One of our top VPNs, this plan breaks down ExpressVPN's subscription options.
- Based in British Virgin Islands, so not subject to international surveillance alliances’ jurisdiction
- Over 2,000 servers in 148 locations
- Split tunneling available
In our VPN reviews, we go into extreme detail about what makes each VPN good and not so good, and clearly, price is always part of the equation. On this page, we’re going through the pricing options when it comes to ExpressVPN, which is regularly one of the options on our best VPNs lists. Sure, it’s a fantastic choice in terms of speed, security and capabilities (Netflix, anyone?), but is it worth the money?
Can I Try ExpressVPN for Free?
Many VPN companies have free options, in the form of reduced data or a limited time period. Although on some mobile devices, we could get a free trial of ExpressVPN, it’s not something that’s a part of their typical subscription options. However, with any of the subscriptions, we got a 30-day money-back guarantee. That meant that if at the end of the month we didn’t want to continue with ExpressVPN, we could’ve gotten our money back. But for the most part no, ExpressVPN doesn’t offer a free trial in any regular sense.
FYI: While you will be charged immediately for ExpressVPN, if you want to cancel and get your money back, due so within 30 days of your purchase and your payment will be guaranteed.
Let’s get right into it, starting off with the subscription options from ExpressVPN.
ExpressVPN made things really simple for us when it came to pricing. The service was the exact same for each subscription, and the only thing that differed was the term lengths, at either one month, six months or a year.
|1 Month||6 Months||12 Months|
|Total Amount Billed||$12.95||$59.95||$99.95|
|Additional Free Months||0||0||3|
With the yearly package, we got three months for free, bringing our subscription up to $99.95 for 15 months or only $6.66 a month. The extra three months are a new addition from when we reviewed ExpressVPN the first time, so if you want to save money, we recommend signing up for a year. However, we should note that ExpressVPN isn’t the most affordable VPN we’ve reviewed; we’d place it at slightly higher than average.
What A Subscription Includes
Every subscription lets us access all of ExpressVPN’s apps and servers on five devices at once. Since ExpressVPN is one of the larger VPN companies, that means we could connect to over 2,000 servers in 148 different locations, making it a great option for the travelers among us. However, compared to other popular VPN, NordVPN, ExpressVPN’s reach is wider but not more in-depth, as NordVPN has 5,246 servers in 62 countries. We’d recommend checking out the locations of the servers before signing up for either.
Here are more things we got when we signed up with ExpressVPN, included on all of their plans:
- Kill switch: If we lost connection with ExpressVPN for whatever reason, they would immediately shut down all of our windows and tabs on the web, making sure that we remained protected no matter what. This is a feature found in most if not all VPNs, so we’re glad but not surprised that ExpressVPN has it too.
- Rotated IP addresses: Each time we logged onto ExpressVPN, we got a new IP address, which made it much harder for people to trace or follow us around online. Compare that to a VPN like CyberGhost which gives users the same IP addresses every time, and we’re better off with ExpressVPN when it comes to privacy.
- Netflix and torrenting access: Every subscription let us watch movies and TV shows on Netflix as well as torrent files, which we certainly took advantage of. Note that not every VPN allows for Netflix access on all of their servers; IPVanish, for example, only allows for Netflix on some servers in the United States, which could mean a lot of guesswork before Netflix and chill can happen.
- Encryption: Naturally, ExpressVPN’s subscriptions encrypt web traffic in a tunnel using PPTP, otherwise known as Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol, which creates the tunnel itself. Our web traffic was sent using UDP, User Datagram Protocol, plus TCP, Transmission Control Protocol, ensuring low bandwidth as well as reliability.
- Browser extensions: Of course, we downloaded the ExpressVPN on our iOS and Android mobile devices, but while we were browsing on our laptops, we simply used their browser extensions to connect, which work on Chrome, Safari and Firefox. We’re Chrome-users ourselves, so it was easy and quick to download the ExpressVPN extension and get connected, not to mention protected.
Payment Options with ExpressVPN
While we paid with a simple Visa, there are a number of payment options that can be used for ExpressVPN, including:
- Credit card: Visa, American Express, Mastercard, JCB, Discover, Diners Club International, Visa Electron
- Bitcoin or BitPay
- Miscellaneous payment methods: Maestro, FanaPay, Mint, OneCard, WebMoney, Giropay, Yandex Money, Alipay, iDEAL, Klarna, UnionPay, Interac Online, Carte Bleue, etc.
