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 1.29||AUD 12.86||AUD 128.57||AUD 1,285.69||AUD 12,856.86|
|Canada||CAD 1.25||CAD 12.51||CAD 125.11||CAD 1,251.05||CAD 12,510.53|
|Ireland||EUR 0.89||EUR 8.94||EUR 89.39||EUR 893.93||EUR 8,939.34|
|New Zealand||NZD 1.35||NZD 13.51||NZD 135.10||NZD 1,350.98||NZD 13,509.78|
|South Africa||ZAR 12.94||ZAR 129.44||ZAR 1,294.35||ZAR 12,943.54||ZAR 129,435.37|
|United Kingdom||GBP 0.78||GBP 7.78||GBP 77.85||GBP 778.49||GBP 7,784.90|
|United States of America||USD 0.95||USD 9.46||USD 94.63||USD 946.26||USD 9,462.62|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
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