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10 Best Prepaid SIM Cards & eSIMs in the Balkans (6 Countries): Buying Guide

The Balkans – known for their architecture, history & landscapes.

The region is also known for being an affordable travel destination within Europe.

But I have to confess something.

This guide is not about the Balkans but the Western Balkans.

To some, there is no difference between the two, but there is.

In this guide, I will be focusing on Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia & Serbia.

If I were to talk about the Balkan Peninsula entirely, Bulgaria, Croatia & Greece would need to be added.

Some would even add Slovenia too.

But like I said, many travelers who hear the Balkans immediately think about the Western Balkans anyway – so I will just refer to it as the Balkans.

Anyway, while your intention of visiting this region will differ from other travelers, you probably want to stay connected.

Else you would not have clicked on this guide 😏.

But as you probably know, international roaming can be expensive – also in the Balkans.

That is why you should get a local SIM card per Balkan nation you visit to save the most money.

While a new Roam Like at Home scheme was introduced in July 2021, do not get too excited.

It is not as extensive as the one in the European Union (EU) – especially not for prepaid customers.

In fact, you cannot roam for free within the Balkans with most mobile operators as a prepaid customer.

But then again – the mobile operators had stingy allowances in the beginning too until updated regulations were passed.

So we probably have to wait a few years before the scheme becomes useful.

So, what are your options in the Balkans? Which SIM card is the best? How much do they cost? And what plans are available?

This guide will answer all these questions for every individual Balkan country.

Yes, this is the ultimate guide to buying a SIM card in the Balkans. Let's do this.

Buying a SIM Card in the Balkans Guide (logos of Vodafone, Lycamobile, T-Mobile, Telekom, Yettel, IPKO, Globatel, A1, MTS, One Montenegro, One Albania, Vala, Kosovo Telecom, m:tel, HT Eronet, Haloo, A1, ALBtelecom & BH)

Original publication: 17th of April 2022. Last updated: 5th of August 2022.


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Best Prepaid SIM Cards in the Balkans

With only six countries in the Balkans, it should be quite easy to summarize which SIM card is the best for a particular country.

But unlike some other regions, like Central America, where you see the same mobile operators active throughout the region, the Balkans like their variation.

At least for now. MTS Serbia, which owns the m:tel brand, wishes to be active in all of the Balkans soon.

Anyway…

Which SIM cards are the best in the Balkans?

In Albania, Vodafone & One. In Bosnia & Herzegovina, go with BH Telecom or HT Eronet. In Kosovo, stick wth Vala. In Montenegro and North Macedonia, (Crnogorski/Makedonski) Telekom will rock. Also consider A1 in North Macedonia – the same applies in Serbia. But think about Yettel there too.

That is quite an impressive summary, right? And all within 300 characters 😎.

For your convenience, there is a table of the best SIM cards in all Balkan countries:

CountryRecommended SIM Card(s)
AlbaniaVodafone Albania & One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania)
Bosnia & HerzegovinaBH Telecom & HT Eronet
KosovoVala (Kosovo Telecom)
MontenegroCrnogorski Telekom
North MacedoniaMakedonski Telekom & A1 Macedonia
SerbiaYettel Serbia & A1 Serbia

So, why are the mobile operators mentioned above the best in the stated countries?

You will have to read along to find out 😏.

SIM Card Prices in the Balkans

Now you know which mobile operators are the best in the Balkans.

But how much to SIM cards cost in this region?

It is hard to say because various currencies are used throughout the Balkans.

But I will give it a try:

You can get a Balkan SIM card for between 0.90 USD (in Albania (100 ALL)) to 21 USD (in North Macedonia (1199 MKD)). However, you will often spend around 4.50 USD per SIM per country (but the average is 5.60 USD). Tourist SIM cards are available too, with up to 500 GB, for 10 EUR or 15 EUR.

ALL? MKD? EUR? What do those symbols mean?

Well, you probably know EUR stands for Euro (and if you did not, then I am angry at you 😡 – just kidding 💶).

But ALL and MKD are just the ISO 4217 symbols for the currencies used in Albania (Albanian Lek) and North Macedonia (Macedonian Denar).

So, why not convert everything into US Dollars/Euros/(British) Pound Sterling/*insert your currency here*?

Currencies fluctuate every day – even every 15 minutes. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to keep track of all currency changes.

Instead, I want to keep track of SIM card offerings worldwide 🤓.

