When it comes to finding the best bitcoin exchange things are not all that easy. Why is this so? Simply because many of the best sites to buy bitcoin are rather recently online. This means that they have had little to get the word out about their services and products. Most people coming to this page will be asking how to buy bitcoin online through a secure means. Well, here is a good starting point. Let's see how.

First thing to consider when looking for the top bitcoin exchange is how safe are the website and server. This boils down to asking: is it a trustworthy exchange providing transparent data of coins in cold storage (more on this later) and are customers happy? It's also good to lookout for which currency pairs are available: are you looking to trade bitcoin for USD, Euros, or other fiat currencies. The location usually gives an idea of what's on offer. However, the largest bitcoin exchanges usually have many options for buying bitcoin with government issued currency and altcoins.

The sheer complexity of researching where to trade bitcoin led me to make this blog. Although you should always do your own research before investing, I hope this helps. Below is the table of the best exchanges to buy bitcoin online. If you are new to cryptocurrency exchanges then lookout for the 'beginner-friendy' column.

Secure exchanges that are trustworthy and have good user ratings will rank higher than their peers. Extra points are given for sites to buy bitcoin with paypal, as many users request this feature. Ranking preference is also given for sites to buy bitcoin with credit card. Check out each option on the following best bitcoin exchange list. Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference.

Top 40+ Sites to Buy Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency:

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Rank Site Location
Trust score Buy
1 coinbase San Fran, USA
beginner-friendly A+ buy bitcoin credit card
+ transfer
2 poloniex
cryptocurrency exchange
Delaware, USA
75+ crypto pairs
advanced-users B+ crypto-
3 localbitcoins local
all currencies
beginner-friendly A buy bitcoin with cash
+ transfer
4 bitpanda Austria beginner-friendly B+ buy bitcoin paypal
+ neteller
+ skrill
+ SEPA transf.
5 coinhouse Paris, France
beginner-friendly A+ buy bitcoin credit card
+ Neosurf
6 localbitcoins San Mateo, USA
beginner-friendly A buy bitcoin with cash
+ transfer
7 bitsquare
cryptocurrency exchange
p2p advanced-users n/a crypto-
8 cex
cryptocurrency exchange
beginner-friendly B+ buy bitcoin credit card
+ altcoins
+ transfer
9 btc-e Bulgaria
advanced-users B bank-transfer
+ Mastercard
+ paysafecard
+ PerfectMoney
10 bitstamp London, UK
beginner-friendly A buy bitcoin credit card
+ transfer
11 paxful Delaware, USA beginner-friendly C+ buy bitcoin paypal
12 shapeshift
cryptocurrency exchange
40+ crypto pairs
advanced-users A crypto-
13 bitcoin-germany-exchange Germany beginner-friendly A bank-transfer
14 wirwox Austria
advanced-users C+ buy bitcoin paypal
+ Mastercard
+ okpay
15 bittrex
cryptocurrency exchange
Las Vegas, USA advanced-users B+ crypto-
16 kraken San Fran, USA
beginner-friendly A bank-transfer
+ altcoins
17 therocktrading Malta advanced-users C+ bank-transfer
18 anycoin The Netherlands
beginner-friendly B+ bank-transfer
+ mistercash
+ sofort
+ 9 altcoins
19 circle Boston, USA
beginner-friendly B+ buy bitcoin credit card
20 okcoin China advanced-users B+ bank-transfer
21 itbit New York, USA beginner-friendly B+ bank-transfer
22 huobi Beijing, China
beginner-friendly B bank-transfer
23 btc38 China advanced-users C bank-transfer
24 alfacashier Belize beginner-friendly C buy bitcoin paypal
+ Mastercard
+ okpay
25 hitbtc
cryptocurrency exchange
Copenhagen, Denmark
25+ crypto pairs
beginner-friendly C+ crypto-
26 coinmama Virgin Islands beginner-friendly C+ buy bitcoin credit card
27 247exchange
beginner-friendly B+ buy bitcoin credit card
+ moneypolo
+ neosurf
28 loyalbit Slovenia advanced-users C buy bitcoin credit card
29 quoine Singapore beginner-friendly B bank-transfer
30 ice3x South-Africa
beginner-friendly B bank-transfer
31 vaultoro Switzerland advanced-users B+ Gold
32 bitbay Katowice, Poland beginner-friendly C bank-transfer
33 anxpro Hong Kong advanced-users C buy bitcoin with cash
34 paymium Paris, France
beginner-friendly B bank-transfer
35 btcc China beginner-friendly B bank-transfer
36 changelly
cryptocurrency exchange
Prague, Czech Rep. advanced-users B+ crypto-
37 btcmarkets Sydney, Australia
beginner-friendly B bank-transfer
38 bit2c Israel advanced-users B buy bitcoin credit card
39 coinmate London, UK beginner-friendly B+ bank-transfer
40 bitcoin-exchange-thailand
cryptocurrency exchange
Thailand advanced-users C+ bank-transfer
41 indonesia-bitcoin-marketplace.png Indonesia advanced-users C+ buy bitcoin credit card
48 coinfloor London, UK
beginner-friendly C+ bank-transfer
43 gemini New York, USA beginner-friendly B bank-transfer
44 exmo Barcelona, Spain beginner-friendly C buy bitcoin credit card
45 quadriga Vancouver, Canada beginner-friendly B bank-transfer
46 bitcurex Łódź, Poland advanced-users C+ bank-transfer
47 bter
cryptocurrency exchange
China advanced-users C crypto-

