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

Last updated on April 11th, 2021 at 03:00 am

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In this guide you will learn about the best Uruguay 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 Uruguay. 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 Montevideo airport to city center.

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URUGUAY TOURIST SIM CARD

URUGUAY PREPAID CARD BACKGROUND

First thing we have to say about internet and data connection in Uruguay 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 Uruguay. 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 Uruguay: Antel, Movistar and Claro. You can buy your Uruguay tourist sim card when you arrive in Carrasco 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 URUGUAY PREPAID SIM CARD IN THE AIRPORT

Getting an Uruguayan sim card is simple and easy. You can get your sim card in Montevideo 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 Uruguay 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 Uruguay prepaid card. There are kiosks and phone shops where to buy your Uruguay tourist sim card especially in Montevideo.

WHERE TO GET YOUR URUGUAY TOURIST SIM CARD

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

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

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD URUGUAY COMPARISON

We will focus in this prepaid sim card Uruguay with Antel the most popular one and owned by the state in Uruguay. We will tell you about Movistar and Claro the second and third largest in Uruguay.

ANTEL URUGUAY

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Antel Uruguay is the largest phone operator and the most reliable talking about coverage. Antel Uruguay is state owned company. You can get an Antel prepaid sim card for for UYU 65=$2 USD coming with UYU 200 credit. You can buy an Uruguay tourist sim card for 150 UYU=$4 USD with 1 GB data valid 24 hours. And for 1000 UYU=$23 USD with 40 GB data valid 7 days. As you can see these options aren’t cheap!

You can top up which is better option in Uruguay for 50 UYU with 3 GB data valid 24 hours. For 165 UYU with 1 GB data valid 30 days. There are more packages available for data in the phone stores with Antel. As you can see it’s better buying a prepaid sim card in Uruguay with Entel than the tourist sim card.

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MOVISTAR URUGUAY

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Movistar Uruguay is the second largest phone operator in the country. It works great in the big cities like Montevideo. You can get for 60 UYU=less than $2 USD for a sim card. If you top up with Movistar Uruguay prices are 120 UYU with 3 GB data and 100 minutes calls valid 5 days.

Also for 190 UYU with 3 GB data and 100 minutes calls valid 10 days. For 230 UYU with 3 GB data and 100 minutes calls valid 15 days. And for 300 UYU with 3 GB data and 100 minutes calls valid 20 days.

CLARO URUGUAY

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Claro is the third largest phone operator in Uruguay. You can get a Claro prepaid sim card in Uruguay for 40 UYU=$1 USD. You can top up for 40 UYU with 1 GB data valid 1 day. For 90 UYU with 2 GB data valid 5 days. For 120 UYU with 2 GB data valid 7 days. For 190 UYU with 3 GB data valid 10 days and for 220 UYU with 3 GB data valid 20 days.

URUGUAY SIM CARD CONCLUSION

My Uruguay Sim Card Conclusion is getting Antel or Movistar if you are planning to travel around since the coverage is better and prices are similar. I would go for Antel if you ask me but prices aren’t cheap in Uruguay. If you stay in Montevideo you can get the cheapest packages with Claro Uruguay.

URUGUAY POCKET WIFI

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

In Uruguay 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 URUGUAY

The official currency of Uruguay is called Uruguayan Peso (ARS). And $1 USD=42 UYU. 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 URUGUAY

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A total of $20 USD dollar can be your daily food budget travel in Uruguay if you eat outside. Local food in a local restaurant will start from $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 $20USD per person. If you cook yourself you will save a lot of money in Uruguay.

ACCOMMODATION IN URUGUAY

There are numerous hotels and B&B that you can choose from. Accommodation price can take you around $30 USD if you sleep in a hostel cheaper for a dorm. For mid budget accommodation starts at $50-70 USD and more than $100 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Uruguay.

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