Where can I buy and sell bitcoins?

Buying and selling bitcoins differs from country to country. Scroll down for a list of platforms by country. The introduction shows you what you need to consider when buying and selling bitcoins and which payment options you have.

If you want to get started as quickly as possible you have two options

  1. Login to your Bitbond account and buy bitcoins with a simple SEPA wire transfer (European bank account required)
  2. Get the Lyyke app and buy bitcoins with a credit card (credit card required)

If these options aren't feasible for you, read on.

There are 3 ways to buy and sell bitcoins

  1. Brokers: using a broker is the most convenient way to buy or sell bitcoins. It is usually faster than going through a marketplace or an exchange and the sign up process is easier. But often this also means a bit higher fees. Coinbase is the most prominent example of a large broker with a presence in 24 countries.
  2. Marketplaces: here you meet with others (online or offline) and buy or sell bitcoins directly from individuals. LocalBitcoins is a good example for an international marketplace. The advantage of a marketplace is that cash can be a payment option.
  3. Exchanges: good exchanges are liquid which often creates the best prices and lowest fees. However, it usually takes a couple of days until the verification process is completed. If you don't want to wait for a few days, a broker is the better choice. If you want to buy larger volumes more frequently signing up with an exchange is worth the money saved.

Consider these 5 factors when you buy or sell bitcoins

  1. Speed: how quickly can you buy and sell? On exchanges the verification process can take a few days but transactions can be very quick. With brokers or marketplaces the initial sign up usually is fast but completing a trade can take a couple of hours or even a day or two.
  2. Security: is the site trustworthy and do they handle your bitcoins in s secure way? Don't fall for players that try to stay anonymous and don't publish the name of their company only for a slightly lower fee.
  3. Fees: transaction fees should be as low as possible of course. Typically brokers are more convenient but also a bit more expensive than exchanges. Before a transaction make sure you know which fees you are paying.
  4. Price: bitcoin prices differ between providers. Before you buy or sell bitcoins make sure to compare prices of different platforms in your country. Different prices are mainly the result of different market liquidity.
  5. Payment options: when you buy bitcoins usually you have to pay with local currency. If you use marketplaces like LocalBitcoins you can meet the seller in person and pay with cash. When you buy bitcoins online you need to do a bank transfer or pay by some other method. Therefore check first if you have access to one of the offered payment options. Different payment options also have an impact on the fees you need to pay.

Bitcoin price of the last 12 months on Bitstamp


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List of platforms by country where you can buy and sell bitcoins


Besides our list, these resources are helpful:

To get started quickly we recommend Lykke where you can buy bitcoins with your credit card. If you can't find your country in the list below please check out the three links above. Otherwise LocalBitcoins is a great choice in many countries that are not listed here.

The most liquid USD exchanges are Bitstamp and  Bitfinex. Bitstamp is accessible to everyone who can do a bank transfer to their bank account in Slovenia, regardless of the country of your residence.

The most liquid EUR exchanges are GateCoin and  Kraken. Besides trading bitcoins for EUR, Kraken also offers USD, GBP and JPY as currencies. If you can make a bank transfer (SEPA or SWIFT, bank deposit in Japan) you can trade on Kraken from everywhere. In Asia the exchange Coincheck

is one of the most popular ones.


