Buying bitcoins

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There are various methods available for buying bitcoins. See here for a Newb-friendly version of this page.

Warning: Please be careful with your money. When sending money to an exchange or seller you are trusting that the operator will not abscond with your funds and that the operator maintains secure systems that protect against theft -- internal or external. It is recommended that you obtain the real-world identity of the operator and ensure that sufficient recourse is available. Because Bitcoin services are not highly regulated a service can continue operating even when it is widely believed that it is insecure or dishonest and webpages recommending them (including these) may not be regularly updated. Exchanging or storing significant amounts of funds with third-parties is not recommended.

Market Exchanges

Market exchanges are those in which buy orders are matched with sell orders, so the price offered depends on the market. If a service quotes a price then it is not operating a [market but instead is a broker that buys and/or sells coins. Those exchanges are found in the list of fixed-rate exchanges.

Exchanges are listed in alphabetical order.

Exchange Adding Funds Withdrawing Funds eWallet Notes
BIPS.gif BIPS (info) BTC
CAD (Cash deposits in Canada)
Any Currency (Wire Transfer - Any Country)
Danish Domestic Transfer
Any Currency (ACH / Direct Deposit)
Any Currency (Wire Transfer - Any Country)
USD (Mt.Gox)
Bitbox.png BitBox (info) BTC
USD (Wire Transfer - US)
USD (Wire Transfer - US)
Bitcoin-Central BTC
GBP (Bank transfer)
International wire (any currency)
GBP (Bank transfer)
Yes Open-source, community reviewed platform
Available in French and English languages
Cryptxchange BTC
USD (Cash Deposit)
USD (Wire Transfer)
CAD (Cash Deposit)
CAD (Wire Transfer)

You may make cash deposits at any Chase Bank Internationally.

ARS (Cash Deposit)
GBP (Cash Deposit)
EUR (Cash Deposit)
AUD (Cash Deposit)
BRL (Cash Deposit)
CLP (Cash Deposit)
COP (Cash Deposit)
EGP (Cash Deposit)
KYD (Cash Deposit)
SAR (Cash Deposit)
CNY (Cash Deposit)
AED (Cash Deposit)
JPY (Cash Deposit)
INR (Cash Deposit)
USD (Wire Transfer)
USD (Money Order)
CAD (Wire Transfer)
CAD (Money Order)
No A multinational US based cryptographic currency exchange. No login or account creation required. No identity verification required. Exquisite customer service. Average transaction time under two hours depending on the time of the day. One of the most anonymous and reliable exchanges on the net. We use SSL & AES-256 military grade encryption for all communication
BitBrothers LLC BTC
USD (money order)
USD (cash order)
USD (bank transfer)
COMING SOON No BitBrothers LLC allows customers and bitcoiners to purchase bitcoins by either sending in cash, money orders, or cashiers checks to a designated location. Bitcoiners can also deposit money directly into one of the corporate business accounts increasing the transaction time to less than an hour. These methods of payments are avaliable to ensure anonymity and protect the ideals bitcoins were founded on. For customers who wish to preform bank transfers, the option will be avaliable shortly. BitBrothers LLC gurantees that all customers will be satisfied with their exquisite customer service and overall experience that they are even offering discounts to select customers!

