Best Prepaid SIM Card in Singapore for Travellers and Tourists

Best Prepaid SIM Card in Singapore for Travellers

Who can live and travel without data SIM card? I CAN’T. SIM card is my second priority when I arrive in a new country, after local currency. Having a local SIM card with data gives me confidence and assurance that I can survive in a new country even if I don’t speak the language. So, I always include tips about buying local SIM card in all of my airport guides.

When my family and friends visit me in Singapore, they’re always asking me to help them buy SIM cards. Choosing the best SIM card in Singapore is both easy and hard! Easy because there are only 3 phone operators in Singapore, namely Singtel, M1 and StarHub. It’s hard because every operator offers so many different SIM cards with different features and validity, it’s so hard to choose what’s the most suitable card for you.

I’ve been there, I’ve had my share of headache when choosing a SIM card. In this post, I’ll do comparison and breakdown of each SIM card, then provide you with my recommendations! Let’s dive in!

1. Singtel

Best Prepaid SIM Card in Singapore for Travellers and Tourists-Singtel

Singtel shop

Best Prepaid SIM Card in Singapore for Travellers - Singtel

Best Prepaid SIM Card in Singapore for Travellers - Singtel

I would say that some great features of Singtel are: free Singtel WiFi at shopping malls and certain public places, generous data roam for $30 and $50 Tourist SIM (useful if you travel to Malaysia for a day or two), and the ability to share the SIM card over 2 devices with $50 Tourist SIM (they give 2 SIM cards).

My Recommendation for Singtel cards:

Budget travellers: Choose $8 hi!SIM, then purchase 7-day 1.5GB data plan or 30-day 1GB data plan.

Heavy usage travellers: Choose $15 hi!Tourist SIM or $30 hi!Tourist SIM.

Long-term travellers: Choose $50 hi!SIM

Where to buy Singtel SIM Cards?

Normal Prepaid SIM (hi! SIM Cards):

  • Singapore Changi Airport (Terminal 1, 2 and 3): Travelex Currency Exchange Counters, Changi Recommends Counters. ($38, $50)
  • Singtel shops ($8, $15, $38, $20)
  • Singtel Exclusive Retailers ($8, $15)
  • Selected Authorised Singtel Prepaid Retailers ($8, $15, $38, $20)
  • Selected Cheers ($38)

Tourist SIM card (hi!Tourist SIM Cards):

  • Singapore Changi Airport (Terminal 1, 2 and 3): Travelex Currency Exchange Counters, Changi Recommends Counters.
  • Singtel shops
  • Singtel Exclusive Retailers
  • Selected Authorised Singtel Prepaid Retailers including Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, HarbourFront Ferry Terminal, Causeway Points, Sentosa FUN Shops
  • Selected 7-Eleven and Cheers

2. StarHub

Best Prepaid SIM Card in Singapore for Travellers and Tourists-StarHub

StarHub shop

Best Prepaid SIM Card in Singapore for Travellers - StarHub

The advantages of buying StarHub prepaid cards are: their data plans are the cheapest among all providers; if you happen to see their roadshows (certain Sundays at Lucky Plaza, Orchard), you can get great deals when you top up.

Due to its limited choices of Tourist SIM (they only have 1 type of Travel Prepaid card), personally, I think StarHub prepaid card is better suited for long-term travellers or residents.

My Recommendation for StarHub cards:

Budget travellers: Choose $8 Happy Prepaid, then purchase 3-day 1GB data plan or 30-day 1.2GB data plan.

Heavy usage travellers: Choose $32 Happy Travel Prepaid or $50 Happy Prepaid.

Long-term travellers: Choose $50 Happy Prepaid.

Where to buy StarHub Cards?

  • StarHub Shops
  • StarHub’s Exclusive Partner outlets
  • StarHub Authorised Retailers
  • 7-Eleven stores
  • Cheers convenience stores
  • SingPost
  • Changi Airport
    • StarHub Counters (Terminal 1, 2, 3 and 4)
    • UOB Currency Exchange Counters (Terminal 1, 2, 3 and 4)
    • Travellers Counters (Terminal 2 and 3, Arrival Halls)
  • Pre-order online, and collect at Singapore Changi Airport

3. M1

Best Prepaid SIM Card in Singapore for Travellers and Tourists-M1

M1 shop

Best Prepaid SIM Card in Singapore for Travellers - M1

The target users of M1’s Tourist SIM is very clear: $15 for shorter stay (5 days), $30 for longer stays (10 days), $50 for longer stays (10 days) with visit to other countries.

