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3 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Luxembourg: Buying Guide

Luxembourg – the country with the world's second-highest GDP, behind Qatar, is the smallest country in Europe when excluding microstates.

The country has three official languages, which are French, German & Luxembourgish (close to German), but you can get along with just English.

Is it even worth visiting such a small country?

Yes, it is.

There are plenty of museums to visit, including the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art.

Or you may be into castles – the Vianden Castle, built on old Roman ruins, may be for you.

Are you into churches or cathedrals? Cathé Notre-Dame could be interesting.

As you can see, Luxembourg is an amazing travel destination for history buffs.

Or you can enjoy the country's nature – it is full of forests.

But before you decide to post all your Luxembourg photos online, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.

That is why you are better off getting a local SIM card, such as a Luxembourg one, to enjoy local rates.

So, are SIM cards expensive in Luxembourg?

You can get a Luxembourg SIM card for 3 EUR (3.50 USD – Orange), 10 EUR (11.60 USD – Tango), or between 5 EUR to 100 EUR with five variants (5.80 EUR – 115.70 USD – POST Telecom Luxembourg) in the stores of the three mobile operators or resellers, including grocery stores.

Those prices are not too bad! It could be much worse.

But what else is there to know about SIM cards in this country?

Quite a lot.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Luxembourg. Let’s go.

Buying a SIM Card in Luxembourg Guide (logos of POST Telecom Luxembourg, Tango & Orange)

Original publication: 30th of Septermber 2021. Last updated: 8th of October 2021.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Luxembourg?

Anyone living in or visiting Luxembourg can buy a Luxembourg SIM card from the mobile network operators (POST Telecom Luxembourg, Tango & Orange Luxembourg) without restrictions.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Luxembourg).

Furthermore, you need to have a SIM-lock-free device.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Luxembourg?

You can get a Luxembourg SIM card in POST Telecom Luxembourg, Tango & Orange Luxembourg stores or other retailers, including grocery stores, electronic stores & convenience stores. It is not possible to get a SIM card at Luxembourg Airport.

You can expect to pay the following for Luxembourg SIM cards:

  • POST Telecom Luxembourg: 5 EUR, 10 EUR, 15 EUR, 25 EUR & 100 EUR
  • Tango: 10 EUR
  • Orange Luxembourg: 3 EUR

Can You Use Your Phone in Luxembourg?

Luxembourg uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Luxembourg. If your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSMA (99% of the phones do support GSM nowadays).

Traditional European frequencies are used in Luxembourg, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 and 3 (Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania).

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use American Frequencies, which differ from the European ones.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 and 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Luxembourg.

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Luxembourg or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Luxembourg (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE and 5G NR.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Luxembourg

Luxembourg has three mobile network operators offering prepaid services:

  • POST Telecom Luxembourg
  • Tango
  • Orange Luxembourg

The following frequencies are used in Luxembourg:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 700 MHz (n28) & 3500 MHz (n78)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Luxembourg, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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5G NR in Luxembourg

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Luxembourg since September 2020. It is available on the POST Telecom Luxembourg, Tango & Orange Luxembourg networks. Only Tango allows prepaid customers access to its 5G NR networks. POST Telecom Luxembourg and Orange Luxembourg may so do in the (near) future.

Best SIM Card in Luxembourg

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Luxembourg, I recommend going with Post Telecom Luxembourg, Tango, or Orange. Post Telecom Luxembourg has the best coverage. Tango already allows prepaid customers to its 5G NR network. Orange is the cheapest.

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SIM Card Registration in Luxembourg

SIM card registration with your passport information is mandatory in Luxembourg. It will be done at the point of sale.

EU Roaming in Luxembourg

European Union (EU) & European Economic Area (EEA)

Luxembourg is part of the European Union (EU). Since June 2017, those with EU/EEA (European Economic Area) SIM cards can roam for free in other EU/EEA nations, including Luxembourg.

This means that, in the majority of cases, you do not need to purchase a Luxembourg SIM card if you already have an EU/EEA SIM card because you can roam without additional costs.

However, conditions do apply. Mobile operators in some countries may impose a roaming Fair Use Policy (FUP).

In countries where local mobile data rates are extremely low (such as in the Baltics and Nordics), mobile operators may still charge you for roaming in the EU/EEA.

Be sure to head over to the international roaming page to learn whether your operator offers free roaming while in Luxembourg or if restrictions apply.

Roaming in the EU with Luxembourg SIM Cards

EU Roaming
© European Commission

Luxembourg and the Luxembourg mobile operators have fully adopted the roam like at home regulations principles early on.

Unlike most EU/EEA mobile operators that impose EU/EEA roaming caps, none of the Luxembourg mobile operators have such caps.

However, the standard Fair Use Policy applies where you should not be roaming over 50% of the time over a four-month period.

If you do so, EU roaming rates will apply.

You are then better off buying local prepaid SIM cards in other EU nations.

Luxembourg Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Luxembourg

The cost of mobile data has decreased significantly over the years.

Nowadays, there are 53 countries where the average cost of 1 GB of data is less than 1 USD.

So, what about Luxembourg? Is mobile data expensive here?

