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The best VPN services for travelling

Protect your devices while you travel with a versatile VPN.

Best travel VPN overall
ExpressVPN
ExpressVPN
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
From
US$12.95/mth
Global locations
151
Global servers
3,000+
Simultaneous connections
5
Best cheap travel VPN
PureVPN
PureVPN
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
From
US$12.45/mth
Global locations
95
Global servers
6,500+
Simultaneous connections
10
Best travel VPN for Australia
Windscribe
Windscribe VPN
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
From
US$9/mth
Global locations
112
Global servers
Hundreds
Simultaneous connections
Unlimited
Best travel VPN for Asia
Surfshark
Surfshark
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
From
US$10.99/mth
Global locations
142
Global servers
3,200+
Simultaneous connections
Unlimited
Best travel VPN for America
Private Internet Access Logo
Private Internet Access
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
From
AU$19.79/mth
Global locations
146
Global servers
35,000+
Simultaneous connections
10
Nathan Lawrence
Mar 20, 2023
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The best performance with a virtual private network (VPN) service comes when you’re connecting to servers in your neck of the woods. Basically, the closer the server to where you’re connecting from, the lower the impact on download, upload and latency speeds. So when it comes to travelling, a VPN should offer servers in or nearby the locations you want to visit.

According to the Bureau of Statistics (via Escape), the top 10 travel destinations in late 2022 were for countries in Oceania (New Zealand and Fiji), Asia (Indonesia, India, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), Europe (UK, Italy) and North America. We’ve evaluated and categorised the best travel VPNs based on global locations, cost and for specific regions in all major continents.

The best travel VPNs

Best for
VPN
Cheapest upfront price
Details
Global servers
Global locations
Simultaneous connections
Best travel VPN for America
Private Internet Access LogoPrivate Internet Access
AU$19.79/mth35,000+146 Unlimited
Best travel VPN overall
ExpressVPN logoExpressVPN
US$12.95/mth3,000+ 151 5
Best cheap travel VPN
PureVPN LogoPureVPN
US$12.45/mth6,500+95 10
Best travel VPN for Australia
Windscribe logoWindscribe
US$9/mthHundreds112Unlimited
Best travel VPN for Asia
Surfshark logoSurfshark
US$10.99/mth3,200+1427
Best travel VPN for Europe
CyberGhost logoCyberGhost
AU$18.79/mth7,000+117 Unlimited
Best travel VPN for Africa
NordVPN
US$12.99/mth5,500+8310

Data effective of last page update. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

ExpressVPN

Best travel VPN overall

Global locations
151
Global servers
3,000+
Simultaneous connections
5
Starts at
US$12.95/mth
pro
Pros
pro Lots of countries
pro Stacks of VPN locations
pro Incredibly easy to use
con
Cons
con Comparatively expensive
con Limited simultaneous connections
con Feature-light (for the price)

This is the easiest category to determine because it’s all about the numbers. Of the 17 VPNs we’ve reviewed, ExpressVPN has the most locations to choose from, with 151 on offer. That’s handy for globetrotters, but ExpressVPN also has great representation in all continents: first for Oceania and Europe, second for Asia, third for the Americas and fourth for Africa. If you want travel versatility, ExpressVPN is a great choice. It also helps that it’s a robust VPN service with lots of servers, fast connection and it’s a great VPN for accessing geoblocked streaming services. You’ll have to pay for the pleasure and it is restricted to five simultaneous connections, but ExpressVPN is one of the easiest-to-use VPNs available.

For contender VPNs with a lot of global location choices, consider Private Internet Access, Surfshark or CyberGhost.

What about Hola VPN?

Hola VPN has bragging rights to a massive global network of servers. It’s so big that even just counting countries—because Hola doesn’t disclose specific locations within those countries—you’re looking at around 219 options. What gives: why’s it not on the list? As detailed in our Hola VPN review, it’s a pricey service with average speeds and middling streaming results. The free version uses device resources, and Hola has a logging policy that leaves a lot to be desired in terms of user anonymity. If none of those detractors matter to you, Hola has the most wide-reaching network of all VPNs we’ve reviewed.

