Phones and Communication in Ireland

Confirm Your Arrival

While you are abroad, it is important to find ways to stay in touch with family and friends. They will all be anxious to hear about your experiences, and you will want to know what is happening at home. A quick phone call or email can make them feel much better.

It’s important to consider that being in touch as soon as you land might not be possible. So, don’t promise that you will call as soon as you land, because then when you don’t, they’ll panic. Instead, let them know you’ll get in touch with them as soon as you can after you get settled in. Send a quick text or email when you can to ease their nerves, until you can make that call so they can hear your voice.

Cell Phone Options

Experienced travelers all agree: it is best to buy a SIM card in-country once you arrive in Ireland. This allows you to avoid having to buy a new phone, or considering an expensive international plan from your US provider. You can use your American phone with an Irish SIM Card inside of it provided that you make sure your US phone is unlocked before you leave the United States! You are welcome to check in with your US cell phone provider about the cost of an international plan, but chances are that it will be a bit more expensive and will also make local communication in Ireland difficult (your local friends will have to dial an international number).

How to Call to/from Ireland

To call to Ireland from the US:
First dial 011, the U.S. exit code. Next dial 353, the country code for Ireland. Next, omit the trunk code at the start of the local Irish number, which is usually a zero. Then, dial the area code (2–5 digits). And finally the phone number (4–8 digits; area code plus phone number equals 10 digits).

Local Carriers

Some of the most popular prepaid mobile companies in Ireland are Vodafone Ireland, Meteor, Tesco Mobile, and Three. Check out their websites to see what coverage would be best for you. For more information about cell phone use overseas, see the Tripadvisor website. Your onsite staff can explain this in more detail in-country.