Money in Kampala

Money in Kampala

The Uganda Shillings is the official currency used and issued as 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 notes. The shilling breaks down into 50, 100, 200 and 1000 coins. Change can be hard to find 50,000 notes.

Money transactions -There is a wide array of banks and forex (foreign currency exchange) bureau’s to choose from, with several international banks represented (Barclays, Standard Chartered, Stanbic).

The US dollar and the pound sterling are the strongest currencies used in Uganda and are the easiest to exchange. US dollar notes dated prior to 1997 are turned away, we recommend if you are using US$ to bring notes issued not earlier than 2000. Also, notes smaller than US$50 attract a far lower exchange rate. All forex bureau’s take cash – so please look around for the best exchange rate. We suggest you bring cash and/or credit cards with you as opposed to traveler’s cheques, as the exchange rate (on traveler’s cheques) is much lower.

You can change money on your way in at the airport, because it is convenient, however, be aware that the airport is currently not as competitive as forex bureau’s in Kampala. Try to have all your cash needs arranged before leaving Kampala if you can.

Credit Cards-Despite what some guidebooks claim, credit cards are not widely accepted and where they can be used, mainly with the larger hotels and companies, hefty surcharges are common. Barclays Bank (open Mon-Fri, 9.00 am – 3.00 pm), however, offers cash advances against credit cards with a small surcharge.

With Visa cards you can withdraw money in at least every where there is a VISA ATM in Kampala and With MasterCard cards as well. There are also many other ATM points around the city. Information can be obtained from the bank branches. American express cards are accepted in some banks.

Found 11 listings

Orient Bank

Orient bank is a leading Private sector commercial bank in Uganda since 1993. Its steady growth over the last 20years can be attributed to [...]
Orient Bank Head Office, Kampala Road, Kampala, Uganda, Kampala central, UGANDA
Phone: 0417719228

NC Bank

NC Bank Uganda Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of NIC Bank Limited (formerly National Industrial Credit Bank Limited) which has its headquarters in [...]
Rwenzori Courts, Kampala, Uganda, Kampala central, UGANDA

Equity Bank

Equity Bank Limited - Uganda is one of the fastest growing banks in Uganda, with the fourth largest network of 38 branches and 35 [...]
Equity Bank - Head Office, Katwe Road, Kampala, Central Region, Uganda, Kampala central, UGANDA

KCB Uganda

Welcome to KCB Bank Uganda! We are proudly an indigenous African brand that offers full- fledged universal banking products that are tailored to meet [...]
KCB Bank, Kampala Road, Kampala, Uganda, Kampala central, UGANDA
Phone: +256 200508220

Bank of Africa

BANK OF AFRICA – UGANDA Ltd. is an "all public" bank providing a full range banking products and services to large corporate companies, retail [...]
Bank Of Africa (U) Ltd., Station Road, Kampala, Uganda, Kampala central, UGANDA
Phone: 0800 100 140

Diamond Trust Bank

DTB Uganda is a full-fledged commercial Bank with a network of 37 branches and 36 ATM locations in major Ugandan urban centers and still [...]
Diamond Trust Building, Kampala, Uganda, Kampala central, UGANDA
Phone: +256 31 4387100


DFCU Limited was started by the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) of the United Kingdom and the Government of Uganda through the Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) [...]
DFCU Towers, Kampala, Uganda, Kampala central, UGANDA

Barclays Bank

Barclays Bank of Uganda Limited, part of the global Barclays Group, operates as an international commercial bank in Uganda offering retail banking, corporate banking, [...]
Barclays Bank Head Office, Hannington Road, Kampala, Uganda, Kampala central, UGANDA
Phone: +256 (0) 312 218348

Centenary Bank

Centenary Rural Development bank Ltd started as an initiative of the Uganda National Lay Apostolate in 1983 as a Credit Trust and it begun [...]
Centenary Bank Head Office, Kampala Road, Kampala, Uganda, Kampala central, UGANDA
Phone: +256-414251276/7

Standard Chartered Bank

We are the oldest bank in Uganda having opened on 12th August 1912. We have over 100 years expertise in Uganda.We bank the people [...]
Plot 5 Speke Road,Kampala, Kampala central, UGANDA


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