Montenegro – literally meaning Black Mountain, is one of the (Western) Balkan nations in Europe.
Formerly part of Yugoslavia, Montenegro has a rich history like most former Yugoslav countries.
It is also a very mountainous country, which is one reason why the country is named after a Mountain (Mount Lovćen).
From the Medieval old town in Kotor to beaches and casinos in Sveti Stefan, there is no reason to be bored when in Montenegro – it should not be possible.
And you probably want to share your travel experience online.
And it is your right to show off on social media (that is what it is for, right?).
However, you should know that international roaming can be expensive.
If you do not watch out, you could go back home and face a roaming bill in the hundreds or thousands.
That is why you are better off buying a travel eSIM to enjoy local rates and avoid (excessive) international roaming rates.
So, how much do Montenegrin (travel) eSIMs cost?
You can get an eSIM for Montenegro for as low as 6.50 USD up to 54 USD from Airalo (with Jezero), Holafly & Nomad, offering between 1 GB and 6 GB.
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 Montenegrin mobile operators (One Montenegro (formerly Telenor)), Airalo, Holafly & Nomad. Let's get started.
Original publication: 30th of August 2022. Last updated: 29th of November 2022.
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eSIMs offered by the Montenegrin 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, One Montenegro (formerly Telenor) is the only Montenegrin mobile operator offering eSIMs to prepaid customers.
Note that the Montenegrin mobile operators require your identification (ID for EU/EEA travelers and passport for anyone else) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards as part of Montenegro's SIM card registration requirements.
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 Jezero), Holafly & Nomad offer attractive eSIMs for Montenegro, allowing them to be set up before arriving in Montenegro 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 Montenegro (Jezero)
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 Jezero eSIM – 5 GB of data is available for only 17.50 USD.
The Jezero eSIM uses the One Montenegro (formerly Telenor) network.
Alright, you have three Montenegrin Jezero eSIM options:
- Montenegro/Jezero 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 6.50 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Montenegro/Jezero 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 15 USD
- Montenegro/Jezero 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 17.50 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
When I say that the 1 GB & 5 GB variants are loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers, all readers get either the 1 GB or 5 GB variants.
So yeah, they are really popular.
The Airalo links will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.
- Check out my Airalo eSIM reviews
Honestly, the Jezero eSIM gives you the best bang for your buck, and it is the eSIM I recommend the most for Montenegro.
Airalo Jezero eSIM Pros
So, why should you get the Jezero eSIMs? Well, because of the following:
- You can purchase and set up your Jezero eSIM before arriving in Montenegro (and activate it upon landing)
- You can skip Montenegro's SIM card registration requirements
- You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to One Montenegro (formerly Telenor)
- 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 Jezero eSIM Cons
So, why should you not get the Jezero eSIM?
- The Montenegrin mobile operators have much more generous data allowances
- While you get access to One Montenegro's network (formerly Telenor), your speeds will not be as fast as going with One Montenegro (formerly Telenor) itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
- There is no 5G NR access with the Jezero eSIM
- You cannot call or text with the Jezero 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 Jezero eSIM Overall Thoughts
Overall, the Airalo Jezero 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 One Montenegro (formerly Telenor).
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 Montenegrin SIM card instead.
Holafly eSIMs for Montenegro
The second eSIM provider I recommend is Holafly.
My relationship with Holafly is quite funny.
I knew they existed when they offered travel SIM cards for the Spanish market only.
Then they pivoted to the global market, still offering travel SIM cards.
Eventually, they started offering travel eSIMs for the Spanish market only again before going global.
There are many travel eSIM providers nowadays – new ones pop up every week like mushrooms, so I did not bat an eye.
Until they did something revolutionary.
In 2022, Holafly started offering unlimited data plans for its eSIMs.
And these unlimited data eSIMs can be used in various Asian countries, almost all European Union member states (except for Liechtenstein) & a few other countries, like Canada and the United States.
Unfortunately, unlimited data eSIMs are not available in Montenegro… yet.
I say yet because Holafly's goal is to offer unlimited data plans for every country it covers: 100+ countries.
And I can tell you that I get positive emails multiple times a week from Phone Travel Wiz readers that have used the unlimited data plans in East- and Southeast Asia, Europe & North America; they love these eSIMs.
