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.
But – on 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 .
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