Traveling to Israel soon and looking for the best way to get connected? Surprisingly Israel is NOT a cheap country but luckily prepaid sim cards for Israel are cheap! So avoid high roaming charges and get yourself a prepaid sim card for Israel. In this guide you find everything you need to know about buying a sim card for Israel: up to date prices as per January 2023, where to buy a sim card, the best 4G/5G network in Israel, my recommendation, how to order an Israel sim card online, e-sim cards for Israel and much more tips.

As part of my journey to every country in the world I get to a lot of countries and airports. Buying a local prepaid sim card is the first thing I do when getting to a new country. Therefore on Traveltomtom you can already find more than 150 prepaid sim card guides from all around the world: USA, New York, MiamiCanada, EuropeJordan, Thailand, Vietnam, Guatemala, Bahrain, Colombia, South Africa and many more.

Are you flying to Ben Gurion Airport then the easiest and fastest way to get connected is to buy a local sim card at Tel Aviv Airport. Check out my guide for 2023 and see where to buy a sim card and up to date prices as they differ from what you get in Tel Aviv city center. Of course you pay a little more for a sim card deal at the airport.

Why Buying an Israel sim card

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When there is WiFi everywhere you don't really need a sim card is what a lot of people say. Yes in an ideal world, but don't rely on WiFi in Israel. Although most restaurants, bars and hotels have free WiFi, it is often too slow to even update an Instagram story or the signal in your hotel room is too weak.

Having a data connection also makes traveling so much more convenient AND safer! What about emergency situation when on the road, getting directions from Google Maps, finding nearby restaurants or simply order a taxi through an app. Trust me you will like being connected when traveling to Israel.

Are you not a fan of swapping sim cards and changing phone numbers then have a look into pocket WiFi's. These little portable WiFi devices are a great alternative for having internet abroad. I am not the biggest fan and in the link above you can find my HONEST review about these travel gadgets.

Be aware that using a foreign sim card in your phone only works if your phone is unlocked. If you are not sure about this contact your provider in your home country. European phones are mostly unlocked, American phones tends to be locked often!

RELATED: 33 Best Things To Do in Israel in 2023!

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends buying a sim card for Israel online in 2023. After comparing all the sim card deals for Israel this came out as the best buy. Ordering a sim card for Israel from your couch for almost the same price as on arrival, but easy, fast, simple and no hassle on arrival.

However, if you want to buy a prepaid sim card in Israel on arrival Traveltomtom recommends a Pelephone prepaid sim card. They have the best 5G network and for $18 you get 70 GB data. A similar great option is when you order a sim card for Israel online and that is what I would do! 

Another recommended way to stay connected when traveling to Israel is an international travel sim card with global coverage. In my article about the best international sim cards for traveling in 2023 you will find my comparison and recommendations for a trip to Israel.

There are also Asia sim cards and in the link you will find the best options, however if you want the easiest solution then you should looking into getting an e-sim card for Israel.

Buy your Israel prepaid sim card online

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Definitely worth looking into is ordering a sim card for Israel online. It only takes a couple minutes and the sim card will be delivered to your home address within the next days. Click here to order a sim card for Israel travel and shipping is for FREE!

What do you get?

  • 100 GB data + unlimited calls & sms in Israel + unlimited calls & sms to USA and Canada = $25 USD

That is an amazing deal!

And you can order it straight away. No hassle on arrival. The sim card will automatically be activated from its first use when arriving in Israel.

Depending how long you stay in Israel it gets a couple dollars more expensive.

A sim card valid for 7 days costs $25, 10 days = $29 USD, 14 days = $35 USD, 21 days = $39 USD, 30 days = $45 USD and many more. Click on the link above or the picture above for more info.

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Mobile internet operators Israel

Israel is definitely unique in its kind, because there are 8 mobile internet providers in Israel. Can you believe that there are only 2 mobile internet providers in the USA for example.

Finding the best Israel sim card wasn’t an easy thing to do therefore as I compared all the prepaid sim card deals of every provider in Israel:

  • Partner (former Orange)
  • Cellcom
  • 019
  • Golan Telecom
  • HOT Mobile
  • Pelephone
  • 012 Mobile
  • Rami Levy*

Apart from Rami Levy I found out the prices for a prepaid sim card for Israel per provider. Therefore I didn’t include Rami Levy in my research for the best Israel sim card.

Registration process

Like in almost every couontry these days you can only buy a prepaid sim card when you have a valid ID. In the case of tourists traveling in Israel that will be a passport. It is mandatory for buying a sim card in Israel, so bring your passport to the store. In the phone store a copy of your passport will be taken and your new Israel sim card will be registered on your name and your passport number.