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With that out of the way, let's see how much SIM cards cost throughout the Balkans:

By the way: mobile operators marked in bold are the recommended mobile operators for said country

CountryOperator 1SIM Card Price(s)Operator 2SIM Card Price(s)Operator 3SIM Card Price(s)Operator 4SIM Card Price(s)
AlbaniaVodafone Albania500 ALL or 800 ALL (depending on the promotion) with 300 ALL credit and 500 on-net SMS (Vodafone Club) | Tourist SIM card (Vodafone 3 Weekly Tourist Pack): 1500 ALL with 15 GB, 5 GB for Netflix, Twitch & YouTube, 500 local minutes, 10 international to select destinations & 100 local/international SMS (no country restrictions) for 21 daysOne Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania)500 ALL OR 1500 ALL with 15 GB, 5 GB for Facebook Messenger, Message+, Viber & WhatsApp, 500 local minutes, 10 international minutes to select destinations & 100 local SMS (Paketa All Inclusive – 3 Javore)ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile Albania)100 ALL (Sim Card Super 100) OR 500 ALL with 300 ALL credit and 4 GB (if you create an account on Profili im) | Tourist SIM card (Super Holidays Package): 1000 ALL with 15 GB, 1000 local minutes, 10 international minutes to select destinations & 200 local SMS for 14 days
Bosnia & HerzegovinaBH Telecom5 BAM with 3 BAM credit (30 days) and 1 GB (7 days) | Tourist SIM cards: 20 BAM with 5 BAM credit and 15 GB for 10 days (Ultra Tourist 1) | 40 BAM with 10 BAM credit and 30 GB for 30 days (Ultra Tourist 2) | 100 BAM with 100 GB for 15 days (Ultra Tourist Group Package)m:tel Bosnia & Herzegovina4 BAM with 4 GB for 7 days | 10 BAM with 10 GB for 15 daysHT Eronet4 BAM with 4 BAM credit (!hej Slagalica) | Data-only SIM card (!hej Internet2Go Start Paket): 10 BAM with 10 GB for 30 days | Tourist SIM card (!hej Tourist): 20 BAM with 20 GB and 30 local minutes for 30 daysHaloo (HT Eronet MVNO)4 BAM with 4 BAM credit for 15 days | Tourist SIM card (Haloo Tourist): 20 BAM with 1 BAM credit, 20 GB, 100 local minutes & 100 local SMS for 15 days
KosovoVala (Kosovo Telecom)3 EUR with 1 EUR credit, 3 GB, 50 local minutes & unlimited local SMS for 15 days IPKO4.95 EUR with 1 GB, 200 local minutes & unlimited local SMS for 7 days (SIM + TiP Bazik) | 5 EUR with 3 EUR for 30 days (SIM + Refill) | 5.50 EUR with 2 GB, 150 local minutes & unlimited local SMS for 21 days (SIM + TiP Trendy) | 7.99 EUR with 6 GB, 200 local minutes & unlimited local SMS for 30 days (SIM + TiP Aktiv) | 11.99 EUR with 10 GB, 250 local minutes & unlimited local SMS for 30 days (SIM + TiP Ndryshe)
MontenegroCrnogorski Telekom (Montenegro)5 EUR | Data-only SIM card: 9.90 EUR with “unlimited” (200 GB) for 10 days | Tourist SIM cards (Telekom Tourist Prepaid): 10 EUR with 500 GB for 15 days | 15 EUR with 500 GB for 30 daysOne Montenegro (formerly Telenor Montenegro)10 EUR with 200 GB, 3 GB Western Balkans data, unlimited Viber data (12 months), 500 on-net minutes & 500 off-net minutes for 15 days | Data-only SIM card ( Pripejd Internet Paketa): 9.99 EUR with 100 GB for 15 daysm:tel Montenegro10 EUR with 400 GB, 1.11 GB Western Balkans data, 500 local minutes & 500 local SMS for 15 days (VRH Prepaid) | Tourist SIM cards: 10 EUR with 500 GB for 15 days | 15 EUR with 500 GB for 30 days
North MacedoniaMakedonski Telekom (formerly T-Mobile Macedonia)300 MKD with 181 MKD credit, 1 GB, unlimited on-net minutes & 100 on-net SMS for 7 days | 1199 MKD with 15 GB and unlimited local minutes for 30 days | Data-only SIM card: 499 MKD with 5 GB for 30 daysA1 Macedonia299 MKD with 50 MKD credit, 10 GB (14 days) & unlimited on-net minutes (7 days)Lycamobile MacedoniaFree, but a top-up of at least 100/200 MKD is required. Else, starter packs from 100/200 MKD are available (depending on the store)
SerbiaMTS Serbia300 RSD with 25 RSD credit for 7 days | 400 RSD with 25 RSD credit, 1 GB, 5 GB for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Viber & WhatsApp, unlimited on-net minutes & 100 off-net minutes/local SMS for 7 days (Moj Pripejd) | 600 RSD with 50 RSD credit, 2 GB, 10 GB for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Viber & WhatsApp, unlimited on-net minutes & 200 off-net minutes/local SMS for 15 days (Sve Cool) | Data-only SIM card (Pripejd Mobilni Net): 300 RSD with 500 MB for 30 days | Tourist SIM cards: 600 RSD with 25 RSD credit and 15 GB for 5 days (Turist) | 1800 RSD with 25 RSD credit, 10 GB, 120 on-net minutes & 30 international minutes for 30 days (Super Turist SIM)Yettel Serbia (formerly Telenor Serbia)400 RSD with 5 GB and 20 GB for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Viber & WhatsApp (10 GB per app for two apps you have to select on the Yettel RSB app) for 7 days (Yettel Pripejd) | 600 RSD with 15 GB and 20 GB for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Viber & WhatsApp (10 GB per app for two apps you have to select on the Yettel RSB app) for 7 days (Yettel Pripejd Plus) | Tourist SIM card (Prepaid Internet Tourist Package): 545 RSD with 10 GB and 2 GB Western Balkans data for 15 daysA1 Serbia (formerly Vip Mobile)400 RSD with 1 GB, 10 GB for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Viber & WhatsApp, unlimited on-net minutes & 100 off-net minutes/on-net SMS for 30 days (Mesečni Plan 300 if you dial *123# and select option 1) | Tourist SIM card (A1 Hello Stranger): 400 RSD with 20 GB for 3 days (if you top-up at least 200 RSD within those 3 days, the validity will be extended by 7 days (10 days total)Globatel Serbia (A1 Serbia MVNO)299 RSD