Avaliable in English languages and BASED IN AMERICA
NZD (Cash depost as Westbank)
NZD (Domestic bank transfer)
Bitstamp BTC
BTC (Redeemable code)
EUR (SEPA transfer)
USD (Intl wire)
USD (Ripple)
BTC (Redeemable code)
EUR (SEPA transfer)
USD (Intl wire)
USD (Ripple)
Yes EUR and CHF deposits converted to/from USD for trading
TL (Bank transfer)
TL (Bank transfer)
  • The first Bitcoin exchange to allow trades in Turkish Lira.
  • Available in Turkish language.
BTC (BTC-e redeemable code)
USD (Cash deposit at Post of Russia)
USD (Cash deposit at banks including Privatbank, Savings Bank of Russia (Sberbank), RU/UA Terminals, & more)
USD (Interkassa)
USD (WebMoney - WMZ)
USD (Yandex)
USD (LiqPay)
USD (Perfect Money)
USD (RBK Money)
USD (Ditial currencies including НСМЭП (NSMEP), Единый Кошелек (Unified Purse), TeleMoney, & more)
USD (International bank wire)
EUR (SEPA bank transfer)
RUB (LiqPay)
RUB (WebMoney-WMR)
RUB (BTC-e Redeemable code)
RUB (Bank transfer)
BTC (BTC-e redeemble code)
USD (Webmoney - WMZ)
USD (Perfect Money)
USD (LiqPay)
USD (PayPal)
USD (Payza/AlertPay)
USD (Privat, Privat UAH)
USD (Cash deposit into Savings Bank/Sberbank, Telebank, Alfa Bank)
USD (BTC-e Redeemable Code)
USD (International Wire Transfer)
EUR (SEPA bank transfer)
RUB (Cash delivery, possible in Moscow)
RUB (LiqPay)
RUB (WebMoney WMR)
RUB (Яндекс.Деньги Yandex)
RUB (RBK Money)
Cash deposit (into account at Сбербанка России!/Savings Bank/Sberbank, Телебанк (Telebank), and АльфаБанк (Alfa Bank)
RUB (Transfer to credit card VISA & MasterCard)
RUB (BTC-e Redeemable code)
RUB (Bank transfer)
Yes Language: English, Russian. Interkassa can be funded from Webmoney and many other methods.
BitInstant Can be funding option includes QIWI, Cyberplat.
USD (Dwolla)
USD (P2P bank transfer at Chase, B of A, Wells Fargo and ING. Credited after three business days).
USD (Personal Check)
USD (USPS Postal money order, Canada Post money order)
USD (Dwolla)
USD (ACH Direct Deposit)
USD (USPS Postal Money Order)
USD (Domestic bank wire)
USD (International bank wire)
  • Security certification from McAfee
  • Advanced trading options with AON/FOK/Market
  • STOPLOSS and Short-Selling in Pipeline
  • Trading API available
  • Wallet API available
  • CBX Instant Bitcoin Transfers Feature
  • Stoploss / Custom Order Expiry Date/Time
  • SMS (Text Message) Notifications
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Based in USA - Atlanta
SGD(Internet Bank Transfer)
SGD (Annonymous Cash Deposit at any UOB Cash Deposit Machine in Singapore).
SGD(Internet Bank Transfer)
  • Based in Singapore
SEK(Internet Bank Transfer)
SEK(Internet Bank Transfer)
  • Based in Sweden
Intersango BTC
EUR (SEPA bank wire)
PLN (Bank Wire)
EUR (SEPA bank wire)
PLN (Bank Wire)
Yes Operated by the BitcoinConsultancy
Intersango is a completely custom trading platform built from the ground up with security, scalability and extensibility in mind. More Information

Boasts an ever expanding API. Started out as Britcoin. BTC
SEK (Bankgiro Bank Transfer)
SEK (Bankgiro Bank Transfer)

