With world famous attractions, romantic Instgrammable cities, beautiful countryside, beaches, islands and so much more it is easy to see why France is a such a crowd pleaser.

Whether you are planning a short weekend city break, a longer holiday, or you are lucky enough to have a flexible schedule and are planning an epic road trip, being able to have access to the internet can really enhance your travels in France, and also make it much easier.

One of the easiest ways to get access to the internet on the go in France is through an eSIM. But what is an eSIM, how do you buy one and how does it work? To help give you all the information you need we have put together this simple guide.


Why Buy an eSIM for France

Paris tourist

No matter if you are traveling for work, business or tourism, having access to the internet can be really useful. For example, to chat to family back home, upload photo or videos to social media, arrange to meet friends, find things to do, avoid getting lost with maps, or just use a translation app to communicate with locals. 

You can purchase an eSIM, and be able to connect to the internet all over France with 4G / LTE speeds, from the well known cities like Paris, Nice, Lyon and Marseille, to rural areas and all over the country. 

You won't need to worry about paying expensive international roaming fees in France if you purchase an eSIM, or have to try to spend time trying to find free public WIFI locations. You can also keep your usual local SIM card in your phone to continue to receive SMS and calls. 

Just image you are enjoying a city break in Paris and are wandering the architecturally beautiful streets but don’t know where you are are or where to go. You get your phone out but can’t find a WiFi spot, and its quite a daunting prospect to actually stop and speak to locals who might not know how to, or be reluctant to converse in English.

Now just image you have an eSim, you can connect to the internet straight away, and easily be able to use maps or Google to find amazing highly rated cafes, restaurants and places to go nearby.


Cheapest eSIM for France

You might be thinking that purchasing an eSIM and using it abroad could be expensive, but the realty is, no its not, and its likely to be a lot cheaper than using your home phone network abroad. 

If you buy the best eSIM for France check out a company like Holafly, who offer data packages for as little as $19! Holafly uses the SFR network, the fastest in the country so you also don't need to worry about internet speed and connections.


Best eSIM plans for France

No matter if you have a few days, a few weeks or even lucky enough to have several months in France you can find eSIM plans to suit your criteria. Holafly offer the following data packages perfect for all types of traveler:

  • 5 days - Unlimited Data: $19.00
  • 10 days - Unlimited Data: $34.00
  • 15 days - Unlimited Data: $47.00
  • 20 days - Unlimited Data: $54.00
  • 30 days - Unlimited Data: $64.00
  • 60 days - Unlimited Data: $84.00
  • 90 days - Unlimited Data: $99.00

Some other companies which offer eSIMs for France include Orange, SFR and O2.

All companies offer similar but different packages with prices varying depending on the operator, data plan and duration. Orange are worth checking out, they offer an all-inclusive plan which includes calls, text messages and browsing the internet or data only plans, ideal if you don't need calls and text and you prefer using apps.


Is it Easy to Buy and Set up an eSIM for France?

Travel eSIMs are very simple to buy and get working. You can purchase via the internet, for example the Holafly website and receive a QR code immediately in your email. Scan it with your phone camera, and in a matter of minutes, you can be connected to the internet in France. It really is this easy!



France really is an amazing country to travel in with so many different places to go. If you plan to try see as much as possible on a short or long break you will really thank yourself for getting an eSIM. 

eSIM allows you to connect to the internet anytime, anywhere in France. Whether it be calling your friends and family from the top of the Eiffel Tower, to using a translation app to converse with local people, or just trying to book tickets and activities, fast internet in your hand without the huge roaming fees is a real benefit.