The 0131 area code is a telephone dialling code used for the city of Edinburgh, Scotland.
The code also covers towns and villages in the Edinburgh area. These include Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith, Kirkliston, Loanhead, Musselburgh, Newtongrange, Roslin, and South Queensferry.
Calls from 0131 Numbers
If you receive a call from a number beginning with 0131, it is highly likely that the caller is based in Edinburgh. The 0131 area code is specific to Edinburgh, and it is reserved for individuals and businesses located within the city.
However, it is important to note that it is possible for companies to purchase virtual 0131 numbers, even if they are not based in Edinburgh.
This means that a business located anywhere in the world could purchase an 0131 number. In these cases, the 0131 number may not accurately reflect the location of the person or business making the call.
Despite this, receiving a call from a 0131 number is still a strong indication that the caller is based in Edinburgh.
Dialling Edinburgh Phone Numbers from Outside the UK
To dial a phone number in Edinburgh from overseas:
- Dial the international access code for the country you are calling from (typically 00, 011, or +)
- Dial the United Kingdom country code (44)
- Dial the area code for Edinburgh without the first zero (131)
- Dial the phone number of the person or business
- Full example telephone number to dial: 00 44 131 444 4444
Dialling Edinburgh Phone Numbers from the UK
To dial a telephone number in Edinburgh from within the UK, use the area code 0131 plus the number. For example, 0131 444 4444.
If calling a local phone number in Edinburgh from a landline that also has the area code 0131, the 0131 area code is not needed.
The area code is always needed when dialling from a mobile phone.
Time in Edinburgh
If you are calling Edinburgh from abroad, it is important to keep in mind that there may be a time difference between your country and the United Kingdom. Edinburgh is located in the GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) time zone.
By being mindful of the time difference, you can avoid calling at odd hours and causing inconvenience to the person you are calling.
The time now in Edinburgh is . The date is .
Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, is in the southeast corner of the country. It sits on the Firth of Forth and overlooks the North Sea.
The map below shows where Edinburgh is located.
Other Scottish Area Codes
Scotland has many area codes. Glasgow, which is situated in the west of Scotland, uses 0141 as its area code. Dundee, located between Edinburgh and Aberdeen, uses the 01382 code. Aberdeen, in the north of Scotland, has the 01224 area code.