USD (Dwolla)
USD (International bank wire)
AUD (Bank wire)
GBP (Bank wire)
GBP (Cash deposit, Barclays)
USD (Dwolla)
AUD (Bank wire)
Yes Oldest running exchange. Higest daily volume. Respecting AML laws, Restrictions and limits on withdrawals.
Rock Currency Exchange BTC
EUR (SEPA transfer)
SLL (Second Life)
USD (Dwolla)
EUR (SEPA transfer)
SLL (Second Life)
USD (Dwolla)
VirtEx BTC
CAD (cash deposit at Bank of Montreal or ScotiaBank)
CAD (Online bill payment)
CAD (Wire transfer)
CAD (direct deposit)
CAD (Canada Xpress Post Bank Draft send by mail)
CAD Payza (formerly AlertPay)
SLL (Second Life)
ACD (Avination)
OMC (OpenSim)
USD,EUR,GBP (Credit & Debit cards via Skrill/Moneybookers)
EUR (DIRECTebanking / Sofortuberweisung)
USD,EUR,GBP,CHF (PaySafe Card)
EUR (SEPA bank transfer)
USD (UKash vouchers)
SLL (Second Life)
ACD (Avination)
OMC (OpenSim)
USD,EUR,GBP (Skrill/Moneybookers)
EUR (SEPA bank transfer)
Yes Trading through Second Life Linden Dollars.
Variable limits on PayPal and Credit Card deposits. BTC
Belorussian Roubles
Vietnamese Dongs
Belorussian Roubles
Yes The exchange service of WebMoney Transfer system. WMT has a special units named WMX to operate BTC, which can be exchanged and/or withdrawn
BitcoinToYou BTC
Yes Language: Portuguese (português), customer can buy in cash ou bank deposit at HSBC, SANTANDER, ITAÚ, CAIXA, BRADESCO and BANCO DO BRASIL.

Fixed Rate Exchanges & Others

For smaller amounts, the options are limited due to bank transfer fees, conversion fees and transaction size restrictions. Options include:

