How to Convert Central Time to Pacific Time

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There are many reasons why you may need to convert time from one time zone to another. According to, there are four time zones that cover the continental United States. They are, from east coast to west coast, Eastern time zone, Central time zone, Mountain time zone and Pacific time zone. According to World, Eastern time and Pacific time are three hours apart and Central time and Pacific time are two hours apart, with Central time being ahead of Pacific time.

Look at a clock or watch that is set to Central time and record the current time.

Subtract two hours from the Central time you recorded in step 1. For example, if it is currently 4:30 p.m. Central time, then it would be 2:30 p.m. Pacific time.

Record the current Pacific time.

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