Buying bitcoins

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

NOTE: For taking advantage of Bitcoin volatility you are able to trade CFDs through AvaTrade or Plus500. When trading online your capital may be at risk. Trading CFDs is suitable for more experienced traders.

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

Main article: Comparison of real-time trading exchanges

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 Payment Method Notes
ALFAcashier BTC Bitcoin
LTC Litecoin
USD PerfectMoney
USD LiqPay
USD EgoPay
USD BTC-E coupon/refill
USD (International Bank Wire)
EUR (International Bank Wire)
RUB (Russian Bank Wire)
Instant exchanger. Language: English, German, Russian, Chinese
  • Cumulative discount system
  • Affiliate program
  • Fees only 1-3%
BTCGuys.pngBTC Guys USD Cash in mail
USD domestic wire transfer
International wire transfer (in USD)
A New York based Bitcoin exchange for USD. No login, identity checks or account creation required. Fast customer service customers can count on. We sell at fixed price.
[ECurrencyZone] 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, Cgold, Perfect money, egopay, solid trust pay)
Bank transfer considered at all locations with prior approval. USD PerfectMoney
EUR PerfectMoney
USD LiqPay
Buy Sell Exchange Bitcoins with the best price.
  • Instant Exchange
  • 24/7/365 support
BitSimpleIcon.png BitSimple. (info) USD (bank wire) Don't get goxxed again! We never hold user's bitcoins. Purchased bitcoins will be directly transferred to your personal bitcoin wallet. Stop accepting long delays waiting for funding. We will lock in a rate once you confirm the wire has been sent, and will deliver your purchased coins the same day, usually within an hour.
BittyBot-head.png BittyBot (info) GBP (varies person to person) BittyBot monitors and compares the UK Bitcoin market to help you find the best prices and most reputable traders. (info) GBP (bank transfer) Buy bitcoins in the UK in under 1 hour from trusted uk seller. Payments by UK bank transfer. No sign up required. See reviews here. (info)
  • USD, UAH, RUB, Visa, MasterCard
  • C-Coin, eCoin, EgoPay, Payza, Payoneer, EPESE, MoneyGram, OKPAY, WireTransfer, QIWI, Yandex Money, BTC-E code, PayPal, PerfectMoney, Paymer, ePayments, LiqPay, Redpass, WESTERN UNION, C-Gold, Pecunix
  • International Banks, Sberbank, Alfa-Bank, Privat24, Svyaznoy Bank, VTB24
  • Automatic bitcoin and e-currencies buy/sell service
  • 24/7/365 fast and reliable e-currencies exchange
  • Unlimited reserves
  • 15% Affiliate program
Favicon b4c.jpg (info) SOFORT banking
SEPA transfer (EUR)
International bank transfer
Buy bitcoin with gift vouchers: Order bit4coin gift vouchers online at and get them shipped to your door, ready to redeem into bitcoins. No registration required. Perfect for own use or as gift.
BitQuickco.png (info) 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.
Cryptxchange USD (Cash Deposit)
USD (Wire Transfer)
CAD (Cash Deposit)
CAD (Wire Transfer)
You may make cash deposits at any Chase Bank Internationally (ARS, GBP, EUR, AUD, BRL, CLP, COP, EGP, KYD, SAR, CNY, AED, JPY, INR
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
Bitcoin (Australia) AUD (Bank Deposit) Bitcoin (Australia) / offers rapid transfer at low rates.
BIPS.gif BIPS (info) CAD (Cash deposits in Canada
Any Currency (Wire Transfer - Any Country)
USD IDR Mandiri (Cash deposit and wire transfer)
IDR BNI (Cash deposit and wire transfer)
IDR BCA (Cash deposit and wire transfer)
IDR BRI (Cash deposit and wire transfer)
Beli Bitcoin di Indonesia. Lowest fees, max. 30 minutes per transfer, 24 hours 7 days. No verification required. (info) CZK domestic wire, EUR with SEPA Live Auction Rates, person-to-person contract fulfillment
BitBrothers LLC Bank Transfer/Cash/Moneygram 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.
TRUCK COIN Bank Transfer/Paypal/Wester Union/Moneygram/Cash/any method with any currency There is another anonymous way to purchase bitcoins, this is the best safety and anonymous way.
Cash deposit At major banks like Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, PNC, Citibank. No ID, No registration. Immediate fundings.
(Bulgaria, Romania)
BGN (Bank deposit, Cash, EasyPay, Post, Econt)
RON (Bank deposit)
USD (Western Union, MoneyGram)
Fast and secure way to buy/sell bitcoins. Live support 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 Credit Card through Liqpay No signup required. Instant deposit to any bitcoin address (info) 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) GBP Quick transactions via Bank Transfer (fast payments support only), Pingit and Ukash. Deals happen between buyer and seller.
Bittylicious (info) GBP, EUR, ZAR Near instant transactions via UK Bank Transfer (Faster Payments only). No sign up required but can buy more if registered. 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) 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.
Blockchain (info) 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 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 BTC, USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD, CHF, CZK, DKK, SEK, ZAR, HKD, JPY accepted via wire (verified users only)

