How to call Germany (country code +49)

Calling to Germany

Germany’s country code may be mis-labelled:

  • Country code 0049 (exit code of ’00’ used in many European, Asian, and African nations followed by Germany’s country code of ’49’).
  • Country code 01149 (exit code of ‘011’ used in the United States and Canada followed by Germany’s country code of ’49’).

When calling to a mis-labelled country code, remove the exit code from the call sequence and replace it with the exit code of the country the call is dialed from.

… to a mobile (cellular) phone

Use the same call sequence.

Mobile phone numbers are represented by area codes ‘015’, ‘016’, and ‘017’. The leading ‘0’ is not included when calling from outside Germany.

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

VoIP phone numbers based in the Germany are accessed with the same call sequence as a regular landline phone.

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

Germany does not have a country-speicifc 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 Germany (domestic dialing)

‘0’ is used as a trunk number used when calling to a different area code or a mobile phone within Germany.

Local calling (within the same area code)

Only dial the local phone number. Do not include the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the area code in the call.

six to eight digits
local phone number
Long distance calling (to a different area code, or to a mobile phone)

Include the trunk prefix ‘0’ as well as the area code in the call.

0two to five digitsthirdone
trunk prefixara codethirdtwo

German phone numbers explained

Number details

German numbers are seven to twelve digits.

The first two to five digits are an area (geographic) code.

The backwards slash (‘/’) is used in Germany telephone numbers to show the separation between the area code and the local subscriber number.

Mobile numbers start with area codes 015, 016, and 017.

An example of a German phone number

The Neues Museum lists its phone number in Berlin as +49 (0)30 /266424242.

Number explanation
4930266424242
country code for Germanygeographic (area) code for Berlinlocal phone number within Berlin

The ‘0’ in brackets represents the trunk prefix that is only used for dialing domestically.

Local example – calling from another location in Berlin

Dial only the local subscriber number (the part of the phone number after the backslash (‘/’) when calling within the same area code.

266424242
local phone number within Berlin
Long distance example – calling from Stuttgart, Germany (on the other side of the country) or a mobile phone

Start the call with the trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code when calling from a different area code or from a mobile phone.

030266424242
long distance trunk prefixarea code for Berlinlocal phone number within Berlin
International example – calling from outside Germany

To call from outside Germany, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by the Germany country code of ’49’, followed by the local area code and phone number.

The leading ‘0’ is not included in the phone call when calling from outside Germany.

exit code4930266424242
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Germanyarea code for Berlinlocal phone number within Berlin

Calling from Germany

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

Administrative and regulatory

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