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

Last updated on December 28th, 2020 at 10:49 pm

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In this guide you will learn about the best El Salvador 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 El Salvador. 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.

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EL SALVADOR TOURIST SIM CARD

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

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is getting a prepaid sim card in El Salvador. 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 4 main phone operators El Salvador: Claro, Movistar, Tigo, and Digicel. The fastest speed and best coverage are Claro, later Movistar and Tigo while Digicel is the smallest phone operator in El Salvador. 

GETTING EL SALVADOR PREPAID SIM CARD IN THE AIRPORT

Getting an El Salvador sim card is simple and easy. You can get your sim card in El Salvador 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 El Salvador sim card in the airport. This option it will be more expensive but it’s great especially if you are heading outside the city to the beach.

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

WHERE TO GET YOUR EL SALVADOR TOURIST SIM CARD

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You can get your El Salvador sim card almost anywhere from the airport to cities. There are phone kiosks and local shops willing to sell an El Salvador prepaid sim card. Just make sure that you present your foreign passport even it’s not required.

If you are getting to El Salvador by bus from Guatemala or Honduras you can also get your El Salvador tourist sim card in the Bus Station or around in kiosks and street sellers.

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD EL SALVADOR COMPARISON

We will focus in this prepaid sim card El Salvador with Claro and Movistar the most popular ones in the country. We will tell you about Movistar and Digicel. You always can check and compare since there are new promotions with new packages that can adapt better for your needs.

CLARO EL SALVADOR

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Claro is the largest phone operator in El Salvador. You can get a Claro prepaid sim card for $5 USD coming with 350 MB data valid 4 days. You can get these packages all of them with unlimited Whatsapp and Facebook. For $1 USD with 150 MB data and $1 USD airtime valid 1 day. For $2 USD with 200 MB data and $4 USD airtime valid 4 days. For $3.50 USD with 500 MB data valid 7 days. And for $5 USD with 1.5 GB data valid 10 days and $10 USD with 3 GB data and unlimited Twitter valid 30 days.

If you only want data packages with Claro El Salvador for $2 USD with 1 GB data valid 1 day. For $3 USD with 2 GB data valid 2 days. For $5 USD with 3 GB data valid 7 days. For $15 USD with 5 GB data valid 15 days and $10 USD 10 GB data valid 30 days.

MOVISTAR EL SALVADOR

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Movistar is the second largest phone operator El Salvador with great prices and packages. A prepaid sim card Movistar El Salvador costs $3 USD coming with $3 USD credit valid for 3 days depending on the promotion can be cheaper. Movistar Salvador packages: for $1 USD with 200 MB data valid 2 days.

All these packages below with Movistar El Salvador are coming with calls and unlimited WhatsApp and Facebook: for $2 USD with 600 MB data valid 5 days. For $4 USD with 1 GB valid 7 days. And for $10 USD with 3 GB data valid 15 days.

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TIGO EL SALVADOR

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Tigo is the third largest phone operator in El Salvador with good coverage. You can get a Tigo prepaid sim card for $1 USD coming with 75 MB data valid 2 days depending on the promotion can be more expensive or cheaper.

All these packages with Tigo El Salvador are coming with unlimited Whatsapp chat. For $1 USD with 1 GB valid 2 days. For $2 USD with 500 MB data valid 3 days. For $4 USD with 1 GB data valid 7 days. And for $7 USD with 1.5 GB data valid 14 days.

Digicel Salvador

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Digicel El Salvador is the smallest phone operator. You can get a Digicel prepaid sim card in El Salvador for $ USD coming with $3 USD credit. It can be even cheaper depending on the promotions. The coverage isn’t so good outside the cities but Digicel El Salvador has the cheapest packages.

All these packages are coming with free Whatsapp. You can get fir $0.50 USD with 100 MB data valid 1 day. For $1 USD with 200 MB data valid 7 days. For $5 USD with 2 GB data and unlimited net calls valid 14 days. And for $10 USD with 4 GB and unlimited net calls valid 30 days.

EL SALVADOR SIM CARD CONCLUSION

My El Salvador Sim Card Conclusion is getting Claro or Movistar if you are planning to travel around the country or doing day trips from San Salvador since the coverage is better than the others. If you can get a special package or a promotion with Digicel El Salvador and staying in a city could be a great option.

EL SALVADOR POCKET WIFI

If you prefer El Salvador Pocket Wifi a Hotspot can be the best option. You will avoid changing sim card and just landing in El Salvador 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 EL SALVADOR

El Salvador typical dry season is from the months of November to April and wet season is from the months of May to October. Dry season is the best time to visit and fully enjoy the Caribbean coast. The rain is during the months of September to February. The best time to visit El Salvador is during the peak season from the months of January to June, in this months the weather is dry and cool in most parts.

Click here to know more about the weather in El Salvador.

FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL EL SALVADOR

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You can manage your food budget travel El Salvador with $10 USD per day. You can go for local restaurants for $3 USD and having a meal at a fine restaurant can cost $7-8 USD. Beer in the country is $1 USD. You can buy a Pupusa which is the most popular snack as street food for $1 USD.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL EL SALVADOR

You can stay in a dorm expect to pay $10 USD per night. Those who want to feel much comfier staying in mid budget hotels can cost you $30 USD. If you prefer more luxury starts from $60 USD.

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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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