Locks available for USD, EUR, GBP, Gold and Silver.
Locks is available from any wallet. Users can 'peg' bitcoin value to other assets (USD, EUR, GBP, Silver and Gold) thus eliminating the bitcoin exchange rate from their bitcoin value. Users can Unlock to spend or send their bitcoins.

Coinapult also provides payment processing for businesses. For bitcoin business, Coinapult offers wholesale liquidity services and partnership opportunities for wallets services and Locks.
Ripio Buy bitcoin in Argentina using cash payment networks like PagoFacil, RapiPago, etc. A good option for bitcoin beginners transactions take usually less than 24 hours and places for doing the payments are all over.
Coinbase Buy and sell bitcoin by connecting a U.S. based bank account. Users need the account and routing numbers that can be found on a check to get started. Instant verification available for new accounts. Purchased bitcoin can be held in Coinbase's online wallet. Generally considered a good option for U.S. based bitcoin beginners.
SpectroCoin Buy and sell bitcoins through local bank wire transfers in most European countries. Clients can use eWallet to store Bitcoins and Euros. Two factor authentication is implemented.
Coincove MXN (Cash Deposit @ OXXO)
MXN (Bank Transfer)
Buy and sell Bitcoins in Mexico using bank transfers and cash deposits at convenience stores (over 10,000 locations). Two factor Auth using Authy.
Coin-Daddy Buy bitcoins with PayPal and OKPAY No verification needed. Customer just needs to pay with PayPal, leave the Wallet address and then he receives his coins, or pays via OKPAY. Available for purchase are: Bitcoins, Litecoins and PPCoins. 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
  • 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 AUD (Cash deposit) AUD cash deposit at NAB, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and ANZ.
EUR (SEPA bank transfer) Simple and Safe.
Pay first transaction fee with Twitter or Facebook post. 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
BitcoinZAP 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 SEK Transfer to and banks in Sweden.
BTC China Converted to CNY for trading. USD (Cash, possible to pay everywhere in Cambodia) You can buy Bitcoins for USD in Cambodia. COP (Colombian Peso) Varies (person to person)
#bitcoin-otc Person-to-person, various methods 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 CAD (Cash - XpressPost or Dropoff)
USD (Cash - Courier: UPS, FedEx, etc.)
For dropoff, office in Ottawa.
Coin Republic SGD (Singapore Dollar) Payment via local bank transfer.
Dgtmkt (info) 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)
  • SEPA Bank Transfer (EUR)
  • ATM card (EUR, USD)
  • Sofort Banking (EUR)
  • Direct Banking (EUR)
  • Payza (official Exchanger)
  • EgoPay, c-gold
Dagensia allows you to Buy and Sell Bitcoins and to store Bitcoins securely. You can get your first Bitcoin today, or you can start accepting Bitcoins directly into EUR or USD balance and ATM card. Sell and buy your Bitcoins through Wire, or SEPA EUR transfer, Direct Banking, ATM Cards. Fully licensed exchanger, supervised by Czech National Bank
Lilion Transfer 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 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 Cash: ARS, BRL, USD
Bank transfer: ARS
No exchange fees! EUR (bank deposit) Bank transfer or cash deposits at OpenBank in Spain.
Bahtcoin Cash, Webmoney Will cash out to Thai mobile and gaming prepaid cards as well.
Bitcoin Thailand THB: Cash/Bank Deposit Same day service.
BitPiggy AUD (Australian Dollar) Payment via bank transfer.
bitcoin.local Person-to-person, various methods Person-to-person via PayPal, Skrill/Moneybookers and other e-currency platforms
Bitcoil ILS (bank transfer)
BXlogoSM.jpeg bitXoin (info) AUD (Cash deposits) Fast transaction processing, market rates with low commissions and no fees.

