How to call to the Bahamas (country code +1 242)

Calling to the Bahamas

  • A leading ‘1’ is included in the international call sequence.
  • A leading '+' in the phone number means 'dial your country's exit code'.
  • Calling from a mobile phone: dial from on the country where you're currently located.
  • Calling from a VoIP or satellite phone: dial from on the country where the phone is registered.

… to a mobile (cellular) phone or text (sms)

Use the same call sequence.

When calling a mobile phone user, call to the country where the mobile phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.

… to a VoIP phone

Use the same call sequence.

When calling a VoIP phone user, call to the country where the VoIP phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.

… to a satellite phone

The Bahamas do not have a country-specific satellite phone system.

Most satellite phones operate on their own country code – calls to these satellite phones follow their own call sequence.

… sending a fax

Use the same call sequence.

Calling within the Bahamas (domestic dialing)

There is no trunk prefix (1) or area code (242) used when calling within the Bahamas.

Only the seven digit phone number is dialed.

seven digits
local phone number

Bahamian phone numbers explained

Number details

The Bahamas’ phone numbers are ten digits (eleven including a leading ‘1’ that acts as a country code for the entire NANP calling region).

The first three digits are ‘242’ – an area (geographic) code to designate the Bahamas’ phone system within the North American Numbering Plan.
The first three digits of the local phone number are an exchange within the Bahamas’ code of ‘242’.

Mobile numbers are intermixed with land-line phone numbers.

An example of a Bahamian number

The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas lists its phone number in Nassau as 242.328.5800.

Number explanation
1242328 5800
country code for the Bahamasarea code for the Bahamas within the NANPlocal phone number within Nassau
Local example – calling from another location in Nassau

Dial the seven digit phone number when calling anywhere within the Bahamas. Do not include the trunk prefix / country code ‘1’ or the area code ‘242’ in domestic calls.

328 5800
local phone number within Nassau
International example – calling from the United States, Canada, or another country of the NANP (most of the Caribbean and U.S. territories in the Pacific)

To call within the NANP dial the phone call with the same call sequence as a U.S. or Canadian long distance call.

Dial the combined country code / trunk prefix of ‘1’, then the Bahamas’ area code within the NANP of ‘242’, then the local seven digit phone number.

1242328 5800
long distance trunk prefixarea (geographic) code for the Bahamaslocal phone number in Nassau
International example – calling from a country outside of the NANP (the United States, Canada, most of the Caribbean, and U.S. Territories in the Pacific)

To call from a country from outside the NANP, dial the exit code of the country you’re calling from, then the NANP country code / trunk prefix of ‘1’, then the Bahamas’ area code of ‘242’, then the local phone number.

exit code1242328 5800
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for the North American Numbering Planarea (geographic) code for the Bahamaslocal phone number in Nassau

Calling from the Bahamas

… to another country in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP)

NANP countries include Canada, the United States (and associated territories), and most regions of the Caribbean.

Dial the phone call starting with the trunk prefix / country code of ‘1’, then the area code and local phone number.

… to all other regions of the world

‘011’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international phone call from the Bahamas to a location outside the NANP calling region (the United States, Canada, most regions of the Caribbean, and U.S. Territories in the Pacific).

Administrative and regulatory

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