Best Ecuador Sim Card For Tourist And How To Buy A Prepaid Sim Card in Ecuador

Last updated on March 31st, 2021 at 04:42 pm

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In this guide you will learn about the best Ecuador sim card for tourists. Whenever you travel from one country to another, one thing you shouldn’t forget to have is a prepaid sim card in Ecuador. Why?

As one might expect, It’s hard to travel without Internet because you’ll need your GPS to track your location and destination. Besides reading guides from blogs prepare you beforehand. Also, your own SIM is important for communicating with locals. Read here how to get from Quito airport to city center.

Read here budget travel in Ecuador and Ecuador backpacking guide.

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First thing we have to say about internet and data connection in Ecuador is great especially in the cities. There are a few places off the beaten path like mountains and beaches where the connection will be weak.

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is getting a prepaid sim card in Ecuador. It will be efficient and it will allow you to connect anytime. We recommend you to get outside the airport when getting to the city in an official phone shop.

There are 3 phone operators in the country: Claro, Movistar and CNT. You can buy your Ecuador tourist sim card when you arrive in Quito international airport, or at the small gift shop inside the airports. I would recommend to buy outside because prices tend to be higher at the airport compared to the stores in town.


Getting an Ecuador sim card is simple and easy. You can get your sim card in Quito airport. Since it’s easier to check maps and it’s great to check internet while you are going to your hotel. You can purchase your Ecuador sim card in the airport but there aren’t so many options and prices will be more expensive. Good thing for you like they will speak English just in case you don’t speak Spanish.

If you aren’t in a hurry you can wait until get to the city to get your Ecuador prepaid sim card. There are kiosks and phone shops where to buy your Ecuador tourist sim card.


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You can get your Ecuador sim card almost anywhere from the airport to cities. There are phone kiosks and local shops willing to sell an Ecuador prepaid sim card. Just make sure that you present your foreign passport.

The main operators in Ecuador are Claro, Movistar and CNT. If you are getting to Ecuador by bus from Colombia you can also get your Ecuador tourist sim card in the Bus Station or around the city in kiosks and phone shops.


We will focus in this prepaid sim card Ecuador with Claro the most popular one in the country. We will tell you about Movistar and CNT the second and third largest in Ecuador. And also about Tuenti a great option about packages if you stay visiting cities in Ecuador.

Claro Ecuador

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Claro is the largest phone operator in Ecuador and the most reliable talking about coverage. You can get a Claro prepaid sim card for $4.48 USD with 300 MB data, 30 minutes local calls and SMS plus free WhatsApp valid for 30 days.

There are other packages with Claro for $5 USD with 1 GB and 100 minutes local calls valid for 15 days. If you stay longer you can get for $10 USD with 2 GB and 200 minutes local calls valid for 30 days.

Movistar Ecuador

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Movistar is the second largest phone operator in Ecuador. It works great in the big cities. You can get these prices and packages: you can get for $3 USD with 300 MB data, 20 minutes local calls and valid for 7 days. Also if you stay longer for $10 USD with 2 GB and 100 minutes local calls valid for 30 days.


CNT Ecuador

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CNT Ecuador is the smallest phone operator in Ecuador with a prepaid card for $4.5 USD with $4 USD credit. These are the best packages for $3 USD with 200 MB data, 50 minutes local calls and valid for 5 days. Also you can get for $5 USD with 750 MB data and valid for 15 days.

Tuenti Ecuador

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Tuenti Ecuador uses Movistar network for coverage. You will find better packages. You can get for $5 USD with 750 MB plus 15 minutes local calls and 50 sms. You can get for $10 USD with 3 GB plus 60 minutes local calls and 50 sms. And if you need more data for $20 USD with 7 GB plus 200 minutes local calls and 50 sms. All of these packages are valid for 30 days.


My Ecuador Sim Card Conclusion is getting Claro if you are planning to travel around Ecuador since the coverage is better and prices are similar to Movistar and CNT. Unless you are staying in a city like Quito or Guayaquil and you can go for a small company like Tuenti with better prices.


If you prefer Ecuador Pocket Wifi a Hotspot can be the best option. You will avoid changing sim card and just landing in Ecuador you will start getting data connection. Read here our full review of Tep Wireless Hotspot with all the details, prices, coverage and how it works.

The price is €7.95 to get wifi when traveling and it includes truly unlimited internet, which is never cut off, regardless how much you use with unlimited wifi and can connect up to 5 devices. If you use more than 1GB in a day, your connection speed will get slowed to 256kbs.

The connection speed will return to normal the next day. Click here, to buy your Tep Wireless Hotspot now. If you add the promo code GAMINTRAVELER you will get 10% discount!


There are two season and these is named wet and dry. Months of December to April this are the month where it gets the most rain. So this means May is the best time to visit Ecuador. And also the weather in the country doesn’t change that much so it is very much fine to visit other months too. In some places it will be warm during the day and very called at night.

Check here to know more about the weather in Ecuador.


The currency of Ecuador before is named Sucre but now they use U.S Dollar. This was decided in the increasing inflation in Ecuador back in 1997-2000. Being changed to Dollar, these decision helped pull the country economy back. ATM’s can be founded very easy in the cities and small towns in Ecuador.


Budget Travel in Ecuador

Street food are common all over the world. You can buy street food and it is very cheap it will only cost you $1 USD. A fried potatoes and patacones for $1 USD. And for beers are also common in Ecuador and it will only cost you $1-2 USD. There are many local restaurants where you can get meals for $2-5 USD. One of the most popular meals in Ecuador is guinea pig and it costs around $7-10 USD in restaurants per person.


There are many types of accommodation you can choose from in Ecuador. You can find hostels offering fair comfort for a cheap price. You can get a dorm for $8-10 USD. There are rooms available mid budget for $30-40 USD and if you prefer luxury accommodation starting from $60 USD.

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Having insurance while you are traveling outside your home country is very important. Make sure that you have one too, to keep you safe in your trips around the world.

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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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