Kuwaiti dinar (KD)
Kuwait is an expensive country to visit. With budget accommodation from US$100, cheap options for eating (around US$20) and museum admission charges, a minimum daily cost with transport comes in at around US$200. This rises to US$350 if you stay in midrange hotels, or US$450 for a top-end hotel with car hire.
Bargaining is de rigueur in Kuwait’s souqs but also in many Western-style shops and some hotels. It is always acceptable to ask for a discount on the original price offered, particularly as discounts have generally already been factored into the quoted price.
ATMs widespread; credit cards widely accepted.
ATMs & Credit Cards
Visa and Amex are widely accepted in Kuwait, and all major banks accept most credit cards and are linked to the major networks. Most banks accept Visa (Electron and Plus), MasterCard and Cirrus.
The currency used in Kuwait is the Kuwaiti dinar (KD). The dinar is divided into 1000 fils. Coins are worth five, 10, 20, 50 or 100 fils. Notes come in denominations of 250 fils, 500 fils, KD1, KD5, KD10 and KD20. The Kuwaiti dinar is a hard currency and there are no restrictions on taking it into or out of the country.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
Moneychangers are dotted around the city centre and main souqs, and change all major and regional currencies. The dinar is no longer pegged to the US dollar, but this has made little difference to exchange rates, which remain consistent from one moneychanger to the next.
A tip is only expected in upmarket restaurants, where 10% for service is often already added to the bill. For longer journeys, 10% is a suitable tip for a taxi driver.