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Calling From Hong Kong

Calling to Hong Kong

Making Calls while in Hong Kong

Other Information about Long Distance Calling To/From Hong Kong

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General Tips for Making Phone Calls within Hong Kong

For any domestic calls within Hong Kong, simply dial the 8-digit subscriber number.

Mobile phone calls within Hong Kong

Calling cell phones in Hong Kong is no different from calling land lines. Simply dial the 8-digit cell phone number. Cell phone numbers traditionally begin with a 9, but, due to increases in use, many now begin with a 6. e.g. 9xxx-xxxx or 6xxx-xxxx.

Receiving calls from abroad

For international calls to Hong Kong, always dial the international access code, country code, area code, and subscriber number. e.g. For a call to a Hong Kong phone from the UK., dial 00-852-xxxx-xxxx.

Other calls and numbers

Toll-free numbers in Hong Kong begin with 800. Remember that calling an 800 number in Hong Kong from abroad can bring charges as hefty as those for any international call.
Some toll-free numbers are used for public services.


  • 999 Police, Fire, and Ambulance


  • 1081 Directory Assistance (English)
  • 1983 Directory Assistance (Cantonese)
  • 18501 Weather Forecast (English)
  • 18503 Weather Forecast (Cantonese)

Tips for Calling Internationally from Hong Kong

For international calls from Hong Kong dial the access code of 00, country code, area code, and local number. e.g. For a call to San Francisco from Hong Kong, dial 00-1-415-xxx-xxxx.
In Hong Kong, local calls are free and can be made from homes and businesses. You will pay about 10¢ - 15¢ for a 5-minute local call from a public telephone. A similar call from your hotel room will cost about 50¢ -65¢. Long-distance calls can be made from specially marked International Dialing Direct (IDD) public phones. Purchase a phone card or a local card known as an Octopus card. Another card, the PCCW Hello PhoneCard, comes in denominations ranging from HK$50 to HK$300 (US$6.50-US$39), and is available at HKTB information offices, 7 convenience stores, machines located beside telephones, and other locations around Hong Kong.
Most large hotels in Hong Kong have high-speed dataports that allow guests to use laptop computers. In some hotels, you can purchase an Internet access card for about HK$100 (US$13), valid for anywhere from 100 minutes to unlimited use for 5 days. Other hotels charge a flat rate per day. Hotel business centers also offer computers and Internet access for a fee. Internet cafes are fairly easy to find, and the popular Pacific Coffee chain of cafes offers Internet service.


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