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Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Also known as: Eastern Time (ET) and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Caution: This is NOT the current local time in most locations in that time zone

North America, Caribbean: Only some locations are currently on EST because most places in this time zone are currently on summer time / daylight saving time and are observing EDT.

Time zone map of EST
Currently observing EST.
Observes EST part of the year.
Areas with same time currently (UTC -5).
Currently observing EST – Eastern Standard Time.
Observes EST – Eastern Standard Time part of the year, but not currently.
Currently has same time zone offset as EST (UTC -5) but different time zone name.

Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This time zone is in use during standard time in: North America, Caribbean, Central America.

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What Is Eastern Standard Time?

Eastern Standard Time (EST) is the easternmost time zone in the United States. It is also used in Canada.

It covers all or parts of 23 states in the US and three provinces or territories in Canada. It is also used in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America.

Almost half of the population in the USA live in the EST time zone. It spans from northern Canada and south to Panama near the equator.

In North America, Eastern Standard Time shares a border with Atlantic Standard Time (AST) in the east and with Central Standard Time (CST) in the west.

Eastern Standard Time Zone

Eastern Standard Time (EST) is a standard time zone in use from the first Sunday in November to the second Sunday in March—when Daylight Saving Time (DST) is not in effect. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) is used during the remainder of the year.

EST Is the Eastern Time Zone

In everyday usage, EST is often referred to as Eastern Time (ET) or the Eastern Time Zone. This can add a bit of confusion as the term Eastern Time does not differentiate between standard time and Daylight Saving Time, so Eastern Time switches between EST and EDT in areas that use DST during part of the year.

Most North American time zones also have generic terms, including Pacific Time (PT), Mountain Time (MT), Central Time (CT), and Atlantic Time (AT).

Converting Eastern Time to Other US Time Zones

Where and When is EST Observed?

North America

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

Canadian provinces/territories using EST in the winter and EDT in the summer:

Canadian provinces/territories using EST all year:

Mexican states using EST all year:


Caribbean countries using EST in the winter and EDT in the summer:

Caribbean countries using EST all year:

Central America

Central American countries using EST all year:

Other Eastern Standard Time Zones

Time zones can have similar names and abbreviations but have a different UTC offset:

Other Time Zones in UTC -5

Some time zones exist that have the same offset as EST, but can be found under a different name: