028 Area Code

Northern Ireland phone numbers

UK area code 028 covers the whole of Northern Ireland including Belfast.

The first two digits of the eight-digit local number indicate where in Northern Ireland it is associated with:

Number rangePrimary areaOther locations served
(028) 20xx xxxx  BallycastleArmoy, Bushmills, Dervock, Rathlin
(028) 21xx xxxxMartinstownCushendall, Cushendun
(028) 25xx xxxxBallymenaAhoghill, Aughafatten, Broughshane, Cullybackey, Glarryford, Glenwherry, Kells, Portglenone
(028) 27xx xxxxBallymoneyCloughmills, Dunloy, Loughgiel
(028) 28xx xxxxLarneBallygally, Carnlough, Glenarm
(028) 29xx xxxxKilreaGarvagh, Rasharkin
(028) 30xx xxxxNewryBessbrook, Crossmaglen, Forkhill, Jerrettspass, Killeavy, Mayobridge, Newtownhamilton
(028) 37xx xxxxArmaghBenburb, Caledon, Glenanne, Keady, Markethill
(028) 38xx xxxxPortadownAnnaghmore, Craigavon, Derryadd, Gilford, Loughgall, Lurgan, Poyntzpass, Richhill, Tandragee, Waringstown
(028) 40xx xxxxBanbridgeBallinaskeagh, Ballyward, Katesbridge, Rathfriland
(028) 41xx xxxxRostrevorKilkeel, Warrenpoint
(028) 42xx xxxxKircubbinBallywalter, Greyabbey, Portaferry, Portavogie
(028) 43xx xxxxNewcastleAnnalong, Castlewellan, Dundrum
(028) 44xx xxxxDownpatrickArdglass, Ballykinler, Crossgar, Killyleagh, Seaforde, Strangford
(028) 66xx xxxxEnniskillenBallinamallard, Belcoo, Florencecourt, Lisbellaw, Springfield
(028) 67xx xxxxLisnaskeaDerrylin, Newtownbutler, Roslea
(028) 68xx xxxxKeshBelleek, Derrygonnelly, Irvinestown
(028) 70xx xxxxColeraineAghadowey, Castlerock, Portrush, Portstewart
(028) 71xx xxxxLondonderryBready, Campsie, Claudy, Cross, Dunamanagh, Eglinton, Strabane
(028) 72xx xxxxProposed extra capacity for Londonderry (see consultation)
(028) 77xx xxxxLimavadyBellarena, Dungiven, Feeny
(028) 79xx xxxxMagherafeltBallyronan, Bellaghy, Castledawson, Draperstown, Maghera, Swatragh, Toomebridge
(028) 80xx xxxxCarrickmoreBeragh, Mountfield
(028) 81xx xxxxNewtownstewartCastlederg, Gortin, Sion Mills
(028) 82xx xxxxOmaghDromore, Drumquin, Fintona
(028) 85xx xxxxBallygawleyAughnacloy, Clogher
(028) 86xx xxxxCookstownCoagh, Moneymore, Tulnacross
(028) 87xx xxxxDungannonCoalisland, Donaghmore, Moy, Pomeroy, Stewartstown
(028) 89xx xxxxFivemiletownBrookeborough, Tempo, Trillick
(028) 90xx xxxxBelfastCarryduff, Castlereagh, Drumbo, Dundonald, Dundrod, Glengormley, Holywood, Newtownabbey, Whiteabbey
(028) 91xx xxxxBangorComber, Donaghadee, Helens Bay, Millisle, Newtownards
(028) 92xx xxxxLisburnAghalee, Baillies Mills, Dromore, Hillsborough, Maze, Moira, Stoneyford
(028) 93xx xxxxBallyclareCarrickfergus, Islandmagee, Whitehead
(028) 94xx xxxxAntrimCrumlin, Randalstown, Templepatrick
(028) 95xx xxxxBelfastCarryduff, Castlereagh, Drumbo, Dundonald, Dundrod, Glengormley, Holywood, Newtownabbey, Whiteabbey
(028) 96xx xxxxProposed extra capacity for Belfast (see consultation)
(028) 97xx xxxxSaintfieldBallygowan, Ballynahinch, Dromara, Killinchy

For example, (028) 4461 0801 would be in Downpatrick, while (028) 9018 0018 is a Belfast number.

028 number call costs

028 numbers are normal, landline numbers charged at standard rates.

Formatting an 028 number

028 numbers should be displayed in the format 028 xxxx xxxx or (028) xxxx xxxx, with the first space always placed between '028' and the eight-digit local number.

For international callers, use: +44 28 xxxx xxxx.

02871 numbers, 02890 numbers and 02895 numbers should all be written as above; formats such as '02890  xxxxxx' are incorrect. [Why?]

Notes and links

The 028 area code has existed since April 2000, when it replaced the dozens of different area codes in use across Northern Ireland.

Recent history

1995Northern Ireland uses a variety of local area codes of different lengths in the format (01xxx) and (01xxxx). Local numbers are either 5 or 6 digits long, depending on the area.
2000All local area codes are withdrawn within Northern Ireland, with landline numbers standardised at eight digits long and a single area code of 028.
2005Local numbers beginning '95' released, as extra capacity for Belfast.

Regulator Ofcom is consulting on proposals to make extra numbers available for Londonderry and Belfast during 2014. They plan on allocating 028 72 and 028 96.

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