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

Last updated on March 31st, 2021 at 04:41 pm

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In this guide you will learn about the best Argentina 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 Argentina. 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 Buenos Aires itinerary and how to get from Buenos Aires airport to city center.

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ARGENTINA TOURIST SIM CARD

ARGENTINA PREPAID CARD BACKGROUND

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

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is getting a prepaid sim card in Argentina. 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 Personal. You can buy your Argentina tourist sim card when you arrive in Ezeiza 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 ARGENTINA PREPAID SIM CARD IN THE AIRPORT

Getting an Argentina sim card is simple and easy. You can get your sim card in Ezeiza International 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 Argentinian sim card in the airport but there aren’t so many options and prices will be more expensive.

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

WHERE TO GET YOUR ARGENTINA TOURIST SIM CARD

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You can get your Argentina sim card almost anywhere from the airport to cities. There are phone kiosks and local shops willing to sell an Argentinian prepaid sim card. Just make sure that you present your foreign passport as most of the places in South America.

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

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD ARGENTINA COMPARISON

We will focus in this prepaid sim card Argentina with Claro the most popular one in Argentina. We will tell you about Movistar and Personal the second and third largest in Argentina. Claro and Movistar are the ones with more coverage and packages.

CLARO ARGENTINA

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Claro is the largest phone operator in Argentina and the most reliable talking about coverage. If you go to Patagonia and towns in the middle of nowhere could be your best option. You can get a Claro prepaid sim card for 50 ARS which is less than $1 USD.

You can top up 45 ARS with 1 GB data valid 24 hours. For 70 ARS with 1 GB data valid 7 days. If you prefer longer for 190 ARS with 2 GB data valid 15 days.

MOVISTAR ARGENTINA

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Movistar is the second largest phone operator in Argentina. It works great in the big cities. You can get for 50 ARS=less than $1 USD for a sim card. If you top up with Movistar Argentina prices are 30 ARS for 1 GB data valid 1 day, for 120 ARS with 2 GB valid 7 days. And for 330 ARS with 2 GB data 100 minutes local calls.

Movistar Argentina sim card for tourists costs 110 ARS with 1.5 GB data, 60 minutes local calls and unlimited sms valid 7 days. Also for 300 ARS with 2 GB data, 100 minutes local calls and unlimited sms valid 30 days.

MORE PREPAID SIM CARD IN ARGENTINA

Personal Argentina

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Personal is the smallest phone operator in Argentina. These are the best packages: 40 ARS= less than $1 USD. You can get for 35 ARS with 1 GB data valid 1 day. For 120 ARS with 2 GB data valid 7 days and 290 ARS with 2 GB data valid 30 days.

ARGENTINA SIM CARD CONCLUSION

My Argentina Sim Card Conclusion is getting Claro if you are planning to travel around Argentina countryside since the coverage is better and prices are similar. I would go for Movistar if you are only planning to visit cities as I did in my trip that I missed the Patagonia. Movistar Argentina has better packages for tourists compared to Claro Argentina.

ARGENTINA POCKET WIFI

If you prefer Argentina Pocket Wifi a Hotspot can be the best option. You will avoid changing sim card and just landing in Argentina 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!

BEST TIME TO VISIT ARGENTINA

In Argentina the summer season runs from March to May and heatwaves 35 C are common. Weather in the fall (March through May) is ideal and perfect for outdoor activities. Spring lasts from September to November.

The jacaranda trees bloom in October and November  a good time to go if you like natural beauty. If you like cooler weather July and August have temperatures around 15 C. You’ll find the best travel deals from late April to early June. 

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ATMS AND CASH IN ARGENTINA

The official currency of Argentina is called Argentinian Peso (ARS). And $1 USD=80 ARS. ATM’s are available all throughout the country but my advise to you is to us those are inside the banks. And it is also advisable to withdraw as much as you can because fees for transaction tend to be higher for foreign cars.

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FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN ARGENTINA

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A total of $15 USD dollar can be your daily food budget travel in Argentina. Local food in a local restaurant will start from $8-10 USD. And you can get snack like street foods for $1 USD. You can buy empanadas as street for only $1 USD. If you want to go for a fine dining restaurants prices are starting from $15 USD per person.

ACCOMMODATION IN ARGENTINA

There are numerous hotels and B&B that you can choose from. Accommodation price can take you around $20 USD if you sleep in a hostel. For mid budget accommodation starts at $40-60 USD and more than $100 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Argentina.

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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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