Traveling to Barcelona soon? Get yourself a sim card on arrival and stay connected. Don't waste money on high roaming costs or get annoyed by slow oversea data roaming. This is your guide for buying a sim card at Barcelona Airport. Where to buy a sim card, up to date prices as per July 2022, best 4G/5G network in Spain and even info about international and e-sim cards for Spain.

I often go on a weekend trip to Barcelona as it is one of my favorite cities in the world and I simply love F.C. Barcelona. This blog is based on my own experiences and I can already tell you that arriving late at BCN airport most shops will be closed. 

Traveling onwards to Europe? Make sure your local sim card includes FREE EU Roaming. Local sim cards from Lycamobile are notorious to NOT include FREE EU roaming. Check out my complete comparison of the best Europe sim cards in 2022 in this link.

Why buying a sim card at Barcelona Airport

Getting a sim card for your trip to Europe make traveling so much easier. Ordering a taxi through an app, finding the train schedule on the go, getting directions from Google Maps. So many examples that having an internet connection while traveling is very convenient.

Also don't simply rely on public WiFi, first off it is an unsecured network connection and second, there is no guarantee the WiFi is working or fast enough to roam the internet. Traveltomtom always recommend buying a local sim card.

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends buying an Orange sim card at Barcelona Airport, it is the best value for money. For €15 you can get 9 GB data, not a bad prepaid sim card deal for Spain.

However, buying a sim card at Barcelona Airport simply costs more than what you can get in Barcelona city center or even if you order an e-sim card for Spain online. Check here my complete guide for buying a sim card for Spain in 2022 or have a look below for more info about e-sim cards.

Another great alternative is buying an international sim card with global coverage. Traveltomtom recommends to check out my comparison of the best international sim cards for travelers in 2022 and choose the travel sim card that suits your trip.

E-sim card for Barcelona

If you don't mind about calling minutes then an e-sim card for Spain would be a great solution for your upcoming trip to Barcelona and for $12 USD you get 5 GB data. Check out all the options below:

  • 1 GB for 7 days = $4.5
  • 3 GB for 30 days = $7.5
  • 5 GB for 30 days = $12
  • 10 GB for 30 days = $18

You can order one of the above e-sim card for Spain directly through this link. This is also where you can find more info. How it works? in short: you receive a code after your purchase, this code you enter on your mobile and a Spain network will be activated.

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You can also order a physical sim card for Spain online. All the prepaid sim card deals for Spain are also valid in Europe and within just a couple clicks you can order them at get them delivered to your home address before your trip. Click here to order one of the Spain sim card deals that suit your trip. Click on the link above or the banner above for more info.

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Mobile internet operators in Spain

There are 4 main internet operators in the country but if you are buying a sim card in Barcelona Airport, you will only find a Spain sim card of Vodafone and Orange. The other main internet providers I could not find. So if you want a Movistar sim card or a Yoigo sim card then you will have to check out Barcelona city center.

Where to buy a Spain sim card in Barcelona Airport

El Prat has two terminals and unfortunately they are pretty far away from each other. Traveling from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 takes about 10 minutes by bus. There are free shuttle busses outside that run very frequently though.

Terminal 1

When traveling to Spain and arriving at Barcelona Airport Terminal 1 you have two options for buying a prepaid sim card for Spain.

Crystal/Vodafone shop terminal 1 Barcelona Airport

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You will see the Vodafone signs when walking away from arrivals on your right hand side. Of course here you can buy a Vodafone prepaid sim card for Spain.

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There are 3 Vodafone data sim cards for Spain available

1. Vodafone data only €30 - including international calls €35

  • Unlimited data use for all apps in Spain
  • 1,5 GB - 4G data (across all of Europe)
  • 30 days valid
  • NO hotspot available

2. Vodafone data only €45 - including international calls €50

  • Unlimited data use for all apps imaginable in Spain (see picture)
  • 3,5 GB - 4G data (across all of Europe)
  • 30 days valid
  • NO hotspot available

The above packages seem a little complicated as there are a couple more restrictions!

  • Data valid across all of Europe, but the data use for apps only up to 5GB outside of Spain.
  • Internationals calls only to 58 countries, see the list below.

