|Typical format||0xx xxx xxxx|
|Country calling code||+353|
|International call prefix||00|
|List of Ireland dialing codes|
Numbers on the Irish telephone numbering plan are regulated and assigned to operators by ComReg.
Telephone numbers in Ireland are part of an open numbering plan that allows variations in number length. The Irish format is similar to systems used in many parts of Europe, notably the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Belgium and France, where geographical numbers are organised using a logic of large regional prefixes, which are then further subdivided into smaller regions. It differs from UK numbering, which originated as alphanumeric codes based on town names.
Irish Mobile and non–geographic number are fixed length and do not support local dialling.
The trunk prefix
0 is used to access numbers outside the local area and for all mobile calls. This is followed by an area code, referred to as a National Dialling Code (NDC), the first digit of which indicates the geographical area or type of service (e.g. mobile).
Calls made from mobile phones and some VoIP systems always require the full area code and phone number.
In common with most European countries, the trunk prefix
0 must be omitted when calling Irish numbers from abroad.
Irish area codes vary in length, between one and three digits (excluding the leading
0), and subscribers' numbers are between five and seven digits.
As optional local dialling is facilitated, Irish geographic numbers cannot begin with 0 (trunk prefix), 1 (special number prefix) or 999 (emergency services). However, mobile numbers use the full range of digits, as local dialling is not supported on mobile networks, and the area code must always be dialled.
A migration to a standard format,
0xx xxx xxxx, is in progress; however, to avoid disruption, this process is only being carried out as needed, where existing area codes and local numbering systems have reached full capacity. There is currently no plan to move to a closed numbering system.
Irish geographical numbering is structured on a regional basis and follows a logical hierarchy.
These directory areas correspond approximately to the following geographical regions:
01– Greater Dublin Area
06– Midwest and Southwest
The Midlands is covered by several regional codes.
Except for the
01 area, each area is further subdivided into smaller areas (NDCs). Usually, the main city or town in the area is
|Directory area||National Dialling Codes (NDCs)||Region and cities / towns|
|Dublin area: extends to certain parts of Wicklow, Meath and Kildare.|
|Northeast and Midlands:|
|Midlands and Southeast:|
|Midwest and Southwest:|
|West and Midlands|
ComReg maintains a map of area codes here.
Mobile phone numbers start with the prefix
08x and are part of a closed numbering plan, which means that a mobile phone number must have 10 digits. Calls to landlines and other mobiles require the area code on a mobile phone.
New numbers are assigned on prefixes and ranges managed by a specific operator. However, as full mobile number portability has been in operation since 2003, it is no longer possible to reliably identify which network a particular number is on. For example, a newly assigned Three number would begin with
083, but may have been ported to another operator in the meantime.
|eir mobile||previously known as Meteor and eMobile|
|Vodafone Ireland||formerly Eircell|
|BlueFace||Hosted on Three|
|GoMo||Hosted on eir mobile|
|An Post Mobile||Hosted on Vodafone|
|Clear Mobile||Hosted on Vodafone|
|48||Hosted on Three. Numbers begin with |
|Lycamobile||Hosted on Three. Numbers begin with |
|Virgin Mobile||Hosted on Three. Numbers begin with |
|All networks||Reserved for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, using the format |
Mobile phone numbers also have their own voicemail number. To access this, the number
5 should be put after the prefix. For example, the mobile number
08x xxx xxxx has the voicemail number
08x 5 xxx xxxx.
On some networks, when the direct to voicemail number is called, the voicemail greeting for that network is played (e.g. Vodafone, eir Mobile), while others request a phone number followed by the voicemail greeting for that number (e.g. Three). Users can press the hash key (
#) to gain access to the voicemail box.
Although Northern Ireland is part of the UK numbering plan, a special arrangement exists for calling Northern Irish landlines from the Republic of Ireland.
