Traveling to Antigua & Barbuda soon? Don't let high roaming cost, slow overseas data roaming bundles or slow WiFi ruin your trip. Get yourself a local sim card on arrival. This is you complete guide for buying a sim card in Antigua & Barbuda with up to date prices as per February 2021, where to buy one, best network and more.
All the info about buying an Antigua sim card is based on my own experiences and up to date with direct information from the mobile internet providers.
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There is not much choice for tourists traveling to Antigua & Barbuda when it comes to buying a prepaid sim card. And like most other things in Antigua & Barbuda it is NOT cheap either.
Although most Antigua hotels and resorts have ok WiFi, I would still advice you to buy a sim card in Antigua. That way you can always rely on 4G and you won’t have any problems with streaming videos for example. My resorts WiFi was not strong enough to stream live football for example and on the deserted Antigua beaches there is no wifi of course.
Also when road tripping and going to some of the best places to visit in Antigua & Barbuda being connected to Google Maps and finding local restaurants, it is totally worth having an Antigua sim card.
Mobile internet operators in Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua & Barbuda is a small country and there are only two mobile internet operators: Digicel and Flow. Digicel is the oldest mobile network and is active all over the Caribbean, Flow is also present in most Caribbean islands nowadays.
I also found an Antigua sim card of INET Mobile, but I can already tell you that buying this sim card at Antigua Airport is not a good idea! More about it later.
Best mobile network Antigua
Normally I would take the network coverage for Digicel and Flow into consideration to find out what is the best sim card in Antigua & Barbuda. Imagine finding a great sim card deal but then finding out there is hardly is any phone reception.
For Antigua and Barbuda it was a little harder to find relevant information about the network strength on the island for Flow and Digicel. As you can see in the picture above Flow is claiming to have the most reliable 4G network in Antigua, but I asked the locals to find out more.
According to locals Digicel has the best 4G network in Antigua, but it doesn’t differ much from Flow apparently. Based on my own experience I can tell you that Flow has a good 4G network too. I bought a FLOW sim card in Antigua and it worked perfectly fine. Most tourist spots in Antigua I visited I had a good 4G connection.
Where to buy a sim card in Antigua
Buying a sim card in St. John’s
The best place to buy an Antigua sim card is in St. John’s. In the city center of Antigua's capital you will find a Digicel and a Flow shop only about 1 block away from each other. Both shops are located in Market Street and easy to locate.
In both the Digicel and Flow shop you can pay with international credit cards.
Buying a sim card at Antigua Airport
Unfortunately there is no Flow or Digicel shop at Antigua Airport (ANU). That said it is still possible buying an Antigua sim card at the airport. Right behind customs (before baggage claim) there is a duty-free shop and they sell INET Mobile sim cards.
It is the easiest way to buy a sim card when arriving in Antigua, but also the most expensive one! The INET Mobile sim card cost $30 USD and gives you only 1GB data. Super expensive!
Important! For buying an Antigua sim card you will need a photo ID, passport is best, but I bought my Flow sim card with my Dutch drivers license.
Prices Antigua sim card in 2021
Buying a sim card at Antigua Airport is not really worth it, because you can find much better deals in the Digicel and Flow shops in St. John’s.
Digicel Antigua prepaid sim card
A Digicel prepaid sim card cost EC$20 ($7,5) and comes with no credit. To add a data package to your Digicel sim card you can choose from the following:
- 8 ECD ($3) = 2 GB data + 25 minutes & unlimited sms - valid for 1 day.
- 40 ECD ($15) = 5 GB data + 400 minutes & unlimited sms - valid for 7 days.
- 110 ECD ($41) = 12 GB data + 1,000 minutes & unlimited sms - valid for 30 days.
These are the up to date prices as per February 2021. Check their website in the link for the latest Digicel Antigua prepaid sim card deals.
Flow Antigua prepaid sim card
A Flow prepaid sim card cost EC$20 ($7,5) and comes with no credit. To add data to your Flow sim card you can choose from the following packages:
- 8,50 ECD ($3) = 1 GB data + 25 minutes & 25 sms - valid for 1 day.
- 20 ECD ($7) = 1 GB data + 200 minutes & 200 sms - valid for 3 days.
- 40 ECD ($15) = 3 GB data + 350 minutes & 350 sms - valid for 7 day.
- 100 ECD ($37) = 7 GB data + 700 minutes & 700 sms - valid for 30 day.
- 120 ECD ($44) = 10 GB data + 1,000 minutes & 1,000 sms - valid for 10 days.
The above prices are up to date as per February 2021, for the latest Flow Antigua prepaid sim card offers check the Flow website in the link.
This is a folder from the Flow store in St. Johns, Antigua. The staff was very friendly and helpful when I came to buy a prepaid sim card for Antigua.
Best Antigua sim card in 2021
Comparing both Antigua sim cards we can come to the conclusion that Digicell offers more value for money than Flow and therefore:
Digicell is the best sim card in Antigua & Barbuda in 2021!
I hope the above tips for buying a sim card in Antigua were helpful for your upcoming Antigua holiday. Don’t forget to check out my article about everything you need to know when you travel to Antigua & Barbuda. You will find out all about: visas, electricity plugs, best things to do, best beaches, hiking trails, bars, restaurants and many more Antigua & Barbuda travel tips.
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