Skip to Content

Mexico: 4 Best eSIMs Compared + Discounts (2022)

Mexico – known for its ancient temples, beaches & food.

Many Americans visit Mexico yearly. And that is understandable. The two countries share a long border.

Brits and Canadians love Mexico. Followed by various South American travelers.

But is it worth visiting Mexico? For sure.

Xcaret Park is stunning. So is Dos Ojos Cenote with caves and exciting swimming locations.

The many Mayan pyramids across the country, such as Chichém Itzá and Zona Arqueológica Palenque, need to be seen too.

Or you can enjoy the thrilling nightlife in Cancún and México City and recover from your hangover on the beach during the day.

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

But before you share your colorful Mexico experiences online, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.

Travel eSIMs can be a much more affordable way to stay connected, even in Mexico.

How much will a travel eSIM for Mexico cost?

You can get a travel eSIM for Mexico for as little as 9.50 USD, with 1 GB for 7 days, up to 54 USD, for 5 GB, from Airalo, Holafly & Nomad.

While this may sound a bit pricey but international roaming will be even more expensive.

So yeah, these travel eSIMs can be worth it.

In this guide, I will go over the travel eSIM options offered by Airalo, Holafly & Nomad. Let's go.

Buying an eSIM for Mexico Guide (logos of Airalo, Holafly, Nomad & Bienvenido!)

Original publication: 10th of September 2022. Last updated: 11th of September 2022.


Table of Contents

eSIMs offered by the Mexican Mobile Operators

Suppose you want to get the best service and reception available in Mexico.

In that case, it is better to get a SIM card or travel eSIM from the local mobile operators, which in this case would be the Mexican ones.

Not only will you not have to deal with latency, but you also get a higher priority on the network because you are a direct customer of the mobile operator instead of a roamer.

And with most travel eSIMs, you are roaming on the network(s) of the local mobile operator(s).

But that is not always the case – the slow speeds part, that is.

Some mobile operators throttle the speeds of prepaid customers because they want more people to get a postpaid plan.

Unfortunately, travelers cannot get postpaid plans – so one way to avoid throttling is by using a travel eSIM.

Yes – travel eSIMs sometimes have faster speeds than native prepaid customers because of throttling.

So, which Mexican mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers?

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.

However, you have these three options for getting an eSIM for your trip to Mexico: Airalo (with Chorro Fon, Holafly & Nomad.

One of the main advantages of getting a travel eSIM for Mexico is that (1) you do not have to try to speak (broken) Spanish to get a local eSIM, (2) you can set up the eSIM before arriving in Mexico and activate it upon landing & (3) you do not have to deal with Mexico's SIM card registration laws.

I have to mention that travel eSIMs will be more expensive than local eSIMs and SIM cards, but they are more convenient.

Moreover, I have plenty of experience with the eSIMs from Airalo, Holafly & Nomad, so I can vouch for them – so can many Phone Travel Wiz readers!

Phone Travel Wiz Approved Seal

So let's go over what the travel eSIMs offer for Mexico!


Airalo eSIMs for Mexico (Chorro Fon)

Mexico Chorro Fon eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you have read any of my eSIM or SIM card buying guides before, then you know I am a big fan of Airalo.

Not only does Airalo have eSIMs for most countries (around 190 countries) of any eSIM platform, but they are also often one of the cheapest while offering fantastic service in terms of speeds and reception.

That is because Airalo usually partners up with the mobile operator with the best coverage, the fastest speeds, both, or even multiple operators.

That way, you get the best bang for your buck, I have to say.

In the case of Mexico, Chorro Fon uses the Telcel Mexico network — which has the best 4G/LTE coverage and fastest speeds in the country.

Telcel Mexico Logo
© Telcel Mexico

So, which Mexico Chorro Fon eSIMs are available? You have these two options:

  1. Mexico/Chorro Fon 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9.50 USDmost popular with Phone Travel
  2. Mexico/Chorro Fon 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 27 USD

What do I mean with most popular?

All Phone Travel Wiz readers go with the 1 GB variant.

Although I know I would go with the 3 GB version because 1 GB is basically nothing 🗿.

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


Airalo Chorro Fon eSIM Pros

Are there any (more) reasons why you should get the Chorro Fon eSIM? Yes, there are:

  • You can activate your Chorro Fon eSIM as soon as you land in Mexico
  • You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to Telcel Mexico's network
  • Chorro Fon eSIMs are affordable (especially compared to roaming)
  • Multiple top-ups can be purchased when you are out of data or when your initial plan expires easily on the Airalo site or apps

I could list many more pros, but these are the major ones.

Unfortunately, there are some cons to be aware of.

Airalo Chorro Fon eSIM Cons

Why should you not get the Chorro Fon eSIM?

