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7 Best eSIMs for Germany Compared + Discounts (2022)

Germany – known for Oktoberfest, its cars & football (real football, which some may call soccer).

The country is also home to many churches, palaces & castles.

So, besides visiting all these historical buildings, what else can you do in Germany? A lot.

The East Side Gallery in Berlin is a must-see while in the city.

If you are into amusement parks, Europa-Park is worth visiting.

And the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg is probably my favorite attraction in the city.

As you can see, there is no need to be bored in Germany.

What also is not boring is fighting an expensive roaming bill because you forgot to turn data roaming odd.

Dealing with an expensive international roaming bill will certainly not be enjoyable because you forgot to turn off international roaming.

Instead, if your phone supports eSIM, you may want to go with a travel eSIM to skip the queues in Germany and avoid the SIM card registration bureaucracy.

So, how much do German (travel) eSIMs cost?

You can get an eSIM for Germany for as low as 4.50 USD up to 99 USD from Airalo (with Hallo! Mobil), 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 German mobile operators, Airalo, Holafly & Nomad. Let's get started.

Buying an eSIM for Germany Guide (logos of Airalo, Holafly, Nomad, Telekom & Hallo! Mobil)

Original publication: 3rd of August 2022. Last updated: 3rd of August 2022.


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eSIMs offered by the German 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, Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile) is the only German mobile operator offering eSIMs to prepaid customers.

However, this process involves a rather time-consuming process, which may not be worth the hassle.

O2 Germany and Vodafone Germany may offer eSIMs to prepaid customers (as well), but I still need to confirm this.

Note that the German mobile operators require your identification (ID for EU/EEA travelers and passport for anyone else) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards as part of Germany's SIM card registration requirements.

And some travelers do not want to deal with any of that for privacy reasons.

Some stores charge you for this, and it can take up to 24 hours before your SIM card is activated, depending on the registration method.

Luckily, there is a way to avoid this registration scheme: by roaming (super expensive) or using a travel eSIM (affordable AND can be cheaper than local SIM cards in many countries).

Travel eSIM providers Airalo (with Hallo! Mobil), Holafly & Nomad offer attractive eSIMs for Germany, allowing them to be set up before arriving in Germany 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!

Recommended eSIMs by Phone Travel Wiz (logos of Airalo, Holafly & Nomad)

So let's check out all the options, shall we?


Airalo eSIMs for Germany (Hallo! Mobil)

Germany Hallo! Mobil eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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 Hallo! Mobil eSIM – 10 GB of data is available for only 22.50 USD.

The Hallo! Mobil eSIM uses the O2 Germany network.

O2 Logo
© O2

So even if you go to some remote German town, you will still have reception with the Hallo! Mobil eSIM.

Alright, you have four Germany Hallo! Mobil eSIM options:

  1. Germany/Hallo! Mobil 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 5 USD (most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers)
  2. Germany/Hallo! Mobil 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 10 USD
  3. Germany/Hallo! Mobil 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 15 USD (most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers)
  4. Germany/Hallo! Mobil 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 22.50 USD
Germany Hallo! Mobil eSIM Airalo (with Prices)

When I say that the 1 GB & 5 GB variants are loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers, 67% of the readers that buy a Hallo! Mobil eSIM get the 1 GB & 5 GB variants.

So yeah, it is really popular.

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Airalo Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

Honestly, the Hallo! Mobil eSIM gives you the best bang for your buck, and it is the eSIM I recommend the most for Germany.

Airalo Hallo! Mobil eSIM Pros

So, why should you get the Hallo! Mobil eSIMs? Well, because of the following:

But it is not all good news with Airalo though – there are some disadvantages.

Airalo Hallo! Mobil eSIM Cons

So, why should you not get the Hallo! Mobil eSIM?

  • The German mobile operators have much more generous data allowances
  • While you get access to the O2 Germany network, your speeds will not be as fast as going with O2 Germany itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
  • There is no 5G NR access with the Hallo! Mobil eSIM
  • You cannot call or text with the Hallo! Mobil 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 Hallo! Mobil eSIM Overall Thoughts

Overall, the Airalo Hallo! Mobil 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 O2 Germany network without standing in queues or dealing with SIM card registration bureaucracy.

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 German SIM card instead.


Holafly eSIMs for Germany

Holafly Logo
© Holafly

The second eSIM provider I recommend is Holafly.

It started something revolutionary in June 2022.

Holafly offers unlimited data plans for Germany, 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 Hallo! Mobil 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 Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile) network.

You have the following seven options with Holafly:

Germany eSIMs Holafly

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 Germany 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?

Holafly Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

Of course, there are some pros and cons with going with Holafly, so let's go over them.