For now, you have only one Holafly Montenegro eSIM (which uses the m:tel Montenegro network, by the way):
- Montenegro 6 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 44 USD/47 EUR/34 GBP/67 AUD/59 CAD
Not much choice, as you can see.
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 Montenegro eSIM Pros
So, why should you get the Holafly eSIMs? Well, because of the following:
- Holafly Montenegro eSIMs are affordable compared to roaming
- You can skip Montenegro's SIM card registration requirements
- You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to m:tel Montenegro
- You can activate your Holafly Montenegro eSIM as soon as you land in Montenegro
- The Holafly Montenegro eSIM offers the most data
But it is not all good news with Holafly though – there are some disadvantages.
Holafly Montenegro eSIM Cons
So, why should you not get a Holafly Montenegro eSIM?
- You cannot call or text with the Holafly Montenegro eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)
- Montenegrin mobile operators, including m:tel Montenegro, have much more generous data allowances
- While you get full (4G/LTE) access to m:tel Montenegro's network, your speeds may not be as fast as going with m:tel Montenegro directly because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
- You cannot top up your Holafly Montenegro eSIM – you would have to buy another eSIM if you need more data
- There is no 5G NR access with the Holafly Montenegro eSIM (yet)
Holafly Montenegro eSIM Overall Thoughts
While you have only one option for the Holafly Montenegro eSIM, it is the most generous eSIM (in terms of data) in this guide.
And the price for the Holafly Montenegro eSIM is low compared to expensive Pay As You Go roaming rates for Montenegro.
But it still is not cheap.
Luckily, we still have one more Montenegro-specific travel eSIM to go through.
Nomad eSIMs for Montenegro
The last eSIM provider I recommend is Nomad.
The Nomad Montenegro eSIM uses the Truphone network, which is active in any country you can think of.
In Montenegro, 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 the most expensive in this guide.
That is because, unlike the other two eSIM providers, the Nomad Montenegro eSIM uses a combination of several Montenegrin networks (Crnogorski Telekom, One Montenegro (formerly Telenor) & m:tel Montenegro), allowing you access to the best network at your location.
And for this feature, you pay a little more than Airalo, which only uses One Montenegro (formerly Telenor).
You have the following three options with Nomad:
- Montenegro 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 20 USD/20 EUR/17 GBP/26 CAD
- Montenegro 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 48 USD/47.50 EUR/40 GBP/62 CAD
- Montenegro 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 54 USD/53.50 EUR/45 GBP/69.50 CAD
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 Montenegro eSIM Pros
So, why should you get the Nomad eSIMs? Well, because of the following:
- You can purchase and set up your Nomad Montenegro eSIM before arriving in Montenegro (and activate it upon landing)
- You can skip Montenegro's SIM card registration requirements
- You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access on all Montenegrin networks, allowing you to have the best reception at all times
- The eSIMs 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 Montenegro eSIM Cons
So, why should you not get a Nomad Montenegro eSIM?
- While you get access to four networks, your speeds will not be as fast as going with the Montenegrin 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 Montenegro eSIM
- You cannot call or text with the Nomad Montenegro 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 Montenegro 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 Montenegro eSIM.
Moreover, Nomad is not the cheapest option out there (that would be Airalo).
Best eSIMs for in Europe (not just Montenegro)
So what if you plan to visit neighboring Boznia & Herzegovina? Croatia? Serbia? Or any other country in the European Union?
Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo Jezero, Holafly Montenegro, or Nomad Montenegro eSIMs in any country than Montenegro.
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 Montenegro).
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 & 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 Montenegro
One Montenegro (formerly Telenor) is the only Montenegrin mobile operator offering eSIMs to prepaid customers.
But you still have to deal with SIM card registration regulations when you get its their eSIMs.
Luckily, the travel eSIMs mentioned in this guide allow you to circumvent these laws (legally, of course!).
In terms of the travel eSIMs, this would be my recommendation order:
- Airalo's Jezero Montenegro eSIM (best value for money)
- Airalo's Eurolink Europe eSIM (best value for money when also visiting other European countries)
- Holafly Montenegro eSIM (generous data plans at premium prices)
- Nomad Montenegro 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 Montenegro
Want to just use a SIM card but not your current one because roaming will be criminally expensive?
Consider getting a Montenegrin SIM card instead – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected abroad.
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