Telephone numbers in Portugal

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Portugal telephone numbers
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Location of Portugal (dark green)
Country Portugal
Continent Europe
Type Closed
NSN length9
Access codes
Country calling code +351
International call prefix 00
Trunk prefix none

Portugal changed to a closed telephone numbering plan on 31 October 1999; previously, the trunk prefix was '0', but this was dropped. [1]


For landline subscribers, the area code, prefixed by the digit '2', was incorporated into the subscriber's number. For mobile subscribers, formerly seven (to call another subscriber using the same operator) or eleven (to call any mobile subscriber) digits were used. [1] For special number ranges, formerly ten digits were used, but the initial '0' was dropped. [1] These changes made that nine digits were used for all calls after 1999. [1]

Before 1999 Portugal Telecom controlled Portugal's entire landline telephone network. [2] On 16 December 1999 Anacom announced that the market would be opened to competitors on 1 January 2000. [2]

Geographic numbering

Numbering examples for Lisbon area: [1]

xxx xxxx  (before 1999, within Lisbon)       01 xxx xxxx  (before 1999, within Portugal, including Lisbon)  +351  1 xxx xxxx  (before 1999, outside Portugal)       2x xxx xxxx  (after 1999, within Portugal, including Lisbon)       2x(x) xxx xxx  (present day, within Portugal, including Lisbon)  +351 21 xxx xxxx  (after 1999, outside Portugal)  +351 2x(x) xxx xxx  (present day, outside Portugal)

Mobile telephone numbering

Mobiles similarly changed, with the digits 9T replacing the prefix 093T, where T is a digit specific to a mobile operator, that can be 1 (Telecel, now Vodafone Portugal), 0, 2 or 6 (TMN/MEO) or 3 (Optimus/NOS):

 xxx xxxx  (before 1999 for Portuguese subscribers using the same mobile operator)      093T xxx xxxx  (before 1999 within Portugal, T=1,3,6)  +351 93T xxx xxxx  (before 1999 outside Portugal, T=1,3,6)         9T xxx xxxx  (after 1999 within Portugal, T=1,3,6,2)  +351  9T xxx xxxx  (after 1999 outside Portugal, T=1,2,3,6)  +351  9Tx xxx xxx  (present day outside Portugal, T=1,3,6,2,0)

Other numbering

New number ranges include: [3]

10xx        Carrier selection codes  30x xxx xxx VoIP carriers  607 xxx xxx Premium rate  7xx xxx xxx Flat tariff, private networks, inter-operator routing  884 xxx xxx Personal numbering  882 xxx xxx Virtual card services   800 xxx xxx Freephone  808 xxx xxx Shared cost  809 xxx xxx Shared cost

Prefix list

Source: [4]

21x Lisboa
22x Porto
23x- Mealhada Viseu Figueira da Foz Aveiro Arganil Pombal - Seia Coimbra
24x- Abrantes Ponte de Sôr Santarém Leiria Portalegre --- Torres Novas
25x- Valença Vila Nova de Famalicão Braga Peso da Régua Penafiel São João da Madeira Braga Viana do Castelo Vila Real
26x- Torres Vedras Caldas da Rainha Vila Franca de Xira - Setúbal Évora - Estremoz Santiago do Cacém
27x- Guarda Castelo Branco Bragança Proença-a-Nova Covilhã Chaves Idanha-a-Nova Mirandela Moncorvo
28x- Tavira Portimão Odemira Beja Moura Castro Verde -- Faro
29x- Funchal Horta -- Angra do Heroísmo Ponta Delgada ---

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Country Code: +240
International Call Prefix: 00
Trunk Prefix:


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Novo Plano Nacional de Numeração" (in Portuguese). 29 October 1999. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  2. 1 2 "Serviço Fixo de Telefone liberalizado em 1 de Janeiro". (in Portuguese). 16 December 1999.
  3. "Pesquisa de recursos de numeração (Códigos/Serviços)". (in Portuguese). Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM). Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  4. "Pesquisa de áreas geográficas". (in Portuguese). Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM). Retrieved 16 December 2016.