Traveling to Hungary soon? Avoid high roaming costs and slow overseas data roaming by getting a local sim card, the best way to stay connected. In this guide you can read everything about buying a sim card for Hungary in 2021. I will show you where to go, the up to date prices, best network and everything else you need to know.

Arriving at Budapest Airport? Check my article about buying a sim card at Budapest Airport. Not cheap, but the most convenient way to get your local sim card in Hungary.

This article is updated in June 2021 with the latest information and prices!

Buying a local sim card is the first thing I do when I get to a new country, but which one to buy? These days the price difference are getting smaller and smaller, but there is more and may be even more important: the network. So a little research is required, but don't worry I did that for you. In total I already wrote more than 150 local sim card guides all over the world: USA, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and many more.

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Why buying a sim card in Hungary?

First of all because wasting money on expensive roaming costs is useless! Staying connected while traveling makes just like in real life things so much easier. Ordering a taxi through an app, receiving a video call from your family at any given time, using Google Maps for directions, nearby restaurants, etc. There are a ton of reasons to get a local sim card when traveling.

Even though your hotel has free WiFi and so will the restaurant and bar provided that service. But what if it is slow and what about the unsecured network? Simply don't rely on other,  buying a sim card is fast and easy.

Rather getting Wifi on the road and NOT change sim cards in your phone? A pocket WiFi could be the solution. Check out my HONEST review of these portable WiFi devices and I tell you everything you need to know!

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends a Vodafone sim card for Hungary. Their network is good and they have the best value deals for data packages. For $12 you get 5 GB data.

NOT recommended is buying an international sim card with global coverage. After my comparison of all the global sim cards I came to the conclusion that very few of them are actually worth considering. Check the complete article in the link!

Hungary is an amazing country with some beautiful places to visit. After traveling around Hungary for a couple weeks I came up with the ultimate Hungary Itinerary including all the best places to visit.

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Hungary sim cards and free roaming in Europe

As Hungary is part of the EU there are no roaming costs for Hungary sim cards when traveling onwards in Europe. Also the other way around if you have a France sim card for example then you can freely use your data package on your France sim card in Hungary.

But be aware that this sometimes does NOT apply to Eastern European countries. Prepaid sim cards from countries like PolandCroatia, Slovenia, Slovakia do NOT include free EU roaming, so be careful when buying a local sim card in Europe.

Click on the link to read my complete article and find the best European sim card with data for tourists or my guide for buying a local sim card in Europe.

Buy a sim card for Hungary online

There are several European sim cards for travelers that also work in Hungary. What about $30 for 12 GB data and unlimited calls and texts? You can order these and more international sim cards through Simoptions which you can order online through this link. The sim cards will be shipped to your home address before your trip.

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Mobile internet operators Hungary

There are 3 main mobile internet providers in Hungary:

  • Vodafone
  • T-Mobile
  • Telenor 

4G/5G Hungary network in 2021

The best prepaid sim card in Hungary is not only determined by the prices and the available data packages. What about going on a Hungary road trip and as soon as you leave Budapest you loose connection? A strong network is just as important. Therefore I checked the 4G and 5G network coverage in Hungary. The maps are a result of the data collected by nperf.com, check the link for more detailed maps.

Is there 5G in Hungary?

Yes there is 5G in Hungary, but not every provider has 5G yet. Check below who has the best 5G network in Hungary.

Telenor Hungary 4G/5G network map

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Vodafone Hungary 4G/5G network map

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T-Mobile Hungary 4G/5G network map

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From what we can see from the above Hungary coverage maps is that Vodafone has the smallest network, though is still prominent with 4G in all the tourist destinations in Hungary. All networks are good for tourists, but T-Mobile has the best 5G network in Hungary by far.

Where to buy a Hungary sim card in 2021

There are multiple mobile internet stores in Budapest city center and all other big cities and tourist destinations in Hungary. The easiest way to find your preferred shop is through Google Maps. Go to the search bar and type in the store a. Google Maps will show you all the options where to buy your Hungary sim card.

You can also buy a Hungary sim card at Budapest Airport. In the link you can read all about it.

For buying a Hungary prepaid sim card you need to have a photo ID or a passport with you. Don’t forget it otherwise you can’t get a prepaid sim card.

Prices prepaid Hungary sim cards in 2021

Below you can find all the prices for Hungary sim cards per provider. Prices are up dated in June 2021.

Telenor Hungary

They have relatively small data packages for Hungary sim cards but at least all the data and minutes are valid in the EU.

  • 1,5 GB + 50 min = 2500 HUF ($8,50)
  • 3 GB + 100 min = 3800 HUF ($13)
  • 5 GB - data only = 3500 HUF ($12)

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All Telenor prepaid sim cards for Hungary are valid for 30 days, data and minutes are valid in all of the EU. For the latest Telenor Hungary sim card offers check their website.

Vodafone Hungary

There is not much choice either when buying a Vodafone Hungary prepaid sim card:

  • 1 GB = 1245 HUF ($4,20)
  • 5 GB = 3559 HUF ($12)

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All above prepaid Vodafone Hungary sim cards are valid for 30 days and there is free roaming in Europe. For the latest Vodafone Hungary prepaid sim card offers, check their website.

T-Mobile Hungary

They only sell one prepaid Hungary sim card at T-Mobile, but at least it is fairly cheap.

  • 1 GB - 80 min = 990 HUF ($3,35)
  • Add extra 3.5 GB = 3.500 HUF ($12)

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The T-Mobile Hungary prepaid sim card is valid for 30 days and their data and minutes can also be used all over Europe. For the latest T-Mobile Hungary sim card offers have a look at their website.

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Best Hungary sim card for tourist in 2021

Since there is hardly any difference in network strength it all comes down to the price and the offered sim card packages. Prepaid Hungary sim cards are NOT appealing to me at all. Super small data packages. I would recommend the following

Vodafone is the best prepaid sim card in Hungary in 2021!

For $12 you will get a prepaid sim card with 5 GB data. Unfortunately calling minutes are not included.

Buy a Hungary sim card online

As you have seen Hungary sim cards are not the best ones for traveling. Save yourself the hassle of buying a sim card in Hungary and order one online before your trip. Check out and order directly from the Simoptions website, they are specialized in sim cards for travelers. Check out some of the best offers below:

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 either the Three or Orange sim card above that is linked. You can order them and many other international sim cards directly through the Simoptions website. Sim cards will be shipped to your home address and are already activated. Click on the links above or the banner below for more info.

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I also wrote a complete guide for the best European sim card. Click on the link to read everything about it and the best offers.

I hope all the above tips about buying a prepaid Hungary sim card are helpful. May you have any additional question please leave me a comment and I am more than happy to help you out.

Enjoy your trip to Hungary!

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