Traveling to Europe and flying to Amsterdam? Don't get stuck with high roaming costs or slow overseas data plans. A prepaid sim card for Holland is the cheapest way to stay connected. In this guide for buying a Netherlands sim card at Amsterdam Airport I show you all the options and also tell you my recommendation. Because...

Damn it! I feel ashamed for my own country! Why? The sim cards for The Netherlands they sell at Amsterdam Airport are ridiculously expensive. Must add that prices are finally going down compared to previous years. This article is updated as per March 2022.

Buying a local prepaid sim card is the first thing I do when arriving in a new country. Traveltomtom strongly encourages travelers to do so too to save money on high roaming charges. However, The Netherlands and especially Amsterdam Airport is an exception!

Since I am on a journey to visit every country in the world I have been to many airports and countries. Therefore on Traveltomtom you can find almost 200 prepaid sim card guides from all over the world: Thailand, USA, Kigali, Cameroon, Panama, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Canada, South Africa, Saudi ArabiaMexicoBerlin, BrusselsParis, MadridLisbon, Barcelona, Dublin, London, Rome, etc.

I am from Holland, but I haven't lived in my own country for many years, so every time I visit The Netherlands I feel like a tourist and I also need to buy a prepaid sim card to stay connected.

Luckily Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has very fast, reliable and free WiFi for everyone. Well done! That is at least what I call a warm welcome to my country.

My recommendation

Traveltomtom does NOT recommend buying a sim card at Amsterdam Airport. Prices are way too high for just small data bundles. It is better to buy a sim card in Amsterdam city center at one of the official mobile internet operator stores in The Netherlands like: Vodafone, KPN or T-Mobile.

However, the best sim card at Amsterdam Airport is a Vodafone sim card for €35 that gives you 9 GB data in The Netherlands. You can buy it from the Telecom store near to Arrivals 1.

A great option for travelers is an international sim card. On Traveltomtom you can find an article with a comparison of the best international sim cards with global coverage in 2022. Some of the offers are much better than the local prepaid sim cards for The Netherlands they sell at Amsterdam Airport. Find the one that fits your trip in the link above.

E-sim card for The Netherlands

The easiest way to stay connected when traveling in 2022? An e-sim card! Order an e-sim card for Netherlands online, get a code in your email, change your settings and the e-sim card is installed on your phone before you realize. Check out the following e-sim card deals for The Netherlands:

  • 1 GB data for 7 days = $6
  • 3 GB data for 30 days = $12
  • 5 GB data for 30 days = $18
  • 10 GB data for 30 days = $27

Click here to order a Netherlands e-sim card directly online or find more info.

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Mind you that s-sim cards are data only sim cards, meaning calling and sms is not supported. If you also want to make phone calls in Netherlands and in Europe then Traveltomtom recommends buying a physical sim card for Netherlands online. For $49.90 you get 20 GB data including unlimited texting and calling all over Europe. Click here to order this Netherlands sim card directly online or find more info in the link.

Netherlands sim cards and free EU roaming

Free EU roaming means that you can use your data, voice and text allowance on Netherlands sim cards all over Europe. No borders, no roaming fees! Therefore you can use a France sim card in Holland and a Greece sim card in Denmark without any extra charges. Good thing about Netherlands sim cards are that they mostly include FREE EU roaming.

Curious what is the best sim card for Europe travel in 2022? I compared all the EU sim card deals in my lately updated article. Check out the link.

Or check out all my tips and find more info about EU roaming costs in my guide for buying a prepaid sim card in Europe, including a list of the best prepaid sim card for tourists per EU country.

Looking for an Amsterdam Airport Hotel? I stayed in Van Der Valk A4 Hotel, with a free shuttle from the airport and an amazing breakfast from 5:00 am onwards.

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Traveling to the Netherlands? This is your chance to go off the beaten path! Netherlands is more than Amsterdam! Check out my blog about 30 amazing places to visit in Netherlands.

Where to buy a sim card at Amsterdam Airport

Honestly I feel stupid being Dutch when it comes to this topic. We always think we have everything so damn well organized here in our small country. But where are the mobile operator stores at Schiphol? Where is Vodafone, KPN or T-Mobile? Why is there no official phone store at Amsterdam Airport?

