Best Sim and eSim Cards in Korea for Tourists in 2022

With South Korea now reopening its border for tourists (post COVID19), we aim to help you work out the best Korean Sim Card or eSim to purchase to best suit your visit.

Purchasing a Sim card in Korea is a great option. It will give you easy and convenient access to the internet without the hassle of trying to find free WiFi. Free WiFi can often have dubious security, plus finding and logging in to each WiFi hotspot can be painful.

Our recommended Sim and eSim Card providers for South Korea are Airolo, Get Your Guide, Klook and Trazy. Airolo is a dedicated global eSim provider. The other providers are all reputable online travel agencies, they offer great services and are very reliable. They all also offer a great selection of other travel essentials for South Korea including transportation, tickets and tours, so make sure you check out your other requirements when you visit their websites.

Join the South Korea Travel Planning Facebook Group

Check out our South Korea Travel Planning Facebook Group – you are welcome to join and it is a great resources to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to South Korea!

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Why Purchase a Korean Sim or eSim Card?

Many accommodation options have guest WiFi, but when you walk out the door you will not have cost effective access to data – and you really need it for a whole range of reasons including: using public transport timetables, platforms and stations; as well as for using map apps like Naver Map and KakaoMap to get around. Google Maps has pretty limited usefulness in South Korea.  Check out our article on the best apps to load onto your phone for your trip to South Korea.

We have done the research to help you find the best SIM card in Korea for your visit with options to pick up your SIM card from various locations throughout South Korea. This article will help you quickly decide which SIM card option will suit you best.

Before we get into the details, a key tip is to plan to pre-order your Korea SIM card with many providers allowing you to pre-order up to 1-3 days in advance. Also, if you are arriving or departing early or late, ensure you check the opening hours for your pick up and return options which are further down in the article, or on the supplier’s page after you click through below.

For eSim cards you should receive your eSim details either instantly or within 24 hours of placing your order, so this is a much faster option if your phone is a newer phone. Make sure you check before booking whether your cell phone can be used with an eSim, as only newer phones have this feature.

Best South Korea SIM Card Options

What is the best SIM card in Korea for your visit? This question has different answers for different people.  This article details the features and costs of various SIM card options from several reputable providers – Klook, Get Your Guide and Trazy.

Read further below for further information about each of our recommended providers and to see the available options.

Costs are accurate as at April 2022, but are subject to fluctuation due to product pricing and exchange rate changes.  This article will be periodically updated to reflect the latest prices.

KT Roaming Centre Counter at Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 - to the left of Exit 7
KT Roaming Centre Counter at Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 – to the left of Exit 7. The KT Counter is on the right hand side.

Korea Prepaid SIM Card Data and Data+Voice+SMS Options

A data only Sim card or eSim is perfect if you don’t need a Sim card that includes voice calls and text messages while you are in South Korea. These plans offer unlimited data so it’s easy to use apps like Whatsapp to make phone calls and send messages.

Alternatively, Data+Voice+SMS sim card options are only a little more expensive and enable you to get a Korean phone number so you can make and receive calls during your visit.

Below is a comparison table of the Sim card options, click on the links to check out further information and to make your booking.

Sim Card TypeFeaturesProvider & Cost
Airolo Unlimited Data eSim
Click here to order through Airolo
– Instant Confirmation
– Unlimited data, lower speed rate of 5mbps after 3GB usage per day
– Comes with a phone number to receive calls only
– 10 or 30 days
– Options for regional and global eSim if country hopping
– Ensure your phone is eSim compatible
Airolo South Korea eSim
– 10 days for $US 32
– 30 days for $US 62

Asia Regional eSim
– 12 days for $US 18 with unlimited data

Global eSim
– 7, 15, 30, 60 and 180 day options, each with data limits. Prices from $US 9 – $US 89
Klook Unlimited Data eSim

Click here to order through Klook
– Instant Confirmation
– Unlimited data (choose either first 4/8GB high speed or first 3/5GB high speed) with fair usage policy
– 14 or 30 days
– Ensure your phone is eSim compatible
Klook
– 14 days, first 3GB at high speed is $US 28
– 14 days, first 5GB at high speed is $US $37
– 30 days, first 4GB at high speed is $US 31
– 30 days, first 8GB at high speed is $US 44
Get Your Guide eSim

