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Switzerland: Best Tourist eSIMs Reviewed (2024)

Switzerland is a country on a lot of our bucket lists.

If the gorgeous farmlands, and high alpine peaks don’t get you, the Swiss chocolate definitely will.

When you’re visiting the Alps, you can see historic castles, ski down sublime slopes, and live your ‘The Sound of Music’ fantasies.

Alternatively, the Plateau offers you the chance to tour important cities like Bern and Geneva, or let your love flow in a romantic lakeside retreat.

Finally, the Jura. This region of Switzerland offers you a chance to brush up on your Français, while chilling out in a cosy log cabin.

With fabulous roads and rail connections, Switzerland is the perfect country for a scenic road-trip with your friends.

From the highest of mountains, waterfalls, natural lakes, quaint towns, and delicious food, everyone from the day-tripper, to the adrenaline junkie, is satisfied in Switzerland.

But, while Switzerland is well known for many things, it isn’t exactly known for its low, low prices for travellers and tourists.

This can be a little bit of a problem, because you need to stay connected to the rest of the worldwhile you’re travelling in Switzerland.

But, running up your roaming bill in Switzerland is only going to leave a sour taste in your mouth, and your wallet.

An eSIM works by virtually offering you a sim card, through phone networks in the country.

You won’t actually need to buy and insert a physical sim card into your phone. This is great as it can save you a lot of hassle (and a lot of money when it comes to the physical sim card prices in Switzerland).

So, for the best results while you’re abroad, you should opt for an eSIM to save you time and money in Switzerland.

If you don’t know where to even start with that, don’t panic. Below we’ve listed everything you need to know, to get the best eSIM in Switzerland.

You can get an eSIM for Switzerland for as low as 4.50 USD and up to 99 USD from Airalo, Alosim, Holafly & Nomad offering between 1 GB and unlimited data to be used locally, in Europe, or globally.

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

Original publication: 19th of August 2022. Last updated: 8th of March 2024.


Table of Contents

In a Hurry? A Quick Introduction (+Discount Codes)

I will write about four eSIM providers that offer eSIMs for Switzerland, regional eSIMs covering Switzerland & eSIMs covering multiple countries (including Switzerland, of course) and continents.

These eSIM providers are Airalo, Alosim, Holafly & Nomad.

Airalo Logo
© Airalo

Airalo, the largest eSIM store, has three eSIMs covering Switzerland:

  • Airalo Pilatus Mobile eSIMs for Switzerland: six eSIMs between 1 GB (seven days @ 4.50 USD) and 20 GB (30 days @ 38 USD)
  • Airalo Eurolink eSIMs for Switzerland and 38 other European countries: six eSIMs between 1 GB (seven days @ 5 USD) and 100 GB (180 days @ 185 USD)
  • Airalo Discover(+) eSIMs for Switzerland and 129 other countries: 12 eSIMs between 1 GB (seven days @ 9 USD/15 USD (+10 minutes/10 SMS)) and 20 GB (1 year @ 69 USD/89 USD (+200 minutes/200 SMS))

Use code NEWMAY15 for 15% off if you have never purchased an Airalo eSIM before OR code AIRALOMAY10 for 10% off if you are an existing Airalo user (valid until the 31st of March – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code).

Alosim Logo
© Alosim

Alosim, a rapidly growing eSIM store with competitively priced eSIMs, has two eSIMs covering Switzerland:

  • Alosim Switzerland eSIMs: six eSIMs between 1 GB (seven days @ 4.50 USD) and 20 GB (30 days @ 38 USD)
  • Alosim Europe eSIMs for Switzerland and 31 other European countries: five eSIMs between 1 GB (seven days @ 5 USD) and 10 GB (30 days @ 37 USD)

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

Holafly Logo
© Holafly

Holafly is known for its unlimited data eSIM offering, which it introduced in June 2022 and has been expanded to about 100 countries since. It has two eSIMs covering Switzerland:

  • Holafly Switzerland eSIMs: eight eSIMs with unlimited data for five days (19 USD) to unlimited data for 90 days (99 USD)
  • Holafly Europe eSIMs for Switzerland and 31 other European countries: eight eSIMs with unlimited data for five days (19 USD) to unlimited data for 90 days (99 USD)

Pro tip: if you plan on visiting two or more European countries supported by the Holafly Europe eSIM, always go for the European one because the prices for country-specific and European eSIMs are literally the same.