3. Vodafone prepaid sim card for tourists in Spain

  • €45
  • 17 GB - 4G data (across all of Europe)
  • 800 minutes international calls
  • 30 days valid
  • YES hotspot available

Apart from the complicated packages the Vodafone prepaid sim cards for tourists in Spain seem like reasonable. Big data packages and that is what travelers want.

At The Crystal Shop you can also buy an Orange sim card for Spain.

Orange sim card Spain at Crystal shop terminal 1:

  • €25 = 6 GB data in EU + 400 minutes international calling - valid for 30 days.
  • €35 = 9 GB data in EU + €15 calling credit - valid for 30 days.

As you can see the Orange sim cards are cheaper than the Vodafone sim cards. You can both buy them at the Crystal shop.

Tabaco Shop

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Just outside Barcelona Airport Terminal 1 you there is a Tabaco Shop that sells prepaid sim cards for Spain.

spain data sim orange

Here you get two different Orange sim cards:

  • €15 = 9 GB data in Europe
  • €20 = 9 GB data in Europe + €5 international calling credit

Both packages are valid for 30 days and a hotspot is available. Seem like these prices are way better than the Vodafone sim cards at the Crystal Shop!

Terminal 2

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When arriving at Terminal 2 it is very easy as there is only 1 place to buy a Spain sim card for tourists. In the middle of Hall B there is a Traveler Shop called Tienda del Viajero. Here they only sell one Orange prepaid sim card package, the same as the above one from the Tabaco Shop at Terminal 1.

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  • €20 = 9 GB data in Europe + €5 international calling credit

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Best sim card Barcelona Airport in 2022

Buying a sim card in Barcelona Airport is pretty straight forward as you can see. The Tobaco Shop may be a little hidden, but worth heading walking 1 min. They have their own Orange kiosk inside the shop and the super friendly ladies installed everything for me on my phone within 2 minutes.

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The best sim card at Barcelona Airport in 2022 is Orange!

For €15 you get 9 GB data for all of Europe!

When arriving at Terminal 2 you don’t have much choice, but spending €20 on an Orange sim card with 9 GB data is a very good deal too.

Order a sim card for Spain online

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Does this all sounds like too much hassle and you want to make it much easier for yourself? Then why not ordering a sim card for Spain online? Get a pre-activated sim card for Spain send to your home address and arrive prepared in Spain. Check out the following Spain sim card deals:

1. Orange Holiday ZEN - $29.90

  • 8 GB data
  • Unlimited calls/sms in Europe
  • 30 minutes worldwide
  • 200 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

2. Three PAYG AIO15 - $29.90

  • 10 GB data
  • Unlimited calls/sms in Europe
  • Valid 30 days

3. Three PAYG AIO20 - $39.90

  • 12 GB data
  • Unlimited calls/sms in Europe
  • Valid 30 days

4. Orange Holiday Europe - $49.90

  • 20 GB data
  • Unlimited calls/sms in Europe
  • 120 minutes worldwide
  • 1,000 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

Click here to directly order a sim card for Spain online or click on the link for more info.

Personally Traveltomtom recommends you either the Three or Orange option above that are linked. You can order them and many other international sim cards directly through the links above.

Last reminder that you can also order an e-sim card for Spain and keep your number from home. Check the link for more info and find a deal with 5 GB data for $12 USD.

I also wrote an article for the best sim card in Spain in 2022!

How to get from Barcelona Airport to the city

a1 bus to barcelona from airport

It is very easy to take the bus just outside the Terminals. They are called A1 or A2 and both head to Plaza Catalunya.

bus from airport to barcelona

They cost €5,90 and there is wifi on board. They run basically every 5 minutes. If you arrive at Barcelona Airport at night take Bus N18, they only cost €2,20. You can buy your bus ticket from Barcelona Airport to the city online already and save all the hassle at the airport.

barcelona airport to the city

Don't forget to check out my blog with the must do's for a weekend in Barcelona.

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I hope the above tips for buying a Barcelona sim card were helpful for your upcoming trip. In case you still have any questions please don't hesitate to leave me a comment below. I am more than happy to help you out, also with Barcelona travel tips.

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Enjoy your trip to Barcelona!

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