Phone Calls To and From and Within Mexico: Dialing Made Easy

Dialing and Calling Into and Out-of and Within Mexico:
Imagine you are enjoying Merida and want to call a friend here in Mexico or back in the USA or Canada. The prefixes you need to dial depend on ~ where you are ~ and ~ what kind of phone you are using ~ (land-lines vs. cell phones). The rules for dialing phone prefixes within Mexico, and from outside Mexico, are different for land-line vs. cell phones.

Land-Line Phone Calls Within Mexico:
Land-line to local land-line: Dial the seven digit number (i.e. 924-1234)
Land-line to long distance land-line: Dial 01 & the ten digit number (i.e. 01-999-924-1234)
Land-line to local cell phone: Dial 044 & the ten digit number (i.e. 044-999-924-1234)
Land-line to long distance cell phone: Dial 045 & the ten digit number (i.e. 045-999-924-1234)

Cell-Phone Calls Within Mexico:
Cell phone to local or long distance land-line: Dial the ten digit number (i.e. 999-924-1234)
Cell phone to local or long distance cell phone: Dial the ten digit number (i.e. 999-924-1234)

Calling from the US or Canada:
Dialing to a Mexican land-line phone: Dial 011-52 & the ten digit number (i.e. 011-52-999-924-1234)
Dialing to a Mexican cell phone: Dial 011-52-1 & the ten digit number (i.e. 011-52-1-999-924-1234)

Calling from Mexico to a US or Canadian phone:
Dial 001 & the ten digit number (i.e. 001-970-555-5555)

Calling from Mexico to Other Countries:
Dial 00 & the Country Code & phone number (i.e. for England: 00-44-7024065511)

Calling from Mexico to US or Canadian Toll Free numbers:
For 800 numbers: Dial 001-880 & the seven digit number
For 866 numbers: Dial 001-883 & the seven digit number
For 877 numbers: Dial 001-882 & the seven digit number
For 888 numbers: Dial 001-881 & the seven digit number

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Mexican Area Codes (Alphabetically by State):
Acapulco, Guerrero – 744
Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes – 449
Alamos, Sonora – 647
Barra de Navidad, Jalisco – 315
Bucerias, Nayarit – 329
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur – 624
Campeche, Campeche – 981
Cancun, Quintana Roo – 998
Catemaco, Veracruz – 294
Chetumal, Quintana Roo – 983
Chihuahua, Chihuahua – 614
Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche – 938
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua – 656
Ciudad Obregon, Sonora – 644
Ciudad del Valles, San Luis Potosi – 481
Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas – 834
Colima, Colima – 312
Cordoba, Veracruz – 271
Costa Careyes, Jalisco – 315
Cozumel, Quintana Roo – 987
Creel, Chihuahua – 635
Cuernavaca, Morelos – 777
Culiacan, Sinaloa – 667
Durango, Durango – 618
El Fuerte, Sinaloa – 698
Ensenada, Baja California – 646
Fresnillo, Zacatecas – 493
Guadalajara, Jalisco – 33
Guanajuato, Guanajuato – 473
Guaymas, Sonora – 622
Hermosillo, Sonora – 662
Huatulco, Oaxaca – 958
Irapuato, Guanajuato – 462
Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo – 998
Ixtapa, Guerrero – 755
La Paz, Baja California Sur – 612
Leon, Guanajuato – 477
Loreto, Baja California Sur – 613
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur – 624
Los Mochis, Sinaloa – 668
Manzanillo, Colima – 314
Matehuala, San Luis Potosi – 488
Matamoros, Tamaulipas – 868
Mazatlan, Sinaloa – 669
Melaque, Jalisco – 315
Merida, Yucatan – 999
Mexicali, Baja California – 686
Mexico City, Federal District – 55
Morelia, Michoacan – 443
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon – 81
Mulege, Baja California Sur – 615
Nogales, Sonora – 631
Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas – 867
Oaxaca, Oaxaca – 951
Pachuca, Hidalgo – 771
Palenque, Chiapas – 916
Patzcuaro, Michoacan – 434
Piedras Negras, Coahuila – 878
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo – 984
Progreso, Yucatan – 969
Puebla, Puebla – 222
Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca – 954
Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo – 998
Puerto Penasco, Sonora – 638
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco – 322
Queretaro, Queretaro – 442
Reynosa, Tamaulipas – 899
Rosarito, Baja California – 661
Saltillo, Coahuila – 844
San Blas, Nayarit – 323
San Carlos, Sonora – 622
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas – 967
San Felipe, Baja California – 686
San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur – 624
San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi – 444
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato – 415
Sayulita, Nayarit – 327
Tapachula, Chiapas – 962
Taxco, Guerrero – 762
Tepic, Nayarit – 311
Tijuana, Baja California – 664
Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala – 246
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur – 612
Toluca, Estado de Mexico – 722
Torreon, Coahuila – 871
Troncones, Guerrero – 755
Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas – 961
Uruapan, Michoacan – 452
Valle de Bravo, Estado de Mexico – 726
Veracruz, Veracruz – 229
Villahermosa, Tabasco – 993
Xalapa, Veracruz – 228
Zacatecas, Zacatecas – 492
Zihuatanejo, Guerrero – 755

Enjoy !