PureVPN

Best cheap keyword

Global locations
95
Global servers
6,500+
Simultaneous connections
10
Starts at
US$12.45/mth
pro
Pros
pro Fantastic annual pricing
pro Competitive other pricing
pro 10 simultaneous connections
con
Cons
con Middling monthly pricing
con P2P uses specialist servers
con Some Windows software bugs

In terms of the VPNs we’ve reviewed, Atlas VPN has the fewest location choices (46) while ExpressVPN has the most (151). A bunch of contenders sit around the 100 mark, but while Atlas VPN is the cheapest overall VPN we’ve reviewed, PureVPN sits in second spot and still offers 95 server locations. For the best value, go with the PureVPN annual plan, which has the lowest price of all the VPNs we’ve reviewed. Take advantage of the 31-day money-back guarantee if you don’t like it in that first month. Aside from cheap pricing, you’ll get access to a very manageable 10 simultaneous connections to protect all compatible devices on a network with thousands of server options for uptime peace of mind.

For competitively priced alternatives, consider Private Internet Access (the annual or three-year subscription), Surfshark (annual) or Mullvad VPN (monthly).

Windscribe VPN

Best travel VPN for Australia

Global locations
112
Global servers
Hundreds
Simultaneous connections
Unlimited
Starts at
US$9/mth
pro
Pros
pro Fantastic streaming VPN
pro Unlimited simultaneous connections
pro Great number of global locations
con
Cons
con Limited servers
con Sometimes inconsistent speeds
con PC software issues

As far as most VPN providers are concerned, Oceania seemingly refers to servers in Australia and New Zealand. For New Zealand, there’s typically only one location option. And for Australia, servers tend to be clustered on the east coast. Even then, location choices are limited to anywhere from one to only a handful of options. Windscribe offers six Australian city choices: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. That’s not as all-encompassing as we’d like for our vast nation, but it’s the best of what’s available. Windscribe is also a solid VPN care of unlimited simultaneous connections to protect all of your family’s compatible devices, and it has a great selection of global locations if you’re heading outside of Australia.

Alternatively, Mullvad VPN and ExpressVPN both offer six location options for Australia, while Surfshark has five locations for Australia and two for New Zealand.

Surfshark VPN

Best travel VPN for Asia

Global locations
142
Global servers
3,200+
Simultaneous connections
Unlimited
Starts at
US$10.99/mth
pro
Pros
pro Expansive global network
pro Unlimited simultaneous connections
pro Fully featured VPN
con
Cons
con Slow international upload speeds
con Average streaming results
con Manual server switching would be nice

Asia is the largest content in the world, which means you want a VPN that offers a lot of location choices for countries in that vast region. Despite the expansiveness of Asia, most VPNs we’ve reviewed only offer a handful of choices or below 20. Surfshark VPN is one of a few that offers 20+, with 30 on offer. Naturally, it also helps that Surfshark VPN is a great all-rounder VPN. Surfshark offers unlimited simultaneous connections, thousands of global servers and 142 total global locations to choose from. Admittedly, Surfshark has inconsistent global speeds and isn’t the best for streaming. Still, it’s an easy-to-use VPN with plenty of features for users who want to get the most out of it.

For VPN alternatives that have a decent number of Asian locations to choose from, consider ExpressVPN, Hotspot Shield VPN and CyberGhost VPN.

Private Internet Access VPN

Best travel VPN for America

Global locations
146
Global servers
35,000+
Simultaneous connections
10
Starts at
AU$19.79/mth
pro
Pros
pro Loads of global locations
pro Massive server network
pro 10 simultaneous connections
con
Cons
con Expensive monthly pricing
con Average speed results
con Inconsistent streaming results

The Americas is a massive place, spanning North American and South American continents. Given the population of these regions, and the reality that VPNs tend to be marketed to those in the USA, there are generally dozens of locations to choose from with most VPNs. Private Internet Access VPN has a clear lead in this category, with 67 options in the Americas. With 146 global locations and a network comprising tens of thousands of servers, Private Internet Access promises plenty of travel versatility and consistent uptime. Buy an annual or three-year subscription for the best value. Whichever subscription you choose, you’ll be able to use Private Internet Access simultaneously on up to 10 compatible devices.

Alternatively, check in with Surfshark VPN, ExpressVPN or IPVanish VPN for a decent range of location choices in the Americas.

