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Wikitravel:Time and date formats

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When giving times and dates, such as for opening and closing times of attractions, restaurants and bars, use the following formats:-


Use the 24 hour clock eg: 10:30-17:00
It can be assumed that times are given in the local timezone.

In 24-hour format, always show minutes using a colon as the separator; eg: 17:00, not 17.00 nor 17-00 and not just 17 and never 17:0.

AM/PM alternative

For articles about topics where the AM/PM system (or 12-hour format) is prevalent, the following format can be used as an alternative: 10:30AM-5PM.

Choose to deviate from our 24 hour standard format only to follow predominant local usage. Ask yourself: which format will visitors see in newspapers, on shop doors, and on train schedules?

  • In this alternative AM/PM system, use "noon" and "midnight", not 12AM and 12PM.
  • In this alternative 12-hour format, minutes are not shown when not required, eg: 5PM, not 5:00PM.
  • Spaces and periods (fullstops) should be left out, eg: 10:30AM-5PM, not 10:30 A.M. – 5 P.M.
  • Spaces should be left out for noon and midnight too, eg: 10AM-noon.

Days of the week

Abbreviate to the minimum number of letters, i.e., M Tu W Th F Sa Su.


  • Spell out when it is part of a named day, e.g., Good Friday, Fat Tuesday.
  • If it looks odd or ambiguous in a particular context, spell it out.
  • Spaces should be left out, e.g., M-F not M - F or M thru F.
  • Leave the dash out for a pair of days, e.g., Sa Su not Sa-Su.
  • When combining days with time, put the days first, e.g., M-F 10AM-2PM rather than 10AM-2PM M-F.
  • For all seven days, use "daily". Do not use "every day" or "Su-Sa".


Use the date format of 10 Jan 2003.

Abbreviate months to three letters, i.e., Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec.

Avoid using dates such as 10/1/03, 10-1-03 or 10/1/2003 as this can mean 10 Jan 2003 or 1 Oct 2003 to different people.

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