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eSIMs for France: The Best Travel Plans | 2024 Guide

Are you planning to visit France soon and looking for the best travel eSIM to stay connected while exploring the country?

There are many eSIM providers (re)selling plans and packages for France, but not all are equal.

Some offer unlimited data, while others include a phone number for local, regional, or global use.

Some have blazing-fast speeds, while others have extended validity.

Whatever you need, there will be an eSIM for your liking.

In the case of France, I recommend one of these eSIM providers, which I have tested in numerous countries on multiple continents:

  • Airalo
  • Alosim
  • Holafly
  • Nomad

What do these eSIM providers offer?

eSIMPackagesPricesDataPhone Number?5G NR?Discount Code(s)
Airalo64.50 USD – 36 18 USD (on sale)1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 30 daysNoYesFEB10 (10%) & FEB15 (15%) 4
Alosim64.50 USD – 36 USD1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 30 daysYes (CA/US number) 1Yes 3PTW (5%)
Holafly819 USD – 99 USDUnlimited for 5 days – unlimited for 90 daysYes (AT number) 2YesPHONETRAVELWIZ (5%)
Nomad76 USD – 33 USD1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 30 daysNoYesADU123 (3 USD) 5

1 Alosim allows you to pick a Canadian (CA) or American (US) phone number through its sister app Hushed, giving you credits worth 30 minutes (within France or from France to anywhere else) or 50 texts (same conditions as calling)
2 Holafly gives you an Austrian (AT) phone number, allowing you to make up to 60 outgoing calls within Europe and 60 incoming calls from anywhere. The country list is available in the Holafly section later on
3 only on the Free Mobile France network
4 if you have never purchased an Airalo eSIM, use code FEB15 for 15% off. You can still get 10% off using code FEB10 if you are an existing customer. Note each code has a redemption limit of 3000 (while the codes of Alosim and Holafly have no redemption limit)
5 if you have never purchased a Nomad eSIM, use code ADU123 for 3 USD off. On Tuesdays, use NOMADTUE for 10% off on plans of 10 GB or higher

France Bonbon Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
Alosim France eSIM
© Alosim

Do these eSIM providers also have regional/European eSIMs? And what are the characteristics?

eSIMRegional eSIMs?CountriesPhone Number?
AiraloYes (Eurolink)39No
AlosimYes (Europe and various sub-regional ones)Up to 34Yes (CA/US number)
HolaflyYes (Europe)32Yes (AT number)
NomadYes (Europe and a sub-regional one)Up to 35No
Airalo Europe Eurolink eSIM
© Airalo
Alosim Europe eSIM
© Alosim

What about eSIMs for world travelers who want to install one eSIM only – do global eSIMs exist?

Yes, they do!

eSIMGlobal eSIMs?CountriesPhone Number?
AiraloYes (Discover(+))125+Yes (Discover+ only)
AlosimNoN/AN/A
HolaflyNoN/AN/A
NomadYes (Global 109/136)109 & 136No

Of course, the discount codes mentioned earlier can also be redeemed for the regional and global eSIMs when applicable.

Airalo Discover eSIM
© Airalo
Airalo Discover+ eSIM
© Airalo

Now that we have an overview of what our options are, let's go through each and find out about the benefits of them.

Each section will focus on the respective eSIM provider's France, (sub-)European & global eSIM variants.

But if you already have an eSIM provider in mind, just click on the links next to jump to the respective sections: Airalo, Alosim, Holafly & Nomad.

Buying an eSIM for France Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Bonbon Mobile, Alosim & Airalo)

Original publication: 6th of March 2023. Last updated: 23rd of February 2024.


Table of Contents

Airalo France eSIMs

Airalo Logo
© Airalo

Airalo has three types of eSIMs that can be used in France: Bonbon Mobile, Eurolink & Discover(+).

Below is a quick overview:

eSIMCoveragePackagesPricesData5G NR in France?
Bonbon MobileFrance only64.50 USD – 36 18 USD (on sale)1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 30 daysYes
EurolinkFrance & 38 European countries65 USD – 185 USD1 GB for 7 days – 100 GB for 180 days (half a year)Yes 2
Discover(+)France & 125+ countries globally12 (6 for Discover & 6 for Discover+)9/15 USD – 69/89 USD 11 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 365 days (1 year)Yes

1 9 USD and 69 USD apply to the Discover eSIM. Discover+ eSIM costs between 15 USD and 89 USD
2 only on the Orange France and SFR France networks

Remember to use code FEB15 for 15% off if you have never purchased an Airalo eSIM before OR code FEB10 for 10% off if you are an existing Airalo user (valid until the 29th of February – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code).

