Surprisingly Israel is NOT a cheap country, but luckily prepaid sim cards in Israel are cheap! So avoid high roaming cost when traveling to Israel and get yourself a local sim card with data on arrival or order one online. In this blog I will tell you everything buying a sim card in Israel: up to date prices, where to buy one, the best 5G network, how to order an Israel sim card online and much more tips.

This blog is updated with the latest info and prices as per July 2021!

As part of my journey to every country in the world I get to a lot of countries and airports. Buying a local sim card is the first thing I do when getting to a new country and providing other travelers with useful travel tips is my passion. That has led to writing already more than 150 guides for buying local sim cards in places like: USA, Canada, Jordan, Thailand, Vietnam, Guatemala, etc.

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 and see where to go and where they sell the best Israel sim card. 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.

RELATED: 33 Best Things To Do in Israel in 2021!

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends a Pelephone prepaid sim card for Israel. They have a good 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! Ordering a sim card for Israel from your couch for almost the same price as on arrival. Easy, fast and simple!

Traveltomtom does NOT recommend global sim cards with worldwide coverage. For my article the Best International Sim Cards in 2021 I researched, reviewed and compared all of these sim cards and came to the simple conclusion that most of them are NOT WORTH IT!

There are also Asia sim cards and in the link you will find the best options, however for a trip to Israel I do recommend a local sim card as those are MUCH CHEAPER!

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Buy your Israel prepaid sim card online

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 in most cases is for free. What do you get?

  • 70 GB data + unlimited calls & sms in Israel + unlimited calls & sms to USA and Canada starts from $22!

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, 14 days = $35, 21 days = $39, 30 days = $45 and many more. Click on the link above or the banner below 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 in the USA! ;)

Finding the best Israel sim card wasn’t an easy thing to do as there are 8 different mobile operators 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.

Best mobile network in Israel in 2021

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 per mobile operator (source nperf.com). Important for 2021 is that there is already 5G available, but only really with Pelephone and Partner.

Golan Telecom Israel network coverage map

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Cellcom Israel network coverage map

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HOT Mobile Israel network coverage map

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Pelephone Israel network coverage map

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Partner Israel network coverage map

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From the above network coverage maps we can clearly see that Golan Telecom has the smallest network and for people on a road trip this is not the best Israel prepaid sim card. Partner has the strongest network, but the others are not far behind. It seems like Pelephone has the best 5G network in Israel.

Remarkably Pelephone has a small 4G+ network, but does offer a 5G network.

Where to buy an Israel sim card for tourists in 2021

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 mobile internet and you will see all the stores around you.

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Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv

As I said before it is easy to buy a sim card at Tel Aviv Airport on arrival. There you will find a book store that sells Partner Israel sim cards as well as a 019 Mobile shop. Prices are significantly higher though and it is better to order an Israel sim card online and pick it up 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. You can't miss it, the airport in Eilat is very small.

What to bring when buying an Israel sim card for tourists

Without a valid passport you are not able to buy an Israel sim card. A photocopy or a photo on your mobile is also enough as well as a drivers licences.

Prices prepaid sim card for Israel

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.

Pelephone Israel sim card

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

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These are the most up to date prices as per March 2021. For more info have a look at the Pelephone Israel website.

Partner Israel sim card

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. See below.

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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

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.

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These are the latest offers as of March 2021. The Golan Telecom website has the latest prepaid sim card packages.

HOT Mobile Israel sim card

  • 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.

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These are the latest HOT Mobile offers as of March 2021, 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

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.

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

012 Mobile Israel sim card

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.

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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.

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Best Israel sim card for tourists in 2021

As you can see all the above prepid sim cards for Israel are CHEAP and 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.

I would recommend the following: Pelephone is the best prepaid sim card in Israel in 2021.

They have an amazing network coverage and offer 70 GB and unlimited calls and sms in Israel for just 59 NIS = $18. Have alook below what it costs to order an Israel sim card online! RECOMMENDED!

Buy an Israel sim card online

Remember that you can also oder your Israel sim online and get it shipped to your home before your trip for FREE! Prices are also really competitive and you don’t need to get in line when arriving in Israel.

  • 70 GB data + unlimited calls & sms in Israel + unlimited calls & sms to USA and Canada. This sim cards starts from $22 onwards.

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

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I hope all the above tips for getting a sim card for Israel were helpful. Personally I bought a HOT Mobile sim card on arrival and had no problems at all traveling through Israel. Always enjoyed a fast internet connection. They were just the first store that I stumbled upon and they offered a mountain of Gigabytes for just $20.

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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.

Enjoy your trip to Israel!

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