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User Guide: Make Cheap Calls to France


If you are relocating to France, have a second residence there, or often travel to France for work, you might need to know how to call France for any reason.

Thanks to modern communications technologies, you have endless options to make effortless and affordable international calls.

There are a few steps you must take in order to properly make a call to France, regardless of whether you are using a landline, a mobile phone, a prepaid calling card, or the internet. Let’s explore!

How to Call France from the UK

1. Calling a Landline Number in France

If you are calling a landline in France from the UK, start by dialing “00” – the exit code for the UK. Without entering the exit code first, you can never call overseas. After entering the exit code, dial France’s country code, “33.” Make sure to enter the correct country code, or your call will not connect.

After the country code, dial the area code. The area codes in France are divided into five regions. For the Paris region, the area code is 01. For Northwest Frace “02”, For Northeast Frace “03”, For Southwest France “04”, and for Southwest France, the area code is “05.”

Refer to this table if you don’t know in which region your desired city is located.

Zone (Region or City) Area Code
Paris / Île de France 01
Northwest France (Brest, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Nantes, Orleans, Rouen), the Réunion and Mayotte DOMs 02
Northeast France (Boulogne, Calais, Dijon, Lille, Nancy, Strasbourg, Reims, Troyes) 03
Southeast France (Cannes, Grenoble, Lyon, Marseille, Monaco, Nice, St. Etienne, Toulon, Valence) and Corsica 04
Southeast France (Bordeaux, Limoges, Lourdes, Toulouse) and the codes for Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, French Guiana, and Saint Pierre et Miquelon DOMs 05

After entering the area code, dial the number you want to call. Phone numbers in France consist of eight digits, excluding the area code. Do not include the first zero of the area code if you’re calling a number in France from abroad.

If you’ve followed the procedure correctly, your number should look something like “00 331 11 22 33 44.”

2. If Calling a Mobile Number

If you are calling a mobile number in France from the UK, enter the “+” symbol before dialing the number. After the + sign, dial “33” – the country for France.

The area code for France’s mobile numbers is either “06” or “07.”  No matter in which region the mobile number is being used, the area code will be no other than the ones mentioned before.

At this point, the mobile number you want to call should look something like “+337 11 22 33 44.”

Make Cheap Calls to France With Talk Home App

Talk Home App allows you to call your friends and family anywhere in France at affordable rates. When using Talk Home App, the cost of calling a landline or mobile number in France will be 25c/minute. Explore Talk Home App calling rates for other countries.

To call France using the Talk Home App, first, download the app from the App Store for iOS or the Google Play Store for Android. Once you have downloaded the app, you will need to register your phone number to create an account. Once you’re signed up, simply top up your account and start calling.

As an added convenience, the Talk Home App has an auto-top-up option. With auto-top-up enabled, your account will automatically be recharged as soon as it goes below a certain limit.

Call France With Talk Home Calling Card

Talk Home Calling Cards are quite popular in the UK for making international calls. There are three price categories for the card ($5, £10, and £20), and the card may be thrown away once the credit has been used.

Here are the rates for Talk Home Calling Card users who want to call France from the US. However, you also check the calling card rates for other countries.

Card Landline minutes Mobile minutes
£5 500 mins (1p/min) 100 mins (5p/min)
£10 1000 mins (1p/min) 200 mins (5p/min)
£20 2000 mins (1p/min) 400 mins (5p/min)


Talk Home also offers Rechargeable calling cards, which can be recharged once the balance on the card has expired. Unlike regular cards, rechargeable cards don’t require constant replacement. Instead of purchasing a new card, multiple top-ups can be made on the same one.

With rechargeable cards, you can also earn reward points. Users receive reward points whenever they purchase a new rechargeable card or top up their existing one. Users can redeem their points after accumulating enough by logging into their accounts. You can use the reward points to re-charge your card for free.

Here’s a list of reward points you get on each card.

Points Free top-up you get
500 £5
1000 £10
1500 £15
2000 £20


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