Best Switzerland eSIMs Compared (For Your Next Visit)

If you are heading to Switzerland or have just arrived, then one of the first things you will want to do is get mobile data.

Switzerland has a world-class mobile phone network that includes a variety of different providers, each offering inexpensive data that is also fast.

Most of the providers have fast 4G and sometimes even 5G, so you know you are going to be able to surf the internet to your heart’s content while visiting this alpine gem.

But, who are the best eSim providers for Switzerland? Let me share my favorites and why each one might suit you during your stay.

Switzerland eSIM Price Comparison

Airalo1 GB7$4.5$4.5
Airalo2 GB15$4$8
Airalo3 GB30$3.3$10
Airalo5 GB30$2.9$14.5
Airalo10 GB30$2.4$24
Airalo20 GB30$1.9$38
Nomad1 GB7$6$6
Nomad3 GB30$4$12
Nomad5 GB30$2.8$14
Nomad10 GB30$2$20
Nomad20 GB30$1.65$33
Orange8 GB14€2.5€19.99
Orange20 GB14€2.5€49.99
0210 GB30$2.49$24.90

Holafly eSims

Holafly is one of the best eSIM providers for a visitor to Switzerland who wants unlimited data. Holafly is all about unlimited prepaid esims in Europe and Switzerland is no exception. The only trick is that it is not the cheapest esim option, but its worth it if you surf a lot or won’t have enough wifi access on the road.

HOlafly unlimited Swiss data packages prepaid

Holafly’s eSIMs with unlimited data range in price depending on the days you want it for. Here are the offers in US dollars:

Obviously, the longer the plan, the cheaper it gets. So, if you are staying for multiple weeks or months, then the unlimited packages get quite cheap.

Holafly does not specify exactly who you will get in terms of providers, but it looks like they use a range of them. And, from my experience, they are all great, except for a few small corners of the country. So, if you are in major cities or towns then it’s all the same in most cases.

One other thing to be aware of is that unlimited data cannot be shared via hotspots. This is actually a common thing with eSIMs, but just so you know. Esims rarely allow hotspots, so you need one with each device.


Airalo eSims

Airalo esim switzerland data packages

Airalo is my favorite esim provider for smaller prepaid data packages. And if you are traveling in Switzerland and mostly staying in hotels or hanging out in them, or cafes, then you likely won’t need unlimited data.

The prices are reasonable and the options are quite flexible. You can even try out just a few GB, see if you like it, then top it up with more. Take larger packages if you know you will need them.

Airalo offers the following data packages under the “Pilatus” brand name, which is just a famous mountain in Switzerland:

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AIralo uses the Sunrise mobile network in Switzerland which is one of the fastest with great coverage too.


Nomad eSims

Nomad is often a great alternative to Airalo, but in this case, the prices are reasonable, but the smaller packages usually cost more. On top of that, they use either Salt or Truphone, so not the neither of the two operators in the country.

One thing Nomad is good for though is big data packages, but in Switzerland, their largest package is 20 GB, the same as Airalo.

nomad esim switzerland packages

However, maybe Holafly’s unlimited packages make more sense if you are a big data user.

Here are some of Nomad’s esim offers:


eSIMs Including Text & Calls

If you need an eSIM that has unlimited SMS and calls included, then the Europe-wide eSIM offers from Orange (one of France’s top operators) are a great alternative. They are not as cheap on the data-side of things but they only option for calls/texts.

There are two packages you can get:

O2 also has a package you might want to check out. They are one of the top-operators in the UK.

The O2 Go package gives you 10 GB of data for 30 days and free calls in Europe for $24.90. No texts though.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is eSIM available in Switzerland?

Yes, eSIMs are available in Switzerland. There are a range of eSIM providers including Airalo, Holafly and Nomad. All of them work with local network providers so you know you will get great access to 4G data when you land in Switzerland.

How do I activate eSIM in Switzerland?

You can easily activate your eSIM in Switzerland when you land, even if you buy it ahead of time. You simply follow the instructions provided by the eSIM company, which involves either adding an eSIM in your mobile data / cellular data settings and scanning a QR code or inputting a few fields of data to get connected. It is usually a simple 2 or 3 step process.

Does Airalo eSIM work in Switzerland?

Yes, Airalo definitely works in Switzerland. They offer a big range of packages and work with local providers to give you a great mobile data experience.

Written by Ashley Faulkes
As a twenty-year resident of Switzerland, I am passionate about exploring every nook and cranny of this beautiful country, I spend my days deep in the great Swiss outdoors, and love to share these experiences and insights with fellow travel enthusiasts.

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