Timothy Coetzee Timothy Coetzee - 1 month ago 4x
PHP Question

PHP Bookings System - Calculate Time Giving Wrong Result

Im working on a uni project for a simple car rental system. My problem comes in when calculating time (the amount of days and hours for the car rental)

Right now the time (where I am) is 12:15 PM


//Test Variables
$ciDate = '2016-08-28';
$ciTime = '13:10';

//calc Time
$calcDate = $ciDate.$ciTime;
$calcDate = strtotime($calcDate);
$remaining = $calcDate - time();
$days_remaining = floor($remaining / 86400);
$hours_remaining = floor(($remaining % 86400) / 3600);
$totPrice = $days_remaining * 4;
//Disp Result
echo $days_remaining. ' Days and ' . $hours_remaining. ' hours';


When the above code gets executed, I get back 2 Days and 5 hours, which is incorrect considering my time now is 12:15 PM 2016/08/26

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess the problem is due to server time being different than my current time?

Any suggestions on how to fix the above problem, much appreciated.


At the time of writing the correct result should be 2 days and 1 hour


I don't know what timezone you are in but it appears your server is in a different zone.
You have MANY ways to fix this but here is the code way.

date_default_timezone_set ( string $timezone_identifier );

So if you are in Bagdhad you put


Or whereever you are.

See this link http://php.net/manual/en/timezones.asia.php