Are you traveling to Bogota and looking for the best way to stay connected on your trip to Colombia? In this is guide you can find everything you need to know about buying a Colombia sim card at Bogota Airport with up to date prices as per July 2022, where to buy a sim card, my recommendation, information about international and e-sim cards for Colombia and even a video about my experiences at Bogota Airport.
As Traveltomtom is on a journey to travel to every country in the world I have been to many airports and countries. The first thing I do on arrival in a new country is buying a local prepaid sim card to get connected as it simply makes traveling much easier and more fun! That is why on Traveltomtom you can find more than 200 prepaid sim card guides: USA, New York, Newark, Panama City, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Europe, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Rome, Istanbul, Israel and many more from Africa, Middle East and Asia.
So bookmark this website for when your are planning your next adventure abroad you come check out Traveltomtom for the latest prepaid sim card advice!
There is also a complete guide on Traveltomtom about buying a sim card in Colombia in 2022 in case you missed the opportunity to buy a sim card at Bogota Airport.
Traveltomtom recommends buying a Claro sim card from the convenience store in the arrival hall of Bogota Airport. For $20 USD you get 12 GB data for 30 days.
We also recommend international sim cards for your trip to Colombia. For $29.90 USD you get a sim card shipped to your home address with 10 GB data to be used in Colombia. Check out my comparison of the best international sim cards for traveling in 2022.
E-sim cards for Colombia
The easiest way to stay connected when traveling abroad in 2022 is an e-sim card. Every recent smartphone supports an e-sim card and you can arrange everything through the internet without swapping a physical sim card.
Unfortunately I could not find many good e-sim cards deals for Colombia yet, but here is one:
- 1 GB data for 7 days = $9.5 USD
Click here to directly order the above Colombia e-sim card deal.
El Dorado International Airport BOG
If you are arriving on an international flight BOG is a very easy and straight forward airport. Unfortunately I have experienced very long lines at customs at El Dorada International Airport BOG in the last few years, but once you get your passport stamped you will walk into the baggage hall and out into the arrival hall in no time.
It is an easy to navigate airport and there is only one exit for the international terminal that leads you into the arrival hall.
Where to buy a sim card at Bogota Airport
There are only 2 places to buy a sim card for Colombia when you arrive at Bogota Airport. The first shop that you will see when you go through the last customs baggage check is the Sim Market shop. It is located right in front of you next to the money exchange and car rental companies. Impossible to miss! These shops are actually even before you exit into the arrival hall.
Another place you can go for buying a sim card is when walking into the arrival hall and turn right there is a convenience store on your right hand side. Also impossible to miss! It has no name and there is no sign saying 'prepaid sim cards for Colombia' or anything like that.
I simply found out by asking the lady working there. She replied positive and told me all the prepaid sim cards for Colombia that they offer.
To make it even easier for you to find the sim card shops at Bogota Airport I also recorded a vlog on my arrival last time.
Prices Colombia sim cards at Bogota Airport
Colombia is a pretty cheap destination for travelers coming from Western countries. In July 2022 $1 USD was approximately 4,150 COP, but it can fluctuate a little of course.
This for sure is the most convenient place to get connected and buy a sim card for your trip to Colombia. However, that comes at a price! Prepaid sim cards for Colombia are expensive at the Sim Market store.
Sim Market sells only Claro prepaid sim cards for tourists and they have 3 packages. The cheapest sim card costs $30 USD and then there is a package of $50 USD and $60 USD.
- 10 GB data + unlimited calls/text, FB & WhatsApp for 10 days = $30
- 18 GB data + unlimited calls/text, FB & WhatsApp for 30 days = $50
- 24 GB data + unlimited calls/text, FB & WhatsApp for 30 days = $60
The Sim Market shop is open 24 hours and they accept international credit cards. The prepaid sim card deals at Sim Market are pretty expensive, definitely for Colombia standards!
Although a little harder to find and service is of course very different here than at the Sim Market shop, prices for Colombian sim cards are much cheaper at the convenient store and you can already get a sim card for Colombia with data for just $9 USD.
- 2 GB data + unlimited calls/text for 10 days = 35,000 COP - $8 USD
- 4.5 GB data + unlimited calls/text for 20 days = 55,000 COP - $14 USD
- 12 GB data + unlimited calls/text, FB & WhatsApp for 30 days = 75,000 COP - $18 USD
- 80 GB data + unlimited calls/text, FB & WhatsApp for 30 days = 150,000 COP - $37 USD
The prepaid sim cards sold at the convenience store are also from Claro, one of the main mobile internet operators in Colombia. Also the convenience store is open 24 hours and accepts international credit cards.
Best prepaid sim card at Bogota Airport
Since both stores sell only prepaid sim cards from Claro it is easy to compare them. It leaves no doubt that the prices at the Sim Market store are much higher than the sim cards sold at the convenience store.
This is the price you pay for buying your Colombia sim card at a prime location. It is the first store you see when setting foot in Colombia. Also at the Sim Market store there are ladies working specialized in selling sim cards, so there is much more service here compared to the convenience store.
Personally, I recommend buying a sim card at the convenience store as it is not that hard to put the sim card in your phone yourself. The sim cards are pre-activated and do not need much set up, but I can understand that it sounds safer to buy a sim card at the Sim Market store.
Prices for Colombia sim cards at Bogota Airport are much higher than if you wait till you get to Bogota city center and buy your sim card there. Check out my complete guide for buying a sim card in Colombia in 2022 and find much better prepaid sim card deals and also more info about the best 4G/5G network in Colombia.
Buy a sim card for Colombia online
Last but not least another reminder that you can also buy an international sim card for Colombia online. This sim card will be shipped to your home address before your trip and is automatically pre-activated from its first use. Check out the following international sim card deals for Colombia:
- 10 GB data for 30 days = $29.90 USD
- 12 GB data for 30 days = $39.90 USD
- 24 GB data for 2 years = $79.90 USD
Don’t want to swap physical sim cards anymore and want to arrange everything directly online? Trust me an e-sim card is what you are looking for. Click here to order a Colombia e-sim card.
I hope all the above information for buying a sim card at Bogota Airport was helpful for your upcoming trip. Let me know if you have any additional questions. Leave me a comment below and I will try to help you out.
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Enjoy your trip to Colombia!