Uganda - Ugandan Shilling - Currency Guide

This is a currency guide to Uganda, the Ugandan Shilling currency plus sending (UGX) transfers and travel tips for Uganda.

Country CodeUG
Domestic Currency Ugandan Shilling
Currency SymbolUSh
Currency CodeUGX
Exchange RateUSD/UGX = 3679.5
Telephone Prefix+256

Quick Conversions from US Dollar to Ugandan Shilling



U$ 1
USh 3,680
U$ 5
USh 18,398
U$ 10
USh 36,795
U$ 20
USh 73,590
U$ 50
USh 183,975
U$ 100
USh 367,950
U$ 250
USh 919,875
U$ 500
USh 1,839,750
U$ 1,000
USh 3,679,500
U$ 2,000
USh 7,359,000
U$ 5,000
USh 18,397,500
U$ 10,000
USh 36,795,000
U$ 50,000
USh 183,975,000
U$ 100,000
USh 367,950,000
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U$ 0.0003
USh 1
U$ 0.0014
USh 5
U$ 0.0027
USh 10
U$ 0.0054
USh 20
U$ 0.0136
USh 50
U$ 0.0272
USh 100
U$ 0.0680
USh 250
U$ 0.1360
USh 500
U$ 0.2720
USh 1,000
U$ 0.5440
USh 2,000
U$ 1.3600
USh 5,000
U$ 2.7200
USh 10,000
U$ 13.60
USh 50,000
U$ 27.20
USh 100,000
More amounts

To calculate specific USD/UGX amounts use our Convert USD to UGX quick calculator.

Uganda Currency Info

Frequently Asked Questions

What currency should I use in Uganda?

The domestic currency in Uganda is the Ugandan Shilling.

What is the Ugandan Shilling currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Ugandan Shilling is UGX — symbol is USh.

How much is U$100 US Dollars in Ugandan Shilling?

U$ 100 converts to USh 367,950

Which countries use the Ugandan Shilling?

It is the domestic currency in Uganda.

Is the Ugandan Shilling a closed currency?

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

Ugandan Shilling (UGX) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to UGX exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

USD/UGX at 3681.36 was trading near the 90-day average 3679.06 with a range 3659.83 to 3711.48. ALERT: USD/UGX has risen to 14-DAY HIGHS.
25-FEB 5PM-NY 10PM-LON | 26-Feb 9AM-SYD

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Uganda

With a tapestry of landscapes, excellent wildlife watching and welcoming locals, Uganda packs a lot into one small country. It's home to Africa's tallest mountain range (the Rwenzoris), the source of the Nile, the world's longest river and the continent's largest lake. Rafting the Nile offers a world-class adrenaline adventure, but the country's most iconic experience is tracking mountain gorillas in their misty habitat. And if you view the Big Five, you'll see that nature looms large here.

Emerging from the shadows of Uganda's dark history, tourism is returning the sheen to the 'pearl of Africa'. While anti-gay sentiments mar an otherwise positive picture, Uganda remains one of the safest destinations in Africa – save for the odd hippo at your campsite. Don't rush. Here you'll find the best the continent has to offer at a good value and with fewer visitors than in longer-established East African destinations.

What currency to use in Uganda?

Uganda, for the most part, is a cash-based society and although the Uganda Shilling is the official Currency – the Currency of choice, Commerce and Tourism is the US Dollar. Here and there you can use your credit card, (Visa cards are most readily accepted, Master Card, is next, but not Discover Cards and American Express, except in a few spots) and usually it means 5 to 6 or more% surcharge for the privilege of using your card (due to fees that are incurred by merchants in Uganda by Banks).

That means one needs cash while in the country. Many hotels, safari companies, airlines, Uganda Wildlife Authorities for Gorilla Permits and Park Fees will ask for US dollars. Ugandan Shillings will be accepted in many cases instead, not always at the market exchange rate. Traveler Cheques are often harder to cash and are cumbersome requiring extra fees in banks. Most Forex Bureaus will not take traveler cheques from you.

It is suggested to avoid using credit cards in Uganda due to the possibility of someone stealing your card information. Cases of such have happened even in high-end hotels according to the UK government website. Cases of employees stealing your credit card information has happened here and other African Countries.

Getting around in Uganda.

Standard buses and sometimes half-sized 'coasters' connect major towns on a daily basis. The longer your journey is, the more likely it will be on a bus rather than a minibus. Bus fares are usually a little less than minibus fares and buses stop far less frequently, which saves time. Buses generally leave Kampala at fixed departure times; however, when returning from provincial destinations, they usually leave when full. There are many reckless drivers, but buses are safer than minibuses. Night travel is best avoided.

The safest option is the post buses run by the Ugandan Postal Service (UPS). Post buses run daily (except Sunday) from Kampala to Kasese (via Mbarara), Kabale (via Masaka and Mbarara), Soroti (via Mbale) and Hoima (via Masindi).

Boat travel in Uganda is limited to reaching the Ssese Islands, either by ferry from Nakiwogo (in Entebbe), Bukakata (east of Masaka) or small fishing boats operating from Kasenyi (also near Entebbe).

Uganda is the land of shared minibuses (called taxis, or occasionally matatus), and there's never any shortage of these blue-and-white minivans. Except for long distances, these are the most common vehicles between towns.

There are no train services available currently in Uganda, though a restoration of original lines which would connect Uganda to the Kenyan coast is in the works.


Travel tips for Uganda.

You will need a multiple-entry visa if you plan to take side trips into neighboring countries and re-enter Uganda. These cost 100 USD and can only be purchased prior to entry by following the instructions available on the Ugandan embassy’s website. Plan ahead, and research specific rules for entering Uganda’s neighbors. An East Africa Tourist Visa covers Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda.

Casual, modest apparel is best in Uganda. If you wear skirts, they should be knee-length or longer. Jeans/trousers and t-shirts are most commonly worn. Button down shirts and tank tops are fine as well. It can get cool in the evenings so a light scarf/jacket or a light sweater is recommended.

You do need shots to go to Uganda as without a Yellow Fever vaccination certification you can not obtain a visa. On top of that it is also advised you get vaccinations for DTP, Hepatitis A and malaria. Some organizations may advice you to take Typhoid, Cholera, Hepatitis B and Rabies as well.


Travel money for Uganda

Save money and time by Ordering your Ugandan Shilling online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the UGX 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 Ugandan Shilling otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


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Sending money to Uganda

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Uganda you need to start with finding out the latest Ugandan Shilling foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).

Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Uganda

When sending money to Uganda 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 Ugandan 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 UGX amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Uganda.

Use our Send to Ugandan 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 Ugandan Shilling deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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Ugandan Shilling to US Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00027224 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00027218 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00027226 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00027127 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00027225 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00034626 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00048927 Feb 2010

Ugandan Shilling to Euro - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00025124 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00025218 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00024726 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00024627 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00024025 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00030926 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00036027 Feb 2010

Ugandan Shilling to Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

1 Day0.00021124 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00021018 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00020826 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00020927 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00020825 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00022526 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00032127 Feb 2010

Ugandan Shilling to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00041224 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00040718 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00040026 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00040027 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00038025 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00044426 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00054727 Feb 2010

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