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Nicaragua SIM Cards: Everything You Need To Know | 2023


Feb 8, 2023
Leon, Nicaragua


Visiting Nicaragua soon? Make sure to know what to expect when it comes to purchasing a Nicaragua SIM card.

Fortunately, Central America is a relatively easy place to buy a SIM card. You should be able to find a cheap SIM card pretty much anywhere in Central America.

In fact, most data packages are affordable, which makes the whole thing easier!

In this guide, we’ll explain where to buy a SIM card in Nicaragua in person and online. We’ll also discuss prepaid SIM cards and eSIMs if your mobile supports them.

Before you read this guide, you may wonder if you actually need a SIM card in Nicaragua. If you don’t mind not having Internet, you’ll likely find free Wifi in restaurants, shopping malls, and hotels.

That said, if you need data to get around, call a cab, or translate Spanish – you may want to get a SIM card for your travels in Nicaragua.

Leon, Nicaragua

Best SIM Cards In Nicaragua

If you’re traveling in Nicaragua, we recommend using a SIM card from Claro, Tigo, or Airalo. (I’ll get back to Airalo later on, so keep reading to learn more!)

That said, if you’re planning on visiting other countries during your trip to Central America, you might want to make sure to pick an option that offers coverage in other Central American countries.

How To Buy A SIM Card In Nicaragua

You can either buy a Nicaragua prepaid SIM card in person in some international airports, mobile provider stores, convenience stores, or online.

Usually, you can expect higher costs and low data offers at the airport, so we don’t recommend buying a SIM card at the airport.

That said, you won’t necessarily find SIM card shops in every airport, so it’s essential to keep this in mind. And, when you see a shop, you might also have limited options.

For this reason, I’d recommend buying a SIM card directly from the mobile provider store. Note that you may need your passport to buy one.

Although, this means you won’t get data right upon your arrival. So, if you prefer to be connected at all times, you could use an eSIM or purchase a Central American prepaid SIM card online.

Now, let’s take a look at the data plans offered by Claro and Tigo.

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Claro SIM Cards

Claro offers several types of prepaid packages:

  • 5.5 GB, valid for 7 days for NIO 110 ($3.01)
  • 6 GB, valid for 7 days for NIO 130 ($3.56)
  • 7 GB, valid for 15 days for NIO 200 ($5.47)
  • 7.5 GB, valid for 15 days for NIO 230 ($6.30)
  • 10 GB, valid for 15 days for NIO 300 ($8.21)
  • 15 GB, valid for 30 days for NIO 600 ($16.42)

Tigo SIM Cards

Tigo has three different prepaid plans available:

  • 3 GB, valid for 5 days for NIO 70 ($1.92)
  • 5 GB, valid for 7 days for NIO 110 ($3.01)
  • 6.2 GB, valid for 15 days for NIO 200 ($5.47)

Overall, we think Claro is the best option if you plan to buy your SIM card in person. That said, any would do if you can’t find their store!

How To Buy A Nicaragua Prepaid SIM Card Online

If you wish to have your SIM card ready for your arrival, you could purchase it online or on websites like Amazon.

You’ll find different plans on Amazon. For example, the Prepaid South and Central America SIM Card works in 9 countries and gives you 12 GB of data for 30 days. Nicaragua is included.

But there are many other options worth considering, so have a look and make sure the countries you plan on visiting are listed.

Another option is to purchase a prepaid Central American SIM card on Simify. This works if you live in the United States or Australia. They currently offer 2 different packages that cover Nicaragua:

  • 12 GB, valid for 30 days for $26 – works in 13 countries
  • 12 GB, valid for 365 days for $65 – works in 71 countries

Finally, the last option is to buy an eSIM card for Nicaragua or, if you’re traveling to multiple countries, an eSIM plan for Central America.

How To Buy An eSIM Card For Nicaragua

eSIM is a new concept allowing you to have a virtual SIM card inside your phone. If your mobile phone supports eSIM cards – it’s definitely one of the best options to get data in Nicaragua.

Curious? Learn more about eSIMs for travelers on eSIM Roamers.

I started using eSIM as soon as my mobile phone supported it. And I first tried it when visiting my family in Canada. To buy eSIMs, I usually use Airalo. Keep reading to learn more about the best eSIMs for Nicaragua.

Airalo Nicaragua

If you want to buy an eSIM for Nicaragua, you could purchase one on Airalo. This website offers many eSIM cards worldwide and special plans for Central America and Nicaragua.

I’ve been using Airalo for several months, and it works fine.

Here are the options available:

  • Nicarcell: 1 GB, valid for 7 days for $8.50

Nicaragua Airalo eSIM plans

Here’s an overview of the options available for Central America:

  • 1 GB, valid for 7 days for $15
  • 2 GB, valid for 15 days for $28
  • 3 GB, valid for 30 days for $39
  • 5 GB, valid for 30 days for $60

The options mentioned above are part of Latamlink and offer coverage in 19 countries, including Nicaragua.

Now, one important thing to note about Airalo is that you’ll need to keep an eye out for the provider in each country.

Suppose you ever have trouble connecting to the Internet during your trip. In that case, it might be because you’re connecting automatically to networks and need to select a network manually instead.

When you purchase the eSIM, you’ll get access to the list of networks supported in each country.

Holafly Nicaragua

Alternatively, you could look at your options on Holafly. You can read our Holafly esim review to learn more about this eSIM store.

Here’s an overview of their plans for Nicaragua:

  • 6 GB data for 15 days for $44

Their Central America eSIM work in 13 countries (including Nicaragua), and they offer the following plan:

  • 6 GB data for 15 days for $44

Nomad Nicaragua

Finally, Nomad is also a great eSIM provider. Here’s an overview of the plans available for Nicaragua:

  • 1GB, valid for 7 days for $20
  • 3GB, valid for 30 days for $48
  • 5GB, valid for 30 days for $54

Nomad also has Global, an eSIM plan for several countries worldwide. This plan offers coverage in Nicaragua.

Here’s an overview:

  • 1GB, valid for 7 days for $20
  • 3GB, valid for 30 days for $48
  • 5GB, valid for 30 days for $54

Final Thoughts On SIM Cards In Nicaragua

As you can see, getting a prepaid SIM card in Nicaragua or even an eSIM for your travels in Nicaragua is pretty straightforward.

You’ll even be able to stay connected wherever you go in Central America without changing your SIM card, especially if you purchase a Central American plan.

I believe the eSIM card is the most convenient way to get data in Nicaragua if you wish to have data upon your arrival. This way, you won’t need to go to a store to buy a SIM card.

Obviously, you need to make sure your mobile phone supports eSIM first.

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