Traveling to Portugal soon? Don't waste money on high roaming costs, Portugal sim cards are affordable. You can easily buy them in stores around the city or airport. You will be online in a couple minutes and enjoy high speed internet. In this article you will read where you can buy sim cards for Portugal, which provider has the best and fastest network and you will find the up to date prices as per June 2021.

Portugal is definitely one of the most laid-back European destinations and a year round place to visit in Europe. Are you flying to Lisbon Airport and want the convenience to buy a sim card at Lisbon Airport. Click on the link to read my detailed guide, where to go and what is the best Portugal sim card for tourists at Lisbon Airport.

Why buying a sim card in Portugal

Portugal still has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to connectivity and internet (speed). Yes your hotel will provide free WiFi and so do most restaurants and bars. But do you want to rely on (slow) WiFi from others. Or another very simple reason to buy a sim card in Portugal: what if you are out on the streets and you are looking for a nearby rooftop bar or nice restaurant with good reviews? You want to order a taxi through an app, or simply emergencies? Road trips in Portugal are epic, but not without navigation! Not being connected to the internet is so much more hassle.

Therefore I recommend tourists to get a local sim card when traveling.

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends a MEO sim card for Portugal. For €5 you get 5 GB data for 1 week including calling time and their network coverage is great.

Do NOT fall for those global sim card with worldwide coverage, simply NOT recommended. Why? I reviewed them all in my article about the best sim cards for traveling the world and came to the simple conclusion that 7 of the 11 are so expensive I would almost call them scams! Click on the link to read all about it.

Portugal sim cards and FREE EU roaming

Is Portugal your first destination on your trip to Europe then make sure you buy a Portugal sim card with FREE EU roaming included. In most cases FREE EU ROAMING is included, but always double check woth your provider when buying a sim card in Portugal.

Free EU roaming means that you can use your Portugal sim card also in France, Germany or even Greece during your trip. Your data bundle, calling and texting credit is valid in more than 30 countries in Europe at no extra costs.

You can also buy a sim card for Europe online before your trip, check the list of the best ones in the link. In the next article you can find all my tips for buying a local sim card in Europe, including a list of the best prepaid sim card for tourists per country. 

As I want to visit every country in the world I have been around. Everywhere I go I write sim card guides for travelers. Check for example: USA, Dubai, IndonesiaMadrid, Spain, Germany, France and many more.

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Order a Portugal sim card onine

Save the hassle of buying a Portugal sim card on arrival and get yourself one online. If you order an international sim card on the Simoptions website, it will be shipped to your home address before your trip. You are online as soon as the plane touches the ground and the sim card will automatically get activated form its first use. Click on the link above or the banner below for more info.

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Mobile internet operators in Portugal

Portugal has three main mobile internet providers: MEO Portugal, NOS Portugal and Vodafone Portugal. MEO is the most popular mobile internet operator in Portugal.

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Where to buy a Portugal sim card

Every big city or tourist destination in Portugal has plenty options for buying a Portugal prepaid sim card. Just find the nearest MEO, Vodafone or NOS store on Google Maps. Also some of the bigger convenience stores and supermarkets tend to sell some Portugal prepaid sim cards. Be aware that service here is VERY LIMITED and it is not easy to figure out what exactly you are buying as package details are written in Portuguese.

I recommend tourists to head to one of the main mobile phone stores.

Buying a sim card at Lisbon Airport

At the most busy airport in the country you can easily buy a Portugal sim card. Must say there is only a Vodafone store at Lisbon Airport so the choice is limited but you also can get a Lycamobile sim card. Click on the link for my complete guide for buying a sim card at Lisbon Airport.

Always bring your passport when buying a Portugal sim card as they need it for registration. Without your passport you can’t buy a sim card.

Best mobile network in Portugal in 2021

Not only the price for a Portugal data sim card is important, network coverage is just as important. Therefore in the next images I am comparing the network coverage for all three mobile internet providers in Portugal.

For more detailed 4G/5G network maps of Portugal check the link. Also find the Funchal and Azores mobile internet coverage there.

Is there 5G in Portugal?

Unfortunately the Portugal mobile internet network is NOT yet that advanced and as of January 2021 there is NO 5G in Portugal, apart from the Lisbon city center. 

MEO 4G /5G Network Portugal

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Vodafone 4G/5G Network Portugal

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NOS 4G/5G Network Portugal

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From the above Portugal mobile network coverage maps we can see that the 4G coverage in Portugal from the 3 providers is almost identical. When it comes down the the network strength, all providers are the same.

Prices prepaid Portugal sim card in 2021

The info below is updated in June 2021 with the latest prices, but for the up to date offers you will have to check the providers' websites, also linked below.

Prepaid MEO sim card Portugal

A MEO prepaid sim card is free but you have to choose a data packages. These are the 2 best options for tourists visiting Portugal:

  • €4,75 = 3 GB data + 500 minutes OR sms - valid for 7 days in ALL of Europe.
  • €5,50 = 5 GB data + 1,000 minutes OR sms - valid for 7 days in ALL of Europe.

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For the latest MEO prepaid sim card offers check their website.

Vodafone Portugal prepaid sim card

The Vodafone store at Lisbon Airport sells the exact same sim cards for Portugal as in a store in Porto and on their website they still offer the same deals in 2021. These are the Vodafone Travellers packages:

  • €20 = 5 GB data in Europe + 500 minutes OR sms + 30 international minutes - valid for 30 days.
  • €30 = 60 GB data ONLY for Portugal - valid for 30 days.

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For the latest Vodafone Portugal sim card offers check their website.

Prepaid NOS sim card Portugal

A NOS Portugal sim card costs €2,50 and you can top up with the packages shown in the picture below. For example:

  • €27,50 (€25 + €2,50) = 5 GB data + 7,000 minutes OR sms - valid for 30 days ONLY in Portugal.

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They also offer a data only sim card for traveling in Europe:

  • €30 = 30 GB data valid in all of Europe for 30 days.

For more info on prepaid sim cards of NOS Portugal check their website.

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Best Portugal sim card in 2021

The 4G networks in Portugal are almost identical for every provider and therefore no difference. Every tourist destination in Portugal is very well covered with a 4G signal, unfortunately no proper 5G yet, but I am sure towards the end of the year this will be established in Portugal as well.

Because MEO has very flexible data plans:

MEO is the best sim card for tourists in Portugal in 2021!

You get a MEO sim card with 5 GB and 500 minutes/sms for €5 per week. May you travel to Portugal you are pretty much always connected for just €10. GREAT DEAL! Also their bundles are valid all over Europe in case you travel onwards.

Buy a sim card for Portugal online

Forget all about the above and simply order one online to save time and effort buying on arrival. Check out some great deals for Portugal sim cards in the link. Below you will find the best available options:

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 you the last two options: Three or Orange. You can order all of the above 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 hope the above tips for buying a prepaid Portugal sim card were helpful for your upcoming Portugal holiday. In case you have any additional questions don't hesitate to leave me a comment below and I am more than happy to help you out. Also for Portugal travel tips.

Enjoy your trip to Portugal!

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