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How & Where to Buy Cardano (ADA)

Buying Cardano (ADA) for funds from your bank requires a 2-step process. You're going to buy some BTC or ETH from an exchange that accepts deposits from a debit card or bank account, and then you're going to transfer your newly bought crypto to a marketplace that sells ADA in exchange for bitcoin or Ether.

Step 1Buy BTC or ETH at Gemini

Sign up and purchase BTC or ETH at Gemini.

If Gemini is not available in your jurisdiction, view our list of exchanges that sell BTC or ETH for Government issued money.

Step 2Go to a supporting ADA exchange:

Transfer your newly purchased BTC or ETH from your Coinbase wallet to one of the exchanges listed below.


Cardano Price & Information

Current ADA price and historical price chart

Why Should I Buy Cardano (ADA)?

What is Cardano?

Cardano is one of the first coins to use a Proof of Stake (PoS) blockchain built using the Haskell programming language. Their patented blockchain technology is known as “Ouroborous” and offers advanced security and functionalities not normally associated with PoS coins. The whitepaper for Ouroborous is extremely thorough and over 50 pages in length, written in an academic style. Their multi-staffed development team has many members with PhD’s, in a wide variety of fields, from mathematics to linguistics to computer sciences. It aims to provide extremely secure transactions while simultaneously making cryptocurrency easier to use by anybody.

History of Cardano (ADA)

Cardano was launched on September 29th, 2017 by technology company IOHK, and is one of the first coins to have a blockchain built using the Haskell programming language. The company was founded in 2015 by mathematician Charles Hoskinson and marketing strategist Jeremy Wood. IOHK is dedicated towards the improvement of “peer-to-peer” (P2P) technologies and services. Some of the previous projects IOHK team members have been involved in include the development of  NXT (NXT), Ethereum Classic (ETC), and the ADA wallet, Daedalus. The Cardano team consists of over 30 individuals and is one of the more pre-planned and thought-intensive cryptocurrencies to be released to date.

How Cardano Works

By making use of the relatively newly-developed Haskell programming language, the Ouroborous blockchain aims to make improvements upon classical PoS blockchain architectures. Haskell itself uses a “lazy evaluation” programming strategy and is a “purely functional” computing language, meaning it is simpler to program and less prone to bugs because programmed commands do not overlap or interfere with one other. The Cardano PoS system introduces a novel mechanism known as a “Settlement Layer,” which they propose not only speeds up transaction times but encourages users to engage in long-term participation by rewarding them with a certain amount of new coins based on the total number of coins held in each wallet, or address.

Why Use Cardano?

From the Cardano Introduction page:

“While there are similarities between Bitcoin and Cardano SL, there are also many differences between these two cryptocurrencies. The most significant difference is that Bitcoin is a proof of work type cryptocurrency, while Cardano SL makes use of a proof of stake approach to reach consensus. This encourages honesty and long term participation.”

From the IOHK Research website:

“We present ‘Ouroboros’, the first blockchain protocol based on proof of stake with rigorous security guarantees. We establish security properties for the protocol comparable to those achieved by the bitcoin blockchain protocol. As the protocol provides a ‘proof of stake’ blockchain discipline, it offers qualitative efficiency advantages over blockchains based on proof of physical resources (e.g., proof of work). We also present a novel reward mechanism for incentivizing Proof of Stake protocols and we prove that, given this mechanism, honest behavior is an approximate Nash equilibrium, thus neutralizing attacks such as selfish mining. We also present initial evidence of the practicality of our protocol in real world settings by providing experimental results on transaction confirmation and processing.”

How to Buy Cardano ADA

Cardano (ticker ADA) can be bought at most legitimate crypto exchanges. It’s available at Coinbase, Binance, CoinSwitch, HitBTC,, FTX Exchange, BitMex, and many others. View the entire list of Cardano ADA exchanges here.

Cardano ADA Casinos, Poker & Sports Betting Sites

Currently, Cardano ADA is only available at one online gambling site – Betcoin has a complete casino with hundreds of games, live dealer table games, and a sports betting area as well. They do not offer online poker.

As more gambling sites begin to accept ADA we will update CoinClarity with that information.

Technical Information

Start Date: 01/01/0001
Algorithm: Ouroboros
Proof Type: PoS


  1. smilekadi on November 28, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I need a wallet

    • Subasa on September 24, 2018 at 1:34 am

      Infinito Wallet supports ADA now

  2. Xoulio13 on December 1, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Can I buy ADA with my virtual visa…..????If I can please tell me the way to do it….!!!!

    • Cyrus McNally on December 1, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      There are a number of exchanges from which you can currently purchase Cardano. Just click one of the links above, under the “ADA Exchanges” section. We hope this helps!

  3. jeanmarc on December 1, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I also need a wallet!

  4. DeNigris1889 on December 3, 2017 at 10:12 am

    is it possible to buy cardano/ada like any share at stock market?

    • Cyrus McNally on December 3, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      No, to date there has not been a single cryptocurrency directly registered on a stock exchange. This is due to the innate differences between the way that cryptocurrencies and companies operate.

  5. annaleahtran on December 6, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I would like to be able to buy ADA bitcoins. I am current signed up with Coinbase. Can I make ADA bitcoin purchase here on Coin Clarity? Tell me how to go about creating a wallet to funding the purchasing account. Thanks

    • Cyrus McNally on December 6, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      We at Coin Clarity are not actually an exchange, though we do have partnerships with several exchanges.

      ADA is currently available for trading at bittrex.

  6. jeffreydale on December 7, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    I think this crypto is going to the moon man.. I was lucky enough to get in at $0.02 a coin.. been watching the price closely on and it’s up to $0.12/coin as of right now.. which is insane.. I can see this going getting up to $1 by the end of 2018.. what do you think?

  7. Meeta78 on December 19, 2017 at 1:54 am

    I do need Wallet. I have account with coin base, will that help ? Thank You

  8. Alejandro de la Torre on December 20, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Does anyone know when Bittrex will be available again? And what does “market cap” mean?

    Thank you

    • Cyrus McNally on December 22, 2017 at 5:21 am

      Bittrex is currently up and supporting Cardano for trade.

      And Market Capitalization is a simple mathematical formula that goes like this: market cap = # coins in circulation x price of the current coin.

      In cryptocurrency it is a borrowed term from the stock market, where market cap = # shares available x price per share.

  9. PeterCrypto1 on February 10, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Cardano is also available at CoinSwitch. It’s ShapeShift like service where you can instantly exchange it from BTC. You can also include this option as well.

  10. Subasa on September 24, 2018 at 1:33 am

    Infinito Wallet is already supporting ADA

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