Not at all.

The average price for 1 GB of data in the United Kingdom is 3.00 USD, around the European average of 2.50 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

When you look at 2019's figures, the average cost of mobile data has decreased by 78.5%.

Cable.co.uk split Europe into three territories: Western Europe, Eastern Europe & the Baltics.

The Western European average cost of 1 GB of data, using Cable.co.uk's definition, is 2.66 USD, which is just slightly more than the overall European average.

Okay, let's talk about speed.

Is mobile data fast in Luxembourg?

Blazing-fast, I would say.

Luxembourg’s average mobile download speed is around 111 Mbps – one of the 14 countries with an average download speed of more than 100 Mbps.

Currently, the only European countries with faster average download speeds than Luxembourg are Norway (174 Mbps), Cyprus (138 Mbps), Bulgaria (126 Mbps) & Switzerland (116 Mbps).

So Luxembourg is doing well.

Especially when we look at where it was a year ago.

It managed to double its average mobile download speed within a year, partially due to the introduction of 5G NR.

Alright, so which mobile operator is the fastest?

That would be POST Telecom Luxembourg, with a speed score of 102.09. Followed by Tango (60.89) and Orange Luxembourg (49.94).

The fastest mobile download speed can be found in Ettenbruck, with a median download speed of 117.66 Mbps. Followed by Luxembourg City (96.71 Mbps).

Dudelange, Differdange & Esch-Sur-Alzette have to deal with median download speeds of lower than 50 Mbps (46 Mbps, 40.68 Mbps & 40.46 Mbps, respectively).

With close to perfect nationwide coverage, cheap SIM cards, incredibly fast mobile internet speeds, and low mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in Luxembourg.

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Currency in Luxembourg

50 Euro Bank Note
© European Central Bank (ECB)

Luxembourg uses the Euro with the symbol EUR (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as just . For example, 25 EUR = €25.

For reference, below are some exchange rates between EUR and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 EUR = 1.20 USD
  • 10 EUR = 12.15 USD
  • 100 EUR = 121.55 USD

For up-to-date EUR:USD exchange rates, search EUR to USD on Google, or replace USD with the currency you use.

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Luxembourg Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Post Telecom Luxembourg, Tango & Orange Luxembourg, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge / top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs) 

With that being said, let’s see what Luxembourg has to offer to us.


POST Telecom Luxembourg

Post Telecom Luxembourg Logo
© POST Telecom Luxembourg

POST Telecom Luxembourg, just POST Luxembourg, is the largest mobile operator in Luxembourg.

It is also the nation's post company, and it is government-owned.

Who says government-owned companies can never be the best? ;)

POST Luxembourg uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) – not for prepaid

This is what you will learn about POST Telecom Luxembourg:

* Coverage
* How to Get a POST Telecom Luxembourg SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – POST Luxembourg

POST Luxembourg has extensive coverage throughout Luxembourg.

4G/LTE can be found basically anywhere.

POST Luxembourg does not give prepaid customers access to its 5G NR network.

Below is POST Luxembourg's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – POST Luxembourg

You can buy a POST Luxembourg SIM card, called TipTop, for between 5 EUR to 100 EUR in POST Luxembourg offices stores and Telecom shops.

The following SIM cards are available:

PriceBonus CreditValidity
5 EURN/A90 days
10 EUR3 EUR90 days
15 EUR5 EUR90 days
25 EUR10 EUR90 days
100 EUR25 EUR90 days
Post Telecom Luxembourg TipTop SIM Cards

Be sure NOT to get the Telekaart SIM card. That SIM card is only useful for long-distance calls.

TipTop by POST Luxembourg SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 90 days (no top-up for 90 days or no activity for 90 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – POST Luxembourg

TipTop by POST Luxembourg top-up vouchers are sold in POST Luxembourg offices stores and Post Telecom shops, and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

The following top-up options are available:

Top-UpBonus CreditValidity
10 EUR3 EUR30 days
15 EUR5 EUR60 days
25 EUR10 EUR90 days
Post Telecom Luxembourg TipTop Top Up Cards

To top up your TipTop by POST Luxembourg SIM card, dial *121*VoucherCode# or call 444 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *121*123456#.

Dial *110# to check your TipTop by POST Luxembourg balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the MyPost Telecom Mobile app (Android/iOS).

Post Telecom Luxembourg MyPost Telecom Mobile App
© POST Telecom Luxembourg

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – POST Luxembourg

POST Luxembourg has one type of data-featured plan, which is the Internet Options.

Internet Options can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 64000:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
10 EUR2 GB30 daysDATA10
15 EUR8 GB30 daysDATA15
Post Telecom Luxembourg TipTop Internet Options
EU Roaming – POST Luxembourg

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As POST Luxembourg does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – POST Luxembourg

  • Name: POST
  • APN: web.pt.lu

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Tango Luxembourg

Tango Luxembourg Logo
© Tango

Tango Luxembourg, just Tango, is the second-largest mobile operator in Luxembourg.

It is owned by the Belgian Proximus Group.

Luxembourg uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about Tango:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Tango SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Tango Luxembourg

Tango has extensive coverage throughout Luxembourg.

