The world is connected by a vast network of international phone lines. Callers seeking to dial Switzerland can contact friends, family and business associates in Switzerland by using the applicable international dialing codes. These codes include an exit code assigned to each country for making calls to other countries and a Switzerland country code. Callers must learn the proper local and Switzerland codes and dial them in the correct format to make a connection to the Switzerland phone system.
Each country has an exit code within the international phone system. When a caller in that country wished to dial Switzerland, he must use the exit code assigned to that country. This code differs based on the origin of the phone call. For example, US callers use the “011” exit code. Conversely, UK residents use the “00” code when making an international call. Callers in a particular country use the same code whether dialing Switzerland or any other country.
Online websites now provide ready access to a directory of exit codes. If you are unfamiliar with the codes of the country or countries from which you will be calling Switzerland, then you may refer to the exit-codes information provided by HowToCallAbroad (see Sources). Always dial the exit code before anything else. Otherwise, the phone line cannot connect to another country.
Exit codes may differ based on the country. However, country codes do not change and are used by all countries trying to dial Switzerland. The Swiss country code is “41.” Always dial this code after the exit code.
As an example, let’s say a caller is trying to reach Switzerland from London. The UK (and England) exit code is “00.” Therefore, the caller would 00-41 to connect to Switzerland.
Once connected to the Swiss phone lines, then caller then simply dials the normal area code and phone number. However, some callers wrongly use the Swiss trunk code in front of the area code. The Swiss trunk code is “0” and is placed in front of long-distance numbers when making a domestic phone call.
Exclude this “0” trunk code when dialing Switzerland from abroad. It will mess up the dialing sequence. Use trunk codes (like the “1” in the US) only when making domestic calls.
When you dial Switzerland, include the two-digit zip code and the seven-digit phone number for landlines. Cell phones do not have a zip code but nonetheless generally start with a “7” and also have a total of nine digits.
For example, if that same London caller is trying to reach the Geneva number of 123-4567, he would dial the following:
The “22” above is the area code for Geneva. As long as you have the area code and phone number correct, then the only thing that changes above is the exit code, depending on your country location when dialing Switzerland.
International Codes Directory from HowToCallAbroad