0161 Area Code

You may find that it is difficult to connect with your loved ones or customers in Manchester because of the wrong 0161 area code dialing format. Don’t worry! This article aims to help you solve all the problems of dialing 0161 area code.

Part 1: What Is the 0161 Area Code?

An area code denotes the regional location of a phone number within the United Kingdom. The unique quality of the 0161 area code is that this is easier to remember and like telephone numbers, you don’t have to remember the 6 or 7 digits.

It is the default prefix for all the home and office landline phones in Manchester. The 0161 area code is dialed for Greater Manchester and its surrounding areas.

Manchester is one of the Metropolitan cities of England located in the northwest region. This city is famous for its rich cultural heritage and booming business. You will find more than 520,758 registered telephone numbers on the code 0161.

How did Manchester get this 0161 code? Well, for understanding this we will have to travel back to the year 1995 when all the area codes within the UK were revised. The same happened to the Manchester dialing code converted from 061 to 0161 on this occasion.

Other than Manchester, there are other nearby localities and sub-districts within the boundaries of area code 0161. We have listed all these areas below:

  • Altrincham
  • Ashton-under-Lyne
  • Bolton
  • Bramhall
  • Bury
  • Chadderton
  • Cheadle
  • Cheadle Hulme
  • Denton
  • Droylsden
  • Dukinfield
  • Eccles
  • Failsworth
  • Gatley
  • Hale (Trafford)
  • Hattersley
  • Hazel Grove
  • Heywood
  • Hollinfare
  • Hyde (Tameside)
  • Irlam
  • Lees
  • Liverpool
  • Marple
  • Middleton (Rochdale)
  • Northwich
  • Oldam
  • Partington
  • Radcliffe
  • Rhodes
  • Romiley
  • Royton
  • Sale
  • Salford
  • Shaw (Oldham)
  • Stalybridge
  • Stockport
  • Stretford
  • Swinton
  • Uppermill
  • Urmston
  • Walkden
  • Whitefield
  • Wilmslow
  • Worsley

Part 2: Dialing 0161 Area Code in the UK and From Abroad

What happens if you dial an incorrect dialing code? What if you dial an only phone number? Will your call still connect? No. It won’t connect because you will have to enter the correct dialing sequence if you want your call to be considered as valid.

Dialing a Manchester-based phone number is actually quite simple and you just need to note down some easy steps to follow.

You don’t need to dial the 0161 area code if you’re calling someone from Manchester, just enter the local phone number. But if you need to call someone outside the region covering area code 0161, you need to enter the area code first to make a call.

For international call, the steps are comparatively complex:

  1. First, dial the international access code i.e., 00.
  2. Then, enter the UK country dialing code (44).
  3. Next, dial the local Manchester area code removing the first zero, i.e., 161.
  4. At last, enter the local phone number i.e. XXX XXXX. Thus, the international calling format for Manchester becomes 00 44 161 XXX XXXX.

Part 3: How Much Does Calling 0161 Area Code Cost?

Calls made to 0161 numbers will cost you up to 12p minute, plus a standard call setup charge, from the UK landline (depending on the time of the day you’re calling).

In the case of peak hours, the call charges will be a bit higher. Also, calls made from mobile phones will cost up to 45p per minute. You can subscribe to monthly packages offering free minutes to minimize your costs.

Please note that dialing Manchester from overseas will cost you more than calling from within the UK. Beware of the payphones used at the airports, which charge an extra cost.


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