Telephone numbers in Belgium
A telephone number in Belgium is a sequence of nine or ten digits dialed on a telephone to make a call on the Belgian telephone network. Belgium is under a closed telephone dialing plan, meaning that the full national number must be dialed for all calls, but it retains the trunk code, '0', for all national dialling.
|Typical format||0x xxx xx xx / 0xx xx xx xx (geographic) |
04xx xx xx xx (mobile)
|Country calling code||+32|
|International call prefix||00|
Exception: Some "special services" use 3 or 4 digits with no area or trunk codes: e.g.; 112 and 100 (fire brigade and ambulance); 101 (police); 1307 (info in French) or 1207 (info in Dutch), etc.
"112" is an emergency number for contacting the fire brigade, ambulance and police in all 28 countries of the European Union. Operators will help you in the native language, in English, or the language of any neighbouring country. Calls to this number for contacting the police are forwarded to "101", losing response time.
The Telephone numbering plan is open, meaning that numbers have varying lengths (9 digits for landline phones of the formerly monopolistic company Belgacom, and 10 digits for other numbers incl. GSM cellphones).
Overview and structure
Area codes in Belgium are, excluding the leading '0', one or two digits long. Numbers are of variable length; landlines have a seven-digit subscriber number and a one-digit area code, while smaller cities have a six-digit subscriber number and a two-digit area code. All Belgian telephone numbers dialed within Belgium must use the leading '0' trunk code. Area codes are separated from the subscriber number by a slash and a space, and subscriber number digits are in the format xxx xx xx or xx xx xx (sometimes xxx xxx), depending on the length of the area code. See the table below for examples:
Belgium 0x xxx xx xx - dialing a big city, such as Brussels, Antwerp, Liège and Ghent. 0xx xx xx xx - dialing a small city, such as Kortrijk, Mons, Ostend, Aalst or Verviers 04xx xx xx xx - dialing a mobile number from a land line or another mobile phone.
From outside Belgium, a caller would dial their international call prefix (typically 00 in Europe and 011 in North America), followed by 32 (the country code for Belgium), then the area code minus the trunk code '0', and finally the local number.
Dialing from New York to Brussels 011-32-2-555-12-12 - Omitting the leading "0".
Dialing from New York to Charleroi 011-32-71-123-456 - The subscriber number shortens with the addition of a number to the area code.
Dialing from New York to a mobile number 011-32-4xx-12-34-56 - The dialer omits the leading "0".
Mobile/GSM area codes always begin with 04xx and the subscriber number is six digits long. Numbers are usually provided by Mobistar (re-branded as Orange), Base, or Proximus, and more recently by Telenet as well. Each provider has a unique number assigned as the second digit in the area code: Proximus numbers begin with 047x or 0460, Base numbers with 048x, Orange numbers with 049x and Telenet numbers with 0467 and 0468. With the introduction of number portability, area codes may no longer correspond with their providers.
- 010: Wavre (Waver)
- 011: Hasselt
- 012: Tongeren (Tongres)
- 013: Diest
- 014: Geel, Herentals, Turnhout
- 015: Mechelen (Malines)
- 016: Leuven (Louvain), Tienen (Tirlemont)
- 019: Waremme (Borgworm)
- 02: Brussels (Bruxelles/Brussel)
- 03: Antwerp (Antwerpen/Anvers), Sint-Niklaas
- 04: Liège (Luik), Voeren (Fourons)
- (Landlines in Liège have numbers starting with 04, and so do mobile phones all over the country. But mobile numbers are 04xx xx xx xx – 10 digits in total – while Liège numbers are 04 xxx xx xx – 9 digits in total. Liège also never starts with 04 6x, 04 7x, 04 8x or 04 9x.)
- 050: Bruges (Brugge), Zeebrugge
- 051: Roeselare (Roulers)
- 052: Dendermonde (Termonde)
- 053: Aalst (Alost)
- 054: Ninove
- 055: Ronse (Renaix)
- 056: Kortrijk (Courtrai), Comines-Warneton (Komen-Waasten), Mouscron (Moeskroen)
- 057: Ypres (Ieper)
- 058: Veurne (Furnes)
- 059: Ostend, Bredene (Oostende/Ostende, Bredene)
- 060: Chimay
- 061: Bastogne (Bastenaken), Libramont-Chevigny
- 063: Arlon (Aarlen)
- 064: La Louvière
- 065: Mons (Bergen), Casteau
- 067: Nivelles (Nijvel), Soignies (Zinnik)
- 068: Ath (Aat)
- 069: Tournai (Doornik)
- 071: Charleroi
- 080: Stavelot
- 081: Namur (Namen)
- 082: Dinant
- 083: Ciney
- 084: Marche-en-Famenne
- 085: Huy (Hoei)
- 086: Durbuy
- 087: Verviers
- 089: Genk
- 09: Ghent (Gent/Gand)
- 0455: GSM. Range is owned by VOO; however subscriber may have been ported to another network
- 0456: GSM. Range is owned by MobileViking; however subscriber may have been ported to another network
- 0460: GSM. Range is owned by Proximus; however subscriber may have been ported to another network
- 0465: GSM. Range is owned by Lycamobile; however subscriber may have been ported to another network
- 0466: GSM. Range is owned by Vectone; however subscriber may have been ported to another network
- 0467: GSM. Range is owned by Telenet; however subscriber may have been ported to another network
- 0468: GSM. Range is owned by Telenet; however subscriber may have been ported to another network
- 047-: GSM. Range is owned by Proximus; however subscriber may have been ported to another network
- 048-: GSM Range is owned by Telenet (Base); however subscriber may have been ported to another network
- 049-: GSM Range is owned by Orange; however subscriber may have been ported to another network
On some mobile phones, caller ID may fail unless the leading 0 is replaced with a + and the country code, i.e. a caller's number 0474-12-34-56 might need to be manually replaced with +32-474-12-34-56 in your phone. More ranges have become available between 0440 and 0468 For the latest list refer to reference
- 070: Premium rate services
- 077: Machine to machine communication
- 078: National rate services
- 0800: toll free service
- 090: Premium numbers (0900, 0901, 0902, 0903, 0904, 0905, 0906, 0907, 0908, 0909)*
070 xxx xxx 077 xxxxx xxxxxx 078 xxx xxx 0800 xx xxx 090x xx xxx
- Area Codes in Belgium, DCCL, last updated 1 August 1999
- World Telephone Numbering Guide: Belgium
- Belgian Institute for Postal services and Telecommunication