Best eSIMs in the Balkans

Some mobile operators in the Balkans offer eSIMs to prepaid customers. However, most have no eSIMs at all, while some offer them only to postpaid customers.

These Balkan mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers:

  • Albania: Vodafone Albania (maybe)
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina: N/A
  • Kosovo: N/A
  • Montenegro: One Montenegro (formerly Telenor Montenegro)
  • North Macedonia: Makedonski Telekom
  • Serbia: Yettel Serbia & Globatel Serbia

In all Balkan nations with eSIMs offered to prepaid customers, except for Serbia, SIM card registration is mandated by law.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for the Balkans without personal detail capturing, you can get eSIMs from Airalo (most affordable) or Nomad (more data and longer validity in most countries in the region).

This way, you can avoid the bureaucratic hassle of obtaining a SIM card or eSIM and just purchase an eSIM on an app.

Below are the eSIMs I recommend:

CountryLocal eSIMsAiralo eSIMsNomad eSIMs
AlbaniaVodafone Albania (maybe for prepaid) | Registration IS requiredHej Telecom – 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 daysAvailable, but much more expensive than Vodafone Albania and Airalo
Bosnia & HerzegovinaN/ABosher – 1 GB/7 days & 3 GB/30 daysN/A
KosovoN/AKosnet – 1 GB/7 daysN/A
MontenegroOne Montengro (formerly Telenor Montenegro) | Registration IS requiredJezero – 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 daysAvailable, but much more expensive than One Montenegro and Airalo
North MacedoniaMakedonski Telekom | Registration IS requiredMatka Mobile – 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 daysN/A
SerbiaYettel Serbia & Globaltel Serbia | Registration is NOT requiredSerbia Mobile – 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 daysAvailable, but much more expensive than Yettel Serbia, Globatel Serbia & Airalo

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps).

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

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in the Balkans and eSIMs worldwide).

If you plan on visiting multiple countries in the Balkans or other neighboring European nations, consider the Eurolink eSIM (six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days) in the Balkans (highlighted with an *) and these other countries:

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

With the Eurolink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit – averaging 6 USD/country in Europe!