Service Type Payment Method Notes
BitQuickco.png (info) Market Rate Cash Deposit or SEPA Transfer Only (International) Connects buyers to sellers around the globe via bank cash deposit or SEPA transfer. No registration required. Instant deposit to any bitcoin address after cash deposit or SEPA transfer receipt received.
BitBrothers LLC Fixed Rate Bank Transfer/Cash If you are looking for an extremelly simple and anonymous way to purchase bitcoins, this is the best place to do it. We are so sure you will be a repeat customer that we are willing to provide discounts for first time buyers. Best Customer service in the industry.
Market Price + Fee Cash deposit At major banks like Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, PNC, Citibank. No ID, No registration. Immediate fundings.
(Bulgaria, Romania)
Market Price + Fee BGN (Bank deposit, Cash, EasyPay, Post, Econt)
RON (Bank deposit)
USD (Western Union, MoneyGram)
Fast and secure way to buy/sell bitcoins. Live support
Cryptxchange Fixed Rate Bank Transfer/Cash Buy bitcoins completely anonymously by bank deposit or cash. No registration needed. Exquisite customer service. We buy bitcoins for a very low fee. Fixed Rate Mobile Phone (Premium SMS) Buy bitcoins instantly using just your mobile phone. No registration or personal financial information needed. Available in: Austria, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and United Kingdom
BTC-Dealer Fixed Rate Credit Card through Liqpay No signup required. Instant deposit to any bitcoin address.
ALFAcashier Market QIWI RUB
Yandex Money RUB
Instant exchanger. Supports major payment systems and visa funding is also available.
Bitcoin (Australia) Fixed Rate AUD (Bank Deposit) Bitcoin (Australia) / offers rapid transfer at low rates. (info) Market Based Moneypak (USD) <======> BTC
BTC <======> Moneypak (USD)
ReLoadit, etc. (USD) <====> BTC
BTC <======> ReLoadit, etc. (USD)
Pays a bonus over market for your BTC
Charges a fee over market for your Moneypak, etc.
Only accepts codes from original purchaser
Attempts to have regular customers processed within 24 hrs
Available for discussion via TorChat
BitBargain (info) Market GBP Quick transactions via Bank Transfer (fast payments support only), Pingit and Ukash. Deals happen between buyer and seller.
Bittylicious (info) Fixed Rate GBP Near instant transactions via UK Bank Transfer (Faster Payments only). No sign up required but can buy more if registered. Market Rate EUR (Multibanco) Anonymous transactions. Pay the amount on any Portuguese ATM(MB) or homebanking service, we'll deduce our fee and buy the coins for you at market rate and send them very fast to your wallet. Only available in Portugal.
Bitcointrader (info) Fixed Rate AUD (Cash deposit) Lowest fee in Australia! Only 5%. Buy and sell bitcoins quickly and easily! Cash deposit at any Westpac Bank and National Australia Bank branch in Australia.
Bit Innovate Fixed Rate AUD, NZD (Cash deposit) No longer trading bitcoins.
Blockchain (info) Fixed Rate USD, GBP, EUR, BRL, AUD, CAD, JPY, EUR, CHF, PLN, CZK, RON, RUB, SEK, NOK, DKK Purchased through BitInstant (U.S., Brazil, and Russia), Barclay's Pingit or Bank Transfer (GBP), Instant Bank Transfer (EUR) or SMS or premium phone call from a mobile.
BitInstant Market Rate USD (Cash deposit at banks, 7-11, Walmart, CVS, Moneygram locations)
USD (Dwolla)
BRL (Cash deposit at Banco Rendimento or through Boleto)
RUB (Cash deposit through Qiwi or Cyberplat)
Deposit cash at 700,000 locations around the world and have your Bitcoins within 30 minutes. Absolute fastest and easiest way to buy Bitcoins.
Coinapult Fixed rate Use BitInstant to use cash to purchase bitcoins sent to e-mail or SMS. Choose "Bitcoin to e-mail" service and enter either e-mail or SMS.
Coinbase Fixed rate Buy bitcoins using a bank transfer (U.S.). Instant verification available for new accounts.
