Traveling to Argentina and want to stay connected to the world? Where to buy SIM card in Argentina? Good news! When you arrive in Buenos Aires. Argentina has a stabile mobile network. With an average speed of 11Mbps for 4G / LTE makes the performance below the world average. Connect and start uploading all your beautiful selfies and nature photos of Argentina :-D. All the steps to buy a SIM card in Argentina.
Where to buy SIM card in Buenos Aires
First the easiest way, however not the cheapest: buy an Argentina SIM card at arrival in Ezeiza.
Probably you will arrive in terminal A at Ezeiza international airport Buenos Aires (EZE). After passing all the controls and collecting your luggage you will enter the arrival hall. Take a turn to the right and you will see the check-in desks. In the middle of the check-in hall, you will see a stand of Personal mobile operator. The desk of Personal is 24/7 open.
Take your passport with you and ask to buy a SIM card, also called “chip” in Spanish.
The mobile provider will give you a tourist SIM card to use in Argentina. This SIM card will cost you around 14 USD and includes a bundle for 30 days with 3GB data, unlimited Whatsapp and 30 minutes of international calls. Click here for the website.
Personal has a good and stable connection in Argentina. However, in the middle of the Pampas or Patagonia, there is often no connection. Argentina is a big country 😀
The benefit when you buy a “tourist” SIM card in Argentina is just an easier registration. However, it cost you a little bit more.
Other options to get a SIM card in Argentina
There are more options to get an Argentina SIM card. There are three mobile operators active in Argentina: Claro, Personal and Movistar. The coverage of these mobile operators quietly the same. As a tourist, you need to go to the mobile provider brand store.
- Go to an official mobile operator store: take your passport with you and ask for a SIM card, also called “chip” in Spanish. We suggest taking a prepaid SIM card in Buenos Aires.
Claro: Tte. Gral. Juan Domingo Perón, 547 (near Plaza de Mayo) or other Claro stores
Personal: There is a store at Ezeiza airport in Buenos Aires. More info here.
Movistar: Go to any Movistar store or kiosk. Follow the steps here.
- Top-up the SIM card: You will have your local SIM card but without credit. Ask in the store to top-up the SIM card and the activation of an internet pack. At Claro, you have an internet pack of 3GB for 20 days. Price 5 dollars.
- Reload/top-up the SIM card on your way: Go to a kiosk with a sign “recarga aca” and ask to top-up your SIM card with the amount as you wish. Or go find an official provider store nearby. They can reload your SIM card and activate a new internet bundle. You can also do it yourself. Once you have money on your Argentina SIM card, you need to go to the mobile provider’s website. Login or register your account or mobile number, and choose a plan that suits your needs.
A tourist SIM card in Argentina
As mentioned above “Personal” offers a tourist sim-card plan. For 14 USD you have 3GB data, free Whatsapp and 30 minutes international calls. The easiest way to buy a SIM card in Argentina.
Also, Movistar offers a tourist SIM card. More info here. They don’t have a store at Ezeiza airport. Go to an official Movistar store with your passport and a manager will help you.
Roaming SIM card bundle for outside Argentina
You have Claro. They offer a pretty cheap ($7 USD) roaming package to use in Argentina, Chile, Brasil, Uruguay, Paraguay and the USA. The roaming package is valid for 30 days.
Click here for the Claro website.
Get WiFi in Buenos Aires
Across Buenos Aires, you will find several BA WiFi hotspots. Mostly they are located around busy squares, parks, Metrobus lines, in the subways and governmental buildings. The coverage is pretty wide. A moment without WiFi is rare. Buenos Aires on that point is a true WiFi capital city. The connections speed is around 10 Mbps.
You can find a complete coverage map here: GO TO BA WIFI
The public buses
Some public buses provide free WiFi to their customers. We don’t have a list right-away but the WiFi logo will show you what busses are online.