What to spend your shillings on
A cocktail in Nairobi
A bus journey from Nairobi to Mombasa
Three-course meal for two in Nairobi
An afternoon of scuba diving at the Mombasa Marine National Park
Overnight private safari
Must-sees in Kenya
Shelling out your shillings
Kenyan shillings first began circulating in 1966 to replace East African shillings, which were completely demonetised three years later in 1969. When requesting bank notes, it is advised to ask for smaller denominations as you may struggle to get change from larger notes.
Many Kenyans rely on tips to help subsidise their income and will really appreciate a token gratuity – just don’t expect any change back when you leave your tip!
Frequently used banknotes and coins
Kenyan shillings are available in five different note formats; 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 KES. They all feature an image of Kenya’s first prime minister and president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
Buying Kenyan Shillings online is easy
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- 1. Select your currency
Just tell us how much you need and where you’re going
- 2. Choose how to get it
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- 3. Pay online
Use either your debit card or credit card and you’re all set