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UK CALLING GUIDE

Calling to United Kingdom

Making Calls while in United Kingdom

Making Calls while in United Kingdom



There are lots of ways to save money when calling the UK, but it’s best to start by getting the basics down.

General Tips for Calling to the UK from the US

STEP 1: Dial the international access code, 011

STEP 2: Dial the UK’s country code, 44.

STEP 3: Dial the area code (2 - 5 digits) omitting the leading 0.

STEP 4: Dial the telephone number you are trying to reach (4 to 8 digits).

Still can't connect?  Ask an international operator to help you place the call.  Just dial 00.

Instructions for Calling to Cities within the UK

The UK's largest city, London, uses the 20 area code with eight-digit local numbers. The area code can be omitted when calling a UK landline from any landline within the same area code. When calling any landline number within a different area code, from elsewhere within the UK, you must include the 0 trunk digit before the area code. When calling a UK number from outside the UK, first dial your international access code (for example 011 from US/Canada, or 00 from Europe), followed by the UK 44 country code. Next dial the area code without any leading zero, and then the local number.

London would be reached by dialing 020-local-number from elsewhere in the UK, and +44-20-local-number from abroad. For a call to Bristol you must dial 0117-local-number from within the UK, and +44-117-local-number from abroad. A call to the smaller town of Bolton would require dialing 01204-local-number from within the UK, and +44-1204-local-number from outside the UK. The + represents the international access code needed to make international calls from wherever the caller is located.

Here is a full list of city (area) codes:

CityCity Code 
Aberdeen01224 
Aberystwyth01970 
Bangor01248 
Bangor N. Ireland028 
Bath01225 
Belfast028 
Birmingham0121 
Blackpool01253 
Bournemouth01202 
Bradford01274 
Brighton01273 
Bristol0117 
Cambridge01223 
Canterbury01227 
Cardiff029 
Carlisle01228 
Llandeilo01558 
Coventry024 
Dover01304 
Dundee01382 
Durham0191 
Edinburgh0131 
Exeter01392 
Fife01334 
Glasgow0141 
Gloucester01452 
Greenock01475 
Guernsey Channel Islands01481 
Haddington01620 
Harrogate01423 
Hull01482 
Ipswich01473 
Isle of Man01624 
Isle of Wight01983 
Jersey Channel Islands01534 
Kenilworth01926 
Leeds0113 
Leicester0116 
Liverpool0151 
London 020 
Londonderry028 
Manchester0161 
Newcastle0191 
Northampton01604 
Norwich01603 
Nottingham0115 
Oban01631 
Oxford01865 
Penzance01736 
Plymouth01752 
Portsmouth023 
Prestwick01292 
Reading0118 
Sheffield0114 
Southampton023 
Stockton on Tees01642 
Swansea01792 
Langholm 013873  
Hornby 015242  
Hawkshead 015394  
Grange over Sands 015395  
Sedbergh 015396  
Wigton 016973  
Raughton Head 016974  
Brampton 016977  
Appleby 017683  
Pooley Bridge 017684  
Keswick 017687  
Gosforth 019467  
Ebbsfleet 01987  

Instructions for Calling to Cell Phones in the UK

As elsewhere in Europe, cell phones follow the calling party pays (CPP) system; whoever initiates a call pays for it.  If you are calling a UK cell phone from within the UK, you must dial the cellular prefix prior to dialing the local number.  The cellular prefix often depends upon the service provider, but the first 2 digits are always 07, followed by 3 additional digits.  e.g. For a call to a T-Mobile cell phone, a caller from within the UK would dial 079xx-xxx-xxx. 
For calls from outside the UK to a UK cellular phone, be sure not to dial the 0 before the cellular prefix. e.g. For a call to a UK T-Mobile cellphone, a caller from the US/Canada would dial 011-44-79xx-xxxxxx. From Europe the caller would dial 00-44-79xx-xxxxxx. Within the UK that same phone would be reached by dialing 079xx-xxxxxx.

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