If you use code PHONETRAVELWIZ, you will get 5% off your order (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want).

Nomad eSIMs Logo
© Nomad

Nomad is an eSIM store that often has the lowest-priced eSIMs for its most generous data allowance ($:GB ratio) while selling eSIMs from multiple providers. It has three eSIMs covering Switzerland:

  • Nomad Switzerland eSIMs: 11 eSIMs between 1 GB (seven days @ 6 USD/7 USD) and 20 GB (30 days @ 30 USD/33 USD)
  • Nomad Europe eSIMs for Switzerland and 29/34 other European countries: 11 eSIMs between 1 GB (seven days @ 5 USD) and 20 GB (30 days @ 35 USD/45 USD)
  • Nomad Global eSIMs for Switzerland and 108/138 other countries: six eSIMs between 1 GB (seven days @ 19/25 USD) and 5 GB (30 days @ 45 USD/57 USD)

Use code ADU123 for 3 USD/2.70 EUR/2.40 GBP/4.05 CAD off your first Nomad order.

Now that you have an overview of the eSIM providers I will write about, we will go through them alphabetically and cover all their options for Switzerland.

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


Airalo eSIMs for Switzerland (Pilatus Mobile, Eurolink & Discover+)

Airalo Logo
© Airalo

Currently, Airalo has three types of eSIMs that can be used in Switzerland only or include Switzerland:

  • Pilatus Mobile – Switzerland only
  • Eurolink – Switzerland and 38 other European countries with 5G NR access in Switzerland
  • Discover(+) – Switzerland and 129 other countries worldwide with 5G NR access in Switzerland (+calls and SMS (up to 200 minutes/SMS) for global use if you choose the “+” variant, regardless of the selected eSIM)
Switzerland Pilatus Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
Airalo Europe Eurolink eSIM
© Airalo
Airalo Discover+ eSIM
© Airalo

Remember to use code NEWMAY15 for 15% off if you have never purchased an Airalo eSIM before OR code AIRALOMAY10 for 10% off if you are an existing Airalo user (valid until the 31st of March – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code).

Okay… what is Airalo?

Airalo Logo
© Airalo

It is, according to itself, the world's first eSIM.

Airalo sells eSIMs for almost every country and territory, making it by far the most comprehensive eSIM provider.

It says it covers over 200 countries, although some are “duplicates” (such as a specific eSIM for Scotland (Nessietel), even though the United Kingdom eSIM (Uki Mobile) can be used in Scotland without any issues).

United Kingdom Uki Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
Airalo Scotland Nessietel eSIM
© Airalo

Airalo was the first eSIM I ever installed on my dad's phone (I did not have an eSIM-compatible device back then, lmao – now I have multiple for eSIM testing purposes 🤪).

It worked flawlessly, which is why I still try out Airalo eSIMs in every country I visit.

Airalo General Review & In-Depth Analysis by Phone Travel Wiz

Anyway, because Switzerland is a popular travel destination, the country is covered by Airalo's regional European eSIM (Eurolink) and global eSIM (Discover(+)) as well, giving you plenty of options to choose from.

If you only plan to see Switzerland, stick to its local offering: Pilatus Mobile – which can be used in the country only.

Switzerland Pilatus Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

But if two European countries are part of your trip, getting the Eurolink eSIM will be more cost-effective in most instances (and can be used in 39 countries, including Switzerland).

Airalo Europe Eurolink eSIM
© Airalo

Then we have the true globetrotters, who visit multiple countries on any continent numerous times a year.

For now, Airalo has two types of eSIMs: Discover and Discover+ – the latter gives you an Austrian phone number (+43) and up to 200 minutes and 200 SMS for global use.

