Visiting Madrid soon and flying to the Adolfo Suarez Barajas Airport? I recommend you to get a local sim card. Avoid high roaming costs and have the best network coverage. Don't get fooled by oversea data roaming plans with reduces internet speed. It is 2021, we want 5G if possible! This is your complete guide for buying a sim card at Madrid Airport. Where to get it, prices for 2021, my recommendation and more...

The first thing I do when I get to a new country is looking for a local sim card. Because of my journey to visit every country in the world I have been to every country in Europe and all the major airports and wrote in total more than 150 local sim card guides all over the world: Paris, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Rome, Milan, Amsterdam, Berlin, etc. and of course also Barcelona Airport.

This article is updated with the latest info and prices in June 2021.

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Why buying a sim card at Madrid Airport

It is very simple. You want an Uber to bring you to your hotel? Then you need an internet connection! Or what about looking for a nice restaurant nearby when walking through the city or getting direction from Google Maps. Having a data connection on your phone makes life and traveling so much easier.

Also don't rely on the public WiFi of the hotel, bar or restaurant. There is no guarantee it works or is fast enough and above all public WiFi"s are UNSECURED networks. Simply get a local sim card, it is easy and fast.

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends buying an Orange sim card at Terminal 4. For €25 you get a sim card deal with 10 GB data. That said, the value for money in Madrid city center is much better and it is best to buy your sim card at an official phone store and get double the data for less money. Check out my complete guide for buying a sim card in Spain.

We do NOT recommend global sim cards for travelers. These sim cards with worldwide coverage are simply way too expensive compared to local sim cards and not worth it. Have a look at our article about the best international sim cards in where we compare and review them one by one.

Spain sim cards and free EU roaming

Sim cards for Spain are a pretty good deal for traveling in Europe, most prepaid sim cards offer free or unlimited roaming in the EU, but always ask your mobile internet provider when buying a sim card in Spain. Sometime they have sneaky rules with data caps outside of Spain. In general I recommend buying a sim card in Spain for traveling in Europe.

Free EU roaming means that when you buy a sim card in Spain you data, voice and text allowance is also valid in other countries in Europe at NO extra costs, so you don,t need to buy a new sim card in every European country you go to. Check out my complete guide with all the info for tourists about buying a local sim card in Europe or check my article with the best sim cards for Europe travel.

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Buy a sim card for Spain online

Save the hassle of buying a sim card at Madrid Airport by ordering your sim card for traveling in Spain online. At the Simoptions website there are multiple sim cards fro travelers on offer. For example $30 gets you 12 GB and unlimited calls/texts and the sim card will be send to your home address prior to your trip. Check for this and many more deals the link above or click on the banner below.

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Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport

The Madrid Airport (MAD) consists of 4 different Terminals. It is not the most modern airport. Terminal 2 and 3 are very basic and there is no shop for buying a Spain sim card at all. Arrivals at Terminal 2 and 3 are mostly Europe flights only though, so understandable.

Most intercontinental flights arrive at Terminal 4 and some other at Terminal 1. There are several stores that sell prepaid Spain sim card at Madrid Terminal 1 and 4. Terminal 1,2 and 3 are within walking distance from each other, but Terminal 4 is a 10-minute free shuttle bus away. Shuttles busses run constantly between the terminals.

Where to buy a Spain sim card at Madrid Airport

In Terminal 1 there is a big phone shop called: Betel Phone it is in and between the two arrival gates. There is also a little Lyca Mobile kiosk that sells Spain sim cards.

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As I said there are no facilities for buying a sim card at Madrid Airport Terminal 2 and 3.

But at Madrid Airport Terminal 4 there are 3 different places to buy a sim card : Lyca Mobile kiosk, WH Smith shop and The Market convenient store. You will find the Lyca Mobile kiosk and the WH Smith shop on your right hand side when you walk into the Arrivals Hall, on your left you will find The Market store.

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Prices prepaid Spain sim card Madrid Airport 2021

Betel Phone Terminal 1

At Betel Phone Madrid Airport Terminal they sell Orange and Vodafone prepaid sim cards. Be Aware they are kind of expensive!

Vodafone sim card Madrid Airport

  • €50 = 10 + 8 GB data in Europe + 800 minutes worldwide.
  • €70 = 10 + 8 GB data in Europe + 800 minutes worldwide and free apps.

