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Best Sri Lanka Sim Card For Tourist And How To Buy A Prepaid Sim Card In Sri Lanka (Updated 2022)

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In this guide you will learn the best Sri Lanka sim card for tourist and how to buy a prepaid sim card in Sri Lanka sim card. Click here to book online Sri Lanka activities and day trips

You can buy the cheapest sim card in Sri Lanka with Airtel Sri Lanka prepaid sim card for $4 USD with 2 GB daily data valid for 30 Days. Read here best Sri Lanka eSim

You can find the cheapest Sri Lanka eSim with Airalo Sri Lanka eSim prepaid for $7 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%). For $15 USD with 3 GB data valid for 30 days.

Make sure you check Holafly eSim for less than $60 USD if you use our code GAMINTRAVELER you will have unlimited internet for 30 days eSim in Sri Lanka for just $2 USD per day.

Read here Sri Lanka Travel Tips, how to get from Colombo airport to Galle, Colombo airport to Negombo, Colombo airport to city center, 10 Most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka and our favorite 25 Sri Lanka Tourist Spots!

Read here budget travel in Sri Lanka and things to do in Sri Lanka.

WHERE TO STAY IN SRI LANKA

You can get accommodation starting from $15-20 USD for a room in a guesthouse. If you are two of you traveling in Sri Lanka it will be $10 USD each.  If you are looking for budget accommodation in Sri Lanka you can also try AirBnB starting from $15 USD.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN SRI LANKA BEFORE YOUR TRIP WITH BOOKING AND AGODA!

BOOK YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE

You can read Heymondo Vs Safetwing cheapest travel Insurance. You can get for $135 USD your Heymondo Travel Insurance with Heymondo discount code valid for 90 days. Read our full Heymondo Travel Insurance Review

You can get Safetywing Travel Insurance for Digital Nomads valid for 28 days Safetywing for $50 USD per month with kids until 10 years old included

Click here to book online Sri Lanka activities and day trips

SRI LANKA SIM CARD FOR TOURIST AND PREPAID SIM CARD IN SRI LANKA

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First thing we have to say about internet and data connection in Sri Lanka is really good especially if we compare with the Philippines where we were coming from. Most of the places in Sri Lanka will have 4G and good wifi connection. Only in a few remote places in the middle of nowhere the connection can be intermittent.

If you are work online like us, the connection in Sri Lanka works good. We can usually find stable internet connection and the data was very cheap, one of the cheapest that we found traveling around the world. We didn’t have any issue with the internet in Sri Lanka unlike we usually had in the Philippines or Maldives.

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is to get a prepaid sim card in Sri Lanka. It will be efficient and it will allow you to connect anytime. We recommend you to get your Sri Lanka tourist sim card in the airport just to avoid the hassle.

Make sure you check Holafly eSim for less than $60 USD if you use our code GAMINTRAVELER you will have unlimited internet for 30 days eSim in Sri Lanka for just $2 USD per day.

BUYING SRI LANKA PREPAID SIM CARD IN THE AIRPORT (SIM CARD COLOMBO AIRPORT)

If you are buying your Sri Lanka sim card at Colombo airport (Bandaranaike International Airport) you will have a few options to get your Sri Lanka prepaid sim card. If you already booked online your prepaid Sri Lanka sim card you will have to just pick up in the airport showing your confirmed booking and your passport.

Once you get your luggage you will see phone kiosks in the airport. You will be able to get a prepaid Sri Lanka tourist sim card for free (outside the price of the sim card could 200 LKR which is $1 USD) and later you can top up in a store. You can also get a package in the airport but prices will be higher than outside.

The best options for a prepaid Sri Lanka sim card will be Dialog and Mobitel where you will have the best coverage in the country. If you are looking for unlimited data Airtel prepaid sim card will be your option for traveling in Sri Lanka.

WHERE TO GET SRI LANKA TOURIST SIM CARD

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If you didn’t get your Sri Lanka sim card in Colombo airport no worries you will find official stores and even local stores selling you a prepaid Sri Lanka sim card. Prices are affordable and top up will be also affordable. Remember to bring your passport when getting your Sri Lanka sim card.

The operator will help you to activate your Sri Lanka sim card and they will provide you with information of the packages. There are a few packages that only provide data connection and also other packages provide data connection plus local calls.

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD IN SRI LANKA

Here we go with the best-prepaid sim card in Sri Lanka: companies, prices and packages. There are 4 companies providing prepaid sim card in Sri Lanka: Dialog Sri Lanka, SLT-MOBITEL Sri Lanka, Hutch Sri Lanka and Airtel Sri Lanka.

