What are the best ways to buy bitcoin in the UK?
There are loads of options available, but many aren’t competitively priced.
In this quick list, I’ll show you where you can buy bitcoin in the UK without getting completely and unnecessarily ripped off.
Here’s a peek at the best options in the UK:
5 Best Ways to Buy Bitcoin in the UK
Use this method if you want to get the possible price (i.e., eliminate fees) – regardless of the extra steps required.
The process goes something like this:
- Signup to Coinbase and Revolut.
- Activate your EUR Revolut account.
- Transfer GBP (from your bank) to your GBP Revolut account.
- Convert GBP to EUR inside Revolut (at the actual exchange rate).
- Send EUR from Revolut to Coinbase.
- Transfer EUR from Coinbase to Coinbase Pro.
- Buy bitcoin (BTC) on the BTC/EUR market.
It looks more complicated than it actually is. Check out my full Revolut guide for more details.
2. Solidi & Bittylicious
Both operate in much the same way:
- You plug in how much you’d like to buy and then you’ll be matched with the cheapest registered broker (who can fulfil that order).
- Once you’ve sent the money to the broker’s bank account, the funds are released from an escrow (held by Solidi/Bittylicious) to your wallet.
Using either option is fast, easy, and painless.
I use both options interchangeably depending on who is cheapest. Rates usually float somewhere around 1.5 – 2% above the actual BTC-to-GBP exchange rate (which is competitive).
Localbitcoins is a peer-to-peer (P2P) trading site which allows people to exchange local currencies for bitcoin. It allows buyers/sellers to post adverts which set the exchange rate and the desired payment method. Other sellers/buyers can browse and reply to these adverts.
There are many different payment methods available. Some examples:
- Bank transfer (Faster Payments)
- In-person (cash)
- Western Union
- Altcoins (e.g., DASH, XRP, XMR)
- Gift cards
While lots of bitcoin sellers will ask for ID verification (to comply with rules/regulations), it is possible to trade anonymously with others – but for a premium.
Localbitcoins was founded in 2012 and still remains popular in the UK and around the world.
Wirex’s rates (just 1.5% above the actual exchange rate) are almost unbelievable. To put this into perspective, Coinbase (the cheapest alternative) charge about 4% above the actual BTC exchange rate. On a £1000 purchase, you’d get more bitcoin (equivalent to £25) if you used Wirex instead of Coinbase.
Read my quick guide for further details.
I’m not a fan of Coinbase.
I’m not the only one either. 80% of Trustpilot reviewers have rated them ‘bad’. They’re well-known for their bad customer service – and that’s clearly reflected in these reviews.
However… Coinbase does remain a simple, quick, and popular way for newcomers to buy bitcoins with a debit or credit card in the UK. Before Wirex (#4) came along, Coinbase was also the cheapest way (with 4% fees) to buy bitcoin with a debit or credit card in the UK.
Beyond your first initial bitcoin purchases, I would NOT recommend using Coinbase.
Other Buying Options
Looking for even more ways to buy bitcoin in the UK?
Check out these buying options.
Because Coinfloor’s minimum deposit amount is £5000 (£5 fee), it’s not suitable for smaller buyers (it’s aimed at traders or large investors).
BeyondCC offers the most competitive bitcoin rates if you want to buy bitcoin in the UK with a GBP bank transfer.
They’re not included in the ranked list above because they’re a new company (established 2018).
Interested? Read my review for more details.
What do you think?
Do you agree with this list?
What do YOU think is the best way to buy bitcoin in the UK?
Is there somewhere cheaper, faster, or easier which I should check out?
Let me know in the comments section below!
I’m not a financial advisor and nothing I write on this website should be construed as financial advice.
For more details, check out my full disclaimer.
If you search for “Buy Bitcoin in the UK”, you’ll find some strange recommendations sprinkled around.
I was interested in what popped up the most, so I counted up all the services mentioned at least twice in the top 10 search results.
In aggregate, these suggestions don’t look too bad.
I’ll be changing and extending this list in the future.
If you do have a suggestion, let me know in the comments section below!