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Coinbase is the world's largest Bitcoin broker. They represent an easy and fast way for new users to purchase bitcoins. Coinbase supports customers in over 30 countries, including the United States, Europe (besides Germany), UK, Singapore, Canada, and Australia.
Customers in the above-mentioned countries can purchase bitcoins by credit card, debit card, bank transfer, SEPA transfer, and more.
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Coinmama allows customers in almost every country to buy bitcoin with a credit or debit card. They charge an ~6% fee on each purchase.
If buying less than $150 worth of bitcoins, you won't need to verify your identity. This convenience makes small purchases quick and easy.
Want to buy using Coinmama? This step-by-step guide will show you how to use Coinmama.
BitPanda is a Bitcoin broker based in Austria.
They have high payment limits and low fees across their wide range of payment methods.
BitPanda offers customers the option to buy bitcoins with credit card, debit card, SOFORT, Skrill, NETELLER, giropay, eps, SEPA, and Online Bank Transfer.
Our guide will show you how to buy bitcoins with a credit card on BitPanda.
Coinbase's exchange, GDAX, is one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges in the United States. Users can fund their accounts via bank transfer, SEPA, or bank wire. GDAX offers good prices and low fees, but their confusing user interface may initially prove difficult to navigate.
CEX.io lets you buy bitcoin with a credit card, ACH bank transfer, SEPA transfer, cash, or AstroPay. Purchases made with a credit card give you access to your bitcoin immediately. CEX.io works in the United States, Europe, and certain countries in South America.
LocalBitcoins is an escrow service which also helps to match bitcoin buyers and sellers. The most common method of payment for purchase is cash deposit. However, users may advertise trades for whichever payment method they prefer.
Buying bitcoins via an in-person meeting, secured and facilitated by LocalBitcoins, may be one of the fastest and most private ways to buy bitcoins in any country.
Luno is a Bitcoin exchange based in Singapore. It originally launched to support countries like South Africa and Indonesia, but recently expanded to Europe and supports the purchase of bitcoin through SEPA transfers.
Bitcoin.de is a major European peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange. Users can buy bitcoin online from other Bitcoin.de users through SEPA bank transfers.
Cointed allows customers to buy and sell bitcoins across Europe, using SEPA, Skrill, cash, and many other payment options. They also operate 9 Bitcoin ATMs across Austria.
Paymium was the first European Bitcoin exchange, founded in 2011. It provides a EUR/BTC exchange service, and complies with all relevent European Regulations. Customers can purchase bitcoins via SEPA, wire transfer, or credit card.
Bity is a Bitcoin exchange and ATM operator, based in Switzerland. Their 5 ATMs allow for a quick first purchase and only require phone verification for an initial buy limit of 1,000 EUR or CHF. Their online service accepts wire transfers, SOFORT and online bank transfers.
LakeBTC is the fourth largest Bitcoin exchange in China. They operate internationally, in around 40 different countries. LakeBTC is one of the top 15 global exchanges based average daily trading volume. Customers can deposit via cash, bank wire, Western Union, MoneyGram, OKPay, Perfect Money, PayPal, Payza, Skrill, Neteller, Leupay, CHATS or LakePay, although not all methods are available in all countries.
Gatecoin is a regulated Bitcoin and altcoin exchange based in Hong Kong. They accept bank transfers from around 40 different countries. Users can buy bitcoin using HKD, EUR, USD and CNY.
Safello is a Bitcoin exchange based in Sweden and fully-registered as a financial institution. It offers a wide range of payment methods - Swish, SEPA, SWIFT, Faster Payments, Bankgiro and iDEAL - to European residents.
BL3P is a product of Dutch Bitcoin broker Bitonic, which has been selling bitcoins since 2012. BL3P is available in all European countries. BL3P charges a fixed fee 0.25% per trade.
BitStamp is one of the world's largest and most well-known Bitcoin exchanges. Deposits can be made through bank transfer, SEPA transfer, international bank wire, and now even credit cards.