The most popular ones are Dialog because of the best coverage and Mobitel is the second largest in coverage in Sri Lanka and with the best data packages deals you will have Airtel prepaid sim card in Sri Lanka.

There are different packages for day time data connection and night time. Prices are similar but make sure you check them out!

Dialog Sri Lanka Sim Card

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As we mentioned with Dialog you will find the best coverage in Sri Lanka. Check here prices and packages!

You can get a Dialog Dri Lanka sim card for tourists for $4 USD with 10 GB data valid for 30 days. You will enjoy 6 GB during the day and 4 GB from midnight to 8 am. Also a few local calls and texts.

SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka Sim Card

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SLT Mobitel Sri Lanka prepaid sim card is the second largest phone operator in the country. SLT Mobitel data packages have like Dialog data connection for day time and night time. They are also including text and local calls. Check here prices and packages!

You can get a SLT Mobitel prepaid sim card in Sri Lanka for $6 USD with 40 GB data valid for 30 days. You will have 20 GB day and 20 GB at night time.

Hutch Sri Lanka Sim Card

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Hutch prepaid Sri Lanka sim card will provide a free sim card and it’s 4th provider in Sri Lanka and it merged with Etisalat last 2018. Check here prices and packages!

You can get a data package Hutch prepaid sim card in Sri Lanka for $3 USD with 15 GB data valid for 45 days.

The coverage isn’t as good as Dialog and Mobitel.

Airtel Sri Lanka Sim Card

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Airtel Sri Lanka sim card is the third provider in the country. Check here prices and packages!

Airtel Sri Lanka prepaid sim card has the best data packages for $4 USD you will have 2 GB daily data valid for 30 Days.

Topping up your Sri Lanka sim card

It’s pretty easy to reload your sim card in Sri Lanka. Once you got a prepaid in Sri Lanka there are small stores offering packages.

You can activate them in the store and you will get a message confirming your package. Easy and simple there are local stores everywhere in Sri Lanka in the cities and also small towns.

Best Prepaid Sim Card in Sri Lanka Conclusion (Cheapest Sim Card Sri Lanka)

If you ask me the best Sri Lanka sim card conclusion. I would buy the cheapest sim card in Sri Lanka with Airtel Sri Lanka prepaid sim card for $4 USD with 2 GB daily data valid for 30 Days.

Dialog Sri Lanka prepaid sim card has more coverage and packages are pretty similar. I would avoid buying the sim card at Colombo airport since prices are more expensive. But you can book online your prepaid sim in Sri Lanka and avoid the hassle.

Make sure you check Holafly eSim for less than $60 USD if you use our code GAMINTRAVELER you will have unlimited internet for 30 days eSim in Sri Lanka for just $2 USD per day.

CASH AND ATM IN SRI LANKA

You will find ATMs and office where you can exchange your money almost everywhere. The exchange rate is around $1 USD for 360 Sri Lankan Rupees, and the ATM does not take a commission to our card. 

Click the link to see the current exchange rate.

BEST TIME TO VISIT SRI LANKA

The weather in Sri Lanka can be complicated so it will be a tad bit confusing to decide when it’ll be the best to visit the country, and this is because the island is affected by two separate monsoons year-round.

But if you are heading to the west and south coasts and hill country, December to March is the best time to visit Sri Lanka. And if you’d visit the east coast, May to September will have the best weather.

Click here to know more about the weather in Sri Lanka!

BUDGET TRAVEL IN SRI LANKA

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If you decide to eat street food and local restaurants, you will find meals starting from $1-3 USD. In local places we didn’t see so much variety at night, sometimes there are jsut a few options for dinner. Our favorite meal was Kothu, Hoppers, Vegetarian Rotis and as for dessert, Pineaple Curry was our favorite one.

Juices and fresh coconut were so delicious. Prices start from $1 USD and we loved the papaya juice with lime which was served for breakfast in most of the hotels that we stayed in Sri Lanka. Beers are cheap for $1 USD and you will find them in the liquor store, my favorte one was Lion beer and it was good!

You can get accommodation starting from $15-20 USD for a room in a guesthouse. If you are two of you traveling in Sri Lanka it will be $10 USD each.  If you are looking for budget accommodation in Sri Lanka you can also try AirBnB starting from $15 USD.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN SRI LANKA BEFORE YOUR TRIP WITH BOOKING AND AGODA!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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