Coinbase

Coinbase is currently the largest Bitcoin exchange in the world.The mission of Coinbase is the creation of an open financial system for the world. The exchange supports Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum und Litecoin. Coinbase offers its services in more than 30 countries and purchases by credit card, bank transfer, SEPA transfer and debit card, among others. The exchange also offers services such as portfolio management, vault protection and mobile apps. Coinbase is also the only exchange that offers US customers FDIC insurance.

Pros

  • Highly trusted exchange with pending approval from regulators as fully compliant broker
  • Comprehensive and detailed website structure for newbies
  • Customers can use the "Instant Buy" with credit card or debit card

Cons

  • User spending may be tracked
  • Limited payment methods

Gemini

Gemini is a leading digital asset and Bitcoin exchange founded by the Winklevoss twins, two of the most prominent Bitcoin traders. Gemini was founded in 2015 and is an exchange fully regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS). Gemini is based in New York. The exchange is open to most residents of the United States (with the exception of Oregon, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii and Wisconsin), the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. Deposits can be made via wire transfer, SEPA or ACH transfer. Users of the exchange can deposit fiat currency and trade Bitcoin and Ethereum via a range of different  types of orders.

Pros

  • Highly reputable exchange backed by two leading traders
  • Dollar-to-crypto and crypto-to-crypto trading
  • Discounts for high-volume traders

Cons

  • Loss of privacy on account of strict regulations
  • Not yet available in all US states
  • Limited selection of funding and altcoins

BitSquare

Bitsquare is a decentralized Bitcoin exchange. This exchange operates an open-source peer-to-peer system. Users of Bitsquare can sell Bitcoin in exchange for fiat currencies such as US dollars (USD), Euros (EUR) or Japanese Yen (JPY). Besides Bitcoin, Bitsquare also offers a reasonable range of altcoins (alternative cryptocurrencies). The exchange offers high privacy and security. Also, Bitsquare never controls its users funds.

Pros

  • Exchange has no control over user funds
  • Some Bitcoin is required for escrow, therefore not suitable for first-time buyers
  • Utilizes TOR for increased privacy

Cons

  • Currently low volume
  • One bitcoin trade limit, no limit on number of trades

Capitalika

Capitalika is a relatively young cryptocurrency exchange for trading Bitcoin that recently started operations in Ecuador. Capitalika offers users in the crypto world support in handling and exchange of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether. Capitalika is planning to expand operations into other countries in Latin America such as Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Panama, Peru and Uruguay. The exchange offers portfolio services for storing, transferring and monetizing cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin directly to local bank accounts.

Pros

  • Exchange with bank integration in Latin America
  • Wallet integration with virtual VISA card for payments
  • Cooperation with ATM machine operator Criptec

Cons

  • High fees in the market of Ecuador because of national taxes
  • Relatively new exchange

Coin Asset

Coin Asset exchange (CAX) is based in Thailand. The exchange was just launched in 2018. Coin Asset operates a digital currency exchange platforms mainly for Thai users who want to buy Bitcoin. Coin Asset accepts Thai Baht (THB) as fiat currency for trading against Bitcoin and multiple altcoins. Coin Asset accepts bank transfers.

Pros

  • Nicely designed platform
  • Bank transfer available
  • API documentation available

Cons

  • New exchange launched 2018 in Thailand
  • Desktop focused in a mobile first Asian market
  • Currently no credit cards accepted

Anycoin Direct

Anycoin Direct is a large European Bitcoin exchange that was founded in the Netherlands in 2013. The exchange provides service to customers all over Europe wanting to buy Bitcoin. Customers of Anycoin Direct can buy Bitcoin at the exchange using MyBank, SOFORT, iDEAL, SEPA, Giropay, TrustPay and Bancontact. Anycoin Direct does not only offer Bitcoin but supports numerous altcoins as well.

Pros

  • High limits can be achieved with time
  • Vast range of payment methods
  • Great range of altcoins offered

Cons

  • Unclear fee structure
  • No transaction list of past transfers

Bitfinex

Bitfinex is based in Hong Kong. It is a Bitcoin exchange well known around the world. Bitfinex is a top exchange in terms of daily trading volume. It is geared towards intermediate and advanced traders of Bitcoin. Bitfinex provides a wide range of coins, trading pairs and options. Users wanting to buy Bitcoin at the exchange can use bank wire only. Bitfinex was hacked in August 2016 and is still in the process of fully compensating users affected by the attack.

Pros

  • Competitive fees (even for low volume buyers; 0.1% for market makers and 0.2% for market takers)
  • Great way to buy large amounts of Bitcoin
  • Very deep liquidity promotes a price close to fair market rate
  • Supports several altcoins

Cons

  • Reputation of the exchange is still suffering from hack attack
  • Geared towards traders and advanced users; interface may be confusing for first-time buyers
  • Only one payment option offered

Belgacoin

Belgacoin is a Bitcoin exchange based in Belgium. The exchange offers users throughout Europe wanting to buy Bitcoin its services. Users of Belgacoin can buy and sell Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, Ether, Litecoin and Dogecoin for Euro. Belgacoin accepts payments via SEPA and international bank transfer. The exchange offers an easy and private way of buying Bitcoin in Europe.

Pros

  • Highly user-friendly exchange for buying bitcoin in Europe
  • Established platform with a good reputation
  • Low 1% trading fee
  • Easy-to-use website

Cons

  • Long transaction times may be problematic for some users

HappyCoins

HappyCoins is an established Dutch Bitcoin exchange. The exchange offers trading in Bitcoin for Euro. HappyCoins offers its services for customers across Europe. Users wanting to buy Bitcoin with HappyCoins can utilize a wide range of payment methods such as iDeal, GiroPay, Sofort, myBank, Bancontact and Iterac. European users of the exchange can also use SEPA deposits or make payments in CHF and CAD.  

 

Pros

  • Well-established and trusted exchange
  • Large range of payment options available
  • Special deals such as "HappyHour" 0% fee periods

Cons

  • Fees are not on display (only included in price at checkout)

Cancoin

Cancoin is a Canadian peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange platform. The exchange is currently open for clients in Canada and the USA who want to buy Bitcoin. According to the website of the exchange, services of Cancoin will be launched for users in Australia and the UK who want to buy Bitcoin “soon”. CanCoin offers its users relatively low fees.

Pros

  • Relatively low fees
  • Free price alerts available for users
  • Clean interface and easy to use

Cons

  • Low liquidity (for now)
  • Not regulated
  • Only Bitcoin supported

Mycelium Local Trader

Mycelium Local Trader is a platform operated by the providers of Mycelium Wallet rather than an exchange. The Mycelium platform offers direct trading between users who want to buy and sell Bitcoin. Unlike at an exchange, users can publish advertisements with their offers to sell Bitcoin. Interested buyers of Bitcoin can locate sellers near them by using the Mycelium app. Bitcoin is held in the wallet and released to the buyer by the seller after payment is confirmed. All conversations between buyers and sellers on Mycelium are encrypted.

 

Pros

  • Convenient method to buy Bitcoin using cash
  • Highly private way to buy Bitcoin
  • Good reputation

Cons

  • No desktop interface available
  • Suitable for densely populated areas only

Changelly

Changelly is an exchange platform unique in the world of cryptocurrencies. This exchange is Czech-based and offers a wide range of services for users looking to get the best rates on cryptocurrency conversion for currencies such as Bitcoin. Changelly offers users who want to exchange Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies the most convenient service possible. Changelly constantly reviews and suggests the best rates directly on their exchange platform. The Changelly robot is integrated into the world’s biggest cryptocurrency trading platforms including Poloniex and Bittrex. Considering the high volatility of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, there are no fixed rates. This enables the company to charge a very low commission fee for facilitating trades.

Pros

  • The largest offering of cryptocurrencies on the market including large range of altcoins
  • Excellent website design
  • Worldwide platform trusted by hundreds of thousands of traders
  • Competitive commission fee for crypto-to-crypto conversion

Cons

  • Higher rates than other exchanges when purchasing cryptocurrency directly
  • No mobile app supported

bitcoin-otc

Rather than an exchange, Bitcoin-OTC is a platform for peer-to-peer exchange of Bitcoin. All Bitcoin transactions via Bitcoin-OTC take place directly between parties. Bitcoin OTC is not directly involved. Users who want to find sellers of Bitcoin have to create or locate ads. Bitcoin-OTC is not easy to use for beginners but may be suitable for user wanting to buy Bitcoin in some countries without an exchange.

 

Pros

  • Potentially good way to find Bitcoin sellers if no other options exist

Cons

  • Users are responsible themselves to conduct due diligence on their counterparties
  • Users have to establish trust and feedback for their account before trading larger amounts

ANXPRO

ANXPRO is a trading platform based in Hong Kong. ANXPRO specializes in the exchange of fiat  currencies to cryptocurrencies and vice versa. Like almost any other Bitcoin exchange that works with fiat currencies, ANXPRO also requires user verification before a user can buy Bitcoin. ANXPRO has restricted jurisdictions where services are not provided. These include Japan, China and some states in the USA (New York, Washington, California, Connecticut, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Georgia), Iceland, Ecuador and Bolivia, among other locations. Users of the exchange can buy Bitcoin using bank transfer.

