To call abroad from Latvia, dial 00 + country code + area code + number
To call Latvia, dial exit country code + 371 + area code + number
Area codes for the largest towns:
With the exception of emergency numbers and special services, phone numbers in Latvia have 8 digits. Landline numbers begin with 6 and cell phone numbers begin with 2.
A Latvian phone directory is offered by ZL.lv
In addition to these two big providers some internet and mobile companies offer fixed telephone lines through voice over IP (VoIP) technology. For example, LMT, Triatel, Balticom (websites available only in Latvian and Russian).
The main cellular service providers are:
The majority of buildings already have the necessary infrastructure for a phone line in place. Therefore all you have to do is select your favorite provider, contact them, and arrange a date for installation. In case there are problems with the infrastructure, the provider will offer to assist you further by offering suitable alternative solutions.
The majority of providers offer service packages that, in addition to a phone line, also include an internet connection and interactive TV.
Over the last decade public phone booths have fallen out of favor thus with the introduction of the Euro in 2014 the decision was made to discontinue the public payphone service. Payphones still operate in the Riga airport, phone cards for using them are sold at the airport office on the ground floor.
Prepaid cards are popular and provide a simple way for calling within Latvia and internationally, sending SMS, and using mobile internet. Prepaid cards can be bought in most stores and kiosks, as well as post offices and gas stations.
The most popular prepaid cards in Latvia are:
There is an increasing amount of good quality online and mobile services that provide opportunities for calling and sending messages free of charge. For more information take a look at our article Expats Connect: Skype and Other Services.
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