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Do I really have to go to that little kiosk with the two arrogant guys trying to sell as many sim cards as possible per minute? Is that where you buy a prepaid sim card at Amsterdam airport?

In the center of the main hall there is something like a trolley or tiny little kiosk with two guys dressed in a Lebara clothes. When I asked the two guys for the prices they handed me over a sheet, while continuously screaming: buy your Dutch sim card for tourists here! Not even 10 seconds later he asked me so what package would you like to buy?

I looked at him like saying: chill the f*ck down idiot! When buying a sim card at Frankfurt Airport I thought tourists get scammed but at Amsterdam Airport it is even worse! Prices for Netherlands sim cards are stupidly expensive!

Prices Lebara sim card

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These prices are outrages when you ask me. The guy quickly mentioned that it was valid all over Europe, but to give you an example to compare. An Ireland prepaid sim card for €20 gives you 20 GB data, a Lebara sim card at Amsterdam Airport gives you 500 MB! AT 3G SPEED! LOL

AKO Book Store

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There is another place to buy a prepaid sim card at Amsterdam Airport. According to the information desk tourists can also buy a sim card in the nearby AKO bookshop, close to the main hall. When I walked in a very friendly old man pointed to this following sheet.

Oh no again a Lebara sim card, definitely not worth going, way to expensive! Don't pay €25 for 1 GB data please! I will help you find a much better deal. Keep on reading!

Airport Telecom

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No there is finally a proper place to buy a sim card at Amsterdam Airport, but they are not cheap. The Airport Telecom store is located between Arrivals 1 and 2. They sell multiple operators like Vodafone and Lycamobile.

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These are the up to date prices for an Amsterdam airport sim cards as per March 2022.

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Above you can see Vodafone Netherlands prepaid sim cards sold at Amsterdam Airport. For €35 you will get 9 GB data and unlimited local calls. Sim card deals at Amsterdam Airport are luckily getting more affordable in 2022 compared to previous years.

They also sell the above European sim cards from Lycamobile, but I would NOT recommend these sim cards. Online you can find way better Europe sim card deals with for example 20 GB data for $49.90 USD. Click here to see my list of the 12 best European sim cards in 2022.

Best Amsterdam Airport sim card in 2022

Although rather expensive the best sim card at Amsterdam Airport can be bought from the Airport Telecom shop nearby Arrivals 1. You pay €35 and get 9 GB data. When traveling onwards in Europe you can only use 50% (4.5 GB) for data roaming. If you only travel in The Netherlands you don't need EU roaming.

As said before buying a sim card at Amsterdam Airport is expensive and not directly recommended.

A better option is to wait until you get to Amsterdam city center and buy a sim card for The Netherlands there. Read my article about the best sim card in Netherlands in 2022 for all available Dutch sim cards in stores across Netherlands!

Too much hassle? Order a Europe sim card online! See below...

Buy a sim card for in Netherlands online (much cheaper)

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Looking for better deals with more data for less money? Get yourself an international sim card for The Netherlands. These sim cards will be shipped to your home address before your trip and are automatically activated on its first use. The following Europe sim cards are valid in over 30 countries in Europe:

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

Click here to directly order one of the above prepaid sim cards for traveling in the Netherlands or find more info. Personally Traveltomtom recommends Orange Holiday Europe sim card with 20 GB data in all of Europe.

Want to see all the options then check out my lately updated article about the best prepaid sim card for traveling in Europe in 2022.

If you really want to buy a sim card in the Netherlands then wait till you get to Amsterdam city center and search for either a KPN, Vodafone or T-Mobile shop nearby. In this link you can read all about the best prepaid Netherlands sim card.

My to go to hotel at Schiphol Airport is the Van Der Valk A4 Hotel. It provides a free shuttle from the Amsterdam Airport.

If you are interested what it looks like traveling to every country in the world then check out my Instagram profile @traveltomtom for some serious wanderlust. As of March 2022 I have visited 127 countries around the world.

For any specific questions please leave me a message below. I am happy to help you out with your travel questions about traveling in the Netherlands or buying a sim card for your trip to Europe.

Enjoy your trip to my beloved country!

Some links in this article about the best Amsterdam sim card are affiliate links. If you buy any of the products after using the outgoing links I’ll earn a small commission. Don’t worry this is at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your understanding!

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