What Time Is It In Madison?

What is the current time in Madison, Wisconsin

The current time in Madison, Wisconsin is

5:21 PM

The date is April 15, 2024

Quick facts

  • Madison is 5:00 behind GMT right now
  • Madison's time zone is Central Time

What Time Zone is Madison, Wisconsin In?

Madison is in Central Time time zone, also sometimes abbreviated to CT. There are many cities and states in this time zone. This time zone consists of two "sub" time zones: CST and CDT. It is one or the other, depending on the time of year. In CT, 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 6:21 PM 5:21 PM 3:21 PM 3:21 PM
24-hour time 18:21 17:21 15:21 15:21
Military time 1821 1721 1521 1521

Madison, Wisconsin is home to the Madison Mallards, a collegiate summer baseball league. Spring and fall offer mild temperatures and unique events such as the Wisconsin Film Festival and Wisconsin Science Festival. Summer brings warm and humid weather, perfect for outdoor events like the Dane County Fair and Art Fair on the Square. Winter offers a snowy wonderland with events like the Madison Winter Festival and Holiday Fantasy in Lights. Compared to other cities in Wisconsin, Madison offers a diverse range of events and activities for each season. Within the state, popular tourist destinations such as the Wisconsin Dells and Milwaukee are within a 2-3 hour drive from Madison. Suburbs such as Middleton, Sun Prairie, and Fitchburg are within a 20-30 minute drive from the city center.


  • Average temperature: 50-60°F
  • Climate: Mild with occasional rain showers
  • Unique traditions and events: Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison Marathon
  • Average daylight: 12-14 hours


  • Average temperature: 70-80°F
  • Climate: Warm and humid
  • Unique traditions and events: Dane County Fair, Art Fair on the Square
  • Average daylight: 14-16 hours


  • Average temperature: 50-60°F
  • Climate: Cool and crisp with colorful foliage
  • Unique traditions and events: Wisconsin Science Festival, Freakfest Halloween Party
  • Average daylight: 10-12 hours


  • Average temperature: 20-30°F
  • Climate: Cold and snowy
  • Unique traditions and events: Madison Winter Festival, Holiday Fantasy in Lights
  • Average daylight: 8-10 hours

Madison is a city located in the state of Wisconsin, in the Central Time Zone. It is 6 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-6). Madison is approximately 40 miles away from the nearest timezone border, which is the Eastern Time Zone. The neighboring states of Wisconsin are Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan. The respective travel time to these states is approximately 2 hours to Minnesota, 3 hours to Iowa, 2.5 hours to Illinois, and 4 hours to Michigan. The neighboring cities of Madison are Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Chicago. It would take approximately 40 hours to drive from Madison to the opposite coast of America. Learn more about traveling to Madison and explore the beautiful city.

City Distance (miles) Drive Time (hours) Timezone Change (hours)
Yosemite National Park 1,942 38.84 -2
White House in Washington D.C. 821 16.42 +1
Denali National Park 3,308 66.16 -4
Las Vegas Strip 1,563 31.26 -2
Citizens Bank Park 787 15.74 +1
Niagara Falls 716 14.32 +1
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco 1,862 37.24 -2
Yellowstone 1,200 24 -1
Manhattan 876 17.52 +1
Grand Canyon 1,437 28.74 -1

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 Madison 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 7:42 PM 19:42 1942
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Eastern Time 7:42 PM 19:42 1942
Boston Massachusetts Eastern Time 7:42 PM 19:42 1942
Chicago Illinois Central Time 6:42 PM 18:42 1842
Phoenix Arizona Mountain Time 5:42 PM 17:42 1742
Los Angeles California Pacific Time 4:42 PM 16:42 1642

Fast Facts About Madison

What time zone is Madison in?

Madison is in the Central Time time zone

What is Madison time compared to UTC?

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