If you already have an eSIM variant in mind, just click on the links next to jump to the respective sections: BonBon Mobile, Eurolink & Discover(+).

France Bonbon Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
Airalo Europe Eurolink eSIM
© Airalo
Airalo Discover+ eSIM
© Airalo

Airalo was the first eSIM store launched in 2019 when barely any phone supported eSIMs.

Now, it is the largest eSIM provider and covers more than 200 countries and territories (some being “duplicates”).

Airalo All Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)
2023 version

Airalo was the first eSIM I ever installed on my dad's phone (I did not have an eSIM-compatible device back then 🗿).

And it is also the the provider I have tested in the most countries so far (compared to other eSIMs).

Anyway, Airalo has a thing for giving each country's eSIM a unique name (which I love).

Airalo Bonbon Mobile (France) eSIM

For France, it is Bonbon Mobile.

France Bonbon Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

As highlighted earlier, there are six Bonbon Mobile eSIMs to choose from, which are shown below:

  1. France/Bonbon Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 4.50 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. France/Bonbon Mobile 2 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 7.50 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. France/Bonbon Mobile 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 10 USD
  4. France/Bonbon Mobile 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 14 USD
  5. France/Bonbon Mobile 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 23 11.50 USD (on sale) – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  6. France/Bonbon Mobile 20 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 36 18 USD (on sale)

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 22nd of February.

France Bonbon eSIM Airalo (with Prices)
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

The Airalo Bonbon Mobile eSIM gives you access to three French mobile networks: Bouygues Telecom, Orange France & SFR France networks (not all simultaneously).

Airalo Bonbon Mobile eSIM Supported Networks (Orange, Bouygues Telecom & SFR)

In my France SIM card buying guide, I tell you more about which French mobile operator(s) is/are the best in coverage or speed so you can manually select the network that would suit your needs.

Buying a SIM Card in France Guide (logos of Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, La Poste Mobile, Lebara, Réglo Mobile, Lycamobile, Syma Mobile & Vectone Mobile)

Airalo Eurolink eSIM

Next, we have the Airalo Eurolink eSIM to be used in France and 38 other European countries.

Airalo Europe Eurolink eSIM
© Airalo

Phone Travel Wiz readers love Airalo's Europe eSIM – no other Airalo regional eSIM is as popular as Eurolink.

Mainly because it has the best reach (39 countries) of any Europe-wide eSIM I know of.

Anyway, the eSIM started offering 5G NR access in over 20 countries in 2023 (including France) because Airalo switched partners (Orange France instead of FL1 Liechtenstein).

This switch also improved general 4G/LTE speeds due to the improvements in local networks you can use.

You have these six Eurolink options to choose from:

  1. Europe/Eurolink 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 5 USD
  2. Europe/Eurolink 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 13 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. Europe/Eurolink 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 20 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. Europe/Eurolink 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 37 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. Europe/Eurolink 50 GB eSIM for 90 days, costing 100 USD
  6. Europe/Eurolink 100 GB eSIM for 180 days, costing 185 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 22nd of February.

Airalo Europe Eurolink eSIM with Prices
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

You can use the Bouygues Telecom, Orange France & SFR France networks, but only Orange France and SFR France will give you 5G NR access.

Airalo Eurolink eSIM Supported Networks in France (Orange, SFR & Bouygues Telecom)

So you manually have to change the network to Orange/SFR if you want to use 5G NR with the Eurolink eSIM (for most Android devices, go to settings -> mobile network -> select the eSIM -> operator -> disable auto-select -> tap Orange/SFR).

In my ongoing Airalo Eurolink review, I tell you all the 39 countries where the eSIM can be used.

Airalo Eurolink eSIM Review by Phone Travel Wiz

But you can also use the map below as a reference.

Airalo Eurolink Europe eSIM Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)
2023 version

Airalo Discover(+) eSIM

Lastly, we have the Airalo's global Discover and Discover+ eSIMs.

Airalo Discover eSIM
© Airalo
Airalo Discover+ eSIM
© Airalo

These eSIMs can be used in France and 125+ other countries on each continent.

Previously, Airalo's Discover Global eSIM was kind of… meh.

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

I have had a decent experience with that eSIM, but I felt it could improve.

The new Discover(+) eSIMs have a maximum validity of 365 days (instead of 180) and can use 5G NR in most destinations.