Airalo Discover eSIM
© Airalo
Airalo Discover+ eSIM
© Airalo

Let's start with the Airalo Pilatus Mobile eSIM, which is for local (Switzerland) use only.

Switzerland Pilatus Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these six Pilatus Mobile eSIM choices:

  1. Switzerland/Pilatus Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 4.50 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. Switzerland/Pilatus Mobile 2 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 8 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. Switzerland/Pilatus Mobile 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 10 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. Switzerland/Pilatus Mobile 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 14.50 USD
  5. Switzerland/Pilatus Mobile 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 24 USD
  6. Switzerland/Pilatus Mobile 20 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 38 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 31st of January.

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

With the Airalo Pilatus Mobile eSIM, you get access to one Swiss mobile network, as shown in the image below:

Airalo Pilatus Mobile eSIM Supported Network (Orange)

In my Switzerland SIM card buying guide, I tell you more about which Swiss mobile operator(s) is/are the best in terms of coverage or speed, but we have a few other eSIMs to go over with.

Buying a SIM Card in Switzerland Guide (logos of Swisscom, Sunrise, Salt Mobile, MTEL, Yallo, Lycamobile, Coop Mobile, Mucho, Lebara, M Budget Mobile, Aldi Mobile, Talk Talk & Lidl Connect)

Now, we have the Airalo Eurolink eSIM, which can be used in 39 European countries, including Switzerland.

Airalo Europe Eurolink eSIM
© Airalo

It is Airalo's most popular regional eSIM (it has seven regional eSIMs, including Europe), based on what Phone Travel Wiz readers use.

Airalo's Eurolink eSIM has seen a lot of improvement over the years I have been using it.

For example, it is being powered by a new partner, since 2023 (Orange France instead of FL1 Liechtenstein), it now has 5G NR access in over 20 countries (including Switzerland) & more countries than ever before are covered (even ones that are not part of the EU).

Let's talk about the six Eurolink options first before I give you a breakdown of which countries the eSIM can be used in:

  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 31st of January.

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

In Switzerland, you will be on the following Swiss mobile network:

Airalo Eurolink eSIM Supported Networks in Switzerland (Salt Mobile)

The Airalo Eurolink eSIM can be used in 39 countries, which includes Switzerland and (some of) its neighboring countries.

You can find a country breakdown in my ongoing Airalo Eurolink review or the map below.

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

As I mentioned earlier if you plan to visit two or more countries listed above during your trip, getting the Airalo Eurolink eSIM can be more affordable than buying multiple country-specific Airalo eSIMs.

I have tested the eSIM in more than 15 countries so far – you should check my Airalo Eurolink eSIM review if you are interested in getting it for yourself.

    Airalo Eurolink eSIM Review by Phone Travel Wiz

Finally, we have Airalo's Discover and Discover+ eSIMs.

Airalo Discover eSIM
© Airalo
Airalo Discover+ eSIM
© Airalo

Its global offering used to be called Discover Global, to be used in 84 countries (87 was its peak).

    Discover Global eSIM Airalo
    © Airalo

I have had a decent to good experience with that eSIM, but I feel like it could improve.

Such as extending the validity of most plans (the maximum used to be 180 days) and having 5G NR access in popular destinations.

Well, my concerns were heard (which is why I love working with Airalo) because Airalo revamped its global eSIM to Discover(+), covering 125+ countries (including Switzerland), having 5G NR access in 30+ countries & giving you the option to purchase plans with minutes and SMS.

You get an Austrian (+43) phone number if you buy any Airalo Discover+ eSIM, so you do not have to deal with excessive international call rates with your primary/home SIM card or eSIM (this does not apply to the normal Discover eSIM).

Although Airalo improved its global eSIM significantly, it did not increase the prices for its eSIM.

In fact, you get a “discount” of up to 20 USD if you use the Discover eSIM (the one without a phone number, minutes, & texts).

Anyway, 12 variants of the 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 31st of January.

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 image below shows you the Swiss mobile networks that can be used with the Airalo Discover(+) eSIMs.

