Phone Calls - Europe

Last Updated: 10th Mar 2014

More Tour and Travel Advice for Europe

Telephone call centres are reasonably common in major European cities and rates vary from country to country and city to city. You simply use the phones provided in telephone call centre and pay by the minute (usually very cheap).

Phone Cards

One of the best and cheapest ways to call home is by using international calling cards that can usually be purchased from corner stores and newspaper outlets. Most cards however are country specific (A card purchased in Italy cannot be used in Germany, for example).

Contiki offer the e-kit calling card that can be used in over 150 countries world wide.

Dialing Out

To make a call outside of the country you are in you need to dial ‘00’ followed by the country code. If the number you are dialing begins with a ‘0’ you need to drop the zero and dial the rest of the number (unless you are dialing an Italian number, in which care the ‘0’ remains).

Many people also get their friends and family to call them at the hotels on Time Out/Superior/Hotel Tours while you can usually use phone cards from the hotels

Most campsites used by Concept/Budget Tours

In-depth Regional Tours and Camping usually have public phones where it is possible to also use international phone cards.

Mobile Phones

If you are using your mobile (cell/handy) phone you should check to make sure you have international roaming on your phone before you leave home and it also pays to check the charges for this before you have it turned on. It can often be expensive to not only make calls but also receive calls while in Europe and rates vary from phone company to phone company.

You should also be sure to have your cell/mobile phone unlocked before you leave home so that it can accept other SIM cards.

It is possible to pick up local SIM cards in the countries you visit and as long as you are using the SIM card in its home country it doesn’t cost you to receive calls. It is usually standard for European SIM’s to allow international roaming and again roaming rates vary from country to country and company to company.

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