To ask someone what time it is in Spanish, say this:

¿Qué hora es?
What time is it?

To tell someone what time it is use this formula:

son + las + the hour

Note: It’s also acceptable to write times in numerical format in Spanish
(e.g. Son las 7:00).

Think of it as telling someone how many hours there are (or have been) since 12:00. For example:

Son las siete.
It’s 7:00.

Son las once.
It’s 11:00.

One major exception occurs at 1:00. Since there is only one hour, switch to a singular verb and article:

Es la una.
It’s 1:00.

To indicate that the time is exactly on the hour, include en punto (“on the dot”):

Es la una en punto.
It’s exactly 1:00.

Son las siete en punto.
It’s 7:00 on the dot.

To express time past the top of the hour use y and the number of minutes:

Es la una y cinco.
It’s 1:05.

Son las dos y diez.
It’s 2:10.

Note: Don’t confuse cuatro (four) with cuarto (quarter).

To express quarter hours you can use either quince or cuarto (quarter):

Es la una y quince.
It’s 1:15.

Son las tres y cuarto.
It’s 3:15.

To express half hours you can use either treinta or media (half):

Es la una y treinta.
It’s 1:30.

Son las cuatro y media.
It’s 4:30.

For times greater than a half hour you can either add the appropriate number of minutes or skip ahead to the next hour and subtract:

Es la una y cuarenta.
It’s 1:40.

Son las dos menos veinte.
It’s 1:40. / It’s twenty to 2:00.

Times past the half hour may also be expressed using para and/or faltar (to lack) like this:

Faltan diez para las dos.
It’s 1:50. / It’s ten to 2:00.

Son diez para las siete.
It’s 6:50. / It’s ten to 7:00.

Times in Other Tenses

Note: Use the imperfect tense when stating times in the past.

You are not limited to the present when talking about time:

Era la una de la mañana.
It was 1:00 in the morning.

En dos horas serán las once.
In two hours it will be 11:00.

Other Useful Time Expressions in Spanish

Note: AM stands for Ante Meridiem (“before midday” in Latin). PM stands for Post Meridiem (“after midday” in Latin).

Most Spanish speakers do not use “AM” or “PM.” To specify the period of the day you should add de la mañana (in the morning), de la tarde (in the afternoon), or de la noche (in the evening):

Es la una de la mañana.
It’s 1:00 in the morning. / It’s 1:00 AM.

Son las tres de la tarde.
It’s 3:00 in the afternoon. / It’s 3:00 PM.

Son las nueve de la noche.
It’s 9:00 in the evening. / It’s 9:00 PM.

For more information:
24-hour clock

Many digital clocks and printed schedules in Spanish speaking countries use a 24-hour time format for simplicity:

English: Spanish:

9:30 AM
9:30 PM


Use mediodía to say “noon.” Use medianoche to say “midnight”:

Es mediodía.
It’s noon.

Es medianoche.
It’s midnight.

To ask when something will occur, use a que hora or cuándo:

¿A qué hora sale el avión?
At what time does the plane leave?

¿Cuándo viene Roberto?
When is Roberto coming?

To state when something will occur, use a las or a la:

El avión sale a las dos y media.
The plane leaves at 2:30.

Roberto viene a la una.
Roberto is coming at 1:00.

More Useful Words for Times and Dates in Spanish

esta noche
el segundo
el minuto
la hora
el día
la semana
el mes
el año
la década
el siglo
el milenio
pasado, pasada
próximo, próxima
último, última

the day before yesterday
last night
past, last

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