Where to buy a prepaid Israel sim card

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Mobile phone shops are scattered around the city and buying an Israel sim card in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem is pretty easy. Not only will you find loads of official stores, you can also find many mobile phone shops that sell Israel sim cards for tourists. Hitting a shopping mall is always a good idea when looking for a sim card.

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Open Google Maps and search for the nearest phone store or the one you like the most and you will see all the stores around you.

Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv

As I said before it is easy to buy a sim card at Tel Aviv Airport on arrival. Click on the link to read my complete guide for 2023. You will find a book store that sells Partner Israel sim cards as well as a 019 Mobile shop. Be aware then when you decide to buy a sim card in Israel that prices for prepaid sim cards at Tel Aviv International Airport are significantly higher than sim cards deals outside the airport. You can also order a sim card for Israel online and pick it up for free at Tel Aviv Airport.

Eilat Airport

Are you flying directly into Eilat Airport then don’t worry. At Eilat Airport you can also buy a prepaid Israel sim card. There is a kiosk in the Arrival hall that sells prepaid sim cards for Israel. You can't miss it, the airport in Eilat is very small.

Prices prepaid sim card for Israel in 2023

Luckily most providers only have 1 or 2 Israel sim card for tourists available, which made my research much easier. All the bundles mentioned below are only for use in Israel, not abroad and up dated in January 2023.

Pelephone Israel sim card

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A prepaid Phelephone Israel sim card comes with free use of social media apps + unlimited calling & texting. They have the following data packages valid for 30 days.

  • 59 NIS ($18) = 70 GB data
  • 79 NIS ($24) = 80 GB data
  • 99 NIS ($30) = 100 GB data

For more info have a look at the Pelephone Israel website.

Partner Israel sim card

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Partner has the best network in Israel, but not the best prices for prepaid sim cards.

  • 100 NIS ($28) = 35 GB data + unlimited calls & sms - valid for 30 days.

The above deal is what you will find in phone shops in Tel Aviv, but on the Partner website the up to date deals are much worse. Also the Partner website is for the most parts NOT in English and does NOT translate automatically into English either.

Golan Telecom Israel sim card

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An Israel prepaid sim card of Golan Telecom costs 19 NIS + there is a connection fee of 30 NIS. That is a total extra costs of 49 NIS = $15. Therefore their prepaid packages are 

  • 29.90 NIS ($9) = 150 GB data + unlimited calls & sms - valid for 30 days.
  • 39.90 NIS ($12) = 250 GB data + unlimited calls & sms + 300 min international calls - valid for 30 days.
  • 49.90 NIS ($15) = 500 GB data + unlimited calls & sms - valid for 30 days.

 The Golan Telecom website has the latest prepaid sim card packages.

HOT Mobile Israel sim card

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  • 89 NIS ($27) = 50 GB data + unlimited calls to Israel/US/Canada - valid for 30 days.
  • 129 NIS ($39) = 100 GB data + unlimited calls & text to Israel/US/Canada - valid for 30 days.

For the latest offers have a look at the HOT Mobile website.

Cellcom Israel sim card

  • 49,90 NIS ($15) = 500 GB data + 500 minutes & 5,000 sms - valid for 30 days.

Seems like a great prepaid sim card package, but unfortunately I could not find this on my trip to Israel in any of the stores. The above though is the latest package I found on the Cellcom website. Mind you that the website does NOT translate to English and it hardly impossible to figure the extra costs like activation costs and sim card fee.

019 Israel sim card

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The 019 sim cards cost 20 NIS ($3) and they have much smaller data packages.

  • 19.80 NIS ($6) = 12 GB data + 5,000 calls & sms - valid for 30 days.
  • 21.90 NIS ($7) = 30 GB data + 5,000 calls & sms - valid for 30 days.

For more info about the prepaid packages of 019 Israel, have a look at their website.

012 Mobile Israel sim card

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I couldn't find any extra info about the sim card fee or the activation fee of 012 Mobile.

  • 29.90 NIS ($9) = 150 GB data + 5,000 calls & sms - valid for 30 days + 50 international minutes.
  • 49.90 NIS ($15) = 250 GB data + 5,000 calls & sms - valid for 30 days + 50 international minutes.

It was hard to figure out if the above packages were post paid plans or prepaid plans to be honest. The 012 Mobile website was not much of help either.

