How do I buy a native coin?

There are a few different approaches to buying a native coin. In order to use Bridges Exchange, you should buy BNB Coin (BNB), so we’ll focus on that specifically. You can:
  1. 1.
    Buy BNB on a CEX, and send it to your non-custodial wallet.
  2. 2.
    Use a credit card, debit card, or other payment method to instantly purchase BNB through a independent on-ramp, and send it directly to your non-custodial wallet.

Purchase BNB on a CEX

There are several CEXs (CEXs are explained in an upcoming section) that allow you to purchase BNB. You’ll need to do research to find out which CEXs are available in your country and whether or not they have listed BNB. The leading exchange for purchasing BNB is Binance which is, of course, the creator of BNB and the BNB Chain. (Note: If you’re located in the U.S., you’ll use instead.) KuCoin, FTX, and others have also listed BNB. Some of Binance’s competitors—such as Coinbase and Kraken—have not listed BNB.
When buying coins on a CEX, you will need to go through the process of legally identifying yourself. You can then connect your bank account or use whichever funding methods are available with that CEX to add fiat to your account and purchase BNB. Keep in mind that many CEXs won’t allow you to transfer that BNB to your non-custodial wallet right away. You may need to wait a period of time (several days or more) before being able to move your BNB to your non-custodial wallet.

Purchase BNB instantly

If you want BNB to use right away, then it’s better to use the second method, most commonly referred to as simply an on-ramp. In this method, you use a payment provider (not an exchange) to buy BNB with your credit card, debit card, Apple Pay, or other payment methods. You can send it to your non-custodial wallet directly and without having to wait. Keep in mind that you will likely be required to verify your identity with these providers the first time you use their service as well.
Learn more about on-ramps in the next section.