How to call mexico

Calling Mexico from the US can be confusing to the novice.

To dial Mexico from outside the country, you must dial “011” (access code) followed by the country code.

Mexico’s country code is “52” (country code).

Next is the area code. Mexico telephone numbers have a three digit area code followed by a seven digit number for most of the country.

The exception to the rule (and this is Mexico, there are always exceptions to the rule) can be found in 3 cities; Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. These cities have a two digit area code followed by an 8 digit number:

  • Mexico City “55” + 8 digits, area code is 55
  • Guadalajara “33” + 8 digits, area code is 33
  • Monterrey “81” + 8 digits, area code is 81
  • All other cities in Mexico “3 digits” + 7 digits, area code contains 3 digits

If you were to dial Mexico City: “011” + “52” + “55” + telephone number (8 digits)

If you were to dial Acapulco: “011” + “52” + “744” + telephone number (7 digits).

Selected area codes for some Mexican cities:

Acapulco “744” + 7 digitsAguascalientes “449”+ 7 digitsApizaco “241”+ 7 digitsCabo San Lucas “624”+ 7 digitsCancun “998”+ 7 digitsCelaya “461”+ 7 digitsChihuahua “614”+ 7 digitsCiudad del Carmen “938”+ 7 digitsCiudad Juarez “656”+ 7 digitsCuernavaca “777”+ 7 digitsCuliacan “667”+ 7 digitsDurango “618”+ 7 digitsEnsenada “646”+ 7 digits Guadalajara “33” + 8 digitsGuanajuato “473” + 7 digitsIrapuato “462”+ 7 digitsIxtapa “755 + 7 digits Jalapa “932” + 7 digitsJuchita “971” + 7 digitsLeon “477” + 7 digitsLos Mochis “668” + 7 digitsMatamoros “871” + 7 digitsMazatlan “869” + 7 digitsMerida “999” + 7 digitsMexicali “686” + 7 digitsMexico City “55” + 8 digitsMonterrey “81” + 8 digitMorelia “443” + 7 digitsNogales “631” + 7 digitsNuevo Laredo “867” + 7 digitsOaxaca de Juarez “951” + 7 digitsPlaya del Carmen “984” + 7 digitsProgreso “861” + 7 digitsPuebla “222” + 7 digitsPuerto Vallarta “322” + 7 digitsReynosa “899” + 7 digitsSaltillo “844” + 7 digitsSan Francisco del Rincon “476” + 7 digitsSan Miguel Allende “415” + 7 digitsSilao “472” + 7 digitsTampico “833” + 7 digitsTijuana “664” + 7 digitsTorreon “871” + 7 digitsVeracruz “229” + 7 digitsVillahermosa“993” + 7 digits

intl. access + country code + area code + telephone number

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“011” + “52” + “2 or 3 digit area code” + “7 or 8 digit telephone number”

For a complete list of all Mexican cities, check out the TELMEX area code search page (in spanish) Link

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Need to call Mexico from the United States?

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

  • First dial 011 – the U.S. exit code.
  • Next dial 52 – the Mexico country code.
  • Then the area code – 2/3 digits.
  • Finally, the phone number – 7/8 digits.

Learn how to call Mexico from the U.S.

Here are some good calling tips:

  1. Usually, it costs more to call cell phones than fixed landlines. You should make sure that you know which type of number you are calling – landline or cellphone – so you don’t get surprised by the cost.
  2. There are many different ways to call Mexico: using a call calling card, using your cell phone plan, or using a landline phone line. It is extremely important that you know what the charges are no matter how you are calling. What are the pay per minute charges? Does your cell phone allow international dialing? For calling cards there could be hidden connection fees or rounding of minutes that quickly add up.
  3. Always remember that the personal who is making the call pays the charges – this is technically referred to as a Calling Party Pays System (CPP). If you are looking for an affordable option where you don’t have to worry about minutes or who you are calling, we have some suggestions below.
  4. International calls to mobile phones in Mexico are dialed like regular international calls. So to call a Mexico City mobile phone from the U.S., dial 011 + 52 + 1 + area code + number.
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More info on calling Mexico

Here’s a list of major area codes in Mexico, by city:

Acapulco 744
Cancun 998
Celaya 461
Chihuahua 614
Ciudad Juarez 656
Cozume 987
Culiacan 671
Guadalajara 33
Hermosillo 622
La Paz 682
Mazatlan 669
Merida 999
Mexicali 686
Mexico City 55
Miquelon 508
Monterrey 81
Puebla 222
Puerto Vallarta 322
San Luis Potosi 444
Tampico 833
Tecate 665
Tijuana 664
Torreon 871
Veracruz 229

An Affordable, Easy Way to Call Mexico

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Vonage North America gives you unlimited¹ calling to cellphones and mobiles in Mexico, so you can talk without worrying about a big bill. With unlimited calling to Mexico you’ll get:

  • Unlimited¹ calling to cell phones and mobiles in Mexico
  • Call Mexico from 2 current cell phones, no need to change your cell phone carrier
  • Keep your current cell phone number, we’ll give you a new number of your choice
  • Includes unlimited¹ local and long distance home phone service across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
  • Includes local Mexican access numbers so friends and family can call you
  • As a bonus we’ll give you a Vonage adapter to make calls at home (just plug in any home phone)/li>
  • 30-day money-back guarantee.
  • Free Vonage-to-Vonage calls.
  • Voicemail, Caller ID, Call Waiting and many other standard features.

¹ Unlimited calling subject to reasonable use policy. Calling Mexico on your cell phone uses the Vonage Extentions App, which works on Android TM and iPhone®. Cell data Charges may apply. Home phone requires high speed internet

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Vonage North America is currently one of the best and easiest options available to call Mexico. You can call cell phones and landlines from 3 phones by signing up for 1 plan, for 1 low price. Instead of going through the hassle of changing your cell carrier, you can add Vonage to any carrier and as a bonus get a home phone included at no additional charges – just plug in any home phone (works with your high speed internet, cable or DSL). n Learn more about Vonage North America today!

Finally, there is a way to make communication even easier!

When your mom in Mexico City wants to call you, now she can. All she has to do is dial a special local Mexico access number, so a local call for her, and then once connected dial your number. No longer will you have to be the one to constantly call home, or call back after a hangup. Now your friends and family can call you from Mexico all they want.


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.

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