Have I missed something? Let me know (see footer).

How to buy bitcoin using this list of exchanges?

Hopefully the list of bitcoin exchanges above will be of good use for how to trade bitcoins. Each outstanding site should have detailed instructions. From here, one can easily figure out how to buy bitcoin with credit card, paypal, cash, bank transfers. Once you have got some coins then it is a good idea to store them offline (not on an exchange). For cold storage check out the list of available wallets. When wanting buy or sell it is safer just to transfer in and out of your 'cold' wallet to the 'hot' online exchange. Remember that so long as an offline wallet's keys have not been compromised, then those coins cannot be taken.

What is the best site to buy bitcoin in the above list?

It's a tough question in my opinion. Each will have an upside compared to others. Check a few out and look up on forums to see what users are saying about the service provided, and which they think are the best sites to buy bitcoin easily. Localbitcoins.com is a really cool p2p bitcoin exchange for beginners wanting to buy for their first time. The service is all over the world, meaning you can use euros, pounds, yen, australian dollars, swiss francs, canadian dollars, krona, rubles, lira, rupees and so on. If you pay by physical cash then you get to meet the person in real life. Alternatively you can do a fast bank transfer and the site will hold your coins in escrow for you once it goes through. Obviously there are more simple ways to start off. Some like to buy with paypal, but not many leading bitcoin exchanges accept this because of chargebacks.

Which are the largest exchanges?

Generally the biggest bitcoin exchanges will be toward the top of the above list. For example OkCoin, GDAX, Btc-e, Coinbase (also the best usd bitcoin exchange) all represent large volume proportions. Daily volume varies, and therefore the world's largest exchange vary each day. Go to bitcoinaverage (btc usd) for a good list of all the top bitcoin exchange site and their proportional volumes. Some find this handy for arbitrage between markets.

What about the best cryptocurrency exchange?

Sadly, with the demise of Cryptsy there is a need for a new major first-rate cryptocurrency exchange (aka altcoins). Having many medium-sized cryptocurrency exchange sites is a better situation than having one large amazing option. Poloniex is the large amazing option. It's a really good platform and the user-interface has gone through a complete redesign. Things feel smooth when using Poloniex. All big and small trading pairs are offered and it is now possible to do cryptocurrency margin trading on major altcoins. This is a cool feature, but use it with caution as leveraged trading has a certain risk factor. Keep in mind that some of the best bitcoin exchange sites also do altcoins. Bittrex, Cex.io, Bter, and BTC-e are great options worth checking out. Some also offer short selling on major coins.

Where to find the most secure bitcoin exchange?