Airalo Discover+ eSIM Supported Networks in Switzerland (Sunrise & Swisscom)

For a full country list of 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 useful 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 every 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+ eSIM Review by Phone Travel Wiz

So to recap: get the Pilatus Mobile eSIM if you only stay in Switzerland, the Eurolink eSIM in two or more supported countries to save $$$, or the Discover(+) eSIM if you visit multiple countries on multiple continents within a year and do not wish to install multiple eSIMs.

Switzerland Pilatus Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
Airalo Europe Eurolink eSIM
© Airalo
Airalo Discover+ eSIM
© Airalo

Whatever Airalo eSIM you choose, you will have a smooth experience with any in Switzerland.


Alosim eSIMs for Switzerland

Alosim Logo
© Alosim

Currently, Alosim has two types of eSIMs that can be used in Switzerland only or include Switzerland:

  • Switzerland – local use only
  • Europe – Switzerland and 31 other European countries

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).

Alosim? Does it have something to do with Airalo?

No… but I understand the confusion at times. The names are similar, but Alosim started after Airalo.

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

As AffinityClick owns Alosim and Hushed, there may or may not be some collaboration between the two brands soon, (finally) allowing for calling and texting with your Alosim eSIMs… but we will have to see 😏.

AffinityClick Logo
© AffinityClick

Anyway, you have two eSIM options for Switzerland with Alosim: one for just Switzerland and one for Europe, including Switzerland.

The Alosim Switzerland eSIM does not need a real introduction, I believe…

You have the following six Alosim Switzerland eSIM choices:

  1. Switzerland 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 4.50 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. Switzerland 2 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 8 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. Switzerland 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 10 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. Switzerland 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 14.50 USD
  5. Switzerland 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 24 USD
  6. Switzerland 20 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 38 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in October based on data up to the 11th of October (2023 data only).

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

With this eSIM, you have access to the following Swiss mobile network:

Alosim Switzerland eSIM Supported Network (Sunrise)

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

Buying a SIM Card in Switzerland Guide (logos of Swisscom, Sunrise, Salt Mobile, MTEL, Yallo, Lycamobile, Coop Mobile, Mucho, Lebara, M Budget Mobile, Aldi Mobile, Talk Talk & Lidl Connect)

Next, we have the Alosim Europe eSIM, which can be used in 32 European countries, including Switzerland.

When I started working with Alosim, this eSIM did not exist.

Instead, it had, and still has, several Europe-related eSIMs (Eastern Europe eSIM, Mediterranean eSIM, Scandinavia eSIM, United Kingdom and Ireland eSIM & Western Europe eSIM).

After pushing for a Europe-wide eSIM for months, Alosim finally introduced one in the summer of 2023.

Why did I keep pushing for such an eSIM? Because they are more cost-effective if you plan to visit two or more supported countries during your trip.

And I want to save you money wherever I can 😎.

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
  5. Europe 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 37 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in October based on data up to the 11th of October (2023 data only).

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

Be aware that 5G NR is available in only a handful of countries in the European Union (EU): Croatia (Telemach), the Czech Republic (O2), Greece (Nova) & Portugal (NOS).

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

To summarize, go with the Alosim Switzerland eSIM if you only stay in Switzerland and the Europe eSIM if you go to two or more supported countries to save some money.


Holafly eSIMs for Switzerland

Holafly Logo
© Holafly

Currently, Holafly has two eSIMs that can be used in Switzerland only or include Switzerland:

  • Switzerland – local use only
  • Europe – Switzerland and 31 other European countries

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).

Holafly probably does not need an introduction – it was one of the first eSIM providers to offer unlimited data plans for popular destinations (Switzerland was part of the first batch in June 2022).

But it was probably 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, depending on the eSIM (60 incoming and 60 outgoing minutes (120 minutes total)).

But let's focus on the local eSIM first.

The Holafly Switzerland eSIM can be used… in Switzerland only… who would have guessed 🤪.

