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.

Major Exchanges

The least expensive methods for buying bitcoins involve transferring funds using a bank wire, ACH, bank transfer (ACH, EUR / SEPA).

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)
USD (Liberty Reserve)
Danish Domestic Transfer
Any Currency (ACH / Direct Deposit)
Any Currency (Wire Transfer - Any Country)
USD (Mt.Gox)
BitBox BTC
USD (Wire Transfer - US)
USD (Wire Transfer - US)
Bitcoin-24 BTC
USD (MtGox redeemable code)
USD (VouchX redeemable code)
USD (Credit card through LiqPay)
USD (International bank wire)
EUR (MtGox redeemable code)
EUR (VouchX redeemable code)
EUR (SEPA wire)
EUR (Sofort banking/Sofortuberweisung)
GBP (International bank wire, converted to EUR)
PLN (International bank wire, converted to EUR)
USD (Bank wire transfer)
USD (Skrill/Moneybookers)
USD (VouchX redeemable code)
EUR (SEPA wire)
EUR (VouchX redeemable code)
EUR (Cash, via DHL)
  • Second biggest Euro exchange
  • Instant registration and trading
  • Instant credit card deposits
  • Instant bank transfers from the EU
  • No trading fees for bitcoins
  • No restrictions and limits on withdrawals and deposits
  • Support chat
  • SMS notifications
Bitcoin-Central BTC
GBP (Bank transfer)
Liberty Reserve USD
Liberty Reserve EUR
International wire (any currency)
GBP (Bank transfer)
Liberty Reserve USD
Liberty Reserve EUR
Yes Open-source, community reviewed platform
Available in French and English languages
NZD (Cash depost as Westbank)
NZD (Domestic bank transfer)
Bitstamp BTC
BTC (Redeemable code)
EUR (SEPA transfer)
USD (Intl wire)
USD (Redeemable code)
BTC (Redeemable code)
EUR (SEPA transfer)
USD (Intl wire)
USD (Redeemable code)
Yes EUR and CHF deposits converted to/from USD for trading
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 (Liberty Reserve)
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 (BTC-e Redeemable Code, available via BitInstant and AurumXChange)
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 (Liberty Reserve)
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
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)
BTC (Redeemable code)
USD (Dwolla)
USD (International bank wire)
USD (Wire to AurumXChange)
AUD (Bank wire)
GBP (Bank wire)
GBP (Cash deposit, Barclays)
USD (Redeemable code)
Liberty Reserve USD (via AurumXChange)
BTC (Redeemable code)
USD (Dwolla)
USD (Wire via AurumXChange)
AUD (Bank wire)
USD (Redeemable code)
Liberty Reserve USD (via AurumXChange)
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 (paysafecard)
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.

Fixed Rate Exchanges & Others

bi 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
AurumXchange (info) Market USD,EUR,GBP Exchange Bitcoins instantly to and from Liberty Reserve, Perfect Money, Pecunix, C-Gold, VouchX, CosmicPay and more. Sell and buy your Bitcoins through USD or GBP Wire, or SEPA EUR transfer.
BitBargain (info) Market GBP Quick transactions via Bank Transfer (fast payments support only), Pingit and Ukash. Deals happen between buyer and seller.
Bitcopia (info) Fixed Rate Bitcopia is currently restructuring itself to serve the community in an exciting new way. Stay tuned for updates.
BTC-Dealer Fixed Rate OKPAY (USD)
cashU (USD)
Cash4WM (USD, RUB)
Przelewy24 (PLN)
Fast & simple. No signup required. 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.
Coin Market Fixed Rate NZD (NZ Bank deposit/Cash) Cash deposit or bank transfer to domestic New Zealand bank. Cash payment to brokerage. Guest checkout available.
Bit Innovate Fixed Rate AUD, NZD (Cash deposit) Australian Dollar cash deposit at any Commonwealth or Westpac Bank. New Zealand Dollar cash deposits at any ASB.
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.
BitQuick Market Rate MoneyPak (Cash USD) Buy Bitcoins with MoneyPak (Available at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and many other stores). No verification!
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. 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.
Omnicoins Fixed Rate AUD (Cash deposit) Deposit cash at any Commonwealth, NAB, or Westpac branch.
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 (Liberty Reserve)
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 USD (Liberty Reserve) 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.
eCardOne (info) Fixed Rate
  • Liberty reserve (USD)
  • Liberty reserve (EUR)
  • SEPA Bank Transfer (EUR)
  • Reloadable Debit Card (EUR, USD)
  • Sofort Banking (EUR)
  • Direct Banking (EUR)
  • Payza (official Exchanger)
Exchange Bitcoins instantly to and from Liberty Reserve, 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
Liberty Reserve
Perfect Money
OK Pay
Cosmic Pay
E-Pay Payments
122 accounts worldwide.
Support in 30 languages
Nanaimo Gold Fixed Rate USD (Liberty Reserve)
Western Union money transfer
Moneygram money transfer
Cash in the mail
LR <--> 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
Liberty Reserve USD
Will cash out to Thai mobile and gaming prepaid cards as well.
Bitcoin Thailand Fixed Rate THB: Cash/Bank Deposit Same day service.
Bitcoin Brasil Fixed Rate BRL (Brazilian Real)
Cash exchange
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 Varies (person to person)
Physical cash locally
Find your local bitcoin dealer! With dynamic pricing with equations.
HappyCoins Fixed Rate EUR (iDEAL and SEPA bank transfer) Buy and sell Bitcoins. Dutch bank account holders receive Bitcoins within minutes and bank payments same day. Other European IBAN bank account transactions take one or two working days. Prices based on near real-time MtGox exchange price.
WM-Center 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)
Liberty Reserve USD/EUR, 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)
USD (Liberty Reserve, Mt. Gox redeemable code)
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 (Mt. Gox redeemable code)
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. (info) Fixed Rate EUR (SEPA bank transfer) No sign-up, just enter the amount and a Bitcoin address. Fixed Rate EUR (iDeal) Buy bitcoins instantly from the Netherlands. (info) Fixed Rate CHF (Swiss Bank Transfer) Buy Bitcoins in Switzerland. No registration required. Enter Bitcoin address, wire money and get your bitcoins within 24 hours.
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, (Liberty Reserve via Exchange Partners)
Support of 19 world currencies, 15 languages.
Paypal To Bitcoin Fixed Rate Paypal, Credit Card Buy bitcoins instantly with your credit card or your Paypal account. No registration and exquisite customer service. Fixed Rate EUR (iDEAL) Buy bitcoins instantly, pay with iDEAL. Buy bitcoin from the Netherlands.

Direct / Bulk Buying

Service Type Payment Method Notes
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
USD (Liberty Reserve)
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.
Pay2Bit 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

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

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