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Best UK eSim For Tourist And How To Buy A Prepaid eSim in UK (Discount Code)

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In this guide you will learn how to buy a UK eSim and the best eSim UK for tourists. Click here to book online activities in London and Entrance Tickets

Make sure you check Holafly UK eSim for less than $60 USD if you use our code GAMINTRAVELER you will have unlimited internet for 30 days in UK eSim unlimited data just $2 USD per day. Read here best UK sim card for tourist

You can buy the cheapest eSim in UK with Nomad eSim UK prepaid and Airalo eSim UK prepaid for $5 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%).

If you need more data you can go for $21 USD Nomad UK eSim with 20 GB data and unlimited data with Holafly for only $2 USD per day valid for 30 days.

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Read here how to get from Gatwick airport to city centerStansted airport to city centerLuton airport to city centerLuton airport to Cambridge and Luton airport to Oxford

WHERE TO STAY IN UK

You can access a dorm from that can go up to £18-30. And while a hotel that is a double room in a budget can go up to £90.

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UK ESIM BACKGROUND

An eSim is a virtual sim card (embedded sim) that you can use to connect to data services while you’re traveling. It’s not a physical sim card that you insert on your phone. Usually, you scan a code that gives your phone access to the data plan package of that eSim.

An eSim data plan is a great way to get a data or internet package outside of your home sim card, or phone carrier service from Europe. And because you are using an eSim, you don’t have to worry about changing your phone number for Whatsapp, imessage, Telegram, or any other messaging apps.

Once you purchase an eSim, you’ll immediately be emailed a QR code that you can scan, and if you should be connected to data immediately. There are a few eSims in UK available for tourists and prepaid eSim data plans.

EE UKVodafone UK, Three and O2 are the main phone operators in UK. But EE UK and Vodafone UK don’t offer eSim for tourists in UK only with a subscription plan. Three and O2 UK offer prepaid eSim in UK for tourists without a subscription plan.

BEST UK SIM CARD – GET AN eSIM FOR AFFORDABLE DATA WHEN TRAVELING IN THE UK – **Use the code GAMINTRAVELER on your checkout to get a discount on your eSIM data plan.

Difference between an eSim vs getting a data plan

Ease of access to a data or internet package is the biggest difference of an eSim over a data plan from Regular mobile data carriers from your country. With an eSim, instead of buying the physical sim, you can buy a package online and activate it wherever you are.

How to Activate Your Europe Esim Service

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You can purchase your Holafly eSim here (in this case with Holafly eSim UK but there are other providers too). Choose the country you’re going to, and how many days you want to have unlimited data service or any other data packages for data eSim in UK.

Remember that you’re buying internet data and not credits for sending text messages/SMS, or making phone calls. You can use regular messaging apps for these like Whatsapp, Telegram, Messenger or iMessage.

Once you have your eSim confirmation, you’ll get the code. You can save this code in your phone as an image, and scan it later, or scan it now, and you’ll immediately activate it.

UK eSim for Tourists What do I need to have to get a data package for UK and Europe

Before you can get an eSim UK data package, you need to first make sure that your phone supports the eSim functionality. Unfortunately this is not available for all phones. It became available in the last year or two, making only the newest phone versions to support this feature.

If you are using an iPhone or iPad running SIM card functionality, these are the models that support the eSim feature for iOS.

iPhone and iPad with Esim Functionality

iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone SE 2 (2020), iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro,, MaxiPhone SE 3 (2022). On iPhone 13 models you can have two eSIMs activated at the same time.

For iPads, you have the following.

iPad Pro 11″ (model A2068, from 2020), iPad Pro 12.9″ (model A2069, from 2020), iPad Air (model A2123, from 2019), iPad (model A2198, from 2019), iPad Mini (model A2124, from 2019)

Your ipad needs to have the sim functionality to get the esim feature.

This is how you activate an esim with iOS devices.

Android Phones with the Esim Functionality

Samsung Esim Phones

Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20+, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21+ Ultra 5G, Samsung Galaxy S22, Samsung Galaxy S22+, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold 3, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G Fold, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung Watch (via Samsung Wearable application)

For Samsung subscribers, you can check the guide here for activating the esim.

Google Pixel Esim Phones

Have a Google Pixel phone, check this guide on how to activate esim. Below are the Google Pixel Phones that support esim:

Google Pixel 2 (only phones bought with Google Fi service), Google Pixel 2 XLGoogle Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3 XL, Google Pixel 3a, Google Pixel 3a XL, Google Pixel 4, Google Pixel 4a, Google Pixel 4 XL, Google Pixel 5, Google Pixel 5a, Google Pixel 6, Google Pixel 6 Pro.

Other Android Handsets that Support the eSim functionality:

Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Oppo Find X3 Pro, Oppo Reno 5A, Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G, Oppo Find X5, Oppo Find X5 Pro, Oppo A55s

Motorola Razr 2019, Motorola Razr 5G, Nuu Mobile X5, Gemini PDA, Rakuten Mini, Rakuten Big-S, Rakuten Big and Sony Xperia 10 III Lite.

