029 Area Code
Cardiff phone numbers
UK area code 029 covers Cardiff and the surrounding area.
Locations using 029 numbers include:
- Cardiff Bay
- Culverhouse Cross
- Dinas Powys
- Taffs Well
029 number call costs
029 numbers are normal, landline numbers charged at standard rates.
Formatting an 029 number
029 numbers should be displayed in the format 029 xxxx xxxx or (029) xxxx xxxx, with the first space always placed between '029' and the eight-digit local number.
For international callers, use: +44 29 xxxx xxxx.
Notes and links
The 029 area code has existed since April 2000, when it replaced the older 01222 area code. As of 2014, standard local numbers begin with 20, 21 or 22.
Just under 80 million local numbers can be accommodated in the 029 area code; this is ten times the capacity of the codes allocated to bigger cities such as Bristol (0117) or Birmingham (0121).
As of March 2014, only 3% of available Cardiff 029 numbers have been allocated. This reflects the fact that when first introduced the 029 area code was planned to replace all other area codes in Wales at a later date. This would have led to a single area code for all of Wales, with all landlines able to dial each other using just the eight-digit local number, as is the case in Northern Ireland.
|1994||The area code for Cardiff is 0222 with 6-digit local numbers.|
|1995||Code becomes 01222, with local numbers unchanged.|
|2000||Code becomes 029, with local numbers lengthened to 8 digits by prefixing with '20'.|
Example: (01222) 872087 becomes (029) 2087 2087.
|2005||Local numbers beginning with 21 introduced.|
|2010||Local numbers beginning with 22 introduced.|
- Wales Online article - 2013
Looks at the appearance of numbers starting '22' and potential confusion.