Traveling to Frankfurt soon? Avoid high roaming costs when traveling in Germany and Europe and get yourself a local sim card. This is your guide for buying a sim card in Frankfurt. Where to buy it, prices, opening times and everything else you need to know.

As I fly a lot with Qatar Airways from Frankfurt (check out my video of their amazing Q-Suite), you can find me regularly at Frankfurt Airport and therefore this article is updated as per June 2021.

For my research finding the best European sim card for tourists I traveled to more than 25 airports around the continent. I wrote articles for buying a sim card at Berlin AirportVenice Airport, Budapest Airport, Geneva Airport, Madrid Airport, Milan Airport and many more others.

RELATED: Ultimate Frankfurt Travel Guide with 16 things to do, hotel recommendation, rooftop bars, restaurants and day trips.

My recommendation

Traveltomtom does NOT recommend tourists buying a sim card at Frankfurt Airport as they are expensive, small data bundles and very limited choice. It is better to wait till you get to the city and walk into a phone store. Check my article about the best prepaid Germany sim cards.

Thinking about buying an international sim card with global coverage? Please don't before you read my article in the link. Most of these travel sim cards are incredibly expensive. They are so NOT worth it!

There is an alternative for not switching sim cards: a pocket WiFi. Read my article about getting WiFi on the road and get an honest review about these portable WiFi devices for traveling.

Germany sim cards and free EU roaming

Always double check if you Germany sim card includes FREE EU roaming. That means you can use the sim card you bought in Frankfurt also in Amsterdam, Rome or even Helsinki at no extra costs.

Be aware: Germany sim cards are some of the worst for traveling in Europe as they have a lot of restrictions. I wrote a guide with the best sim cards for traveling in Europe and another guide with all my tips for buying a local sim card in Europe, including a list of the best prepaid sim card deal per country.

Order your sim card for Germany online

You can also buy European sim cards online. For example a $30 international sim card with 12 GB data and unlimited calls and texts in Europe. You can order them directly through the Simoptions website and sim cards are activated from first use. Click on the link or the banner below for more info.

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Where to buy a German sim card at Frankfurt Airport?

When arriving at Frankfurt Airport there are three arrival halls A, B and C. I checked all of them and there are only two places to buy a German prepaid sim card at Frankfurt Airport. When you come out in arrival Hall B, you can not miss the Vodafone and O2 signs. So this is where you buy your German sim card.

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Hall A and Hall C have no shops at all, so you will have to walk back. A level down from Hall C there actually is another O2 shop but they don’t sell a German sim card for tourists.

Now you know where to go, but there are two different shops next to each other. For those travelers arriving late or early there is only one option left.

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The O2 shop has limited opening times and may you arrive before 8.00 in the morning and after 19.00 at night (weekends are even worse), you have to buy your German sim card at the next door shop: Travelex, which is open 24 hours.

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Don’t get fooled by all the signs saying buy your German sim cards here and Vodafone or Ortel Mobile. There are only two mobile operators available: Lebara (Travelex) and O2.

Vodafone only sells top-up and does not sell prepaid German sim cards with data. Ortel Mobile and O2 are apparently the same.

Prices German sim card at Frankfurt Airport in 2021

When you buy a sim card at Frankfurt Airport get ready to spend some money, because the cheapest option available is €35.

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O2 has three different prepaid packages for your German sim card:

  1. 3GB = €40
  2. 5GB = €50
  3. 10GB = €60

This is just a prepaid sim card with data, this does not include calling. If you want your calls within Europe to be included you have to pay an extra €10 for unlimited calls.

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For people asking themselves and what about texting: no one sends a text in Europe! I have probably not send a single text for the last 5 years! All prepaid packages are valid for 30 days.

Lebara Sim Card at Travelex

At Travelex there is only one German prepaid sim card with data available: Lebara Mobile. The old man behind the glass showed me the only package he was selling. For €35 you get 3GB data, including €5 calling credit, valid for 30 days.

Lebara Mobile uses the network the Telekom network in Germany

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Best Germany sim card at Frankfurt Airport in 2021             

If you are looking for the best sim card in Germany for tourists then Frankfurt Airport is not the best place to be. There is not much choice and the packages are rather expensive.

Best Frankfurt Airport sim card is the one from Lebara Mobile. They simply are cheaper than O2 and network coverage is nearly the same.

If you are not good with activating your new sim card then you might want to pay a little extra and get it done at the O2 shop, as they offer the full service. Lebara Mobile sim cards are sold at the Currency Exchange and you will have to activate the sim card at Frankfurt Airport yourself. But the overall conclusion is...

Do NOT buy a Germany sim card at Frankfurt Airport!

So what is next? Wait till you get to Frankfurt city center and buy your Germany sim card there. Which one? Click here to read my complete guide for buying a Germany sim card in 2021. Or if that is too much hassle I recommend you to order one online.

Buy a Germany sim card online

Want to save time and money? Then buy an international sim card for Germany and Europe online. All the below prepaid sim card offers are valid in Germany and all over Europe. You can order them directly through the Simoptions website that is specialized in sim cards for travelers.

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 last two available option: Three or Orange. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address and are already activated. Click on the banner below for more info.

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I hope all the tips for buying a sim card at Frankfurt Airport were helpful. If you still have questions please leave me a comment below and I am more than happy to help you out.

Enjoy your trip to Frankfurt!

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