Planning a trip to Greece? Avoid high roaming charges and don't rely on slow overseas data plans, a local prepaid sim card for Greece is cheap and you can get them easily on arrival or online! This is your guide for everything you need to know about buying a sim card for Greece. I will show you the best 4G/5G network provider, up to date prices as per June 2022, where to buy a Greece sim card, my recommendation and even information about international and e-sim cards for Greece.

The first thing I do when I get to a new country is buying a local prepaid sim card. As I am on a journey to visit every country in the world I get to many different places and airports. Providing travelers with resourceful travel tips is a passion and that is how on Traveltomtom you can already find more than 150 guides for buying local prepaid sim cards from all over the world: USA, CanadaDubai, IsraelSouth Africa, Kenya, Thailand, VietnamTurkeyEurope, Paris, Amsterdam, Italy, Spain, etc.

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Why buying a sim card in Greece

Staying connected while traveling makes life so much easier. Ordering an Uber, getting directions from Google Maps, checking out nearby restaurants with good reviews, finding a cool rooftop bar and so on. There are so many reasons I can come up for you to have a working data connection on your phone while traveling.

Don't rely on WiFi. Yes, the hotel most probably has free WiFi and so do bars and restaurants in Greece, but that is no guarantee it is working. May be the signal in your hotel room is too weak or the WiFi is too slow to upload anything. Also keep in mind that public WiFi connections are UNSECURED networks. Therefore it is also recommended to use a VPN for security reasons.

Getting a local sim card in Greece is easy, fast and cheap! So worth it.

When you prefer to NOT swap sim cards and change phone numbers then you should look into a portable WiFi device. Personally I am not a fan, but read my honest review about these pocket WiFi's in my article about how to get WiFi abroad and make up your own opinion.

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends getting a Cosmote sim card for Greece. They have the best 4G/5G network in Greece and offer good prepaid sim card deals with data.

In case you want to buy a sim card for Greece online I recommend you to check out my list of the best prepaid sim card for traveling in Europe in 2022 or my comparison of the best international sim cards for traveling in 2022. Some of these international sim cards for Greece are great deals.

However, buying a local sim card is cheaper than these global sim cards. The easiest solution? An e-sim card for Greece! More about it below.

E-sim card for Greece

Looking for the best way to get data on your phone when traveling abroad in 2022? That is 100% an e-sim card! Everything can be arranged right now. No more visiting a store, swapping sim cards, etc. all you do is order an e-sim card, you get a code, you apply some settings and you are set! Check out the following Greece e-sim card deals:

  • 1 GB data for 7 days = $5
  • 3 GB data for 30 days = $9
  • 5 GB data for 30 days = $13
  • 10 GB data for 30 days = $25

Click here to order one of the above e-sim car deals for Greece directly online or find more info! With an e-sim card you keep your own phone number.

On another website I found two Orange e-sim cards that will either give you 15 GB data for $29.90 USD or 30 GB for $49.90 USD. Click here to order this e-sim card for Greece or find more info and more e-sim card deals for Greece.

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E-sim cards are data-only so if you want to make calls too while traveling in Greece you still need a physical sim card. For those I recommend the Orange Holiday sim card with 20 GB data and unlimited calls and text in Europe for $49.90. Click here to order this Greece sim card deal and find even more options.

Greece sim cards and FREE EU roaming

Are you traveling onwards in Europe? Great news because the prepaid sim cards in Greece include FREE EU roaming. However, there are some limitations and therefore always ask your provider about the EU roaming restrictions when buying a sim card in Greece.

Free EU roaming means that the data, voice and text allowance on your Greece sim card can be used in every other country in the EU at no extra costs! Check out my complete guide for buying a local sim card in Europe in 2022 with more info about EU roaming.

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Greece mobile internet operators

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 it is not the shops where you find the best option for a data sim card for Greece... the best Greece sim card deals you find from street vendors.

In most countries it is pretty regulated and prices are fixed no matter which store you go. In Greece I discovered that prices are fixed too, but depending on where you buy your sim card you get offered different data packages.

Understandable that the sim cards for Greece at Athens Airport are more expensive, but on the streets in Athens you find youngsters selling sim cards for tourists as well. Official resellers...

Where to buy a sim card in Greece

Buying a sim card at Athens Airport

I normally don't encourage buying a sim card at the airport as sim card deals are always overpriced. At Athens airport there are very limited options for buying a prepaid sim card for Greece travel. There is only a Sim Local store and they only sell a Vodafone sim card for €35. Check out my complete guide for buying a sim card at Athens Airport.

The Sim Local stores at Athens Airport are open from 06.00 AM till 10.00 PM. You can pay by credit card or in Euros.

Buying a Greece sim card on the streets

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So I told you that the street vendors have good 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? Don't worry 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 won't 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 Athens city center you will find youngsters selling sim cards.

You might not trust the street vendors, but another big advantage of the youngsters selling the prepaid sim cards on the streets is that they speak really good English as they are targeting tourists. The employees in the shops speak sometimes very little English.