Moreover, the + variant gives you an Austrian (+43) phone number.

As a result, the Discover+ eSIM can be up to 20 USD more expensive than the Discover eSIM, but the benefits are worth it, in my opinion (I have the + variant installed on my phone).

These Airalo Discover(+) eSIMs are available:

  1. Discover 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9 USD
  2. Discover+ 1 GB (with 10 minutes and 10 SMS) eSIM for 7 days, costing 15 USD
  3. Discover 2 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 17 USD
  4. Discover+ 2 GB (with 20 minutes and 20 SMS) eSIM for 15 days, costing 27 USD
  5. Discover 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 24 USD
  6. Discover+ 3 GB (with 30 minutes and 30 SMS) eSIM for 30 days, costing 36 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  7. Discover 5 GB eSIM for 60 days, costing 35 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  8. Discover+ 5 GB (with 50 minutes and 50 SMS) eSIM for 60 days, costing 50 USD
  9. Discover 10 GB eSIM for 180 days, costing 59 USD
  10. Discover+ 10 GB (with 100 minutes and 100 SMS) eSIM for 180 days, costing 79 USD
  11. Discover 20 GB eSIM for 365 days, costing 69 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  12. Discover+ 20 GB (with 200 minutes and 200 SMS) eSIM for 365 days, costing 89 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 22nd of February.

Airalo Discover+ eSIM with Prices
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

The Discover(+) eSIM can use the Bouygues Telecom, Orange France & SFR France networks.

Airalo Discover+ eSIM Supported Networks in France (SFR, Bouygues Telecom & Orange)

All these mobile operators allow you to use their 5G NR networks.

For an entire list of countries where the eSIM can be used, you should check out my ongoing Airalo Discover+ eSIM review.

Airalo Discover+ eSIM Review by Phone Travel Wiz

Although the map below may be helpful if you know your world map well.

Airalo Discover Global eSIM Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)

In every country I visit where I test country-specific Airalo eSIMs, I also try out its Discover+ eSIM (if it can be used there).

So you better check it out now and then to see if I wrote about the country/countries you plan to visit and read about the eSIM's performance in said country, as it is not always perfect.

Before Airalo updated its global eSIM, I used the old version (Discover Global) in 15+ countries. From August 2023, I will only test the Discover+ eSIM. This is why some country-specific reviews (like Japan) still refer to Discover Global and show the old eSIM image instead of Discover+.

Airalo Discover Global eSIM in Japan Review by Phone Travel Wiz

Airalo eSIMs for France Summarized

To summarize, these are the characteristics of each Airalo eSIM covered in this section:

  • Bonbon Mobile:
    • can be used in France only
    • is priced between 4.50 USD and 36 18 USD (on sale)
    • has six variants (1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 30 days)
    • has 5G NR access on all supported networks
    • has no phone number
  • Eurolink:
    • can be used in France and 38 other European countries
    • is priced between 5 USD and 185 USD
    • has six variants (1 GB for 7 days – 100 GB for 180 days)
    • has 5G NR access on select supported networks in France (and numerous other countries)
    • has no phone number
  • Discover:
    • can be used in France and 125+ countries worldwide
    • is priced between 9 USD and 69 USD
    • has six variants (1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 365 days)
    • has 5G NR access on all supported networks in France (and numerous other countries)
    • has no phone number
  • Discover+:
    • can be used in France and 125+ countries worldwide
    • is priced between 15 USD and 89 USD
    • has six variants (1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 365 days)
    • has 5G NR access on all supported networks in France (and numerous other countries)
    • includes an Austrian phone number
      • offers up 200 international minutes and 200 international SMS (to any country worldwide, including those the eSIM cannot be used in)

Alosim France eSIMs

Alosim Logo
© Alosim

Airalo has four types of eSIMs that can be used in France: France, Europe, Mediterranean & Western Europe.

Below is a quick overview:

eSIMCoveragePackagesPrices5G NR in France?Phone Number?
FranceFrance only64.50 USD – 36 USDYes 1Yes
EuropeFrance & 33 European countries55 USD – 37 USDYes 1Yes
MediterraneanFrance & 5 European countries47 USD – 32 USDYes 1Yes
Western EuropeFrance & 3 European countries45 USD – 25 USDYes 1Yes

1 only on the Free network

Note: it is often cheaper or more convenient to buy the Europe eSIM instead of the sub-regional ones, so I will not cover them in this section. However, I did want to mention/highlight them in case you are interested. The links above will bring you to the product page of the sub-regional eSIM.

