What is the best eSIM for internet on your trip to Egypt?

What is the best eSIM for internet on your trip to Egypt

Everybody knows that having internet on a trip to Egypt is a great advantage, not only to share your photos of the pyramids with friends and family, but also to orient yourself, look for restaurants or answer any questions you may have in this wonderful country. Travel eSIM cards in Egypt are the best option to have internet quickly, easily and economically compared to other options such as roaming or SIM cards.

In this post we compare the main brands selling eSIM cards in Egypt to save you time and help you choose. Also we are discussing their features, such as browsing speed, price, duration of data plans or data sharing.

Below, you can find the details of Holafly, Ubigi, SimOptions, Maya Mobile and Airalo, although we can tell you now that our favorite travel eSIM is Holafly because of the confidence we feel in their 24/7 multilingual customer service and the quality of their products, which will never let you down.

Comparison of eSIM for a trip to Egypt

When comparing different eSIM brands we must take into account all the features that will determine if the card fits the needs of our trip. That’s why we have prepared this table with all the essential information about each brand to help you choose. We’ll go deeper into the details of each eSIM brand later on, so you won’t miss any of the information.

BrandPlan durationData sharingUnlimited dataAppGB per planSupport PriceTrustpilotScore
Holafly5, 7, 10, 15 and 20 daysYesNoYesUnlimited dataIn English and other languages, direct chat and WhatsApp27€ – 57€ 4,64,5
Airalo7, 15 and 30 daysYesNoYes1GB, 2GB, 3GB and 5 GBIn English, via a bot7$ – 26,5$3,93,8
Maya Mobile5, 10, 15 and 30 daysYesNoYes1GB, 3GB, 5GB, 10GB In English, via email11€ – 74€4,43,5
Ubigi30 daysYesNoYes1GB, 3 GB and 10GB Via email in 8 languages12$ – 55$1,94
Simoptions 14 and 15 daysNoNoNo6GB and 10GBIn English via chat39,9$3,53,5
eSIM card brand comparison to have internet on your trip to Egypt

1. Holafly, eSIM for Egypt with unlimited data

AdvantagesThey offer data packages by continent and by country.
Holafly’s eSIM cards are easy to purchase and install with QR code or manually.
They have eSIM cards for 160 destinations.
24/7 technical support in Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, and Japanese.
Very flexible pricing.
It is one of the brands that offers the most gigabytes in Egypt.
Can be paid in Euros, US Dollars and Mexican Pesos.
It has an App where you can check the consumption and the remaining days of the contract.
InconveniencesTheir eSIM cards do not include calls or sms.
Holafly’s eSIM card for Egypt does not allow data sharing.
It is not possible to do the installation through their App.
Advantages and disadvantages of Holafly eSIM cards

Holafly is a Spanish company with offices around the world and more than 100 employees that offers the eSIM cards with unlimited data for Egypt. In addition, it is one of the best options to buy eSIM cards and travel with peace of mind as it offers a 24h customer service in Spanish, English, German, French Italian and Japanese that responds in less than a minute by chat or WhatsApp, and is currently the company with the best customer rating on Trustpilot with a score of 4.7.

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Reviews of Holafly on Trustpilot

On the Holafly website you can find 5unlimited data plans for 5, 7, 10, 15 and 20 days, between 27€ and 57€.

Data plan Price in EurosPrice in DollarsPrice in Mexican Pesos
20 days – unlimited data57€54$$1199
15 days – unlimited data47€47$$999
10 days – unlimited data37€37$$799
7 days – unlimited data34€34$$699
5 days – unlimited data27€27$$599
Pay for your eSIM for Egypt in Euros, Dollars or Mexican Pesos with Holafly

The Holafly eSIM cards can be installed easily by scanning the QR code that you will receive by email once you have completed the purchase. The installation can also be done manually without the need for a computer, simply writing a code in the settings of your mobile that you can consult in the mail or in your App, which is very convenient to control the duration of the data plan.