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15 Responses to Phone Calls To and From and Within Mexico: Dialing Made Easy

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  2. Eric Chaffee says:

    Great explanation. What’s missing? — Any mention of using Skype to reach the various destinations. Many thanks in advance for adding a discussion on this aspect!

    ~eric.

    • yucalandia says:

      Hey Eric,
      How would Skype be different from any other type of phone call from the US or Canada? Aren’t all Skype calls treated as if they originate from a US phone number – because Skype calls go from your ISP, then hop from internet server to internet server, until the call hits the Skype server, which dumps the call into the US/Canadian phone system, which means the Skype calls originate from the USA – which means you would follow the instructions given above for calling into Mexico from the US or Canada?

      Do I misunderstand?
      steve

  3. Eric Chaffee says:

    Hi Steve,
    Sorry for the long delay in responding. I guess I’m most interested if there is some protocol for calling a Mexican phone# (cell or landline) with skype.

    And I’ve got a detail which you might want to add to the body of your text, above. It pertains to visitors calling for emergency assistance. My understanding is that 066 is used from landlines, and 113 from cell phones. (not sure which to call with skype.)

    Also, since many folks are using wifi in Merida’s parks, it might be worth considering. Here’s an article from NYTimes, 2/16, titled New Hacking Tools Pose Bigger Threats to WiFi Users. IT’S SCARY !!
    Here’s the link:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/technology/personaltech/17basics.html?adxnnl=1&ref=homepage&src=me&adxnnlx=1298131636-3MSZiVMG3Ri6VCMu0T55EA

    ~eric.

    • Some additional details:
      My wife and I are using AT&T cellphones now, as they work inexpensively in Mexico and USA. (We don’t talk on phones much.) We have them as GO-phones which is $100usd per year, plus 10¢ per minute. (25¢ if calling between nations; 35¢ to Canada), but if we call each other in Mexico it is only 10¢, as we both have the same area code back home. The ATT network shares towers with TelCel, I believe, so the signal availability is widespread.

      I’ve added a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to my computer, as it adds security for use on wifi in the parks; and it allows us to watch various tv shows online by enabling us to conceal our exact location, enabling us to appear to be in US for shows which aren’t licensed to be viewed by be Mexicans. The vpn we like is made by Witopia; it got very high marks from NYT.

      We are also using FaceTime (an Apple app) for free communicating on computer or on wifi, with family and friends also having Apple products. We bought my Mom an iPad, and are able to have video conferences with her for free, rather than calling by phone. ~eric.

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  5. John Casper says:

    Hi Dr. Steve- I presume…just wondering on the 800 calls to the US with the numerical method you provide above. There is no charge same as a normal 800 call? Is that correcto? I called Netflix (San Francisco Bay area) in the US from Merida and a bumbling clerk on the phone left me suspended in the phone tree several times as I was attempting to get signed up for their service. So had a longer than necessary call. I used the Netflix 800# and Cablemas tagged me with close to 20 bucks USD for the call. I should be toll free using your method next time- yes?
    Thanks, Channi, a.k.a. John Casper.

    • yucalandia says:

      Hi John,
      In the past there was no charge, except for your local cell phone or landline charges for accessing the number – which is why we like VOIP services like Magic Jack => no surprise charges.
      steve

  6. Elizabeth Brown says:

    Great information! I just wanted to add a note re: calling toll-free numbers by the methods above.
    It works fine, but I wasn´t aware that it seems to be much more expensive than ordinary long-distance dialing. For example, I got my Telmex bill today and noted that I paid 56 pesos for 56 minutes of calls to Canada using the usual method , and over 180 pesos for a 31 minute call to a 1-888 number…… If I need to use this method again, I´ll make sure I ask the callee first thing for their ten digit number, hang up and call back. .

  7. Arman says:

    hello, everyone why I cant call to Veracruz Mexico with skype? there is just specific city – Guadalajara y I cant remember other

  8. zachary says:

    Keep up the good work.

  9. louis cunningham says:

    This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!
    ! Finally I have found something that helped me. Thanks!

  10. David says:

    Glad you mentioned Magic Jack
    As long as you start off registering in the States you get a U.S. number and then plug it into your computer in Mexico and you can call the U.S. or Canada for free and you can be called for free by people in the U.S. or Canada …….. of course Magic Jack costs you $29 a year so you have to factor that cost in.
    Compared to Skype, Magic Jack is much better because first you have to buy Skype credit and then calls to anything other than a computer cost you 2c a minute.
    We have also found the quality of the calls on Magic Jack far exceeds that of Skype

  11. ANITA MARIE HALLMAN says:

    THANK-YOU.

  12. yucalandia says:

    Hey Eric,
    Coool….

    We are long-time Amigo plan users here in Mexico, supposedly paying the 10 cent per minute rate for only our first year on “the plan” – plus the bonus minutes when buying fichas… ??? My wife loves to SKYPE with our grandson in 15 minute nightly “free” video sessions. The little 9 month old guy is convinced that “Abue” (A-Boo) lives in “the little box” (our daughter’s I phone).

    We use Magic Jack (connected directly to the router/modem) for 24/7 phone service to US numbers, with no computer.
    (Which makes us either … cheap, … sensible, … frugal, … or practical.) *grin*
    steve

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