Calls to Northern Ireland can be dialled using the
048 prefix or by dialling the number in the full international format. Most Irish operators treat calls to Northern Ireland at national or even local rates. Similar charging arrangements apply when calling the Republic of Ireland from Northern Ireland.
For example, to reach Belfast landline
90xx xxxx, subscribers can dial either
048 90xx xxxx or
00 44 28 90xx xxxx.
Northern Irish mobile phones use the same mobile numbering and networks as other parts of the UK – calls must be dialled using the
00 44 7xxx xxx xxx format.
In common with all EU countries, the international access code is
Numbers should be dialled as follows:
00 – country code – area code – local number.
All mobile phones and some VoIP services also support the international E.164 number format, so a
+ may be optionally used instead of
03– reserved for future changes in the numbering plan
07– all except
076are reserved without assigned purpose
0707– reserved for personal numbering
00– international access
020 91x xxxx– drama use (although the rest of
0700– personal numbering
076– VoIP services
080– mailbox for landline users (formerly access code for Northern Ireland)
General operator assistance no longer exists in Ireland.
118xx– Directory enquiries (multiple commercial providers offer a variety of services in this number range)
The emergency number for Ireland is
112. This is harmonised across the EU.
To avoid confusion, the long–established
999 continues to be advertised alongside
112. Either number can be dialed.
112 can also be contacted by SMS. While the service is open to all users, it is primarily aimed at the deaf community.
Pre-registration is required. Further information can be found at 112.ie.
Irish premium rate telephone numbers start with
15 and are read in two-digit blocks e.g.
1550 is "fifteen fifty".
The rates given below are from ComReg and are indicative only. Please check with your specific telephone service provider for exact rates.
|NDC||Maximum price (ComReg)||Notes|
|€0.50 per call||Premium rate untimed|
|€0.70 per call|
|€0.90 per call|
|€1.20 per call|
|€1.80 per call|
|€2.50 per call|
|€3.50 per call|
|€0.30 per minute||Premium rate timed|
|€0.50 per minute|
|€0.70 per minute|
|€1.20 per minute|
|€1.80 per minute|
|€2.50 per minute|
|€2.40 per minute|
|€3.50 per minute|
|Premium rate adult non–live|
|Premium rate adult live|
|NDC||Maximum price (ComReg)||Notes|
|€0.16 per SMS||Premium rate SMS|
|€0.30 per SMS|
|variable price – see advertising|
50XXX code is used for free–of–charge SMS.
Premium rate services in Ireland are regulated by ComReg.
|NDC||Indicative pricing||Notes||since 1 December 2019||from 1 January 2022|
|free||National freephone / toll free||as before|
|International freephone / toll free|
|variable||per call charge untimed||withdrawn|
Toll–free numbers are free to call from mobile handsets, however the recipient can elect not to accept mobile–originated calls, and/or to accept calls only from predefined geographical region(s).
1890 can only be dialled from within Ireland. They should never be printed or presented in the international format
+353 1850 or
+353 1890 as these clash with working Dublin landline numbers in the
+353 1 8xx xxxx
A recent review
076 number ranges by 1 January 2022. During the transition period, these ranges are geo–rated (charged as if they are geographical numbers).
From August 2019, various telecoms providers announced price changes which took effect on, or just before, 1 December 2019, including Virgin Media Business, in2tel, Virgin Media, eir, Tesco Mobile, Three, Digiweb, Pure Telecom, 48 months and Sky.
1891– reduced cost internet access (possibly timed)
1892– local rate internet access (timed)
1893– variable cost internet access (timed)
13xxx– carrier selection (third party long distance, international and internet services). These codes override the default carrier.
Carrier preselect is normally used where the exchange automatically uses the customer's preferred provider(s).
199xxx...– network operator-specific engineering codes (undefined length). These codes are generally not published.
These services give you more information about your phone line (applicable only to lines provided using the OpenEir access network.)
199000– reads out your telephone number.