Pros

  • Old and established Bitcoin exchange
  • Low fees for market makers and market takers

Cons

  • Limited payment options
  • Extra fees may be charged when sending a wire to the exchange

Kiwi Coin

Kiwi Coin is a New-Zealand based Bitcoin exchange. KiwiCoin offers beginners getting started in Bitcoin   a public online chat function on their exchange . Kiwi Coin accepts deposits and withdrawals only from/to New Zealand bank accounts in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) via domestic bank transfer. The exchange also offers an API for automated trading with code written by clients with experience in buying Bitcoin.

Pros

  • Established Bitcoin exchange based in New Zealand
  • One of the cheapest ways to buy Bitcoin in the country

Cons

  • Limited payment options
  • No credit cards accepted
  • Partially customer reviews
  • Not a good way to buy privately

BitPesa

BitPesa is a provider of financial services based in Nairobi, Kenya. In their function as exchange, BitPesa sells Bitcoin in Kenya via the popular M-PESA mobile payment service. BitPesa was founded in 2013. The exchange also has offices in Lagos, Dakar, and London. In Nigeria, users of BitPesa can buy Bitcoin via debit card or Paga account and in Uganda with MTN or Airtel. Money transfer services with the exchange transferring money to the Bitcoin blockchain and then transfer into another currency afford users in Africa participation in buying Bitcoin as well as sending and collecting business payments between Africa and the rest of the world.

Pros

  • Convenient way for buying Bitcoin in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania, and DRC.

Cons

  • Identity verification offers less privacy than other methods in Nigeria or Uganda, like LocalBitcoins

Bitstamp

Bitstamp is a large and well-known European Bitcoin exchange. The exchange has offices in Luxembourg, London and New York. Bitstamp is also the first fully licensed Bitcoin exchange in Europe. Bitstamp claims to store 98% of the clients’ funds in cold storage. Customers who want to buy Bitcoin can make deposits can be made through international bank wire, SEPA, bank transfer as well as credit cards.

Pros

  • Well-established and trusted Bitcoin exchange
  • Low 0.25% fee, falling to 0.1% with sufficient trading volume
  • Great variety of deposit and withdrawal options
  • Deep liquidity promotes a price close to fair market rate
  • Wide range of altcoins offered

Cons

  • Exchange has been hacked before
  • High 8% fee on small credit card purchases, falling to 5% with sufficient trading volume
  • More for traders, may be difficult to use for beginners

Kraken

Kraken exchange is based in San Francisco and has a solid reputation. Users who want to buy Bitcoin may be familiar with Kraken in their role of this exchange administering the claims of customers who suffered losses in the Mt.Gox hacking case. Mt.Gox, a large Bitcoin exchange in Japan, suffered a massive attack in 2014. Kraken claims to keep most of customers’ coins in cold storage. Users who want to buy Bitcoin come from US, European, Canadian, British, and Japan. They can make deposits via bank wire, SEPA, SWIFT, and bank deposit (Japanese customers only).

Pros

  • Established and trusted exchange
  • Very low 0.25% taker fee, falling to 0.1% with sufficient trading volume
  • Low maker fees, may fall to 0% with sufficient trading volume
  • Deep liquidity for large volume buyers in European markets
  • Great security ratings
  • Proof of reserve audits published

Cons

  • Difficult-to-use interface for beginners

Athena Investor Services

Athena Investor Services is an exchange that offers a unique way to buy Bitcoin. Athena Investor Services is targeted at buyers who want to buy Bitcoin between in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $500,000. Athena Investor Services charges 4% per purchase. Users who want to buy Bitcoin are charged these high fees because the exchange offers users personalized assistance throughout the buying process. The only payment method currently offered by the exchange is bank wire.

Pros

  • Outstanding customer assistance for beginners in the world of cryptocurrencies
  • High limits for first-time buyers

Cons

  • Higher fees compared to other ways to buy Bitcoin with bank transfer in the USA

Wall of Coins

Wall of Coins is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency exchange based in the United States. The exchange offers Bitcoin and Dash trading for USD and vice versa. The exchange was launched in 2017. Wall of Coins offers users who want to buy Bitcoin low fees. Users in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Latvia, Mexico, Poland, the Philippines, Romania, US, and the UK can Bitcoin via cash deposit at Wall of Coins.

Pros

  • High security
  • Wall of Coin app directly connects buyers and sellers

Cons

  • Limited payment options
  • No regulation
  • Difficult to find sellers offering high volume

LibertyX

LibertyX is a US-based service rather than an exchange claiming to provide users who want to Bitcoin in the US with the largest network nationwide. Users can easily buy Bitcoin using cash. Unlike an exchange, LibertyX provides an app for locating a store in the vicinity of the user that sell LibertyX codes. Users simply enter the code along with their Bitcoin address in the app. Similar to an  exchange, LibertyX will the transfer Bitcoin to the user. Users may connect their Facebook account to the app to receive their first US$ 1,000 worth of purchase free of fees.

Pros

  • Long-time established cryptocurrency service
  • Fair exchange rates
  • Fairly high daily limit of US$1000

Cons

  • Participating stores add variable fees
  • No credit cards accepted
  • Not an actual “exchange” for trading

CoinCorner

Rather than an actual exchange, CoinCorner is a Bitcoin service based on the Isle of Man allowing users to instantly buy Bitcoin. Thus, CoinCorner is not an exchange in the sense of an actual  trading venue. Coin Corner provides first-time buyers of Bitcoin in Australia, certain nations in Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and the UK with entry-level services. If opting for CoinCorner instead of an exchange, users may purchase Bitcoin via GBP bank transfers, SEPA, credit and debit card as well as most recently Neteller.

Pros

  • Regulated company and established platform in the UK
  • Wide range of payment options
  • Good customer support
  • Instant credit card purchases
  • Supports a very wide range of countries
  • Video tutorials covering the basics of Bitcoin and buying and selling
  • Multi-sig security features

Cons

  • 1% trading fee are high by European standards
  • Does not provide exchange prices for comparison without sign-up
  • Mostly for European users (only accepts British Pound and Euro)

Bitcoin ATMs

If you are looking for a Bitcoin ATM as well as the exchange most suitable for your needs, make sure you use our comprehensive Bitcoin ATM map to buy Bitcoin with cash. Unlike an exchange, Bitcoin ATMs provide a quick, easy and private way to buy Bitcoin. Please be aware however, that, unlike at an exchange, most ATMs charge higher fees ranging between 5% and 10%.

Pros

  • Our map is updated on a regular basis to ensure you find the Bitcoin ATM nearest to your location.

Cons

  • Bitcoin ATMs often charge 5-10% fees per purchase which is higher than most exchange

Coinhouse

Coinhouse is a cryptocurrency exchange based in France. Coinhouse offers trading in Bitcoin and Ether for EUR and the other way around. Coinhouse is affiliated with LedgerWallet, a company for Bitcoin security. The exchange accepts clients from the EU and lets users buy Bitcoin via credit and debit cards secured with  3DS as well as Neosurf prepaid cards that can be purchased at more than 50,00 locations all over Europe. The exchange charges a 10% fee for all purchases made with a Neosurf card

Pros

  • Easy way of purchasing Bitcoin using Neosurf
  • Trusted and established broker

Cons

  • Steep fees
  • Additional fees incurred by using Neosurf (fee plus trading fee can bring total costs up to 20%)
  • Initial monthly purchase limit of EUR 2000
  • Mixed user reviews

Cubits

Cubits is an entry-level platform for buying Bitcoin more than an exchange and was established in Berlin in 2014. Cubits supports a number of fiat currencies and payment methods for users wanting to buy Bitcoin. With the exception of the United Stats, Cubits enables users in almost every country to purchase Bitcoin, using a wide range of currencies and payment methods similar to an exchange. The payment options at Cubits include SEPA, SWIFT, credit cards, OKPAY, SOFORT, Skrill, Dotpay, and online bank transfer.

Pros

  • Reasonable trading fees
  • Wide range of payment methods available
  • Numerous fiat currencies supported
  • Highly user-friendly interface

Cons

  • Only Bitcoin supported
  • No charting available (entry-level service)

VirWoX

VirWoX was founded in 2007 in Vienna originally for the purpose of trading Second Life Linden Dollars or Lindens (SLL) and not as an exchange. Users can buy Linden Dollars (SLL) for real-world fiat currency, and then buy Bitcoin for Linden Dollars. User who want to buy Bitcoin with VirWoX do not need to open a Second Life account to do this. It is not possible to buy Bitcoin with PayPal directly at VirWoX. The workaround/hack has made VirWoX the easiest and most popular platform for buying Bitcoin with PayPal.

Pros

  • Convenient way for purchasing Bitcoin with PayPal and Skrill

Cons

  • Very high fees (about 10%)

Bitit

BitIt is a Bitcoin exchange in France. The exchange offers its services in around 50 countries worldwide, including Australia, Canada, the EU and the USA. Users of BitIt exchange can trade in Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ether for Euro. BitIt offers online purchases of Bitcoin with a 3DS-enabled credit and debit cards or with cash via Cashlib vouchers (prepaid cards), Neosurf and Flexepin (coming soon).