Basically, the basic features of M1 Tourist SIM are Similar to those of Singtel’s. However, M1 Tourist SIM offers data roaming to 5 countries for $50 card (unlike Singtel who offers only 3 countries). Also, M1 Tourist SIM is the only one who offers free international calls. The disadvantage of M1 Tourist SIM: top-up not available.

My Recommendation for M1 cards:

Budget travellers: Choose $5 M Card Prepaid SIM.

Heavy usage travellers: Choose any of M1 Tourist Long-term

term travellers: Choose $15 M Card Prepaid SIM.

Where to buy M1 Cards?

M1 Tourist SIM Card:

  • Pre-order $15 M1 Tourist SIM and collect from Changi Airport or city areas.
  • M1 Shops($15/$30 Tourist SIM)
  • Changi Meet & Greet ($30/$50 Tourist SIM) at Changi Airport Terminal 1, 2, 3 & 4 Arrival Halls (Public Area)
  • Changi Recommends ($30/$50 Tourist SIM) at Changi Airport Terminal 4 Arrival Hall (Public Area)
  • Selected 7-Eleven and Cheers ($15 Tourist SIM)

M Card:

What’s required to purchase SIM card in Singapore?

You need to bring passports during registration of the SIM card.

Conclusion

Different people have different length of stay, data usage and other preferences. There’s no one card that is the best for everyone. I think StarHub is more suitable for long-term travellers who stay in Singapore for more than a month. Meanwhile, for travellers who come to Singapore for short-term, I would recommend them to get either Singtel or M1, depending on their requirement.

Regarding coverage, personally I have used the service of all three operators, and what I can say is, each operator performs well at certain locations and bad at other locations. No operator is truly better than other operators. This is just my opinion 🙂 I hope I have provided you with enough information to make your decisions 🙂 If you have any questions, let me know in the comment.

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15 Comments on “Best Prepaid SIM Card in Singapore for Travellers

  1. Im travelling to singapore for 4Nights,Malaysia 3Nights and bangkok 5Nights. Kindly suggest the best SIM card

    • Hi Savio, either Singtel or M1 can be used in Malaysia for data roaming, however, both can’t be used in Bangkok, so you’ll need to purchase local Thai SIM card when you’re in Bangkok!

  2. Hi.. can a hi!tourist singtel sim card work on huawei wifi portable or pocket wifi device? If not what kind of sim you may suggest that will work on that type of device. Tnx in advance

    • Hi Ryan, hi!Tourist SIM Card is available in normal SIM, MicroSIM and NanoSIM. If your Huawei pocket wifi can accept these sizes and it’s not locked, the sim card should be able to work on Huawei pocket wifi.

  3. Great psot. Thanks for the detail breakdown and I have the clear picture on which SIM plan I should go for. I just would like to know whether any retailer accepts credit card payment for SIM Purchase?

  4. Hi Eva, I’m travelling for 2 months to Singapore. If I plan to use data and call, which plan do you recommend?
    Thanks!

    • Hi CC, it really depends on your needs and style. StarHub data plans are the cheapest among the three, but their rates for local call may not be the cheapest. You need to consider whether data or call is more important to you.

  5. Hi Eva,

    Thanks for your post!! These are the kinds of posts I definitely look for when traveling to different countries, so again, thanks for your detailed entry.

    This may seem somewhat odd, but I’m literally traveling to Singapore for one full day and a half, and I was wondering which SIM card you’d recommend? May seem like a silly question, but I am a heavy user of data and sometimes don’t use Wifi when it’s free since it could be slow at times so I resort to data/LTE.

    Any thoughts or recs is great.
    Thanks!!

    • Hi CJV, I’d recommend you get the $15 Singtel hi!Tourist, $15 Starhub Happy Prepaid, or $15 M1 Tourist SIM. These 3 cards would give you 15GB of data, which is more than enough for 1.5 days I guess! 🙂

  6. I will be short-term exchange student for about 5 months. Which one do you recommend to buy a sim?

    • Hi Win Tun, for long term usage, if you’re using at least 4GB a month, it’s better to get M1 because its 4GB monthly plan costs only $21 (cheapest among 3). If you’re using less than 4GB a month, it’s better to get Starhub’s monthly plan.

  7. Hi Eva,

    May i check which one to choose if in singapore for two weeks. Please advise, Thank You.

    • Hi cc, for 2 weeks usage, I think it’s wise to get normal sim card instead of tourist sim card. After buying normal sim card, you can purchase any of the weekly data plans that suits you!

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