You have the following eight options:

  1. Switzerland Holafly unlimited data eSIM for 5 days, costing 19 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. Switzerland Holafly unlimited data eSIM for 7 days, costing 27 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. Switzerland Holafly unlimited data eSIM for 10 days, costing 34 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. Switzerland Holafly unlimited data eSIM for 15 days, costing 47 USD
  5. Switzerland Holafly unlimited data eSIM for 20 days, costing 54 USD
  6. Switzerland Holafly unlimited data eSIM for 30 days, costing 64 USD
  7. Switzerland Holafly unlimited data eSIM for 60 days, costing 84 USD
  8. Switzerland Holafly 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).

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

Yes, these eSIMs are the most expensive country-specific eSIMs in this guide.

But that is mostly because you get unlimited data (up to 90 days).

Next, we have the Holafly Europe eSIM, which can be used in 32 European countries, including Switzerland.

And in most cases, I recommend the Holafly Europe eSIM over any European country-specific eSIM if you plan to visit two or more supported countries.

Why? Because the prices between the options are literally the same – it is just that the country-specific eSIMs, Switzerland in this case, are geo-restricted.

Of course, it does not make sense to get the Europe eSIM if you know you will only visit Switzerland.

Below is an overview of how much each Holafly Europe eSIM costs:

  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).

As I said, the prices between the Switzerland eSIMs and the Holafly eSIM are literally the same (except for the call feature), as the screenshots below show.

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

Note: with the Holafly Europe eSIM, you can make calls and receive calls within and to countries where the eSIM can be used, except for Iceland, Norway, Ukraine & the United Kingdom. You can receive calls from any country, even ones not covered by the Holafly Europe eSIM. But that can be expensive for the person calling you.

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

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

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

Holafly Europe eSIM Review by Phone Travel Wiz

To summarize, go with the Holafly Switzerland eSIM if you only stay in Switzerland and the Holafly Europe eSIM if you go to two or more supported countries to save some money.


Nomad eSIMs for Switzerland

Nomad eSIMs Logo
© Nomad

Currently, Nomad has three types of eSIMs that can be used in Switzerland only or include Switzerland:

  • Switzerland – local use only
  • Europe – Switzerland and 29 or 34 other countries, depending on the eSIM, in Europe
  • Global – Switzerland and 108 or 138 other countries, depending on the eSIM, worldwide

Use code ADU123 for 3 USD/2.70 EUR/2.40 GBP/4.05 CAD off your first Nomad order (new customers only).

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.

And the best is yet to come – according to itself (and my contacts at Nomad are tight-lipped 🙄).

Anyway, let's start with the Switzerland-only eSIM.

Nomad allows you to purchase eSIMs from various partners.

In this example (Italy), you will see: provider – Truphone, network – Multiple Carriers & network – Wind Telecom (Wind Tre).

Nomad Networks Explained

Truphone, recently purchased by 1Global, is an eSIM provider and partner with network agreements in more than 100+ countries.

Truphone Logo
© Truphone

Nomad eSIMs powered by Truphone work well, but they are almost always the most expensive.

Nomad Networks Explained (Truphone)

eSIMs with multiple carriers under network are powered by Tele2 Sweden, based on my experience (although it will mention Nomad Black under Plan Details).

Nomad Networks Explained (Nomad Black Shown)

Those eSIMs are alright, although the speeds are throttled @ 35 Mbps for some reason – but they are often the cheapest.

Nomad Networks Explained (Nomad Black)

Then we have eSIMs where the roaming partner is shown (Wind Telecommunications, which is Wind Tre Italy, and Iliad Italy) – it is unclear who powers these eSIMs (as it is different per country), but the performance with them is fine (untrottled speeds).

Nomad Networks Explained (Various)

But regardless of the type of Nomad eSIM you choose, the performance with any of them is satisfactory in Switzerland.