Not staying in just Europe? Get the Discover Global eSIM with 1 GB of data (7 days – multiple top-ups available) for all of the Balkans (highlighted with an *) and these other countries:

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in the Balkans and eSIMs worldwide).

Best International/Travel SIM Card for the Balkans

There are travel or international SIM cards covering individual countries of the Balkans or multiple ones.

Unfortunately, not all countries are covered (unless you go for SIM cards costing 50 USD, giving you 50 MB for Kosovo, for example 🙄).

I recommend SimCorner's travel SIM cards.

You can use SimCorner's International Travel SIM card with 6 GB of data valid for 15 days in Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia & Serbia.

Unfortunately, the SIM card cannot be used in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Luckily, most of the eSIMs mentioned in the chapter above cover these two countries.

Anyway, SimCorner's International Travel SIM card can be used in 100+ countries, most European nations, including all of the European Union, Africa, Asia, the Middle East & Oceania.

SimCorner International SIM Card Banner
© SimCorner

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VoLTE & VoWiFi in the Balkans

VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) is available in the Balkans, and it is offered by some mobile operators. However, VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling) is not available.

Below is a (short) list of countries with VoLTE, and which mobile operator offers the features:

  • Albania: Vodafone Albania & One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania)
  • North Macedonia: Makedonski Telekom & A1 Macedonia
  • Serbia: MTS Serbia, Yettel Serbia (formerly Telenor Serbia) & A1 Serbia

5G NR in the Balkans

Commercial 5G NR has been available in North Macedonia in February 2022 and in Montenegro since March 2022. However, prepaid customers cannot use 5G NR in those countries. The other countries have no 5G NR at all.

Balkan Prepaid SIM Cards

I will be covering six countries in this guide.

While I would love it if you read this whole guide, it has more than 8k words.

Moreover, you may not even visit all these countries, so I do not blame you for just wanting to focus on the country you will go to.

Therefore, I created this index so that you can jump to the country you are interested in (instead of having to scroll for ages).

If you are done reading about a country and want to read another one, you can easily do so by jumping back to the index.

There will be a Jump back to the Index button at the end of each country section.

In this guide, I will:

  • introduce you to the mobile operators in each country
  • give my SIM card recommendation(s) for each country
  • give you eSIM recommendations
  • show you the coverage map(s) of the recommended mobile operator(s)
  • tell you how much SIM cards cost and where to get them
  • explain where to get top-up vouchers, how to top-up & how to check your balance
  • give you the recommended plan(s) by the recommended mobile operator(s)
  • provide a short recap of what you need to know about SIM cards in the country

With that being said, let's see what the Balkans has to offer to us


Albania Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Albania

In Albania, you have three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Vodafone Albania
  • One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom Albania)
  • ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile Albania)

I recommend going with Vodafone Albania or One Telecommunications (formerly Telekom). Vodafone has the best overall network, while One Telecommunications is not far behind and slightly cheaper. ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile Albania) offers loads of cheap data at 3G (speeds).

Vodafone Albania offers eSIMs, but it is unclear if they are available to prepaid customers too.

I will ask the next time I go to Albania – I forgot to do so when I was there the last time 💀 (but if you know the answer, let me know).

In the meantine, I recommend going with the Albania (Hej Telecom) eSIMs from Airalo.

Albania Hej Telecom eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these four options:

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Albania and eSIMs worldwide).

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Albania and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Finally, you have the Discover Global eSIM for use in Albania and 80+ other countries worldwide (1 GB/7 days with top-ups available up to 20 GB/180 days).

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Albania and eSIMs worldwide).

Below are the coverage maps of Vodafone Albania and One Telecommunications (formerly Telekom):

If you want to see ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile Albania)'s coverage map, head to my Albania SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Albania

You can get an Albanian SIM card for 100 ALL or 500 ALL from ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile), 500 ALL or 800 ALL from Vodafone Albania, or 500 ALL or 1500 ALL from One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom) in their stores. SIM cards are also sold at Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA)

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Albania

Vodafone Albania and One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom) top-up vouchers are sold in Vodafone stores and One Telecommunications stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Vodafone SIM card, dial *123# or call 141 and follow the instructions.

For One Telecommunications, call 141 and follow the instructions.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

Recharging online with international debit and credit cards is possible for Vodafone and One Telecommunications.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing #123# or sending a blank SMS (or whatever, like a dot, if your phone does not allow you to send a blank SMS) to 131 with Vodafone. For One Telecommunications, text BA to 142.

