What Time Is It In Cincinnati?

What is the current time in Cincinnati, Ohio

The current time in Cincinnati, Ohio is

12:25 PM

The date is May 20, 2024

Quick facts

  • Cincinnati is 4:00 behind GMT right now
  • Cincinnati's time zone is Eastern Time

What Time Zone is Cincinnati, Ohio In?

Cincinnati 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 -7:00 -7:00 -5:00 -4:00
12-hour time 12:25 PM 11:25 AM 9:25 AM 9:25 AM
24-hour time 12:25 11:25 09:25 09:25
Military time 1225 1125 0925 0925

Spring in Cincinnati brings the beautiful Cincinnati Flower Show and the Flying Pig Marathon. Summer is filled with music and food festivals such as the Cincinnati Music Festival and Taste of Cincinnati. Fall is the time for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and the Cincinnati Comic Expo. Winter brings the Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights and the Cincinnati Ballet's The Nutcracker. Compared to other cities in Ohio, Cincinnati is one of the best party towns with UC in the center. The distance between historical monuments and tourist traps within the state varies, but it would take approximately 2 hours to travel to suburbs such as Dayton, Columbus, and Lexington with being so close to the Kentucky border.


  • Average temperature: 50-70°F
  • Climate: Mild and rainy
  • Unique traditions and events: Cincinnati Flower Show, Flying Pig Marathon
  • Average daylight: 12-14 hours


  • Average temperature: 70-90°F
  • Climate: Hot and humid
  • Unique traditions and events: Cincinnati Music Festival, Taste of Cincinnati
  • Average daylight: 14-15 hours


  • Average temperature: 50-70°F
  • Climate: Cool and crisp
  • Unique traditions and events: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Cincinnati Comic Expo
  • Average daylight: 10-12 hours


  • Average temperature: 20-40°F
  • Climate: Cold and snowy
  • Unique traditions and events: Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights, Cincinnati Ballet's The Nutcracker
  • Average daylight: 9-10 hours

Cincinnati is a city located in the southwestern part of Ohio, in the Eastern Time Zone. It is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-5). The nearest timezone border is approximately 50 miles away, and it is in the Central Time Zone. The respective travel time to the nearest states, Indiana and Kentucky, is around 30 minutes and 1 hour, respectively. Some of the neighboring cities include Covington, Newport, and Bellevue. If someone were to drive from Cincinnati across America, it would take approximately 30 hours. Learn more about traveling to Cincinnati and explore all the exciting things this city has to offer.

City Distance (miles) Drive Time (hours) Timezone Change (hours)
Yosemite National Park 2,200 44 -3
White House in Washington D.C. 500 10 -1
Denali National Park 3,800 76 -4
Las Vegas Strip 1,900 38 -3
Citizens Bank Park 550 11 -1
Niagara Falls 450 9 -1
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco 2,300 46 -3
Yellowstone 1,400 28 -2
Manhattan 650 13 -1
Grand Canyon 1,700 34 -2
Note: The distances and drive times are approximate and may vary depending on the route taken. The timezone change is based on Cincinnati being in the Eastern Time Zone.

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 Cincinnati 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 2:29 PM 14:29 1429
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Eastern Time 2:29 PM 14:29 1429
Boston Massachusetts Eastern Time 2:29 PM 14:29 1429
Chicago Illinois Central Time 1:29 PM 13:29 1329
Phoenix Arizona Mountain Time 11:29 AM 11:29 1129
Los Angeles California Pacific Time 11:29 AM 11:29 1129

Fast Facts About Cincinnati

What time zone is Cincinnati in?

Cincinnati is in the Eastern Time time zone

What is Cincinnati time compared to UTC?

UTC or Coordinated Universal Time is the global time standard, and Cincinnati is offset by -4:00.