Cyprus – known for its wines, beaches & pleasant weather.
With not-too-hot summers and mild winters, Cyprus is popular for those who want warmer weather than their own countries offer during those seasons.
Besides soaking up all the sunshine as possible, you can do many other things than just lying on the beach.
Aphrodite's Rock, Petra tou Romiou, is a fantastic place for taking scenic photos.
The Archaeological Site of the Tombs of the Kings is a must-see.
And do not forget to visit the Kykkos Monastery.
While all of those activities sound fun, what is not fun is dealing with an expensive international roaming bill because you forgot to turn data roaming off.
Instead, if your phone supports eSIM, you may want to go with a travel eSIM to skip the queues in Cyprus.
So, how much do Cypriot (travel) eSIMs cost?
You can get an eSIM for Cyprus for as low as 4.50 USD up to 99 USD from Airalo (with Dekanet), Holafly & Nomad, offering between 1 GB and truly unlimited data.
There are some mobile operators who will charge you 100 USD for only 100 MB of roaming data, so these travel eSIM offers are much better than most international roaming deals.
In this guide, I will go over the eSIM options offered by the Cypriot mobile operators (if available), Airalo, Holafly & Nomad. Let's get started.
Original publication: 18th of August 2022. Last updated: 29th of November 2022.
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eSIMs offered by the Cypriot Mobile Operators
In order to get the best performance out there, it is often recommended to go directly with the local mobile operators because you will get a higher priority on the network compared to roaming.
Currently, PrimeTel Cyprus is the only Cypriot mobile operator offering eSIMs to prepaid customers.
Travel eSIM providers Airalo (with Dekanet), Holafly & Nomad offer attractive eSIMs for Cyprus, allowing them to be set up before arriving in the country and activating them as soon as you land.
Very convenient, right? And I have used eSIMs from Airalo, Holafly & Nomad before, and I can assure you they work well!
So let's check out all the options, shall we?
Airalo eSIMs for Cyprus (Dekanet)
Airalo eSIMs are my favorite travel eSIMs out there because they are always good value for money compared to other travel eSIM providers (especially travel eSIMs not mentioned in this guide).
And the same can be said for the Dekanet eSIM – 5 GB of data is available for only 27 USD.
The Dekanet eSIM uses the Epic Cyprus network (formerly MTN Cyprus), which is the best overall Cypriot mobile operator (coverage and speed-wise).
So even if you go to some remote Cypriot town, you will still have reception with the Dekanet eSIM.
Alright, you have six Cypriot Dekanet eSIM options:
- Cyprus/Dekanet 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 4.50 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Cyprus/Dekanet 2 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 7 USD
- Cyprus/Dekanet 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 9 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Cyprus/Dekanet 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 12 USD
- Cyprus/Dekanet 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 19 USD
- Cyprus/Dekanet 20 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 28 USD
When I say that the 3 GB & 5 GB variants are loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers, all readers get either the 3 GB or 5 GB variants.
So yeah, they are really popular.
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- Check out my Airalo eSIM reviews
Honestly, the Dekanet eSIM gives you the best bang for your buck, and it is the eSIM I recommend the most for Cyprus.
Airalo Dekanet eSIM Pros
So, why should you get the Dekanet eSIMs? Well, because of the following:
- You can purchase and set up your Dekanet eSIM before arriving in Cyprus (and activate it upon landing)
- You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to Cyprus' best mobile operator – Epic Cyprus
- The eSIMs are affordable and have generous data allowances
- You can avoid expensive international roaming fees
But it is not all good news with Airalo though – there are some disadvantages.
Airalo Dekanet eSIM Cons
So, why should you not get the Dekanet eSIM?
- The Cypriot mobile operators have much more generous data allowances
- While you get access to Epic Cyprus' network, the best in Cyprus, your speeds will not be as fast as going with Epic Cyprus itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
- There is no 5G NR access with the Dekanet eSIM
- You cannot call or text with the Dekanet eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)
- You cannot get in-person support (Airalo gets back to you by email fast, but you cannot visit an Airalo store because there are none)
Airalo Dekanet eSIM Overall Thoughts
Overall, the Airalo Dekanet eSIM is a great eSIM offering a lot for the money you pay (especially compared to many non-EU countries).
You get fast speeds and access to the best Cypriot network (Epic Cyprus) without standing in queues.
But if making actual phone calls and sending real text messages are important to you (so not through an app like WhatsApp), you may want to buy a Cypriot SIM card instead.
Holafly eSIMs for Cyprus
The second eSIM provider I recommend is Holafly.
It started something revolutionary in June 2022.
Holafly offers unlimited data plans for Cyprus, many other European Union member states & a few other countries.
From what I know, Holafly is the first to offer unlimited data plans for so many countries WITHOUT a Fair-Use Policy.
And that is super exciting!
Now, I have to say that the unlimited data plans offered by Holafly are more expensive than the Airalo Dekanet eSIM or the eSIMs sold by Nomad.
