What Time Is It In Boston?

What is the current time in Boston, Massachusetts

The current time in Boston, Massachusetts is

8:23 PM

The date is February 29, 2024

Quick facts

  • Boston is 5:00 behind GMT right now
  • Boston's time zone is Eastern Time

What Time Zone is Boston, Massachusetts In?

Boston is in Eastern Time time zone, also sometimes abbreviated to ET. There are many cities and states in this time zone. This time zone consists of two "sub" time zones: EST and EDT. It is one or the other, depending on the time of year. In ET, clocks are typically moved forward and backwards anually (once forward and once backward every year).

Timezone Pacific Mountain Central Eastern
GMT Offset -8:00 -7:00 -6:00 -5:00
12-hour time 8:23 PM 7:23 PM 6:23 PM 5:23 PM
24-hour time 20:23 19:23 18:23 17:23
Military time 2023 1923 1823 1723

Boston Seasons


  • Average temperature: 45-65°F
  • Climate: Mild with occasional rain showers
  • Unique traditions and events: Boston Marathon, Patriot's Day, Boston Calling Music Festival
  • Average daylight: 12-14 hours


  • Average temperature: 70-85°F
  • Climate: Warm and humid with occasional thunderstorms
  • Unique traditions and events: Fourth of July celebrations, Boston Harborfest, Shakespeare on the Common
  • Average daylight: 14-16 hours


  • Average temperature: 45-65°F
  • Climate: Cool and crisp with colorful foliage
  • Unique traditions and events: Head of the Charles Regatta, Boston Book Festival, Salem Haunted Happenings
  • Average daylight: 10-12 hours


  • Average temperature: 20-40°F
  • Climate: Cold with occasional snowstorms
  • Unique traditions and events: First Night Boston, Boston Wine Festival, Boston Celtic Music Festival
  • Average daylight: 8-10 hours

Boston is a vibrant city located in the eastern part of Massachusetts, in the United States. It is situated in the Eastern Time Zone (ET) and is four hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-4). The nearest timezone border is approximately 50 miles away, and it is in the Atlantic Time Zone (AT). The travel time to the nearest states, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, is approximately one hour and two hours, respectively. Boston's neighboring cities include Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline. If someone were to drive from Boston across America, it would take approximately 44 hours! Learn more about traveling to Boston:

Destination Distance (miles) Time (hours) Timezone Change (hours)
Yosemite National Park 3,000 60 -3
White House in Washington D.C. 440 9 -1
Denali National Park 4,200 84 -4
Las Vegas Strip 2,700 54 -3
Citizens Bank Park 300 6 -1
Niagara Falls 450 9 -1
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco 3,000 60 -3
Yellowstone 2,200 44 -2
Manhattan 215 4.3 -1
Grand Canyon 2,500 50 -2

Other times in the United States

The United States has four main time zones and six time zones including Alaska and Hawaii. Time can span between six hours and range from -5 UTC hours to -10 UTC, making time in Boston change by a 6 hour time frame in the United States. Here are the most popular current times across the USA.

City State Timezone 12-hour time 24 hour time Military time
New York City New York Eastern Time 9:07 PM 21:07 2107
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Eastern Time 9:07 PM 21:07 2107
Boston Massachusetts Eastern Time 9:07 PM 21:07 2107
Chicago Illinois Central Time 8:07 PM 20:07 2007
Phoenix Arizona Mountain Time 7:07 PM 19:07 1907
Los Angeles California Pacific Time 6:07 PM 18:07 1807

Fast Facts About Boston

What time zone is Boston in?

Boston is in the Eastern Time time zone

What is Boston time compared to UTC?

UTC or Coordinated Universal Time is the global time standard, and Boston is offset by -5:00.