Remember that you can use code PTW for 5% off any Alosim purchase (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want).

If you already have an eSIM variant in mind, just click on the links next to jump to the respective sections: France & Europe.

Alosim France eSIM
© Alosim
Alosim Europe eSIM
© Alosim

Alosim is an eSIM provider by AffinityClick, which is known for its Hushed app (“Temporary & Second Phone Number App for Wifi, Data Calling & Texting”, as it calls it (8 million+ downloads)).

Hushed Screenshot

It took some time and effort (from my end), but Alosim finally agreed to bundle its products.

What do I mean by that?

With any Alosim eSIM purchase, even country-specific ones with just 1 GB of data or a regional one with 10 GB of data, will get a Hushed redemption code, giving you up to 30 international minutes or 50 international SMS.

AffinityClick offers American (+1), British (+44) & Canadian (+1) phone numbers from over 300 area codes (but only +1 phone numbers are part of this combo deal).

While it is looking to expand its offering in terms of phone numbers, you cannot get a French phone number at this point due to local regulations.

However, this makes Alosim the only eSIM provider I know of that gives you a phone number for each eSIM purchase.

Additionally, you do not have to switch back to your base SIM card in case you need to make international calls (and will save a lot on international call costs, which are often overly expensive).

Anyway, let's talk about Alosim's eSIM offering.

It has eSIMs for over 170 countries, including France.

Alosim All Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)
2023 version

Alosim France eSIM

For France, you have the following six choices:

Alosim France eSIM
© Alosim
  1. France 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 4.50 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. France 2 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 7.50 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. France 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 10 USD
  4. France 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 14 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. France 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 23 USD
  6. France 20 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 36 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 22nd of February.

Alosim France eSIMs
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

Alosim's France eSIM gives you access to the Bouygues Telecom and Free Mobile France networks.

Alosim France eSIM Supported Networks (Free Mobile & Bouygues Telecom)

Only Free Mobile offers 5G NR access at this point in time.

For more information on how French operators perform, check out my France SIM card buying guide, where I discuss the performance of each SIM card (in terms of coverage and speed).

Buying a SIM Card in France Guide (logos of Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, La Poste Mobile, Lebara, Réglo Mobile, Lycamobile, Syma Mobile & Vectone Mobile)

Alosim Europe eSIM

Next and finally, we have Alosim's Europe eSIM to be used in France and 31 33 other European countries.

Alosim Europe eSIM
© Alosim

Unlike other European eSIMs that offer 5G NR access, Alosim's 5G NR coverage is limited (France is included).

Anyway, let's see how much each of the five Alosim Europe eSIMs cost:

  1. Europe 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 5 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. Europe 2 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 8 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. Europe 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 13 USD
  4. Europe 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 20 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. Europe 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 37 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 22nd of February.

Alosim Europe eSIMs
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

The Europe eSIM has access to the same two networks as the France eSIM (they are the same, but the latter is restricted to France only).

Unlike most European eSIMs offered by eSIM providers, the Alosim Europe eSIM cannot be used in all countries in the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA).

Previously, Denmark, Finland & Sweden were excluded (2023), but that changed in 2024.

However, the eSIM can still not be used in Norway and Poland.

While the eSIM can be used in Switzerland, which is not part of the EU or EEA.

Fun note: Switzerland was the first country I used the Alosim Europe eSIM in, as Alosim did not introduce a Europe-wide eSIM until the summer of 2023 (it had, and still has, several sub-regional eSIMs instead).

As I mentioned earlier, you will also get a Hushed phone number with any Alosim Europe eSIM purchase.

You can find a country breakdown in my ongoing Alosim Europe review, which I have used in six countries so far (because it is so new, but check out the review to see if it performed well in the country/countries you will visit).

AloSIM Europe eSIM Review by Phone Travel Wiz

Or use this map.

Alosim eSIMs for France Summarized

To summarize, these are the characteristics of each Alosim eSIM covered in this section:

  • France:
    • is priced between 4.50 USD and 36 USD
    • has six variants (1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 30 days)
    • has 5G NR access on a supported network
    • includes a free +1 (American or Canadian) phone number through Hushed
      • allows for up to 30 international calls and/or 30 international SMS (within France or from France to any other country)
  • Europe:
    • can be used in France and 33 other European countries
    • is priced between 5 USD and 37 USD
    • has five variants (1 GB for 7 days – 10 GB for 30 days)
    • has 5G NR access on a supported network in France (and numerous other countries)
    • includes a free +1 (American or Canadian) phone number through Hushed
      • allows for up to 30 international calls and/or 30 international SMS (within France or from France to any other country)

Holafly France eSIMs

Holafly Logo
© Holafly

Holafly has two types of eSIMs that can be used in France: France and Europe.