Check which carrier you are using for each category of call:
19800– international calls
19822– local calls
19801– calls to other parts of the Republic of Ireland, Irish mobile numbers and landlines in Northern Ireland.
171– used to access voicemail on all networks: fixed line (POTS and Cable), all mobile operators and many VoIP providers.
Special short codes are used to control various supplementary services offered by digital local exchanges. These services were first introduced as PhonePlus in 1981, on the first generation of Alcatel E10 and Ericsson AXE digital exchanges used in Ireland, and were rolled out nationally throughout the 1980s.
These services are available on all Irish PSTN lines, regardless of operator. There is a more expansive range of services available, but these are the most commonly used. Different codes apply on cable telephony lines, such as those provided by Virgin Media Ireland and on VoIP providers.
141– caller ID default override – withhold caller ID on this call
142– caller ID default override – present caller ID on this call
1471– check last missed call. The system will verbally announce details of the last missed call
#93#– delete missed call information from network memory
*#43#– check status
R0– reject call (or send to voicemail) and temporarily suspend call waiting service for this call.
R1– answer waiting call and disconnect current call.
R2– answer waiting call and place current call on hold/or swap between calls.
R3– merge both calls into a three–way call.
Rkey on your phone and dial the number you wish to add to the conversation.
R3to begin conference/three–way call.
R2allows you to separate the calls and swap between them.
R– places call on hold. Hang up and telephone will ring until call on hold is picked up again.
*21*(phone number)#– forward all calls to
*#21#– check status
When this service is active, the dial tone changes to a two–frequency 'siren' tone.
*55*[time in 4–digit 24h format]#e.g. for 8:30am dial
*#55#– check status
Most exchanges confirm setup with a verbal announcement, however some exchanges may use a ringing tone to indicate successful service setup and a busy tone to indicate an error/invalid code.
(Codes are unique to the network and do not follow ETSI guidelines)
141– caller ID default override – withhold caller ID on this call
142– caller ID default override – present caller ID on this call
*70 (wait for prompt and enter phone number)– forward all calls to
*75– activate when busy
#75– deactivate when busy
*77– forward if unanswered
#77– deactivate if unanswered
R1– answer waiting call and disconnect current call.
R2– answer waiting call and place current call on hold or swap between calls.
You will either hear a tone or a voice message to confirm services have been set up or deactivated.
Several major number changes have occurred since 1990.
021changed from 6–digits to 7–digits in two stages.
40were prefixed with
2, while numbers beginning with
33were prefixed by
9were prefixed with
041changed from 5–digit to 7–digit. Numbers in the Drogheda minimum numbering area (MNA) were prefixed by
98and in the Ardee MNA by
042changed from 5–digit to 7–digit. Numbers in the Dundalk MNA were prefixed by
93, in the Carrickmacross MNA by
96and the Castleblayney MNA by
049changed from 5–digit to 7–digit. Numbers in the Cavan MNA were prefixed by
43, in the Cootehill MNA by
55, in the Oldcastle MNA by
85and the Belturbet MNA by
065changed from 5–digit to 7–digit. Numbers in the Ennis MNA were prefixed by
68, in the Ennistymon MNA by
70and the Kilrush MNA by
066changed from 5–digit to 7–digit. Numbers in the Tralee MNA were prefixed by
71, in the Dingle MNA by
91, in the Cahirciveen MNA by
94and the Killorglin MNA by
080was previously used for calls to Northern Ireland, but this changed to
048following the Big Number Change.
046, including Navan, Nobber, Kells, Trim, Enfield and Edenderry. The
0405area code was abolished. All local numbers became 7–digit.