This is an important question to ask. Yes, putting the words trustworthy bitcoin exchange in the same sentence seems like an oxymoron, especially when remembering the shiny days of MtGox (aka Empty-Gox). While the bitcoin protocol has never been hacked, many peripheral businesses have. Perhaps the best question to ask would be: which are the least secure bitcoin exchanges. Generally, those listed here are optimum and of good standing, but please proceed with caution. Remember never to leave more btc online than you can afford to loose.

Please come back to my blog and rate which ever finest site(s) you chose to buy BTC online. This helps future visitors immensely.

For in-depth discussion: listen to Andreas Antonopoulos on the LetsTalkBitcoin podcast, and check out r/btc.


0 # Guest 2016-10-21 15:33
Could we actively promote solutions that are p2p and decentralized like Bitsquare?
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+1 # Guest 2016-10-21 15:32
A rather comprehensive list of sites where to buy bitcoin. Good job and thanks for putting this together.
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0 # Guest 2016-09-03 21:41
C cex ... good trading platform ...
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+12 # Guest 2016-08-09 06:57
I am not seeing Bitfinex on your list....for some good reason.
Anyway, nice list and am glad I found it now as am looking for a new, dependable exchange because my last one just scooped up more than 1/3 of all my assets to distribute around to others, just because they thought they could, apparently. Not my idea of "playing nice" at all, and, as I suspected, neither is it Law Enforcement's. So keep those votes for your favorite HONEST exchange coming in. I'm looking!! And thanks.
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0 # Guest 2016-07-20 22:03
I use Cryptonarium.com
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+6 # Guest 2016-07-12 10:32
Could you possibly include the currencies available to deposit for each exchange? This would be a really helpful feature for deciding where to buy bitcoin!
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+3 # BestBitcoinExchange.io 2016-07-12 10:34
Great idea! I'm currently working on integrating this for each entry. Currencies available will listed under their abbreviated form (USD, EUR, JPY, etc) for easy reading.
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+2 # Guest 2016-07-12 10:36
Perhaps the list might mention whether an exchange is just for btc or if they are a full cryptocurrency exchange.
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+1 # BestBitcoinExchange.io 2016-07-13 11:00
Good point - this will help people navigate through much faster. I've updated the list with "cryptocurrency exchange" mentions under each logo (when applicable).
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+2 # Guest 2016-06-22 15:25
coins.ph - Philippines
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0 # Guest 2016-06-17 11:18
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0 # Guest 2016-06-16 22:02
Coinfloor in the UK
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+4 # Guest 2016-06-13 22:49
I use Coinbase, Poloniex, and Kraken. Was considering Bittrex. Since it is in your top ten like them, I think I'll give them a try also.
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+1 # Guest 2016-06-13 22:44
Thanks for the list. The three I use are in the top ten. I was considering a fourth one and it is also in the top ten. Now, I think I'll go with it.
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0 # Guest 2016-05-30 23:13
LZF.com? Definitely deserves to be on the list.
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+9 # Guest 2016-05-30 21:06
Bitsquare, great for altcoins, decentralized, safe! no funds stored online!
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+1 # Guest 2016-05-30 18:19
BTER is rated way too high. I deposited several BTC and braught another crypto but they have refused to send it to me and now have closed down that coin so that now I cannot exchange it. In my view they are crooks and I will never get this back now.

I have used Kraken for several large transactions and I conssider them more reliable than Bitstamp. Bitstamp are also a very fine exchange, but their AML requirements at one time became hard to believe. To my mind Kraken should be A+ rating. They also have audits.
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0 # BestBitcoinExchange.io 2016-06-15 22:05
Thanks - I wasn't previously aware of this friction for Bitstamp users.
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+4 # Guest 2016-05-30 15:52
I use the French site Paymium. I'm happy so far.
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0 # Guest 2016-05-30 15:40
Bitso / Mexico
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+1 # Guest 2016-05-29 23:24
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+4 # Guest 2016-05-28 10:23
Some good sites up top. Wondering why itBit isn't higher up in this list. Today it's the 2nd largest by volume on Bitcoinaverage.
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0 # Guest 2016-05-21 15:59
Nice Voat ad, but as a college student, all I can do is favorite this website and come here later.

I shall buy Bitcoins!!
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+16 # Guest 2016-05-16 21:06
Thanks, nice list!
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