Below is a quick overview:

eSIMCoveragePackagesPrices5G NR in France?Phone Number?
FranceFrance only819 USD – 99 USDYesYes
EuropeFrance & 31 European countries819 USD – 99 USDYesYes

Remember that you can use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off any Holafly purchase (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want).

If you already have an eSIM variant in mind, just click on the links next to jump to the respective sections: France & Europe.

Holafly is probably the eSIM provider with the most extensive coverage in terms of unlimited data eSIMs.

Yes, Holafly has unlimited data eSIMs for France and most countries it supports, which is over 160 countries.

Holafly All Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)
2023 version

Of which about 100 have unlimited data eSIMs.

Holafly Unlimited Data eSIM Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)
2023 version

Holafly was probably also the first eSIM provider to have unlimited Europe-wide data plans.

In July 2023, it added a call feature, giving you up to 60 minutes in each direction (with a +43/Austrian phone number), depending on the eSIM (60 outgoing calls within Europe and 60 incoming calls from anywhere (120 minutes total)).

One thing that you should note already, and I will repeat it later, is that the prices of the France eSIM and the Europe eSIM are exactly the same.

So, if you plan on visiting multiple supported countries during your trip (the list will be provided later), you should get the Europe eSIM instead of the France one + another country-specific one to save a lot of money.

Holafly France eSIM

But I got ahead of myself – you have eight unlimited data eSIMs for France :

    1. France unlimited data eSIM for 5 days, costing 19 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
    2. France unlimited data eSIM for 7 days, costing 27 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
    3. France unlimited data eSIM for 10 days, costing 34 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
    4. France unlimited data eSIM for 15 days, costing 47 USD
    5. France unlimited data eSIM for 20 days, costing 54 USD
    6. France unlimited data eSIM for 30 days, costing 64 USD
    7. France unlimited data eSIM for 60 days, costing 87 USD
    8. France unlimited data eSIM for 90 days, costing 99 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 22nd of February.

Holafly France eSIMs
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

I will tell you already: Holafly's France eSIMs are the most expensive ones mentioned in this guide.

But unlike all the others, you get unlimited data (at fast speeds depending on the selected network).

Speaking of networks, you can be on Free Mobile France, Orange France & SFR France and 5G NR is available (although Holafly does not specify if it is available on all networks or selected ones).

Holafly Europe eSIM

Speaking of the Europe eSIM… let's talk about it now.

As I said, Holafly's Europe eSIM is exactly the same as its France eSIM in terms of options, prices & supported networks.

It is just that the France eSIM can only be used in France, while the Europe one can be used in 32 destinations.

Below is an overview of all the Holafly Europe eSIMs in case you do not believe me:

  1. Europe unlimited data eSIM for 5 days, costing 19 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. Europe unlimited data eSIM for 7 days, costing 27 USD
  3. Europe unlimited data eSIM for 10 days, costing 34 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. Europe unlimited data eSIM for 15 days, costing 47 USD
  5. Europe unlimited data eSIM for 20 days, costing 54 USD
  6. Europe unlimited data eSIM for 30 days, costing 64 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  7. Europe unlimited data eSIM for 60 days, costing 87 USD
  8. Europe unlimited data eSIM for 90 days, costing 99 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 22nd of February.

Below are the product pages side by side:

Holafly France eSIMs
Holafly Europe eSIMs

See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in these images may be outdated.

Regarding the calling feature, you can make calls from France to most other supported countries, but Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Ukraine & the United Kingdom are excluded.

The list of supported countries can be found in my ongoing Holafly Europe eSIM review.

Holafly Europe eSIM Review by Phone Travel Wiz

Or you can consult the map below:

Holafly Europe eSIM Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)
2023 version

But you can receive calls from any phone number, including the six mentioned earlier or places on other continents like Canada, Taiwan, or even Zimbabwe 🗿.

