ExpressVPN vs CyberGhost

ExpressVPN is one of the most popular VPNs. They stand out for a number of reasons, one being that they have a six-month option for those who aren’t looking for a long-term contract. CyberGhost may not be as popular, but their pricing is more affordable. They also have a wider network with more servers than most of their competition.

Each VPN has its highlights. Here are a few reasons why you would choose each provider:

ExpressVPN CyberGhost
Six-month contract option Lower pricing
Multiple payment options Longer trial period
Stores minimal user information More server availability
Dynamic IP address Allows 7 simultaneous connections

ExpressVPN vs. CyberGhost: Plans and Pricing

ExpressVPN CyberGhost
Contract Length 1month
6 months
15 months
1 month
1 year
2 years
3 years + 3 months
Monthly Price $12.95
$9.99 (6 month plan)
$6.67 (15 month plan)
$12.99
$3.99 (1 year plan)
$3.49 (2 year plan)
$2.25 (3 year plan)
Annual Price $99.95 ($6.67/mo.) $45 ($3.75/Mo.)Plus
$55 ($4.59/Mo.)Xtra
Money-Back Guarantee 30 days 45 days
Pay Options Credit card, PayPal, Bitcoin, Interac WebMoney, Mint, Klarna, GiroPay, Onecard, UnionPay, iDEAL and SOFORT Credit card, PayPal, BitCoin, Google Pay

For the monthly subscription, ExpressVPN has CyberGhost beaten by a few cents. However, for the yearly plan, CyberGhost appears to have the upper hand but only because their pricing is good only for one year. After that year, their price doubles, ($86.67 and $98.40 respectively) which brings the two VPN providers back neck in neck, pricewise on the Xtra level. The difference between the Plus and Xtra levels is a Password Manager, an Antivirus, and a Security Updater that keeps an eye on your software for updates.

They also differ on their Money Back Guarantee; 30-day vs. 45-day. Now let’s talk about payment methods accepted. ExpressVPN accepts many more options than CyberGhost. However, CyberGhost payment methods may vary depending on where you live in the world.

Speaking of the variance in features between the two, let’s get into the real differences between the two VPN providers.

ExpressVPN vs. CyberGhost: Features, Privacy, and Security

ExpressVPN CyberGhost
Provider Compatibility Windows; Mac; Android; iOS; Linux; Chrome; Firestick; Firefox; Edge; Smart TV’s; Gaming Consoles; Streaming Platforms Windows; Mac; iOS; Android; Firestick; Chrome; Firefox; Linux; Gaming Consoles; Streaming Platforms; Smart TVs;
# Simultaneous Connections 5 7
Split Tunneling Allowed Yes. Windows, Mac; Android; and routers. Yes. Android devices and Firestick only.
Top Three Features Top-Rated VPN; Greater App Availability; Six-month plan option Simultaneous connections; Network Server Availability; 45-day trial period

VPNs across the industry provide pretty much the same features. The differences lay in the level of those features. These subtleties can make all the difference when your home has only one type of device, and you are looking for one specific type of service. So, the difference between ExpressVPN and CyberGhost can matter in some cases. Like with Split Tunneling. If that is a feature that matters to you, and all you have are iPhones in your home, then you would not want CyberGhost as your provider.

When you weigh which VPN provider offers more perks, they are both about equal. It then becomes about who offers the more practical options; which VPN will I use more in my daily life? And that answer will vary from person to person. Do you have more than one device connecting in your home? And other questions like, how long do I need my connection for?

CyberGhost does have the edge on the feature sheets above, They offer more simultaneous connections than ExpressVPN, more server availability, and a longer trial period. You may be thinking right now, Okay, that’s it, CyberGhost has my vote, let’s end it. Well, that may not be all. After all, ExpressVPN does rate higher on many other VPN review sites. Let’s keep going to see if we can discover why.

Both VPNs offer the same basic features like Anonymous Browsing, IP Masking, and a Private DNS. They also both give the security of no connection or Activity Logging and a Network Kill Switch that will automatically block all your online traffic if your connection drops. The differences lay in other features like Split Tunnelling. CyberGhost’s version only covers Android devices and the Firestick.