But if you do not want to worry about data allowances, Holafly is the one to go for.
The Holafly eSIMs use the Epic Cyprus (formerly MTN Cyprus) network (as well).
If you remember from the Dekanet Mobile section, MTN Cyprus is the best network in the country, so you know you do not have to worry about network reception or speeds.
You have the following seven options with Holafly:
- Cyprus unlimited data eSIM for 5 days, costing 19 USD/19 EUR/19 GBP/27 AUD/24 CAD
- Cyprus unlimited data eSIM for 10 days, costing 34 USD/34 EUR/29 GBP/49 AUD/44 CAD
- Cyprus unlimited data eSIM for 15 days, costing 47 USD/47 EUR/44 GBP/67 AUD/55 CAD
- Cyprus unlimited data eSIM for 20 days, costing 54 USD/57 EUR/49 GBP/84 AUD/74 CAD
- Cyprus unlimited data eSIM for 30 days, costing 64 USD/69 EUR/59 GBP/99 AUD/89 CAD
- Cyprus unlimited data eSIM for 60 days, costing 84 USD/87 EUR/77 GBP/127 AUD/114 CAD
- Cyprus unlimited data eSIM for 90 days, costing 99 USD/99 EUR/87 GBP/144 AUD/129 CAD
While I do not know which variant Phone Travel Wiz readers go with, I can tell you that the Holafly eSIMs are popular with those who simply do not want to worry about data caps.
And based on the emails I have received, the 20-, 30 & 60-day plans are popular because those who buy Holafly eSIMs tend to stay in Cyprus for a prolonged period to explore the country.
As I recently started my collaboration with Holafly, it offers 5% off each purchase whenever you use code PHONETRAVELWIZ – how cool is that?
- Check out my Holafly reviews
Of course, there are some pros and cons with going with Holafly, so let's go over them.
Holafly Cyprus eSIM Pros
So, why should you get the Holafly eSIMs? Well, because of the following:
- You can purchase and set up your Holafly Cyprus eSIM before arriving in Cyprus (and activate it upon landing)
- You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access on the Epic Cyprus network – the best network in Cyprus
- You do not have to deal with data caps because you get unlimited data (96 GB – here I come!)
- You can avoid expensive international roaming fees
But it is not all good news with Holafly though – there are some disadvantages.
Holafly Cyprus eSIM eSIM Cons
So, why should you not get a Holafly Cyprus eSIM?
- While the Cypriot mobile operators do not offer unlimited data plans (yet), their plans are much cheaper than Holafly
- While you get access to the Epic Cyprus network – the best network in Cyprus – your speeds will not be as fast as going with Epic Cyprus itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
- There is no 5G NR access with the Holafly eSIM
- You cannot call or text with the Holafly eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)
- You cannot get in-person support (Holafly gets back to you by email fast, but you cannot visit an Holafly store because there are none)
- Holafly is the most expensive travel eSIM provider in this guide
Holafly Cyprus eSIM Overall Thoughts
Overall, the Holafly Cyprus eSIM is an excellent eSIM for those who hate data caps and just want to use data the way they want.
You get fast speeds and access to the Epic Cyprus network, which has the best 4G/LTE network in Cyprus.
However, Holafly is the most expensive option in this guide and may not be the best for budget travelers.
Luckily, we still have one more Cyprus-specific travel eSIM to go through, which is cheaper than Holafly and has an option offering double the data allowance of Airalo, which is…
Nomad eSIMs for Cyprus
The last eSIM provider I recommend is Nomad.
Nomad is just in the middle.
But that does not mean Nomad is bad – not at all.
The Nomad Cyprus eSIM uses the Truphone network, which is active in any country you can think of.
In Cyprus, it uses a combination of networks, allowing your eSIM to switch to the network with the best reception automatically.
This way, you will always be connected!
Nomad is a bit more expensive than Airalo's Dekanet eSIM but cheaper than Holafly.
That is because, unlike the other two eSIM providers, the Nomad Cyprus eSIM uses a combination of several Cypriot networks, allowing you access to the best network at your location.
And for this feature, you pay a little more than Airalo, which only uses Epic Cyprus.
You have the following five options with Nomad:
- Cyprus 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 8 USD/8 EUR/7 GBP/10.50 CAD
- Cyprus 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 15 USD/15 EUR/12.50 GBP/19.50 CAD
- Cyprus 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 17 USD/17 EUR/14.50 GBP/22 CAD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Cyprus 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 24 USD/23.50 EUR/20 GBP/31 CAD
- Cyprus 20 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 34 USD/33.50 EUR/28.50 GBP/44 CAD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
By the way, you can get 3 USD off of your first Nomad purchase by using code ADU – how cool is that?
- Check out my Nomad reviews
Of course, going with Nomad has some pros and cons, so let's go over them.