Holafly eSIMs for France Summarized

To summarize, these are the characteristics of each Holafly eSIM covered in this section:

  • France:
    • is priced between 19 USD and 99 USD
    • has eight variants (unlimited for 5 days – unlimited for 90 days)
    • has 5G NR access
    • includes a free +43 (Austrian) phone number
      • allows for up to 60 outgoing minutes within Europe (to 26 of the 32 supported countries, including France) and up to 60 incoming minutes from anywhere (including non-European numbers)
  • Europe:
    • can be used in France and 31 other European countries
    • is priced between 19 USD and 99 USD
    • has eight variants (unlimited for 5 days – unlimited for 90 days)
    • has 5G NR access in France (and numerous other countries)
    • includes a free +43 (Austrian) phone number
      • allows for up to 60 outgoing minutes within Europe (to 26 of the 32 supported countries, including France) and up to 60 incoming minutes from anywhere (including non-European numbers)

Nomad France eSIMs

Nomad eSIMs Logo
© Nomad

Nomad has four types of eSIMs that can be used in France: France, Europe, IT-FR-DE (Italy, France & Germany) & Global.

Below is a quick overview:

eSIMCoveragePackagesPrices5G NR in France?
FranceFrance only76 USD – 33 USDYes 2
EuropeFrance & 29/34 other European countries11 (6 for 30 countries & 5 for 35 countries)5/5 USD – 35/45 26 USD (on sale)Yes 3
IT-FR-DE 1Italy, France & Germany54 USD – 24 USDYes
GlobalFrance & 108/136 other countries6 (3 for 109 countries & 3 for 136 countries)25/19 USD – 45/57 USDYes 4

1 the Italy-France-Germany eSIM is new (launched in 2024) and part of Nomad's Small Regional Plans. While the plan can be useful when you visit two of these covered countries or all three of them during your trip, it is often more convenient to purchase a Europe eSIM, so I will not cover this eSIM in this section. I did want to mention/highlight them in case you are interested. The link above will bring you to the product page of the Small Regional eSIM
2 5G NR access for select eSIM options (10 GB for 30 days and 20 GB for 30 days)
3 5G NR access is available for the 35 Countries Plan eSIMs only
4 5G NR access is available for the 136 Countries Plan eSIMs only

Use code ADU123 for 3 USD off your first Nomad order (new customers only). But existing customers can use NOMADTUE on Tuesdays only for 10% off on plans of 10 GB or more.

If you already have an eSIM variant in mind, just click on the links next to jump to the respective sections: France, Europe & Global.

Nomad, not to be confused with the (digital) nomad lifestyle, is an eSIM provider that has significantly improved over the past few years.

Not only has it been adding more countries, but it has continuously been dropping its prices where applicable.

Right now, Nomad has eSIMs for more than 160 countries.

Nomad All Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)
2023 version

While Nomad is not a marketplace of eSIMs, it does sell eSIMs powered by different partners.

Some countries have “duplicates” of the same variant of eSIM (1 GB for 7 days, for example) because of different partner offerings (although Nomad has reduced duplicates in recent months, as per request. Look at this old Italy example).

Nomad Italy eSIM Options (2023)

Nomad France eSIM

For France, you have these seven choices:

  1. France 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (Global1SIM), costing 6 USD
  2. France 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (Nomad Black), costing 6 USD
  3. France 3 GB eSIM for 30 days (Nomad Black), costing 12 8 USD (on sale) – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. France 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (Nomad Black), costing 14 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. France 10 GB eSIM for 30 days (eSIM Go), costing 19 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  6. France 15 GB eSIM for 30 days (Nomad Black), costing 27 USD
  7. France 20 GB eSIM for 30 days (eSIM Go), costing 33 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 22nd of February.

Heads up: eSIMs with “(Nomad)” are powered by an unknown provider (unthrottled speeds). “Nomad Black” = Tele2 Sweden (@ max. 35 Mbps). Truphone (rebranded to 1Global) is just Truphone/1Global (unthrottled speeds).

Depending on who powers the eSIM, you can access different French mobile networks (you can see the network list by pressing See Details on the Nomad France eSIM product page).

Nomad France eSIMs
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

My France SIM card buying guide will inform you which network(s) is/are the best regarding coverage and speed.

Buying a SIM Card in France Guide (logos of Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, La Poste Mobile, Lebara, Réglo Mobile, Lycamobile, Syma Mobile & Vectone Mobile)

Nomad Europe eSIM

Now, we have the Nomad Europe eSIM to be used in France and 29 or 34 other European countries, depending on the eSIM you choose.

Why this or? Well, Nomad has two Europe eSIMs: the 30 Countries Plan and the 35 Countries Plan.

The Nomad Europe 30 Countries eSIM is powered by Nomad Black (which we learned is Tele2 Sweden).

