How do I make an international call to Ireland?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

Making an international call to Ireland is a fairly straightforward process. To ensure a successful call, follow these steps:

1. Check the time difference: Before making the call, consider the time difference between your location and Ireland. This will help you determine an appropriate time to make the call, ensuring that you do not disturb the recipient during odd hours.

2. Dial the international access code: To make an international call from Europe, you will need to dial “00,” which is Europe’s international access code. This code allows you to connect to an international network.

3. Dial the country code: The country code for Ireland is “353.” After dialing the international access code, enter the country code to specify that you want to call Ireland.

4. Enter the phone number: After dialing the country code, enter the phone number of the person you wish to call in Ireland. Make sure to include the area code, which is typically preceded by a “0” for landline numbers.

5. Use the correct format: It is important to follow the correct format while entering the phone number. Avoid using any additional symbols or spaces unless specifically required. Stick to numbers and ensure accuracy to avoid dialing errors.

6. Consider using the “+” symbol: Instead of dialing the international access code (00) and then the country code (353), you can also use the “+” symbol followed by the country code. This can be done from any mobile phone and eliminates the need to remember the specific international access code for each country.

For example, to call a landline number in Dublin, Ireland, you would dial: 00 (or +) – 353 – 1 – XXX XXXX.
To call a mobile number in Ireland, you would dial: 00 (or +) – 353 – 8X – XXX XXXX.

Personal Experience:
I have made several international calls to Ireland in the past, and following these steps has always allowed me to connect successfully. It is important to double-check the phone number and format to ensure accuracy. I found using the “+” symbol to be more convenient, especially when dialing from a mobile phone, as it automatically includes the correct international access code.

Additionally, it is worth noting that some service providers may have specific instructions or restrictions for making international calls. It is advisable to check with your service provider beforehand to understand any potential limitations or additional charges that may apply.

Making an international call to Ireland requires dialing the international access code (00 or +), followed by the country code (353), and then the phone number. Using the correct format and ensuring accuracy is crucial for a successful connection. By considering the time difference and following these steps, you can easily make an international call to Ireland.