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Making Telephone Calls in Turkey

Ken Grubb

A public telephone in Turkey.Calling Within Turkey

Calling a Number in the Same Province
If you and the phone you're calling are in the same province, enter the seven-digit telephone number directly, such as 466-XXXX.

Calling a Number in a Different Province

The domestic calling prefix for inter-provincial dialing is 0 (zero). To call a number in another province, enter 0, then the area code, then the number, such as 0 232 466 XXXX.

Calling a Mobile Phone from a Landline

Mobile phones have their own prefix, like an area code. Call them in the same way you would call them in another province, such as 0 536 851 XXXX.

Calling a Landline from a Mobile Phone

Enter 0, the area code, and the number, such as 0 232 466 XXXX.
Note: Istanbul has two area codes, one for the European side (212) and another for the Asian side (216). If you're on one side and calling the other, you must enter the area code of the other side.

Operator Assisted Calls Within Turkey

The number for the domestic operator is 131. Tell the operator the number you want to call and what kind of call it is (collect, for example). The operator will connect the call for you.

Calling Another Country from Turkey

Calling Direct from a Residential Phone

The International calling prefix in Turkey is 00 (zero zero). Enter 00, the country code, area code, then the number. For example, the international prefix for the United States is 1 (one). So to call someone in the United States, enter the number like this: 00 1 717 496 XXXX.

Overseas calls from residential phones are expensive. Using a Turkish telephone card will save you money (see below).

Calling from a Hotel Room Phone

International calls from a hotel room are even more expensive because of telephone surcharges. Ask the clerk at the reception desk about what telephone surcharges apply. If you can dial toll-free numbers without a surcharge, you can use a Turkish telephone card to save money. If incoming calls aren't subject to the surcharge, you can make a quick call and have your family or friends call you back. As a last resort, you can use a phone in the lobby or a public pay phone.

Turkish Telephone Cards

A more inexpensive way to call from Turkey is with a telephone card, which you can buy from  a PTT (Turkish post office) or from a shop which sells them. You will see a sign outside which says "telekart" or "telefon kartı." These are prepaid phone cards with credit loaded on them. Simply insert the telekart into the slot of a public telephone and make your call. Public telephones also accept credit cards. Read more on public telephones in Turkey.

International Calling Cards from Your Home Country

Another way to save money is by using an international calling card offered by the telephone company you use back home. For example AT&T, a US telephone company, has the USADirect plan with a toll-free access number in Turkey. You just dial 0 811 288 0001. The automated recording will tell you to enter the number you're calling, then the number on the card. Then it will connect you at discount rates.

Calling to Turkey from Another Country

The international calling prefix varies from country to country, so you need to learn what it is. In the USA, it's 011. The country code for Turkey is 90. To call someone in Turkey from the USA, enter those numbers, the area code, then the number, like this: 90 232 466 XXXX.

Use Your Computer for Free Calls with Skype

The cheapest way to call to and from Turkey is with Skype. Skype is a program you download to your desktop or laptop computer, which lets you use the computer as a telephone. If the person you're calling is a Skype user, your call is free. You can also call regular landline telephones at a fraction of the price you would normally pay.

See Also

Telephones and Internet Forum

Ken Grubb, author.

As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.


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