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Java.util.TimeZone Class (Set-2) | Example On TimeZone Class

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  • Last Updated : 01 Dec, 2021
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TimeZone class (the methods of this class was discussed in this article Java.util.TimeZone Class | Set 1) can be used in many cases like using TimeZone class we can get the time difference in term of hour and minute between two places.
Problem : How we can get time difference of time in terms of hours and minutes between two places of Earth?
Solution : To solve above situation, we must follow the following steps

  1. Get the Time Zone Id as input for both the places.
  2. Using this Time Zone Id find the Time Zone of both places.
  3. Using Time Zone Find the Date and Time of both places
  4. Find the difference between the Date and time of both places
  5. The difference is your answer for above question

You can get list of Time Zone Ids then you can go to this link (The data of column name TZ* of this link are Time Zone Ids. You can use those Id as Input.)


// Java program to find time difference in term of hour and
// minute between two places.
import java.time.LocalDateTime;
import java.util.*;
public class TimeDifference {
    public static void main(String[] args)
        // Take Ids of both places as Input
        Scanner sc = new Scanner(;
        String TimeZoneId1 = sc.nextLine();
        String TimeZoneId2 = sc.nextLine();
        // Using Id of First place find LocalDateTime of that place
        TimeZone timezone1 = TimeZone.getTimeZone(TimeZoneId1);
        LocalDateTime dateTime1 = getDateTime(timezone1);
        // Using Id of Second place find LocalDateTime of that place
        TimeZone timezone2 = TimeZone.getTimeZone(TimeZoneId2);
        LocalDateTime dateTime2 = getDateTime(timezone2);
        // Print the Date and Time of Both TimeZones
        System.out.println("Date and Time of place having Id " + TimeZoneId1);
        System.out.println("Date - " + dateTime1.toLocalDate());
        System.out.println("Time - " + dateTime1.toLocalTime());
        System.out.println("Date and Time of place having Id " + TimeZoneId2);
        System.out.println("Date - " + dateTime2.toLocalDate());
        System.out.println("Time - " + dateTime2.toLocalTime());
        // Find the Difference in terms of minutes between both places
        long diffInMinutes =
            java.time.Duration.between(dateTime1, dateTime2).toMinutes();
        System.out.println("\nDifference in Hour is "
            + Math.abs(diffInMinutes / 60));
        System.out.println("Difference in Minute is "
            + Math.abs(diffInMinutes % 60));
    static LocalDateTime getDateTime(TimeZone time)
        // Using Time zone get calendar object
        Calendar cal = new GregorianCalendar(time);
        // using calendar object find the month, year, day, hour, minute
        int month = cal.get(Calendar.MONTH);
        int year = cal.get(Calendar.YEAR);
        int day = cal.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH);
        int hour = cal.get(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY);
        int minute = cal.get(Calendar.MINUTE);
         * construct LocalDateTime object
        using month, year, day, hour, minute
        LocalDateTime dateTime = LocalDateTime.of(year, month + 1, day,
                                                  hour, minute);
        return dateTime;




Date and Time of place having Id Asia/Chita
Date - 2018-04-25
Time - 04:16
Date and Time of place having Id Asia/Yangon
Date - 2018-04-25
Time - 01:46

Difference in Hour is 2
Difference in Minute is 30

Explanation : We are getting TimeZone object of the place using Id provided as Input then using method getDateTime we are getting current Date and Time of that place. The method getDateTime return LocalDateTime object we can get Date using toLocalDate() method of LocalDateTime class and Time using toLocalTime() method of LocalDateTime class. 
When we have current date and time of both place then we can find time difference in terms of hour and minute between both places.

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