In the graph below you see the time zone difference between Mountain Daylight Time and Central Standard Time. Drag the bubble to adjust the time and to see the corresponding time in the other time zone.
Mountain Daylight Time is the time zone of the US and Canadian states around the Rocky Mountains, including cities like Edmonton, Calgary, Denver and Salt Lake City. Central Standard Time is the time zone of the central US and Canada, as well as most of Central America, with places like Winnipeg, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Mexico City, San Jose and Panama City.
Usually it is preferable to schedule meetings any time from the morning for the person in MDT and any time from the morning for the person in CST.
MDT is observed in the Western part of central US and Canada, as well as the North West corner of Mexico. It is 6 hours behind UTC and turns into MST in the summer. In Mexico, this time zone is known as Zona Pacifico (Pacific Zone). The name Mountain Daylight Time comes from it covering the Rocky Mountains in Western United States.
In the US, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming are all observing Mountain Daylight Time but there is also a bunch where part of the state observe MDT and part another time zone, like CDT or PDT.
MDT is observed in parts of Canada, the US and Mexico. The only province in Canada to be fully covered by MDT is Alberta whereas other provinces like British Columbia and Northwest Territories are split between MDT and PDT.
In Mexico, it is only the states in the north western corner of the country, including Baja California, Sinaloa and Chihuahua that observe MDT.
The largest city observing Mountain Daylight Time is Phoenix, followed by Denver and El Paso/Juarez.
MDT is observed in almost all locations that observe Mountain Time, except the states of Arizona (US) and Sinaloa (Mexico). DST is in effect between March and November and adds one hour time difference to UTC.
Central Standard Time is the time zone of the central US and Canada, as well as Mexico and most of Central America. It is six hours behind UTC and is observed during the winter months. In the summer CST becomes CDT – Central Daylight Time. It is important to remember that not all locations in a given state or province necessarily use the time zone – make sure to check the situation for your exact location!
CST is observed in the US, Canada, Mexico and all of Central America (including Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras). In the US it is only the states in the central parts that observes CST, from Wisconsin in the West to Tennessee in the East, and from Michigan in the North to Florida in the South. Similarly, only Canadian provinces in the middle of the country observe CST. With the exception of the North West corner, all of Mexico observes CST.
Mexico: México (including Mexico City), Oaxaca, Yucatán, San Luis Potosi, Chiapas and more.
Canada: Saskatchewan (only Creighton and Denare Beach), Manitoba and most ports of Ontario
US: Nebraska, Wisconsin, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Illinois to mention a few.
Most locations in Central Standard Time observe summer time between March and November, then calling it CDT – Central Daylight Time. It is always advisable to check the exact location (e.g. using our time zone converter) instead of relying on time zone abbreviations as there are sometimes exceptions, e.g. some states in the US are split between two time zones.