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

Last updated on April 17th, 2021 at 06:14 am

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In this guide you will learn about the best Mexico 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 Mexico. 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 Mexico airport to city center, Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen and Cancun airport to city center.

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MEXICO TOURIST SIM CARD

MEXICO PREPAID CARD BACKGROUND

First thing we have to say about internet and data connection in Mexico is great in the cities like Mexico City and areas like Cancun the most touristic. 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 Mexico. It will be efficient and it will allow you to connect anytime. We recommend you to get outside the airport when getting to Mexico city in an official phone shop.

There are 3 main phone operators in Mexico: Telcel, AT&T and Movistar. The best geographical coverage is Telcel. It’s better to have a couple of them if you are depending on internet for your work.

GETTING MEXICO PREPAID SIM CARD IN THE AIRPORT

Getting a Mexico sim card is simple and easy. You can get your sim card in Mexico City International Airport. You can also order online with Klook your sim card in Mexico. 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 Mexico 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 Mexico prepaid card. There are kiosks, Oxxo stores and phone shops where to buy your Mexico tourist sim card in Mexico City and Cancun too.

WHERE TO GET YOUR MEXICO TOURIST SIM CARD

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You can get your Mexico sim card almost anywhere from the airport to cities. There are phone kiosk, Oxxo stores and local shops willing to sell a Mexican prepaid sim card and even online with Kook. Make sure that you present your foreign passport even it’s not required just in case. If you are getting to Mexico by bus from Guatemala you can also get your Mexican tourist sim card in the Bus Station or around in kiosks and street sellers.

Click here to get your Mexico sim card online with Klook!

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD MEXICO COMPARISON

We will focus in this prepaid sim card Mexico with Telcel the most popular one in the country. We will tell you about AT&T and Movistar the second and third largest in Mexico.

Telcel Mexico

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Telcel is the largest phone operator in Mexico and the most reliable talking about coverage. You can get a Telcel prepaid sim card for 50-100 MXN =$3-5 USD with 50 MXN credit. It depends on where you buy the sim card you have to check this usually better deals in the store. The best thing with Telcel that you don’t need so much data if you buy a package for 30 days since it includes unlimited apps: Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp and Facebook. So you need to check this!

When you buy a package with Telcel you can get for 20 MXN with 100 MB data valid 1 day plus 200 MB in Apps. For 50 MXN with 400 MB data and 500 MB in apps valid 7 days. For 100 MXN with 1.3 GB and unlimited apps valid 15 days. If you prefer 30 days with 200 MXN with 3 GB data and unlimited apps. Also you will have free calls Mexico, USA and Canada. You can even use the sim card in these countries if you are heading there after visiting Mexico.

MOVISTAR MEXICO

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Movistar is the second largest phone operator in Mexico with the best prices and packages than Telcel. A prepaid sim card Movistar Mexico costs 60 MXN with 50 MXN credit, sometimes you can find free. You will get unlimited calls to Mexico, Canada and United States. Also if you get a package for 15 and 30 days you will get free unlimited apps: Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Again in our situation most of the data is for these apps so no need to top up so much data.

The best plans for 30 MXN with 300 MB data and 300 MB for apps and unlimited calls to Mexico, Canada and United States. The most interesting packages are for 100 MXN with 1.4 GB and unlimited calls and apps valid 17 days. And for 200 MXN with 3 GB data and unlimited apps and calls valid 30 days.

MORE PREPAID SIM CARD IN MEXICO

AT&T Mexico

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AT&T is the third largest phone operator in Mexico and the prepaid sim card with AT&T is free of charge in their stores. You can get for 30 MXN with 300 MB data valid 3 days. For 100 MXN with 1 GB data valid 14 days and 200 MXN with 2 GB data valid 35 days.

You will get free unlimited apps: Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and you will have free calls Mexico, USA and Canada.

MEXICO SIM CARD CONCLUSION

My Mexico Sim Card Conclusion is getting Telcel if you are planning to travel around Mexico since the coverage is better and it can be helpful in off the beaten path areas. You can go with Movistar if you will be in touristic places since their packages and prices are better but in my opinion will choose Telcel not so much difference.

MEXICO POCKET WIFI

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

There are 2 season dry and wet season. Rainy season starts in May. The best time to visit Mexico is from the months of November to April because it is the months of dry season. However, lots of tourists prefer to travel from January to March since it’s not peak season but it can be rainy for a few days.

Click here to know more about the weather in Mexico

CASH IN MEXICO

Mexico has its own currency called the Mexican Peso. A $1 USD=19 MXN. There are lots of ATM’s and exchange currency in many part of the country. And you have to know the dollars is very common and well-accepted in the country.

Click here to know more about the exchange rate of Mexico.

FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN MEXICO

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Your daily food budget travel in Mexico could be a total of $8-10 USD if you eat in local places. If you are in a budget you can go for street food all around the country. You can buy tacos for $1 USD. If you are going for fine dining restaurants starts from $10 USD per person for a meal.

Click here to get a discount booking tours in Mexico!

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN MEXICO

A total of $20 USD would be the range of your budget for accommodation in Mexico. There are hotels mid- budget for $50-70 USD and you can find luxury accommodation starting from $120 USD.

Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN MEXICO BEFORE YOUR TRIP WITH BOOKING.

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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