Traveling to Paris soon? Traveltomtom recommends you to get a local sim card and avoid high roaming costs. Don't get fooled by slow and limited overseas data plans. Buying a sim card in Paris Airport is easy, fast and cheaper than you might think. Get connected in France with a local sim card. This is a complete guide where to buy a sim card in Paris Airport, how much they costs, their network and everything else you need to know.

The article is up dated with the latest prices and info based on my own experiences as of June 2021 when Traveltomtom visited Paris and landed in Charles De Gaulle Airport.

Buying a local sim card is the first thing I do and as I am on my way to visit every country in the world I have already written more than 150 local sim card guides. From Vietnam to Russia and from South Africaa to Kenya, USA to El Salvador and every European country and major Airport. 

Why buying a sim card at Paris Airport

It is very simple, if you want to order an Uber to get to the city you will need a working internet connection. Roaming around Paris without data can be challenging. Overcoming language barriers, getting directions from Google Maps, finding nearby rooftop bars, etc. All examples that show that life and therefore also traveling is much easier with a working data connection. Therefore Traveltomtom always recommends getting a local sim card.

Also be aware that public WiFi's are UNSECURED networks and they are no guarantee, so the signal in your hotel room can be weak or the wifi in the restaurant is too slow to even get bothered. With a local sim card you don't rely on others.

Buying a sim card at Paris Airport is the easiest and fastest way to get online. However, it is not the best France sim card deal there is.

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends buying a sim card at the Tourist Information at Terminal 1. Here you can buy a sim card deal for €50 with 50 GB data.

That seems affordable, but when I tell you that in Paris city center at a Free Mobile store you can get a sim card deal for €20 with 150 GB then you understand that the best places to buy a sim card for your trip to Paris is NOT at the Airport. Check out my guide for buying a sim card in France for all the latest sim card deals.

Traveltomtom does NOT recommend worldwide travel sim cards. Most of these international sim cards are NOT worth it, simply too expensive. We compared and reviewed all international sim cards and came to the simple conclusion that most of these deals are extremely overpriced.

France sim cards and free EU roaming

Is a France sim card good for traveling in Europe? Yes! France has some amazing prepaid sim card deals... however always check with your provider if free EU data roaming in included when buying a sim card. Most prepaid sim cards in France allow free EU data roaming which means that with the prepaid sim card you buy in Paris you can use the internet in every other country in Europe at no extra costs.

So continuing your trip after to Paris to Rome or Athens then there is no need to buy another local sim card again.

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Buy a sim card for France online

If buying a sim card at Paris Airport after a long-haul flight is too much hassle then choose to order a sim card for traveling in France and Europe online! Have a look at the Simoptions website, they are specialized in selling international sim cards for traveling. You can already get 12 GB for less than $30.

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Where to buy a sim card at Paris airport in 2021

First off I have to say that this quest to find the best prepaid sim card in Paris airport took me a couple hours. Charles de Gaulle has three different terminals, but really feels like 3 different airports. The terminals are all connected by an electric train, but they are far from each other. Paris Airport is definitely not my favorite one.

Basically if you are looking to buy a sim card at Paris Airport you have two options. Buy a prepaid package at a book store or buy it from the Tourism Information desk.

Buy a prepaid sim card at Relay

The book stores at Paris Airport are called Relay and have big red signs with white letters. There are several around the airport. Terminal 1 and 3 have both one shop Terminal 2 has multiple ones. Buying a prepaid sim card from Relay is not convenient at all, because no one can really explain you what packages are available. The employees are already too busy selling water, sandwiches, magazines, etc.

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The Relay shop that sells a prepaid sim card for France in Terminal 1 is not located in the Arrivals Hall but at Departures floor 2 CDGVAL Airport Shuttle. Next to the Starbucks in Hall 5. In Terminal 2 and 4 the Relay shops are in the Arrivals Hall.

The prepaid sim cards are stored behind the desk so when I got in line and it was finally my turn to ask information about the France prepaid sim cards for tourists I saw their eyes rolling. Don’t expect any service from a Relay book store at Paris airport selling prepaid sim cards for France.

Buy a prepaid sim card at the Tourism Information desk.

