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Crypto trading fees - what to expect?

Trading fees comparison
Before you start trading cryptos, make sure you're aware of all possible costs and fees related to crypto trading.
(Page last updated: 5th of February 2022)

Cryptocurrency trading fees

Trading cryptocurrencies either via some crypto trading platform or cryptocurrency exchange is not free.

Here are the most common types of fees you're expected to pay.

Deposit & withdrawal fees

Normally deposits and withdrawals to and from cryptocurrency exchange are not free.

The fees can be anywhere from just 30 cents to 3, 4 or even 10% of your deposit/withdrawal.

You can see some deposit & withdrawal fee comparisons below:

DetailsCardFiat DepositFiat WithdrawalInstant Buy
BinanceBinance offers many options for payments depending on your location, includong bank transfer, credit and debit cards and Apple Pay. 1.8%1.8%1% (VISA)0.50%
Bittrex-3%Free or up to $25Free or up to $253%
ByBitSpot trading base fee is just 0.1%.1-15%--1-15%
CoinbaseCoinbase fees can be quite overwhelming to understand. And what we found about crypto withdrawals and minimums, we can only tell you that the fee is 1% plus network fee. No information about the minimums.2.49% - 3.99%€0.15 Free or up to $25Up to 3.99%
GeminiGemini fees structure is complicated. But withdrawal and deposit fees are either free (ACH transfers) or cost 3.49% plus trading fees (card) or based on your bank.3.49%+Free or up to 3.49%+Free or up to 3.49%+Free or up to 3.49%+
Huobi GlobalBase trading fee is 0.2%-1-3%1%1%
Kraken-3.75% + $/€0.25Free or up to $/€ 10Free or up to $/€ 350.9% - 1.5%
Kucoin-3% - 12%Free to 3%n/a yet3% - 12%
LbankLbank fees are low. Trading fees are 0.1%/0.1% and crypto withdrawal are fees very reasonable.----
MEXC GlobalDirect Buy Fees can be anywhere from 1%-15%, base trading fee is 0.2%1-15%--1-15%
PhemexPhemex charges 0.1% fees for trading. The same fee is for maker and taker. Crypto deposit and withdrawal fees vary.Varies--Varies

Trading fees

You are also charged a fee for every trade you make. The fees are usually called maker fees and taker fees.

One is the fee for buying crypto and the other for selling it.

The exact trading fees depends a lot on the exchange/platform, but generally the base fees are each anywhere between 0.1% and 1.5% of the trade amount.

The fees can be lowered based on your monthly trading volume.

Compare trading fees below:

MakerTakerFee discounts
Binance0.1%0.1%If you pay with fees with BNB, you automatically get a 20% fee discount.
ByBit0.1%0.1%Discounts based on trading volume.
Gate.io0.2%0.2%If you pay the fees with KCS, you pay 30%-70% less trading fees.
Hotbit-0.05%0.2%Maker-> -0.05% to -0.50% (when using HTB token to pay fees), Taker-> 0.20% to 0.65%
Huobi Global0.2%0.2%Fee discounts if you hold Huobi token HT.
Kucoin0.1%0.1%Pay for fees with KCS to lower your fees.
MEXC Global0.2%0.2%Pay for fees with MX token, and you can get 20 % off trading fees.
Phemex0.1%0.1%Depending on your trading volume fees can go down to -0.0020%/0.0300%. Fees for contracts trading ar

Exchange fees

There can also be other fees in the cryptocurrency exchange. So make sure you read the fine print in the exchange you decide to join.


Spreads are maybe not so important when choosing the crypto trading exchange, but they are very important when you're trading crypto on some CFD trading platform.

Different crypto trading platforms can also have different spreads and sometimes part of the commission/fee can be hidden there.

Spread is the difference between buy and sell price.

For example the buying price for Bitcoin can be $50 000 while selling price can be $49 500.

Just an example.

Spreads can be fixed, but they can also change should the market conditions be very volatile.

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Author: Siim Einfeldt
I became interested in cryptocurrencies only a bit more than two years ago. Since then I have been in investing in cryptos using different exchanges. And I also launched when I started trading, just to share my crypto journey and my results.
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