Pros

  • Convenient services
  • Unique way of purchasing offers extra privacy over other methods
  • 8% Neosurf fee is slightly better than Coinhouse's 10%
  • Available in numerous countries
  • €10,000 initial weekly Neosurf cash payment limit
  • Bitcoin gift cards available

Cons

  • High fees
  • Initial weekly credit/debit card limits

CoinBTM

CoinBTM is not an actual Bitcoin exchange. Rather, CoinBTM a provider of Bitcoin ATMs based in New York. CoinBTM operates more than 30 Bitcoin ATMs (BTMs) across New York and New Jersey. Details on all locations, fees for purchasing Bitcoin and hours can be found on their website.  

Pros

  • Online ATM map available for quick location of CoinBTM's ATMs

Cons

  • High ATM fees for Bitcoin purchases

itBit

itBit is a Bitcoin exchange that was established in New York in 2013. The exchange legally operates in all 50 states (except for Texas) and accepts international users who want to buy Bitcoin as well. itBit offers services both to small retail clients as well as large and institutional clients. The services of itBit for smaller clients are called simply “exchange”, while their institutional service is called “OTC Trading Desk”. This Bitcoin exchange is licensed with the New York State Department of Financial Services and also operates a global OTC trading desk, making it easy for customers to buy large amounts of Bitcoin.

Pros

  • OTC trading desk ideal for large traders
  • Regulated exchange
  • Deep liquidity promotes a price close to fair market rate
  • Very low fees; 0% for market makers and 0.2% for market takers
  • Fee on OTC brokering service is only 0.1%

Cons

  • Limited payment options
  • Mainly geared towards experienced traders

CryptoPay

Cryptopay is a Bitcoin exchange based in London. The exchange allows users to buy, sell and store Bitcoin. Cryptopay is an exchange which aims to facilitate global money transfers for users. Customers of Cryptopay can utilize UK local bank transfers (BACS and faster payments) as well as SEPA bank transfers for fiat currency deposits if they are from other European countries and want to buy Bitcoin.

Pros

  • Well-designed user interface
  • Easy buying process

Cons

  • Mixed user reviews

Matbea

Matbea is a Bitcoin exchange based in Russia. Users wanting to buy Bitcoin can fund accounts by cash deposit or bank transfer. The upside of buying Bitcoin with Matbea is that it is an established Bitcoin exchange in Russia. Matbea  exchange offers many many ways to deposit funds.

 

Pros

  • One of few Bitcoin exchanges based in Russia
  • Wide range of deposit methods

Cons

  • Rates offered are not close to market price (traders receive less value)

Safello

Safello is a Swedish cryptocurrency exchange established in 2013. The exchange offers users simple buying and selling of Bitcoin for fiat currencies. The services of Safello are offered in numerous European countries. Users in EU member states and countries outside the union as well as in Nordic countries (with the exception of Iceland) can buy Bitcoin at Safello. The exchange offers a wide range of payment methods to European residents wanting to buying Bitcoin. The exchange offers payment methods including SWIFT, Bankgiro, Swish, SEPA, Faster Payments, and iDEAL.

Pros

  • Available for a vast range of countries
  • Wide variety of payment methods available
  • Deep liquidity
  • User-friendly support

Cons

  • High fees
  • Slow transaction speed
  • No altcoins

Btcu.biz

Btcu.biz was established in 2013 for customers wishing to buy Bitcoin. Btcu.biz is a popular platform in the Ukraine besides LocalBitcoins. Users can buy Bitcoin (or BTC e-codes redeemable for Bitcoin) in Ukraine by depositing cash at any IBox or Tyme ATM. Btcu.biz is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Pros

  • Convenient way for Ukrainian users to buy Bitcoin
  • Private way of buying Bitcoin (only phone number is required)

Cons

  • High fees of around 7%

Kuna

Kuna is an entry-level cryptocurrency exchange in Ukraine. The exchange is mainly for users wanting to trade digital assets like Bitcoin against Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH). Kuna currently only supports Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH), no other fiat currency. The exchange has plans to add more fiat currencies in the future. Kuna also offers users coin-to-coin trading based on Bitcoin. Users of Kuna can purchase Bitcoin with cash or online with a credit card.

Pros

  • Locals can buy Bitcoin directly on location using cash
  • Large range of altcoins available
  • Competitive trading fees

Cons

  • Convenient for locals only (most website information in Ukrainian)
  • Very simple trading platform (may not be suitable for advanced traders)

coins.co.th

Coins.co.th is an exchange for Bitcoin that was founded in 2014 in Thailand and the Philippines. Customers of Coins.co.th can buy Bitcoin via bank transfer, bank or cash deposit, ATM or mobile payments. Besides Bitcoin, Coins.co.th also offers trading in numerous altcoins. The exchange claims that Coins.co.th is Southeast Asia’s leading mobile blockchain-enabled exchange.

 

Pros

  • User-friendly for first-time buyers
  • Wallet service available
  • Mobile apps for IOS and Android

Cons

  • Only for users in Thailand
  • High fees

bitcoin.co.th

Bitcoin.co.th was founded in 2013 as a limited Thai company in order to offer users in Thailand the opportunity to buy and sell Bitcoin. Bitcoin.co.th was rebranded as “BX.in.th” in 2014 and launched their exchange platform after extensive alpha and beta testing. Bitcoin.co.th then began to offer additional trading of coins to Bitcoin including Litecoin, Ethereum and Ripple. The exchange is very popular in Thailand.

 

Pros

  • Very user-friendly for buying Bitcoin in Thailand
  • Vast range of payment method
  • Phone airtime top-up with Bitcoin

Cons

  • Fee structure is not clearly marked

bx.in.th

BX Thailand is a large cryptocurrency exchange in Thailand mainly geared at local Thai investors. Besides Bitcoin, BX Thailand supports wide range of altcoins. The exchange also offers coin-to-coin trading. BX Thailand offers users wanting to buy Bitcoin a clear presentation of fees. The exchange also offers a detailed charting option for advanced users as well as mobile wallet service. Users can buy Bitcoin online in Thailand via online bank transfer.

Pros

  • Large range of altcoins available
  • Clearly presented fee structure
  • Detailed charts and wallet service

Cons

  • For advanced traders, not for first-time users
  • Only Thai Baht (THB) supported

Korbit

Korbit is a large Bitcoin exchange in South Korea. The exchange is among the oldest cryptocurrency and largest Bitcoin exchanges in the country regarding trading volume. Deposits at Korbit are via bank transfer only. Korbit has a solid reputation as an exchange and is a popular choice for users wanting to buy Bitcoin.

Pros

  • Several altcoins available
  • Competitive fees
  • Deep liquidity ensures good buying prices

Cons

  • May be difficult to use for first-time users
  • Wallet offered by the exchange is not recommended to be used for Bitcoin storage
  • Only one payment method

Coinplug

Coinplug is and exchange in South Korea that was founded in 2013. The exchange is well known in Korea for the okBitcard service. This service provides users the option of buying vouchers for Bitcoin stores within Korea. This way, Coinplug provides a quick and easy service for small purchases of Bitcoin. if a user does not want to log in online in order to make a transaction. Coinplug operates more than 7000 ATMs across Korea. The exchange is a leading provider of offering users a convenient way of purchasing Bitcoin via bank deposit.  

Pros

  • Low fees
  • okBitcard offers high user convenience for small amounts of Bitcoins in South Korea
  • Wallet service

Cons

  • Interface may be confusing for first time buyers
  • For South Koreans only

MaiCoin

MaiCoin is an exchange for buying and selling Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in Taiwan. The exchange was founded in 2014 and is one of the few cryptocurrency marketplace platforms that offers Bitcoin transactions at Taiwanese convenience stores. MaiCoin is the largest Bitcoin exchange in Taiwan. Users can deposit funds via cash payment at 7-Eleven ibon terminal, Taiwanese ATMs or bank counters. Clients may pay via bank transfer online, payments from post offices are also accepted.

Pros

  • Fast way to buy bitcoin in Taiwan
  • No fees; only bank transfer fees apply
  • Daily limit of $500,000 NTD may be raised on request
  • 7-Eleven ibon method is fairly private; requires only your mobile phone number

Cons

  • Process for buying with cash may be slightly confusing the first time
  • Verification required for most methods; not private

BitoEX

A Taiwan-based exchange, BitoEX exclusively offers users buying and spending Bitcoin in FamilyMart convenience stores all over Taiwan 24/7. BitoEx exchangealso offers web ATMs for buying Bitcoin as well as withdrawal of local fiat currency. The exchange is among Taiwan’s largest exchanges for buying Bitcoin.

Pros

  • Highly user-friendly
  • Quick and convenient
  • Competitive fee structure

Cons

  • Unique process
  • Buying limits for individual users

Bitonic

Bitonic is a cryptocurrency exchange based in the Netherlands. Besides offering services for customers wishing to buy Bitcoin, Bitonic also provides cryptocurrency education and solutions for online stores that want to offer Bitcoin as payment method. The target market of this exchange is mainly users in the Netherlands, only European traders are accepted at Bitonic. Users can buy Bitcoin at this exchange via Mybank, iDEAL, Giropay or Bancontact. Users can also fund their Bitonic accounts using the bunq app, SEPA transfer or iDEAL.