Buying a sim card on a Greek island

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/5G coverage is not that strong.

Flying to Santorini? There is a shop that sells sim cards after customs. In the city center of Thera the heart of Santorini island there is a Vodafone, Cosmote and Wind store. The same counts for the airport in Crete. After customs you can buy a sim card at Crete Airport, but there are as well multiple phone stores around Crete island.

Prices prepaid Greece sim cards 2022

All the info below is update in July 2022 with the latest prepaid sim card prices. For more info there is a link to every providers website included.

Vodafone Greece prepaid sim card

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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 = 16 GB data for 30 days
  • €17 = 7 GB data for 30 days + international calling + texting

For the latest info check out the Vodafone Greece website. But wait...

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.

As you can see completely different Vodafone Greece sim card deals!

Wind Greece prepaid sim card

In all honesty I have tried to find proper info about buying a Wind prepaid sim card and I literally could NOT find anything worth it mentioning. The last time I was in Greece I was offered a prepaid sim card in a Wind store for €29.90 including 15 GB data only! 

If you are brave check the Wind Mobile website, but it is a shit-show for finding proper information in English! NOT recommended!

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However, there are still the friendly youngster at the metro station selling Wind Mobile prepaid sim cards for tourists.

  • Unlimited data (only 5 GB for Europe) + 1000 minutes - valid for 30 days = €12

Conclusion: Whenever you want to buy a Wind sim card in Greece go to the street vendors as they offer much better prepaid sim card deals.

Cosmote prepaid sim card

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Cosmote is the biggest mobile internet provider in Greece. Cosmote shops are huge, but service is the worst as they rather sell flatscreens, laptops, drones, etc. than prepaid sim cards for tourists.

A Cosmote prepaid sim card costs €10 and you get 400 MB + 300 minutes + 200 sms. Not really a deal that makes us happy right?

You can top up with any of the above prepaid sim card data packages:

  • 4 GB for 1 month = €8.5
  • 3 GB for 1 week = €4

Find more info on the Cosmote website.

Then there are the street vendors for Cosmote Greece:

  • 10 GB data + 100 minutes = €10
  • 5 GB data = €6

The Cosmote street vendors who were super friendly and spoke good English can offer you a really good Cosmote prepaid sim card deal.

Frog Mobile

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Frog Mobile is part of the Cosmote company and operates on the Cosmote network. A Frog Mobile sim card is free, but requires the addiotion of a data package. They used to have amazing Greece sim card deals in the past, but when updating the prices for 2022 I was pretty disappointed. 

  • 2 GB data for 25 days = €4.44
  • 5 GB data for 25 days = €8.50

For more info about Frog Mobile have a look at their website.

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Best mobile internet network in Greece in 2022

We have seen the maze and various prices for Greece prepaid sim cards let's have a look at the 4G/5G network coverage in Greece, updated with the latest info per February 2022.

Is there 5G in Greece?

Yes, there is 5G in Greece however it is very limited to Athens and a couple other cities in Greece. There is still a long way to go in Greece before one can enjoy a proper 5G signal everywhere.

Vodafone Greece 4G/5G network map

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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. Cosmote also has the most extensive 5G network in Greece. Wind has the weakest 4G/5G mobile network in Greece.

Best prepaid sim card in Greece in 2022

As you have read from the above buying a prepaid sim card in Greece is not that straight forward. Official website and retail stores offer terrible prepaid sim card deals for tourists. A Vodafone Greece sim card with 16 GB data only costs €17.

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The best prepaid sim card deals in Greece can be found from the students selling sim cards near the metro stations at for example Omonia Square. The Vodafone, Cosmote or Wind prepaid sim cards for €12 with unlimited data are actually the best sim card deal in Greece.

However, it will cost you some effort finding one and when and where they are available... I don't know exactly, but on weekdays they are there from morning till afternoon as well as on Saturdays. Sundays I have never found one.

Therefore when traveling to Greece Traveltomtom recommends buying a sim card online and be prepared before you even land in the country! Check out my list of the best sim cards for traveling in Europe in 2022 and actually find great deals compared to the prepaid Greece sim cards!

Buy your Greece sim card online

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If you want to make it all easy then just order a sim card for traveling to Greece online. This international prepaid sim card will be send to your home address before your trip and is pre-activated. Check out the following sim card deals for Europe that of course also include Greece.

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

Three PAYG AIO15 - $29.90

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

Three PAYG AIO20 - $39.90

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

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

Click here to see all the Greece prepaid sim card deals and order one directly online. Another reminder that the best way to get internet when traveling abroad in 2022 is an e-sim card. Check out all the e-sim card offers for Greece in this link.

Looking for some sincere travel inspiration? Go check out my Instagram profile @traveltomtom and see what it looks like traveling to every country in the world. As of June 2022 I have been to more than 130 countries!

Also for specific questions please leave me a comment below and I am happy to help you out on your Greece sim card questions and other travel stuff.

Enjoy your trip to Greece!

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