How long after sunset does it take to get dark?

We try to answer this below. We all know it doesn't get dark right at sunset. There's still a few minutes left to do things. If your city isn't listed, try our interactive map.

Sunset and civil twilight table (12/12/2018)

City Sunset "Dark" mins till "dark"
Victoria, British Columbia4:18 pm4:55 pm37
Vancouver, British Columbia4:13 pm4:51 pm37
Portland, OR4:27 pm5:01 pm34
San Francisco, CA4:51 pm5:20 pm29
Seattle, WA4:17 pm4:53 pm36
San Diego, CA4:43 pm5:10 pm27
Edmonton, Alberta4:14 pm4:56 pm43
Phoenix, AZ5:15 pm5:43 pm28
Alburquerque, NM4:55 pm5:23 pm28
San Antonio, TX5:36 pm6:02 pm26
St. Louis, MO4:40 pm5:09 pm30
Chicago, IL4:20 pm4:51 pm31
Milton, Ontario4:43 pm5:15 pm33
Toronto, Ontario4:40 pm5:13 pm33
New York, NY4:29 pm4:59 pm31
Montreal, Quebec4:11 pm4:45 pm34
Boston, MA4:11 pm4:43 pm32
London, England3:51 pm4:31 pm40
Paris, France4:53 pm5:30 pm37
Oslo, Norway3:11 pm4:07 pm57

*Note: dark defined as end of civil twilight (sometimes called dusk)
mins till "dark" is the number of minutes until the dark/dusk time defined above.

Twilight and Sunset times in top running cities

How long after sunset does it take to get dark? The answer is really how much light does that represent? Luckily, they've calculated the angle the sun descends when it becomes too dark for most activities. It is called end of "civil twilight". We've labelled dark in the table above at the time when civil twilight ends. This is essentially when it is too dark to run or do anything outside without a torch.

We list the sunset time on today's date for a few selected cities with good running above. Although in good moonlight, you can run at any time, please make sure to run safely. We recommend to run on roads well before sunset as sunset is when visibility is lowest in a car. Near sunset is a great time to hit the track.