Planning a trip to Greece? Avoid high roaming costs when traveling around. Greece sim cards for tourists are cheap and you can get them everywhere. Don't hesitate and buy a local sim card on arrival! Which is the best one? I will explain you everything about the prices, the best network and where to buy them in this article. Everything you need to know about buying a sim card for Greece with up to date info as of May 2021.

On invitation of Tourism Greece I was able to travel to Lesbos Island, which was my first time traveling to this magical 'island-hopping-heaven' country, but that was already in 2016. Greece was back then listed as country number 80 on my journey to visit every country in the world. Ever since I have been back multiple times visiting: Athens, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini.

The first thing I do when I get to a new country is buy a local sim card. I went into the mobile phone shops to get the up to date prices and help you choose the best Greece sim card for your trip.

Buying a local sim card is ALWAYS much cheaper than those global sim cards. I strongly recommend you to not get one of those international sim cards, they are mostly very expensive, some exceptions. Check my list of the best international sim cards for world travelers

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Buy a Greece sim card online

Nothing easier than ordering your sim card for traveling in Greece online. There are many offers on the Simoptions website, but I always stick to my Orange prepaid simc ard with 20 GB and Unlimited Calls and SMS. Have a look at this and all the other options in the link above or click on the banner below.

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In most countries it is pretty regulated and prices are fixed no matter which store you go. This is the case when buying a sim card in Turkey for example. Here in Greece I discovered that prices are fixed, but you are offered different packages everywhere.

Got it? Buying a sim card in Athens airport is more expensive. Depending on the mobile operator you either want to buy your Greece sim card in an official shop or on the streets...

There are 3 main Greece mobile operators: Wind, Cosmote and Vodafone. All of them have shops all around Athens center and in the main tourist islands as well. But sometimes it is not the shops where you find the best option for a data sim card for Greece, but the street vendors…

Where to buy your Greece sim card in 2021

Buying a sim card at Athens Airport

I normally never encourage you to buy a sim card at the airport as prices always double in these places. In almost every country the first thing you see at Airport Arrivals is car rental companies and mobile operators, but not in this country. There are very limited options for buying a prepaid Greece sim card for tourists at Athens Airport. You can only find a Vodafone store and they offer sell the following Greece sim cards for tourists:

  • €22,50 = 12 GB data in Greece valid for 15 days.
  • €22,50 = 7 GB data in Greece + 120 minutes international + 120 minutes for Greece valid for 15 days.

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Buying a Greece sim card on the streets

So I told you that the street vendors have one of the best Greece sim card deals but may be it feels weird to buy a sim card on the streets with someone who takes a photo of your ID or passport? You can trust them! They are official employees of either Vodafone, Wind or Cosmote and wearing their branded clothes. They organize everything on the spot and they wont let you walk away before your data sim card for Greece is activated and working.

Where to find them? At the bigger metro stations in the city center you will find youngsters selling sim cards. Trust me they are easy to find and all of them sell the same packages for the same price and speak good English.

Buying a prepaid sim card for Greece on the streets vs. shop

You might not trust the street vendors, but another big advantage of the youngsters selling the prepaid packages on the streets is that they speak really good English as they are targeting tourists. The employees in the shops speak mostly very little English and especially at Cosmote they are very rude. Cosmote is a big brand that is selling a lot things from drones to tv’s and I walked into two shops and was treated very badly and the staff was arrogant. No I am not a big fan of Cosmote Greece at all!

Buying a sim card on a Greek island

Frog Mobile shops are harder to find and especially on the Greek islands. In for example Lesbos Island I did not find a shop selling Frog Mobile. So in case you land on an island and want to buy a sim card there I strongly advice you to go to a Vodafone shop as they have the best packages available in their shops. Wind is too expensive in general and the 4G coverage is not that strong, Cosmote packages in their shops are shit and the people are the worst.

Prices prepaid Greece sim cards 2021

Vodafone Greece prepaid sim card

In a Vodafone store you can expect the following prepaid sim cards for tourists:

  • €8,50 = 7 GB data for 15 days.
  • €8,50 = 3 GB data for 15 days + international calling + texting.
  • €17 = 7 GB data for 30 days + international calling + texting.

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These are the latest Vodafone prepaid packages as you can buy them in stores around Greece. This is the up-to-date info as per May 2021, check out the Vodafone Greece website for their latest prepaid sim card offers.

But this is what I found on the streets in Athens from a Vodafone Greece vendor:

  • €10 = 4 GB data in the EU+ 150 minutes in Greece and 50 minutes international - valid for 15 days.
  • €20 = 9.2 GB data in the EU + 220 minutes in Greece and 120 minutes international - valid for 30 days.

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Now you see why I recommend you to buy a Greece sim card from a street vendor! :)

Wind Greece prepaid sim card

In two different WIND shops around Athens I found the following prepaid sim cards for Greece. Data packages where very straightforward:

  • Sim card with 1GB data cost 5 EUR.
  • Sim card with 15GB data cost 20 EUR.

