Europe time zones with the current time

Check what time zones are in Europe and their current time. In addition, the map will help in assigning a country to a zone. There are 7 time zones in Europe. However, as many as 33 European countries lie in one time zone. In addition to time zones, there are also CET (Central European Time) and CEST (Central European Summer Time). CET stands for UTC + 1 time zone. In turn, CEST is the UTC + 2 time zone. CEST or CEDT (Central European Daylight Time) is a transitional time that is used to effectively use daylight. Some European countries only use one time zone.

Most European countries only use these two tenses interchangeably. If there is a time change, then CET is converted to CEST or vice versa. However, CET is considered the standard time and CEST is a transitional time. The names CET and CEST are only used to distinguish the continent in which the country lies. This means that the same time may occur on another continent. This time on another continent will have a different name.

Europe time zones map

The countries that use CET during winter time and CEST during Summer Time are the most popular group in Europe.

Europe time zones map

In Europe, the time can vary by up to 7 hours (from UTC-1 to UTC + 5), not including the daylight saving time offset. Additionally, to define a time zone, one should not look only at longitude. It can be confusing in European countries in relation to local time.

Time CET and CEST

This zone includes the countries of Western Europe, Scandinavia, Central Europe, South-Central Europe and the Western Balkans. There are as many as 33 countries in this zone. These are countries such as France, Spain, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Italy. Characteristic here is that the time changes at the end of March and October. CET is standard time and CEST is transitional.

The current time:

UTC+2 and UTC+3 time zones.

The region of Europe that uses UTC + 2 and UTC + 3 are the eastern, north-eastern and south-eastern ends of the European Union. It is the second most popular time zone in Europe, and it covers 9 countries. Interestingly, Belarus and Turkey use different time zones, even though they are at a similar latitude.


The current time:

UTC and UTC+1 time zones.

There are few countries in this zone, they are located in the western part of Europe.

PortugaliaIrlandiaWyspy Kanaryjskie
Wielka BrytaniaWyspy Owcze

The current time:

Year-round UTC+3

This time zone includes countries in the eastern part of Europe.

Większa część zachodniej RosjiiOsetia Południowa

The current time:

Year-round zones less common in Europe

This group includes Kaliningrad, located in the UTC+2 time zone. Western Russia, Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan, and Georgia which belong to UTC+4. Western and Central Russia and Western Kazakhstan, which are in the UTC+5 time zone.