In the graph below you see the time zone difference between Central European Summer Time and Pacific Standard Time. Drag the bubble to adjust the time and to see the corresponding time in the other time zone.
Central European Summer Time is the time zone of most central European countries, and the Nordics when observing daylight saving time in the summer, including cities like Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Madrid, Rome, Zurich and Warsaw. Pacific Standard Time is the time zone of the Canadian and US West Coast, with places like Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Usually it is preferable to schedule meetings in the late afternoon for the person in CEST and before lunch for the person in PST.
CEST is, as the name implies, the time zone observed by Central Europe during the summer months. CEST is +2 hours ahead of UTC. Note that Portugal and the UK are not on CEST but instead observe GMT (or, in the summer BST – British Summer Time) and that Eastern Europe (every country from Finland and South) observe Eastern European Summer Time.
All countries in Western Europe, except Portugal and the UK, observe Central European Summer Time. This includes Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Montenegro and Gibraltar to name a few.
The list is long but includes Berlin, Oslo, Madrid, Rome, Tirana, Amsterdam, Paris, Warsaw, Bern, Geneva and Copenhagen.
CEST is the summer time of CET – Central European Time and is observed between the last Sunday of March and the last Sunday of October each year. The rest of the year these countries are on CET.
Pacific Standard Time is the time of the Western United States and Canada and is typically abbreviated as PST. It is 8 hours behind GMT. This means that when the clock is noon in London (GMT), it is 4AM in Seattle (PST).
Most of the Western US and Canada are following Pacific Standard Time.
This can be a bit tricky as most states on the US Pacific Coast do apply daylight saving time, calling PST for PDT, or Pacific Daylight Time, instead and sets the clocks in November and March respectively.