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The Time in Alaska

Saturday, September 21, 2013 by — creator of Time Genie

Updated: Friday, March 11, 2016

Flag of Alaska, United States

Flag of Alaska.

What time is it in Alaska? This is a commonly asked question — but this question requires a question in return — where in Alaska?

Alaska is the largest state within the United States based on area. Yet, the population density of Alaska is very low at 1.264 inhabitants per square mile.

Approximately 1/2 of the people in Alaska live in or near the largest city within the state — Anchorage. Thus, when a person asks What time is it in Alaska, one can provide the time for Anchorage and chances are you will be providing accurate information. But the fact still remains, Alaska has two main time zones.

The two main time zones in Alaska are the Alaska time zone and the Hawaiian–Aleutian time zone.


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What Time Is It In Alaska? There Are 2 Main Time Zones

There are 2 main time zones within the state of Alaska. In addition to the 2 main time zones, there is 1 unofficial time zone and 1 town that has decided not to observe daylight saving time.

Alaska Time encompasses the entire state except for the far reaches of the Aleutian Islands and St. Lawrence Island which are located in the Hawaiian–Aleutian time zone.

The Aleutian Islands, west (left) of Umnak Island (home to Nikolski village), are located in the Hawaiian–Aleutian time zone. Umnak Island itself though is located in the Alaska time zone.

The Pribilof Islands, which include St. Paul Island and St. George Island, are essentially directly north of Umnak Island. These islands are located in the Alaska time zone.

→ Learn more about the boroughs and census areas in Alaska

Map of Alaska
A map of Alaska. You can also download this map in PDF format.

The 2 Main Time Zones in the Alaska

Time Zone Major Cities / Towns
Alaska Time Anchorage, Chugiak, College, Council, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Spenard, St. George Island
Hawaii–Aleutian Time Adak, Akutan, Amchitka, Atka, Attu Island, Gambell, Kiska, Savoonga, Shemya Island

Time Zone Data

Information about the 2 main time zones in the Alaska.

Standard Time Daylight Saving Time
Hawaii–Aleutian Standard Time HST GMT -10 Hawaii–Aleutian Daylight Time HDT GMT -9
Alaska Standard Time AST GMT -9 Alaska Daylight Time ADT GMT -8
Alaska time zone map
It's easy to see how most of Alaska is red in this map. But, if you look carefully at the Aleutian Islands, you will see they have a hint of yellow around them — this shows the islands that are in the Hawaii–Aleutian time zone.

Did You Know — Alaska Used To Have 4 Time Zones!

Did you knowAt one point in the history of Alaska, there were 4 time zones used:

According to alaska.com, Alaska changed from having four time zones to only three in 1967. Then, on October 30, 1983, Alaska compressed its time zones even more and went from three to only two time zones.

Daylight Saving Time

All of Alaska observes daylight saving time (DST) except for one town — Metlakatla. The town of Metlakatla is GMT -8 all year. GMT -8 is considered Pacific Standard Time.

Daylight saving time (DST) schedule:

→ At 2 AM local time, clocks are advanced 1 hour on the second Sunday in March.

→ At 2 AM local time, clocks go back 1 hour on the first Sunday in November.

The International Date Line

The International Date Line runs between Alaska and Russia. Although the International Date Line traditionally runs along 180° longitude, the date line does swing east (to the right) and runs along 169° W longitude and as a result, the International Date Line runs between Little Diomede Island (US) and Big Diomede Island (Russia) which are found in the Bering Strait.

After the International Date Line runs through the Diomede Islands, the date line swings westward again (to the left) and goes over the top of St.Lawrence Island and ultimately goes around Attu Island of the Aleutian Islands chain. This allows all of Alaska to be on the same day at the rest of North America.

Alaska Time Zone Chart

By using the following time zone chart, you can see the time differences between time zones in the United States when compared to the two time zones in Alaska.

