Kuwaiti dinar (KD)
Budget: Less than KD45
- Double room in a budget hotel: KD30
- Falafel wrap/fast food: KD5
- Bus ticket: 300 fils
- Careem car ride service: KD1.5
- Double room in a midrange hotel: KD40–75
- Lunch or dinner in a local restaurant: KD5–10
- Taxi: KD3.5
Top end: More than KD150
- Double room in a top-end hotel: from KD75
- Lunch or dinner in a high end restaurant: from KD10
- Car with driver: from KD8 per hour
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), which at the time of research was the strongest currency in the world. The dinar is divided into 1000 fils. Coins are worth one, five, 10, 20, 50 or 100 fils. Notes come in denominations of 250 fils, 500 fils, KD1, KD5, KD10 and KD20.
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.
- Upmarket restaurants A tip is usually expected, but look out for a 10% service fee that is often already added to the bill.
- Cafes and fast food A tip is not expected.
- Taxis For longer journeys, 10% is a suitable tip for a taxi driver.
- Hotels Tips are not expected, but a small amount is appreciated by baggage handlers.
- Petrol station attendants Tips are not expected, but the small change from your bill is appreciated.