Call India from the United Kingdom
To make an international call to India from the United Kingdom, please follow the dialing steps shown below.
The same international dialing procedure applies whether you are calling India from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Scotland, Wales, or any other UK location.
When calling India from the UK, it makes no difference whether you are calling from a UK landline or a mobile phone - although you should double check with your carrier to confirm that your plan allows international calls and that no special charges apply.
However, it does matter whether the destination phone in India is a landline phone or a mobile phone. Check here to see how to tell the difference between India landline and mobile phone numbers. Note that for many calling plans, calling cards, and prepaid plans, extra charges do apply when calling to mobile phones in India.
Phone Number Format to Call India from the UK
To make an international phone call to India from the United Kingdom, you need to dial a phone number formatted correctly for either a landline or mobile phone as follows:
Call India Landline Phone from the UK
Call India Mobile Phone from the UK
Click here for more on India landline vs. mobile phone numbers.
Dialing Steps to Call India from the UK
To call an India landline or mobile phone number from the United Kingdom, follow this dialing procedure:
1. Dial UK int'l access code / IDD: 00
Note that some mobile operators may not require an IDD and/or allow use of substitute characters (such as '+') in lieu of an IDD.
2. Dial India country code: 91
Dial country code +91 to reach any location in India. Country codes are also known as ISDs or international subscriber dialing codes.
3. Confirm that you have a 10-digit local subscriber number
All India local subscriber numbers are 10-digits long, so confirm that you have such a number. If you don't, then the next steps may correct the problem. If not, you will somehow need to get a valid 10-digit number. More on local subscriber numbers, including differences between landline and mobile numbers.
4. If you have an 11-digit local subscriber number starting with '0', remove the '0'
If your India destination phone number starts with a '0' - e.g., 080 45481800 or 094 451 23456, delete the '0'. The '0' is required only for domestic long distance calls (NLD calls).
5. Determine if calling to a landline or a mobile phone
India landline and mobile phone numbers are formatted differently. Landline numbers contain both an area code and a local subscriber number. Mobile numbers are always 10-digits and do not require a separate area code. Check here to learn how to tell landline numbers from mobile phone numbers.
6. If calling an India landline phone number...
India landline numbers consist of an area code and a local subscriber number with 10-digits in total. The numbers are written in a variety of ways - sometimes separating the area code, sometimes not. If you have a 10-digit number, you can simply dial it. If not, you may need to lookup the area code first.
a. Dial the regional area code: aaa
India area codes range from 2-digits to 4-digits depending on the location. Only a few of the largest cities have 2-digits codes. If your phone number doesn't include the area code, lookup India area codes here.
b. Dial the local subscriber number: nnn nnnn
India local subscriber numbers range from 5-digits to 8-digits, depending on the length of the area code. When combined, the total number of digits must be 10.
India doesn't have great online phone directories, but you may be able to find an India phone number here.
7. If calling an India mobile phone number...
Simply dial the 10-digit mobile number: 9x xxx xxxxx
All mobile phones in India have 10-digits and start with '9'. No area code should be dialed.
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