Vodafone Albania has four data-featured plans. But the Daily/Weekly Bundles are recommended.

They are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Daily/Weekly Bundles are available, which can be activated by dialing #123# or calling 131:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
60 ALLDaily 100 MB100 MBN/AN/A1 day
300 ALLPaketa 3 Ditore300 MB300 minutes 130 SMS3 days
300 ALL1 GB Weekly1 GBN/AN/A7 days
700 ALLGigaMax Paketa 10 Ditore1.5 GB300 minutes 130 SMS10 Days
1500 ALLGigaMax15 GB 2500 minutes 3100 SMS 47 days

1 +3000 on-net minutes
2 +5 GB for Video Pass: Netflix, Twitch & YouTube
3 +10 international minutes to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom & the United States
4 also for international use (no country restrictions)

Vodafone Albania Daily Weekly Bundles

One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom) has three data-featured plans. But the Paketat One Unlimited (One Unlimited Packages) are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Paketat One Unlimited are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 142:

PricePlanDataWestern Balkan DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
600 ALLPaketa Unlimited S200 MBShared with data allowance100 minutesN/A30 days US 
900 ALLPaketa Unlimited M1 GBShared with data allowance400 minutes400 SMS30 days UM
1200 ALLPaketa Unlimited L8 GB2.68 GB2000 minutes200 SMS 130 days UL
1500 ALLPaketa Unlimited Beats22 GB3.34 GB4000 minutes300 SMS 130 days UB
2000 ALLPaketa Unlimited XL 32 GB4.46 GB4000 minutes 2500 SMS 130 days UXL

1 also for international use (no country restrictions)
2 +100 minutes to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom & the United States

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Albania

  • Both Vodafone Albania and One Telecommunications Albania (formerly Telekom) are recommended
    • ALBtelecom (formerly Eagle Mobile Albania) should only be considered if you want a lot of data for low prices and do not care about speed (and are only staying in urban areas)
  • Albanian SIM cards cost 100 ALL or 500 ALL (ALBtelecom), 500 ALL or 800 ALL (Vodafone), or 500 ALL or 1500 ALL (One Telecommunications)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (TIA)
  • Topping up can be done in Vodafone and One Telecommunications stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Vodafone's Daily/Weekly Bundles (combo) range from 60 ALL to 1500 ALL. One Telecommunications' Paketat One Unlimited (combo) range from 600 ALL to 200 ALL
  • Read my Albania SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Albanian SIM cards

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Kosovo Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Kosovo

In Kosovo, you have three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Vala (Kosovo Telecom)
  • IPKO
  • MTS Kosovo (northern Kovoso only)

I recommend going with Vala (Kosovo Telecom). It has the best coverage and the fastest speeds. While IPKO is cheaper in most cases, the difference is often just 1 EUR or 2 EUR – not worth the trade-off.

I recommend going with the Kosovo (Kosnet) eSIM from Airalo with 1 GB of data valid for 7 days.

Kosovo Kosnet eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Kosovo and eSIMs worldwide).

Below is the coverage map of Vala (Kosovo Telecom):

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Kosovo SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Kosovo

You can get a Kosovar SIM card for 3 EUR from Vala (Kosovo Telecom) or between 4.95 EUR to 11.99 EUR from IPKO in their stores. SIM cards are also sold at Pristina International Airport Adem Jashari (PRN – IPKO only).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Albania

Vala (Kosovo Telecom – recommended option) top-up vouchers are sold in Vala/Kosovo Telecom stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Vala SIM card, dial *103*VoucherCode# or call 161, select option 2, and enter the VoucherCode.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

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

Dial *101# or call 161 and select option 1 to check your Vala balance.

You may have to reply with 1 if you get a text message asking you to select option 1 or 2.

