Flying to Venice soon? Get yourself a local sim card for Italy and don't get stuck with high roaming costs on your trip to Venice. Don't be fooled by slow overseas data roaming packages. In 2022 we want 5G, not 3G speed! Is there 5G in Venice? Yes sure...

In this guide for buying a sim card in Venice you will read where to get one, the best network and the up to date prices as per January 2022.

Because of my Instagram account I was invited to travel to Venice and stay at two really cool places; Palazzo Pisani on the Grand Canal and another one in the countryside. Upon arrival at Venice Airport and in the city center I gathered all the info for this blog.

RELATED: Buying a Sim Card in Italy in 2022!

Buying an Italy sim card is the best way to avoid crazy roaming costs. Buying a sim card is always the first thing I do when arriving to a new country, however buying a sim card at an airport is not always the best idea, especially in Europe. In most countries sim card deals at airports are overpriced, at least that is what I found out in for example: Copenhagen, Milan, Rome, Heathrow, Paris, Barcelona, etc.

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My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends to NOT buy a sim card at Venice Airport. Those tourist sim card deals are some of the worst deals I have ever seen, basically a tourist trap. Wait till you get to Venice and hop into a TIM store. They have the great Italy sim card deals for tourists: €20 can get you 40 GB!

The easiest way to stay connected when traveling in 2022 is an e-sim card for Italy. No need to swap physical sim cards anymore. Scroll down for more info or one directly in the link above. Another way of not swapping physical sim cards is a so called portable WiFi device, but I am personally not much of a fan!

I also do NOT recommend travelers to buy an international sim card for traveling. I compared all of thos traveler sim cards on the market and found out that most of them are a scam. Click on the link for my international sim card comparison.

E-Sim card for Italy

If buying a sim card at Venice Airport is too much hassle then an e-sim card might be the solution. In short: you order an e-sim card online, receive a code, you enter this code on your mobile and you will get access to a network provider in Italy. It can be done from anywhere in the world. No more physically sim cards. Check out the following Italy e-sim card deals:

  • $4.50 = 1 GB data for 7 days
  • $7 = 3 GB data for 30 days
  • $10.50 = 5 GB data for 30 days
  • $16 = 10 GB data for 30 days

You can order one of the above e-sim cards for Italy directly through this link or find more info about it.

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You can also consider buying a physical sim card and order an Italy sim card through the Simoptions website? Click on the link to find out more about the Orange sim card with 20GB data and 200 international minutes or click on the banner below and get it shipped to your home.

Venice Airport Marco Polo - VCE

Marco Polo Airport is a relatively small airport and there is only one Arrival Hall. When walking through baggage check you can either go left around or right around but you will end up in the same Arrival Hall. The small airport made it easy for me to find out everything about buying a sim card at Venice Airport.

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Where to buy an Italy sim card at Venice Airport

I did my best for you to find all the shops where they sold Italy sim cards for tourists, but there literally is only ONE place where they sell them! When you walk out into the arrival hall and you choose to take the left exit you literally walk straight into the shop. See the photo above!

You can’t miss it either as there are huge Italy sim cards signs and the red Vodafone logo. It is also right next to where they sell public transportation tickets to go from Marco Polo Airport to Venice. More tips about that later.

Prices Italy sim cards Venice Airport

For my research finding the best Italy sim card at Venice Airport I did not really need to search long. I asked the lady which prepaid sim cards for Italy she was selling and she showed me the following.

Vodafone Italy sim cards

Price: €45 - valid 30 days

  • Free Chat Apps (Whatsapp, Messenger, Viber)
  • Free Google Maps, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Facetime.
  • 500 minutes local calls
  • 300 minutes international calls
  • 18 GB data
  • EU data limited till 3.6GB

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Price: €50 - valid 30 days

  • 500 minutes local calls
  • 300 minutes international calls
  • 28 GB data
  • EU data limited till 3.7 GB

vodafone italy sim card venice airport 2

Both Vodafone Italy sim cards are kind of similar. Which one is better depends on how much you use the apps that are free. YouTube is NOT one of the free apps for the record.

