How to call to Switzerland (country code +41)

Calling to Switzerland

  • A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in Switzerland 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.

Switzerland’s country code may be mis-labelled:

  • Country code 0041 (exit code of ’00’ used in many European, Asian, and African nations followed by Switzerland’s country code of ’41’).
  • Country code 01141 (exit code of ‘011’ used in the United States and Canada followed by Switzerland’s country code of ’41’).

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 ’74’ through ’79’ inclusive. The leading ‘0’ is not included when calling from outside Switzerland.

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

Switzerland 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 Switzerland (domestic dialing)

The trunk number ‘0’ and area code are dialed for all domestic calls. Even when calling within the same area code, include the leading ‘0’ and area code.

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Switzerland phone numbers explained

Number details

Swiss numbers are nine digits (ten including the leading ‘0’).

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

Mobile numbers start with area codes 74 to 79. The second digit of the mobile area code designates the mobile carrier.

An example of a Swiss phone number

The Swiss Museum of Games lists its phone number in La Tour-de-Peilz as ‘021 977 23 00’.

Number explanation
4121977 23 00
country code for Switzerlandgeographic (area) code for La Tour-de-Peilz
Local example – calling from another location in La Tour-de-Peilz

The trunk prefix ‘0’ and area code are included in the phone call – even when calling locally.

021977 23 00
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Long distance example – calling from Zurich, Switzerland (on the other side of the country) or a mobile phone

The trunk prefix ‘0’ and area code are included in the phone call.

021977 23 00
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International example -calling from outside Switzerland

To call from outside Switzerland, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by the Switzerland’s country code of ’41’, followed by the local area code and phone number.

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

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Calling from Switzerland

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

Administrative and regulatory

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