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Dates & Time

Abbreviated dates in Europe are written using the day first, the month and then the year. Be very careful when reviewing bookings or tickets on trains, hotels, tours,  events, etc.

Independence DayVE Day end of WW IIArmistice end of WWI Christmas
July 4, 1776May 8, 1945November 11, 1918December 25, 2011
USA7/4/17768/5/194511/11/191812/25/2011
Europe4/4/17765/8/194511/11/191825/12/2011

Time Zones …

When traveling, east to west or west to east, one can easily get jet lag. That’s when your body has been condition to eat or sleep at a certain time and your now in a different time zone when those activities are hours apart. Your body is telling to eat and sleep at your normal time but, you are now doing those activities at a different time. You’ll most likely be able to stay up late at night but, getting up in the morning could be a challenge.

Europe also operates on a 24 hour clock. So when it is 15:00, that is the same as 3:00 pm. Merely subtract 12 from the afternoon time and you will determine the pm time.

Examples (US time = European time):
  • 8:00 am = 8:00
  • 12:00 noon = 12:00
  • 3:00 pm = 15:00
  • 8:00 pm = 20:00
  • 12:00 midnight = 24:00

As a reference the table below reflects the difference in hours between Europe and US time zones. When Greenwich or Universal Time is 12:00 noon the corresponding times are displayed for the other US and european times zones. As an example, at that same time New York is 7:00 am (EST), Rome is 1:00 pm or 13:00 (CET)

Current Times in Europe vs. USA…
Greenwich Mean Time GMT / UTC -Coordinated Universal Time

Central Europe Time CET / UTC + 1 Coordinated Universal Time

 

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Eastern Europe Time EET / UTC +2 Coordinated Universal Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moscow Time MSKS / Turkey Time TRT / UTC +3 Coordinated Universal Time

 

 

 

 

Eastern Time EST / UTC -5 Coordinated Universal Time

 

 

 

 

 

Central Time CST / UTC – 6 Coordinated Universal Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain Time MST / UTC -7 Coordinated Universal Time

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

       

Pacific Time PST / UTC -8 Coordinated Universal Time

 

 

 

 

 

     

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UTC – Coordinated Universal Time
  • GMT = Greenwich Mean Time UTC +0
    • BST = British Summer Time
    • WEST = Western European Summer Time
    • WET = Western European Time
  • CET = Central European Time UTC +1
    • CEST Central European Summer Time
  • EET = Eastern European Time UTC +2
    • EEST = Eastern European Summer Time
  • MSKS = Moscow Time UTC +3
  • TRT = Turkey Time UTC +3
Time Changes in European Countries for 2019
  • Change to Daylight Savings Time on the last Sunday in March at 2 am- March 31, 2019
  • Change to Regular Time on last Sunday in October at 2 am – October 27, 2019
  • Belarus, Iceland and Russia have no time change to delight savings in the summer months. Autonomous Republic of the Crimea has recently changed their time to MSKS Moscow Time
24 Hour Clock…

Europe uses a 24 hour clock (military time) for official timetables. Things that use schedules like buses, trains, etc., use the 24 hour clock. Instead of using two 12 hour segments, am and pm, it is one 24 hour segment. After 12:00 midnight hours start from 1:00 to 12:00 noon just like in the US but instead of 1:00 pm it will now be 13:00. The hours go up accordingly until 24:00 or 12:00 midnight.

USA am / Europe amUSA pm /Europe pm
1:00 am/ 1:001:00 pm /13:00
2:00 am/ 2:002:00 pm /14:00
3:00 am/ 3:003:00 pm /15:00
4:00 am/ 4:004:00 pm /16:00
5:00 am/ 5:005:00 pm /17:00
6:00 am/ 6:006:00 pm /18:00
7:00 am/ 7:007:00 pm /19:00
8:00 am/ 8:008:00 pm /20:00
9:00 am/ 9:009:00 pm /21:00
10:00 am/ 10:0010:00 pm /22:00
11:00 am/ 11:0011:00 pm /23:00
12:00 noon/ 12:0012:00 midnight /24:00

To quickly calculate afternoon times just subtract 12 from the time. If the time is 15:30 subtract 12 from that and you get 3:30 pm.