Sadly enough though they charge a €20 service fee for activating the sim card. I call that: A TOURIST TRAP. Don't get ripped off, this is ridiculous!

Tutto Communications

When I was doing my research for buying a sim card at Milan Airport I stumbled upon Tutto Communications for the first time. In that article I named everyone who would buy a sim card from them stupid! I don’t want to be rude but why the hell in the world would you buy a sim card with only 3 GB data for €69? At the same shop they sell the above Vodafone Italy sim cards with almost 10 times as much data and those are even cheaper!

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I know the girl working is just a messenger, but when I asked her about it she came up with a lie to make Tutto Communications more attractive to buy! She said that the packages from Tutto Communication, which btw are sim cards from WindTre Italy are activated immediately and that the Vodafone Italy sim cards take 1 hour to be activated!

THAT IS A FREAKING LIE!!!! If you fall for this then you got scammed straight upon arrival into Venice. Please do not believe this! Vodafone sim cards are activated on the spot as well!

The reason why I write these sim card for tourists articles is that I want people to not waste money while traveling the world. This way you are able to travel more . As a professional travel blogger I aspire to inspire people to travel the world and show them that traveling does NOT have to be expensive! Click on the link to read how I travel the world continuously since 2012.

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Best Italy sim card Venice Airport

Of course the WindTre Italy sim cards from Tutto Communications are a NO-GO! Please don't even think about it...

The Vodafone Italy sim cards sold at Venice Airport are a very bad deal either, especially if you know what they sell in officials Vodafone stores in Venice and around Italy.

My conclusion: do NOT buy an Italy sim card at Venice Airport! SCAM ALERT!

So where to buy a sim card in Venice?

Wait till you get to Venice city center! All the mobile internet providers in Italy have phone shops in Venice city center: TIM, Vodafone, WindTre and Iliad. Their stores are centrally located close to Grand Canal.

Click here for the up to date prices for Italy sim card in 2022 and I tell you exactly which is the best for tourists. What about 50 GB data on a 5G network for just €30? :)

Order a Europe sim card online

Don't forget to you can save all this hassle of buying a sim card at Venice by simply ordering one online for your trip to Italy. Simple, easy and convenient! The below international sim cards for Italy can be ordered from the Simoptions website, specialized in sim card 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

  • 5 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

These are some of the best options for travleing in Italy. Personally I would recommend the last two sim cards for Europe: Three and Orange. You can order them directly through the Simoptions website, as well as all the other ones above. They have sim cards for traveling in every country in Europe for sale. The sim card will be send to your home address and you simply put it in your phone on arrival. The data packages are activated from its first use. Click on the links above or the banner below for more info.

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Also another reminder that e-sim cards for traveling to Italy are another great option! Check the link for the latest deals.

Italy sim cards and traveling in Europe

Italy sim cards are actually great deals for traveling in Europe. But you have to be careful, some providers have limited their big data bundles outside of Italy. Always ask your provider if free EU roaming is included before buying a sim card in Italy.

Sim cards in Germany, Netherlands, Spain and France have NO LIMITS on EU data roaming, but are those great sim cards for traveling in Europe? Check out the link for a list of the best Europe sim cards!

Click here for a complete guide for buying a local sim card in Europe with a breakdown of the best tourist sim card per country.

How to get from Venice Airport to Venice

There are two ways to get to Venice from Marco Polo Airport. As you might know there are no cars in Venice and the only mode of transport is either a boat or on foot. From Venice Airport there is a direct boat to the city and vice versa but I would recommend you to take a bus. Busses run much more frequent and take only like 15 minutes or so. A one-way ticket costs €8. You can then walk to your hotel or take a water taxi. Water taxis are €7,50 one-way or you can buy a (multi) day pass.

from venice airport to venice

I hope all the above tips for buying an Italy sim card at Venice Airport were helpful. Let me know if you have any additional questions and I am happy to help wherever I can, please leave me a comment below.

Visiting Venice is amazing and I have been a couple times myself, but the world is so big and so fantastic! As of January 2022 I have visited 122 countries and I keep on going. Check out my Instagram profile @traveltomtom or read my travel stories about visiting every country in the world.

Enjoy your trip to Venice!

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