You have the following seven Nomad Switzerland eSIM options:

  1. Switzerland Nomad 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (Nomad Black), costing 6 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. Switzerland Nomad 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (Truphone), costing 7 USD
  3. Switzerland Nomad 3 GB eSIM for 30 days (Nomad Black), costing 12 USD
  4. Switzerland Nomad 3 GB eSIM for 30 days (Truphone), costing 12 USD
  5. Switzerland Nomad 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (Nomad Black), costing 14 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  6. Switzerland Nomad 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (Truphone), costing 14 USD
  7. Switzerland Nomad 10 GB eSIM for 30 days (Nomad Black), costing 19 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  8. Switzerland Nomad 10 GB eSIM for 30 days (Truphone), costing 20 USD
  9. Switzerland Nomad 15 GB eSIM for 30 days (Nomad Black), costing 27 USD
  10. Switzerland Nomad 20 GB eSIM for 30 days (Truphone), costing 30 USD
  11. Switzerland Nomad 20 GB eSIM for 30 days (Nomad Black), 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).

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

Now, we have the Nomad Europe eSIM, which can be used in 30 or 35 European countries, including Switzerland.

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).

Tele2 Logo
© Tele2

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.

eSIM Go Logo
© 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.

But be aware: if you visit Switzerland and other European countries on your trip and want to get a Nomad Europe eSIM, you must pick one of the Nomad 35 Countries Plan eSIMs because the 30 Countries Plan does not work in Switzerland.

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 by Nomad Black), costing 5 USD
  2. Europe 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (35 countries by eSIM Go), costing 5 USD
  3. Europe 3 GB eSIM for 30 days (30 countries by Nomad Black), costing 12 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. Europe 3 GB eSIM for 30 days (35 countries by eSIM Go), costing 13 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. Europe 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (30 countries by Nomad Black), costing 14 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  6. Europe 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (35 countries by eSIM Go), costing 9 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  7. Europe 10 GB eSIM for 30 days (30 countries by Nomad Black), costing 22 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  8. Europe 10 GB eSIM for 30 days (35 countries by eSIM Go), costing 22 18 USD (on sale) – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  9. Europe 15 GB eSIM for 30 days (30 countries by Nomad Black), costing 29 USD
  10. Europe 15 GB eSIM for 30 days (35 countries by eSIM Go), costing 29 USD
  11. Europe 20 GB eSIM for 30 days (30 countries by Nomad Black), costing 35 USD
  12. Europe 20 GB eSIM for 30 days (35 countries by eSIM Go), costing 45 26 USD (on sale)
  13. Europe 30 GB eSIM for 30 days (35 countries by Truphone), costing 70 USD
  14. Europe 40 GB eSIM for 30 days (35 countries by Truphone), costing 90 USD

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

Nomad Europe eSIM 30 Countries Plan with Prices (Nomad Black - Tele2 Sweden)
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.
Nomad Europe eSIM 35 Countries Plan with Prices eSIM Go)

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

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.

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 tried eSIM Go-powered eSIMs in other countries (on other continents) extensively. This is why I can confidently say those eSIMs will perform well.

Nomad Europe eSIM Review by Phone Travel Wiz

Finally, we have Nomad's Global eSIM, which can be used in Switzerland.

Personally, I have never been a fan of this eSIM because of how expensive it is.

Sure, I understand an eSIM covering more than 100 countries will be expensive, but cheaper alternatives exist (especially Airalo's Global eSIMs).

This is why I do not use this eSIM at all – it is too pricey.

But why do I even include it in this guide?

Because some Phone Travel Wiz readers do love this eSIM and actively purchase/use it.

This was mostly when Airalo's global offering covered 84 countries, while Nomad's global eSIM covered 110 countries instead.

Since June (Nomad) and July (Airalo) partnered with eSIM Go for their global offering, both cover 130+ countries with their eSIMs – but Airalo's is somehow (significantly) cheaper than Nomad's… AND had the call and text feature.

If Nomad introduces this (soon), I do not know.

However, I suspect the popularity of Nomad's global eSIM will drop because of Airalo's improved offering.

Enough doomer talk, there are three eSIMs per provider (Truphone – 109 Countries Plan and eSIM Go – 139 Countries Plan):

  1. Global (109 Countries Plan) 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 25 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. Global (139 Countries Plan) 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 19 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. Global (109 Countries Plan) 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 40 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. Global (139 Countries Plan) 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 40 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. Global (109 Countries Plan) 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 45 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  6. Global (139 Countries Plan) 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, 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).