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Holafly eSIM for Egypt

After testing Holafly eSIM cards we can say that they are one of the most expensive options on the market, but that in the end they are profitable because you can travel without worries thanks to its technical service, which is the most efficient of all the eSIM cards we have tested. Here we leave you this ranking where we evaluate from 1 to 5 all the features of the Holafly eSIM cards for Egypt based on our experience.

DataDuration SupportPriceAppSpeedData Sharing CurrenciesTotal
Evaluation of Holafly eSIM features

In this post you can read about our experience with Holafly eSIM cards and some users’ opinions: Our review of Holafly eSIM: is it worth it?

2. Maya Mobile, 30-day data plans

AdvantagesThey offer data packages by continents and countries.
Maya Mobile eSIM cards are easy to purchase and install with a QR code or manually.
They have eSIM cards for 194 destinations.
Data plans limited to 1GB, 3GB, 5GB, and 10GB which can run out quickly.
Flexible pricing.
Rechargeable after 30 days.
Data sharing with other devices.
InconveniencesTheir eSIM cards do not include calls or sms.
They do not have an App.
Technical support only in English via a bot.
They only have data plans for 30 days.
Advantages and disadvantages of Maya Mobile eSIM cards

This company provides customers with eSIM cards for 30 days in Egypt. In this case, the price of the data packages varies depending on the gigabytes. In total they have 4 packages of 1, 3 ,5 and 10 gigabytes. The price ranges from €8 to €44.

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eSIM for Maya Mobile for Egypt

Like Holafly, Maya Mobile is characterized by the speed and simplicity of its sign-up and installation process, which is also done via a QR code received via email. In addition, they have a 100% refund policy of the purchase in the event that the data does not work, which is not usually the case since they have at least two data providers in each country where they offer their services.

Data planPrice in Euros
30 days – 1 GB8€
30 days – 3 GB20€
30 days – 5 GB32€
30 days – 10 GB44€
Pay for your Egypt eSIM in Euros with Maya Mobile

In the case of Maya Mobile we found certain drawbacks in their eSIM cards, such as, for example, that their plans are very inflexible and only have a duration of 30 days. On Trustpilot you can see that the brand has an average score of 4.4, but there are very few reviews. Here you have this table with the score for each of the features of their eSIM cards.

DataDuration SupportPriceAppSpeedData Sharing CurrenciesTotal
Evaluation of Maya Mobile’s eSIM features

3. Airalo and their flexible plans

Advantages They offer regional, country or global data packages.
Airalo eSIM cards are easy to purchase and install.
It is one of the cheapest brands in the market.
They offer a wide variety of eSIM cards with different duration, price and gigabytes.
They have eSIM cards for 190 countries.
Their eSIM card allows you to share data with other devices.
They allow you to recharge the eSIM.
They have an App and you can buy and install the eSIM from it.
InconveniencesGigabytes are limited to 3GB or less and do not have unlimited data cards.
Short-term plans have very limited gigabytes.
Their eSIM cards do not include calls and sms.
The duration of the data plans is limited to 7, 15 and 30 days.
Their services and technical support is exclusively in English and takes a long time to respond.
Advantages and disadvantages of Airalo eSIM cards

Although Airalo is one of the cheapest brands on the market, the truth is that in the long run it can be expensive because their data plans have very limited gigabytes that can run out at any time, and their technical service takes a long time to respond.

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Airalo eSIM for Egypt

This company, founded in Singapore in 2019 by Turkish entrepreneurs Abraham Burak and Ahmet Bahadir Özdemir, was one of the first to offer these services, and has a wide coverage of countries where they offer eSIM cards.

Airalo’s eSIM card data plans for Egypt have a duration of 7, 15 and 30 days, and prices range from $9.5 to $25.5. The brand has an App where you can purchase and install the eSIM, and later recharge it when you run out of data.

Data planPrice in U.S. Dollars
7 days – 1 GB9,5$
15 days – 2 GB18$
30 days – 3 GB25,5$
Pay for your Egypt eSIM in US Dollars with Airalo

Airalo’s eSIM for Egypt offers 3 data plans for you to choose the one that best suits your trip. We have compared customer reviews and comments on Trustpilot and found that Airalo has one of the lowest scores with 2,6.

