How to call Nigeria (country code +234)

Calling to Nigeria

  • A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in Nigeria for domestic long distance calls and domestic calls to a mobile phone.
  • 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 ‘7’, ‘8’, and ‘9’. Phone numbers are often listed with a leading ‘0’ however the leading ‘0’ is not dialed when calling from outside the country.

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

Nigeria 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 Nigeria (domestic dialing)

‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix within Nigeria. It is dialed (along with the area code) for calls to a different area code or to a mobile phone. It is not dialed when calling within the same area code.

Local calling (within the same area code)

To call within the same area code dial only the local phone number. Do not dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the area code.

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Long distance calling (to a different area code, or from a mobile phone)

To call to a different area code, dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the destination area code, then the local phone number.

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trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Mobile calling (to a mobile phone)

To call a mobile phone within Nigeria dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the ten digit mobile number.

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trunk prefixlocal phone numberthirdtwo

Nigeria’s phone numbers explained

Number details

Nigerian phone numbers are seven digits (landline) or ten digits (mobile). If a leading ‘0’ (that is not dialed when called from outside the country) is included it they would be eight and eleven digits.

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

The first two digits of a landline designate an area code for a geographic part of the country.

Mobile numbers begin with digits ‘7’, ‘8’, or ‘9’.

An example of a Nigerian phone number

The Wheatbaker lists its phone number in Lagos as + 234(1) 277 3560.

Phone number explanation
2341277 3560
country code for Nigeriageographic (area) code for Lagoslocal phone number within Lagos
Local example – calling from another location in Lagos, Nigeria

To call within the same area code, dial only the local phone number. Do not dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the area code.

277 3560
local phone number within Lagos
Long distance example – calling from Gwoza, Nigeria (on the other side of the country)

To call from a different area code dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the area code, then the local phone number.

01277 3560
trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for Lagoslocal phone number within Lagos
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile phone roaming in Nigeria)

To call from a mobile phone dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the area code, then the local phone number.

01277 3560
trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for Lagoslocal phone number within Lagos
International example – calling from outside Nigeria

To call from outside Nigeria, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Nigeria’s country code of ‘234’, followed by the local phone number.

Do not dial any leading ‘0’ listed in the Nigerian phone number.

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exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Nigeriageographic (area) code for Lagoslocal phone number within Lagos

Calling from Nigeria

‘009’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international call from Nigeria.

Administrative and regulatory

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