With South Korea having now reopened its border for tourists post COVID-19, we aim to help you work out the best Korea eSim plan to purchase to best suit your visit.
Access to the internet is even more important as a traveller – uploading photos, using social media, and finding your way around with Google Maps and public transport information are just a few examples of when you will need it.
The eSim function is available on all more recent generation mobile phones – before choosing one of the e Sim Korea options below, check whether your phone is eSim compatible, and also ensure your phone is not locked to a specific carrier. If you have an older phone which is not eSim compatible, then check out the options to either purchase a prepaid Korea sim card or rent a pocket wifi for Korea.
- 1 Korea eSim Plan Summary of Recommended Options
- 2 eSim Korea Prepaid Options
Korea eSim Plan Summary of Recommended Options
For those just looking for some quick recommendations for the best Korean eSim plan for tourists without reading the whole article, below is a summary of our recommended options.
- Korea only eSim with unlimited 4G data (no high speed data allowance), plus incoming phone number for Korea.
- Instant confirmation. Can recharge by buying another package.
- Free T-Money card (credit needs to be loaded) for Korean public transportation if 5 day or longer package is purchased. Collect at Incheon Airport after arrival.
- 1 day/$US 5, 3 days/$US 13, 5 days/$US 20, 10 days/$US 27, 20 days/$US 43, 30 days/$US 50
- Unlimited data only. Next day confirmation. Rechargeable.
- Can be used in over 100 countries.
- 14 days - first 8GB at high speed / $US 27, first 13GB at high speed / $US 38
- 30 days - first 10GB at high speed / $US 29, first 20GB at high speed / $US 42
- Unlimited data. Instant confirmation. Rechargeable.
- 1 or 10 countries, no talk or text. Click through for multi country pricing information.
- Korea only, low data usage: 3 days/1GB/$US 5, 5 days/3GB/$US 7, 14 days/3GB/$US 10, 30 days/3GB/$US11
- Korea only, 30 days: 5GB/$US 17, 10GB/$US 30, 15GB/$US 40, 20GB/$YS 54, 30GB/$US 72
- Korea only, daily 500MB high speed data allowance: 7 days/$US 12, 14 days/$US 23, 30 days/$US 36
Why Purchase a Korea eSim Plan?
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.
Data only eSim plans along with apps such as Skype or Whatsapp should suit most people. Consider setting up a Skype number so you can easily call people, and they can easily call you.
eSim Korea Prepaid Options
Which Korea e sim plan will best suit your needs for your trip to South Korea? The answer to this question depends on your individual needs with considerations such as:
- How long will you be travelling?
- What will you be using the data allowance for?
- How often will you need to use data?
- Will you require voice and SMS services or data only?
This article provides an overview of the features and costs for our recommended Korea travel esim options. Several of our eSim South Korea providers include an incoming phone number for South Korea, where you can receive calls and text messages for free but cannot make outgoing calls.
Below are details of the data only eSim options for South Korea for travel for 30 days or less. Click on the links to check out further information and to make your booking.
For Korea eSim cards you should receive your eSim booking details either instantly or within 24 hours of placing your order, so this is a much faster option if your phone is a newer generation phone. Make sure you check before booking whether your cell phone can be used with an eSim, as only newer phones have this feature. Also, ensure your phone is unlocked to enable you to use the eSim option.
Costs are accurate as of October 2022, but prices may go up or down depending on product pricing, exchange rate changes and various promotions offered by the different providers. This article will be periodically updated to reflect the latest prices.
Korean eSim RED (use coupon code pretraveller to get a 5% discount)
The Korea SIM unlimited data eSim is a great option to have instant access to data when travelling to Korea. You will also be allocated a Korean phone number, which you can use to receive incoming phone calls only. No outbound calls are possible.
A free T-Money card for Korean public transportation will be provided if a 5 day or longer package is purchased. You can collect in Incheon Airport T1 or T2 after arrival. Credit must be loaded to use this card.
There are six options which are detailed below, which all include unlimited 4G data.
- 1 day for $US 5.
- 3 days for $US 13.
- 5 days for $US 20.
- 10 days for $US 27.
- 20 days for $US 43.
- 30 days for $US 50.
The Klook eSim is a great option to have instant access to data when travelling to Korea. It is also able to be used in over 100 countries, so is a great option if you are planning a multi-country trip.
The first 3/4/5/8GB of data is at high speed, and you then get unlimited data at slower network speeds.
The Klook eSim can be purchased for either 14 or 30 days. For each time period there are two different high speed data options. For 14 days you will pay either $US 27 or 39, for 30 days you will pay either $US 30 or 43.
Get Your Guide eSim
The Get Your Guide eSim is a great option to have instant access to data when travelling to Korea for between 3-31 days. It is also able to be used in Korea only, up to 10 countries so is a great option if you are planning a multi-country trip.
The 10 countries plan includes South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
The included data in your purchased plan is at high speed, and you then get unlimited data at slower network speeds. You can also recharge your plan as required.
For each time period there are different high speed data options. For High Use options you will pay between $US 10-55, and for low use options you will pay between $US 9-23.
Airalo eSim for Korea
The Airalo eSim is a great option to have instant access to data and a phone number for incoming calls only when travelling to Korea. Airolo is also able to be used in over 190 countries, so is a great option if you are planning a multi-country trip or travel overseas regularly.
The Airolo South Korea eSim options are great for medium and high data users, with options available as detailed below.
- 10 days, $US 32
- 30 days, $US 62
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