Nomad Cyprus eSIM Pros
So, why should you get the Nomad eSIMs? Well, because of the following:
- You can purchase and set up your Nomad Cyprus eSIM before arriving in Cyprus (and activate it upon landing)
- You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access on all Cypriot networks, allowing you to have the best reception at all times
- The eSIMs are affordable and have generous data allowances
- You can avoid expensive international roaming fees
But it is not all good news with Nomad though – there are some disadvantages.
Nomad Cyprus eSIM Cons
So, why should you not get a Nomad Cyprus eSIM?
- While you get access to four networks, your speeds will not be as fast as going with the Cyprus mobile operators themselves because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
- There is no 5G NR access with the Nomad Cyprus eSIM
- You cannot call or text with the Nomad Cyprus eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)
- You cannot get in-person support (Nomad gets back to you by email fast, but you cannot visit a Nomad store because there are none)
- Airalo is cheaper than Nomad with all variants
Nomad Cyprus eSIM Overall Thoughts
Overall, the Nomad eSIM is a great premium eSIM offering.
You will always have the best reception because the Nomad because it automatically switches to the best network at your location.
However, just like the other travel eSIMs mentioned in this guide, you do not get a (local) phone number with the Nomad Cyprus eSIM.
Moreover, Nomad is not the cheapest option out there (that would be Airalo).
Best eSIMs for in Europe (not just Cyprus)
So what if you plan to visit neighboring Lebanon? Syria? Turkey? Or any other country in the European Union?
Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo Dekanet, Holafly Cyprus, or Nomad Cyprus eSIMs in any other country than Cyprus.
However, the three eSIM providers do have eSIMs covering all of the European Union and European Economic area + some other countries.
I highly recommend these Europe eSIMs if you plan to visit multiple European countries to save money!
The Eurolink eSIM is the most popular Airalo eSIM, per Phone Travel Wiz readers.
Most readers tend to visit multiple European countries, so they would rather have a travel eSIM covering multiple countries than just one (like Cyprus).
The Eurolink eSIM can be used in 39 countries in Europe, including all nations in the European Union (EU).
The eSIM can be used from Iceland to Ukraine and Norway to Spain.
Below is a complete overview of countries the Eurolink eSIM works in:
- Austria 2
- Belgium 2
- Bulgaria 2
- Croatia 2
- Cyprus 2
- Czech Republic
- Denmark 2
- Estonia 2
- Finland 2
- Gibraltar 1
- Greece 2
- Iceland 2
- Ireland 2
- Italy 2
- Latvia 2
- Luxembourg 2
- Malta 2
- Poland 2
- Romania 2
- Spain 2
- Sweden 2
- Switzerland 2
- United Kingdom 2
1 on 3G only
2 (limited) 5G NR availability at no additional cost! (list updated in December 2022)
With the Eurolink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit – averaging 10.78 USD/country in Europe (and get 5G NR access at no additional cost)!
Below is an overview of how much each Eurolink eSIM costs:
- Europe/Eurolink 1 GB eSIM for 7 day, costing 5 USD
- Europe/Eurolink 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 13 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Europe/Eurolink 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 20 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Europe/Eurolink 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 37 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Europe/Eurolink 50 GB eSIM for 90 days, costing 100 USD
- Europe/Eurolink 100 GB eSIM for 180 days, costing 185 USD
Honestly, the Eurolink eSIM is my favorite Europe travel eSIM out there. Affordable, extensive & good value for your money.
I also used it during my 1-month tour throughout Europe in 12 countries.
- Check out my Airalo Eurolink eSIM review (tested in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia & Spain)
So yeah, you can say I have some experience with the Eurolink eSIM 😏.
Holafly and Nomad eSIMs for Europe
Holafly and Nomad also have eSIMs covering all of the European Union (and more).
But honestly, the Eurolink eSIM is superior (but you can consider the Holafly Europe eSIM if you want unlimited data in 30+ countries – just do not forget about code PHONETRAVELWIZ if you go with Holafly).
Overview of the Best eSIMs for Cyprus (Airalo vs. Holafly vs. Nomad)
PrimeTel is the only Cypriot mobile operator offering eSIMs to prepaid customers.
In terms of the travel eSIMs, this would be my recommendation order:
- Airalo's Dekanet Cyprus eSIM (best value for money)
- Airalo's Eurolink Europe eSIM (best value for money when also visiting other European countries)
- Holafly Cyprus eSIM (truly unlimited data plans at premium prices)
- Nomad Cyprus eSIM (switches to the best network, allowing for excellent reception at all times)
- Holafly Europe eSIM (truly unlimited data plans when also visiting other European countries at premium prices)
- Nomad Europe eSIM (the best of both worlds in terms of pricing and performance)
Remember to use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for Holafly eSIMs and code ADU123 for Nomad eSIMs – a code is not necessary for Airalo eSIM purchases.
Buying a SIM Card in Cyprus
Want to just use a SIM card but not your current one because roaming will be criminally expensive?
Consider getting a Cypriot SIM card instead – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected abroad.
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