Pros

  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Fast transactions
  • Large variety of payment methods

Cons

  • Intransparent broker fees
  • Only for users in the Netherlands (only EUR supported)

BL3P

BL3P is a trader-oriented exchange, owned by Dutch cryptocurrency services provider Bitonic. BL3P is a real-time cryptocurrency exchange. BL3P provides services to Bitcoin traders in Europe. The exchange is available in all European countries who want to buy Bitcoin and charges a fixed fee 0.25% per trade.

Pros

  • Trusted and established Bitcoin company
  • Caters to all European countries
  • Comparatively low fees

Cons

  • May be difficult to use for first-time buyers

Bitrush

Bitrush is a Dutch cryptocurrency exchange for buying and selling popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ether, Litecoin and Dash in exchange for Euro. Bitrush offers users wishing to buy Bitcoin MyBank, iDEAL and Bancontact as payment methods. The exchange was established in Amsterdam in 2014. Bitrush should be confused with the exchange Bitrush.org that was registered in the UK and exposed as a scam Ponzi scheme earlier in 2017.

Pros

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Nice variety of cryptocurrencies

Cons

  • Unclear fee structure
  • No e-wallet offered

BitBay

BitBay is a Polish exchange which was established  in 2014. BitBay has evolved into one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in Europe. The exchange offers trading in Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCC), Litecoin (LTC), Ethereum (ETH), Lisk (LSK), Game (GAME) and Dash (DASH). Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are traded against fiat currencies US Dollar (USD), Euro (EUR) and the Polish Zloty (PLN). BitBay also operates from offices in Amsterdam and India. Users of the exchange can buy Bitcoin with Euro via credit/debit card, wire transfer or  DotPay. Nationals of Poland can also fund their accounts via PLN cash deposit Żabka, FreshMarket stores, and any Polish bank or post office.

Pros

  • Reasonable number of coins available
  • Extensive range of payment methods - credit and debit cards accepted
  • Easy-to-use trading platform
  • Accepts payments in PLN, EUR, and USD
  • Good live support and written guides

Cons

  • High fees for credit card transactions
  • Not regulated

BitMarket

BitMarket is an European exchange that offers users wanting to buy Bitcoin fiat-to-crypto and crypto-to-crypto trading. BitMarket transaction fees depend on trading volume and transaction type. The exchange also offers leveraged trading and swaps contracts. BitMarket is a Polish Bitcoin exchange . Users of the Bitcoin exchange can deposit EUR or PLN via SEPA, local bank transfer or bank wire.

Pros

  • Mobile app available
  • The lowest trading fees for Poland, 0.15% for market markers, falling to 0% for sufficient volume and 0.45% for market takers, falling to 0.3% for sufficient volume
  • Free PLN deposits
  • Highly user-friendly platform

Cons

  • May be confusing for first-time users
  • Not regulated

Bitcoin Romania

We are happy that we can improve our online platform services and, besides existing options like instant bank transfers and our country-wide ATMs and terminals network, we added instant cash and withdrawals through our partners Smith & Smith. Bitcoin Romania is a Bitcoin brokerage. Customers can buy online via bank transfer or in-person by depositing cash at over 800 ZebraPay terminals across Romania.
They also operate a Bitcoin ATM in Bucharest, this method requires no identity verification .

Pros

  • One of the most private ways to buy bitcoins in Romania
  • Convenient way to purchase coins if you have a ZebraPay terminal near you
  • 1% fee for online purchase is fair for the region
  • 2.5% ATM fee is low for cash purchase
  • 4% ZebraPay fee is reasonable for cash purchase

Cons

  • Online purchase is not private; identity verification required
  • Online purchase method requires proof of payment within an hour

BitcoinXRomania

21 Main Street  is a cryptocurrency exchange in Romania for users wanting to buy Bitcoin. The exchange was called BitcoinXRomania until January 2018. Customers can make deposits via bank transfer. 21 Main Street chose the new name for the Bitcoin exchange to better serve international customers. Customers wanting to buy Bitcoin appreciate the very low trading fees (0.5%) of this exchange and a reasonable range of accepted fiat currencies. Deposits are made via bank transfer.

Pros

  • Very cost-effective way to buy Bitcoin in Romania
  • Very low 0.5% trading fee
  • Free deposits and withdrawals
  • Accepts RON, GBP, HUN, EUR, and USD payments

Cons

  • Geared towards traders
  • May be confusing for first time buyers, particularly with inclusion of the CXC exchange token
  • Limited payment options

BitcoinRD

BitcoinRD is a Bitcoin exchange based in the Dominican Republic. Users wanting to buy Bitcoin can purchase at the exchange via bank transfer using Dominican pesos (DOP) or US Dollars (USD). The exchange has plans underway to bring Bitcoin transfer services to Dominican businesses. BitcoinRD also has numerous altcoins in their portfolio for traders, such as Ethereum (ETH), ZEC (Zcash), XRP (Ripple), Ether Classic (ETC), Litecoin (LTC), Dogecoin (DOGE), The Abyss (ABYSS), Aeternity (AE) and many others.

 

Pros

  • One of the easiest ways to buy bitcoins in the Dominican Republic
  • Accounts with major banks such Banco Popular, BanReservas, and BHD León ensure fast payment
  • Positive user feedback on all LocalBitcoin trades

Cons

  • Identity verification required; less private than other methods available in DR, such as LocalBitcoins cash trades
  • Offers an Android Bitcoin wallet but this is not ideal for bitcoin storage
  • Not as secure as buying through LocalBitcoins' escrow service
  • Single payment method

NairaEx

NairaEx is the largest Bitcoin exchange in Nigeria. Its customers can purchase bitcoins with Perfect Money, bank transfer or with cash via bank deposit.

Pros

  • Long-running Nigerian exchange
  • Several payment methods

Cons

  • Identity verification offers less privacy than other purchase methods in Nigeria, like LocalBitcoins

Bitcoin Vietnam

Bitcoin Vietnam is a large exchange in Vietnam for customers wishing to buy Bitcoin.Bitcoin Vietnam is the oldest cryptocurrency exchange in Vietnam. The exchange offers an easy-to-use platform for customers wishing to buy and sell Bitcoin and other digital assets in the country. The only fiat currency supported by Bitcoin Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND).

Pros

  • Bank withdrawal options
  • Established and trusted exchange in Vietnam
  • High user-friendlyness

Cons

  • High fees
  • Has been subject to Vietnamese regulatory issues recently

VBTC

VBTC is a local Vietnamese cryptocurrency exchange for customers wanting to buy Bitcoin. Vietnamese clients can exchange their Dongs (VND) into Bitcoin. VBTC is part of the BLINKTRADE platform, which is utilized by similar exchanges in Brazil, Chile and Venezuela. VBTC offer traders algorithmic trading, limit and market orders, and trade reporting. The only fiat currency supported by the exchange is VND and Bitcoin the only cryptocurrency.

Pros

  • Local banking
  • Established exchange in Vietnam in operation since 2014
  • Highly positive user reviews

Cons

  • Fee structure is not transparent
  • For Vietnam only

CoinJar

CoinJar is an established cryptocurrency Bitcoin exchange in Australia operating on an international level for clients wishing to buy Bitcoin. The exchange provides trading in Bitcoin for British Pounds (GBP), Euro (EUR), US Dollars (USD) and Australian Dollars (AUD). CoinJar also provides a service for sending funds in fiat and Bitcoin.Other services of the exchange include CoinJar Touch and CoinJar Swipe for payments and sending money. CoinJar is for Australians only and accepts Australian dollars, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and Litecoin payments .

Pros

  • Convenient payment methods
  • Average trading fees
  • Easy-to-use interface for beginners
  • Several fiat currencies are supported
  • Various other services offered for clients

Cons

  • Slow speed
  • Users have a weekly limited that increases with time and frequency of purchases
  • Few altcoins supported

BuyaBitcoin

BuyaBitcoin was founded in 2014 and is an exchange in Australia where users can buy Bitcoin. The exchange is suitable for Australians only. The USP of BuyaBitcoin is its high delivery speed of Bitcoin, the price is “locked-in” at the exchange for four hours after customers buy Bitcoin. The delivery of coins usually takes about one hour. The exchange offers reasonable fees. BuyaBitcoin offers an easy-to-use interface for customers wishing to buy Bitcoin.   

 

Pros

  • Trusted Australian exchange
  • Fast delivery of bitcoins
  • Quick and easy verification process

Cons

  • High fees for buying bitcoins with cash
  • Only Bitcoin supported
  • Only Australian Dollars (AUD) supported

Independent Reserve

Independent Reserve was the first Bitcoin exchange in Australia to be regulated by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC). Independent Reserve is based in Sydney and offers entry-level service for clients wishing to buy Bitcoin. This Bitcoin exchange is a trusted and established player in Australia and New Zealand. Independent Reserve is an exchange geared towards traders and corporations.

