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How to buy SIM card at Buenos Aires International Airport

  • Ezeiza airport is the most convenient place to get your SIM card as a tourist. However, your choice is limited to just one provider (of the 3 telecoms that exist in Argentina), and the price is very high, so I don't recommend it if you are on a tight budget. Plus, it's very convenient to get a SIM card in the city so it could be worth waiting
  • As an overview, we have 3 telecom providers in my country:
  1. Personal: the smallest of the three telecoms in Argentina, but it's the only one available at EZE airport, so you must get it from them if you wish to get your SIM card at the airport. Their prepaid tourist SIM price is ARS$800 (USD$12.5) for 3GB of data for 30 days, and this is the only option you get. This is very expensive compared the other two telecom providers (see below), but again it's the only one available at the airport. Here's the details from their website:User submitted photo of Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport (EZE)
  2. Claro: the biggest telecom provider in Argentina. Not available at EZE airport. Their prices are very reasonable at ARS$160 (USD$2.5) for 2GB of data for 5 days, ARS$230 (USD$3.6) for 2GB of data for 10 days, and ARS$310 (USD$4.9) for 3GB of data for 20 days. Here's from their website as of today:User submitted photo of Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport (EZE)
  3. Movistar: also not available at EZE airport. Costs ARS$110 (USD$1.8) for 1.5GB of data for 7 days, and ARS$300 (USD$4.7) for 2GB of data for 30 days. Here's from their website today:User submitted photo of Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport (EZE)
  • So as you can see from above, Claro seems to have the best price for tourist SIM. But they're not at the airport so you must get them from one of their stores in the city or at a supermarket or convenience store. You can use the fast free public wifi at EZE, so even without a SIM you can get online in the airport
  • In terms of coverage, all three telecoms are about the same in the Buenos Aires area, but where they vary is their coverage and speed in the rest of the country. Here is the coverage maps for each of the telecoms from this website:
  • Personal: high speed coverage is very good in the Buenos Aires area and northern part of the country, but their coverage is light in the south of the country User submitted photo of Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport (EZE)
  • Claro: coverage is excellent all over the countryUser submitted photo of Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport (EZE)
  • Movistar: not that different in the BA area, but coverage is light in the rest of the country and much slower network speed than the othersUser submitted photo of Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport (EZE)
  • Where to find Personal's booth at airport: the booth is located in terminal A, which is the terminal all international flights land in (and it's open 24/7 so no matter when you arrive you will be able to get the SIM card). When you've picked up your luggage and cleared customs and immigration into the arrival hall, you need to turn right. Then keep walking for a bit until you see a booth in the hallway with this blue logo of Personal:User submitted photo of Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport (EZE)