056changed from 5–digit to 7–digit. Numbers in the Kilkenny MNA were prefixed by
77, in the Castlecomer MNA by
44and the Freshford MNA by
059, including Carlow, Muine Bheag, Athy and Baltinglass. The area codes abolished were
0508. All local numbers became 7–digit.
071, including Sligo, Boyle, Carrick-on-Shannon, Drumshanbo, Manorhamilton. The area codes abolished were
079. All local numbers became 7–digit.
074, including Letterkenny, Lifford, Ramelton, Buncrana, Dungloe and Donegal. The area codes abolished were
077. All local numbers became 7–digit.
090, including Athlone, Banagher (North), Ballinasloe, Roscommon, Portumna. The area codes abolished were
0905. All local numbers became 7–digit.
094, including Castlebar, Swinford, Claremorris, Ballinrobe, Castlerea and Ballaghaderreen. The area codes abolished were
092. All local numbers became 7–digit.
044changed from 5–digit to 7–digit. Numbers in the Rochfortbridge MNA were prefixed by
92, in the Mullingar MNA by
93and the Castlepollard MNA by
053, including Wexford, Enniscorthy, Ferns and Gorey. The area codes abolished were
055. All local numbers became 7–digit.
057, including Portlaoise, Abbeyleix, Tullamore and Birr. The area codes abolished were
0509. All local numbers became 7–digit.
023changed from 5–digit to 7–digit. Numbers in the Bandon MNA beginning with
8were prefixed by
88, while numbers beginning with
6were prefixed by
043changed from 5–digit to 7–digit. Numbers in the Longford MNA were prefixed by
33and in the Edgeworthstown MNA by
052changed from 5–digit to 7–digit. Numbers in the Clonmel MNA were prefixed by
61, in the Cahir MNA by
74and the Killenaule MNA by
064changed from 5–digit to 7–digit. Numbers in the Killarney MNA were prefixed by
66and in the Rathmore MNA by
01changed from 6–digits to 7–digits in five stages between 1990 and 1994:
79were prefixed with
69were prefixed with
4and the remaining 6–digit numbers beginning with
2were prefixed with
8. Numbers beginning with
98were prefixed with
784were prefixed with
4, while numbers beginning with
789were prefixed with
6, and numbers beginning with
788were prefixed with
3were prefixed with
8, while numbers beginning with
9were prefixed with
All local numbers with the area code
01 are currently 7–digits, but may change to 8–digits in the future, although breaking the city into separate area codes would match the rest of the national system.
A review and public consultation on the future of Ireland's numbering plan was undertaken.
10– national operator assistance (withdrawn in 2007)
114– international operator assistance (withdrawn in 2007)
910– operator-assisted calls to some areas without direct dialling (withdrawn in the early 1980s)
1190– Telecom Éireann national directory assistance (withdrawn in the early 2000s and replaced with
1197– Telecom Éireann UK directory assistance (withdrawn in the early 2000s and replaced with
1198– Telecom Éireann international directory assistance (withdrawn in the early 2000s and replaced with
191– Telecom Éireann repair services (withdrawn in the late 1990s)
196– telemessaging services, whereby callers could ask an operator to send a postcard with a printed message (withdrawn in the late 1990s)
A range of numbers from
194 were once used for various Telecom Éireann customer service and account service lines.
1191– speaking clock (withdrawn on 27 August 2018)
08followed by Northern Irish area code and phone number e.g. Belfast
01232 xxx xxxwas reached by dialling
08 01232 xxx xxx.
Belfast could previously be reached by dialling
084 in place of the UK area code
Until the early 1990s, the
03 numbering range was originally used for calls to Great Britain, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, with the Irish prefix
030 replacing the UK trunk code
Calls to British cities using the director telephone system were also possible using shorter codes:
031– London (
032– Birmingham (
033– Edinburgh (
034– Glasgow (
035– Liverpool (
036– Manchester (
031 was replaced with
01 was split into the area codes
081 in 1990.
03 for this purpose was discontinued in 1993, when the international access code changed from
00, with calls to Great Britain (but not Northern Ireland) requiring the country code
+44 and the area code in full.
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