How to call to Costa Rica (country code +506)

Calling to Costa Rica

  • 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 ‘5’, ‘6’, ‘7’, and ‘8’.

When calling a mobile phone user, call to the country where the mobile phone is registered, regardless of where they are currently roaming.

… to a VoIP phone

Use the same call sequence.

VoIP phone numbers begin with ‘4’. Some Costa Rican VoIP numbers cannot receive international calls.

When calling a VoIP phone user, call to the country where the VoIP phone is registered, regardless of where they are currently roaming.

… to a satellite phone

Costa Rica does not have a country-specific satellite phone system.

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

… sending a fax

Use the same call sequence.

Calling within Costa Rica (domestic dialing)

Dial the entire eight digit phone number for all calls within Costa Rica.

There is no trunk prefix dialed when calling within Costa Rica.

eight digits
local phone number

Costa Rican phone numbers explained

Number details

Costa Rican phone numbers are eight digits.

The first digit signifies whether the phone number is a fixed line (landline) or mobile phone. Fixed line phone numbers begin with ‘2’.

The second digit of a landline phone number represents a geographic part of the country.

VoIP phone numbers begin with ‘4’. Some VoIP phone numbers are not available from outside Costa Rica.

Mobile numbers begin with digits ‘5’, ‘6’, 7′, and ‘8’. Each starting number represents a different mobile phone carrier.

An example of a Costa Rican phone number

The Costa Rica Marriot Hotel lists its phone number in San Jose as 506-2298 0000.

Number explanation
5062298 0000
country code for Costa Ricasignifies a land-line (fixed line) telephone numbergeographic (area) code for the San Jose arealocal phone number within San Jose
Local example – calling from another location in San Jose, Costa Rica

Dial all eight digits of the local phone number for all calls within Costa Rica.

2298 0000
signifies a land-line (fixed line) telephone numbergeographic (area) code for the San Jose arealocal phone number within San Jose
Long distance example – calling from Liberia, Costa Rica (on the other side of the country)

Dial all eight digits of the local phone number for all calls within Costa Rica.

2298 0000
signifies a land-line (fixed line) telephone numbergeographic (area) code for the San Jose arealocal phone number within San Jose
International example – calling from outside Costa Rica

To call from outside Costa Rica, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Costa Rica’s country code of ‘506’, followed by the local phone number.

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Calling from Costa Rica

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international phone call from Costa Rica.

Administrative and regulatory

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