The 30 Countries Plan has six eSIM options, while the 35 Countries Plan has five.

The latter used to be supported by Truphone but is now powered by eSIM Go.

Because of this change, 5G NR is available in a handful of countries with the Nomad Europe 35 Countries eSIM (which is still not the case with the Nomad Europe 30 Countries eSIM).

Personally, I prefer the 35 Countries Plan eSIM, as the prices are about the same as the 30 Countries Plan eSIM (1 USD difference), has 5G NR access & has unthrottled speeds.

In the case of France, both plans can be used in the country.

As I mentioned in the previous sections, getting any of the Nomad Europe eSIMs will be the most cost-effective way to stay connected in Europe if you plan to visit two or more supported destinations.

With that out of the way, here is a list of all the Nomad Europe eSIMs and how much they cost:

  1. Europe 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (30 Countries Plan), costing 5 USD
  2. Europe 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (35 Countries Plan), costing 5 USD
  3. Europe 3 GB eSIM for 30 days (30 Countries Plan), costing 12 USD
  4. Europe 3 GB eSIM for 30 days (35 Countries Plan), costing 13 USD
  5. Europe 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (30 Countries Plan), costing 14 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  6. Europe 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (35 Countries Plan), costing 15 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  7. Europe 10 GB eSIM for 30 days (30 Countries Plan), costing 22 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  8. Europe 10 GB eSIM for 30 days (35 Countries Plan), costing 22 18 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  9. Europe 15 GB eSIM for 30 days (30 Countries Plan), costing 29 USD
  10. Europe 20 GB eSIM for 30 days (30 Countries Plan), costing 35 USD
  11. Europe 20 GB eSIM for 30 days (35 Countries Plan), costing 45 26 USD (on sale)

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 19th of February.

Nomad Europe eSIM 30 Countries Plan with Prices (Nomad Black - Tele2 Sweden)
Nomad Europe eSIM 35 Countries Plan with Prices eSIM Go)

See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in these images may be outdated.

5G NR access is available in France if you choose one of the 35 Countries Plan/eSIM Go eSIMs.

You can find a country breakdown in my ongoing Nomad Europe review or the map below.

Nomad Europe eSIM Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version).png
2023 version

For now, I have tried the Tele2-powered and Truphone-powered Nomad Europe eSIMs. The eSIM Go variant did not exist when I toured around Europe. Worry not; I have extensively used eSIM Go-powered eSIMs in other countries (on different continents). This is why I can confidently say those eSIMs will perform well.

I have tested the eSIM in more than ten countries so far – you should check my Nomad Europe eSIM review if you are interested in getting it for yourself.

Nomad Europe eSIM Review by Phone Travel Wiz

Nomad Global eSIM

Finally, we have Nomad global eSIMs.

While Nomad is one of the few eSIM providers with a global eSIM, it is pretty expensive (especially compared to Airalo's Discover(+) eSIMs).

However, the eSIM has one big fan… my dad.

Yes, really! He is a truck driver and sometimes visits countries not covered by regional eSIMs or Airalo's Discover(+) eSIMs.

So, instead of buying multiple eSIMs, he just uses Nomad's global eSIM 😎.

Anyway, the eSIM can be used in up to 136 countries – France included.

And two plans are available: 109 Countries Plan (Truphone/1Global) and 136 Countries Plan (eSIM Go).

Both providers have been introduced earlier, and the same conditions apply – 5G NR is available in many countries with the 136 Countries Plan eSIMs, which is not the case with the 109 Countries Plan.

Each plan has three eSIMs: 1 GB for 7 days, 3 GB for 30 days & 5 GB for 30 days.

The short validity and high prices, which I will show you shortly, make it hard for this eSIM to be a proper eSIM for world travelers.

Anyway, here is the list:

  1. Global 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (109 Countries), costing 25 USD
  2. Global 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (136 Countries), costing 19 USD
  3. Global 3 GB eSIM for 30 days (109 Countries), costing 40 USD
  4. Global 3 GB eSIM for 30 days (136 Countries), costing 40 USD
  5. Global 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (109 Countries), costing 45 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  6. Global 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (136 Countries), costing 57 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 19th of February.

Nomad Global eSIM 109 Countries Plan with Prices (Truphone)
Nomad Global eSIM 139 Countries Plan with Prices (eSIM Go)

See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in these images may be outdated.

Because I have no ongoing review for this eSIM, you can use the Nomad Global product page to find all supported countries or the map below.