Reviews of Airalo on Trustpilot

Here you can see the ranking of each aspect of Airalo and in this post you can also read our opinion of the brand: Our review of Airalo eSIM: is it worth it?

DataDuration SupportPriceAppSpeedData Sharing CurrenciesTotal
Evaluation of Airalo’s eSIM features

4. SimOptions y their marketplace

AdvantagesThey offer regional, country or global data packages.
SimOptions eSIM cards are easy to purchase and install.
They have eSIM cards for 160 countries.
InconveniencesGigabytes are limited to 6GB or less and do not have unlimited data cards.
Short-term plans have very limited gigabytes.
The features of eSIMs for the same country vary according to the brand contracted.
Only a 15-day plan is available.
Not all eSIM cards allow recharging data.
Customer support depends on each brand and good customer service cannot be guaranteed.
Their plans do not include calls or SMS.
There is no App to control data consumption.
Advantages and disadvantages of SimOptions eSIM cards

SimOptions is an eSIM card marketplace where local mobile carriers in each country sell their eSIM cards. The brand, with offices in Paris, Thailand and Hong Kong, offers data plans for eSIM cards in more than 160 countries and also have regional and global plans.

eSIM Egypt
Simoptions eSIM for Egypt

For Egypt you will find only a 15 days data plan with a limit of 6GB. The price is $39.9, quite high compared to other brands, and also does not allow recharging when data runs out. The eSIM carrier is the AIS brand.

The main drawback of SimOptions is that its website is a bit chaotic and the data plans, being from different brands, are very diverse and their features vary a lot, not only price, speed or duration, but also customer support, rechargeability or data sharing. This will force you to look in detail at each brand and will make it harder for you to make a decision.

Data planPrice in U.S. Dollars
15 days – 6 GB39,9$
Pay for your eSIM in Egypt in US Dollars with SimOptions

Our personal experience is that with SimOptions cards you waste a lot of time comparing between them. In addition, the price is high, you can only pay in dollars and they don’t give you the guarantee of a good technical support. Here we leave you this ranking where we rate SimOptions eSIM cards from 1 to 5 and in this post you can read about our opinion and that of other customers about the brand: Our review of Sim Options eSIM: is it worth it?

DataDuration SupportPriceAppSpeedData Sharing CurrenciesTotal
Evaluation of SimOptions eSIM features

5. Ubigi and their eSIM cards for smart cars

AndvantagesThey offer regional, country or global data packages.
Ubigi eSIM cards are easy to purchase and install via the web or App.
Ubigi’s eSIM is installed for free from the App.
They offer a wide variety of eSIM cards with different duration, price and gigabytes.
They have eSIM cards for 190 destinations.
24h real time technical support.
They offer eSIM cards for smart cars.
Their eSIM cards allow data sharing.
You can recharge the eSIM card from the App.
InconveniencesThe gigabytes are limited to 3GB or less and do not have unlimited data plans.
Short-term plans have very limited gigabytes.
Their eSIMs do not include calls or SMS.
The duration of the plans is limited to 30 days.
Their support service is exclusively in English.
Advantages and disadvantages of Ubigi eSIM cards

Ubigi is a provider of eSIM cards a bit different than the rest of the data plan companies for traveling abroad. While with other brands you have to choose and buy the plan and then proceed to install the eSIM, with Ubigi it’s the other way around. First you can install the eSIM for free and then add credit depending on the gigabytes you are going to use. You can pay in dollars, euros, pounds and yen.

eSIM Egypt
eSIM by Ubigi for Egypt

On their website and App you will see 2 data plans of 1GB and 3GB, with a duration of 30 days. These eSIMs are intended for people who travel a lot and for long periods. The downside is that all their plans have data limits and you can run out of internet in the middle of your trip. They also offer Africa-wide or worldwide data plans that include the country.

