What Time Is It In Columbus?

What is the current time in Columbus, Ohio

The current time in Columbus, Ohio is

12:55 PM

The date is May 27, 2024

Quick facts

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

What Time Zone is Columbus, Ohio In?

Columbus 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 12:55 PM 11:55 AM 9:55 AM 9:55 AM
24-hour time 12:55 11:55 09:55 09:55
Military time 1255 1155 0955 0955

Columbus, Ohio is home to unique events such as the Arnold Sports Festival and is one of Ohio's most popular cities.. The city's proximity to other major Ohio cities, such as Cleveland and Cincinnati, allows for easy day trips to other tourist attractions. However, some of the state's most popular destinations, such as Cedar Point and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are a few hours' drive away. Traveling to suburbs such as Dublin, Westerville, and Grove City takes approximately 20-30 minutes by car.


  • Average temperature: 50-70°F
  • Climate: Mild and rainy
  • Unique traditions and events: Columbus Arts Festival, Ohioana Book Festival, and the Arnold Sports Festival
  • Average daylight: 12-14 hours


  • Average temperature: 70-85°F
  • Climate: Hot and humid
  • Unique traditions and events: Ohio State Fair, Jazz and Rib Fest, and Columbus Food Truck Festival
  • Average daylight: 14-15 hours


  • Average temperature: 50-70°F
  • Climate: Cool and crisp
  • Unique traditions and events: Circleville Pumpkin Show, Columbus Italian Festival, and Ohio Renaissance Festival
  • Average daylight: 10-12 hours


  • Average temperature: 20-40°F
  • Climate: Cold and snowy
  • Unique traditions and events: Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo, Columbus Winter Beerfest, and the Arnold Sports Festival
  • Average daylight: 9-10 hours

Columbus is a city located in the state of Ohio, in the Eastern Time Zone. It is 4 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-4). The nearest timezone border is approximately 50 miles east of Columbus, which is the border between the Eastern and Central Time Zones. The respective travel time to the nearest states are 2 hours to Indiana, 2.5 hours to Kentucky, and 3 hours to West Virginia. The neighboring cities of Columbus are Dublin, Westerville, and Grove City. To drive from Columbus across America, it would take approximately 36 hours. Learn more about traveling to Columbus and explore all the exciting things this city has to offer.

City Distance from Columbus (miles) Time to Drive at 50 mph (hours) Timezone Change (hours)
Yosemite National Park 2,300 46 -3
White House in Washington D.C. 480 9.6 -1
Denali National Park 3,500 70 -4
Las Vegas Strip 1,900 38 -3
Citizens Bank Park 480 9.6 -1
Niagara Falls 400 8 -1
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco 2,300 46 -3
Yellowstone 1,400 28 -2
Manhattan 550 11 -1
Grand Canyon 1,700 34 -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 Columbus 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 8:07 PM 20:07 2007
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Eastern Time 8:07 PM 20:07 2007
Boston Massachusetts Eastern Time 8:07 PM 20:07 2007
Chicago Illinois Central Time 7:07 PM 19:07 1907
Phoenix Arizona Mountain Time 5:07 PM 17:07 1707
Los Angeles California Pacific Time 5:07 PM 17:07 1707

Fast Facts About Columbus

What time zone is Columbus in?

Columbus is in the Eastern Time time zone

What is Columbus time compared to UTC?

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