CyberGhost VPN

Best travel VPN for Europe

Global locations
117
Global servers
7,000+
Simultaneous connections
7
Starts at
AU$18.79/mth
pro
Pros
pro Good selection of European servers
pro Loads of servers
pro Fully featured VPN
con
Cons
con Not great for streaming
con No annual pricing subscription
con Inconsistent speed results

Full disclosure: ExpressVPN and Surfshark VPN both have more European locations to choose from than CyberGhost VPN. Go with either of those options (featured above) if you want the most choices for Europe. Otherwise, CyberGhost VPN is the next best bet with 55 European locations to choose from. CyberGhost is a fully featured VPN that supports up to seven simultaneous connections and has an expansive global network with thousands of servers. Admittedly, it’s not great for streaming and speeds can be inconsistent, but it does have inbuilt anti-malware and ad-blocker functionality, which helps to add to its overall versatility.

Outside of ExpressVPN and Surfshark VPN, those travelling to Europe can also consider Private Internet Access VPN, Hotspot Shield VPN and NordVPN.

NordVPN

Best travel VPN for Africa

Global locations
83
Global servers
5,500+
Simultaneous connections
10
Starts at
US$12.99/mth
pro
Pros
pro Fully featured VPN
pro All-round fast performance
pro Great for streaming
con
Cons
con Only six simultaneous connections
con Low-ish location count
con Comparatively expensive pricing

NordVPN is one of the best VPN services you can buy today with a great commitment to user anonymity and security, a global network of thousands of servers, fast speeds and great streaming results. What it lacks in global location options it makes up for by offering top-five results for Oceania, Europe and Africa. The reason we love NordVPN in general is it’s incredibly easy to use for newcomers, while VPN veterans can find more value from a range of inclusions, including anti-malware and ad-blocker functionality. NordVPN doesn’t really compete on price, so stick with the monthly or annual subscription if you’re curious to try. You can always take advantage of the 30-day money-back guarantee if it’s not for you.

Alternatively, CyberGhost VPN and Surfshark have one or two more location choices in Africa than NordVPN.

Travel VPNs by location count

Below is a breakdown of the location counts per major continent. Note the information was accurate at the time of writing, and some of the VPN locations had to be manually sorted.

VPN provider
Oceania
Asia
Americas
Europe
Africa
69 2339 4
72934 59 3
73044585
4262455 6
61711 354
62715 393
51815315
144181
6930371
278274
753302
21019353
71610374
52267484
21318261
1850465154
256260

What to look for in a travel VPN

If you want a VPN that has the flexibility to offer nearby servers wherever you travel, go with a VPN that offers the most location choices. Note that VPNs tend to advertise an overall location count as a combination of countries and cities. More popular and populous travel locations tend to have more location options.

For those who tend to frequent particular parts of the world, go with a VPN that has the most location choices for a particular country or the most options for that region. Most VPN providers offer a breakdown of their server locations if you search for the VPN name with “server locations” afterwards.

Certain VPN providers offer free versions so you can try before you buy, but note that these tend to be restricted to particular server locations. That’s great if you’re travelling to one of those places, but less great if it’s far away from where you are in the world. As an alternative, consider using a money-back guarantee (all VPNs offer them). Just remember to set a calendar reminder to cancel if you don’t like a VPN after testing the full version.

How we choose the best travel VPN

The best travel VPN overall is the one that has the most locations. VPN providers tend to separate country and per-country city counts (where available). Note that countries like the USA tend to have more location choices than smaller places like New Zealand.

For our cheapest category, we looked at a balance of overall price and the number of global locations available. The specific continental winners were first ordered in terms of available Bureau of Statistics data for the most popular travel destinations for Australians (at the time of writing). Afterwards, we used VPN location information or, where unavailable, manually counted and sorted the results into regions.

Note that these numbers were accurate at the time of publication but may change up or down between VPN providers. The winner of each regional category was the one with the most location options, though we’ve flagged where we’ve chosen another VPN provider for the sake of variety.

Travel VPN FAQs

You don’t need a VPN while travelling in the same way you don’t need insurance: both are great to have, though. A VPN is a versatile tool that can be used at home and abroad to keep your devices secure and your internet traffic anonymous.

There are lots of great travel VPNs, but the best one is ExpressVPN. For a cheaper alternative, consider PureVPN. For specific countries and regions, start comparisons with Hotspot Shield for Australia, Surfshark for Asia, Private Internet Access for America, CyberGhost for Europe and NordVPN for Africa.

Any reputable VPN can be used while travelling. Take a cheap option like PureVPN for a spin or invest in an easy-to-use VPN like ExpressVPN, which has hundreds of server locations around the world.

Nathan Lawrence
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Nathan Lawrence
Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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