Slovenia – known for its stunning landscapes, skiing opportunities & lakes.
It is apparently also one of the most environmentally friendly countries worldwide.
And my dad agrees – he says it is one of the cleanest countries he has ever visited (and the contrast is apparently apparent when you visit the Granični Prijelaz Bregana (Croatia-Slovenia) border crossing).
So, what can you do in Slovenia?
You better visit at least one of the stunning lakes, like Lake Bled or Lake Bohinj.
If you are into caves, visit Postojna Cave or the Skocjan Caves.
Of course, you cannot miss the castles, like Ljubljana Castle or Predjama Castle.
As you can see, the country has a lot to offer.
Instead, if your phone supports eSIM, you may want to go with a travel eSIM to skip the queues in Slovenia and avoid the SIM card registration bureaucracy.
So, how much do Slovenian (travel) eSIMs cost?
You can get an eSIM for Slovenia for as low as 5 USD up to 99 USD from Airalo (with Živjo), 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 Slovenian mobile operators, Airalo, Holafly & Nomad. Let's get started.
Original publication: 19th of August 2022. Last updated: 29th of November 2022.
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eSIMs offered by Slovenian 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.
Travel eSIM providers Airalo (with Živjo), Holafly & Nomad offer attractive eSIMs for Slovenia, 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 Slovenia (Živjo)
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 Živjo eSIM – 10 GB of data is available for only 18 USD.
The Živjo eSIM uses the Telemach Slovenia (formerly Tušmobil) network, which is the best overall Slovenian mobile operator (coverage and speed-wise).
So even if you go to some remote Slovenian town, you will still have reception with the ŽivjoeSIM.
Alright, you have four Slovenia Živjo eSIM options:
- Slovenia/Živjo 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 5 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Slovenia/Živjo 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 10 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Slovenia/Živjo 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 15 USD
- Slovenia/Živjo 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 22.50 USD
When I say that the 1 GB & 3 GB variants are loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers, all readers get either the 1 GB or 3 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 Živjo eSIM gives you the best bang for your buck, and it is the eSIM I recommend the most for Slovenia.
Airalo Živjo eSIM Pros
So, why should you get the Živjo eSIMs? Well, because of the following:
- You can purchase and set up your Živjo eSIM before arriving in Slovenia (and activate it upon landing)
- You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to Slovenia's best network – Telemach Slovenia
- 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 Živjo eSIM Cons
So, why should you not get the Živjo eSIM?
- The Slovenian mobile operators have much more generous data allowances
- While you get access to Telemach Slovenia's network, the best in Slovenia, your speeds will not be as fast as going with Telemach Slovenia itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
- There is no 5G NR access with the Živjo eSIM
- You cannot call or text with the Živjo 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 Živjo eSIM Overall Thoughts
Overall, the Airalo Živjo 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 Slovenian network (Telemach Slovenia) 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 Slovenian SIM card instead.
Holafly eSIMs for Slovenia
The second eSIM provider I recommend is Holafly.
It started something revolutionary in June 2022.
Holafly offers unlimited data plans for Slovenia, 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 Živjo 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 A1 Slovenia (formerly Si.mobil) and Telemach Slovenia (formerly Tušmobil) networks.
You have the following seven options with Holafly:
- Slovenia unlimited data eSIM for 5 days, costing 19 USD/19 EUR/19 GBP/27 AUD/24 CAD
- Slovenia unlimited data eSIM for 10 days, costing 34 USD/34 EUR/29 GBP/49 AUD/44 CAD
- Slovenia unlimited data eSIM for 15 days, costing 47 USD/47 EUR/44 GBP/67 AUD/55 CAD
- Slovenia unlimited data eSIM for 20 days, costing 54 USD/57 EUR/49 GBP/84 AUD/74 CAD
- Slovenia unlimited data eSIM for 30 days, costing 64 USD/69 EUR/59 GBP/99 AUD/89 CAD
- Slovenia unlimited data eSIM for 60 days, costing 84 USD/87 EUR/77 GBP/127 AUD/114 CAD
- Slovenia 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 Slovenia 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 Slovenia eSIM Pros
So, why should you get the Holafly eSIMs? Well, because of the following:
- You can purchase and set up your Holafly Slovenia eSIM before arriving in Slovenia (and activate it upon landing)
- You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access on the Telemach Slovenia and A1 Slovenia networks
- You do not have to deal with data caps because you get unlimited data (98 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 Slovenia eSIM Cons
So, why should you not get a Holafly Slovenia eSIM?
- While the Slovenian mobile operators do not offer unlimited data plans (yet), their plans are much cheaper than Holafly
- While you get access to A1 Slovenia and Telemach Slovenia networks, your speeds will not be as fast as going with A1 Slovenia and Telemach Slovenia networks 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 Slovenia eSIM Overall Thoughts
Overall, the Holafly Slovenia 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 both A1 Slovenia and Telemach Slovenia networks.
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 Slovenia-specific travel eSIM to go through, which is cheaper than Holafly.
Nomad eSIMs for Slovenia
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 Slovenia eSIM uses the Truphone network, which is also active in any country you can think of.
In Slovenia, the Nomad 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 Živjo eSIM but cheaper than Holafly.
That is because, unlike the other two eSIM providers, the Nomad Slovenia eSIM uses various of several Slovenian networks (A1 Slovenia and Telemach Slovenia), allowing you access to the best network at your location.
And for this feature, you pay a little more than Airalo, which only uses Telemach Slovenia.
You have the following four options with Nomad:
- Slovenia 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9 USD/9 EUR/7.50 GBP/12 CAD
- Slovenia 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 17 USD/17 EUR/14.50 GBP/22 CAD
- Slovenia 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 18 USD/18 EUR/15 GBP/23.50 CAD
- Slovenia 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 26 USD/25.50 EUR/22 GBP/33.50 CAD
Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD/2.85 EUR/2.45 GBP/4.10 CAD off (even on top of current promotions)!
- Check out my Nomad reviews
Of course, going with Nomad has some pros and cons, so let's go over them.
Nomad Slovenia eSIM Pros
So, why should you get the Nomad eSIMs? Well, because of the following:
- You can purchase and set up your Nomad Slovenia eSIM before arriving in the country (and activate it upon landing)
- You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access on all Slovenian 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 Slovenia eSIM Cons
So, why should you not get a Nomad Slovenia eSIM?
- While you get access to three networks, your speeds will not be as fast as going with the Slovenian 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 Slovenia eSIM
- You cannot call or text with the Nomad Slovenia 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 Slovenia eSIM Overall Thoughts
Overall, the Nomad eSIM is a great premium eSIM offering.
You will always have the best reception because Nomad 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 Slovenia eSIM.
Moreover, Nomad is not the cheapest option out there (that would be Airalo).
Best eSIMs for in Europe (not just Slovenia)
So what if you plan to visit neighboring Austria? Croatia? Hungary? Or any other country in the European Union?
Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo Živjo, Holafly Slovenia, or Nomad Slovenia eSIMs in any other country than Slovenia.
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 Slovenia).
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 Slovenia (Airalo vs. Holafly vs. Nomad)
Unfortunately, none of the Slovenian mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.
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 Živjo Slovenia eSIM (best value for money)
- Airalo's Eurolink Europe eSIM (best value for money when also visiting other European countries)
- Holafly Slovenia eSIM (truly unlimited data plans at premium prices)
- Nomad Slovenia 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 Slovenia
Want to just use a SIM card but not your current one because roaming will be criminally expensive?
Consider getting a Slovenian SIM card instead – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected abroad.
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