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    Kenya - Kenyan shilling - Currency Guide


    Foreign exchange guide to Kenya and the Kenyan shilling (KES)

    What's in this Kenya currency guide?

    1. USD/KES trend
    2. Forecasts
    3. Travel Kenya
    4. Spending KES
    5. Send to Kenya

    USD/KES Trend (90-day)

    USD to KES at 111.2 has risen 1.3% above its 90-day average, range 108.2-111.2.

    The below interactive chart displays the USD/KES trend and UP DOWN HIGH LOW alerts

    USD to KES Currency Trend Chart

    US dollar to Kenyan shilling - Historical Rates

    USD/KES wasChangePeriod
    05 Oct 2021
    0.3% 2 Weeks
    21 Jul 2021
    2.6% 90 Days
    19 Oct 2020
    2% 1 Year
    20 Oct 2016
    9.4% 5 Years
    22 Oct 2011
    11% 10 Years
    24 Oct 2001
    40.1% 20 Years
    USD/KES change over periods to 19-Oct-2021

    $10,000 USD
    KSh1,111,900 KES

    Converted at USD/KES interbank rate, compare Send Money and Currency Exchange exchange rates.

    USD to KES - Quick Amounts

    Sell USD   →   Buy KES
    $ 1 KSh 111.19
    $ 5 KSh 555.95
    $ 10 KSh 1,112
    $ 20 KSh 2,224
    $ 50 KSh 5,560
    $ 100 KSh 11,119
    $ 250 KSh 27,798
    $ 500 KSh 55,595
    $ 1,000 KSh 111,190
    $ 2,000 KSh 222,380
    $ 5,000 KSh 555,950
    $ 10,000 KSh 1,111,900
    $ 20,000 KSh 2,223,800
    $ 50,000 KSh 5,559,500
    $ 100,000 KSh 11,119,000
    $ 0.0090 KSh 1
    $ 0.0450 KSh 5
    $ 0.0899 KSh 10
    $ 0.1799 KSh 20
    $ 0.4497 KSh 50
    $ 0.8994 KSh 100
    $ 2.2485 KSh 250
    $ 4.4970 KSh 500
    $ 8.9940 KSh 1,000
    $ 17.99 KSh 2,000
    $ 44.97 KSh 5,000
    $ 89.94 KSh 10,000
    $ 179.88 KSh 20,000
    $ 449.70 KSh 50,000
    $ 899.40 KSh 100,000

    More amounts


    Frequently Asked Questions


    What currency should I use in Kenya?

    The domestic currency in Kenya is the Kenyan shilling.

    What is the Kenyan shilling currency code and symbol?

    The three letter currency code for the Kenyan shilling is KES — symbol is KSh.

    Which countries use the Kenyan shilling?

    It is the domestic currency in    Kenya.

    Is the Kenyan shilling a closed currency?

    No, the Kenyan shilling is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?


    Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Kenya

    Filling the country's landscape, adding depth and resonance to Kenya’s age-old story, are some of Africa’s best-known peoples. The Maasai, the Samburu, the Turkana, the Swahili, the Kikuyu: these are the peoples whose histories and daily struggles tell the story of a country and of a continent.

    The abundance of Kenya's wildlife owes everything to one of Africa's most innovative and successful conservation communities. Through some pretty tough love – Kenya pioneered using armed rangers to protect rhinos and elephants – Kenya stopped the emptying of its wilderness and brought its wildlife back from the brink after the poaching holocaust of the 1970s and 1980s.

    What currency should I use in Kenya?

    Nairobi uses the Kenyan Shilling. ATMs are readily available in Nairobi. Be sure to always carry cash as a backup in case the power goes down, the ATM is out of order, or you lose or break your plastic. If you plan on withdrawing money or using your credit card while travelling, don’t forget to notify your bank before you go for security purposes and check what international withdrawal fees may apply to your card. Credit cards are accepted at a growing numbers of shops, restaurants and hotels in Nairobi. You can usually use plastic to pay for flights and train tickets too. However, be wary of scams. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted cards; double check with your bank before you travel about accessing your various accounts while in Nairobi.

    Getting around in Kenya?

    Including the national carrier, Kenya Airways, a handful of domestic operators of varying sizes run scheduled flights within Kenya. Destinations served are predominantly around the coast and the popular national parks, where the highest density of tourist activity takes place. Most operate small planes and many of the 'airports', especially those in the parks, are dirt airstrips with very few if any facilities.

    With all airlines, be sure to book well in advance (this is essential during the tourist high season). You should also remember to reconfirm your return flights 72 hours before departure, especially those that connect with an international flight. Otherwise, you may find that your seat has been reallocated. Chartering a small plane saves you time and is the only realistic way to get to some parts of Kenya. However, it’s an expensive affair and may only be worth considering if you can get a group together.

    Sailing on a traditional Swahili dhow along the East African coast is one of Kenya’s most memorable experiences. And, unlike on Lake Victoria, a good number of traditional routes are very much still in use. Dhows are commonly used to get around the islands in the Lamu archipelago and the mangrove islands south of Mombasa.

    Inaugurated in 2017, the new high-speed Nairobi–Mombasa rail service has cut travelling time from 18 hours (the old train service) to just 4½ hours. It's faster, cheaper and safer than taking the bus. The service stops in Mtito Andei and Voi.

    Kenya has an extensive network of long- and short-haul bus routes, with particularly good coverage of the areas around Nairobi, the coast and the western regions. Services thin out the further from the capital you get, particularly in the north, and there are still plenty of places where you’ll be reliant on matatus. Matatus, usually in the form of minivans, are the workhorses of Kenya's transport system. Apart from in the remote northern areas, where you’ll rely on occasional buses or paid lifts on trucks, you can almost always find a matatu going to the next town or further afield, so long as it’s not too late in the day. Simply ask around among the drivers at the local matatu stand or ‘stage’.

    Travel tips for Kenya.

    While Kenya is a comparatively safe African destination, there are still plenty of pitfalls for the inexperienced traveler. From everyday irritations to more serious threats. A little street sense goes a long way here, and getting the latest local information is essential wherever you intend to travel.

    There are a few security considerations to think about when taking a bus in Kenya. Some routes, most notably the roads from Malindi to Lamu and Isiolo to Marsabit, have been prone to attacks by shiftas (bandits) in the past; check things out locally before you travel. Another possible risk is drugged food and drink: it is best to politely refuse any offers of drinks or snacks from strangers.

    Before you travel to Kenya, make sure that you are up to date on all immunizations. Although there are currently no inoculations that you must have when traveling to Kenya, if you intend to visit other countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Egypt, or other such areas that may be deemed infected, you will need inoculations. If you will be traveling to the Kenyan coast or Western Kenya, it is advisable to take anti-malaria pills.


    Travel money for Kenya

    Save money and time by Ordering your Kenyan shilling online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the KES cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

    Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

    For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Kenyan shilling otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


    Send Money to Kenya - Best Rates

    To get a good (and fair) exchange rate when sending money to Kenya you need to find and compare exchange rates for International Money Transfers (IMTs).

    The available FX rates for sending money abroad can be very different to the mid-market (wholesale) rate which you see reported online and in the News.

    You should especially compare your own bank's exchange rates to those available from Money Transfer specialists to see how much you can save - we make that calculation easy in the below table.

    Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Kenya

    When sending money to Kenya it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

    1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
    2. You specify the local or Kenyan shilling amount you want to transfer
    3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
    4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted KES amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Kenya.

    Use the above Send to Kenyan shilling calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Kenyan shilling deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

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