  • The Mexican mobile operators, including Telcel Mexico itself, have much more generous data allowances
  • There is only one plan available, the 1 GB one, meaning you have to keep topping up when you are out of data instead of buying a larger data plan from the start
  • While you get access to Telcel Mexico's network, your speeds may not be as fast as going with Telcel Mexico itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
  • There is no 5G NR access with the Chorro Fon eSIM (yet)
  • You cannot call or text with the Chorro Fon eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)

Airalo Chorro Fon eSIM Overall Thoughts

The Chorro Fon eSIM is a convenient eSIM that can be purchased before going to Mexico and can be activated upon arriving.

You get access to one of Mexico's best networks with the Chorro Fon eSIM.

The main flaw, for now, is that you have to purchase multiple top-ups if you need more data than just 1 GB.

While getting a top-up is straightforward, some tourists, like myself, prefer to just buy one big data plan so that you do not have to worry about data allowances.

But besides that flaw, the Chorro Fon eSIM is fine.

Remember, you cannot call or text with the Chorro Fon eSIM, as it is a data-only eSIM.

Consider a Mexican SIM card if calling and texting is important, but you have to deal with the (e)SIM (card) registration laws.


Nomad eSIMs for Mexico

Nomad eSIMs Logo
© Nomad

Nomad is one of the eSIM players on the market that managed to grow quickly.

That is because it is one of the few premium eSIM players out there, often using multiple partners to bring you the best coverage and speeds out there.

As a result, Nomad is often (slightly) more expensive than Airalo.

But good people run the company.

For example, upon my recommendation, it started offering the Nordics regional eSIM – an eSIM that can be used in Denmark, Finland, Sweden & Norway.

And many more regional eSIMs are coming – I can promise you that!

Anyway, what did I mean with “often using multiple partners to bring you the best coverage and speeds out there” earlier?

In Mexico, Nomad uses the Truphone network, which uses a combination of local networks (Telcel Mexico, Movistar Mexico & AT&T Mexico), allowing your eSIM to switch to the network with the best reception automatically.

This way, you will always have a connection (unless you are in the middle of a jungle, of course 🤪).

You have the following three options with Nomad for Mexico:

  1. Mexico 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 8 USD/8.50 EUR/7 GBP/10.50 CAD
  2. Mexico 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 18 USD/18.50 EUR/15.50 GBP/23.50 CAD
  3. Mexico 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 27 USD/27.50 EUR/23.50 GBP/35.50 CAD
Mexico eSIMs Nomad
© Nomad

You can get 3 USD off your first Nomad purchase when using code ADU123!

I am looking out for you there 😏.

And, of course, just like the Airalo Mexico Chorro Fon eSIM, you can also top up your Nomad Mexico eSIM on the Nomad site or apps.

Nomad Mexico eSIM Pros

Are there any (more) reasons why you should get the Nomad Mexico? Yes:

  • You can activate your Nomad Mexico eSIM as soon as you land in Mexico
  • You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to multiple Mexican networks, allowing you to always have the best coverage and speeds
  • Nomad Mexico eSIMs are affordable compared to roaming
  • Nomad offers the most options (three) and longest validity (30 days) of any travel eSIM in this guide
  • Multiple top-ups can be purchased when you are out of data or when your initial plan expires easily on the Nomad site or apps

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

Nomad Mexico eSIM Cons

Why should you not get the Nomad Mexico eSIM?

  • Mexican mobile operators have much more generous data allowances
  • While you get access to multiple Mexican networks, your speeds may not be as fast as going with the mobile operators directly because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
  • Nomad has the most expensive plans for Mexico in this guide
  • There is no 5G NR access with the Nomad Mexico eSIM (yet)
  • You cannot call or text with the Nomad Mexico eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)

Nomad Mexico eSIM Overall Thoughts

Overall, the Nomad Mexico eSIM is an excellent premium eSIM offering the most options and longest validity in this guide.

And because the Nomad Mexico eSIM uses multiple networks, you will always have the best reception when traveling around Mexico.

The main con is that Nomad has the most expensive options in this guide.

And you cannot make calls and send SMS with the Nomad Mexico eSIM because it is a data-only eSIM.


Holafly eSIMs for Mexico

Holafly Logo
© Holafly

The last travel eSIM provider I recommend is Holafly.

In June 2022, Holafly introduced something that no other travel eSIM provider had done by that time.

You can now get unlimited data plans for Mexico, several other Asian countries, almost all European Union member states (except for Liechtenstein) & a few other countries, like Canada and the United States.

And that is super exciting!

Now, I have to say that the unlimited data plans offered by Holafly are more expensive than the Airalo Chorro Fon eSIMs 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 AY&T Mexicob network, the mobile operator with the best general availability.

AT&T Logo
© AT&T

You have the following seven Mexico eSIM options with Holafly:

But the Holafly Mexico eSIM gives you the most data of any travel eSIM mentioned in this guide (Airalo: 1 GB & Nomad: 1 GB/3 GB/5 GB) AND is cheaper than the others when looking at the 5 GB and 6 GB segment (Airalo: 6 * 9.50 USD (1 GB) = 57 USD & Nomad: 1 * 54 USD (5 GB) + 1 * 20 USD (1 GB) = 74 USD).

