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. Banks 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 1 KES 5 KES 10 KES 100 KES 1,000
Australia A$ 0.01 A$ 0.05 A$ 0.11 A$ 1.10 A$ 10.96
Canada C$ 0.01 C$ 0.06 C$ 0.12 C$ 1.15 C$ 11.52
Ireland € 0.01 € 0.04 € 0.09 € 0.89 € 8.92
New Zealand NZ$ 0.01 NZ$ 0.07 NZ$ 0.14 NZ$ 1.42 NZ$ 14.22
South Africa R 0.10 R 0.48 R 0.95 R 9.54 R 95.43
United Kingdom £ 0.01 £ 0.04 £ 0.07 £ 0.74 £ 7.37
United States of America US$ 0.01 US$ 0.06 US$ 0.11 US$ 1.13 US$ 11.28

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

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