bitFlyer exchange – July 2019 review

bitFlyer Cryptocurrency Exchange - EU
bitFlyer Cryptocurrency Exchange - EU
  • Buy/sell 7 cryptocurrencies
  • Operates across Japan, US and Europe
  • JPY, USD and EUR supported
  • Advanced trading features
Find out more Go to site

Buy and sell bitcoin on bitFlyer

BitFlyer is a bitcoin exchange designed to help you trade between bitcoin and fiat currency. Calling itself “the world’s largest bitcoin exchange,” it offers a professional dashboard and multiple periodic promotions that supports fiat deposits and withdrawals.

Product Name bitFlyer Cryptocurrency Exchange - EU
Fiat Currencies USD, EUR, JPY
Cryptocurrencies BTC
Deposit Methods Bank transfer
Credit card
Cryptocurrency
Wire transfer
Trading Fee None
Deposit Fees BTC: 0.0004
SEPA: 0 EUR
Withdrawal Fees BTC: 0.0004
SEPA: €0.30 if under €250,000 & €10.00 for if over €250,000

Pros

  • BitFlyer Lightning — available to Trade Class or above — allows you to buy bitcoin quickly.
  • A robust system supports a high volume of trades.
  • Professional trading dashboard and charting features help beginners and experts.

Cons

  • Fees vary by service, which can be hard to narrow down.
  • Supports bitcoin only.
  • Site and help sections can be difficult to navigate.
Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of cryptocurrency or any specific provider, service or offering. It is not a recommendation to trade.

What is bitFlyer?

Founded in 2014, bitFlyer is an exchange out of Japan that’s among the largest by volume, boasting nearly 1 million users. In 2016, the company extended its virtual trading into the US.

Which cryptocurrencies can I buy or sell?

Unlike other crypto exchanges offering a wide variety of altcoins for trade, bitFlyer specializes in only bitcoin in the US at the moment.

Available fiat pairs
BitFlyer limits its services to the following fiat pairs:

  • USD
  • EUR
  • JPY

Note that services are not yet available to residents of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, West Virginia or Wyoming.

Which payment methods does bitFlyer accept?

While Japanese users can take advantage of more flexible payment options and more coins such as BCH, ETH, ETC, LTC, MONA and LISK, US bitFlyer users are limited to:

  • Virtual currency deposits or withdrawals.
  • US dollar deposits or withdrawals via wire transfer (ACH transfers are not accepted at this time).
  • Bitcoin.
Go to site

How much will it cost me to use bitFlyer?

You won’t pay anything to create or maintain an account with bitFlyer. But you’ll need to fund your account with US dollars from a bank account through a wire transfer. BitFlyer doesn’t charge a fee for incoming wire transfers — but your bank might.

As of this writing, bitFlyer does charge a US$10 fee to withdraw US dollars to your bank account. It also charges a .0008 BTC fee on bitcoin deposits and withdrawals. Additional bitcoin transaction fees vary depending on your trading volume and frequency.

How fast are my funds available?

Funds that you deposit to bitFlyer through your bank’s wire transfers are typically available in one business day, depending on bank hours and holidays. For all to go without a hitch, the name on your bank account must exactly match that of your bitFlyer account.

Are there any transfer limits with bitFlyer?

BitFlyer enforces limits that depend on your account type: Trade or TradePro.

Trade TradePro
Maximum daily bitcoin transactions US$2,000 US$50,000
Maximum daily US dollar transactions US$2,000 US$50,000
Maximum single transaction US$3,000 Unlimited

Is it safe to use bitFlyer?

Yes. While cryptocurrencies are known for volatility and the general risks associated with trading bitcoin, bitFlyer offers a robust security infrastructure to protect your personal and financial details.

  • Privacy. To create an account, US residents in supported states must provide an email address, personal information, a valid photo ID and, if requested, a recent utility bill that confirms your address.
  • Security. To increase your account security, bitFlyer offers optional two-factor identification. Enable 2fA through your account’s security settings.

Customer support

BitFlyer offers a moderately thorough documentation section online, although it can be difficult to navigate.

To contact support with bitFlyer, look for the “Contact” page in the site’s footer. You might need to search “contact us” to find a link to the support form through an existing FAQ answer.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • BitFlyer Lightning — available to Trade Class or above — allows you to buy bitcoin quickly.
  • A robust system supports a high volume of trades.
  • Professional trading dashboard and charting features help beginners and experts.

Cons

  • Fees vary by service, which can be hard to narrow down.
  • Supports bitcoin only.
  • Site and help sections can be difficult to navigate.

Next steps

To get started with bitFlyer, visit its site to create an account.

To begin trading, you must provide an email address and personal information. Once bitFlyer approves your account, you can initiate a wire transfer to add funds and get trading.

bitFlyer sign up

Go to site

FAQs

Disclaimer: Cryptocurrencies are speculative, complex and involve significant risks – they are highly volatile and sensitive to secondary activity. Performance is unpredictable and past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before relying on this information. You should also verify the nature of any product or service (including its legal status and relevant regulatory requirements) and consult the relevant Regulators' websites before making any decision. Finder, or the author, may have holdings in the cryptocurrencies discussed.
Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder.com provides guides and information on a range of products and services. Because our content is not financial advice, we suggest talking with a professional before you make any decision.

By submitting your comment or question, you agree to our Privacy and Cookies Policy and Terms of Use.

Questions and responses on finder.com are not provided, paid for or otherwise endorsed by any bank or brand. These banks and brands are not responsible for ensuring that comments are answered or accurate.
Go to site