Don"t phone home until you know what time zone Amsterdam is in.
From 1:00 UTC on the last Sunday of March and 1:00 on the last Sunday of October, the Netherlands observes Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is two hours ahead of UTC and GMT.
This is done in order to observe Daylight Saving Time.
This means that, for most of the year, the Netherlands is:
- 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST)
- 7 hours ahead of Central Standard Time (CST)
- 8 hours ahead of Mountain Standard Time (MST)
- 9 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Since U.S. summer time lasts from second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November, there are periods in each season when the time difference between the U.S. and Netherlands is one hour more or less than usual.
?To find out the current local time in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, click the embedded link to Time and Date web site.
Note that Aruba, Curaçao and Sint-Maarten - all constituent countries of the Netherlands - are all on Atlantic Standard Time, four hours behind UTC and GMT.