North American time zones:

EST – Eastern Standard Time

Important

Important

Current time in George Town

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 5:11:56 PM EST

George Town is on EST all of year 2014

Locations going to EST later

Current time in New York: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 6:11:56 PM EDT
New York will stay on EDT until Sunday, November 2, 2014 going to EST

Find local time and time zone for a location

We recommend looking up by location name, not time zone name.

Time zone offset: UTC - 5 hours

EST is 5 hours behind of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

Note that most places observe daylight saving time/summer time during summer, and are therefore using EDT instead in the summer. See below for details.

Time zone abbreviations: EST, HNE, ET

Full name is Eastern Standard Time
HNE – Heure Normale de l'Est (French)
ET – Tiempo Del Este (Spanish)

Email time zone indicator: -0500

An email sent from someone in the EST time zone will have the time zone listed as "-0500" in the headers of the email. (However, "-0500" does not have to be in EST, as other time zones could have the same UTC offset).

For actual dates DST might be observed, look at the examples below
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Where and when is EST observed?

US states using EST in the winter and EDT during the summer

Canadian provinces using EST in the winter and EDT during the summer

EST is used all year

EST was used all year

EST is used all year

Time zone maps are under development and will be available later

Example locations in EST

Other time zones in North America

Go directly through the links below, or see the North America time zone list

Time zones in other regions

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