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Eastern Time Central Time Mountain Time Pacific Time Alaska Hawaiian–Aleutian
00:00 12:00 AM 23:00 11:00 PM 22:00 10:00 PM 21:00 9:00 PM 20:00 8:00 PM 19:00 7:00 PM
01:00 1:00 AM 00:00 12:00 AM 23:00 11:00 PM 22:00 10:00 PM 21:00 9:00 PM 20:00 8:00 PM
02:00 2:00 AM 01:00 1:00 AM 00:00 12:00 AM 23:00 11:00 PM 22:00 10:00 9M 21:00 9:00 PM
03:00 3:00 AM 02:00 2:00 AM 01:00 1:00 AM 00:00 12:00 AM 23:00 11:00 PM 22:00 10:00 PM
04:00 4:00 AM 03:00 3:00 AM 02:00 2:00 AM 01:00 1:00 AM 00:00 12:00 AM 23:00 11:00 PM
05:00 5:00 AM 04:00 4:00 AM 03:00 3:00 AM 02:00 2:00 AM 01:00 1:00 AM 00:00 12:00 AM
06:00 6:00 AM 05:00 5:00 AM 04:00 4:00 AM 03:00 3:00 AM 02:00 2:00 AM 01:00 1:00 AM
07:00 7:00 AM 06:00 6:00 AM 05:00 5:00 AM 04:00 4:00 AM 03:00 3:00 AM 02:00 2:00 AM
08:00 8:00 AM 07:00 7:00 AM 06:00 6:00 AM 05:00 5:00 AM 04:00 4:00 AM 03:00 3:00 AM
09:00 9:00 AM 08:00 8:00 AM 07:00 7:00 AM 06:00 6:00 AM 05:00 5:00 AM 04:00 4:00 AM
10:00 10:00 AM 09:00 9:00 AM 08:00 8:00 AM 07:00 7:00 AM 06:00 6:00 AM 05:00 5:00 AM
11:00 11:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM 09:00 9:00 AM 08:00 8:00 AM 07:00 7:00 AM 06:00 6:00 AM
12:00 12:00 PM 11:00 11:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM 09:00 9:00 AM 08:00 8:00 AM 07:00 7:00 AM
13:00 1:00 PM 12:00 12:00 PM 11:00 11:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM 09:00 9:00 AM 08:00 8:00 AM
14:00 2:00 PM 13:00 1:00 PM 12:00 12:00 PM 11:00 11:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM 09:00 9:00 AM
15:00 3:00 PM 14:00 2:00 PM 13:00 1:00 PM 12:00 12:00 PM 11:00 11:00 AM 10:00 10:00 AM
16:00 4:00 PM 15:00 3:00 PM 14:00 2:00 PM 13:00 1:00 PM 12:00 12:00 PM 11:00 11:00 AM
17:00 5:00 PM 16:00 4:00 PM 15:00 3:00 PM 14:00 2:00 PM 13:00 1:00 PM 12:00 12:00 PM
18:00 6:00 PM 17:00 5:00 PM 16:00 4:00 PM 15:00 3:00 PM 14:00 2:00 PM 13:00 1:00 PM
19:00 7:00 PM 18:00 6:00 PM 17:00 5:00 PM 16:00 4:00 PM 15:00 3:00 PM 14:00 2:00 PM
20:00 8:00 PM 19:00 7:00 PM 18:00 6:00 PM 17:00 5:00 PM 16:00 4:00 PM 15:00 3:00 PM
21:00 9:00 PM 20:00 8:00 PM 19:00 7:00 PM 18:00 6:00 PM 17:00 5:00 PM 16:00 4:00 PM
22:00 10:00 PM 21:00 9:00 PM 20:00 8:00 PM 19:00 7:00 PM 18:00 6:00 PM 17:00 5:00 PM
23:00 11:00 PM 22:00 10:00 PM 21:00 9:00 PM 20:00 8:00 PM 19:00 7:00 PM 18:00 6:00 PM

Exceptions to the Rule

Although Alaska has two time zones there are two small exceptions to this rule.

The first exception applies to the town of Hyder. Officially, Hyder is in the Alaska time zone. But unofficially, Hyder uses the Pacific Time zone. This is because Hyder, which is located in the Portland Canal, is close to Stewart, British Columbia, Canada. As a result, Hyder, which is the most eastern town in Alaska, relies on Stewart.

In fact, telephone numbers in Hyder will have the same area code as British Columbia. Hyder also uses the Canadian currency. Due to Hyder's geographical location, it is geographically removed from the rest of Alaska. Hyder's geographical position makes it an excellent candidate for the pacific time zone. The only exception to this unofficial time zone used in Hyder is the post office which is a government facility and subsequently uses the official time in Alaska.

The second exception applies to the town of Metlakatla which chooses to be in the Pacific Time zone also. But unlike Hyder, Metlakatla only uses Pacific Standard Time. This means Metlakatla is GMT -8 all year.

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