Visiting Portugal? Get 30GB of mobile internet data for €15! ( Updated Feb 2021 )

Visiting Portugal and looking for cheap prepaid mobile internet data? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for the best deals on Vodafone Prepaid Data ( Vodafone Go) or the best deals on MEO Sim Cards, I have all the information for you below. If you missed earlier, here are my two articles on best prepaid internet sim deals in Italy and Germany  ) 

1 What is the best international SIM card in Portugal?

You have a choice of three providers in Portugal when it comes to SIM cards- MEO, Vodafone and NOS. On all my trips, I have found MEO to have the best sim card-good speed and good coverage. They have the ‘Connected Holidays’ plan, with 30GB which I’ve covered below. Vodafone is just behind MEO when it comes to coverage and speed but is equally decent. Just like MEO, Vodafone have a brilliant offer of 30GB data for tourists under their ‘Vodafone Go’ banner-more details below. I have never used NOS but I’ve heard mixed reports about their service so I would recommend MEO or Vodafone.

2. Can I buy a SIM card at Lisbon or Porto airport?

There is a small Vodafone store at both Lisbon and Porto airport from where you can buy Vodafone prepaid sim card. However, last time I visited the airport, there was no store selling MEO sim cards- you will have to go into town, settle into your hostel/hotel/apartment and then hop over to one of the MEO stores-plenty of them, just type into Google Maps to find your nearest MEO store.

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3. Prepaid mobile internet package with MEO: 30GB for €15

MEO offers an excellent choice of portuguese sim cards for tourists under their long running Connected Holidays plans

A.Connected Holidays Smartphone offer

60 mins voice, 500 SMS and 2 GB mobile internet for 14.99 €, valid for 15 days. Calls/SMS are domestic, to the EU, US, Canada, Angola, Brazil and Israel.

B.Connected Holidays Data offer

SIM card costs 14.99 €, also valid for 15 days, and includes 30 GB mobile data.

MEO offers you the chance to top up another whopping 30 GB for another 15 days at 15 € which is a pretty good offer.

More details of the deal can be found here

 

4. Vodadone Prepaid Sim Card- Vodafone Go 30GB for €14.99

The other alternative is to choose Vodafone Travellers Sim Card package where you get 5GB of data , 500 minutes of phonecalls in Portugal and 30 minutes to phones abroad. More details are here

 

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Vodafone GO sim card: 30 GB for €14.99 for 15 days.

Vodadone also offer data-only prepaid SIM cards running on 4G/LTE offering speeds upto 300 Mbps.

You have the choice of

A. Go including 30 GB for 15 days: 14.99 €

B. Go Light including 15 hours of usage during 90 days: 14.99 €

 

5. If your phone locked? Buy an unlocked mifi device

 

If your phone is locked to a network, I suggest buying an unlocked mifi device.  I have a Huawei mifi device that has been great for me, compatible with 4G simcards and currently costs £79.99 at the Amazon store. It lasts upto 6 hours on full charge and you can connect 3 devices to the device.

 

6. Travel frequently and need data? Get the Skyroam Solis

If you are a frequent traveller and need data whenever you travel, I strongly recommend purchasing the Skyroam Solis– think of it as a mobile wifi device ( which you can share with upto 5 other people travelling with you ) + it also doubles up as a charger thanks to its 6000 MAh battery.

A really cool travel gadget to have and it works in over 100 countries across the world including Germany so it is a pretty neat gadget to have for any global traveller.

You can buy 1 GB of data ( unlimited, 4G speeds) for $9 a month and for extra GB of data, it costs $9.

The device itself costs $149.99 which is major upfront investment and on top of that you just pay for the data you use.

 

 

 

28 Comments

  • thearmi says:

    Is that a prepaid option or you have to cancel it afterwards? I’ll visit Portugal for 10 days, staying in various locations and I really need some cheap internet. The prepaid offers I could find are rather awful – 20 EUR gives you 250 MB and similar 🙁

    • Hi there!

      This is a prepaid option so stops working after 30 days period so should be perfect for your 10 day trip. Tell me how it went for you!
      Thanks for dropping by.

      Best
      Kash aka BudgetTraveller 🙂

  • Charlie says:

    I’ll be staying in a hostel. Will that be ok as a form of address?