4G/LTE can be found basically anywhere.

Tango prepaid customers have access to Tango's 5G NR network at restricted speeds (up to 250 Mbps).

However, 250 Mbps is still blazing-fast :)

Below is Tango's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Tango Luxembourg

You can buy a Tango SIM card, called Tango Carte Go, for 10 EUR with 10 EUR and 500 MB of data valid for 30 days in Tango stores and other stores, such as grocery stores, convenience stores & electronic shops.

Tango Luxembourg Tango Carte Go SIM Card
© Tango

Tango Carte Go by Tango SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 13 months (no top-up for 13 months or no activity for 13 months).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Tango Luxembourg

Tango Carte Go by Tango top-up vouchers are sold in Tango stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

The following top-up options are available:

Top-UpBonus DataValidityBonus Data Validity
10 EUR500 MB13 months30 days
20 EUR1 GB13 months30 days
40 EUR2 GB13 months30 days

You can top-up your Tango Carte Go by Tango SIM card on the My Tango app (Android/iOS) – the same counts for checking your balance.

Tango Luxembourg My Tango App
© Tango

Or you can dial *120# to check your Tango Carte Go by Tango balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Tango Luxembourg

Tango has one data-featured plan, which is the Go Packs. It comes with data, minutes & SMS.

Go Packs can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 62000:

PricePlanDataLocal/EU MinutesLocal/EU SMSValidityActivation Code
10 EURGO M Pack1 GB60 minutes“Unlimited”, 200 SMS/day30 daysGO M
20 EURGO L Pack2 GB300 minutes“Unlimited”, 200 SMS/day30 daysGO L

Go Packs auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text STOP GO to 62000.

Tango Luxembourg Top-Ups
EU Roaming – Tango Luxembourg

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As Tango does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – Tango Luxembourg

  • Name: Tango
  • APN: internet

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Orange Luxembourg

Orange Logo
© Orange

Orange Luxembourg, just Orange, is the smallest mobile operator in Luxembourg.

Orange, as a company, is active in other countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe & the Middle East.

Orange uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 700 MHz (n28) & 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about Orange:

* Coverage
* How to Get an Orange SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Orange Luxembourg

Orange has extensive coverage throughout Luxembourg.

4G/LTE can be found basically anywhere.

Orange does not give prepaid customers access to its 5G NR network.

Below is Orange's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Orange Luxembourg

You can buy an Orange SIM card, called Hello Prepaid Card, for 3 EUR with 3 EUR credit, in Orange stores and other stores, such as grocery stores, convenience stores & electronic shops.

Hello Prepaid by Orange SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 1 year (no top-up for 1 year or no activity for 1 year).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Orange Luxembourg

Hello Prepaid by Orange top-up vouchers are sold in Orange stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

The following top-up options are available:

PriceBonus DataLocal Minutes/SMSBonus Data ValidityValidity
5 EUR250 MBUp to 120 minutes/500 SMS30 days1 year
10 EUR500 MBUp to 240 minutes/1000 SMS30 days1 year
20 EUR1 GBUp to 480 minutes/2000 SMS30 days1 year
30 EUR1.5 GBUp to 720 minutes/3000 SMS30 days1 year
Orange Luxembourg Top-Ups

To top up your Hello Prepaid by Orange SIM card, text the Voucher Code to 60121.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 60121.

Orange Top-Up
© Orange

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *120# to check your Hello Prepaid by Orange balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Orange Luxembourg

Orange has one type of data-featured plan, which is the Deals. It comes with data and units for calls and SMS.

1 unit = 1 minute or 1 SMS.

Deals can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 60280:

PriceDataLocal/EU Minutes/SMS (Units)ValidityActivation Code
1 EUR250 MBN/A24 hoursDataS
2 EURN/A120 units24 hoursCallS
9 EUR5 GBN/A30 daysDataEU
9 EURN/A300 units30 daysCallM
Orange Luxembourg Deals Plans
EU Roaming – Orange Luxembourg

You can use your allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As Orange does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – Orange Luxembourg

  • Name: Orange Lux
  • APN: orange.lu

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Luxembourg

The cheapest way to get online in Luxembourg is to get a SIM card from one of the mobile operators unless you have a EU/EEA SIM card and can roam for free in Luxembourg.

However, local SIM cards are not your only method of staying online when abroad.

Below are some other options to consider.

International Roaming

Roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected. You do not have to buy a new SIM card, and people at home can easily reach you on your current phone number.

However, roaming has many downsides as well. It can be insanely expensive.

Learn more about roaming.

International/Travel SIM Cards

International SIM cards or travel SIM cards are SIM cards made for travelers.

The rates charged are often lower than international roaming, but they are almost always higher than what local operators will charge you.

Get to know more about international and travel SIM cards.

Mobile Hotspots (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local operators of the country you are visiting.

Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

Free WIFI Networks

Nothing beats free, right? Paying nothing to stay connected may be the best option.

Until you remember that free hotspots are not available everywhere (especially when on the move) and that free connections are often extremely slow.

Just make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN when connected to open WIFI connections. It is worth it.


The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Luxembourg

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