Kenya Currency


The unit of currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES), which is divided into 100 cents. It is not advisable to take Kenyan Shillings out of the country, as they are difficult to exchange elsewhere. Foreign currency can be changed at banks, bureaux de change and hotels; it's easiest to exchange US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. Street exchange merchants should be avoided as they are operating illegally. Opening hours vary according to bank, but generally banks in Kenya are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm and on the first and last Saturday of the month. Banks and bureaux de change at the international airport stay open 24 hours. International credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and stores, and some camps and lodges. ATMs are widely available in Nairobi and other major towns.

Currency Exchange Rates

Kenya KES 100 KES 1,000 KES 10,000 KES 100,000 KES 1,000,000
Australia AUD 1.27 AUD 12.70 AUD 127.01 AUD 1,270.06 AUD 12,700.64
Canada CAD 1.25 CAD 12.51 CAD 125.07 CAD 1,250.67 CAD 12,506.67
Ireland EUR 0.87 EUR 8.67 EUR 86.75 EUR 867.47 EUR 8,674.65
New Zealand NZD 1.32 NZD 13.20 NZD 131.97 NZD 1,319.72 NZD 13,197.23
South Africa ZAR 13.81 ZAR 138.08 ZAR 1,380.76 ZAR 13,807.57 ZAR 138,075.75
United Kingdom GBP 0.73 GBP 7.26 GBP 72.62 GBP 726.25 GBP 7,262.50
United States of America USD 0.97 USD 9.70 USD 96.99 USD 969.89 USD 9,698.85

Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

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