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What’s up, folks! In our Dica today, we are going to learn how to make phone calls in Brazil.

Phone Calls in Brazil

Frequently, when we are in Brazil and we want to call someone in another Brazilian state, we tend to have problems due to the variation in numbers based on area code, phone company etc.  Fear not – you’ll have no problem solving this challenge after reading today’s Dica.

Here in Brazil, each city, state or region has a Código de área (area code). Because of this, it’s really hard to know which numbers to use. This code is used to identify the particular location you’re trying to call and it should be used on long distance calls. Let’s see a list of codes for the main Brazilian cities:


  • Rio de Janeiro
  • São Paulo
  • Salvador
  • Brasília
  • Fortaleza
  • Belo Horizonte
  • Manaus
  • Curitiba
  • Recife
  • Porto Alegre
Código de área (area code)

  • 21
  • 11
  • 71
  • 61
  • 85
  • 31
  • 92
  • 41
  • 81
  • 51

Making a call

In order to make a call in Brazil from one city or state to another, we need to use what we call the Código de Operadora (company code). I know, I know…you’re probably thinking, do we really need one more code?? But yes, one more 🙂

Don’t worry, it’s very simple. The code you need comes from the company of your Brazilian SIM card. For example, if you have a Claro SIM card, all you have to do is to use the Claro code, which is 21. Take a look at the company codes for Brazilian SIM cards.

Company Code
Embratel/Claro 21
Oi 31
Telefônica/Vivo 15
Tim 41
CTBC Telecom 12
Nextel Not necessary

Let’s imagine that you are in São Paulo and want to call Rio & Learn. We say it’s a Discagem Direta a Distância (distance direct dialing). We are going to use the company code 21 in our examples. Follow the steps in the graphic below:

DDD (Discagem Direta a Distância): 0 + (código da operadora) + (código de área) + número do telefone: 0 21 21 3547 6392

How to make a call to Brazil

Now, let’s imagine that you are in another country and want to call Rio & Learn to ask for information about RioLIVE! Activities. To do so, we need to begin by typing in Brazil’s international code, which is 55.  Next, type the area code of the city we are calling. It’s really simple:

Como ligar para o Brasil: 00 (código de acesso internacional IAC) + 55 (código de área do Brasil) + número do telefone: 00 + 55 + 21 + 3547 6392

It’s also possible to get in contact with our school through calls such as VoIP. Additionally, we one of the most well-known services in the world, WhatsApp. Feel free to message us on WhatsApp – it’s a piece of cake to get in contact with us:

If you are in or outside of Brazil, you just need to have the app on your cell phone to add the school’s WhatsApp number: 

+55 21 99694-4740


To know more about DDD codes (Discagem Direta a Distância) that we use to make long distance calls, click here.
To know more about international codes, click here.

That’s it, guys! Now everybody knows how to make phone calls both from within Brazil and also from another country! Call us to know more about our Portuguese courses, or you can follow us on Pinterest, Linkedin or Tripadivisor to know more about our school!

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