No matter where you're staying while you're on the road, you can't just rely on the Internetyou might need to make international phone calls, too. Depending on what country you're in when you make the call, and what country you're trying to reach, you might not be able to remember the numbers you need to dial to make sure you get Paris, France, and not Paris, Texas.
Appendix B includes a full list of country codes and international access numbers to help you with that often-perplexing problem. But first, let's take a look at the different ways to get your call out of the country.
If you're staying at a hotel, take a look at the instructions near your hotel's phone and see if they list an access number for a long-distance line from your room. Some hotels require that you simply press 9 for any outside line; others have a different digit for long-distance or international; and still others require you to call the front desk and have the person there place the call for you.
INTERNATIONAL DIRECT-DIAL ACCESS CODES
You'll need to use an international direct-dial access code to get an international phone line. These numbers vary, but are not unique to each countryfor example, the United States and Canada both use 011 to get an international line, and most parts of Europe use 00. (See Appendix B for more on international direct-dial numbers.)
The country code is the national prefix that you must use when dialing a number in that particular country from another country. In most cases you will also need to dial a city or area code as well. For example, the city prefixes in most of Europe are anywhere from one to four digits (such as 1 for Paris, 20 for Amsterdam, and 6221 for Heidelberg), whereas the U.S. uses a three-digit area code, such as 212 for parts of New York City.