Pros

  • Trusted Australian exchange
  • Positive user reviews
  • Clear fee structure

Cons

  • Few altcoins available
  • Structure issues with charting display
  • Specific to ANZ region (Australia and New Zealand)

Coin Loft

CoinLoft is an “entry level” exchange or rather platform based in Australia for Australians wanting to buy Bitcoin and Ethereum via a wide range of payment payment methods. Users in Austrlia can buy Bitcoin using cash deposit, Flexepin, credit card, and POLi. Although not a real exchange, CoinLoft is a trusted and well-established provider of cryptocurrency services. Selling of Bitcoin is not offered. As such CoinLoft is a reputable company popular with those wishing to buy Bitcoin and may be easier for some users to get started than an actual exchange.  

Pros

  • Australian Digital Commerce Association (ADCA)-approved
  • Easy to use
  • Fair fee structure

Cons

  • No wallet or selling offered
  • No platform (no charting)
  • For customers in Australia only

BuyBitcoin.ph

Buybitcoin.ph is an exchange in the Philippines registered with Satoshi Citadel Industries. BuyBitcoin.ph offers services to those wishing to purchase Bitcoin in the Philippines. Buybitcoin.ph is an easy-to-use interface for first-time buyers of Bitcoin. The exchange accepts cash and various online payment methods. Since Buybitcoin.ph  just operates as Bitcoin exchange, there are no deposit and withdrawals just buying and selling of Bitcoin.

Pros

  • Easy-to-use exchange
  • Various local payout methods

Cons

  • High Bitcoin exchange price
  • Focus on Philippine market only

BTCExchange

BTC Exchange is a a BTC/EUR trading platform. To buy Bitcoin and to access the exchange, users first need to register with e-payment service provider MisterTango and download the app for mobile phones. MisterTango is electronic money institution supervised by the Bank of Lithuania and among the fastest growing payment processors in the Baltic region supported by ORCA, an EU-based open bank platform. Mistertango provides easy-to-use payment services with low fees or users wishing to buy Bitcoin on BTC Exchange. BTC Exchange operates based on EURO and users can buy Bitcoin directly with cash, or cash out their BTC on the exchange.

 

Pros

  • No trading fees, however, withdrawal and deposit fees
  • Bank transfers and credit cards supported

Cons

  • Only supports Bitcoin and EUR
  • Transactions are not instant (staff confirmation required)
  • High withdrawal and deposit fees

Coinage

Coinage is a Bitcoin exchange platform based in the Philippines. The exchange offers users easy access to trading Bitcoin and Philippine Peso (PHP). Coinage is an exchange targeted at Filipinos and users in other regions around the world with high liquidity in both cash and Bitcoin. Coinage is safe and easy to use for beginners and seasoned traders.

Pros

  • Cash and bank transfers (PHP) accepted
  • Well suited at Philippine market
  • User-friendly platform

Cons

  • Relatively high fees
  • International but suitable for Filipinos only
  • Only Bitcoin and PHP offered

BitcoinCambodia.co

BitcoinCambodia.co is a broker that uses LocalBitcoins. They make buying and selling bitcoins in Cambodia easy and secure. You can pay with cash in Phnom Penh, or online via MoneyGram, PayGo Wallet, WING Cash Xpress, or ABA Bank Transfer.

Pros

  • Offers widest range of payment methods among Cambodian exchanges
  • All payment options are fast, besides cash trades take a day or two to schedule

Cons

  • Minimum buy amounts make it hard to buy small amounts
  • Limits vary but are quite low; highest is $1500 for cash trades or $1000 for online methods

Bitcoin Cambodia

Bitcoin Cambodia is the first exchange established in Cambodia for customers who want to buy Bitcoin. The exchange caters to the local Bitcoin market in Cambodia. User can create an account on the Bitcoin Cambodia website and then  buy in person with USD via WING Cash Xpress. Bitcoin Cambodia is an exchange which offers users without bank accounts an easy solution of buying or selling Bitcoin for cash in Cambodia.

Pros

  • User-friendly method to buy Bitcoin with cash in Cambodia
  • Banking alternative
  • Simple and easy-to-use interface

Cons

  • No online purchases (users have to use WING Cash Xpress)
  • High fees
  • Regular hours of operation (brick and mortar store)

Bitt

Bitt is a Caribbean exchange  for digital assets and users wanting to buy Bitcoin. Headquarters are located in Hastings, Barbados. Besides Bitcoin trading, the exchange also offers settlement services with military-grade security. Bitt is a high-frequency trading platform. The exchange has an easy-to-use trading interface as well as the Bitt Wallet for users who want to buy and sell Bitcoin and the Bitt settlement service.

Pros

  • Trusted exchange backed by US investors
  • Low fees regarding market
  • USD, EUR, and GBP trading fees are very low at 0.2%

Cons

  • Not a private way to buy bitcoin as ID verification is required
  • Low liquidity for certain currency pairs means wide spreads; harder to get bitcoin at a fair market rate

Indodax

Indodax (also known as Bitcoin Indonesia) is cryptocurrency exchange in Indonesia that was established in 2013. Indodax offers its services worldwide to users wanting to buy Bitcoin. However, the exchange accepts deposits in Indonesian Rupiah only. Indodax is Indonesia’s largest Bitcoin exchange.

 

Pros

  • High trading volumes and good liquidity
  • Extensive coin portfolio
  • No fee for trading between altcoins
  • Deposits and withdrawals via bank transfer, cash and vouchers

Cons

  • Only Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) accepted
  • Not for beginners in Bitcoin trading

bitFlyer

bitFlyer is an exchange based in Japan with regulatory approval of the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). The exchange was established in 2014 with Bitcoin trading mostly against the Japanese Yen (JPY). bitFlyer offers users wishing to buy Bitcoin multilingual support services. bitFlyer is a highly popular cryptocurrency exchange and among the leading exchanges worldwide in terms of Bitcoin trading volume. bitFlyer accepts credit cards issued in Japan, Bitcoin transfers and bank transfers.

Pros

  • Competitive commissions
  • User-friendly platform
  • Margin trading and futures allowed

Cons

  • Only trading against Japanese Yen (JPY)
  • Only Japanese credit cards are accepted, no credit cards from other countries

Coincheck

Coincheck is a large cryptocurrency exchange in Japan and Asia for users wanting to buy Bitcoin. The exchange offers users leveraged trading in cryptocurrencies for Japanese yen (JPY) as well as a Bitcoin spot buy/sell service. Coincheck fell victim to hackers at the beginning of 2018 because the exchange only had insufficient security systems in place. Coincheck states that it is the largest Bitcoin exchange in Japan.

Pros

  • Regulated Japanese Bitcoin exchange
  • Deposits in fiat currencies and cryptocurrencies
  • Multiple altcoins are offered

Cons

  • Trading against JPY only
  • Poor customers service

BestChange

BestChange is a specialized online exchange service for digital currencies including Bitcoin. The exchange monitors rates of dozens of popular conversion pairs in near real-time. BestChange also offers one-click access to lists of reliable exchangers for digital currencies for customers wishing to buy Bitcoin. Customers of Best Change makes can buy Bitcoin at the exchange using WebMoney, Skrill, BTC-e codes, cash, Perfect Money, PayPal and other payment tools.

Pros

  • Website is very informative and extensive
  • Exchanger monitor
  • Numerous altcoins supported

Cons

  • Does not actually sell Bitcoin
  • Website may be too extensive for some users

FOXBIT

FOXBIT is a Bitcoin exchange based in Brazil. Users can buy Bitcoin online with bank transfers and without deposit fees. FOXBIT is the exchange with the best liquidity in Brazil for users wishing to buy Bitcoin. FOXBIT exchange is a member of the Blinktrade network, which also serves clients in other markets such as Venezuela and Chile (ChileBit).

Pros

  • Investment advice and tutorials
  • External charting is available
  • Signup bonus

Cons

  • Only for the Brazilian market
  • No margin trading
  • No altcoins offered

FlowBTC

FlowBTC is a Brazilian entry-level exchange for users to exchange Real for Bitcoin, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash. FlowBTC is not an exchange intended for active trading. Users of FlowBTC  can fund their accounts online via bank transfer. The exchange offer an easy-to-use trading interface.

Pros

  • Several altcoins available
  • Reasonable Real deposit fees (about 0.5%)
  • Trading against BRL

Cons

  • High trading and withdrawal fees
  • Very basic platform
  • For Brazilians only

Bitcoin To You

BitcoinToYou was the first Bitcoin exchange established in Brazil in 2014. The exchange just announced that it is about to establish the most modern platform for buying and selling cryptocurrencies in Brazil. BitcoinToYou will then offer nine of the most commonly used cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin. The exchange utilizes Intel SGX technology, another global computing giant, to ensure high levels of privacy of data and operations. BitcoinToYou offers customers in Brazil wanting to buy Bitcoin one of the most modern blockchain technology platforms available.

