Kenya Currency Guide


The Kenyan Shilling is the official currency of Kenya.


ATMs are readily available in major cities such as Nairobi or Mombasa. However, it is best to carry cash if you’re travelling to rural parts of Kenya where ATMs and currency exchange bureaus will be difficult to find. 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.


Before you travel it is important to convert some of your Australian Dollars into Kenyan Shillings to have with you when you arrive. Kenyan Shillings are available to pre-purchase from Travel Money Oz before you fly.

Credit Card

Plastic is accepted at a growing numbers of shops, restaurants and hotels in Kenya. You can usually use credit cards 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 Kenya.