Tunisia eSIM: Best Way to Get Data (2024)

Tunisia is a very popular destination for many tourists in the summer. If you’re heading there, you’re probably looking for a way to stay in touch with family or friends in your home country. Tunisia has probably the best telecommunication services in North Africa. You can get a data SIM card here for a few dollars, and the Internet is pretty good. But if you don’t want to get a traditional SIM card, you can use Tunisia eSIM services. We’ll compare the two options to help you make the best decision.

Tunisia eSIM: How to choose the best one?

Wi-Fi at hotels is often slow or doesn’t reach your room or pool. Plus, if you have activities planned outside the resort, you’ll need data to stay connected to the world. You’ll also need to estimate how much data you’ll use on your vacation, or whether the hotel Wi-Fi will be enough.

You’ll also need to consider how many days you’ll be in Tunisia, how much you want to pay for data, and whether you’re willing to deal with a local SIM card or want to have data when you’re on the runway.

The best data eSIM for Tunisia

Let’s take a look at what eSIMs are available for Tunisia.

Cheapest plans

1GB data packages via eSIM start at $3.99. You can get one from MobiMatter and it is valid for 14 days.

For basically the same price of $5, you can also get a package from Airalo, but beware, it’s only valid for 7 days.

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Average usage (5 GB of data)

The 5 GB category is no slouch either, and again the cheapest plans are offered by MobiMatter for $9.99 and Airalo for $17. Both are valid for 30 days.

I’ve also seen offers from GLOBALESIM, which also offers free minutes for calls. However, the price for these plans is quite high and from what I’ve read in reviews, they didn’t work completely reliably in Tunisia.

High data usage (10 GB or more)

Even if you use more data when you’re on vacation, your choice of the cheapest eSIM providers won’t change. You can find 10GB, 30-day plans at MobiMatter for $14.99 and Airalo for $29.

Unlimited data in Tunisia

You can get unlimited data from two providers – Holafly and YOHOmobile. However, YOHOmobile is really expensive, so you’re left with one option.

With Holafly you get unlimited data for 5-30 days and a price of $29-79. The holiday classic 15 days will set you back $47. But don’t forget that you can’t use a hotspot with Holafly.

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Overview of the best packages for 14 days

ProviderGBPriceValidity
MobiMatter1 GB$3,9914 days
MobiMatter5 GB$9,9930 days
MobiMatter10 GB$14,9930 days
Holaflyunlimited$4715 days
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Local SIM card in Tunisia

Getting a local SIM card is easy. All you need is a passport, and you can get one at the airport at the operator’s kiosks (usually you can even pay with your card), or in the city at specialized shops or convenience stores. Some of the better hotels even provide them at the front desk. But it’s easiest to get it directly from the operator, who will help you activate it.

The SIM card itself will cost you a small fee of 5 dinars ($1.60) or 10 dinars ($3.20) with credit already inserted. Sometimes you can also get a free SIM card from Orange at the airport, which contains about 100 MB of data and can be used to secure a ride and get to your accommodation in peace. It probably won’t be enough for your entire stay, though, and you’ll need to top it up (or buy a SIM card from another operator).

There are 3 major operators in Tunisia – Tunisia Telecom, Ooredoo and Orange. All of them offer prepaid SIM cards for tourists. Tunisia Telecom has the best coverage, Orange the worst. However, if you are only going to be in tourist areas, Orange will do.

Topping up is a bit more complicated, so we recommend using the operator’s shop directly. You will be given a card with a code on it. You enter it into your phone or into the operator’s app (this is the easier option, so if you have it, use it). After the top up, you choose the package you want and the price is deducted from the top up credit. Everything should be explained on the card, just expect it to be in French.

The prices are pretty similar for all of them. Here’s a selection of the most common ones, but you can also get 3GB or 10GB with some operators.

  • 1 GB – about 5 dinárů ($1.60 Kč) from 7 to 30 days
  • 6 GB – about 15 dinárů ($4.70) for 30 days
  • 20 GB – about 25 dinárů ($7.85) for 30 days

I find the most expensive packages at Orange and the cheapest at Ooredoo, but the differences are not too big. Ooredoo has the added advantage that you can buy 50 minutes of calls for 10 dinars.

Summary

SIM cards are relatively cheap in Tunisia. Unless you need a connection from the moment you arrive, it’s definitely worth trying to get a local SIM card, even at the airport. This will set you back from $4 to $10 with a good data plan. But if you still want to get an eSIM, we recommend looking at MobiMatter or Airalo.

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Kačka Kodytková
Kačka Kodytková
I'm a full-time corporate producer, but travel is my passion and I devote all my free time to it. I have traveled to over 35 countries around the world and my goal is to travel the rest by the end of my life 🌍. On my travels, I always try to find ways to save money while bringing back the most authentic experiences. I like to share my experiences with those around me, which is why I want to be online all the time. This led me to explore the world of eSIM and in 2023, together with my boyfriend, I founded esim.monster, a website that compares eSIM providers. I am also the co-author of lazytrip.eu, a website dedicated to travel. Here we share more advice, tips and experiences from our adventures. So, off to see the world! ✈

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