Coin-Daddy Fixed rate Buy bitcoins with PayPal No verification needed. Customer just needs to pay with PayPal, leave the Wallet address and then he receives his coins. Sells Bitcoins, Litecoins and PPCoins. Fixed Rate ILS (NIS - New Israeli Shekel)
  • via bank transfer
  • via Bank HaDoar /Post Office Bank (instant transfer)
  • via In Person
Buy and sell your Bitcoins within minutes in person. Get "same day" service using Bank HaDoar /Post Office Bank. Get "next day" service using Bank Transfer.
Bitcoin Nordic Fixed Rate
  • EUR/DKK (SEPA and wire transfer)
  • USD, EUR, GBP, DKK, SEK, NOK (Cash or check in the mail)
  • MXN, EYU, BOB, BRL, COP, SYP, MAD, GHC, ZAR, CNY, CAD, and more (UKash voucher)
For UKash, redeemed through CashU account.
Spend Bitcoins Fixed Rate AUD (Cash deposit) AUD cash deposit at NAB, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and ANZ.
Fixed Rate EUR (SEPA bank transfer) Simple and Safe.
Pay first transaction fee with Twitter or Facebook post. Market EUR (bank wire)
EUR (SEPA bank transfer)
EUR (Skrill/Moneybookers)
Varies (person to person)
0.01 free Bitcoins for every new user
Affiliate program
Language: German, Englisch
News Market CZK Varies (person to person)
BitcoinZAP Market rate SEPA bank transfer - EUR
International bank transfer - EUR, USD
Western Union
Cash (in the mail) - EUR, USD, CAD, GBP, HKD, JPY, PLN, AUD, CHF, CZK, DKK, HUF, MOP, SEK, NOK
Bitcoins usually delivered in less than 24 hours after payment is received Fixed Rate SEK Transfer to and banks in Sweden.
BTC China Fixed Rate Converted to CNY for trading. Market COP (Colombian Peso) Varies (person to person)
#bitcoin-otc Order Book Varies (person to person) IRC trading marketplace will usually have people willing to deal for small and larger amounts using various payment methods, including PayPal, Dwolla, Linden Dollars, etc.
Canadian Bitcoins Fixed Rate CAD (Cash - XpressPost or Dropoff)
USD (Cash - Courier: UPS, FedEx, etc.)
For dropoff, office in Ottawa.
Dgtmkt (info) Fixed Rate Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Online bank transfers (Maybank2U, CIMB, MEPS, etc)
E-vouchers (Web Cash, Mobile Money)
Bitcoin merchant for Malaysians,. dealing in Malaysian Ringgit. Fully automated immediate transfers.
Dagensia (info) Fixed Rate
  • SEPA Bank Transfer (EUR)
  • Reloadable Debit Card (EUR, USD)
  • Sofort Banking (EUR)
  • Direct Banking (EUR)
  • Payza (official Exchanger)
Exchange Bitcoins instantly to and from Payza. Sell and buy your Bitcoins through Wire, or SEPA EUR transfer, UKash, Direct Banking, Debit Cards. Fully licensed exchanger, supervised by Czech National Bank
Lilion Transfer Fixed Rate Bank Transfer: USD, AUD, CAD, JPY, EUR, CHF, GBP, PLN, CZK, RON, BGN, HRK, RUB, SEK, NOK, DKK, LTL, LVL
Perfect Money
OK Pay
Cosmic Pay
E-Pay Payments
122 accounts worldwide.
Support in 30 languages
Nanaimo Gold Fixed Rate Western Union money transfer
Moneygram money transfer
Cash in the mail
Digital Currency <--> Bitcoin exchange is automated
For cash in the mail send USD, EUR, CAD, or GBP. Canada mailing address.
Bitcoin Argentina Fixed Rate Cash: ARS, BRL, USD
Bank transfer: ARS
No exchange fees! Fixed Rate EUR (bank deposit) Bank transfer or cash deposits at OpenBank in Spain.
Bahtcoin Fixed Rate Cash, Webmoney Will cash out to Thai mobile and gaming prepaid cards as well.
Bitcoin Thailand Fixed Rate THB: Cash/Bank Deposit Same day service.
BitPiggy Fixed Rate AUD (Australian Dollar) Payment via bank transfer.
bitcoin.local Directory Varies (person to person) Directory Enables person to person purchases and sales via PayPal, Skrill/Moneybookers and other e-currency platforms
Bitcoil Fixed Rate ILS (bank transfer)
btcnow Market USD (OKPay, Dwolla) bitcoins transferred instantly Directory / Fixed rate Varies (person to person)
Physical cash locally
Cash deposit
SEPA Bank transfer
Find your local bitcoin dealer, or purchase safely online using escrow! With dynamic pricing with equations.