Another area that improves the VPN experience is internet protocols. Something that you may not consider unless you are a techie. To explain it a little bit, protocols are what help determine how your device will connect to the internet; the language spoken, so to speak. The better the protocol, the smother the connection. This is where, and most likely, what gives ExpressVPN a leg up and warrants the higher price tag. They run on the higher end of the spectrum because of their advanced protocols. Lightway is a protocol created by ExpressVPN. It was designed to speed up, secure, and make their VPN more reliable than the standard OpenVPN protocol connection.

ExpressVPN vs. CyberGhost: Performance and Servers

Both VPNs are equally matched with providing top-notch privacy to their customers with AES 256-bit encryption, a Network Kill Switch, and a No Log Policy. Here is how they match up with their networks:

ExpressVPN CyberGhost
Number of Countries 94 90
Number of Servers 180 locations / 3000+ servers 112 locations / 6800+ servers
Download speed reduced? Yes, by half. 55% loss. Yes, but negligible. 20% loss.

They are evenly matched with the number of countries, but as you can see, CyberGhost doubles in the number of servers they operate. This reflects in speed tests. Studies show when the VPN is enabled, ExpressVPN users lose a little more than half of its download speed. This can be an issue if you have a lower-speed internet connection. CyberGhost only loses 20% of its speed when a VPN is enabled.

ExpressVPN vs CyberGhost: Streaming

When you are watching your favorite television show, nothing is worse than seeing that swirling circle in the middle of your screen. Your show, frozen and you wait for it to come back, hoping it doesn’t drop the connection. VPNs can be the culprit behind a slower connection, especially when your connection speed is not that fast to begin with. We just spoke about which VPN has the better download speed, but how will your VPN affect your streaming experience?

CyberGhost has the better streaming capability while the VPN is enabled. However, if you have a high-speed internet connection, you may not notice much of a difference no matter which VPN you have in place. You will notice the lower your original connection speed is.

Streaming is fairly simple with both providers. Both are able to get around Geo-restrictions when enabled. Below is a checklist of services that are compatible with each VPN.

Streaming Service ExpressVPN CyberGhost
Netflix Yes Yes
Vudu Yes Yes
ESPN Yes Yes
BBC Player Yes Yes
Facebook Yes Yes
FOX No Yes
Sling Yes No
Disney+ Yes Yes
Hulu Yes Yes
HBO Yes Yes
iTVPlayer Yes No
Instagram Yes Yes
IMDb Freedive No Yes
Vudu Yes Yes
Amazon Prime Yes Yes
YouTube Yes Yes
Spotify Yes Yes
Kodi Yes Yes
MTV No Yes
Showtime Yes Yes
Crackle Yes Yes
Peacock TV No Yes
YouTubeTV Yes Yes
Google Yes Yes
Twitter Yes Yes
CBS No Yes
Zatto Yes Yes
Discovery+ Yes Yes

ExpressVPN vs. CyberGhost: Customer Service

Both ExpressVPN and CyberGhost are available 24/7 to their customers through several methods. First, they both have a Troubleshooting Forum where customers can find quick answers to the questions they have. ExpressVPN has the advantage with their self-help forums because they have videos with some of their tutorials.

Secondly, you can contact customer support through email with your question. They also have live chat available 24/7. I have asked a few questions during the process of writing this review. Both companies are quick with responding and knowledgeable with their product.

Verdict: CyberGhost wins

If I had done this review a month ago and created a list of provider capabilities, the list for ExpressVPN would have been twice the length of CyberGhost’s. After a recent update, CyberGhost’s provider compatibility list has grown neck and neck. At the same time, their contract length has also been cut in half. This had once been an advantage for them because it was an excellent deal. Now it is just comparable.

Looking over our review and given the recent ‘upgrade’ that CyberGhost has undergone, I would have to give them the blue ribbon. Yes, ExpressVPN has been ranked higher over the past couple of years, but with the recent update and the expansion of their services, I am going to be the one to say that CyberGhost is taking the leap ahead in the areas they once were lacking. They have just edged out ExpressVPN in just about all of our categories, from the number of simultaneous connections you can maintain, to multiple streaming services, to a stronger performing connection because of a higher download speed.