Both packages are valid for 1 month and do not contain calling minutes. Wind also has two different mobile operator that are part of Wind: Free To Go and Q, both packages are not even worth mentioning with 500MB for 10 EUR and 1GB for 10EUR and 1,000 calling minutes. For more info see the Wind Mobile website, but it is kind of maze their website.

Street vendors Wind Mobile

  • €10 = 15 GB data only (5 GB for Europe) - valid for 30 days.
  • €10 = 11 GB data only (5 GB for Europe) + 300 minutes in Greece + 20 sms -  valid for 30 days.

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Conclusion: The service in Wind Greece shops was good, friendly young people that spoke good English. But the street vendors sell much better prepaid Wind sim cards for Greece.

Cosmote Greece

Cosmote is the biggest company when it comes to Greece mobile operators. Cosmote shops are huge, but service is the worst.

Cosmote Greece sim card in the shop:

  • Sim card with 1GB cost 10 EUR valid for 1 month, no calling minutes.
  • Sim card with 3GB cost 10 EUR valid for 7 days, no calling minutes.

This is what I was told at two different Cosmote shops, but in their folder I found this. Not that I can read any Greek, but Im not stupid either. When I asked the people in the shop, the were literally annoyed and refused to speak English suddenly. At the Cosmote website you find more info on the prepaid data packages.

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Please avoid any Cosmote shops! The employees were very rude, their English was very bad and they are not interested in people looking for a prepaid sim card for Greece. They rather sell drones, tv's or iPhones to people. :(

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This is how I felt walking into a Cosmotel Shop. LOL :)

Then there are the street vendors for Cosmote Greece:

  • Sim card with 10GB data cost 10 EUR is valid for 1 month and includes 100calling minutes.
  • Sim card with 5GB data cost 6 EUR is valid for 1 month but does not include calling minutes.

Conclusion Cosmote Greece: Avoid any shop! But the Cosmote street vendors who were really friendly and spoke good English have a really good option. Cosmote street vendors exist but were a bit harder to find than the Vodafone girls.

Mobile Internet in Greece from Frog

This prepaid sim card can be found in some random mobile phone shops around Greece. Frog Mobile is part of the Cosmote company. I did not find any Frog employees selling selling sim cards on the streets, neither did I find a proper shop. But their prices were very competitive. Frog operates on the Cosmote network. 

  • Sim card with 5GB data cost 5.10 EUR including 60 minutes calling time to some very random countries.

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  • Sim card with 10GB data cost 8.30 EUR including 60 minutes calling time to some very random countries.

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Conclusion Frog: so far they are the cheapest Greece sim card for tourists, but unfortunately it is a little harder to find a shop that sells Frog Mobile.

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Best mobile internet network in Greece in 2021

We now know who offers the cheapest Greece data sim card, but what about the network coverage in Greece. From the data provided by nperf.com as they can give you detailed maps about the mobile internet network in Greece. Important in 2021: does Greece have 5G? The answer is Yes, but so far only 1 operator and only in Athens!

Going to any specific Greek island than on this website you can zoom in and see which Greek mobile provider has the best 4G network.

Vodafone Greece 4G/5G network mapvodafone greece network coverage 2021

Wind Greece 4G/5G network map

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Cosmote Greece 4G/5G network map

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Cosmote has the best mobile internet network in Greece followed closely by Vodafone. Wind Greece is far behind when it comes to network strength. Also we can see that Cosmote is as per May 2021 the only provider in Greece that offers 5G. But only in Athens!

Best sim card for Greece for tourists in 2021

The conclusion based on all the collected data is pretty simple. You know now where to buy, you have seen the best Greece network and I showed you all the prices.

Frog mobile is using the Cosmote network and has the best value packages and therefore they are the best prepaid sim card for tourists in Greece. However...

It is often impossible to find Frog Mobile and therefore I suggest tourist to buy a Cosmote or Vodafone prepaid sim card instead from one of the street vendors in Athens.

Buy your Greece sim card online

Don't waste your precious Greece holiday finding a place to buy a Greece prepaid sim card, simply order one online! Here are some great sim cards for traveling in Greece INCLUDING FREE ROAMING in all of Europe. On the bottom I tell you how you can easily order them online through Simoptions.

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 recommend this last option with a lot of data so you don't even have to rely on hotel WiFi in Greece. When you order a sim card from Simoptions, they are always activated and send to your home address. Quick, easy and reliable. Click on the above links or the banner below for more info.

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Portable Wifi device for Greece

Is buying a Greece sim card too much hassle for you or you simply don't want to change sim cards in your phone? Take a look at a Teppy, they offer unlimited data for a couple dollars per day in more than 100 countries! Perfect for traveling to Greece with kids as you can connect 5 devices at the same time.

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For the best prepaid sim card for Europe travel click on this link and I explain you everything in my complete guide. Also for specific questions please leave me a comment below and I am happy to help you out on your sim card and travel questions.

Safe trip to Greece! Enjoy....

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