Click here to order through Get Your Guide
– Instant Confirmation
– Data as per plan
– 3, 5, 7, 14 and 30 day plan options
– Options for Korea only or 10 or 19 countries including Korea
– 10 countries plan includes Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
– 19 countries plan includes Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Bangladesh, East Timor, India, Myanmar, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, and The Philippines.
– Ensure your phone is eSim compatible
Get Your Guide
– 3 days, 1GB, 10 countries for $US 5, 19 countries for $US 10
– 5 days, 3GB, Korea only for $US 7, 10 countries for $US 9, 19 countries 3GB for $US 22
– 7 days, 3GB, Korea only for $US 10
– 14 days, 3GB, Korea only for $US 12, 10 countries for $US 13, 19 countries for $US 24
– 30 days, 5GB, Korea only for $US 21, 10 countries for $US 24, 19 countries for $US $55
Klook 4G Data Only or Data+Domestic Calls+SMS KT Olleh Sim Card

Click here to order through Klook
– Unlimited 4G data
– Collect from Incheon Airport T1 or T2
– 1, 5, 10 and 30 day plans
– For Data+Domestic Calls+SMS sim cards, when you collect at the counter you will have to pay an additional 11,000 Won which enables you to use 42 minutes of domestic calls
– Requires unlocked phone
Click here to check out our detailed review of using the KT Olleh sim card

Klook
Data Only Sim Cards:
– 1 day for $US 5
– 10 day for $US 28
– 30 day for $US 52
Data+Domestic Calls+SMS Sim Cards:
– 5 days for $US 20 + 11,000 Won
– 10 days for $US 28 + 11,000 Won
– 30 days for $US 52 + 11,000 Won
Get Your Guide 4G Data Only KT Olleh Sim Card

Click here to order through Get Your Guide
– Unlimited 4G data
– Collect from Incheon Airport T1 or T2
– 5, 10 and 30 day plans
– Requires unlocked phone
Click here to check out our detailed review of using the KT Olleh sim card
Get Your Guide
– 5 days for $US 25
– 10 days for $US 36
– 30 days for $US 66
Trazy Data+Voice+SMS Sim Card – for international delivery worldwide

Click here to order through Trazy
– Data as per plan
– 30 day plans with extensions available
– Universal sim card
– Check shipping times for your location
– Requires unlocked phone
Trazy
Medium Plan for $US 25.90.
-30 days validity, 1GB of 4G/LTE data, data top ups available, incoming/outgoing calls & SMS are included, initial credit of 3,000 Won
Large Plan for $US 31.90
– 30 days validity, 2GB of 4G/LTE data, data top ups available, incoming/outgoing calls & SMS are included, initial credit of 3,000 Won
Premium Plan (unlimited data) for $US 46.70
– 30 days validity, 12GB of 4G/LTE data, data top ups available, unlimited incoming/outgoing calls & SMS are included
Premium Plus Plan (unlimited data) for $US 74.40
– 30 days validity, 100GB of 4G/LTE data, data top ups available, unlimited incoming/outgoing calls & SMS are included
Best Sim Card in Korea

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Join the South Korea Travel Planning Facebook Group

Check out our South Korea Travel Planning Facebook Group – you are welcome to join and it is a great resources to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to South Korea!

South Korea Travel Planning Facebook Group

Disclaimer: This article contains affiliate links. If you book after clicking on one of these links then we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

8 thoughts on “Best Sim and eSim Cards in Korea for Tourists in 2022”

  1. Hi there! I wanted to know if its also convenient to buy the sim card at the airport itself? At the convenient store/or at their own counters?

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  2. Hello Anne,

    Unfortunately I didn’t find your FB group and this info until after I have arrived and I am now in seoul. Do you have advice on where I should go to sort out a SIM card now that I’m in the city?
    I’ll be here for 4 months doing a term at Korea University.
    Thanks!

    Jason

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