Data planPrice in U.S. DollarsPrice in EurosPrice in PoundsPrice in Yens
30 days – 1 GB17$17€17£2700¥
30 days – 3 GB38$38€34£4500¥
Pay for your eSIM for Egypt in Dollars, Euros, Pounds and Yen with Ubigi

Luckily, their App works very welland in addition to buying the eSIM from there, you can install and recharge it if necessary. Also, Ubigi’s eSIMs allow for data sharing with other devices

A curious thing about Ubigi eSIM cards is that they also work in cars with internet. Some models of Jaguar, Fiat, Land Rover, Alfa Romeo or Jeep already incorporate this technology.

In this table you can see how we evaluate each feature of Ubigi’s eSIM cards. And if you want to know our opinion about Ubigi eSIMs, check out this post: Our review of Ubigi eSIM: is it worth it?

DataDuration SupportPriceAppSpeedData Sharing CurrenciesTotal
Evaluation of Ubigi eSIM features

Conclusion: what is the best eSIM for Egypt

It is not easy to find an eSIM for Egypt as there are few options with very limited data. Even so, we can see that each brand has its own characteristics that in the end will be what makes the difference. That is why we have prepared this section where we tell you based on our experience which eSIM card is best for Egypt.

When we travel we don’t want to run out of data in the middle of our vacation, that’s why eSIM cards with unlimited data are the best option if we want to travel without worries. In the case of Egypt, as no brand offers unlimited data, we will have to look at the one that offers the most gigabytes, which are Holafly and SimOptions (6GB for 15 days), but SimOptions is quite a bit more expensive.

Here’s this table to help you make an estimate of the gigabytes you’ll need based on your usual usage.

PlataformGigabyte consumption per hour
Instagram0,12GB – 0,18 GB
Facebook0,12GB – 0,18 GB
Twitter0,06 GB
Tiktok0,18 GB – 0,8 GB
Netflix0,3GB – 7GB
Youtube0,14GB – 1,7 GB
Amazon Prime0,8GB – 6GB
Internet traffic on video and social media platforms

The installation process of eSIM cards is always simple and fast, but it is true that there are some companies that make it even easier. The first thing is to check if your mobile is compatible with the eSIM of the brand. This information you can check on the website of each provider, and in the case of Ubigi, downloading the App informs you if your phone is compatible.

The purchase of the eSIM for Egypt can be done through the web in the case of some brands such as Holafly or SimOptions, or through the app such as Airalo or Ubigi. Holafly’s website is very intuitive and easy to use, while SimOptions’ is quite complicated to understand and you will have to read a lot.

Holafly mobile data

The only brand that allow to do the installation through the App is Ubigi, and in the case of Holafly, from the App you can get the code to install the eSIM manually without using a computer. You can also do the installation by scanning a QR code that you will receive in the mail as soon as you have completed the purchase with Holafly, Airalo, SimOptions or Maya Mobile.

On the other hand, it is very important to consider the technical service to help you in the installation process and solve any doubt or problem. Most brands such as Maya Mobile or Airalo have a chat bot that takes a long time to respond and only does so in English. In the case of SimOptions, technical support will depend on the brand of eSIM card you have chosen. In this aspect Holafly’s technical support is the best as it responds in less than 1 minute in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese via web chat or WhatsApp.

Holafly installation process
Installation process of an eSIM card

Many times when we travel we want toshare data with other devices and only some providers like Holafly, Airalo, Ubigi and some SimOptions brands make it possible. But remember that if you share data they will run out sooner.

But one of the most important aspects is price. The cheapest brands are Airalo and Maya Mobile, however, their data plans are very limited and you’re likely to run out and have to pay again with the top-up. That’s why it’s sometimes advisable to pay a little more and get a Holafly eSIM card with more gigabytes and the assurance that everything will be fine.

All in all, Holafly’s eSIM cards are the best choice for travel to Egypt because of their data and multi-language technical support that responds in less than a minute. With Holafly you will never be stranded on your trip.

Other options for having internet in Egypt

eSIM cards are undoubtedly the best option to have internet in Egypt and any other country for all the advantages and conveniences they offer that we summarize in this table. However, there are also other alternatives that we will mention below.