This option is only available in Terminal 1! Strangely at terminal 2 and 3 they do not sell prepaid sim cards for tourists in France. In Terminal 2 and 3 the Tourism Information desk redirected me to the Relay shops.

At Terminal 1 though the people from Tourist Information were very helpful and could exactly tell me all the info I needed about the prepaid sim card for tourists they were selling.

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When you are looking to buy a sim card in Paris Airport: Tourist Information desk Terminal 1, Arrivals, level 5 is the best to go.

Prices sim cards at Paris Airport in 2021

Since there are only two places where to buy a sim card it was easy for me to list the prices here and find you the best sim card.

Relay Bookshop

All the Relay shops sell an Orange sim card packages:

Prepaid Orange Sim Card France for tourists

  • €40
  • 10GB - 4G network all over Europe
  • 120 minutes calling from anywhere in Europe to the world
  • 1000 text messages from anywhere in Europe to the world
  • Valid for 14 days

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Actually an ok prepaid sim card deal for an airport, but only valid for only 14 days. Compared to the France sim cards they offer in Paris this is EXPENSIVE!

Some Relay book shops also sell other prepaid sim cards cards fro France.

SFR sim card

  • €35
  • 5GB - 4G network only in France
  • 60 minutes calling from France to the world
  • 1000 text messages from France to the world
  • 14 days valid

As you can see a prepaid SFR sim card for France is only working in France, so if you are traveling in Europe this deal is not a good idea. And heads up, in the city you can get an SFR prepaid sim card for €20 with 25 GB data in France. Basically the sim card they are selling at Paris Airport is a rip off!

Bouygues Telecom sim card

  • €40
  • 20GB - 4G network only in France
  • €25 credit to call and text to any number in the world
  • Valid for 60 days

At least a Bouygues Telecom sim card is valid for 60 days, but just as SFR their prepaid sim card credit is only valid in France.

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Tourist Information (only Terminal 1)

They only sell an SFR prepaid data sim card for tourists:

  • €49
  • 50GB data all over Europe
  • Unlimited calling time in France
  • Unlimited texting in France
  • 14 days valid (every extra day cost €2,50)

Actually not a bad package, but why only 14 days SFR? Probably enough for most tourists. Anyway top up after 14 days can be done online through the SFR website,

Best sim card at Paris Airport in 2021

Buying a sim card at any airport around the world never gets you the best deals. Especially at Paris Airport it si complicated. Why? For several reasons:

  • You don't want to change terminals just to buy a sim card.
  • The data packages offered are SMALL or EXPENSIVE.
  • Relay shops are busy, there is zero service.

Still if we compare all the offers I would say the following:

The best prepaid sim card at Paris Airport can be bought at the Tourism Information in Terminal 1. For $49 you get 50 GB data valid all over Europe plus unlimited calling and texting in France.

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If you have time and want to get MUCH MORE VALUE FOR MONEY then wait till you get to Paris city center.

How to get from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris city center

There is a direct train from Paris Airport to the city called RER B and cost €10,30, this is the easiest and fastest way to get to the center. The train station is within the airport, just follow the signs. An Uber will costs you approximately $35.

In the city center you will find numerous mobile phone stores that sell you prepaid sim cards for €20 with 150 GB data package for example. Want to know more? Read my best sim card in France article and I tell you exactly where to buy the best sim card in Paris.

Buy a sim card for traveling in France online

Don't want to waste your precious holiday time standing in line for a France sim card then buy it online! Get it shipped to your home address before your trip and get online instantly when you land. The sim card will automatically be activated from its first use. All the offers below can directly be ordered from 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

5. Bouygues Telecom Vacation Prepaid Plan - $49.90

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

Personally I would recommend option number 3 or 5: Three or Bouygues Telecom. These and more offers can be found in the links above or click on the banner below for more info about prepaid sim cards for Europe. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address and are activated from the first moment of use. Click on the banner below to see all the offers.

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I hope this article about buying a sim card at Paris Airport was helpful for you! Leave me a comment if you have any specific questions, also about traveling to Paris. I am happy to help.

Enjoy your trip to Paris!

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