Affiliate program

HappyCoins Fixed Rate EUR (iDEAL and SEPA bank transfer) Buy and sell Bitcoins. Use the Dutch iDEAL payment system to receive Bitcoins within minutes. Prices are based on near real-time exchange prices (select the best out of multiple exchanges).
WM-Center !!! Suspended as of 04.06.2013 Fixed rate BTC
USD (International bank wire, Western Unon, Moneygram, Xoom etc, cash)
EUR (IBAN bank wire)
RUB (bank wire, WU, Anelik and etc, cash)
AUD (Bank wire)
Perfect Money USD/EUR, Pecunix, Paxum, c-gold, Hoopay, GDP
24/7/365 support in English, Spanish and Russian.
ECurrencyZone Fixed Rate BTC
INR (Cash deposit of Indian rupee)
BDT (Cash deposit of Bangladeshi taka)
NPR (Cash deposit of Nepalese rupee)
MYR (Cash deposit of Malaysian ringitt)
SGD (Cash deposit of Singaporean dollar)
SGD (Net/Bank transfer)
USD (Western Union, Moneygram, Citibank global funds transfer, OKPay)
Bank transfer considered at all locations with prior approval.
BitCoinVend Market BTC
USD (PayPal), market variable with commission, quote based, verified paypal account with anti scammer verification
Bitcoins In Berlin Fixed Rate EUR (Cash in-the mail)
EUR (Cash in-person trade)
EUR (SEPA bank transfer)
EUR (Western Union)
Cash in-the-mail is to a Berlin P.O. box. In-person trade is in Berlin.
Loja Bitcoin Market Rate EUR (ATM/Multibanco)
EUR (bank transfer)
EUR (money order)
EUR (cash)
Several payment methods like the Portuguese "Multibanco" (ATM), "Vale postal CTT" (money order by mail), bank transfer and cash (in some locations) - Portugal only at the moment
Mang Sweeney Fixed Rate PHP (Cash)
PHP (Cash deposit at bank)
Languages: English, Pinoy.
PHP cash trade method in metro Manilla, Philappines. Fixed Rate EUR (Ukash)
EUR (Hal-Cash)
EUR (Neteller)
Buy bitcoins with ukash and more (info) Fixed Rate CZK (Domestic bank transfer)
EUR (Bank transfer)
Buy bitcoins from the Czech Republic. Fixed Rate EUR (iDeal) Buy bitcoins instantly from the Netherlands.
Dragon's Tale (info) Other Credit card (except in the U.S.) Purchase bitcoins through this MMO casino with credit card, withdraw bitcoins (though a fee applies if withdrawn and no casino play.) Fixed Rate JPY (Credit Card) Buy bitcoins instantly with your credit card. No registration required. This site accept from the world.
OKPAY Fixed Rate BTC
USD, EUR, GBP, RUB, CHF etc (Bank Wire Transfer)
EUR (SofortBanking)
USD, EUR (Liqpay)
USD (CashU)
USD, RUB, UAH (Wallet1)
RUB (Yandex Money)
RUB (EasyPay)
USD, EUR (Migom)
USD, EUR, CZK (Money Polo)
USD, EUR (Intel Express)
USD, EUR (Western Union via Exchange Partners)
USD, EUR (Moneygram via Exchange Partners)
USD, EUR (via Exchange Partners)
Support of 19 world currencies, 15 languages. Fixed Rate EUR (iDEAL) Buy bitcoins instantly, pay with iDEAL. Buy bitcoin from the Netherlands. (info) Fixed Rate IDR Buy bitcoins in Indonesia. (info) Fixed Rate ILS Buy bitcoins from Israel. Fixed Rate (Mtgox EUR) EUR Buy bitcoins with Neteller.

Direct / Bulk Buying

Service Type Payment Method Notes
BitBrothers LLC Direct purchases up to $10,000 USD (Bank Deposit at a Chase bank OR cash orders including cashiers checks and money orders) BTC Best customer service in the industry and quickest transaction speeds.
Bitcoins Direct Direct purchases, $1,000 and higher. USD (Cash deposit at B of A, Wells Fargo or PNC Bank, max $3,000)
USD (Bank wire, domestic or international), max $6,000 unless prior authorization
BTC Inventory varies based on market conditions.
BitPay (info) Direct purchases, $10,000 USD and higher USD (Bank wire, domestic or international) BTC Contact for other payment methods.
Bank2Bit (caution, newly added) Direct Purchases, $1,000-$100,000 Bank Transfer BTC Exquisite customer service and fast delivery.

Other Financial Services

Service Type Payment Settled Notes
MPEx Buy / Sell / Exercise CALLs / PUTs, American style.
52 strikes offered (by .5), current month + 2.
No shorting available yet.
BTC BTC Transactions encoded via amt.
Must use non-rounding client
(0.3.24 or later)
Vircurex Buy / Sell Options
Loan / Borrow
INDX Stock market, where BTC are also traded - - Trader`s account can be withdrawn with BTC or with USD via WebMoney.

Physical Bitcoins

Physical Bitcoins are bearer tokens that have an embedded redeemable digital bitcoin value if torn open. While they are somewhat expensive if bought purely for the digital bitcoins, they are relatively easy to get, because they can be purchased with PayPal or credit card - payment methods typically not accepted for pure digital bitcoin purchases.

Service Type Payment Notes
Memory Dealers Casascius Physical Bitcoins USD (PayPal/Credit Card) Casascius Physical Bitcoins BTC
Bitbills Bitbills cards BTC Not taking orders as of Nov 2011. Bitcoin Bills BTC It's a little high, but its due to amazon royalties. Will lower when more stock is sold.

Exchange Directories

See Also