ConvenienceImmediate delivery and activation upon purchase.
Purchase prior to travel.
Easy installation; unlike SIM cards, there is no need to remove the original card.
You’ll be connected as soon as you land, no need to find a store first.
You’ll find tailor-made plans to suit the duration and needs of your trip.
No need to rely on batteries, as with Pocket wifi.
You won’t have to carry an extra device during your trip, like the Pocket Wifi.
Peace of mindYou will have 24h technical support in English, unlike with a SIM or Pocket Wifi.
You will not have to worry about forgetting or losing any device other than your cell phone.
SecurityYou will avoid using public wifi networks vulnerable to hacking.
You will avoid entering personal data in endless forms to get Wifi.
No need to open or manipulate your mobile phone like with SIM cards.
Advantages of eSIM cards for your trip to Egypt

1. SIM cards

SIM cards are one of the most widespread options today, but that does not imply that they are the best option because they have quite a few drawbacks.

AdvantagesThere are a variety of brands and data plans to choose from.
Installation is fast.
They can be purchased online or in physical stores.
You can make calls and send messages with a local number.
InconveniencesIt always replaces your regular SIM, which can be lost or damaged.
The cell phone must be opened and handled during the installation process.
You have to travel to buy it or wait for the card to be delivered.
When the contract of your travel SIM expires, it must be replaced by another one.
You will not be able to keep your regular phone number.
Advantages and disadvantages of SIM cards for internet connection in Egypt

In Egypt there are four major companies selling SIM cards: Orange, Vodafone, Etisalat and WE Telecom. Vodafone is the most common in the country, however, Orange has the best tariff and the most stores at street level.

The price of SIM cards for Egypt varies according to the gigabytes and the duration of the contract. Keep in mind, with most you pay first for the card between 3€ and 5€, and then for the data plan, which usually comes out to about 6€ per GB.

SIM cards can be purchased online before you start your trip, at the airport or in official stores in the commercial areas of the destination country.

Holafly mobile internet abroad

2. Rent a Pocket WiFi

Another alternative for connecting to the internet in Egypt is to rent a Pocket WiFi, i.e. a portable router through which you can access the internet wherever you go.

AdvantagesCan be used by several devices at the same time.
You can choose the gigabyte package that suits you best.
No need to install anything on our cell phones.
InconveniencesIt is one of the most expensive options.
There are few brands to choose from.
Contracts are usually of long duration.
In addition to the data plan, you have to pay for rental, insurance and shipping costs.
The battery lasts 6 hours maximum.
If you use it with more people you have to be in the same room.
You have to carry it with you wherever you go and you run the risk of losing it.
Advantages and disadvantages of a pocket wifi for internet connection on a trip to Egypt

One brand that rents these routers in Egypt is Wifivox. On their website you’ll see that there are three plans with 1GB, 2GB or 3GB per day costing between €8 and €12 per day. Their devices allow you to connect up to 5 people, and you decide the length of the contract. Simply book the device online and pick it up at the airport or at any approved pick-up point in Europe.

This option is interesting when we only need internet in a very specific space, for long periods of time or when we travel with more people, since everyone can benefit from the connection and share the expenses.

3. Search for free WiFi networks in Egypt

As you can imagine, this is the cheapest option. Who hasn’t spent a couple of hours sitting at a coffee shop table just to get wifi? However, as you may already know, it is also the most frustrating option in most cases. Slow connection, time limit or eternal forms that promise WIFI after collecting all your data.

AdvantagesIt is free of charge.
There is nothing to install on our cell phones.
InconveniencesIt is difficult to find free access wifi networks.
Public wifi networks are often slow or give connection problems.
You often have to fill in forms and share your personal data.
Some free wifi networks have limited time.
You have to be near the router to connect.
These networks are vulnerable to hacking.
Advantages and disadvantages of using free wifi networks in Egypt

This is an option that should be used with caution for security reasons. Public WiFi hotspots are very vulnerable to hacks or cyberattacks, providing access to private data. It is therefore recommended to spend as little time as possible connected, use it for specific queries and do not expose your personal data.