Vala (Kosovo Telecom) has four data-featured plans. But the Pakot e Kombinuara (Combined Packages) are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Pakot e Kombinuara are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 50555:

PricePlanDataWestern Balkan DataOn-Net MinutesLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
2.99 EURFOL S2 GBN/AUnlimited150 miutesUnlimited10 daysFOL S
4.99 EURFOL M3 GBN/AUnlimited300 minutesUnlimited30 days FOL M
5.99 EURINT M6 GB1.69 GB150 minutesShared with on-net call allowance150 SMS30 days INT M
7.49 EURFOL L4 GBN/AUnlimited700 minutesUnlimited31 daysFOL L
9.99 EURINT L15 GB 2.82 GBUnlimited200 minutesUnlimited30 days INT L
Vala PTK Kosovo Telecom Pakot e Kombinuara Combined Packages

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Kosovo

  • Vala (Kosovo Telecom) is recommended
    • While IPKO is not bad at all, Vala is just a far better option. Stay away from MTS d.o.o
  • Kosovar SIM cards cost 3 EUR (Vala) or between 4.95 EUR to 11.99 EUR (IPKO)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Pristina International Airport Adem Jashari (PRN – IPKO only)
  • Topping up can be done in Vala/Kosovo Telecom (and IPKO) stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Vala's Pakot e Kombinuara (combo) range from 2.99 EUR to 9.99 EUR. (IPKO's TiP (combo) range from 2.95 EUR to 9.99 EUR)
  • Read my Kosovo SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Kosovar SIM cards

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Montenegro Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Montenegro

In Montenegro, you have three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Crnogorski Telekom (Montenegro)
  • One Montenegro (formerly Telenor)
  • m:tel Montenegro

One Montenegro (formerly Telenor) offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.

Note that the Montenegrin mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards (as mentioned in the Best eSIMs in the Balkans section).

While you can enter Montenegro with an EU/EEA ID card, most mobile operators only accept passports for registration purposes.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Montenegro without personal detail capturing, you can get the Montenegro (Jezero) eSIMs from Airalo.

Montenegro Jezero eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these three options:

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Montenegro and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Finally, you have the Discover Global eSIM for use in Montenegro and 80+ other countries worldwide (1 GB/7 days with top-ups available up to 20 GB/180 days).

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Below is the coverage map of Crnogorski Telekom (Montenegro):

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Montenegro SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Montenegro

You can get a Montenegrin SIM card for 5 EUR from Crnogorski Telekom or 10 EUR from One Montenegro (formerly Telenor) and m:tel Montenegro in their stores. Tourist SIM cards with 500 GB of data are sold for 10 EUR and 15 EUR. SIM cards are sold at Podgorica Airport (TGD) and Tivat Airport (TIV).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Montenegro

Crnogorski Telekom (Montenegro – recommended option) top-up vouchers are sold in Crnogorski Telekom stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Crnogorski Tekekom SIM card, dial *123*VoucherCode#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

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

Dial *111# or *112# to check your Crnogorski Telekom balance.

Crnogorski Telekom (Montenegro) has six data-featured plans. But the Internet Plans are recommended.

They are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Internet Plans are available, which can be activated by texting dialing *111#:

PricePlanDataValidity
0.50 EURNET 11 GBUntil midnight
3 EURNET 75 GB7 days
5 EURNET 157 GB15 days
7.95 EURNET 3010 GB30 days
Crnogorski Telekom Montenegro Internet Plans

Do you want to see the other plans offered by Crnogorski Telekom or the other mobile operators? Head to my Montenegro SIM Card Buying Guide

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Montenegro

  • Crnogorski Telekom (Montenegro) is recommended
  • Montenegrin SIM cards cost 5 EUR (Crnogorski Telekom) or 10 EUR (One Montenegro (formerly Telenor) & m:tel Montenegro)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Podgorica Airport (TGD) and Tivat Airport (TIV)
  • Topping up can be done in Crnogorski Telekom stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Crnogorski Telekom's Internet Plans range from 0.50 EUR to 7.95 EUR
  • Read my Montenegro SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Montenegrin SIM cards

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North Macedonia Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of North Macedonia

In North Macedonia, you have two mobile operators and one Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) offering prepaid services:

  • Makedonski Telekom
  • A1 Macedonia
  • Lycamobile Macedonia (A1 Macedonia MVNO)

I recommend going with Makedonski Telekom or A1 Macedonia. Makedonski Telekom has the best coverage. However, it throttles prepaid speeds to up to 21 Mbps. A1 does not throttle prepaid speeds, and its coverage is almost as extensive as Makedonski Telekom's.

Makedonski Telekom offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.

Note that the Macedonian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards (as mentioned in the Best eSIMs in the Balkans section).

While you can enter North Macedonia with an EU/EEA ID card, most mobile operators only accept passports for registration purposes.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for North Macedonia without personal detail capturing, you can get the North Macedonia (Makta Mobile) eSIMs from Airalo.

