Buy Bitcoin Instantly With a Credit Card: Know Your Options in 2018
If you have read our guide on how to buy Bitcoin using a multitude of payment methods, you know by now that buying Bitcoin with a credit or a debit card is pretty convenient. Most credit card purchases are instant or nearly instant, and even though the fees are somewhat higher the experience is seamless.
There are several ways of buying Bitcoin with a credit card and the vary in speed and fees. Here is the list of the best ways to buy BTC with a plastic card:
Changelly is a secure and sleek platform for buying and exchanging cryptocurrencies. The interface is simple and clear: enter the USD amount you are willing to spend (remember, you can buy a fraction of Bitcoin!), provide your Bitcoin address (see Bitcoin wallet comparison), process your card payment and receive your coin.
This platform is similar to Changelly but has a lot better reviews online. Also, if you are not from a western country, chances are Changelly can not be used. This is where Indacoin comes into play.
Indacoin is a real game changer when it comes to buying Bitcoin with a credit card instantly, because the transactions are fast and secure. Input the amount you need to buy, specify your wallet and check out with a credit card. Use this widget to calculate the amount of Bitcoin you’d be getting for your EUR or USD credit card purchase:
Indacoin is rising in popularity rapidly, because it seems to be offering better fees than Changelly, at the same time keeping the Bitcoin purchase instant. If you wish to buy BTC with your credit card fast and without any verifications – give Indacoin a shot.
Coinmamaallows another instant way of buying Bitcoin with a credit card, and it has a $5K daily purchase limit like most other platforms do. The limit is imposed by the VISA itself.
Coinmama is incorporated in Slovakia and it serves a lot more countries than Changelly or Coinbase. Use it for a quick credit card purchase of Bitcoin. You can use it to buy Ether as well – you will have to register an account and then proceed to your purchase, so it’s a pretty good way to instantly buy Ethereum too.
Bitpanda is a popular service to buy and sell Bitcoin and a couple of altcoins (Ethereum, LItecoin, Dash, Bitcoin Cash).
To use BitPanda you’d have to register and login with your account each time you buy or sell Bitcoin. Selling bitcoin is possible for citizens of all countries, while only EU residents can actually buy Bitcoin on BitPanda. If you are from the EU – BitPanda is a good legitimate option to buy bitcoin instantly with credit card.
Cex.io slogan is “Bitcoin exchange you can trust”. It offers an option to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum or Bitcoin Cash with a credit/debit card, however, they require a registration prior to that. Registration is, however, not possible:
Until this is fixed there is no point in recommending this exchange no matter how trustworthy it is. Maybe at some point this will work but so far it Cex.io seems to be one of the clumsier ways of buying Bitcoin – an exchange that requires verification for a quick credit card purchase of cryptocurrency.
Many use Blockchain.info for quick access to web-based Bitcoin wallet that has small amounts of coin for daily purchases. It’s pretty secure and convenient and although compared to other wallets we do not condone using it for savings, it works for small transactions.
Blockchain.info also offer a way to buy Bitcoin with a bank account or a credit card. The purchase can be made recurring, and currently the credit card fees are at 3%:
The platform supports cards issued in fiat currencies EUR, USD, and DKK. If you’re using Blockchain.info for your daily purchases wallet, consider using a credit card to top it up.
BitBay is the largest EUR exchange that has a whole ecosystem to it. Bitbay allows buying cryptocurrencies using a variety of methods (including credit cards), it has a prepaid debit card and a cryptocurrency exchange to trade altcoins.
Naturally, since it’s a EU company, you will need to verify your account before you can work with BitBay. Once you are done with verification, you can proceed to buying Bitcoin with a credit card as one of the payment methods. You can trade your BTC for altcoins right after that using BitBay’s platform if you wish.
This is a good way to buy Bitcoin if you are an EU resident, need a debit card to spend fiat cash from your cryptocurrency wallets, and don’t mind submitting your ID. This is definitely not an instant way of buying Bitcoin though.
Bitit could be an interesting service for you if your credit/debit card is issued in one of these currecnies: EUR, USD, GBP, CNY, SEK, DKK, NOK. Bitit supports cards issued in all these currencies and if you do not want to convert to the more popular USD/EUR while paying for Bitcoin, Bitit is your choice.
The platform also allows you to buy Ethereum, which is a good entry into tokens and altcoins. Bitit’s interface and logic is a bit different than the one you might be used to: you have to register first and pass verification in order to use your cards for Bitcoin purchases, so the buying is not instant here.
There’s very little info about this exchange, though they claim to be the best way of buying Bitcoin and altcoins (currently + ETH, LTC, PPC) using a credit card. The website boasts of supporting local payment methods in 110+ countries and running frequent promotions, so it’s a good idea to keep following the growth of this exchange.
…especially considering the amount of “will be enabled in 2018” messages on 247Exchange’s website, the amount of tempting future options is exciting. Hopefully they will deliver!
Coinhouse is French, it allows only EUR transactions and requires an ID verification. Naturally, this takes a bit more time than instant credit card Bitcoin sellers, and according to the web site the fees are very high – from 10% to 8% depending on your buying volume.
Coinbase is the most popular app to buy Bitcoin in the USA, but it’s not so high on our list. Why? There are too many issues with Coinbase lately.
Moreover, the credit card Bitcoin purchase is anything but instant at Coinbase. You will have to verify your identity with them which has been taking weeks in 2017. As a result, Coinbase is out of focus of this list, but read the full Coinbase review if you are interested in the platform.
Why are there higher fees when we buy Bitcoin with a credit/debit card?
All credit card transactions are reversible. Basically, the card owner can call her bank and say she did not authorize a transaction, and the transaction will be reversed. At the same time, Bitcoin transactions are irreversible – once the selling platform sends you the BTC there will be no way of getting it back for them.
As a result there is a lot of room for fraud, basically all carders would be using stolen credit cards to buy Bitcoin and move it over to their wallets. To hedge against this risk all platforms selling Bitcoin for credit cards have to charge a premium.
Considering BTC/USD rate fluctuations and how frequently Bitcoin goes to the moon, higher fees are really negligible. If you want a fast and safe way to get into Bitcoin, buying it with a credit card is a good option.
Can I use LocalBitcoins/Paxful for credit card purchases of Bitcoin?
Sure, you can. But the fees set by sellers will be even higher due to large amount of credit card fraud, as outlined before. Moreover, sellers will ask you to take a picture of yourself holding a card (to prove you’ve not stolen the data somewhere), which is an inconvenience. Going with secure conventional services like IndaCoin would be faster and cheaper.