Traveling to Georgia soon? Don't let high roaming costs or slow overseas data roaming ruin your trip. Get yourself a local sim card and enjoy high speed internet in Georgia for a couple dollars. It is very easy buying a sim card in Georgia. This is your guide where to buy one, the best network and up to date prices as of January 2021.
My travels around the world took me to Georgia quite some time already and this article about sim cards for tourists in Georgia are based on my own experiences. Arriving in Georgia by plane? Check my guide for buying a prepaid sim card at Tbilisi Airport. Local sim cards they sell at airports are always more expensive and offers are limited. If you can wait till you get into the city you get more value for money.
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Buy a Georgia sim card online
There is not much choice when it comes to Georgia sim cards that you can buy online. Although AIS sells the SIM2FLY sim card that works in Georgia and gives you 6 GB data for $19.95. Check out this deal on the Simoptions website. The sim card will be shipped to your home address before your trip and gets automatically activated from its first use.
Mobile operators in Georgia
There are 3 main mobile internet providers in Georgia:
Where to buy a Georgia sim card in 2021
All of the above mobile internet providers are very well represented in major cities in Georgia as well as in Batumi, Tbilisi and Kutaisi Airport. Buying a Georgia sim card is pretty easy as you can simply walk into one of the stores and staff mostly speaks English very well.
In Tbilisi your best bid is on Rustaveli Avenue where all three operators have their big flagship stores. In Batumi you can find them a little more spread out but also pretty much in the center as well.
Also some bigger convenience stores as well as gas stations sell prepaid sim cards for tourists, but here it is getting a little more complicated. You will have to activated these sim cards yourself and English is not spoken very well outside the cities.
Best mobile network in Georgia in 2021
As a reference for best mobile network in Georgia I used the updated 4G and 5G coverage maps of all the Georgia internet providers and compared them with each other.
Is there 5G in Georgia?
Yes there is 5G in Georgia as of January 2021, but the signal is very limited to Tbilisi City Center and central areas in Batumi and Kutaisi.
4G Network Geocell Georgia
4G Network Beeline Georgia
4G Network Magti Georgia
As you can see Geocell does not have a strong 4G network compared to Beeline and Magti. Based on the 4G coverage maps I would already recommend tourists not to buy a Geocell sim card for your trip to Georgia as signal off the beaten path can be very weak and therefore internet speed very low.
The Beeline and Magti 4G coverage does not differ that much, but it is clear that Magti has the best 4G network in Georgia. Both Beeline and Magti cover most of the tourist spots in Georgia with a 4G signal.
I would recommend buying a Georgia sim card of either Magti or Beeline when traveling in Georgia.
Looking for places to visit in Georgia? What about a trip to Kazbegi. Click here to see how utterly stunning my trip into the mountains was or read my travel blog about Tbilisi with tips about the best restaurants, cosy bars, wine tours and phone numbers of great tour guides and private drivers.
Prices prepaid sim card Georgia in 2021
Geocell sim card
As said before I would not recommend a Geocell sim card for tourists in Georgia. They have the smallest 4G network and therefore are not the best sim card in Georgia. But if you just travel to Batumi or travel to Tbilisi you can opt for Geocell as well.
There are no extra activation costs if buying a Geocell sim card for Georgia. they offers a Tourist Pack prepaid sim card.
- 20 GEL ($6) = 3 GB data + unlimited calls/sms + 30 minutes international calls for 15 days.
- 35 GEL ($10,50) = 7 GB data + unlimited calls/sms for 30 days.
You can buy an additional data bundle for 15 GEL ($4,50) = 8 GB data for 30 days.
These are the up to date prices as per January 2021. Check the latest Geocell prepaid sim card deals on the website.
If you are buying a Beeline Georgia sim card you will be charged a little over $1 for the sim card. You can see these 3 GEL as activation costs. Beeline has only one appealing prepaid sim card for tourists:
- 25 GEL ($7,50) = 3 GB data + unlimited calls/sms in Georgia.
You can buy additional data:
- 3 GEL ($1) = 9 GB for 7 days
- 10 GEL ($3) = 10 GB for 14 days
All in all this seems like a good prepaid sim card for Georgia if you add some additional data. These are the up to date prices as per January 2021. For the latest Beeline prepaid sim card offers have a look at their website.
Magti sim card Georgia
Buying a Magti sim card will also cost you 3 GEL extra for the sim card and activation. They also have a special tourist sim card, which a so-called free sim card for tourists in Georgia.
There are 2 'Free' Magti sim cards in Georgia for tourists
- 30 GEL ($9) = 3 GB data +unlimited calls/text + 30 minutes international calls - valid 15 days.
- 15 GEL ($4,50) = 5 GB + free texting - valid 15 days.
The above tourist sim card is still the up to date price as per January 2021, click here for more information about these Magti tourist sim card packages.
Best prepaid sim card in Georgia in 2021
Based upon the above information we can now come to the conclusion what is the best sim card for Georgia. We already saw that Geocell is no longer in the picture for traveling in Georgia because of its much weaker network than Beeline and Magti.
Beeline is the best Georgia sim card in 2021!
For about $10 you get unlimited calls & text in Georgia as well as 13 GB data.
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Personally I love big data packages and hardly ever call. In that light the Magti prepaid sim card for tourists with 5 GB data for just $4,50 is a great choice too when traveling to Georgia.
My experience buying a sim card in Georgia
I traveled to Georgia several times and tried Magti as well as Beeline. Once arriving at the airport in Tbilisi I bought Beeline and I was very satisfied with the network coverage as well as the internet speed. Another year I got myself a Magti sim card and I was just as happy with it. So I guess there is not much difference than the price.
My last time in Georgia I used more than 15 GB data in a little over 2 weeks, but I bought a top up data package of 20 GB. When I left Georgia (I traveled by train from Tbilisi to Baku) I still had about 10 GB data left. But better too much data left than a tiny bit too less.
I have been in Georgia at different times of the year, but traveling in Georgia around October was great fun. It was not that touristy as it is off season, but the weather was still very good. Not only did I take a trip to Armenia from Tbilisi, I also went into the mountains and took a trip to Kazbegi. As I visited Batumi in 2017 I can now say I saw both ends of the country.
I sincerely like traveling to Georgia!
Thanks for reading my blog and I hope I was bale to help you with buying a Georgia sim card for your trip. Don't forget to have a look at my Kazbegi travel tips. I am sure that after reading about my trip up North and seeing the pictures you are willing to go there.
I hope the above tips for buying a prepaid Georgia sim card were helpful for your upcoming holiday. In case you have any questions please don't hesitate to leave me a comment. I am happy to help you out, also with Georgia travel tips.
Enjoy your trip to Georgia!
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