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10 Safe Methods for Purchasing Bitcoin through a Bank Transfer (2023)


By: Ofir Beigel | Last updated: 11/27/23

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 Kraken and open an account
  2. Go to your dashboard and select – “Add payment method”
  3. Add your bank account
  4. Go to “Buy/sell”
  5. Buy Bitcoins

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


1. Buy Bitcoins with your bank account through Kraken

Pros: Reputable exchange, low deposit and trading fees

Cons: No brokerage service, historically a lot of reported downtime

Another veteran 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 are mostly free, with the exception of just a handful of options.

2. 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 (not available for US users), as withdrawing them to your wallet is much more complicated than 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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3. Buy Bitcoins with your bank account through Coinmama

Pros: Good support, relatively quick verification 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, and more. The company has been around since 2013 and is considered to have a 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 lets you enjoy higher spending limits compared to credit card purchases.

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4. Buy Bitcoins with your bank account through CEX.io

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)

CEX.io is one of the oldest crypto 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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5. Buy Bitcoins with your bank account through Coinbase

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

Cons: Slow support, Not completely 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 US $10 fee for wire deposits, as well as a standard trading fee of 0.50% or less.

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6. 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 deposit nine major fiat currencies via bank transfer: the Euro, US dollar, Swiss franc, British pound, Swedish krona, Hungarian forint, Czech koruna, Polish zloty, and Danish krone. Fees are unclear on Bitpanda since they are incorporated into the exchange rate. This means that the price you get already represents the fees that Bitpanda takes for themselves.

There are no fees for depositing Swedish krona (SEK) via Visa or Mastercard.

The minimum deposit and withdrawal amount is 10 EUR.

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7. Buy Bitcoins with your bank account through Luno

Pros: Best option for under-served 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 are generally free, however a small handful of methods and/or countries may incur a small percentage fee.

Trading fees range between 0.0% to 0.1% for most countries, with the exception of Malaysia which carries higher trading fees.

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8. 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 which was founded in 2011. The exchange is in Luxembourg and offers trading services worldwide. There’s a 0.05% deposit fee for bank account transfers but SEPA and ACH deposits are free of charge.

Trading fees on the platform vary depending on your monthly volume; for most users, 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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9. Buy Bitcoins with your bank account through Bitfinex

Pros: High liquidity, reasonable fees

Cons: Complex interface, history of hacks

Bitfinex, registered in the British Virgin Islands, is one of the world’s top 10 biggest Bitcoin exchanges. The company supports bank account transfers worldwide and takes a 0.1% deposit fee for incoming wire transfers with a minimum of 60 USD or EUR. 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 CoinCorner

Pros: Largest GBP market for Bitcoin, established company

Cons: Limited to the UK

CoinCorner is a Bitcoin exchange established in mid-2014. The company is based in the Isle of Man and mainly supports UK countries. Deposit fees vary depending on the currency deposited, while trading fees start from 0.3%. British Pounds can be deposited via Faster Payments for a £1 fee (or £25 if you’re outside the UK), while EUR deposits made via SEPA are free.

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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 to buy 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 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.


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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