how to call the USA from Australia

Quick answerNeed help figuring out how to call your American friends and family from Australia? You've come to the right place.

When calling a US phone number, the country code of +1 needs to entered, followed by the US area code and a local number in order to complete the call.

E.G - To dial the USA number (212) 361 4595 from an Australian mobile, you’d dial: +1 212 361 4595

If calling from a landline, replace the + sign with 0011 followed by 1 (US country code) and then the US area code and local number.

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We all know that international dialing codes can be pretty confusing. There are so many zeros and does anyone even know what the plus sign actually means? And finding a mobile plan with unlimited international calls is even harder!

Luckily, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about calling the USA from Australia. So read on and get dialing, the world is at your fingertips!


calling the USA from an Australian mobile

  1. Enter the + on your dial pad.* This is usually done by holding down the 0 key
  2. Enter the US country code (1)
  3. Enter the US area code
  4. Enter the US local number

* Your phone automatically converts the "+" into the correct international exit code (depending on what country the phone is being used in). This allows callers to use the same stored number no matter what county they are in. This is great if you if you’re travelling abroad, using international roaming and calling your contacts.

For example:

If you want to call the US number:

212 361 4595 from an Australian mobile, you’d dial: +1 212 361 4595

calling US from a mobile, plus 1 country code, 212 area code, 361 4595 local number

calling the USA from an Australian landline

  1. Enter the Australian exit code (0011)
  2. Enter the US country code (1)
  3. Enter the US area code
  4. Enter the US local number with the US area code included if is a landline

For example:

If you want to call the US number:

212 361 4595 from an Australian landline, you’d dial: 0011 1 212 361 4595

calling US from a mobile, exit code 0011, 1 country code, 212 area code, 361 4595 local number

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US calling codes explained

To break things down a bit, there are four major parts to calling the USA from Australia.

Australian exit code (0011)

This number dials you out of Australia, allowing you to call international numbers. It is the same number no matter where you call in the world.

US country code (1)

This is the international code to dial into the US.

US area code

This code lets you dial into a part of the country. It’s generally area or city specific and normally comes attached to the local number.

Local number

This is the telephone number you want to call.

The way you dial these numbers is dependent on whether you are calling from a landline or mobile. We’ve broken down the process for both, below.

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