There are also Ultrabooks that have the eSim functionality in them.

So check the following ultrabooks and laptops:

Microsoft Surface Pro X, Microsoft Surface Go 2, Microsoft Surface Pro LTE Advanced

Acer Swift 3, Acer Swift 7, Asus Mini Transformer

Asus NovaGo, Asus VivoBook Flip 14, HP Elitebook G5

HP Probook G5, HP Zbook G5, HP Specter Folio 13, Lenovo Yoga C630, Lenovo Miix 630

Lenovo Yoga 520, Lenovo Flex 5G and Samsung Galaxy Book 2

Check if your phone is Unlocked

The idea of having an eSim is to have another carrier providing data service/internet service to your phone. Even if your phone supports the eSim functionality, the phone needs to be open or unlocked to use any data/sim company.

Locked phones are usually the phones you purchased with a data plan with a sim card or carrier service, where you have plans that you pay monthly until your contract expires, and allowed you to get your phone at a discount or for free.

Buying a UK eSim And Best Prepaid eSim UK Data Plan

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Holafly UK eSim is our favorite since we are always looking for unlimited data options or huge data packages. Make sure you check Holafly UK eSim for less than $60 USD if you use our code GAMINTRAVELER you will have unlimited internet for 30 days in most of the countries in Europe just $2 USD per day.

The data plans with Holafly eSim UK start at $19 USD for 5 days for unlimited data. If you choose 10 days unlimited data $34 USD, for $47 USD 15 days unlimited data and $69 USD unlimited data for 30 days all of them with unlimited data.

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Airalo UK eSim is a good alternative to have internet in UK but you won’t be having unlimited internet service with them. Plans with Airalo eSim UK prepaid start at $15 USD with 5 GB data valid for 30 days. For $22 USD with 10 GB data valid for 30 days.

The cheapest eSim in UK with Airalo is $5 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%).

MORE PREPAID ESIM UK

Orange UK eSim

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Orange UK eSim have great data packages for eSim like Airalo. Check here prices and packages in Orange website!

You can get with Orange eSim prepaid UK for €30 with 15 GB data for UK and Europe valid for 15 days. And for €50 with 30 GB data for UK and Europe valid for 15 days.

Orange eSim UK is a great option compared to Holafly if you are visiting UK for 2 weeks and similar to Nomad eSim UK depending how much data packages you need. Affordable prices and great data packages with eSim Orange in UK.

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Nomad eSim UK for $5 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days can be a great idea if you aren’t planning to use so much data. Plans with Nomad eSim UK start at $9 USD with 3 GB data valid for 30 days.

You can get Nomad eSim UK for $11 USD with 5 GB data valid for 30 days. And for $21 USD with 20 GB data being one of the best data packages for eSim for tourist in UK.

3 THREE UK ESIM

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Three UK eSim has great coverage in the country. Check here prices and packages in Three website!

You can get Three UK eSim prepaid for $35 USD with 20 GB data valid for 30 days.

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O2 eSim UK is one of the favorite options for tourist eSim for UK. You can get a O2 eSim UK for €25 with 10 GB data valid for 30 days.

Check them out just in case they improve their packages for eSim in UK.

MTX Connect eSim UK

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MTX Connect eSim UK is a small provider offering data plans in UK and Europe. MTX Connect eSim UK for €60 with 10 GB data valid for 30 days. There are unlimited data plans starting from €10 per day and for €15 with 2 GB data valid for 7 days.

UBIGI UK ESIM

UBIGI UK ESIM

Ubigi UK eSim has affordable data packages for $8 USD with 3 GB data valid for 30 days. For $19 USD with 10 GB data valid for 30 days and for $58 USD with 50 GB data valid for 30 days.

BEST ESIM FOR UK CONCLUSION (CHEAPEST UK ESIM FOR TOURIST)

If you ask me for an eSim UK Conclusion. I would go for the cheapest eSim in UK with Nomad UK eSim or Airalo UK eSim prepaid if you are planning to stay short for $5 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%).

And if you don’t need unlimited data you can buy Nomad UK eSim for $21 USD with 20 GB data valid for 30 days the best eSim for tourists in UK for affordable data packages.

Make sure you check Holafly eSim for less than $60 USD if you use our code GAMINTRAVELER you will have unlimited internet for 30 days in UK eSim unlimited data just $2 USD per day.

BEST TIME TO VISIT IN UK

In UK every season brings out a different side. Summer takes place during the months of June-August in these months you’ll experience a high temperature. September to December the temperature cools down quite a bit and it is the perfect time to enjoy long walks through stunning neighborhood.

And Spring season during the months of March-May is the best time to visit UK. It starts out with chilly and gets warm, it is a perfect time to spend the day exploring the city’s beautiful garden, at night it remains pretty cold.

Click here to know more about the weather in UK.

CASH AND ATMS

The currency used all throughout United Kingdom is GBP just like all European country. The exact currency of GBP to dollar is £1 = $1.38 USD. You can use debit cards everywhere in UK. ATM’s are available and accessible in all part of the country.

Click here to know the exchange rate between the GBP and your currency!

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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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