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

bitcoin price

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).
CountryPlatformTypeBuy?Sell?Payment options
ArgentinaLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, other online payments, Western Union
ArgentinaRipioEbuysellcash, bank transfer, PagoFacil, RapiPago
AustraliaCoinbaseBbuysellCredit/Debit Card
AustraliabtcmarketsEbuysellcash, bank transfer
AustraliaCoinjarEbuysellcash, BPAY
AustriaCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
BelgiumCoinbaseBbuysellDeposit (iDEAL), Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
BrazilLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, transfers with specific bank, national bank transfer, Paypal
BrazilMercadoBitcoinBbuysellbank transfer
BrazilCoinBRBbuysellTED or bank transfer
BulgariaCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
CanadaLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, other online payment, Paypal, national bank transfer, Intrac e-transfer, transfers with specific bank, Moneygram
CanadaQuadrigaCXEbuysellInterac e-Transfer, Direct Bank Transfer, INTERAC Online, Bank Wire
ChileLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, AstroPay
ChinaBTCChinaEbuysellBTCC Voucher
ColombiaLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, transfers with specific bank, Paypal
Costa RicaLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, Moneygram, Paypal, WebMoney, Moneybookers/Skrill, Neteller
CroatiaCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
CyprusCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Czech RepublicCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Czech RepublicSafelloBbuysellsepa
DenmarkCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
DenmarkSafelloBbuysellbank transfer
Dominican RepublicLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, Paypal, Moneygram, transfers with specific bank, WebMoney
EcuadorLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, Perfect Money, WebMoney, OKPay, Paypal, Moneybookers / Skrill, Neteller, Moneygram,
EgyptLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, Western Union, other online payment
FinlandCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
FranceCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Germanybit4coinBbuy--sepa, online bank transfer
GermanyKrakenEbuysellsepa, bank transfer
GhanaLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, Perfect Money, Western Union, OKPay, EgoPay, Paypal, Moneybookers / Skrill, WebMoney, Neteller, Moneygram
GreeceCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Hong KongGatecoinEbuysellSEPA, international wire transfer, SWIFT, OKPAY
Hong KongBitfinexBbuysellEgoPay
HungaryCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
IndiaBTCXIndiaEbuysellbank account (NEFT, RTGS, IMPS)
IndiazebpayEbuysellbank account (HDFC, ICICI, kotak, Yes, AXIS, IndusInd)
Indonesiabitcoin.co.idEbuysellbank transfer
IndonesiaLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, Western Union,
IndonesiaBitXEbuysellbank transfer
IranLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, WebMoney, Paypal, Moneybookers / Skrill
IraqLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, Perfect Money, Western Union, OKPay, EgoPay, Moneybookers / Skrill, Neteller, Moneygram
IrelandCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
ItalyCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
IsraelBitsOfGoldEbuysellbank transfer
IsraelLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, International Wire, Western Union, Paypal
JapancoincheckEbuysellcredit card, bank transfer
JapanKrakenEbuysellnational bank transfer
KenyaLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, M-PESA Kenya (Safaricom)
KenyaBitXEbuysellM-PESA Kenya
LatviaCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
LebanonLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, Perfect Money, Western Union, OKPay, EgoPay, Moneybookers / Skrill, Neteller, Moneygram
LiechtensteinCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
LuxembourgLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, sepa, Western Union, PaySafeCard, other online payment, cash by mail, Paypal, Webmoney
MalaysiaLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, Paypal
MalaysiaBitXEbuysellInter-bank GIRO
MaltaCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
MexicoBitsoEbuysellbank transfer, international bank transfer, cash, Pademobile, Ripple
MexicoVolabitBbuy--cash at OXXO, 7-Eleven, or Tiendas Extra
MonacoCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
NetherlandsCoinbaseBbuysellDeposit (iDEAL), Bank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
Netherlandsbit4coinBbuy--bank transfer
New ZealandbitNZEbuysellcash, bank transfer
New ZealandLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, transfers with specific bank,
NorwayCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
PanamaLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, transfers with specific bank, Perfect Money, OKPay, Paypal, WebMoney, Moneybookers / Skrill, Neteller, Moneygram
PeruLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, transfers with specific bank
PhilippinesBuyBitcoin.phEbuysellcash, DragonPay (BDO, BPI, Metrobank)
Philippinescoins.phEbuysellbank transfer, Globe GCash
PolandBitcurexMbuysellbank transfer, EgoPay, Poczta Polska
PolandCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
PortugalCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
RomaniaCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA)
RomaniaLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, Western Union, sepa, Paypal, other online payment,
RussiaGatecoinEbuysellSEPA, international wire transfer, SWIFT, OKPAY
RussiaLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, transfers with specific bank, QIWI, other online payment, WebMoney
RussiaBTC-EEbuysellsepa, US Bank Wire, Visa, MasterCard, LiqPay, unikarta, PerfectMoney, WebCreds, Ukash, WebMoney
San MarinoCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (via Xfers), Credit/Debit Card
SingaporeigotEbuysellnational bank transfer
SingaporeCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (via Xfers), Credit/Debit Card
SlovakiaCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
SloveniaCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
SloveniaLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, sepa, national bank transfer, transfers with specific bank, OKPay, EgoPay, Paypal, Moneybookers / Skrill, WebMoney, PaySafeCard
South AfricaBitXEbuysellEFT
South KoreaKORBITEbuysellbank transfer
South KoreacoinplugEbuysellbank transfer
SpainCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
SwedenCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
SwedenSafelloBbuysellSwish, Handelsbanken direkt, Bankgirot
SwitzerlandCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
TaiwanLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, Paypal, OKPay, Western Union
TurkeyLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, other online payment, Paypal
TurkeyBTCTurkEbuysellbank transfer
United KingdomCircleBbuysellcredit card
United KingdomCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (SEPA), Credit/Debit Card (3D-Secure)
United KingdomCoincornerBbuysellbank transfer, credit card
United KingdomLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, postal order, Paypal, Moneybookers / Skrill, other online payment, Pingit, Paym, cash by mail, PYC, Neteller, Ukash
United KingdomKrakenEbuysellsepa, bank transfer
United KingdomCoinfloorEbuysellsepa
United Kingdombit4coinBbuy--sepa
United StatesCircleBbuysellcredit card
United StatesCoinbaseBbuysellBank Account (US), PayPal Account, Credit/Debit Card
United StatesGatecoinEbuysellSEPA, international wire transfer, SWIFT, OKPAY
UruguayLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer, Perfect Money, WebMoney, OKPay, Paypal, Moneybookers / Skrill, transfers with specific bank, Neteller
VenezuelaLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, national bank transfer
VietnamLocalBitcoinsMbuysellcash, International Wire (SWIFT)

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