Making Phone Calls To and From Europe
Basics for calling to, from and within Europe.
Phone TO Europe FROM the US/Canada
Dial the international direct dialing number (011), the country code, then the phone number. When calling the United Kingdom, drop the leading zero in the phone number. For example: 011-44-1647-999999. This number in England is listed as (0)1647-999999.
Phone TO US/Canada FROM Europe
Dial the international direct dialing number (00), then the country code (1), then the phone number. For example: 00-1-505-999-1212.
Many phone numbers show + at the start of the number. This means "dial the international direct dialing number for the country you are calling from".
On a cell phone you can dial + instead of having to know the local international direct dialing number. The + is usually dialed by hitting the * twice, or holding the 0 - consult your phone manual.
Phone Within Europe
Calling to another European country when you are in Europe is the same as calling the US/Canada from Europe. Dial the international direct dialing number (00), then the country code, then the phone number.
Calling within a European country, dial the number directly without the international direct dialing number and without the country code.
The United Kingdom is 5 hours later than Eastern Time in the US. The rest of Western Europe is 6 hours later. Europe does not switch to Daylight Savings Time the same time as in the US/Canada.
See the current time around the world on The World Clock - Time Zones.
Austria (43), Canada (1), Italy (39), France (33), Germany (49), Spain (34), Switzerland (41), United Kingdom (44), United States (1).
Find all country codes at the World Telephone Numbering Guide.