We often receive questions about how to sell a particular cryptocurrency, so we made this page to outline the general process for how to cash in your crypto for GBP or another fiat currency.

Essentially, you follow the process of buying cryptocurrency in reverse.

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The way in which you are able to cash out your crypto for GBP depends on which cryptocurrencies you’re holding:

  • If you’re looking to sell popular cryptos like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple, you’ll likely be able to trade directly to GBP as outlined in Option 1.
  • If you’re trying to cash in a less popular crypto (or, ‘altcoins’), you’ll likely need to first trade it for one of the more popular coins, as explained in Option 2.


Option 1: Trade Crypto Directly for GBP

This option is the easiest, but is only available with certain (larger) cryptocurrencies.

Updated March 2020: there are now a variety of easier options for cashing out your crypto directly to British Pounds (GBP).

Below are the GBP and EUR trading pairs for two reputable exchanges: CEX.io and Coinbase.

If you see the cryptocurrencies you wish to sell for GBP/EUR listed below, it means you can do so directly on these platforms

CEX.io: sign up here

  • GBP Trading Pairs: ADA, ATOM, BAT, BCH, BTC, ETH, GAS, LTC, MHC, NEO, XRP, XTZ
  • EUR Trading Pairs: ADA, ATOM, BAT, BCH, BTC, BTG, BTT, DASH, ETH, GAS, LTC, MHC, NEO, OMG, ONG, ONT, TRX, XLM, XRP, XTZ

Coinbase: sign up here

  • GBP Trading Pairs: BTC, BCH, ETH, ETC, LTC
  • EUR Trading Pairs: BTC, BCH, EOS, ETH, ETC, LTC, XLM, XRP, ZRX

See your cryptocurrency listed above? Great! It’s going to be easy to sell for GBP or EUR.

Just sign up for an account at those exchanges (if you don’t already have one), and send your coins there to be traded for GBP/EUR.


Option 2: Cryptocurrency -> BTC/ETH -> GBP

If you don’t see a GBP/EUR trading pair for your cryptocurrency in Option 1, you will most likely have to first exchange it for a coin that does have a GBP trading pair (BTC or ETH are usually your safest bet).

Then, when you have your BTC or ETH, you can sell that directly for GBP as highlighted in Option 1.

The diagram below outlines the process, with example exchanges/services you could use:

Sell crypto to GBP

Step 1: Send your coins from your wallet to an exchange

If you left your coins on an exchange wallet (which we strongly advise against), you can skip the first step.

You need to get your cryptocurrency onto an exchange that offers a trading pair for your coin and BTC or ETH. In the diagram above there are some example exchanges that have many trading pairs, so they’re a good place to start. If you can’t find an exchange with a BTC/ETH trading pair for your coin, contact us and we’ll do our best to help.

Recommended exchanges:

  • CEX.io (recommended; sell to £GBP as in Option 1)
  • Coinbase (Our 2nd choice: sell to £GBP)

Step 2: Trade your coins for BTC or ETH

Now that you’ve sent your coin to the exchange, go ahead and trade it (sell it) for BTC/ETH.

Step 3: Sell your BTC or ETH for GBP or EUR

Now, trade your BTC or ETH for GBP or EUR. Then, follow the withdrawal instructions for the exchange you’re using.

It may be best to check which UK banks allow you to interact with cryptocurrency services before making a large withdrawal.

Top tip: Always check the fees you’re paying — and compare rates — as it may actually cheaper to sell your Bitcoin or Ethereum for Euros, even with currency conversion fees.


As always, feel free to contact us should you need any more help

– The CBC team