Coinbase is the easiest way to start buying bitcoins as well as the safest. It allows purchasing Bitcoins and other currencies with USD, Euros, and GBP.
Anyone from the United States, Canada, Europe, United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore can purchase bitcoins with a credit card or debit card. Initially, you can instantly buy up to $150 or €150 weekly. You can increase those limits by completing identity verification and building a history of successful purchases.
|✔ Coinbase is the world's largest and most popular Bitcoin broker|
✔ Relatively low fees
✔ Offer vault storage
|✗ Coinbase may track how and where you spend your bitcoins
✗ Purchases made with bank transfer can take up to 5 days to complete
Coinmama is another very well known and trusted broker that allows bitcoin purchases with credit/debit card. You can also use them to purchase bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies with money orders (Western Union). It is an Israel-based company, and this guarantees some extra privacy over Coinbase and other US-based services. Initial verification usually takes less than 10 minutes. After initial verification, all purchases will have bitcoins delivered instantly. It allows to purchase up to $5,000 worth of cryptocurrency per day and up to $20,000 worth per month. These are some of the highest limits around for purchasing bitcoins with credit cards.
|✔ Reliable and great customer service|
✔ Highest buying limit for credit card purchase
✔ Available almost worldwide
|✗ Charges high fees to cover transaction risks|
[Update: currently not accepting new users]
CEX is one of the oldest bitcoin exchanges, and it is very established and trusted. You can use your ordinary VISA/MasterCard in USD, EUR, or your local currency. Sadly it does not support all the states in the US. Unlike other options, CEX.io’s verification process is extensive and can take up to 30 minutes to complete. Deposits via credit cards are available almost in all countries.
|✔ Lowest fees at 3.5% for credit card purchase and free with bank transfer|
✔ “Verified” account type can be a long process, but subsequent purchases are quick
|✗ Lenghty verification process
✗ Doesn't support many US states
Dependable bitcoin broker based in Europe that accepts several payment methods in addition to credit cards. Fees are fairly high, but transactions are fast and can receive your coins in under a minute. It is very reliable, but verification can sometimes take longer because of the very high traffic they are experiencing lately.
|✔ Support 10 payment methods|
✔ Very fast transactions
|✗ Requires higher level of verification to buy bitcoins with credit cards
✗ Only European counttries can buy bitcoins
Changelly can be a very polarizing bitcoin exchange. While its fees are higher than other cryptocurrency exchanges, it accepts credit cards, and it supports multiple alt-coins. The most attractive characteristic of Changelly it is privacy. Indeed, an e-mail address all is needed to start purchasing bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies.
|✔ You can purchase completely anonymously |
✔ Accept most credit cards
✔ Support many alt-coins
|✗ Very high fees|