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

Last updated on March 31st, 2021 at 02:56 pm

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In this guide you will learn about the best Madagascar sim card for tourist. Whenever you travel from one country to another, one thing you shouldn’t forget to have is a local sim card in Madagascar. Why? You can get a Madagascar prepaid sim card for 80 000 MGA=$21 USD with 6 GB data and for 120 000 MGA=$31 USD with 10 GB data valid for 30 days.

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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MADAGASCAR TOURIST SIM CARD

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First thing we have to say about internet and data connection in Madagascar is only working in the big cities. There are 4 phone operators in Madagascar: Airtel, Telma, Orange and Bip.

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is getting a prepaid sim card in Madagascar. It will be efficient and it will allow you to connect anytime. We recommend you to get your Madagascar tourist sim card outside the airport because prices and packages are better in the official stores.

WHERE TO GET YOUR MADAGASCAR TOURIST SIM CARD

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You can get your Madagascar sim card almost anywhere from the airport to phone shops. Just make sure you bring your passport. And make sure that you inform their prices and packages. It’s better to avoid buying your Madagascar prepaid sim card in the airport and look for an official store.

It depends on how long you will be in Madagascar and how much data you will need. There are affordable sim card for tourists in Madagascar valid for 7 and 30 days. Keep reading below!

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD MADAGASCAR COMPARISON

There are 4 phone operators in Madagascar: Airtel, Telma, Orange and Bip. Airtel and Telma have the best coverage and similar packages. Bip and Orange signal can be weak compared to Airtel and Telma. Let’s compare prices and packages below:

AIRTEL MADAGASCAR

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Airtel Madagascar is the largest phone operator in the country and with the best coverage. You can get a prepaid sim card in Madagascar with Airtel for 2000 MGA in the phone shops.

You can get data packages for 10 000 MGA=$3 USD with 500 MB data valid for 7 days. If you want data packages for 30 days for 30 000 MGA=$9 USD with 2 GB data. For 80 000 MGA=$21 USD with 6 GB data and for 120 000 MGA=$31 USD with 10 GB data.

Telma Madagascar

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Telma Madagascar is the second largest phone operator in the country and the coverage is good but not so good as Airtel. prepaid sim card with in Madagascar Telma for 500 MGA.

You can get data packages for 12 500 MGA=$4 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days. If you want data packages for 30 days for 50 000 MGA=$13 USD with 3 GB data. For 75 000 MGA=$19 USD with 5 GB data and for 125 000 MGA=$32 USD with 10 GB data.

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ORANGE MADAGASCAR

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Orange Madagascar is the third phone operator in the country. A prepaid sim card in Madagascar with Orange for 1500 MGA. You can get data packages for 13 500 MGA=$4 USD with 500 MB data valid for 7 days. If you want data packages for 30 days for 77 000 MGA=$20 USD with 3 GB data. For 97 000 MGA=$25 USD with 5 GB data and for 175 000 MGA=$46 USD with 10 GB data.

Bip Madagascar

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Bip Madagascar is the smallest phone operator in the country. The coverage isn’t really good even in the cities with bip Madagascar. A bip prepaid sim card will cost 1000 MGA. You can get data packages for 35 000 MGA=$9 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days. If you want data packages for 30 days for 50 000 MGA=$13 USD with 3 GB data. For 75 000 MGA=$19 USD with 5 GB data and for 120 000 MGA=$30 USD with 10 GB data.

POCKET WIFI MADAGASCAR

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

MADAGASCAR SIM CARD CONCLUSION

My Madagascar Sim Card Conclusion is getting Airtel tourist sim card in Madagascar for 80 000 MGA=$21 USD with 6 GB data and for 120 000 MGA=$31 USD with 10 GB data valid for 30 days. It has the best coverage and the package are great and similar compared to Telma who has the second best coverage.

BEST TIME TO VISIT MADAGASCAR

In Madagascar summer rainy months are from November to March is so hot the weather and the low season. During the winter months from April to October the temperature is better and it’s the high season. We believe the best time to visit Madagascar is during the months March to April since it’s the end of the rainy season.

Click here to know more about the weather in Madagascar!

ATMS AND CURRENCY IN MADAGASCAR

There are ATMs in Madagascar and exchange offices in the main touristic points. The main currencies are accepting and the local currency is the Malagasy Ariary around $1= 3770 MGA.

Click here to know the exact rate.

DAILY BUDGET TRAVEL IN MADAGASCAR

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For transportation around Madagascar by taxi will cost you $2-3 USD and even cheaper if you get public transportation. Food travel budget in Madagascar you can find juices for one dollar and a whole meal in local places starting from $4 USD.

For accommodation in Madagascar you can find deals starting from $25 USD per a room. If you prefer mid budget accommodation will cost $40-60 USD and for $80 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Madagascar.

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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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