Best 4G/5G network in Israel in 2023

All the mobile internet providers have strong network coverage in all the tourist destinations in Israel. 019 and 012 Mobile operate on the network of Partner. Below you can see all the network coverage maps for Israel per mobile operator.

Is there 5G in Israel?

Yes, there is a pretty good 5G coverage in most places in Israel, especially the tourist destinations. In 2023 Pelephone is the provider with the best 5G network coverage in Israel. The Golan Telecom 5G network is very small.

4G/5G network coverage map Golan Telecom

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4G/5G network coverage map Cellcom

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4G/5G network coverage map HOT Mobile

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4G/5G network coverage map Partner

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4G/5G network coverage map Pelephone

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From the above network coverage maps we can clearly see that Golan Telecom has the smallest mobile data network in 2023. For tourists traveling to off the beaten path places in Israel this is not the best Israel prepaid sim card. Pelephone and Partner have the strongest mobile network and the best 4G/5G coverage in Israel in 2023. That said all the Israel tourist destinations are covered with a 4G signal.

Simple conclusion is also that Pelephone has the best 5G network in Israel in 2023, Cellcom and Partner are a good second choice for 5G in Israel.

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E-sim card for Israel

After you have seen the amazing Israel prepaid sim card deals I am sure the e-sim card deals for Israel are going to be a little disappointing. E-sim cards are a great alternative for NOT swapping physical sim cards though. Here are the best Israel e-sim card deals I could find:

  • 1 GB for 7 days = $5.5 USD
  • 3 GB for 30 days = $11 USD
  • 5 GB for 30 days = $13.50 USD
  • 10 GB for 30 days = $18 USD
  • 20 GB for 30 days = $22 USD

You can order any of the above e-sim cards for Israel through this link.

Another e-sim card for Israel that I found online gives you 6 GB data for 10 days for $17.90 USD. Click here to order this Israel e-sim card.

Best Israel sim card for tourists in 2023

As of January 2023 the available e-sim cards for Israel are pretty good deals and if you are looking for the easiest way to stay connected then this is a great option. However, they are much more expensive/give you less value for money than prepaid sim cards you buy in Israel or the Israel sim card deals you can order online.

If you really want the cheapest sim card deal for Israel then you have to buy a sim card in Israel on arrival.

What you can see from the comparison of all the Israel prepaid sim cards is that they are CHEAP! You can basically get UNLIMITED DATA for just a couple dollar. There is fierce competition and there is NOT that much difference between the mobile internet providers in Israel when it comes to the prices for data packages and plans. The major difference is the 4G/5G network strength.

Therefore Traveltomtom considers Pelephone as the best prepaid sim card in Israel in 2023.

They have an amazing network coverage and offer 70 GB and unlimited calls and sms in Israel for just 59 NIS = $18.

That said if you don't want the hassle to find a phone shop when traveling to Israel, you can also arrange everything before your trip buy simply ordering a sim card for Israel online. Have a look below what it costs to order an Israel sim card on the internet and get it shipped to your home address.

Get it shipped to your home before your trip for free or pick up for free on arrival at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport! Prices are also really competitive and you don’t need to waste time when arriving in Israel.

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  • 100 GB data + unlimited calls & sms in Israel + unlimited calls & sms to USA and Canada = $25 USD

Valid for 7 days = $25, 10 days = $29, 14 days = $35, 21 days = $39, 30 days = $45. Click on the link or the banner above to order one directly or for more information.

Click here to directly order the above Israel prepaid sim cards deal online or find more info in the link.

I hope all the above tips for getting a sim card for Israel were helpful. Last time I made a last minute trip to Israel I bought a HOT Mobile sim card on arrival. Simply because they were just the first store that I stumbled upon and they offered a mountain of Gigabytes for $20 and I had no time to find a Pelephone store. I had no problems at all traveling through Israel. Always enjoyed a fast internet connection.

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Looking for some vital Israel travel tips then click in the link. While traveling in Israel I went on some pretty cool adventures: hot air ballooning, ATV riding through the desert and many more things. See my list of 33 things to do in Israel!

Click on the links for more info about sim cards for international travel or the best sim card for Asia. In my article I will explain when it is better to buy a local sim card instead of an international sim card. So it is not recommend, but while reading you will find out why.

May you still have questions please leave me a comment, I am happy to help you out with any questions about buying a sim card in Israel as well as travel tips for Israel.

Go check out my Instagram profile @traveltomtom if you are interested in extreme world traveling. Visiting every country in the world is what I am aiming for. As of January 2023 I have visited more than 145 countries.

Enjoy your trip to Israel!

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