EUROPEAN UNION TIME & TIMEZONES

There are several time zones in the European Union. The major ones are the following. They all use daylight saving time in the summer:

 

TimezoneCountriesStandard TimeDailight Savings TimeTime and Date
Azores TimeThe Azores (Portugal)AZAST5:14:09 AM
Western European TimeIreland, Portugal (except Azores), and the Canary Islands (Spain)WETWEST6:14:09 AM
Central European TimeAustria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France (except overseas territories), Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (except Canary Islands) and SwedenCETCEST7:14:09 AM
Eastern European TimeFinland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and CyprusEETEEST8:14:09 AM

EU Time Zones Map

In the map below you can observe seven different timezone, according to various colors per different countries. Note that in the table below you can find also the Summer time UTC time differences in Europe, and more details for each color. This map is based on a Wikipedia map.


Current time in Europe

Color
Timezone
Abbr
Offset
Country
Light BlueWestern European Time / Greenwich Mean TimeWET / GMTUTCIceland
BlueWestern European Time / Greenwich Mean TimeWET / GMTUTCPortugal (including Madeira); United Kingdom (London); Republic of Ireland; Faroe Islands; Canary Islands
Western European Summer Time / British Summer Time / Irish Standard TimeWEST / BST / ISTUTC+1
RedCentral European TimeCETUTC+1Most of western Europe; Scandinavia; Central Europe; Central southern Europe; Western Balkans
Central European Summer TimeCESTUTC+2
YellowEastern European Time / Kaliningrad TimeEETUTC+2Kaliningrad Oblast (Russia)
OchreEastern European TimeEETUTC+2Finland; Baltic states; Ukraine; Moldova; Romania; Bulgaria; Greece
Eastern European Summer TimeEESTUTC+3
GreenMoscow Time / Turkey TimeMSK/TRTUTC+3Belarus; Most of western Russia; Turkey; Abkhazia; South Ossetia
TurquoiseArmenia Time / Azerbaijan Time / Georgia Time / Samara TimeAMT/ AZT/ GET / SAMTUTC+4Parts of western Russia; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia

Pale colours: Standard time observed all year

Dark colours: Summer time observed



Daylight savings / European Summer Time

European Summer Time begins in the Europe on the last Sunday of March and concludes on the last Sunday of October. This is due to the fact that during the warmer months, clocks are advanced so that darkness falls later.

European Summer Time causes changes in the names and acronyms used to identify the current local time in each time zone.

For example: Central European Time (CET) changes to Central European Summer Time (CEST), or Western European Time (WET) switching to Western European Summer Time (WEST), and so on.

StartEnd
31 March 202427 October 2024
30 March 202526 October 2025
29 March 202625 October 2026
28 March 202731 October 2027
26 March 202829 October 2028
25 March 202928 October 2029


When is European Summer Time in 2024?

Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts on most European Countries on March 31, 2024. Clocks go forward one hour in Europe on March 31, 2024. Most European countries will spring forward one hour at 01:00 UTC on March 31, 2024.
  • Daylight Savings Time starts on March 31, 2024 at 01:00 UTC. The clocks went forward by one hour.
  • Daylight Saving Time ends on October 27, 2024 at 01:00 UTC. The clock time will go back one hour.