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Phoning To, From and Within Europe - How to Dial
Calling European phone numbers from the US and Canada, long distance calls from Europe to other countries and placing phone calls within European countries, how to dial, how to pay.
Phoning To Europe from the US and Canada
To dial a European phone number from the US or Canada, dial as follows:
Do I Drop the Leading Zero in the Area Code?
Sometimes YES, sometimes NO. Many European countries require that you drop the zero when calling from outside the country. See the World Telephone Numbering Guide for complete information.
Why is There a Plus Sign (+) at the Start of the European Phone Number?
European phone numbers are frequently written in the format +39-0577-555-555. The plus indicates that you have to dial your long distance code first and then dial the rest of the number when calling from outside the country (in the US the code is 011, in Europe it is 00).
Continental Europe is six hours later than the east coast of the United States (EST). For example, at midnight in New York City, it is 6:00 AM in Florence. The United Kingdom is one hour earlier than continental Europe. See The World Clock for complete information.
The Best Way to Pay for International Calls from the US/Canada
Phoning from Europe to the US, Canada and Other Countries
To call another country from a European country:
Country codes of other countries: US-1, Canada-1, United Kingdom-44, France-33, Germany-49, Spain-34, Switzerland-41
The Best Way to Pay for International Calls from Europe
Phoning Within a Country in Europe
This may vary by country. Usually you dial the complete area code (including the leading zero) and phone number to dial a number anywhere in the country, even if you are in the same area code.
Once in Germany, we were in a town where you only dialed the last four digits of the phone number to call other numbers in that town. If your phone call does not go through when you dial the complete number - area code and phone number - ask the local Tourist Office how to place the call.
Other Phone Information
www.wtng.info: World Telephone Number Guide with complete information on how to dial other countries.
www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/: The World Clock, see what time it is in the country you are calling.
www.kropla.com: Steve Kropla's Help for World Travelers, with worldwide electrical and telephone information.
www.voltagevalet.com: Voltage Valet, with a website full worldwide electrical and telephone information and a store selling adapters etc.
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