Making Phone Calls in France

by Andrea Segura - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Even though WhatsApp, Skype and other apps are mostly used for making international phone calls nowadays, there might still be confusion on the dial codes. Whenever you are using your own US or Canadian cell phone to call a number in France, you are making an international call. You will also need to dial accordingly when using Skype.   

  • The International Access Code (IAC) for the US and Canada is 011 and for France it’s 00
  • The Country Code (CC) for France is 33 and for the US and Canada it’s 1
  • Area Codes in France can be various digits in length
  • To call France from the US or Canada, dial IAC + CC + Local Number.

Example: The local telephone number of the Louvre Museum in France is (0)1- 40205760. The number could also be listed as +33-(0)1- 40205760. In both cases, you would dial 011-33-1-40205760. Notice the Trunk code (0) is dropped.

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To call the US or Canada from France, dial IAC + CC + LN

The local telephone number of the ExperiencePlus! headquarters in Colorado is 970-484-8489. You would dial 00-1-970-484-8489.

To call France from another European country, dial IAC + CC + LN

The local telephone number of the Louvre Museum in France is (0)1- 40205760. The number could also be listed as +33-(0)1- 40205760. You would dial 00-33-1-40205760.

To call France from within France, dial LN

The local telephone number of the Louvre Museum in France is (0)1- 40205760. You would dial 01-40205760. Unlike the U.S. there is no need to differentiate between local and long distance by dialing a 1. Notice that the Trunk Code (0) is dialed.

Using Public Phones

Most telephones in France only accept télécartes, not coins. Télécartes operate like a debit card you insert into public telephones. The phones have a screen that shows you how many “units” are available on your card. Local calls cost one unit each. To call the U.S. from France, dial 001, the area code and your number. A call to the U.S. costs 120 units for 12 minutes. Calls to the U.S. between 10 pm and 8 am cost 50% less. You can purchase these cards at tobacco stores (tabacs), post offices and most metro stations for 8 euros (about 50 units) and 16 euros (about 120 units). Calls from a public phone cost 30% less than calls from a hotel or restaurant.

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