Even better, you can get 5% off each and any Holafly purchase (so it does not have to be the Mexico eSIM) when you use code PHONETRAVELWIZ – fantastic, right?

Holafly Mexico eSIM Pros

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

  • Holafly Mexico eSIMs are affordable compared to roaming
  • You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to AT&T Mexico's network – the best in Mexico
  • You can activate your Holafly Mexico eSIM as soon as you land in Mexico
  • The Holafly Mexico eSIM offers the most data

Holafly Mexico eSIM Cons

Why should you not get the Holafly Mexico eSIM?

  • You cannot call or text with the Holafly Mexico eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)
  • Mexican mobile operators, including AT&T Mexico, have much more generous data allowances
  • While you get full (4G/LTE) access to AT&T Mexico's network, your speeds may not be as fast as going with Telcel Mexico directly because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
  • You cannot top up your Holafly AT&T Mexico eSIM – you would have to buy another eSIM if you need more data
  • There is no 5G NR access with the Holafly Mexico eSIM (yet)

Holafly Mexico eSIM Overall Thoughts

While you have only one option for the Holafly Mexico eSIM, it is the most generous eSIM (in terms of data) in this guide.

And the price for the Holafly Mexico eSIM is low compared to expensive Pay As You Go roaming rates for Mexico.

But it still is not cheap.


Best eSIMs for in North America (not just Mexico)

So what if you plan to visit neighboring United States? Or a bit higher up north Canada?

Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo Chorro Fon, Holafly Mexico, or Nomad Mexico eSIMs in any country than Mexico.

However, Holafly has an eSIM covering Canada and the United States as well.

I highly recommend going with the Holafly North America eSIM, as you will save a lot of money when you do so (especially in Canada – mobile data rates are criminal there).

Holafly North America eSIM

The Holafly North America can be used in Canada, Mexico & the United States.

And as many Phone Travel Wiz readers who visit Mexico also visit the United States (and sometimes Canada too), it will be better to get the Holafly North America eSIM for your travels.

You only have one option for the Holafly North America eSIM: 6 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 54 USD/57 EUR/54 GBP.

North America eSIMs Holafly

Overview of the Best eSIMs for Mexico (Airalo vs. Holafly vs. Nomad)

In this guide, I went over various eSIMs Mexico.

Below is an overview of my recommendation order:

  • Airalo's Mexico Chorro Fon eSIM (cheapest)
  • Holafly Mexico eSIM (most generous data plan)
  • Nomad Mexico eSIM (most eSIM options)
  • Holafly's North America eSIM (best value for money when also visiting Canada and the United States)

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 Mexico

Do these eSIMs not sound appealing to you, or does your phone not support eSIMs (but still thought this guide was insightful enough that you read it until the end)?

Consider getting a Mexican SIM card instead – that linked guide is the most extensive SIM card buying guide for Mexico on the web, packed with insightful information and tips.

Buying a SIM Card in Mexico Guide (logos of Movistar, AT&T, Telcel, Unefon, weex, OXXO CEL & Oui Móvil)

Next Steps to Enhance Your Travel Experiences

Looking for the next steps to enhance your phone travel experiences? Here is what to do:

Support Phone Travel Wiz

It takes a lot of time to analyze, translate & review the SIM card options worldwide (especially to test them out).

Your support helps me keep producing impartial content by eliminating the need to recommend international SIM cards as the best local SIM card (but some of them CAN be useful).

Every Ko-Fi donation, one-time or monthly, helps me to spend more time creating local SIM card buying guides.

Support Me on Ko-Fi Orange

Check Out My Resource Page

Looking for the best companies and gadgets to enhance your travel experience

Check out my travel resources page for the best companies to use when you travel!

Save money with international SIM cards, on plane tickets, bus rides, cruises & accommodation.

Besides that, I also list services and items I use to make my life easier – and I believe they will help you too!

Start Your Own Online Business – Make Money While Traveling

Do you want to learn how I started an online business that allows me to generate income while traveling?

In my starting an online business guide, I tell you which tools, services & products I have for this site and my YouTube channel.

If I can start a business about something I am passionate about (phone travel), then you can do it too!

Learn About Your Phone Travel Options

You can buy local prepaid SIM cardsinternational SIM cardsmobile hotspots, or roam internationally.

Each of these options has its pros and cons. Learn more about them, and find the best option for you.

Phone Travel Tips, Tricks & Hacks

I have written many articles with tips and hacks to save money on mobile costs while abroad. You surely want to check them out!

Sign Up for the Phone Travel Wiz Newsletter

Get updates related to the newest guides, videos & recommended products and services.

Moreover, I send you many tips and tricks on saving money while traveling every now and then.

Let's Be Social

Did you know that I have a YouTube channel covering everything you need to know about traveling with your phone?

A lot of useful videos are uploaded multiple times a week, and you do not want to miss out on them!

Learn More About Who Adu Actually Is

Who is the guy behind Phone Travel Wiz? Well, find out on the Ernest Adu about page!