Nomad Global eSIM Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version).png
2023 version

Nomad eSIMs for France Summarized

To summarize, these are the characteristics of each Airalo eSIM covered in this section:

  • France:
    • is priced between 6 USD and 33 USD
    • has seven variants (1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 30 days)
    • has 5G NR access on select supported networks
    • has no phone number
  • Europe:
    • can be used in France and 29/34 other European countries
      • 30 Countries Plan (powered by Nomad Black/Tele2 Sweden)
      • 35 Countries Plan (powered by eSIM Go)
    • is priced between 5 USD and 35 USD
      • 30 Countries Plan: 5 USD – 35 USD
      • 35 Countries Plan: 5 USD – 45 26 USD (on sale)
    • has 11 variants (1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 30 days)
      • 30 Countries Plan: six options between 1 GB for 7 days and 20 GB for 30 days
      • 35 Countries Plan: five options between 1 GB for 7 days and 20 GB for 30 days
    • has 5G NR access on select supported networks in France (and numerous other countries)
      • 30 Countries Plan: no 5G NR access
      • 35 Countries Plan: 5G NR access on select supported networks in France (and numerous other countries)
    • has no phone number
  • Global:
    • can be used in France and 108/135 other countries globally
      • 109 Countries Plan (powered by Truephone/1Global)
      • 136 Countries Plan (powered by eSIM Go)
    • is priced between 19 USD and 57 USD
      • 109 Countries Plan: 25 USD – 45 USD
      • 136 Countries Plan: 19 USD – 57 USD
    • has six variants (1 GB for 7 days – 5 GB for 30 days)
      • 109 Countries Plan: 1 GB for 7 days, 3 GB for 30 days & 5 GB for 30 days
      • 136 Countries Plan: 1 GB for 7 days, 3 GB for 30 days & 5 GB for 30 days
    • has 5G NR access on select supported networks in France (and numerous other countries)
      • 109 Countries Plan: no 5G NR access
      • 136 Countries Plan: 5G NR access on select supported networks in France (and numerous other countries)
    • has no phone number

Overview of the Best eSIMs for France

I reviewed a handful of eSIM providers that offer numerous eSIMs to be used in France, neighboring countries & even globally.

Because I went over many things, here is a summary of characteristics so you can quickly decide which eSIM you want.

France-only eSIMs:

  • Cheapest 3 GB France eSIM: Nomad (12 8 USD (on sale)), otherwise Airalo (10 USD) & Alosim (10 USD)
  • Cheapest 5 GB France eSIM: Airalo (14 USD) & Alosim (14 USD)
  • Cheapest 10 GB France eSIM: Airalo (23 11.50 USD (on sale)), otherwise Alosim (23 USD)
  • Provider with unlimited data plans for France: Holafly
  • France eSIM with the longest validity: Holafly (90 days)
  • France eSIM with 5G NR: Airalo, Alosim, Holafly & Nomad
  • France eSIM with phone numbers: Alosim (American/Canadian) & Holafly (Austrian)

Europe eSIMs:

  • Cheapest 3 GB Europe eSIM: Nomad (12 USD (30 Countries Plan))
  • Cheapest 5 GB Europe eSIM: Nomad (14 USD (30 Countries Plan) & 15 USD (35 Countries Plan))
  • Cheapest 10 GB Europe eSIM: Nomad (18 USD (both plans))
  • Provider with unlimited data plans for France and Europe: Holafly
  • Europe eSIM with the longest validity: Airalo (180 days)
  • Europe eSIM with 5G NR in France: Airalo, Holafly & Nomad (35 Countries Plan only)
  • Europe eSIM with phone numbers: Alosim (American/Canadian) & Holafly (Austrian)

Regarding global eSIMs, Airalo's Discover(+) eSIM is superior to the Nomad global eSIM in terms of prices, data allowances & validity (+phone number).

However, Nomad's eSIM has better coverage (up to 136 instead of 126).

And do not forget to use one of these discount codes for extra savings:

  • Airalo: FEB15 for 15% off if you have never purchased an Airalo eSIM. If you have, use FEB10 for 10% off (each code can be used 3000 times among all Airalo customers, so better redeem it quickly!
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (the code can be used by anyone, including existing customers, as many times as you wish – no redemption limit)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (the code can be used by anyone, including existing customers, as many times as you wish – no redemption limit)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD (or your currency's equivalent) if you have never purchased a Nomad eSIM

Enjoy your trip to France (and neighboring countries)!