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How to Call Germany from the U.S.

Having trouble with your call to Germany? Vonage can help.

Whether you’re calling relatives in Hamburg or planning a trip to Berlin, Vonage World® can help your call to Germany get through. Vonage makes it easy to enjoy low-cost, reliable home phone service with unlimited¹ calling to Germany, so you can call Germany from the U.S. anytime you need to.

When you add Vonage Extensions™ to Vonage World®, you can extend your home calling plan to any phone, including mobiles, at no extra charge. So you can call Germany from both your home and mobile phones on the same plan. You’ll also be able to make unlimited¹ calls to landlines in more than 60 countries. Now you can call Germany from the U.S. whenever and however you want.

To call Germany from the U.S., just follow these simple dialing directions:

  • First dial 011, the U.S. exit code.
  • Next dial 49, the country code for Germany,
  • then the area code (2–5 digits)
  • and finally the phone number (3–9 digits).

Have family in Germany who often call the U.S.?

Here’s an idea: Why not give Vonage World® to your friends or family in Germany? It’s easy… just sign up for a Vonage World® account for them and ship them the Vonage Box™². That way they can make unlimited¹ calls to landlines in the U.S. Imagine your father in Dresden having the same U.S. area code as you. You and anyone in the U.S. can reach him on a U.S. number, rather than paying international rates to call Germany. And if you both have Vonage, calls between you are included at no additional charge! Vonage works anywhere there’s a high-speed Internet connection.

Need more help calling Germany?

If your call isn’t going through, watch out for these common dialing errors:

Blocked international calls

Many phone service providers offer the option to block international calling or even have it as a default. Check this setting before trying to place a direct international call. With Vonage World®, your calls to Germany will never be blocked.

Mobile numbers without area codes

Area codes shouldn’t be added to international cell phone numbers. Cell phone numbers in most countries also have an allocated starting digit that isn’t used for landlines.

Drop the trunk code

If the number you are dialing starts with zero, you must drop this first digit. The zero is called a “trunk code” and is used when calling within certain countries.
For example, if the number you are calling is 021 XXXX XXXX:

  • the wrong way to dial from the U.S. is 011 + 49 + 021 XXXX XXXX
  • the right way to dial from the U.S. is 011 + 49 + 21 XXXX XXXX

VoIP (Internet phone) connections

Some VoIP service providers allow you to skip dialing 011 before placing an international call. If this feature is turned on, just leave out the 011 U.S. exit code. For unlimited¹ landline and affordable mobile, check out our Vonage World® plan that services Germany.

Need more help with how to call Germany?

Here is a list of major Germany area codes and city calling codes.

GERMANY AREA CODES
Aachen 241
Augsburg 821
Berlin 30
Bielefeld 521
Bochum 234
Bonn 228
Brandenburg 3381
Bremen 421
Chemnitz 371
Dortmund 231
Dresden 351
Duisburg 203
Dusseldorf 211
Essen 201
Frankfurt 69
Gelsenkirchen 209
Hamburg 40
Hannover 511
Karlsruhe 721
Koln 221
Krefeld 2151
Leipzig 341
Mannheim 621
Menz 33082
Munchen 89
Munster 6071
Nurnberg 911
Stuttgart 711
Wiesbaden 611
Wuppertal 202

What about international calling apps?

Check out Vonage Mobile for international calling apps for Android™ & iPhone® devices.

¹Unlimited calling and other services for all residential plans are based on normal residential, personal, non-commercial use. A combination of factors is used to determine abnormal use, including but not limited to: the number of unique numbers called, calls forwarded, minutes used and other factors. Subject to our Reasonable Use Policy and Terms of Service.

²You sign up for an additional account and remain responsible for all charges and activity on each account, as well as shipping for the adapter and for compliance with the laws of the country outside of the U.S. where the Vonage adapter may be used. Vonage customer support is in English and Spanish only. Vonage 911 service does not operate outside the U.S.