Search for phone numbers online at http://tel.local.ch/en.

National telecom provider Swisscom (www.swisscom.ch) provides public phone booths that accept coins and major credit cards.

Mobile Phones

Most mobile phones brought from overseas will function in Switzerland; check with your provider about costs. Prepaid local SIM cards are widely available.

More Information

Prepaid local SIM cards are available from network operators Salt (www.salt.ch), Sunrise (www.sunrise.ch) and Swisscom Mobile (www.swisscom.ch/mobile) for as little as Sfr10. You can also purchase (and recharge) SIM cards at newsagents throughout Switzerland. Prepaid cards must be officially registered, so bring your passport.

Phone Codes

  • The country code for Switzerland is 41. When calling Switzerland from abroad, drop the initial zero from the number; hence to call Bern, dial 41 31 (preceded by the international access code of the country you’re dialling from).
  • The international access code from Switzerland is 00.
  • Telephone numbers with the code 0800 are toll free; those with 0848 are charged at the local rate. Numbers beginning with 0900, 156 or 157 are premium rate.
  • Mobile-phone numbers start with the code 076, 078 or 079.

Warning: Dial All Numbers

Area codes do not exist in Switzerland. Although the numbers for a particular city or town share the same three-digit prefix (for example Bern 031, Geneva 022), numbers must always be dialled in full, even when calling from next door.