How to call Benin (country code +229)

Calling to Benin

  • 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.

Mobile phone numbers begin with ‘4’, ‘6’, ‘8’, or ‘9’.

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

Benin does not have designated phone numbers for satellite phones.

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 Benin (domestic dialing)

Dial the entire phone number as it is listed. There is no trunk or long distance number needed to dial when calling within Benin.

eight digits
local phone number

Benin’s phone numbers explained

Number details

Benin’s phone numbers are eight digits.

The first digit signifies whether the phone number is a landline or mobile phone.

Landline phone numbers begin with ‘2’. The second, third, and fourth digit signify a geographic area of the country.

Mobile numbers begin with digits ‘4’, ‘6’, ‘8’, or ‘9’.

An example of a Beninese phone number

The Cotonou Airport lists its phone number in Contonou as + 229 21.30.14.13.

Phone number explanation
22921 3014 13
country code for Beningeographic (area) code for Cadjehounremainder of the phone number
Local example – calling from another location in Contonou, Benin

Dial the entire phone number for all calls within Benin.

21 3014 13
geographic (area) code for Cadjehounremainder of the phone number
Long distance example – calling from Kandi, Benin (on the other side of the country)

Dial the entire phone number for all calls within Benin.

21 3014 13
geographic (area) code for Cadjehounremainder of the phone number
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in Benin)

Dial the entire phone number for all calls within Benin.

21 3014 13
geographic (area) code for Cadjehounremainder of the phone number
International example – calling from outside Benin

To call from outside Benin, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Benin’s country code of ‘229’, followed by the local phone number.

exit code229
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Benin

Calling from Benin

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international call from Benin.

Administrative and regulatory

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