Guide To The Best Prepaid eSIM Data Plans for Greece


The best way for travelers to get fast and affordable mobile data in Greece is with a prepaid eSIM data plan. But there are multiple different prepaid eSIM data plans available so I’ve written this guide to help you find the best eSIM for Greece so you can find the perfect option for your travels.

In A Hurry? I recommend checking out both SimOptions and Holafly for the best deals on eSIM data plans for Greece. Continue reading this article for more in-depth, specific recommendations.

Reasons To Avoid Using Your Current Provider’s “International Plan”

Your current mobile phone provider likely offers an expensive international data plan option but the service is often slow, inconsistent, and has limited data allowances.

For example, the AT&T International Day Pass costs $10/day, Verizon TravelPass is also $10/day and many T-Mobile plans offer free international roaming but you’re only guaranteed 2g data speeds… which will struggle to load Google Maps or even email.

These “international data plans” are 5X as expensive as buying a prepaid Greece eSIM data plan from a European mobile company—for example, eSIM data plans from Orange or Holafly will cost you around $2-$3/day.

For more in-depth information, check out my guide on How To Use Smartphones and Data Plans In Europe and my Guide To Using eSIM data plans in Europe.

Comparing The Best eSIM Data Plans For Greece

Unlike traditional physical SIM cards, there are only a few different mobile providers that offer eSIM data plans for Greece.

You essentially have two routes when it comes to eSIMs in Greece—buying an eSIM from a local mobile company or buying an eSIM designed for short-term visitors.

Local Mobile Providers in Greece

The first (and most complicated) option is to buy an eSIM data plan directly from one of the main local Greek mobile carriers (WindCosmote, and Vodafone.). The problem for visitors is that many of these Greek plans are intended for people who live in Greece so you’re typically required to sign up for a long-term contract. Their websites and mobile interface aren’t always translated into English so that’s another hurdle you’ll need to deal with.

Additionally, the activation process can take a few hours so you’ll be wasting a lot of your precious vacation time stuck inside a mobile phone shop.

I only recommend this route if you’re visiting for multiple months as the cost savings aren’t practical for most short-term visitors. If you’re looking for a physical SIM card, check out my guide to the best prepaid SIM Cards for Greece.

Traveler-Friendly eSIM Plans For Greece

The best Greece eSIM option is to buy a prepaid data plan geared toward short-term visitors. These plans are much more “tourist-friendly” so you don’t have to mess with registration, translation issues, etc. For this guide, I’ll focus on these “tourist-friendly” eSIM plans.

Each eSIM plan I’ve listed in this guide will vary slightly so spend time looking at the specific details of each plan. But here are the main things to consider:

  • Data Allowance: Most plans give you a set amount of mobile data (i.e. 5GB, 10GB, 30GB, etc) but others give you unlimited data over a set amount of time (5 days, 15 days, 30 days, etc).
  • Plan Length: eSIM data plans can be valid anywhere from about 5 days to 90 days. It depends on your plan so it’s something you’ll want to consider when picking a plan.
  • Mobile Hot Spot Tethering: Most eSIM plans don’t allow you to use your phone as a mobile hot spot.
  • Voice Calls and SMS Texting: Some eSIM plans are data only—which means the plan doesn’t include voice calls or SMS texting. This isn’t much of an issue since you’ll probably not be calling people anyway.
    • NOTE: You can still use iMessage to “text” between Apple iPhones but you can’t send messages between iPhones and Android phones. Or you can download WhatsApp to send messages over data (which is what most Europeans do).
    • NOTE: The eSIM plans that include voice calling will give your phone a European phone number but you’ll also keep your original phone number.

HOLAFLY GREECE ESIM [Best Unlimited Data Greece eSIM]

Holafly is a European-based, data-only eSIM provider that I’ve personally used while visiting Europe and had a great experience using (read my Holafly eSIM Review to get a more in-depth look). Holafly sells both Greece-specific plans and Europe-wide data plans. Holafly isn’t an actual mobile carrier but they rent bandwidth from local Greek mobile providers (Vodafone and Wind) so there’s a possibility you might get less priority on the Vodafone/Wind networks during peak usage times than actual Vodafone/Wind customers.

Unlike other companies, Holafly gives you unlimited data. However, the local Greek provided may throttle your data if you use excessive data but shouldn’t be an issue with most typical data users.

Holafly eSIMs are data only so you don’t get any voice calls or texting with these plans. Holafly doesn’t allow data tethering in most cases so don’t plan on using your phone as a mobile hotspot.

I also like how Holafly offers multiple plan options to fit various trip lengths so you don’t have to over/underbuy for your particular trip.