The above Vodafone sim cards are valid for 30 days. They have great volume, but are kind of pricey!

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Orange sim card Madrid Airport

  • €40 = 10 GB data in Europe + €10 credit for calls.
  • €60 = 20 GB data in Europe + €10 credit for calls.
  • €75 = 30 GB data in Europe + €10 credit for calls.

In general the Betel Phone store sells expensive prepaid Spain sim cards as they are just a reseller not an official store. Service is good though and these people are setting everything up for you in store.

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Lyca Mobile Madrid Airport Terminal 1 + 4

The Lyca Mobile kiosks at Madrid Airport can’t be missed as they are in your face when you walk into the arrival halls. They sell the following Spain prepaid sim cards:

  • €50 = 7 GB data in all of Europe.
  • €60 = 12 GB data in all of Europe.
  • €60 = 7 GB data in all of Europe + 1,000 national/international minutes + unlimited calls to Lyca Mobile
  • €70 = 12 GB data in all of Europe + 1,000 national/international minutes + unlimited calls to Lyca Mobile
  • €70 = 20 (+10 extra) GB data in all of Europe.

All of the above Lyca Mobile Madrid Airport sim cards are valid for 30 days. These Spain sim card prices are super steep though! Only for those who desperately want to get a sim card at Madrid Airport I recommend you getting Lycamobile. 

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WH Smith shop Terminal 4 Madrid Airport

This convenient store is known for selling prepaid sim cards across Europe in most airports. Unfortunately at Madrid Airport they stopped selling Vodafone Spain sim cards and therefore you can only get Lebara or Lyca Mobile sim cards here at the moment.

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Lebara Madrid Airport

  • €20 = 3 GB data in Spain and 200 minutes worldwide.
  • €25 = 5 GB data in Spain and 800 minutes worldwide.
  • €30 = 10 GB data in Spain and 2,000 minutes worldwide.

The above Lebara sim cards will only allow you 50% of their data in Europe! They are valid for 30 days.

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Lyca Mobile WH Smith

  • €20 = 3 GB data in Spain and 500 minutes worldwide.
  • €20 = 7 GB data in Spain and 200 minutes worldwide.
  • €25 = 12 GB data in Spain and 200 minutes worldwide.

The above Lyca Mobile sim cards will only allow you 50% of their data in Europe! They are valid for 30 days.

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The Market Madrid Airport Terminal 4

Last but not least The Market shop when you walk out to your left when entering the arrival hall. The shop is open from 6am till midnight and sell good pay as you go Spain sim card deals from Orange.

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Orange Spain sim card

  • €25 = 10 GB data in Europe + €10 calling credit.
  • €35 = 30 GB data in Spain

These Orange sim cards are valid for 28 days.

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Best sim card for tourists at Madrid Airport in 2021

From my experience I know that Lycamobile and Lebara are simply too expensive for what you get. You will see them first as their kiosk is right in your face when walking out, but that is not the best prepaid sim card in Spain for tourists at all. Keep walking...

If you arrive at Terminal 4 you are lucky, because here they sell the best Spain sim card deal at Madrid Airport in 2021: OrangeFor €25 you get 10 GB data valid in all of Europe and up to 1,000 minutes free calls.

Prices for Spain sim cards at Madrid Airport are pretty steep and you manage to find cheaper ones in Madrid city center from the official stores of Vodafone, Orange, Movistar. Click on the link to read my article about the best Spain sim card for tourists.

Buy your Europe sim online

Too much effort buying a sim card on arrival at Madrid Airport then I recommend you to order one online. Get it shipped to your home address before your trip to Spain. Easy, quick and convenient... just put it in your phone on your arrival and it gets activated automatically.

The following international sim cards are a great deal for traveling in Spain AND Europe. All the below prepaid sim card deals for Spain can be found on the Simoptions website.

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 the Three or Orange option 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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How to get from Madrid Airport to the city center

Outside of every terminal there are busses leaving constantly for the city center, but my preferred way of traveling from Madrid Airport to the city center is by Uber. In Spain an Uber is affordable. A bus ticket costs €5 and can be bought on the bus. The journey takes around 40 minutes depending at which stop you get off.

I hope the above tips for buying a prepaid sim card at Madrid Airport were helpful for your upcoming Spain trip. May you have any more questions please leave me a message below and I am happy to help. Also regarding Madrid travel tips.

Enjoy your trip to Spain!

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