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How to buy a SIM card in Iran?

Written by Ehsan Niroumand, the co-founder of Persian Walk.

Internet connection is critical when you travel. In Iran, the easiest way to access the internet as a traveler is using a SIM card.

But before buying a SIM card, you should know that the Iranian SIM card services (Internet, SMS, Calling, etc.) work for a maximum of a month on your phone. If you need to use the services for a longer time, you have to register your phone in Iran and pay the taxes of it.

Also, you can rent a portable modem for the internet.

In this blog, Persian Walk, one of the tour operators in Iran, answers the questions about how to buy a SIM card or portable modem in Iran:

Is it possible to buy a SIM card in Iran?

Yes, it is possible to buy a SIM card in Iran for travelers and tourists.

What companies sell SIM cards?

In Iran, two major telecommunication companies sell Sim Cards: 1- IR-MCI  2- MTN Irancell.

Irancell has better internet service at a more reasonable price. In addition, it is easier to buy.

buy SIM card in Iran

IR-MCI & MTN-Irancell logo

Where can I buy a Sim Card in Iran?

You can buy a SIM card at the airport or any Irancell service center in cities. At the end of this blog, we share the locations of some of them for buying SIM cards in Tehran.

What documents do I need to buy a SIM card?

You need to show your passport. The picture of your passport is not acceptable. Sometimes you need to show your visa or a picture of your visa.

How much is the price for a SIM card?

It depends on the plan and type of SIM card you buy. The average price is 5 to 10 euros.

Do I need a SIM card to have portable internet?

Not necessarily. You can rent portable modems to have internet. Mah Card Company offers portable modems.

Where are the locations of the Irancell service center in Tehran?

1- Bazaar Irancell service center:


2- Imam Khomeini Metro Station Irancell Service Center:

3- Gheitariyeh Metro Station Irancell Service Center:

In our daily free walking tour, we always help our guests to find how to buy a SIM card in Iran.

You can book tours via:

1- the Persian Walk website.

2- Send us an email at:

3- Send us a WhatsApp message on number: +98 935 891 46 04.


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