Founded mid-2013, Kraken is the world's largest Euro-denominated Bitcoin exchange, based on daily average trading volume. It supports deposits from US, European, Canadian, British, and Japanese customers. Deposits can be made via bank wire, SEPA, SWIFT, and bank deposit (Japan only).
CoinCorner is a Bitcoin exchange based on the Isle of Man. They cater to first-time buyers in the UK, Europe, Canada, Australia, and certain African, Asian, and South American countries. CoinCorner users may purchase bitcoins with SEPA, credit/debit card, GBP bank transfer, and now Neteller too. No verification required for purchases under £100.
You can use our Bitcoin ATM map to buy bitcoins with cash. Bitcoin ATMs can be a quick and easy way to buy bitcoins and they're also private. That convenience and privacy, however, comes with a price; most ATMs have fees of 5-10%.
Coinhouse lets you buy bitcoins in Europe with a 3-D Secure-activated Visa or Mastercard credit/debit cards, certain prepaid cards and Neosurf tickets. While their fees are somewhat high, Coinhouse does offer relatively high buying limits.
Coinhouse will let you buy bitcoin via 3DS-secured credit/debit cards and Neosurf prepaid cards. Neosurf cards can be purchased at over 50,000 locations across Europe. Coinhouse charges a 10% fee for all purchases made with a Neosurf card. Coinhouse is located in Paris, France and is operated by Ledger, a Bitcoin security company.
Cubits is a Bitcoin exchange based in the United Kingdom. It allows users in almost every country besides the United States to purchase bitcoins, using a wide range of currencies and payment methods. The payment options include SEPA, SWIFT, credit cards, OKPAY, SOFORT, Skrill, Dotpay, and online bank transfer.
Technically, VirWoX isn't even a Bitcoin exchange. It mainly serves as a way for people to buy Second Life Lindens, a currency used in the virtual world Second Life. You can't buy Bitcoin with PayPal directly at VirWoX, but it's possible to first buy Second Life Lindens (SLL) and then trade your SLL for Bitcoin. This process works perfectly, but in the end will cost you about 10% in fees.
This workaround/hack has made VirWoX the easiest and most popular way to buy bitcoins with PayPal.
Bitit lets you purchase bitcoin online with a 3DS-enabled credit/debit cards or with cash via Neosurf, Flexepin (coming soon) and Cashlib vouchers, available in over 150,000 local stores across Europe.
itBit is a global Bitcoin exchange, licensed with the New York State Department of Financial Services. It also operates a global OTC trading desk, making it easy for customers to buy large amounts (100 BTC and up) of bitcoin. It supports all US states besides Texas.
Anycoin Direct is a Bitcoin broker based in the Netherlands which services clients across Europe. Customers can purchase bitcoin with SEPA, SOFORT, Giropay, iDEAL, Mybank, Bancontact, and TrustPay.
Belgacoin is a Bitcoin broker based in Belgium. They accept payments via SEPA or international bank transfer. The service requires no verification or even registration, so it's both convenient and anonymous (although bank transfers by their nature are not anonymous).
HappyCoins is a Bitcoin exchange based in the Netherlands which services customers across Europe. HappyCoins accepts a wide range of payment methods, including many instant payment methods; iDEAL, Bancontact, GiroPay, myBank, Sofort and Interac. It also offers SEPA deposits for all EU residents, which take 1 to 3 days to clear.
Mycelium Local Trader helps you find local Bitcoin sellers. Once you locate a seller, you meet up in-person and conduct the trade. Mycelium charges absolutely no fees. While Mycelium Local Trader works great in highly-populated areas, users in low population areas will have trouble finding sellers.
Changelly lets you buy bitcoin with Litecoin, Dogecoin, altcoins and many other digital tokens. Changelly works in nearly every country but you will need another cryptocurrency in order to purchase bitcoins. Exchanges happen almost instantly because Changelly never actually controls your tokens but just exchanges them.
