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 1.30 AUD 13.04 AUD 130.39 AUD 1,303.91 AUD 13,039.10
Canada CAD 1.29 CAD 12.91 CAD 129.11 CAD 1,291.13 CAD 12,911.28
Ireland EUR 0.88 EUR 8.82 EUR 88.16 EUR 881.64 EUR 8,816.35
New Zealand NZD 1.43 NZD 14.28 NZD 142.77 NZD 1,427.66 NZD 14,276.58
South Africa ZAR 14.87 ZAR 148.72 ZAR 1,487.19 ZAR 14,871.89 ZAR 148,718.94
United Kingdom GBP 0.68 GBP 6.82 GBP 68.18 GBP 681.78 GBP 6,817.79
United States of America USD 0.97 USD 9.68 USD 96.83 USD 968.30 USD 9,682.98

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

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