Directory Enquiries Ireland – Cost of Calls

In Ireland there are several choices for  telephone directory enquiries.
All the directory enquiry numbers in Ireland begin with 118.

Some of the  numbers you can call for an enquiry about a telephone number (landline) are : 11850 , 11888, , 11824, 11890 and 11811 , 11827, 11822, 11824.

You might be shocked at the cost of Calls to Directory Enquiries in Ireland. A 4 minute call could end up costing you as much as €17.50 !

In the UK –  charges for calls to all directory enquiries are capped  from April 1st 2019 at £3.65 for every 90 seconds (inc VAT) .


Which directory enquiry number is the cheapest to call in Ireland ?

Well – it’s not straightforward – the price depends on which provider you are using to make the call. (All prices below include VAT).
In general – 11888 has the lowest charge (but not with Vodafone)

From a Landline :

The cheapest Irish telephone directory enquiry number to call  from a Eir landline is 11888  – they charge  €0.60 per call plus €0.49 per minute with a minimum 60c call charge (charged by the second thereafter). The only restriction is that you can only get one number at a time – but it’s rare that you would need more than one number.

  • A 4 minute call  from an Eir landline to 11888 would cost €2.07.
  • Calling  11890 would cost you €6.96
  • The  most expensive  4 minute directory enquiry call from an Eir landline would be to 11811 – it would cost €15.45 !  ( 11888 and 11850 are run by the same company)
  • Other prices for a 4 minute directory enquiry call;
    • 11811 = €15.45
    • 11818 = €11.45
    • 11822 = €3.36

The various landline telephone companies don’t all charge the same rates for calls to all the different directory enquiry lines . When we compared the cost of a 4 minute call using Eir , Sky , Virgin Media  landlines  – the 11888 number was the cheapest in all these cases.

Buton a Vodafone landline 11888 was the most expensive option – (€17.50 for a 4 minute call.) So – Vodafone landline customers should call 11850  or 11811 – for the cheapest rate – but it is still going to cost a hefty €10 for just a 4 minute call !

If you use a Virgin Media landline – a 4 minute call to 11850 would cost €16. A 4 minute call to 11890 would cost €8.50


Cost of Calling Directory Enquiries From a Mobile :

The directory enquiry charges from some of the mobile phone companies seem to have rocketed in the past year or so – and the difference in charges can be very large – so be careful which line you call (if any at all) .


Sample Cost of a 4 minute call  to Directory Enquiries from  mobile phones

Three charge billpay customers  €6.20 for a 4 minute call to 11818 or  11860 . Others cost €9.98. (€10.68 for prepay customers)

Vodafone would charge €5.96  for  a 4 min call to 11890  and €7.45 to 11888

Eir Mobile will charge €5.05 for a 4 minute call to 11888  but €9.95 for 11811 and €14.50 for 11890

GoMo charge €5.05 for a 4 minute call to 11888 and 11827 but €14.95 for 11818

Virgin mobile would charge €15.95 for a 4 minute call to 11850 but only €2.45 for 11888

Tesco Mobile   The cheapest directory enquiry number on Tesco Mobile is 11888 ( €2.75 for 4 mins)  . The most Expensive  number is 11860 from Tesco Mobile  – a 4 min  call would cost you  €15.75 .


TIPS:
1. Use 11888 for the lowest rates in the majority of cases. (Not Vodafone)

2. Where possible – write down the number they give you and ring it yourself. They may offer to connect you – but the charge for connecting the  call will be much higher than calling it yourself.

3. Of course – if you have access to the internet  – Google and the 1189o online search are both  free for finding residential and business numbers – so you might be able to avoid using expensive directory enquiries.

Information about  1890 call costs

Charges checked Dec 2019