In other words, in locations observing Daylight Saving Time (DST) during part of the year, Pacific Time is not static but switches between PST and PDT.
Pacific Time UTC Offset
Pacific Standard Time is 8 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Pacific Daylight Time is 7 hours behind UTC.
What Is Pacific Time?
The PT time zone is the third most populated time zone in the US. It spans from Canada to Mexico.
In North America, Pacific Time shares a border with Mountain Time (MT) in the east.
What Does PT Time Zone Mean?
Unlike other time zone denominations, which have a fixed time, Pacific Time refers to a geographical area where the time changes twice yearly as Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins and ends. Pacific Standard Time is UTC-8, while Pacific Daylight Time is UTC-7.
Converting Pacific Time to Other US Time Zones
- Pacific Time (PT) is 3 hours behind Eastern Time (ET).
To convert PT to ET, you have to add three hours.
- Pacific Time (PT) is 2 hours behind Central Time (CT).
To convert PT to CT, you have to add two hours.
- Pacific Time (PT) is 1 hour behind Mountain Time (MT).
To convert PT to MT, you have to add one hour.
Where and when is Pacific Time observed?
- Idaho - western counties
Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Shoshone and north part of Idaho
- Oregon - except most of Malheur county
- British Columbia - except for some eastern communities
- Baja California
Time zones by continent/region
- Central America
- Indian Ocean
- North America
- South America