Holafly Greece eSIM Specs:

  • Prices For Unlimited Data (Check Holafly for details)
    • 10 Days: $34
    • 15 Days: $47
    • 20 Days: $54
    • 30 Days: $64
    • 60 Days: $84
    • 90 Days: $99
  • Service Speed: 4G/LTE
  • Calls: None
  • Texts/SMS: None
  • Tethering: No
  • Network: Vodafone/Wind
  • Service works everywhere in the EU


The Orange Holiday Europe eSIM data plan is the most robust eSIM plan on this list because it comes with many features you don’t find with other mobile plans—including international voice calling and texts (it gives you an actual European phone number that works anywhere in Europe). The Orange Holiday Europe eSIM plan also allows you to use your phone as a mobile hotspot.

You’ll get 20GB of data with this plan but Orange sometimes runs a special where they give you an extra 10GB. But even 20GB should be plenty of data for most users. Orange is also one of the largest mobile companies in Europe so you’ll always get great coverage and high data speeds.

The potential downside to the Orange Holiday Europe eSIM plan is that it’s only valid for 14 days once activated so it’s not great for longer visits (but you can always top up to extend the plan for an additional 14 days).

  • Price: $49.90 (Check SimOptions for details)
  • Data: 20GB (they sometimes give you 30GB of data)
  • Service Speed: 4G/LTE
  • Calls: Unlimited within Europe and 120 min outside of Europe.
  • Texts/SMS: Unlimited within Europe and 1000 outside of Europe.
  • Credit validity: 14 day
  • Data Tethering: Allowed
  • Usable on any device (phones, tablets, hotspots…)
  • This eSIM plan comes with a French phone number that can still be used everywhere in Europe.
  • Service works everywhere in the EU

I’ve personally used the Orange Holiday Europe plan while traveling through Europe and it worked flawlessly. Read my Orange Holiday Europe review to hear more.

ORANGE HOLIDAY ZEN ESIM [Best Budget-Friendly Greece eSIM]

The Orange Holiday Zen eSIM is the budget version of the Orange Holiday Europe eSIM plan. It comes with 8GB of data and has fewer voice minutes and texts, otherwise, it’s the same as the Orange Holiday Europe eSIM plan.

Most users will use more than 8GB of data while traveling during a typical trip to Europe—but light data users could easily use less than 8GB of data during a typical 10-14 day trip.

  • Price: $29.90 (Check SimOptions for details)
  • Data: 8GB (they sometimes give you 15GB of data)
  • Service Speed: 4G/LTE
  • Calls: Unlimited within Europe and 30 min outside of Europe.
  • Texts/SMS: Unlimited within Europe and 200 outside of Europe.
  • Credit validity: 14 day
  • Data Tethering: Allowed
  • Usable on any device (phones, tablets, hotspots…)
  • This eSIM plan comes with a French phone number that can still be used everywhere in Europe.
  • Service works everywhere in the EU


The eSIM/SIM retailer SimOptions also sells their own data-only Europe 30GB eSIM that covers the EU. It doesn’t come with any bells or whistles but it does come with a generous 30GB of data and it’s valid for 30 days after activation.

  • Price: $49.99
  • Data Allowance: 30 GB
  • Service Speed: 4G/LTE
  • Calls: None
  • Texts/SMS: None
  • Tethering: No
  • Credit Validity: 30 Days
  • Service works everywhere in the EU


I’ve written extensively about using smartphones and data plans in Europe as well as tips for buying SIM Cards For Visiting Europe but below are some more helpful tips about using your phone in Greece.


Traveling with your phone will quickly drain your batteries so I highly recommend a portable battery. I use Anker PowerCore 10000 because it’s tiny and affordable but there are multiple options.


Data can be expensive and it’s extremely easy to unknowingly burn through a lot of data because many apps use data in the background. Facebook, email, Instagram, Snapchat… those all constantly use data throughout the day without you knowing it. That’s it’s important to know how to limit your data usage.


I’ll put my phone in Airplane Mode because that disables all data (but GPS still works in Airplane Mode). You can also go into the settings and disable data access to each individual app. I’ll go in and turn every off except for things like Google Maps or others that I’ll use more frequently — this way when I turn off Airplane Mode only those apps that will use data. Then I’ll turn Airplane Mode back on when I’m done.


Google Maps lets you download entire city maps so they can be used offline. As an added bonus, GPS doesn’t use data so offline Google Maps works fairly well (but not all functionality works). Here is a good YouTube video that explains everything.


James Feess is the creator of The Savvy Backpacker and the author of the book “The Savvy Backpacker’s Guide To Europe On A Budget”. He’s been blogging about budget travel in Europe since 2010.

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