Nomad Global eSIM 109 Countries Plan with Prices (Truphone)
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.
Nomad Global eSIM 139 Countries Plan with Prices (eSIM Go)

The Nomad Global eSIM can be used in the following 109 (Truphone)/139 (eSIM Go) countries:

  • Åland Islands 2, 3
  • Albania
  • Algeria 2
  • Andorra 2
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan 2
  • Bahrain 2, 3
  • Bangladesh 2
  • Barbados 1
  • Belarus 2
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda 1
  • Bolivia 2
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina 2
  • Botswana 2
  • Brazil
  • Brunei 2
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon 2
  • Canada 2, 3
  • Central African Republic 2
  • Chad 2
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the 2
  • Congo, Republic of the
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic 2
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt 2
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini 2, 3
  • Faroe Islands 1
  • Fiji 1
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana 1
  • French Southern Territories 2
  • Gabon 2
  • Georgia 2
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland 2
  • Grenada 1
  • Guadeloupe 1
  • Guam 2
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea-Bissau 2
  • Guyana 1
  • Holy See (Vatican City) 1
  • Honduras 1
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India 2
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq 2
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast 2
  • Jamaica 1
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan 2
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya 2
  • Kosovo 2
  • Kuwait 2, 3
  • Kyrgyzstan 2
  • Laos 2
  • Latvia
  • Liberia 2
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau 2
  • Madagascar 2
  • Malawi 2
  • Malaysia
  • Mali 2
  • Malta
  • Martinique 1
  • Mayotte 1
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat 1
  • Morocco 2
  • Mozambique 1
  • Myanmar 2
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger 2
  • Nigeria 2
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Oman 2
  • Pakistan 2
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico 1
  • Qatar
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Russia 2
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis 1
  • Saint Lucia 1
  • Samoa 1
  • San Marino 1
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal 2
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles 2
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands 1
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname 1
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan 2
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad & Tobago 1
  • Tunisia 2
  • Turkey
  • Turks & Caicos 1
  • Uganda 2
  • Ukraine 2
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States 2, 3
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan 2
  • Vanuatu 1
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen 2
  • Zambia 2

1 109 Countries Plan (Truphone) only
2 139 Countries Plan (eSIM Go) only
3 5G NR access (if you have the 139 Countries Plan (eSIM GO) – does not apply to the 109 Countries Plan (Truphone)

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

To summarize: get the Nomad Switzerland eSIM if you only stay in Switzerland and the Nomad Europe eSIM in two or more supported countries to save money (get the eSIM Go variant for 5G NR access in variant countries).

You can get the Nomad Global eSIM, which can be used in at least 108 other countries besides Switzerland, but Airalo's updated offering made Nomad's uncompetitive (for now).


Overview of the Best eSIMs for Switzerland

So, we reviewed some eSIMs that can be used in Switzerland.

Many, many more eSIM providers have eSIMs for Switzerland – the ones listed in this guide are the eSIMs I have used in multiple countries on multiple continents and had a pleasant experience with (I do not recommend eSIMs I have not tried/were awful).

I will give you a quick recap of each eSIMs mentioned in this guide and link to their product pages in case you need more info or are ready to purchase an eSIM already (remember the activation policies of Holafly and Nomad eSIMs – do not buy their eSIMs too early).

Switzerland only eSIMs:

Europe-wide eSIMs, which include Switzerland:

Global eSIMs, which include Switzerland:

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

  • Airalo: NEWMAY15 for 15% off if you have never purchased an Airalo eSIM. If you have, use AIRALOMAY10 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
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Buying a SIM Card in Switzerland

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

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

Buying a SIM Card in Switzerland Guide (logos of Swisscom, Sunrise, Salt Mobile, MTEL, Yallo, Lycamobile, Coop Mobile, Mucho, Lebara, M Budget Mobile, Aldi Mobile, Talk Talk & Lidl Connect)