Central Standard Time (CST)

The differences between time zones to each other are always specified in relation to the "Universal Time Coordinated" (UTC), the time on the prime meridian (zero longitude). Phoenix, for example, is on the 122nd degree of longitude west and thus in the UTC-7 time zone. Central Standard Time is consistent with UTC -6.

Countries with the Central Standard Time, in which a switch to daylight savings time is common, turn the clock forward by one hour in summer. By doing so, they switch to Central Daylight Time (CDT) and reach UTC -5.

The Central Standard Time applies to 9 countries.

Current Central Standard Time:
Friday, March 24, 2023

Countries in Central Standard Time

CST time applies to the following countries:

Costa RicacountrywideCSTnone
El SalvadorcountrywideCSTnone
United States of AmericaChicagoCSTCDT

Further Countries in the same timezone of UTC -6

Although the timezone is named "Central Standard Time", it is mostly for politcal reasons. It simply means that, e.g., the beginning and ending of daylight savings time always apply here uniformly. There are some other countries, in which the clock strikes the same hour. These countries have the same temporal distance to UTC (Universal Time Coordinated):


The time zones and times listed here are based on the IANA "Olsen" time zone database. Designations and their translations were adapted separately. Version used and update: Version 2022.4 on 11/27/2022.
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