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Telephones

The country code for Luxembourg is 352. The entire country is in the same local dialing area, so no area codes are used. For example, if you're calling a Luxembourg City number from outside Luxembourg, you dial the international access code (which is 011 when calling from North America, and 00 from elsewhere in Europe) and then 352, and then the local number.

When you're calling a Luxembourg number from anywhere in Luxembourg, you need only dial the local number. These numbers can be confusing enough, since you might need to dial a five-, six-, seven-, eight-, or even nine-digit subscriber number.

Almost all pay phones accept phone cards; these cost 5€ ($8), 10€ ($16), and 25€ ($40), and are sold at post offices and newsstands. Some phones accept 0.20€, 0.50€, and 1€ coins.

To charge a call to your calling card, phone: AT&T (tel. 800/20-111), MCI (tel. 800/20-112), Sprint (tel. 800/20-115), Canada Direct (tel. 800/20-119), British Telecom (tel. 800/20-044), or Telecom New Zealand (tel. 800/20-064).

Cellphones

If your phone has GSM (Global System for Mobiles) capability and you have a world-compatible phone, you should be able to make and receive calls from the Benelux countries. Only certain phones have this capability, though, and you should check with your service operator first. Call charges can be high. Alternatively, you can rent a phone through Cellhire (www.cellhire.com, www.cellhire.co.uk, or www.cellhire.com.au). After a simple online registration, they will ship a phone (usually with a U.K. number) to your home or office. Usage charges can be astronomical, so read the fine print.

U.K. mobiles work in the Benelux countries; call your service provider before departing your home country to ensure that the international call bar has been switched off and to check call charges, which can be extremely high. Also remember that you are charged for calls you receive on a U.K. mobile used abroad.

Voice-Over Internet Protocol (VOIP)

If you have Web access while traveling, consider a broadband-based telephone service (in technical terms, Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP) such as Skype (www.skype.com) or Vonage (www.vonage.com), which allow you to make free international calls from your laptop or in a cybercafe. Neither service requires the people you're calling to also have that service (though there are fees if they do not). Check the websites for details.

Internet & E-Mail

With Your Own Computer -- More and more hotels, hostels, bars, coffeehouses, and cafes have terminals and/or Wi-Fi hotspots with Internet access. To find public Wi-Fi hotspots in the Benelux lands, go to www.jiwire.com; its Hotspot Finder holds the world's largest directory of public wireless hotspots.

Without Your Own Computer -- The number of dedicated Internet cafes is declining in all three Benelux lands. You'll still find them, just not so many, due to the fact that many hotels, hostels, bars, coffeehouses, and cafes have terminals and/or Wi-Fi hotspots with Internet access.

Online Traveler's Toolbox

Veteran travelers usually carry some essential items to make their trips easier. Following is a selection of handy online tools to bookmark and use.

  • Airplane Food (www.airlinemeals.net)
  • Airplane Seating (www.seatguru.com and www.airlinequality.com)
  • Foreign Languages for Travelers (www.travlang.com)
  • Maps (www.mapquest.com)
  • Subway Navigator (www.subwaynavigator.com)
  • Time and Date (www.timeanddate.com)
  • Travel Warnings (http://travel.state.gov, www.fco.gov.uk/travel, www.voyage.gc.ca, and www.smartraveller.gov.au)
  • Universal Currency Converter (www.oanda.com)
  • Weather (www.intellicast.com and www.weather.com)
  • Luxembourg Tourist Information (www.luxembourg-ville.lu)
  • Luxembourg Cultural and Tourist Agenda (www.agendalux.lu)
  • Luxembourg Hotels (www.hotels.lu)
  • Luxembourg Restaurants (www.resto.lu)

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.