    • Charlie says:

      …and do you know if you can tether on this package?

      Thanks for the tip-off!

    • Charlie!

      Thanks for dropping by! Should definitely work for you. I think there might be some restrictions. My portuguese is not the best so it’s a question you should ask when you buy- they speak excellent english in Portugal so should be no problems. Tell me how it went- best

      Kash aka ‘BudgetTraveller’ 🙂

  • Thanks! This is very helpful. I should be in Portugal next summer and spent too much time looking for sim card deals this summer. This is going straight into my Evernote Portugal folder.

    • Josh! Thanks for dropping by.
      This promotion is running till 30th September 2013 but hopefully there will be a similar deal running next year. I’ll do a new post with the best mobile internet deals across Europe, later this year 🙂

  • thearmi says:

    btw don’t you have to purchase a phone from the list in order to get the promotion?

  • Gauthier says:

    Hey! I just stumpled upon this great tip of yours. I’ll be going to the Algarve from september 12th till the 20th, but I’ll be travelling around with a camper, so I don’t really have an address. Do you think I need to just give a random hostel address?
    Another question, do they sell nano sim cards? As I am using an iPhone 5 I will be needing one.

    Thanks!

  • Kris says:

    Hey, I am going to Portugal from 30th sep to 7th oct, is the offer valid only until end of September?

  • Dan says:

    Thanks for the hint! Unfortunately it does not work any more: I bought the SIM card on the 20th of September and went back to the store when I noticed that it was not activated. It was only then when they told me that TMN’s systems were down for maintenance from the 19th to the 23rd (!) so activation would only work on the 24th…
    So I waited patiently but only to learn that the keyword NetVerao is “incorrect” 🙁
    So I suppose the company stopped the promotion now…

  • Dan says:

    In defence of TMN’s honor I have to tell the world that it did work after all! We arrived yesterday in Coimbra in one of those rare hotels that want to charge you extra for Internet usage so I decided to try once more and it worked fine (today for the second day). Signal quality and speed is excellent. It might be that that “incorrect” message was because the keyword had been used before or that activation takes longer than expected. BTW, I’m using a portable router from TP-Link (TL-MR3020) to make the signal available to all gadgets (iPad, smartphones).

  • Oded Ceder says:

    Hi,

    It’s 2014. Can I still buy this magical simcard when in Portugal?

    Thanks,

    Oded.

  • Botaina says:

    Hey, im going to come to lisbon after one month and I really need internet, how can I buy this one?

  • Bob says:

    Great post – shame the offer is over (or is it?) 🙂

    I am thinking about going over to Portugal for 6-7 months soon and am concerned about getting a good Internet connection (I will need it to make lots of Skype calls for work). I don’t really want to be locked into a 12 month broadband contract (or worse 24 months) and then have to leave having paid for 5-6 months (or more) that I will not use. I was considering the option of tethering from my unlocked 4G tablet with a (prepaid) mobile plan. Any thoughts?

    Madeira also looks appealing, but the only option I was offered when I inquired was a broadband Internet connection on a 24 month contract with no cancel option, just a reduced fee for the remaining 1.6 years if I left after 6 months!

    Keep up the good work Budget Traveller. You are a man after my own heart!

    • Hey Bob

      Thanks for the kind words! I think the best deal you can get at moment is with Vodafone. They are offering 2GB of mobile internet for €15. Valid for 30 days. Hope this information helps. I am going to pop into my local Vodafone store to get the latest info and update this article.

  • Kimberley says:

    Hi – I am going to be in the Algarve for three weeks and want to use my ipad to log into emails. Can I get a a pay as you go sim that will allow me cheap access when I am there? Is Vodaphone the best place to go for this? (apologies – I am not very technical on such things!!)

    • Hi Kimberley

      Vodafone is the best deal at the moment- they are offering 2GB of mobile internet for €15 ( think they charge an extra €7-€10 for the simcard ) I will be updating the post soon so please pop back or subscribe to my monthly newsletter

  • Bruno Gouveia says:

    You can now buy at http://www.portugalinternet.com a low cost data SIM card for 3, 8 or 31 days or rent a wifi / mifi hotspot, all with unlimited traffic.

  • Subodh Panangatt says:

    Their offer is crazy now – 15 Euros for 30 GB. I wonder what is the quality of connection!!!

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