Planning a trip to Greece? Avoid high roaming costs and don't rely on slow overseas data plans. A local sim card for Greece is cheap and you can get them everywhere. This is your guide for everything you need to know about buying a sim card in Greece. I will show you the best 4G/5G network provider, up to date prices, where to buy one, my recommendation and more.

This article is updated with the latest information and up to date prices as per September 2021.

The first thing I do when reaching a new country is buying a local 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 I wrote already more than 150 guides for buying local sim cards. On my website you can find sim card guides from all over the world: USA, CanadaDubai, IsraelSouth Africa, Kenya, Thailand, VietnamTurkey, etc. and every country in Europe.

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.

We do NOT recommend travel sim cards that cover every country. Some of these world sims are so expensive that we would almost call them a scam. We reviewed and compared all the international sim cards and came to the conclusion that actually very few of them are worth it. Buying a local sim card is ALWAYS cheaper than these global sim cards.

Greece sim cards and FREE EU roaming

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

Free EU roaming means that the data, voice and text allowance on your Greece sim card can be used in every other country of the EU at no extra costs.

Unfortunately Greece sim cards are NOT the best for traveling in Europe. Check out my complete guide with more info about EU roaming in my article about buying a local sim card in Europe in 2021.

Buy a sim card for Greece online

If this all sounds like too much hassle you can also order a sim card for Europe online and it is about the same price. These sim cards will be delivered to your home address within the next couple days.

In my article about the best European sim cards for tourists I reviewed and compared them one by one, so pick your best one.

Nothing easier than ordering your sim card for traveling in Greece from the comfort of your couch! You can order one directly from the Simoptions website, they are specialized in travel sim cards and have many Greece sim card deals. Click on the link or on the banner below for more info.

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Greece mobile operators

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

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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.

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You can only find a Vodafone store and they offer sell the following Greece sim cards for tourists:

  • €35,48 = 7 GB data + 1500 minutes + 1500 sms to every Vodafone network around the world - valid for 30 days.

The Vodafone store at Athens Airport is open from 07.00 AM till 9.00 PM!

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.

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 2021

All the info below is update in September 2021 with the latest prepaid sim card prices. For more info there is a link to every providers website included.

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. 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! However, 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

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

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

Conclusion Frog: so far they are the cheapest Greece sim card for tourists, but unfortunately it is hard to find a phone 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.

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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. Wind Greece is far behind when it comes to network strength. Also we can see that Cosmote is as per September 2021 the only provider in Greece that offers 5G. But only in Athens!

Best sim card for Greece for tourists in 2021

You know now where to buy, you have seen the best Greece network and I showed you all the prices. The conclusion is that based on network and prices for data bundles Frog Mobile is the best prepaid sim card in Greece.

However, I would not recommend Frog Mobile to tourists visiting Greece. Why not? You can barely find a phone shop that sells Frog sim cards.

As Cosmote has the best network and good prepaid sim card deals with big value data bundles, I recommend you to find a street vendor in the city center of Athens and buy a Cosmote prepaid sim card.

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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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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