Calling the UK Long Distance
Figuring out the time in the United Kingdom can be tricky so be sure to consider the time of year before you call. From late March to late October, the UK is in BST, a daylight savings time zone 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. During late fall and winter, the UK uses Greenwich Mean Time and remains 5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
The UK’s country calling code is 44. Of course, you’ll need to dial 011, the international calling code, first, followed by the country code. The number of digits in the area code and telephone number varies depending upon where you are calling. When calling internationally, the number of total digits in the area code and telephone number is most often eleven, though it may be ten in less densely populated areas. For example, London has the area code 20, which is then followed by an 8-digit phone number. If calling within the UK, you would dial that area code as 020. The smaller city of Leeds, however, has the area code 113, which is then followed by a 7-digit phone number. If calling within the UK, you would dial that area code as 113; always add a 0 to the beginning of the area code if you are calling within the UK.
Our guide for calling the UK long distance
will give you details on the country’s telephone system and how to use it, no matter what city you’re calling.