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9 ways to Buy Bitcoin with a bank account

By: Ofir Beigel | Last updated: 1/21/21

Buying Bitcoins with a bank wire is probably the best way to go in order to get the cheapest exchange rate possible. Depending on where you live in the world there are different exchanges that will be best suited for you. In this post we will cover the main reputable exchanges that supply bank wire services.

How to Buy Bitcoins with a Bank Account Summary

  1. Visit Coinbase and open an account
  2. Go to “Settings” – “Linked accounts”
  3. Add your bank account
  4. Go to “Buy/sell”
  5. Buy Bitcoins
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*eToro users: 75% of retail CFD accounts lose money. Your capital is at risk

If Coinbase doesn’t work for you, or you’d like to review additional options keep on reading. Here’s what I’ll cover:

  2. Coinmama
  3. eToro
  4. Coinbase
  5. Bitpanda
  6. Luno
  7. Bitstamp
  8. Kraken
  9. Bitfinex
  10. Coinfloor
  11. Frequently Asked Questions
  12. Conclusion

2. Buy Bitcoins with your bank account through

Pros: Multiple payment options, no deposit fees, wide selection of cryptocurrencies

Cons: Relatively high fees on brokerage service (can be avoided by using the trading platform) is one of the oldest companies around, founded in 2013. Today the company provides two main services – a brokerage service and a trading platform service. The brokerage service is usually more expensive but easier to use. On the other hand, the trading services are cheaper but can be confusing.

The company supplies the option for SEPA transfers within the EU and bank transfers for countries outside the EU. All bank account transfers are 0% in fee for depositing money.

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1. Buy Bitcoins with your bank account through Coinmama

Pros: Good support, relatively quick process

Cons: Limited states in the US

Coinmama is a brokerage company that accepts a wide range of bank transfer options such as SWIFT (Worldwide), SEPA (Europe), Fedwire, Faster Payments, Sofort and more. The company has been around since 2013 and is considered to have good reputation and fast service.

If you use a bank transfer with Coinmama’s service you can save up to 5% of the processing fee compared to its credit card transactions. Furthermore using bank transfers let you enjoy higher spending limits compared to credit card purchases.

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3. Buy Bitcoins with Your Bank Account Through eToro

Pros: Intuitive interface for beginners, low fees

Cons: Not available worldwide, mainly suited for price speculation

eToro is a pioneering trading company that puts an emphasis on cryptocurrency. It supplies users with an easy to use trading platform for investing in cryptocurrencies. eToro is more suited for price speculation than actually buying the coins, as withdrawing them to your wallet is more complicated then with other platforms. 

eToro accepts Swift transfers worldwide and ACH transfers within the US. eToro also offers a mobile wallet for trading, sending, and receiving funds.

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75% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. CFDs are not offered to US users. Cryptoassets are highly volatile unregulated investment products. No EU investor protection.

4. Buy Bitcoins with your bank account through Coinbase

Pros: Fast transfers within the US and EU, low fees

Cons: Slow support, Not available worldwide

Coinbase is one of the pioneering companies in the Bitcoin ecosystem and has been around since late 2012. Coinbase supplies brokerage services to many countries around the world (meaning they sell you Bitcoins and other cryptos directly and not through a trading platform).

For US customers Coinbase allows you to connect your bank account via ACH bank transfer. For European customers Coinbase will also allow you to buy Bitcoins with a SEPA transfer.

For all countries Coinbase supports (100+ in total) there is a 1.49% fee on wire transfer purchases.

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5. Buy Bitcoins with your bank account through Bitpanda

Pros: Multiple payment options, intuitive interface, relatively low fees

Cons: Not available worldwide, fees “hidden” inside the exchange rate

Bitpanda was founded in 2014 and supplies brokerage services for Bitcoin plus other cryptocurrencies to countries within the Eurozone and a handful of other countries. The company accepts SEPA transfers from European countries.

You can only deposit 3 major fiat currencies via bank transfer – Euro, Swiss Franc, and GBP but not USD. Fees are unclear on Bitpanda since they are incorporated into the exchange rate. This means that the price already represents the fees Bitpanda take for themselves.

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6. Buy Bitcoins with your bank account through Luno

Pros: Best option for underserved emerging markets

Cons: Limited country support

For emerging markets there is the option of Luno (formerly known as BitX). The company supports many European countries and also Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria and South Africa. Deposit fees depend on the country and vary between 0% to 5%.

For trading, the fee also depends on your currency and can range between 0.2% to 1%.

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7. Buy Bitcoins with your bank account through Bitstamp

Pros: Reputable exchange, low deposit and trading fees

Cons: No brokerage service, can be confusing for beginners

Probably the oldest exchange on this list is Bitstamp that was founded in 2011. The exchange in Luxembourg and offers trading services worldwide. There’s a 0.05% deposit fee for bank account transfers but SEPA transfers are free of charge.