Holafly Germany eSIM Pros

So, why should you get the Holafly eSIMs? Well, because of the following:

  • You can purchase and set up your Holafly Germany eSIM before arriving in Germany (and activate it upon landing)
  • You can skip Germany's SIM card registration requirements
  • You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access on the Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile) network – the best network in Germany
  • You do not have to deal with data caps because you get unlimited data
  • You get unthrottled 4G/LTE data (30 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 Germany eSIM eSIM Cons

So, why should you not get a Holafly Germany eSIM?

  • While the German mobile operators do not offer unlimited data plans (yet), their plans are much cheaper than Holafly
  • While you get access to the Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile) network – the best network in Germany – your speeds will not be as fast as going with Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile) 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 Germany eSIM Overall Thoughts

Overall, the Holafly Germany 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 Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile) network, which has the best 4G/LTE network in Germany.

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 Germany-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 Germany

Nomad eSIMs Logo
© Nomad

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 Germany eSIM uses the Truphone network (but mostly O2 Germany), which is active in any country you can think of.

In Germany, it uses a combination of networks, allowing your eSIM to automatically switch to the network with the best reception.

This way, you will always be connected!

Nomad is a bit more expensive than Airalo's Hallo! Mobil eSIM but cheaper than Holafly.

That is because, unlike the other two eSIM providers, the Nomad Germany eSIM uses a combination of several German networks (Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile), O2 Germany & Vodafone Germany), allowing you access to the best network at your location.

And for this feature, you pay a little more than Airalo, which only uses O2 Germany.

You have the following five options with Nomad:

  1. Germany 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 6 USD/6 EUR/5 GBP/8 CAD
  2. Germany 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 12 USD/12 EUR/10 GBP/15.50 CAD
  3. Germany 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 17 USD/17 EUR/14.50 GBP/22 CAD
  4. Germany 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 24 USD/24 EUR/20 GBP/31 CAD
  5. Germany 20 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 34 USD/34 EUR/28.50 GBP/44 CAD
Germany eSIMs Nomad
Germany Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

By the way, you can get 3 USD off of your first Nomad purchase by using code ADU – how cool is that?

Nomad Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

Of course, going with Nomad has some pros and cons, so let's go over them.

Nomad Germany eSIM Pros

So, why should you get the Nomad eSIMs? Well, because of the following:

But it is not all good news with Nomad though – there are some disadvantages.

Nomad Germany eSIM Cons

So, why should you not get a Nomad Germany eSIM?

  • While you get access to four networks, your speeds will not be as fast as going with the German 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 Germany eSIM
  • You cannot call or text with the Nomad Germany 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 Germany 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.

Moreover, the Nomad Germany eSIMs will be cheaper than getting the SIM cards of the three German mobile operators.

However, just like the other travel eSIMs mentioned in this guide, you do not get a (local) phone number with the Nomad Germany eSIM.

Moreover, Nomad is not the cheapest option out there (that would be Airalo).


Best eSIMs for in Europe (not just Germany)

So what if you plan to visit neighboring Austria? Belgium? The Czech Republic? Or any other country in the European Union?

Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo Hallo! Mobil, Holafly Germany, or Nomad Germany eSIMs in any country than Germany.

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!

Airalo Eurolink Europe eSIM

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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 Germany).

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:

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!

Below is an overview of how much each Eurolink eSIM costs:

  1. Europe/Eurolink 1 GB eSIM for 1 day, costing 5 USD
  2. Europe/Eurolink 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 13 USDmost popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. Europe/Eurolink 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 20 USDvery popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. Europe/Eurolink 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 37 USDvery 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
Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo (with Prices)

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.

Airalo Eurolink eSIM Review by Phone Travel Wiz

So yeah, you can say I have some experience with the Eurolink eSIM 😏.

Holafly & 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 Germany

Telekom Germany (formerly T-Mobile) is the only German mobile operator offering eSIMs to prepaid customers.

O2 Germany and Vodafone Germany may offer eSIMs to prepaid customers, but it has not been confirmed yet.

But that is fine – we discussed several other options in this guide!

In terms of the travel eSIMs, this would be my recommendation order:

  • Airalo's Hallo! Mobil Germany eSIM (best value for money)
  • Airalo's Eurolink Europe eSIM (best value for money when also visiting other European countries)
  • Holafly Germany eSIM (truly unlimited data plans at premium prices)
  • Nomad Germany 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 Germany

Want to just use a SIM card but not your current one because roaming will be criminally expensive?

Consider getting a German SIM card instead – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected abroad.

Buying a SIM Card in Germany Guide (logos of Vodafone, Telekom & O2)

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