Pros

  • Trusted and established broker
  • Low fee rates of 0.6% for buyers and 0.25% for sellers
  • Reasonable bank deposit fees

Cons

  • Only bank transfers accepted, no other payment methods

BitCambio

BitCambio was founded in Brazil in 2014 and is a Bitcoin exchange. Customers of BitCambio can make deposits online via bank transfer for buying Bitcoin on the exchange. BitCambio is an exchange that offers an easy-to-use website for beginners buying Bitcoin in Portugese only.

Pros

  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Established exchange

Cons

  • For Brazilians only
  • Initial limit for first traders

BTCC

BTCC is China’s second-largest and oldest cryptocurrency exchange. BTCC offers customers wanting to buy Bitcoin fiat-to-crypto and crypto-to-crypto trading. The exchange also offers services such as Physical Bitcoins (Mint), Mobi Bitcoin Wallet, and others. All of the exchange’s services are available via a single BTCC account. BTCC also operates one of the largest mining pools on a global level. The exchange is considered one of the best exchanges for trading in popular digital coins like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies.

Pros

  • High liquidity and good prices
  • Trusted and established international exchange
  • BTCC Mobile App available
  • Fiat currencies US$ supported, bank transfer and credit cards accepted

Cons

  • Not regulated in any way
  • Limited instrument portfolio
  • Few altcoins available
  • Bank transfers not originating from China Merchants Bank may be delayed outside regular banking times

OKCoin

OKCoin is the largest Bitcoin exchange in China and one of the biggest exchanges worldwide. Focus of OKCoin is on retail customers of the Chinese market wanting to buy Bitcoin. Customers can make deposits to their exchange accounts via bank transfer, however, the exchange only accepts Chinese Yuan (CYN) and USD. OKCoin also operates OKEX for serious Bitcoin traders.

Pros

  • Competitive commissions
  • Offers options for retail as well as advanced trading
  • Trading available in USD as well as CNY trading

Cons

  • Few altcoins available
  • Trading interface not easy-to-use for beginners
  • Limited payment methods; only bank transfer

Huobi Pro OTC

Huobi is China’s third-largest cryptocurrency Bitcoin exchange with focus on Southeast Asia. Huobi offers customer who want to buy Bitcoin numerous options in fiat and alt coins as well. In 2013, the Huobi Group set up an exchange that enables users to trade more than 190 cryptocurrency pairs. The exchange has offices in Japan, Singapore, the United States, Hong Kong and Korea. The exchange offers services to users wanting to buy Bitcoin across more than 130 countries around the world, including the US.

Pros

  • Wide range of tokens and digital coins
  • Customer support 24/7/365
  • Established and well-known exchange

Cons

  • Has been subject to hacking before
  • Complicated interface
  • Limited payment methods; only bank transfer

LakeBTC

LakeBTC is a cryptocurrency exchange in China. The exchange was founded in 2013 for clients wanting to buy Bitcoin. LakeBTC offers clients multiple payment methods. Clients wanting to buy can deposit via cash, bank wire, OKPay, Western Union, PayPal, LakePay, MoneyGram, Leupay, Skrill, Perfect Money, Payza, Neteller, or CHATS. LakeBTC is the fourth largest Bitcoin exchange and supports the following major cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ripple.

 

Pros

  • Multiple payment methods
  • Numerous fiat currencies supported
  • Vast array of BTC-fiat currency trading pairs

Cons

  • Few altcoins available
  • Bank withdrawal times may be slow

Gatecoin

Gatecoin is a cryptocurrency exchange based in Hong Kong. Gatecoin was founded in July 2013 and offers client spot trading in Bitcoin, Ether and Bitcoin Cash. Bitcoin and Ether can be traded against each other. Users can buy Bitcoin using USDollars, Euro, Hong Kong Dollars and Chinese Yuan (mainland China only) at the exchange. Gatecoin was the first Bitcoin exchange to list Ethereum and to offer segregated client bank accounts in Europe.

Pros

  • Deep liquidity
  • Outstanding compliance standards
  • Highly advanced trading tools

Cons

  • High trading fees
  • Only supports bank transfer

BitFils

BitFils is a local exchange based in Kuwait. Users of BitFils can buy Bitcoin using a debit cards

Pros

  • Fast and easy way to buy Bitcoin in Kuwait

Cons

  • No customer reviews online

Bitex

Bitex was the first real Bitcoin exchange of Latin America. Bitex was founded in 2014, its target group are mainly novice crypto investors in Argentina, Chile and other Latin American countries. Users of the exchange can deposit or withdraw fiat currencies using bank transfers or DEBIN, an Argentine Central Bank payment method. At Bitex, Bitcoin can be purchased directly using US Dollars, Argentine Pesos or Chilean Pesos. The exchange has been audited by Deloitte. Bitex claims to keep funds offline, in cold storage and offers Bitcoin only

Pros

  • Supports cash and bank transfers
  • High security
  • Several fiat currencies accepted

Cons

  • No major cryptocurrencies or altcoins, Bitcoin transactions only
  • Limited methods of payment

Ripio

Ripio is a platform with an exchange for buying, sending and receiving Bitcoin in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Colombia and many other countries. User can buy Bitcoin in more than 10,000 outlets and send and receive Bitcoin payments. Ripio exchange announced in April that users in the region, both Argentine and Brazilian, can transfer their funds stored in Mercado Pago (Mercado Libre wallet) to their Ripio wallet. Users of Ripio can use their balance to trade Bitcoin immediately, without delay of a bank transfer. Exchange trading is also offered in Mercado Libre with Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP) and Litecoin (LTC).

 

Pros

  • Fast way to buy bitcoins in Argentina
  • Several payment methods available
  • Low fees

Cons

  • No customer reviews available online
  • Website is down without further notice

SurBTC

Buda.com is a Bitcoin exchange for users who wish to buy Bitcoin in Peru, Chile, and Colombia that is backed by US investors. The platform offers information on Bitcoin and investing. This exchange provides services for the markets of South America. Buda.com charges reasonable fees and is an easy-to-use exchange.  Services by this exchange are offered for specific potential clients in South America wishing to get started in Bitcoin.

Pros

  • Some altcoins are supported
  • Claims to keep 90% of coins in cold storage
  • Web-based platform and mobile versions are available

Cons

  • High trading fees for active traders
  • Does not support credit cards

CoinHako

Coinhako is an all-in-one Bitcoin and Ethereum exchange. Coinhako is an unregulated exchange which is backed by prominent investors from Asia and the United States. The services of Coinhako such as buying Bitcoin can be used around the world with telegraphic (SWIFT) international bank transfers which may incur high fees. For lower fees, you can use the exchange with Singaporean and Malaysian bank accounts. Users can buy Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Pros

  • Fast, convenient and well-established exchange
  • Reasonable fees
  • High security

Cons

  • Only Bitcoin and Ethereum supported
  • Singapore or Malaysian bank account required for full functionality
  • Transfer limits may apply

FYB-SG

FYB-SG is a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange founded in 2013. Customer can trade Bitcoin for fiat (Singapore dollars). FYB-SG is one exchange of four offering trading of the BTC/SGD pair in Singapore. Local investors can purchase Bitcoin directly with SGD and pay via bank transfer or cash deposit. FYB-SG offers only Bitcoin (BTC), no other cryptocurrencies.The exchange caters only to the market in Singapore.

 

Pros

  • Deposits and withdrawals are supported in Singapore dollars
  • Mobile app is available
  • Majority of funds kept in cold storage

Cons

  • Only trading in Bitcoin is supported, no alt coins
  • Credit cards are not accepted

Bitso

Bitso is an online Bitcoin exchange in Mexico. Customers can buy and sell Bitcoin with Mexican Pesos. The exchange also offers BitsoPay, a payment platform for merchants for use in e-commerce or with tablets and smartphones. The exchange offers easy access for purchasing Bitcoin, Ether, Ripple, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash. Customers can fund their Bitso accounts in more than 135,000 locations across Mexico. Bitso also offers instant withdrawal and funding.

 

Pros

  • Trusted exchange
  • Several coins available
  • Easy to use for beginners
  • Low-cost coin-to-coin trading

Cons

  • Suitable for locals in Mexico only (Mexican Peso is the only available currency)
  • High trading fees
  • No trading on margin

Volabit

Volabit is a Bitcoin exchange based in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The exchange recently launched a service for WhatsApp for paying bills and other expenses with Bitcoin as additional service. The exchange is a platform for sale, purchase and transfer of Bitcoin. Volabit accepts online bank transfer or by cash deposit at any 7-Eleven, Farmacias Benavides, Farmacias del Ahorro, or Extra in Mexico.

Pros

  • Low fees (various fees for deposit methods)
  • Easy-to-use platform

Cons

  • Offers a web wallet but this is not ideal for bitcoin storage

PTY Coin

Panama Bitcoins connects you with bitcoin brokers across the Republic of Panama. They charge a flat 1% fee. You can get in touch with them using the 4 methods of contact on their website.

Pros

  • Trusted exchange in Panama est. in 2013
  • Fast exchange

Cons

  • Unregulated exchange
  • Contact with a broker is necessary upon registration on location in Panama

SatoshiTango

Satoshi Tango is a popular Bitcoin exchange in Argentina. Customers are required to register with the exchange to buy and sell Bitcoin. Satoshi Tango accepts three fiat currencies for buying Bitcoin.
SatoshiTango is an exchange that caters to users in Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua. Payment methods include bank transfer, bank wire, cash deposit in Buenos Aires or through various local coupons.