Bitcoin-OTC is an over-the-counter marketplace for the peer to peer exchanging of bitcoin. It is almost like a Craigslist for Bitcoin. Users must create ads or locate other ads to find sellers of bitcoin. Bitcoin-OTC is somewhat complicated and hard to use, but may be the only option for users in some countries without an exchange.
ANXPRO is a Bitcoin exchange based in Hong Kong. It lets you buy bitcoins with bank transfer.
BitSquare is a decentralized Bitcoin exchange. They facilitate trade by escrowing bitcoins of both buyer and seller, to promote the successful conclusion of trades. It offers high privacy and security, and never controls its users funds.
Rather than shunning the innovation of digital money, the Swiss have embraced it and cleared its path to cut into volatile central bank controlled fiat currency markets, while also reducing fees and improving security on the technology.
Last month, the Swiss town of Zug began to accept Bitcoin payments for certain city services, as part of an experimental trial run in integrating cryptocurrency with governance. The trial is set to run for the rest of 2016, and allows citizens to pay up to 200 francs worth of public services in Bitcoin.
Zug stands out as an example of success in involving cryptocurrency in government.
The Swiss canton of Zug is known in the cryptocurrency world as home to “crypto valley,” an area containing the headquarters of numerous blockchain companies, including Xapo, Shapeshift, and Ethereum.
Switzerland took another large step in the direction of a crypto paradise with the introduction of a motion to redefine client deposits, exempting Bitcoin businesses from the stringent financial regulations banks face in the July of 2016.
LocalBitcoin volume from coin.dance shows volume has been up and down over the years. However, there has been a recent spike this year to its highest volume level on record.
Bitcoin Suisse has announced the installation of a pair of two-way BitXatm machines in Geneva and St. Gallen, an ancient city near the shores of Lake Constance. The Geneva BTM can be found at Magicom on Rue Paul Bouchet, and the St. Gallen BTM can be found at Restaurant Hörnli right on the Marketplatz.
Both machines charge fees of 5%, and unregistered users can transact up to 500 CHF. If you register an ID, passport or driver’s license to [email protected] and identify yourself at the ATM, then you are able to purchase bitcoin up to 5,000 CHF.
Xapo, a prominent Bitcoin wallet platform and solutions provider successfully obtained a conditional approval from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, hereinafter FINMA, this week.
The approval of FINMA to financial service providers in Switzerland is equivalent to that of BitLicense to the New York-based Bitcoin exchange. Companies willing to engage in the Swiss financial market are required to be authorized by FINMA in order to provide financial service in the country.
In a major event for Swiss banking and Bitcoin generally, Falcon Private Bank became the first Swiss bank to begin offering customers direct access to their Bitcoin and altcoin portfolios. Through a partnership with Bitcoin Suisse AG, the bank is able to provide the necessary infrastructure to allow clients access to their coin holdings.
Swiss Federal Railways, government-owned railway company of Switzerland, sells bitcoins at its ticket machines.
EY Switzerland, formerly known as Ernst and Young, is a professional service company in Zurich was the first advisory firm in the world to accept Bitcoin .
A government-backed Blockchain consortium the Crypto Valley Association launched in Zug, Switzerland with the aim of supporting the development of Blockchain and cryptographic related technologies and businesses. The formation of the Crypto Valley Association has already engaged local government, startups, venture capital and larger corporations.
According to Spendabit.com there are currently four merchants in Switzerland that accept bitcoin as payment.
Bitcoin businesses in Switzerland are subject to anti-money laundering regulations and in some instances may need to obtain a banking license.
On 5 December 2013 a proposal was put forth by 45 members of the Swiss Parliament for digital sustainability (Pardigli), that calls on the Swiss government to evaluate the opportunities for utilization of bitcoin by the country’s financial sector. It also seeks clarification on bitcoin’s legal standing with respect to VAT, securities and anti-money laundering laws.
In response to the parliament postulates, the SwissFederal Council
issued a report on virtual currencies in June 2014. The report states that since virtual currencies are not in a legal vacuum, the Federal Council has concluded that there is no need for legislative measures to be taken at the moment.