Get a SIM card in Russia

Russia is the world's largest country, reaching from Eastern Europe to northern Asia and spanning nine timezones.

Covering such a large area, some providers only operate in some parts of Russia and you may be charged additional roaming fees when travelling between cities. If you are travelling to multiple cities, you should ensure your SIM will work, or consider purchasing several SIM cards to get the best rates.

You should check each provider to make an informed decision on mobile coverage.

Buying a SIM card in Russia

There are no restrictions on buying a SIM card in Russia, but you will need to show your passport or some form of identification when you initially purchase one.

Mobile networks in Russia

The following mobile networks operational in Russia. Click through for information on compatibility, coverage, and pricing.

Name GSM UMTS LTE
MTS 2G 3G 4G
MegaFon 2G 3G 4G
Beeline 2G 3G No
Tele2 2G No No
Rostelecom 2G 3G No
Sotovaja Svjaz MOTIV 2G No No
SMARTS 2G No No
Yota No No 4G

Some virtual network providers may not be listed in this table.

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