North Macedonia Makta Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these three options:

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering North Macedonia and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Finally, you have the Discover Global eSIM for use in North Macedonia and 80+ other countries worldwide (1 GB/7 days with top-ups available up to 20 GB/180 days).

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Below are the coverage maps of Makedonski Telekom and A1 Macedonia:

If you want to see Lycamobile Macedonia's coverage map, head to my North Macedonia SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in North Macedonia

You can get a Macedonian SIM card for 100 MKD from Lycamobile, 399 MKD to 1199 MKD from Makedonski Telekom, or 299 MKD from A1 in their stores or from resellers, including gas stations. SIM cards are sold at Skopje International Airport (SKP).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in North Macedonia

Makedonski Telekom and A1 Macedonia top-up vouchers are sold in Makedonski Telekom stores and A1 stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Makedonski Telekom SIM card, dial *122# or call 122 and follow the instructions.

For A1, dial *100*VoucherCode#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

Recharging online with international debit and credit cards is possible for Makedonski Telekom and A1.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *122# with Vodafone. For A1, *101# or call 1700 and select option 1.

Makedonski Telekom has four data-featured plans. But the Internet (Plans) are recommended.

They are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Internet (plans) are available, which can be activated by dialing *122# or calling 140140:

PricePlanData 1, 2Validity
49 MKDDaily Internet1 GB24 hours 
59 MKDWeekly Internet S500 MB7 days 
99 MKDWeekly Internet M1 GB7 days 
129 MKDWeekly Internet L2 GB7 days 
129 MKDMonthly Internet S500 MB30 days 
249 MKDMonthly Internet M2 GB30 days 
499 MKDMonthly Internet L8 GB30 days 

1 speeds up to 21 Mbps
2 double the data allowances when activated on the Telekom MK app

Makedonski Telekom North Macedonia Internet Plans

A1 Macedonia has four data-featured plans. But the Internet Data Plans are recommended.

They are, as the name suggests, data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Paketat One Unlimited are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 1410:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
19 MKDDaily Bundle 100 MB100 MB24 hoursDEN STARTSTOP DNEVEN 100MB
39 MKDDaily Bundle 1 GB1 GB24 hoursDEN PROMO STARTSTOP DNEVEN 1GB
49 MKDWeekly Bundle 400 MB400 MB7 days NEDELA 200MBSTOP NEDELEN 200MB
79 MKDWeekly Bundle 1 GB1 GB7 days NEDELA 1GBSTOP NEDELEN 1 GB
99 MKDMonthly Bundle 1 GB1 GB30 days 1GBSTOP 1GB
119 MKDWeekly Bundle 2 GB2 GB7 days PROMOSTOP PROMO
199 MKDMonthly Bundle 3 GB3 GB30 days 3GBSTOP 3GB
299 MKDMonthly Bundle 10 GB10 GB30 days 10GBSTOP 10GB
399 MKDMonthly Bundle 15 GB15 GB30 days 15GBSTOP 15GB
999 MKDMonthly Bundle 50 GB50 GB30 days 50GBSTOP 50GB

Internet Data auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 1410.

A1 North Macedonia Internet Data Plans

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in North Macedonia

  • Both Makedonski Telekom and A1 Macedonia are recommended
  • Macedonian SIM cards cost 100 MKD (Lycamobile Macedonia), 299 MKD (A1), or 399 MKD to 1199 MKD (Makedonski Telekom),
  • SIM cards are also sold at Skopje International Airport (SKP)
  • Topping up can be done in Makedonski Telekom and A1 stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Makedonski Telekom's Internet (plans) range from 49 MKD to 499 MKD. A1's Internet Data Plans range from 19 MKD to 999 MKD
  • Read my North Macedonia SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Macedonian SIM cards

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Serbia Prepaid SIM Cards

In Serbia, you have four mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • MTS Serbia (Srbija)
  • Yettel Serbia (Srbija – formerly Telenor Serbia/Srbija)
  • A1 Serbia (Srbija)
  • Globatel Serbia (Srbija – A1 Serbia MVNO)

I recommend going with Yettel Serbia (formerly Telenor) or A1 Serbia. Both mobile operators have the best coverage throughout the country. A1 has the fastest speeds. Consider MTS Serbia for generous allowances with its tourist SIM cards.

Yettel Serbia (formerly Telenor) and Globatel Serbia offer eSIM to prepaid customers.

