How to dial phone numbers in Germany

How to dial phone numbers in Germany

Here is how German phone numbers are formatted, and how to call people in Germany.

In this guide, you will learn how German phone numbers are formatted, and how to call people in Germany. Once you know how it works, it's quite easy.

How to write German phone numbers

A German phone number has 3 parts: the country code, the area code, and the rest of the phone number.

Take this number for example: +49 30 901820.

  • +49 is the country code (Ländervorwahl) for Germany1. The "+" important. If you can't dial "+49" on your phone, dial "0049" instead. 004930901820 is the same as +4930901820.
  • 30 is the area code (Vorwahl). The area code for Berlin is 301, 2, but cellphones have different area codes. You can see a full list here.
  • 901820 is the rest of the phone number. It can have more digits, or fewer digits.

How to dial German phone numbers

There are multiple ways to call a German phone number.

  • Dial the whole number
    For example, +49 152 901820 or 0049 152 901820. You must put a + or a 00 in front of the number. When you call from another country, dial the whole number.
  • Dial the regional number
    For example, 030 901820. You must put a 0 in front of the number. This only works if you call from Germany.
  • Dial the local number
    For example, 901820. This only works if you call from the same area.

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