Contact for special rates on BUY BTC transactions over $10,000 and for SELL BTC transactions over BTC50

btcnow USD (OKPay, Dwolla) bitcoins transferred instantly 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

BitBuy EUR (iDEAL) Buy bitcoins instantly with iDEAL from the Netherlands. User will get price updates during the payment process.
HappyCoins 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.
BitCoinVend BTC
USD (PayPal), market variable with commission, quote based, verified paypal account with anti scammer verification
Bitcoins In Berlin 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 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 PHP (Cash)
PHP (Cash deposit at bank)
Languages: English, Pinoy.
PHP cash trade method in metro Manilla, Philappines. EUR (Ukash)
EUR (Hal-Cash)
EUR (Neteller)
Buy bitcoins with ukash and more (info) CZK (Domestic bank transfer)
EUR (Bank transfer)
Buy bitcoins from the Czech Republic. EUR (iDeal) Buy bitcoins instantly from the Netherlands.
Dragon's Tale (info) 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.) JPY (Credit Card) Buy bitcoins instantly with your credit card. No registration required. This site accept from the world.
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. EUR (iDEAL) Buy bitcoins instantly, pay with iDEAL. Buy bitcoin from the Netherlands. (info) IDR Buy bitcoins in Indonesia. (info) ILS Buy bitcoins from Israel. EUR Buy bitcoins with Neteller. Buy bitcoins with:
  • USD
  • EURRUBUAHBelorussian RoublesVietnamese Dongs

Sell bitcoins for:
  • USD
  • EURRUBUAHBelorussian Roubles
The exchange service of WebMoney Transfer system. WMT has a special units named WMX to operate BTC, which can be exchanged and/or withdrawn ILS Buy/Sell bitcoins in Israel.
Belgacoin EUR, USD, BGN, CHF, CZK, DKK, EEK, GBP, GIP, HRK, HUF, ISK, LTL, LVL, NOK, PLN, RON, SEK The easiest way to buy Bitcoins in Europe. It is fast, secure and cheap. No registration required! EUR (SEPA transfer) Reliable Finland based exchange operated since 2012.
1-2 day deposits and 1-3 day withdrawals. No registration required!
Bitalo (info) Varies (person to person)
SEPA Bank transfer
Purchase Bitcoins directly from another person.
247exchange.png 247exchange Bank wire (SWIFT) transfer (USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, RON, ZAR)
SEPA transfer (EUR)
Sofort Banking (EUR)
  • Licensed service offering fast and secure transactions
  • 24/7/365 multilanguage live support using online chat, phone and tickets system
  • Easy to use; detailed knowledgebase
  • Flexible tariff system

Direct / Bulk Buying

Liquidity providers for transactions of size ($10,000 or larger).

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.
BitPay (info) Direct purchases, $10,000 USD and higher USD (Bank wire, domestic or international) BTC Contact for other payment methods.
TRUCK COIN Directly and Easily USD, EUR, SGD, VND and more (Bank Wire, Western Union, Paypal, face-face) BTC Contact for other method directly with sellers or buyers.

Other Financial Services

Service Type Payment Settled Notes Transfer gift card balance to Bitcoin address or conventional account. BTC, USD Customers can redeem their Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover gift card for Bitcoins or payment into their personal bank or PayPal account. 5.7% + $0.57 fee.
INDX Stock market, where BTC are also traded - - Trader`s account can be withdrawn with BTC or with USD via WebMoney.
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

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 Casascius Physical Bitcoins BTC BTC Store Paperwallets, Casascius and Recalescence Physical Bitcoins reseller BTC, EUR (SEPA bank transfer), Finnish online banks

Exchange Directories

Bitcoin ATM

As of June 2014 there are around 100 bitcoin ATM machines installed in the world. See Coinee for the list of locations.

See Also