 

Pros

  • VISA card service
  • Easy-to-use website

Cons

  • For Argentine market only
  • Cumbersome verification process
  • Support only via email

Mercado Bitcoin

Mercado Bitcoin is the largest Brazilian Bitcoin exchange. The exchange accepts Real (BRL), payment is via online bank transfer. Mercado Bitcoin offers high liquidity to customers wishing to buy Bitcoin for fair market prices. Mercado Bitcoin is an exchange for buying Bitcoin for natives of Brazil only.

 

Pros

  • Reasonable Real deposit fees
  • Wallet service
  • Mostly favorable user reviews

Cons

  • High trading fees
  • No leveraged trading

Coinfinity

Coinfinity is an exchange for Bitcoin based in Austria. The exchange was also the first operator of a Bitcoin ATM in Austria. Coinfinity also owns Bitcoinbon voucher service. Customers of Coinfinity can buy Bitcoin via SOFORT transfer, the service is open to Austrian customers only. The exchange also helps merchants accept Bitcoin payments.

Pros

  • Trusted and established exchange in Austria
  • Good reviews by users

Cons

  • Services available to Austrians only
  • No credit cards accepted

Cointed

Cointed is an exchange and provider of cryptocurrency services in Europe. The exchange allows customers to buy and sell Bitcoin across Europe. Customers can buy Bitcoin at the exchangeusing SEPA, Skrill, cash, and many other payment options. Cointed also operates 9 Bitcoin ATMs across Austria and many more in other countries such as Italy, Hungary and Spain. Cointed offers 7 different cryptocurrencies to choose from.

Pros

  • Supports numerous payment methods such as credit cards, EU bank transfers, etc.
  • Experienced and trusted European provider of cryptocurrency services
  • Payment systems for retailers of all sizes

Cons

  • Suitable for Europeans only
  • Trading against Euro only
  • High trading and transfer fees
  • No charting

Paymium

Paymium is a major French exchange based in Paris that was founded in 2011. The exchange offers Bitcoin services to tens of thousands of European customers. Paymium considers itself the first European exchange to comply with the European payments regulations regarding Bitcoin transactions.The exchange provides seller and merchants Bitcoin transaction without the risk of switching. Customers of Paymium can purchase Bitcoin via SEPA, wire transfer, or credit card and allows for the opening of company accounts.

Pros

  • Established and trusted European exchange
  • Mobile app for customers
  • Limited unverified amount
  • Convenient payment methods and low transfer fees

Cons

  • Supports only Bitcoin
  • Credit card limitations
  • Slow verification

Bitboat

Bitboat is a London-based cryptocurrency exchange. Clients of Bitboat can buy Bitcoin, Ether, Ether Classic, Dogecoin, Dash, Litecoin, Namecoin or Monero for Euro. Regular clients can only buy cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin on Bitboat. The exchange also has a vendor program and evaluates new candidates on a daily basis according to criteria such as previous experience and user feedback for transactions aso. Bitboat is registered in the UK but the exchange is mostly active in Italy and France and convenient for  customers who need to buy Bitcoin.

Pros

  • Large selection of cryptocurrencies on offer
  • Convenient payment methods
  • Simple ordering process and convenient speed
  • Escrow available

Cons

  • Buy and sell limits
  • Many of the payment methods offered come with high fees
  • Sell option available to select vendors only

Bity

Bity is a Bitcoin exchange and ATM operator, based in Switzerland. A Swiss cryptocurrency exchange, Bity is also a crypto ATM company offering the option to buy Bitcoin, Ether or Augur for CHF or EUR, sell the first two for one of the supported fiat currencies or to swap Bitcoin for Ethereum or the other way around. Customers of Bity exchange may buy Bitcoin via wire transfers, SOFORT transfers and online bank transfers. Bity claims to be an exchange with the highest standards for privacy and regulatory oversight.

 

Pros

  • No direct storage of customer funds on the exchange
  • Highly detailed presentation of information
  • Augur support (as Augur is not often offered on exchanges)

Cons

  • Limits on operations and volumes
  • No clear information on trading fees
  • Fiat payments through bank transfers only

Canadian Bitcoins

Canadian Bitcoins is an exchange designed primarily for crypto trade within Canada. Canadian Bitcoins is buying and selling of Bitcoin and Ethereum easier and more accessible through the use of $CAD. The exchange claims to use some of the latest security measures that allow for the complete safety of our funds. In addition to this, Canadian Bitcoins uses other protocols as well to protect the privacy of all its customers.In addition to online dealing, the exchange has a walk-in office in Ottawa as well, where they handle cash and debit transactions, and large transactions with Bitcoin. CanadianBitcoins support Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic and Dash. The company offers many payment options including Interac Online, bill payment via online banking, direct debit from bank account, Flexepin Voucher, cash via mail, cash in person (Ottawa), debit in person (Ottawa). Fees vary for each payment method.

Pros

  • Wide range of payment methods to purchase bitcoins
  • Can handle large purchases of bitcoins, $100,000 or more
  • Interface is easy to use for first time buyers

Cons

  • Many payment methods are not private ways to buy bitcoins
  • Long and slow processing times
  • Long withdrawal times
  • Poor customer reviews

QuickBT

QuickBT is a cryptocurrency exchange for Bitcoin based in Canada that has been online since 2013. QuickBT is a small exchange that offers a simple and quick service to exchange Bitcoin for Canadian dollars and vice versa. QuickBT services are on offer to Canadian residents only. The exchange has a FINTRAC license as a money service business. Besides Bitcoin, QuickBT also offers Litecoin and Ethereum.

 

Pros

  • Very fast exchange service with transactions taking no more than a few hours
  • Credit cards and Flexpin vouchers accepted
  • Several other convenient payment methods available
  • Favorable reviews by customers

Cons

  • Exchange for Canadian residents only
  • Low daily limit
  • No wallet
  • No information on fees

BitAccess

Bitaccess is a Canadian exchange with a focus on making it easy for the public to buy and sell Bitcoin. The exchange wants to improve mass adoption of Bitcoin by providing accessibility. Bitaccess also provides various services aimed at corporate partners. The exchange was founded in 2013. Bitaccess is a privately held company, based in Ottawa, Canada and is also among the world’s leading producer of Bitcoin Automatic Teller Machines (BTMs).

Pros

  • Quick access to Bitcoin
  • High security
  • Numerous outlets across USA and Canada

Cons

  • High fees
  • Some customers reviews about slow transaction times

bitBUY.ca

Bitbuy is based in Toronto and is a Canadian owned and operated digital currency exchange. The exchange organizes competitive on-the-spot deals for buying, selling and trading Bitcoin for traders from around the world. Bitbuy also offers solutions for businesses to accept Bitcoin and Ethereum as payment and offers Canadians access to an educational portal. At the portal, users can learn about digital currencies and blockchain technology. Bitbuy is a discount cryptocurrency broker offering customers immediate access to Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ether and Litecoin marketplaces around the world. Using trading algorithms, the exchange searches the web for the lowest market prices and the most cost-effective deals.

 

Pros

  • Exchange finds competitive rates across multiple exchanges
  • Quick CAD withdrawals
  • High deposit limits through bank wire
  • Educational portal for users

Cons

  • Few currencies on offer
  • Does not compare rates from all cryptocurrency exchanges

QuadrigaCX

QuadrigaCX is a Bitcoin exchange based in Vancouver, Canada. Beginners and expert users can buy Bitcoin and get involved in Bitcoin and altcoin trading. QuadrigaCX supports CAD and USD but users from other countries can use the exchange as well. The exchange is partners with the Cloudflare network service that provides SSL encryption for security and DDoS mitigation as well as spam protection. QuadrigaCX keeps the majority of user funds in offline cold storage.

Pros

  • Supports a wide range of transfer options (Interac, bank wire, bank transfer, money order, voucher).
  • Offers a range of currency pairs
  • Leading Canadian exchange
  • Support for high trading volumes
  • Above-industry security standards

Cons

  • Transfers options outside Canada are limited
  • Some transfer methods may have slow withdrawal times
  • Some limited trading features in comparison to other exchanges

Bitcoin Venezuela

Bitcoin Venezuela is not an actual exchange but a Facebook group from Venezuela that was founded in 2013. The group claims to aim to bring together the people who use Bitcoin in Venezuela in order to provide them with an area of interaction, commerce and relationship. In order to buy Bitcoin with Bitcoin Venezuela users find partners in the Bitcoin Venezuela Facebook group. As Bitcoin exchanges are often shut down by the government of Venezuela, the group provides users with a platform for this purpose.  

 

Pros

  • Informal and convenient
  • Private peer-to-peer trading in person
  • No transfer methods required

Cons

  • Unsafe
  • No regulation because informal
  • Not a real exchange

SurBitcoin

SurBitcoin was the first Bitcoin exchange in Venezuela. It now facilitates and secures private trades between bitcoin buyers and sellers. The only payment method is to deposit funds to a bank account.

