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The total cost you are charged by your foreign exchange provider consists of the margin from the mid-rate offered plus any fixed or percentage fees. These margins and fees vary significantly for International Money Transfers and Travel Money transactions as shown below.


USD to KES mid-rate = 100.01

Right now the USD/KES market mid-rate is 100.01 and represents ideally how many Kenyan Shilling you can get for one United States Dollar.

This USD/KES Converter calculates equivalent United States Dollar to Kenyan Shilling amounts at the market mid-rate:

USD / KES mid-rate converter


1 United States Dollar equals
100.01 Kenyan Shilling

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United States Dollar

Kenyan Shilling

1 USD 100.01 KES
5 USD 500.05 KES
10 USD 1,000.10 KES
20 USD 2,000.20 KES
50 USD 5,000.50 KES
100 USD 10,001.00 KES
250 USD 25,002.50 KES
500 USD 50,005.00 KES
1,000 USD 100,010.00 KES
2,000 USD 200,020.00 KES
5,000 USD 500,050.00 KES
10,000 USD 1,000,100.00 KES
50,000 USD 5,000,500.00 KES
100,000 USD 10,001,000.00 KES
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United States Dollar

Kenyan Shilling

0.0100 USD 1 KES
0.0500 USD 5 KES
0.1000 USD 10 KES
0.2000 USD 20 KES
0.5000 USD 50 KES
0.9999 USD 100 KES
2.4998 USD 250 KES
4.9995 USD 500 KES
9.9990 USD 1,000 KES
20.00 USD 2,000 KES
50.00 USD 5,000 KES
99.99 USD 10,000 KES
499.95 USD 50,000 KES
999.90 USD 100,000 KES
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United States Dollar to Kenyan Shilling (USD-KES) - 10 Year History

The below table shows the historic variation in the USD/KES exchange rate over the last 10 years. The percentage change is the difference from the date shown to present. This lets you decide if the current rate is in your favour. You can also view our various charts of USD versus other currencies : USD historical charts.

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
17 Feb 2019100.1200Latest
10 Feb 2019100.33001 Week-0.21%
18 Jan 2019101.69001 Month-1.54%
21 Aug 2018100.95006 Months-0.82%
17 Feb 2018101.36901 Year-1.23%
17 Feb 2017103.55032 Years-3.31%
18 Feb 201486.29255 Years+16.02%
19 Feb 200979.553710 Years+25.85%

Why can't I just get the USD/KES market rate I see on Google or in the Media?

The USD/KES mid-rate is the rate you will see Quoted on Google or the News, nobody except the largest banks and businesses can get exchange rates close to this mid-rate. It is actually just the theoretical half-way point (hence mid-rate) between the last rate at which the USD / KES was traded (bought or sold) in the international markets.

Getting a good market rate is mainly about timing however the transaction margin you end up being charged can be considerably reduced by around a few percent (of total amount being exchanged) for travel money and possibly over 5% to 6% when sending money. The exact potential savings depends on the currencies being exchanged and the amount you are transferring and if you are willing to shop around.

The closer your final exchange rate is to the market USD/KES midrate the better deal you are getting.

Our real-time foreign transfer and travel money/cards comparison calculators make shopping around easy and help you calculate how much you can save.

The three things you need in order to get a good USD to KES exchange rate

  1. Know the latest USD/KES market mid-rate. The closer your final exchange rate is to this real market rate the better deal you are getting. You should also judge how the current rate compares to the historic rate over the past 10 years.
  2. Compare your Bank's transaction costs to several licensed FX providers, remember to compare the exchange rate margins as well as the various types of fees. We make that easy to do with our calculators for Foreign Transfers and Travel Money transactions.
  3. Review up-to-date Currency News and Forecasts for both the and currencies, if available.

Currency news and forecasts for United States Dollar and Kenyan Shilling

Whenever you are researching a particular exchange rate you are actually interested in two currencies as the value of a currency must always be quoted relative to a second currency.

So it follows that if you are determining the best time to transact, in this case the USD vs KES, you should pay attention to both United States Dollar and Kenyan Shilling news and forecasts.

United States Dollar (USD) - Market news and forecasts

26-January-19: 2018 was a reasonable year for the dollar. Measured by the US Dollar Index, the greenback appreciated by 4 percent, which was much better than 2017’s 10 percent loss. It was, though, something of a stuttering end to 2018 and the dollar has had mixed fortunes in early 2019.

In December, after lifting US interest rates to 2.25-2.5 percent, the Fed lowered its expectations for future hikes due to so-called “cross currents” (China, Brexit, trade wars etc.). Skepticism among analysts over future Fed hikes has for some time been the main reason for dollar pessimism for 2019, but now, there is also the prospect of a US economic slowdown to contend with.

“A slowdown in the economy is likely to weigh on USD particularly in the second half of this year,” a CIBC researcher said in January.

Of the same opinion was an expert at ING, who argued that the dollar is soon to “embark on a gradual long-term bearish trend.”

January’s extended US government shutdown also has dollar-negative ramifications. Not only is the shutdown likely to hit first-quarter GDP growth, disagreements within Congress bode poorly for the future of potentially inflationary fiscal spending.

Kenyan Shilling (KES) - Market news and forecasts

No recent Kenyan Shilling market updates.

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