028 area code

Northern Ireland phone numbers

The 028 area code is for the whole of Northern Ireland including Belfast.

Within Northern Ireland, local landline telephone numbers are eight digits long. The first two of these digits give more precise details about which area a number is likely to be from.

The areas covered by each block of 028 numbers are as follows:

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 xxxxLondonderryBready, Campsie, Claudy, Cross, Dunamanagh, Eglinton, Strabane
(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 xxxxBelfastCarryduff, Castlereagh, Drumbo, Dundonald, Dundrod, Glengormley, Holywood, Newtownabbey, Whiteabbey
(028) 97xx xxxxSaintfieldBallygowan, Ballynahinch, Dromara, Killinchy

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

Most 028 numbers are for normal Northern Ireland landlines but be aware that, as is the case for all UK area codes, such numbers may also be used for services without any physical link to the area. (More info)

028 number call costs

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

» Typical landline call charges

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.

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 withdrawn within Northern Ireland, replaced with single 028 code. Landline numbers lengthened to eight digits long in all areas.
2005Local numbers beginning '95' added.
2014Local numbers beginning '72' and '96' added.

See commonly misquoted codes...

Map of 028 Northern Ireland area code