SurBitcoin is a Venezuela-based entry-level cryptocurrency exchange which is part of the Blinktrade group. The exchange is suited exclusively to the local market in Venezuela. SurBitcoin only supports the local banking exchange but does not accept other forms of payment such as credit cards. The exchange only supports Bitcoin. SurBitcoin offers a simple interface for those wishing to buy and sell Bitcoin. As Venezuela is in a state of inflation at the time of writing, this market may be suitable for traders seeking to take advantage of the dynamics of the Bitcoin price. SurBitcoin does not offer high liquidity.

 

Pros

  • Suitable for local market participants in Venezuela
  • Supports local bank transfers

Cons

  • Exchange only supports Bitcoin and Bolivar, no other currencies
  • Government of Venezuela may effect unpredictable shutdowns
  • Poor fee structure, not competitive

CryptoBuyer

Cryptobuyer is a Venezuelan Bitcoin exchange. Users can buy Bitcoin in Venezuela via national bank transfer, credit card, or national debit card as well as. Cryptobuyer also allows users to buy Amazon Gift Cards or top up their phone’s airtime with Bitcoin.The exchange offers Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dash. The exchange regards itself as multiple financial services provider. Cryptobuyer also operates a network of Bitcoin ATMs.

Pros

  • Multiple options and access methods
  • High security and transparency
  • Personalized assistance via email and Zen Desk

Cons

  • Government of Venezuela may halt trading unpredictably or shut down the exchange
  • Buying limit for credit cards and debit cards

GuaraniBitcoin

GuaraniBitcoin is the only Bitcoin exchange in Paraguay. GuaraniBitcoin accepts banks transfers as payment from users wishing to buy Bitcoin. The interface of the exchange is available in Spanish only.

Pros

  • Only Bitcoin exchange in Paraguay

Cons

  • For residents of Paraguay only
  • No online reviews available for appraisal by users

CambistaBitcoin

CambistaBitcoin is an exchange in Peru for users wishing to buy, sell and exchange Bitcoin. CambistaBitcoin claims to be a fast and safe exchange. The exchange has performed thousands of operations and claims to offer the best prices in the market. CambistaBitcoin primarily operates in Latin America but also in other countries around the globe. Users may use all banks in Peru to buy and sell Bitcoin with this exchange. Besides Bitcoin, the exchange also offers Litecoin and Ethereum transactions.

 

Pros

  • Favorable customer reviews
  • Several payment methods available for users
  • Good customer support

Cons

  • Website in Spanish only

bit2c

Bit2C is a cryptocurrency exchange based in Israel. At Bit2C, users wishing to trade Bitcoin and other currencies are required to complete a KYC (know your customer) process and to connect their account to a bank in Israel. Bit2C accepts bank transfers from Israeli banks. Besides Bitcoin, the portfolio of the exchange includes currencies such as Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin Gold. The exchange offers trading pairs on this exchange are Bitcoin/New Israeli Shekel and Litecoin/New Israeli Shekel. Bit2C does not charge fees on any incoming transactions (but banks involved do). The exchange claims to keep all coins in cold storage.

Pros

  • Favorable user ratings
  • High security
  • No fees on deposits

Cons

  • For residents of Israel only
  • No coin-to-coin trading
  • Platform without charting

Bits of Gold

Bits of Gold is based in Israel and was founded in 2013 for easy access to Bitcoin and operates a large Bitcoin exchange. Bits of Gold is a legitimate and regulated exchange. Bits of Gold also operates a network of Bitcoin BTMs (automated Bitcoin teller machines). The exchange has high fees ranging from  5% to 10%. Bits of Gold offers Bitcoin/New Israeli Shekel and Ethereum/New Israeli Shekel trading pairs.

Pros

  • Easy-to-use interface for beginners
  • Trusted exchange

Cons

  • Poor customer reviews

BitOasis

BitOasis claims to be the leading digital asset wallet and Bitcoin exchange of the Middle East & North Africa. Users of the exchange in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain are able to buy Bitcoin via bank transfer or cash deposit. Users of BitOasis from the United Arab Emirates can also deposit funds via exchange houses. The exchange works in close cooperation with a legal council to ensure regulatory compliance. Users can store Bitcoin in the BitOasis wallet available for download in the app store.

Pros

  • One of the best Bitcoin exchanges in the regions of Middle East and North Africa
  • Multisignature wallet security
  • High transparency and fraud prevention
  • High ensurance of legal compliance

Cons

  • High prices
  • Poor user reviews

Unocoin

Unocoin was founded in July 2013 and has evolved into India’s leading Bitcoin exchange together with its newly founded platform Unodax. Unocoin has the target to become the leading exchange in the Bitcoin arena. Customers with an Indian bank account may purchase Bitcoin via online banking, NEFT or RTGS and also offers a mobile app. At Unocoin exchange users can buy and sell by matching their order with the orders of other users.

Pros

  • Reputable regulated platform for residents of India
  • Easy-to-navigate and informative website
  • Multi-device access

Cons

  • Customer support is not quite up to par
  • Fees are slightly higher than at other exchanges

Zebpay

Zebpay was India’s first Bitcoin exchange launched in 2015 and has been offering multicoin trading since 2018. The initial idea behind the foundation of Zebpay as exchange was to take Bitcoin to the general public. Zebpay provides mobile apps to enable users to buy, store and spend Bitcoin through their mobile phones connected with an Indian bank account. The exchange is regulated in India.

Pros

  • Large market share in India
  • Highly user-friendly and easy-to-use application for IOS and Android
  • Only exchange to provide top-up and recharging of users’ mobile phones using Bitcoin

Cons

  • Mobile app is required
  • High-selling price
  • Payment Gateway as payment mode automatically adds 1.46% in fees

Bittylicious

Bittylicious is a leading exchange in the United Kingdom for cryptocurrency trading, including Bitcoin and Ethereum.The peer-to-peer exchange provides services primarily for UK bank transfers and UK and Europe credit cards, new countries are gradually added. Bittylicious connects Bitcoin sellers and buyers wanting with each other via an online interface also offers users the ability to sell Bitcoin to Bittylicious brokers. The exchange is multi-currency, multi-country and multi-altcoin capable.

Pros

  • No coins are actually stored in a centralized exchange
  • Large variety of coins
  • Simple user interface
  • Full refund guarantee in the event of delayed payment

Cons

  • Comparatively high fees/high markups
  • User knowhow of trading required
  • Not easy to use outside of the EU

Coinmama

Coinmama is an Israel-based exchange registered in Slovakia that was founded in 2013. The exchange allows customers in 180 countries and 23 US States to buy Bitcoin with a credit card, debit card, direct bank-to-bank transfers, SEPA, and Astropay. Coinmama acts like a Bitcoin broker and operates on an HTTPS certificate which ensures high security. No funds are kept on the exchange, all are transferred to cryptocurrency wallets for safe storage. Besides Bitcoin, Coinmama offers a decent range of other coins.

 

Pros

  • Worldwide accessibility
  • Fast and easy to use for beginners
  • Great ratings

Cons

  • Does not accept PayPal, American Express or Discover
  • Can’t link to your bank account to expedite new purchases
  • No smartphone app

BitPanda

Bitpanda is a Bitcoin exchange based in Vienna, Austria providing new and experienced users with fast and easy access to the world of cryptocurrencies. Payment and payout options of the exchange include credit card, NETELLER, Skrill, SOFORT-Transfer, GIROPAY, Sepa, Amazon and others. Sending Bitcoin to other users and receiving from them very easy and fast and also completely free of charge.In addition to Euro, Bitpanda supports Swiss Franc, British Pound and US Dollar. With more than 850,000 users Bitpanda has evolved into Europe’s leading exchange for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and more.

 

Pros

  • Large variety of payment options available
  • Instant transactions on a fully automated platform
  • Easy-to-use for beginners

Cons

  • Fees are not disclosed publicly
  • Minor security concerns on account of protocol structure
  • For European members only

GDAX

GDAX offers institutions and professionals the ability to trade a variety of digital currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and more on a regulated U.S. based exchange. GDAX is the exchange of Coinbase and one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges in the United States. GDAX offers an intuitive interface with real time order books, charting tools, trade history, and a simple order process. .All digital assets held in online storage are fully insured. All USD balances are covered by FDIC insurance, up to a maximum of $250,000 per customer. The exchange is backed by some of the industry’s biggest Bitcoin traders. Users of GDAX can fund their accounts via bank transfer, SEPA, or bank wire.

Pros

  • High-quality exchange for professional traders
  • Fully regulated in the US
  • High liquidity

Cons

  • Not suitable for cryptocurrency beginners
  • Small number of altcoins available

CEX.io

CEX.IO is a London-based exchange founded in 2013 that lets you buy, sell and trade cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. The claim to fame of CEX.IO is that it allows withdrawals to credit cards. Exchange rates on CEX.IO are based on the platform’s market activity. CEX.IO is an exchange technically available to all countries. However, in some countries (for instance, Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam – see all the restricted countries on the CEX.IO website), credit card and bank-based transfers to the platform are restricted, thus restricting Bitcoin purchases from those countries.CEX.IO charges a 7% transaction fee when buying and selling Bitcoin.