Choosing an eSIM for Bahrain

Let’s take a look at your options of eSIM for Bahrain

Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands with beauty in its DNA, it is teeming with beautiful architecture, rich in history, diverse in culture and full of natural beauty. The kingdom of Bahrain is a multi-ethnic society and a popular tourist destination in the Middle East. Bahrain is famous for its impressive mosques, burial mounds, and traditional markets. Not only is Bahrain rich in history, culture and strategic development, it has also been home to reportedly over 50% expatriates from all over the world. Much like Dubai, this makes Bahrain a realm of multiculturalism.

Traveling to Bahrain? Stay connected by purchasing an eSIM online!

eSIMs are easy to activate without the need of physical swapping of cards to install a connection. They also allow for another physical SIM to be used at the same time.  Travel eSIMs are especially good as you can get them digitally right before you travel. eSIMs is perfect for travelers as it removes the need for individual SIMs. You can also upgrade devices in a breeze by registering your new device with your cellular network provider.

Local Carriers

Batelco

Batelco ( Bahrain Telecommunication Company BSC)  the national provider and the only landline/ADSL provider in the country. As in most cases, it has 2nd best coverage and is the most expensive at the same time. This carrier supports eSIM for Bahrain. 

Default and overuse rate is 0.70 BHD per MB. Check out their prices and coverage:

Batelco data price table

To check data volume, type *888*1*1#.

Zain

Zain is based in Kuwait is the second carrier in Bahrain with a good coverage and similar prices. All prepaid data are on 4G/LTE too. Zain started operations in the Kingdom of Bahrain on 14 August 2003 as MTC-Vodafone. Since then, it has introduced 4.5G LTE services to the country. Zain’s network covers 100% of the Bahrain’s Bahraini population. This carrier supports eSIM.

To activate 4G/LTE dial *943#.  Note that every top-up voucher corresponds to a package and ‘unlimited’ is governed by a Fair Use Policy:

Check out their local prices and coverage:

When reached data quota, speed will be throttled to 256 kbps. Check out their sites for more USSD codes that can guide you throughout your stay in Bahrain.

STC

STC is formerly called Viva is the 3rd and newest carrier coming from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is the leading provider of telecommunications services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and it is among the largest operators in Bahrain. The company provides mobile and fixed telephone services, along with Internet and other data services, to residential and business customers. It has the reputation of having the best network (LTE-Advanced/4G+) and lowest rates in the Kingdom. In December 2019 it was rebranded to STC for Saudi Telecom Company with a new logo. This carrier supports eSIM.

Default and overuse rate is 10 fils per 100 KB. They sell these monthly data packages to top-up. Check out their prices and coverage:

eSIM2Fly Roaming Sim

asia packageSo how does a roaming eSIM compare with local eSIMs?

Local SIMs are charging about $2.60 per GB.   The price per GB on Sim to fly is $3.10 of per GB on the first package then only $2.50 for add on packages.   This makes the eSIM2Fly roaming sim competitive with the local eSIMs in price per GB.

Comparison price of 6GB (USD)

In the graph above, we see the equivalent cost of 6 GB when priced in USD.

BATELCO

  • Can be purchased from a Batelco Local Store
  • No KYC required

ZAIN

  • Can be purchased from a Zain Local Store
  • No KYC required

STC

  • Can be purchased from an STC Local Store
  • No KYC required

SIM2FLY

  • Online purchase available
  • No KYC required

eSIM Device and Installation

Check if your device supports eSIM prior to purchasing. See our full list of known eSIM devices. How do I install an eSIM with QR code?

For any other questions regarding eSIMs, check our FAQ!