The "Type" column indicates whether the platform is a broker (B), a marketplace (M) or an exchange (E).
Country Platform Type Buy? Sell? Payment options
Argentina LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, other online payments, Western Union
Argentina Ripio E buy sell cash, bank transfer, PagoFacil, RapiPago
Australia Coinbase B buy sell Credit/Debit Card
Australia btcmarkets E buy sell cash, bank transfer
Australia Coinjar E buy sell cash, BPAY
Austria Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Austria bit4coin B buy -- sepa
Belgium Coinbase B buy sell Deposit (iDEAL), Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Belgium bit4coin B buy -- sepa
Brazil LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, transfers with specific bank, national bank transfer, Paypal
Brazil MercadoBitcoin B buy sell bank transfer
Brazil CoinBR B buy sell TED or bank transfer
Bulgaria Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Bulgaria Safello B buy sell sepa
Canada LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, other online payment, Paypal, national bank transfer, Intrac e-transfer, transfers with specific bank, Moneygram
Canada QuadrigaCX E buy sell Interac e-Transfer, Direct Bank Transfer, INTERAC Online, Bank Wire
Chile LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, AstroPay
China BTCChina E buy sell BTCC Voucher
Colombia LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, transfers with specific bank, Paypal
Costa Rica LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, Moneygram, Paypal, WebMoney, Moneybookers/Skrill, Neteller
Croatia Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Croatia Safello B buy sell sepa
Cyprus Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Cyprus Safello B buy sell sepa
Czech Republic Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Czech Republic Safello B buy sell sepa
Denmark Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Denmark Safello B buy sell bank transfer
Dominican Republic LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, Paypal, Moneygram, transfers with specific bank, WebMoney
Ecuador LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, Perfect Money, WebMoney, OKPay, Paypal, Moneybookers / Skrill, Neteller, Moneygram,
Estonia Safello B buy sell sepa
Egypt LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, Western Union, other online payment
Finland Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Finland bit4coin B buy -- sepa
France Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Germany bit4coin B buy -- sepa, online bank transfer
Germany Bitcoin.de M buy sell sepa
Germany Kraken E buy sell sepa, bank transfer
Ghana LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, Perfect Money, Western Union, OKPay, EgoPay, Paypal, Moneybookers / Skrill, WebMoney, Neteller, Moneygram
Greece Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Greece Safello B buy sell sepa
Hong Kong Gatecoin E buy sell SEPA, international wire transfer, SWIFT, OKPAY
Hong Kong Bitfinex B buy sell EgoPay
Hungary Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Hungary Safello B buy sell sepa
Iceland Safello B buy sell sepa
India BTCXIndia E buy sell bank account (NEFT, RTGS, IMPS)
India zebpay E buy sell bank account (HDFC, ICICI, kotak, Yes, AXIS, IndusInd)
India Unocoin E buy sell NEFT/RTGS/IMPS
Indonesia bitcoin.co.id E buy sell bank transfer
Indonesia LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, Western Union,
Indonesia BitX E buy sell bank transfer
Iran LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, WebMoney, Paypal, Moneybookers / Skrill
Iraq LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, Perfect Money, Western Union, OKPay, EgoPay, Moneybookers / Skrill, Neteller, Moneygram
Ireland Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Ireland bit4coin B buy -- sepa
Italy Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Italy bit4coin B buy -- sepa
Israel BitsOfGold E buy sell bank transfer
Israel LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, International Wire, Western Union, Paypal
Japan coincheck E buy sell credit card, bank transfer
Japan Kraken E buy sell national bank transfer
Kenya LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, M-PESA Kenya (Safaricom)
Kenya BitX E buy sell M-PESA Kenya
Latvia Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Lebanon LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, Perfect Money, Western Union, OKPay, EgoPay, Moneybookers / Skrill, Neteller, Moneygram
Liechtenstein bit4coin B buy -- sepa
Liechtenstein Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Lithuania Safello B buy sell sepa
Luxembourg LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, sepa, Western Union, PaySafeCard, other online payment, cash by mail, Paypal, Webmoney
Luxembourg Safello B buy sell sepa
Luxembourg bit4coin B buy -- sepa
Malaysia LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, Paypal
Malaysia BitX E buy sell Inter-bank GIRO
Malaysia btc.my E buy sell
Malta Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Malta bit4coin B buy -- sepa
Mexico Bitso E buy sell bank transfer, international bank transfer, cash, Pademobile, Ripple
Mexico Volabit B buy -- cash at OXXO, 7-Eleven, or Tiendas Extra
Monaco Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Netherlands Coinbase B buy sell Deposit (iDEAL), Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Netherlands bit4coin B buy -- bank transfer
New Zealand bitNZ E buy sell cash, bank transfer
New Zealand LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, transfers with specific bank,
Norway Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Norway bit4coin B buy -- sepa
Panama LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, transfers with specific bank, Perfect Money, OKPay, Paypal, WebMoney, Moneybookers / Skrill, Neteller, Moneygram
Peru LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, transfers with specific bank
Philippines BuyBitcoin.ph E buy sell cash, DragonPay (BDO, BPI, Metrobank)
Philippines coins.ph E buy sell bank transfer, Globe GCash
Poland Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Portugal Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Portugal bit4coin B buy -- sepa
Romania Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA)
Romania LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, Western Union, sepa, Paypal, other online payment,
Russia Gatecoin E buy sell SEPA, international wire transfer, SWIFT, OKPAY
Russia LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, transfers with specific bank, QIWI, other online payment, WebMoney
Russia BTC-E E buy sell sepa, US Bank Wire, Visa, MasterCard, LiqPay, unikarta, PerfectMoney, WebCreds, Ukash, WebMoney
San Marino Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (via Xfers), Credit/Debit Card
Singapore igot E buy sell national bank transfer
Singapore Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (via Xfers), Credit/Debit Card
Slovakia Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Slovakia bit4coin B buy -- sepa
Slovenia Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Slovenia LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, sepa, national bank transfer, transfers with specific bank, OKPay, EgoPay, Paypal, Moneybookers / Skrill, WebMoney, PaySafeCard
South Africa BitX E buy sell EFT
South Korea KORBIT E buy sell bank transfer
South Korea coinplug E buy sell bank transfer
Spain Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Spain Safello B buy sell sepa
Spain bit4coin B buy -- sepa
Sweden Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Sweden Safello B buy sell Swish, Handelsbanken direkt, Bankgirot
Switzerland Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Switzerland Safello B buy sell sepa
Taiwan LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, Paypal, OKPay, Western Union
Thailand bx.in.th E buy sell
Turkey LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, other online payment, Paypal
Turkey BTCTurk E buy sell bank transfer
United Kingdom Circle B buy sell credit card
United Kingdom Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
United Kingdom Coincorner B buy sell bank transfer, credit card
United Kingdom LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, postal order, Paypal, Moneybookers / Skrill, other online payment, Pingit, Paym, cash by mail, PYC, Neteller, Ukash
United Kingdom Kraken E buy sell sepa, bank transfer
United Kingdom Coinfloor E buy sell sepa
United Kingdom bit4coin B buy -- sepa
United States Circle B buy sell credit card
United States Coinbase B buy sell Bank Account (US), PayPal Account, Credit/Debit Card
United States Gatecoin E buy sell SEPA, international wire transfer, SWIFT, OKPAY
Uruguay LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer, Perfect Money, WebMoney, OKPay, Paypal, Moneybookers / Skrill, transfers with specific bank, Neteller
Venezuela LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, national bank transfer
Vietnam LocalBitcoins M buy sell cash, International Wire (SWIFT)

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