience stores: Tisak, INA and Hrvatska Posta as well as in gas stations on the bigger toll roads. The sim cards you buy here are self service and you will need to activate them yourself. I don't recommend this to tourists traveling to Croatia.

Prices prepaid sim card Croatia in 2021

All the below prices are up to date as per June 2021. You can find links to the providers website for the latest information on their Croatia sim card deals.

T-mobile Croatia prepaid sim card

T-Mobile Croatia has a special prepaid sim card for tourists. It costs 85 HRK ($14) and comes with unlimited data + 5 HRK calling credit. This bundle is only valid in Croatia! You can also opt for a daily data package, see the picture below.

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On top of that T-Mobile Croatia offers the following data bundles to top up with. Or you can top up again after one week with the same 80 HRK bundle with unlimited internet as mentioned above. For the latest T-Mobile Croatia sim card deals check their website in the link.

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TELE2 Croatia prepaid sim card

When buying a TELE2 Croatia prepaid sim card you only have 1 choice.

  • 67 HRK ($11) = 10 GB data + 200 minutes or sms + 10 KN credit - valid 30 days.

The above packages is ONLY valid in Croatia, there is NO EU roaming included. For the latest TELE2 sim card deals for tourists check their website in the link.

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A1 Croatia prepaid sim card

They sell two different A1 Croatia prepaid sim cards.

  • 80 HRK ($13) = Unlimited data + 100 minutes/sms - valid for 7 days.

Also for this tourist sim card counts that minutes and data are only valid in Croatia, there is NO EU roaming included. For the latest A1 sim card deals check the A1 Hrvatska website in the link.

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Best Croatia sim card for tourists in 2021

After comparing all the Croatia sim cards for tourists I come to the following conclusions:

  • Croatia prepaid sim cards are pretty expensive.
  • However weekly/daily packages makes them very flexible.
  • TELE2 has the best value for money.
  • TELE2 has the weakest network.
  • A1 and T-Mobile both have a Croatia sim card with unlimited data.
  • A1 includes some calling minutes in their short term visitors package.
  • There is NO data roaming in the EU included.

T-Mobile is the best sim card in Croatia in 2021!

Prices for sim cards are kind of similar and T-Mobile has by far the best network! For $14 you get unlimited data + $1 calling credit when buying a T-Mobile sim card. A1 offers a similar package and is a good Croatia sim card for tourists as well.

Buy a sim card for traveling in Croatia/Europe online

In case Croatia is part of your Europe trip then I won’t recommend you to buy a Croatia sim card. In that case have a look at the Croatia sim card offers from Simoptions. All these sim cards offer free roaming in Europe and will be shipped to your home address before your trip to Croatia. Below I listed the best offers:

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 the last two linked options above: Three or Orange. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address and are automatically activated from its first use. Click on the links above or the banner below for more info.

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I hope all the above tips for buying a sim card in Croatia were helpful for your upcoming trip. Let me know if you have any more questions and I am more than happy to help you out, also with Croatia travel tips.

Enjoy your trip to Croatia!

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