If you want to get an eSIM before arriving in Serbia, I recommend going with the Serbia (Serbia Mobile) eSIMs from Airalo.

Serbia Serbia Mobile eSIM Airalo

You have these three options:

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Serbia and eSIMs worldwide).

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Serbia and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Finally, you have the Discover Global eSIM for use in Serbia and 80+ other countries worldwide (1 GB/7 days with top-ups available up to 20 GB/180 days).

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Serbia and eSIMs worldwide).

Below are the coverage maps of Yettel Serbia (formerly Telenor Serbia) and A1 Serbia:

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Serbia SIM Card Buying Guide.

Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Serbia

You can get a Serbian SIM card for 300 RSD from MTS and Globaltel and 400 RSD from Yettel (formerly Telenor) and A1 in their stores or from resellers, like convenience stores and kiosks. SIM cards are also sold at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Serbia

Yettel Serbia (formerly Telenor Serbia) and A1 Serbia top-up vouchers are sold in Yettel stores and A1 stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Yettel SIM card, dial *912*VoucherCode#.

For A1, dial *123# and follow the instructions.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

Recharging online with international debit and credit cards is possible for Yettel and A1.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *121# with Yettel. For A1, dial *123# or text ? to 1200.

Yettel Serbia (formerly Telenor Serbia) has three data-featured plans. But the Monthly Internet Add-Ons are recommended.

They are data plans (without 5G NR access).

The following Daily/Weekly Bundles are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 3282 or dialing *111# and selecting option 6:

PriceDataWestern Balkans DataValidityActivation Code
209 RSD250 MBShared with data allowance30 days250
319 RSD500 MBShared with data allowance30 days500
429 RSD1 GBShared with data allowance30 days1
639 RSD3 GB1.5 GB30 days3
1099 RSD“Unlimited”, 100 GB 12.5 GB30 days10

1 unlimited data @ 2 Mbps after exhausting your data allowance

Yettel Serbia Monthly Internet Add-Ons

A1 Serbia has four data-featured plans. But the Prepaid Tarifni Dodaci (Prepaid Tariff Supplements) are recommended.

They are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Prepaid Tarifni Dodaci are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 12307 or dialing *123#:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
129 RSD1 GB1 day1GB
289 RSD3 GB7 days3GB
489 RSD6 GB7 days6GB
689 RSD12 GB7 days12GB
A1 Serbia Prepaid Tarifni Dodaci Prepaid Tariff Supplements

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Serbia

  • Both Yettel Serbia (formerly Telenor Serbia) and A1 Serbia are recommended
  • Serbian SIM cards cost 300 RSD (MTS Serbia & Globatel Serbia) or 400 RSD (Telenor & A1)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG)
  • Topping up can be done in Yettel and A1 stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Yettel's Monthly Internet Add-Ons (data) range from 209 RSD to 1099 RSD. A1s' Prepaid Tarifni Dodaci (data) range from 129 RSD to 689 RSD
  • Read my Serbia SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Serbian SIM cards

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in the Balkans

I would highly encourage anyone visiting the Balkans to get themselves a Balkan SIM card – you will be saving a lot of money when you do so.

However, for some, getting a Balkan SIM card is not an option.

For example, your device may be SIM-locked, meaning that you cannot use any SIM card other than the SIM card provided by your mobile operator.

There are other ways to stay online while in the Balkans, but they may not be cheap.

International Roaming

International roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling in other countries because you do not have to buy a new SIM card, have to deal with SIM card registration regulations, nor have multiple phone numbers to deal with.

However, international roaming has proven to be expensive in many cases, especially compared to buying local SIM cards.

That is why many travelers are not fond of international roaming.

International roaming has its pros and cons. However, it is important to know how it works.

This in-depth guide explains it all.

Find out whether your mobile operator has attractive roaming rates for the Balkans here.

Using an International SIM Card or Travel SIM Card

International SIM cards are SIM cards made for the traveler in mind.

Using them is often cheaper than international roaming.

However, they are almost always more expensive than using a local SIM card.

There are many other advantages and disadvantages of getting international SIM cards, which you can learn about here.

Using a Mobile Hotspot (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.

Using Free WIFI Networks

Using free WIFI connections is the cheapest way to stay connected because they are free.

The major downside of trying to use WIFI hotspots is that you will have to locate them, and they are not available on every corner in the Balkans.

Make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN so that hackers cannot steal your personal data.


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