We like that ExpressVPN is super flexible in regard to its payment options. Many people searching for a VPN are doing so because of privacy concerns, so the fact that ExpressVPN allows for more anonymous payment options is another feather in their cap.
How Do I Cancel ExpressVPN?
How to cancel ExpressVPN depends on the payment method used:
- PayPal or credit card: Sign-in and click Subscription then manage settings; go to the Automatic Renewal Settings page and turn off automatic renewal and confirm.
- BitPay or Paymentwall: Unlike a subscription paid for by PayPal or a credit card, subscriptions paid for by BitPay or Paymentwall don’t automatically renew, so there’s no need to cancel if you don’t want it at the end of your billing cycle.
Tip: Need help canceling ExpressVPN? Use the live chat option on their website to contact customer support.
Top Features of ExpressVPN
We think ExpressVPN is worth its prices, which is why it’s on our list of the best VPNs. Here’s what we liked about it specifically:
- Strict logging policy: ExpressVPN didn’t hold onto any of our web traffic, IP addresses, metadata, or DNS queries.
- Highly-rated app: Android and iPhone users alike should have no issues connecting to ExpressVPN on their mobile devices, as the apps are totally user-friendly and intuitive.
- Quick speeds: When we tested out ExpressVPN in terms of download speed, upload speed, and lag time on our Windows and Mac computers, we didn’t find too much of a noticeable slowdown.
- Headquarters: Since ExpressVPN as a company is based in the British Virgin Islands, the company can never be legally forced to give customer data to the government, as the Virgin Islands aren’t members of Five Eyes, Nine Eyes and 14 Eyes.
Did You Know: Although they’re a territory of the United Kingdom, the British Virgin Islands are self-governed and a non-member to Five Eyes, Nine Eyes and 14 Eyes, so they can’t be forced to make companies give them customer data.
- Split tunneling: When we needed to toggle back and forth between public and private networks, we could leave ExpressVPN connected, as it allows for both connections at the same time.
- Streaming: Not only did ExpressVPN work with Netflix, but it also worked when we wanted to torrent movies and TV shows (because believe it or not, Netflix doesn’t have absolutely everything on it). This is certainly a good thing, as 54% of mobile VPN users connect to a VPN in the first place specifically for access to better entertainment.1
Although ExpressVPN certainly isn’t the cheapest option around, nor is it the most expensive, we’d certainly recommend it as a VPN. With a trustworthy logging policy and company history, ExpressVPN is always a go-to suggestion of ours whenever anyone asks us for a VPN. No wonder it’s consistently on our “best of” lists, from the best VPNs for iPhones to the best for Androids. No matter your mobile device, ExpressVPN is a solid option to protect your web traffic, and it won’t break the bank, either.
ExpressVPN Frequently Asked Questions
- Is ExpressVPN legit?
ExpressVPN is completely legitimate as a VPN and a company alike. The company has more than 2,000 servers in 148 locations all around the world, and they’re known for their no-logging policy when it comes to users’ web traffic. Plus, the fact that the company is based in the British Virgin Islands makes them even more trustworthy, as the Virgin Islands are a non-member to the international surveillance alliances Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and 14 Eyes. In other words, ExpressVPN can’t be forced to hand the government customer data, which is not always the case for VPN companies.
- Is ExpressVPN free?
For the most part, ExpressVPN is not free, although there are some free trial options available on certain mobile devices. Rather, ExpressVPN is a paid service with options available for a month, six months or 12 months. The 12-month package includes three months extra, but there’s no totally free version of ExpressVPN in the traditional sense.
- How much does ExpressVPN cost?
How much ExpressVPN costs depends on the term length the user signs up for. One month costs $12.95, six months cost $59.95 which breaks down to $9.99 a month, and 12 months costs $99.95 which breaks down to $8.32 a month. Currently, ExpressVPN is throwing in three free extra months to their annual package, which brings the cost per month down to $6.66.
- Which is better, NordVPN or ExpressVPN?
NordVPN is pretty neck and neck with ExpressVPN in terms of their logging policies, kill switches, and Netflix and torrenting capabilities. However, only NordVPN lets the user choose a static IP address, better for a gamer or someone using the VPN for business purposes. While ExpressVPN offers split tunneling, which NordVPN lacks, NordVPN is much more affordable in the long-term, so we recommend going with NordVPN unless split tunneling is an essential.
- Does ExpressVPN work for Netflix?
Yes, ExpressVPN works with Netflix. Users will also be able to download files using uTorrent.
Statista. (2020). Leading motivations for VPN usage worldwide as of 1st quarter 2018, by device.