These are some places where you can find WiFi on your trip to Egypt in case of a need: airports, museums, subway, parks, cafes, restaurants and hotels. There are also APPs that tell you where to find WiFi hotspots, as well as Facebook, which also offers this service.

Holafly mobile internet abroad

4. Enable roaming for Egypt

One of the options that is losing more and more popularity due to its high costs is roaming, also known as data roaming. It is the simplest option as you can receive calls and connect to the Internet without having to install anything or change your phone number, however, the bills are very high.

There are several companies offering roaming service in Egypt such as Movistar, Jazztel, Yoigo and Orange. The price is really high, about 13€ per MB.

Before embarking on a trip it is recommended to ask your usual carrier about the cost of roaming in order to compare with other services such as eSIM cards.

If in the end you decide to use another option, remember to turn off data roaming on your cell phones or change the main line in the case of using an eSIM.

AdvantagesThere is no need to install anything on our cell phone.
There is no need to contract any extra service.
You can receive calls, send messages and connect to the internet immediately.
InconveniencesThis is the most expensive option.
Sometimes it is activated without us realizing it.
Not all telephone companies offer this service.
Advantages and disadvantages of roaming in Egypt

Frequently asked questions about eSIM cards in Egypt

How do eSIM cards work?

eSIM cards, also known as embedded Sim or integrated SIM cards, are virtual cards that allow us to connect to the Internet in a foreign country without the need to insert any physical card into our cell phones or devices that can connect to the Internet. This is possible thanks to a chip that the latest generation devices include by default in their hardware that allows you to connect to local mobile companies in the country where you are traveling. Once you have chosen and purchased the eSIM card that best suits you, you will receive an email with a QR code and instructions to activate the card. The instructions are perfectly detailed for all operating systems and devices. Scan the code from your phone’s settings, turn on mobile data and you’re ready to use the internet in Egypt. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

How do I know if my cell phone is compatible with an eSIM?

Most models of popular brands such as Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Huawei or Google are compatible as long as they are recent models. Several iPads are also compatible. However, it is best to consult the website of each provider, where they will indicate all the compatible models.

How long is the delivery time of the physical SIM card?

SIM cards can be purchased in physical stores or online, with delivery times ranging from 48 to 72 hours. There are also companies that offer same-day express shipping.

Are there unlimited internet options in Egypt?

Most carriers offer packages with data limits. Holafly, unlike the rest, offers a wide variety of unlimited data packages.

When should I activate the eSIM card in Egypt?

It is best to activate it just before your trip as you will need an internet connection to do so.

Can I share data and hotspot with Holafly?

Unlimited data plans usually do not allow data sharing, but the plans with a specific number of GB included do.

Is Holafly’s eSIM for Egypt reliable?

Holafly is a Spanish company launched in 2018 that you can trust, it has been tested by more than 400,000 customers, travel bloggers and Youtubers. Holafly has been marketing eSIMs since 2019.

What are the reviews of Holafly’s eSIM for Egypt?

Holafly has over 10,000 positive experiences posted on Trustpilot, with a rating of “Excellent” and 4.6 average score.

Does SIM Options offer unlimited data in Egypt?

No, with SIM Options you can find data plans up to 10GB or 20GB, depending on the plan. Once the data runs out, it will be reduced to an unusable speed (128kb).

Is SimOptions’ eSIM for Egypt reliable?

SIM Options has both positive and negative reviews, and an average Trustpilot score of 3.8 which is lower than Holafly’s.

Is Maya Mobile’s eSIM a reliable option for Egypt?

Maya Mobile is owned by a US company, Maya Virtual Inc. Reviews of Maya on Truspilot are good, 4.5 being its average rating.

Is Airalo’s eSIM a reliable option for Egypt?

Airalo reviews on Truspilot are good, with an average score of 3.9.

Which company offers the more data in Egypt?

Holafly is the brand that offers the most data at the best price. On their website you will find unlimited data plans for 5, 7, 10, 15 and 20 days.

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