Trading fees on the platform vary depending on your monthly volume, for most uses the fee will be between 0.25% and 0.50%. Bitstamp does not offer brokerage services so you will need to know your way around trading platforms in order to use the site.

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8. Buy Bitcoins with your bank account through Kraken

Pros: Reputable exchange, low deposit and trading fees

Cons: No brokerage service, limited options for bank account transfer, historically a lot of reported downtime

Another vetran exchange is Kraken. Headquartered in San Francisco Kraken is known to be one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges in terms of euro volume and liquidity. It operates across the United States (with the exception of New York  and Washington State due to regulation) and Canada, as well as in the European Union, Asia, Africa and South America.

SWIFT deposits are available for US dollars while SEPA deposits are available for EU members. Deposit fees can vary but usually have a maximum of $5.

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9. Buy Bitcoins with your bank account through Bitfinex

Pros: High liquidity, reasonable fees

Cons: Complex interface, history of hacks

Bitfinex, located in Hong Kong, is one of the world’s biggest Bitcoin exchanges. The company supports bank account transfers worldwide and takes a 0.1% deposit fee for incoming wire transfers. The company supplies only a trading platform and no brokerage services. Trading fees depend on volume and start at 0.2%.

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10. Buy Bitcoins with your bank account through Coinfloor

Pros: Largest GBP market for Bitcoin, established company

Cons: Limited to the UK

Coinfloor is a London-based bitcoin exchange established in early 2013. The company mainly supports UK countries. Deposit fees vary depending on the currency deposited and trading fees vary staring from 0.3%. British Pounds can be deposited via Faster Payments for a £2.50 fee while BACS, CHAPS, SWIFT and SEPA carry a hefty £30 deposit fee.

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11. Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I use a bank account instead of a credit card?

People who want to buy large amounts of bitcoin or don’t have any access to credit or debit cards will probably look for buying Bitcoins with their bank account.

Since there’s substantially less risk involved for exchanges when people purchase Bitcoins with their bank account, the fees for such a process are significantly lower. Unlike credit cards, Bank transfers are considered irreversible and reduce the risk of chargeback.

So if you’d buy $1000 from Coinbase via a bank transfer you’d pay $14.9 in fees, while if you bought the same amount with a credit card you’d pay $39.9 in fees. As you can see you can save 50% and more when using a wire transfer.

Also, buying limits are much higher when using a bank transfer to fund your account than when using a credit or debit card.

On the downside, bank transfers are usually less convenient to execute and take a longer amount of time to process since the transfer needs to clear several banks on its way to the exchange.

How do I transfer Bitcoins to my bank account?

You can’t transfer Bitcoins to your bank account. Bitcoins can only be held inside a Bitcoin wallet. If you would like to “cash out” your Bitcoins you’ll need to exchange them back to fiat currency (dollars, euros etc.) and then withdraw that currency to your bank account.

Do I need a Bank account to buy Bitcoins?

No, you don’t have to have a bank account in order to buy Bitcoins. There are a variety of methods to buy Bitcoins without a bank account.

Can you buy Bitcoins at a bank?

No you can’t. You’ll have to use dedicated Bitcoin exchanges in order to buy Bitcoins.

12. Conclusion – wire transfers are cheaper but slower

If you’re thinking about buying large amounts of Bitcoin or don’t have any access to credit cards you should probably use one of the methods above. Keep in mind that some banks may require additional info about the nature of the transaction and may also collect additional fees for the transfer itself.

In my opinion, if the purchase amount isn’t large, you’re better off using your credit card. It will cost a little more but the coins will arrive quicker and there will be much less hassle in the buying process.

If you have any questions about the process or the exchanges feel free to ask them in the comment section below.

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Hello I couldn’t link my bank account with my coinbase wallet

Scolastica runge
Scolastica runge

How can get to talk to someone genuin to guide me on how to start bitcoin era in kenya please


Coinbase requires the login information to my bank account. I’m uncomfortable with that. How safe is it?

diana seaward
diana seaward

If we would rathere not pay wire transfer fees, which of the above allow you to do it by other means? Like Abra just does a debit from bank account, takes a day or so, but they have this new rule that you cant then withdraw it for 60 days…… which is rather inconvenient ! You can convert to BTC immediately, but cant withdraw

Juan Pabo
Juan Pabo

Hi. Is it possible to buy BTC from a third party bank account?


I’m only looking to invest a smaller amount for now, but I am thinking to invest it not trade, do you think that it would be suitable to use a bank transfer?


If I purchase Bitcoin, on coinbase, using my bank account, is the price I get the price when I made the purchase or is it the price I get after all the processing is complete?

John osa
John osa

Can I buy bitcoin on debit with bank account

Olisa olanrewaju
Olisa olanrewaju

Hello, how can I link my bank account to buy bitcoins,kindly explain the procedure to me pls


Someone wants me to buy bitcoins and send to sweden,thailans,Iceland, etc. I would buy bitcoins for the money that they send me. First, is this legal, second do I have to pay at the end of the year as income for all the bitcoins I purchase for them?

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