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Area codes can get a little confusing in foreign countries.  Here is a short explanation on how it works to, from and in Israel.

International Calls

To Israel
When calling Israel from any part of the world you should dial your country's international code (00) followed by 972 and the area code of the city you are calling.  For example:
 
00-972-3- 5555555 for a number in Tel Aviv
(Make sure not to include the 0 before the city area code or a cellular phone code - not 054 but just 54)
 
From Israel
Israel has four different International phone companies, all offer more or less the same price range unless you sign up for special deals they offer.
 
  • 00 - default
  • 012 - Kavai Zahav International
  • 013 - Barak International
  • 014 - Bezek International
 

Local Calls

When dialing in Israel these are the area codes of the different cities (including the surrounding area):
 
  • Jerusalem (02)
  • Tel Aviv (03)
  • Haifa (04)
  • Netanya and Herzeliya (09)
  • The South of Israel (08) 

For cellular phones the full area coed is always necessary (050/052/054), but make sure you don't dial the area code when you are in it!

 
Comments (16)
  • nee  - bezek services

    Hi DO you know how I can call from a bezek phone to another bezek phone and instead of it ringing it goes straight to voice mail so I can leave a message?

  • Henry  - cell phone

    Hi,
    Where in Tel Aviv, Israel can I rent for a week a cell phone?
    Thank you in advance.

  • Krista  - Skype calling an 052 #. HELP PLEASE!!!

    I've been trying to call an 052 number for hours now without any success. When I'm on Skype, it keeps telling me it's an invalid number... I believe it's a cell phone. Can anyone help me out??? I've already purchased the Skype credit, but if I need to purchase a calling card tomorrow, I will do so... If so, what card do I purchase?

  • Anonymous

    I need the postcode for Tel-Aviv

  • Amir  - Some corrections and changes.

    Land-lines area codes:
    02, 03, 04, 08, 09, 072, 073, 074, 076, 077, 078
    Cell phones:
    050,052,054,057
    Due to the numbers portability law the numbers does not necessarily point to a specific carrier but generally this is the division:
    Bezeq: 02, 03, 04, 08, 09
    Smile 012 (VoB): 072-2
    Netvision 013: (VoB)073-7
    Cellcom land-line: 073-2
    Partner: 074-7
    Bezeq international: 076-5
    Hot (Cable): 077
    Testing services: 078
    Pelephone (cellular): 050 (CDMA2000/EV-DO/UMTS)
    Cellcom (cellular): 052 (GSM/GPRS/EDGE)
    Orange-Partner (cellular): 054 (GSM/UMTS/HSDPA)
    Mirs (cellular): 057 (iDEN)
    Other numbers:
    Toll-free: 1-800/1-801/1-809 (now: free only from land-lines, from march 28 2010 free from all lines)
    Split cost: 1-700 (only from land-lines, the caller pays only for the first 3.5 minutes, from cell phones - regular call to a land-line).
    Other numbers like *xxxx, 1-200 (televoting), 1-222 (surveys) etc are usually a regular call.
    For calling from Israel the prefixes are:
    Default: 00
    Smile 012: 012
    N...

  • Richard Hyde  - Oleh

    I have an old survey from 1992. It has the phone numbers of the surveyor but extra digits have been added since 1992. The cell number begins 055. What would that be today - 054 5 or 050 5 or 052 5. Also the area code for the land line is 06. I'm not sure that is an area code now. Was it incorporated into another area code? Thanks for your help.

  • Andrew Nelson  - Retired Public Relations Director

    If I have a cellular phone-Samsung and my carrier is
    Verizone Wireless, will that phone work in Jerusalem, Israel? It has been globally activated here in the USA.
    Do I simply use the area code when I am not in that area and simply leave out the area code when I am in that area? Advise and thank you. Andrew Nelson

  • A Parent  - Calling from USA

    From USA, the international access code is 011. To dial 054 cellcodes mobile phones, dial -

    011.972.54 xxx xxxx.

    I tried this and it worked for reaching my son.

  • Teresa Martin  - Mrs

    My son has cellphone in Israel and needs to call Sheit Bean from Jerusalem - can you please let me know what the code would be.

  • Katie  - calling

    I believe one of my friend has area code 054, but the odd thing is that there are only 10 numbers including the zero. I tried your method to call without the zero, but I get the same result...nothing. What else can I do to call this person? I'm calling from the U.S. and I've been trying for awhile now, and it hasn't work.

  • Roman

    when you call from abroad no need to dial 0 in codes like 03 or 054; when you are in Israel.do dial 0.

  • Katie  - calling

    I believe one of my friend has area code 054, but the odd thing is that there are only 10 numbers including the zero. I tried your method to call without the zero, but I get the same result...nothing. What else can I do to call this person? I'm calling from the U.S. and I've been trying for a while now, and it hasn't work.

    Reply
    Hi Katie, a cell phone number in Israel should have only 10 digits including the zero, which means you aren't missing out on any digits.
    So, from the U.S. you should be dialing 00 (or any other international code)-972-54 and then the next 7 digits. If that's what you're already doing, there must be some problem with the number or the phone itself.
    Good luck!
    Tel Aviv Guide Team

  • Ida

    what city is area code 052?

    Reply: 052 isn't a city area code but rather the first three digits for cellcom cellular phone company phone numbers

  • Berenice  - SMS to TelAviv

    How do you dial to send a text message to a cell phone with a 050 cellular code?

    toda

  • ET  - Thanks!

    Clear and worked! Thanks a million!

  • hb  - toda raba!!!

    i had so much trouble phoning my daughter, who's living in Yerushalayim, on her Tel Aviv cell phone. thanks to your clear instructions, i dialed her on the next try! toda raba!

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