Getting to Andorra
There are no airports in Andorra - however there are daily coach services from the airports in Barcelona in Spain and Toulouse in France to Andorra.
The nearest airports are: Perpignan 128 km to the east, no coach connections but you can take a Yellow train to La tour de Carol and further to l'Hospitalet. Toulouse–Blagnac (France) 196 km (121.8 mi) to the north Barcelona (Spain) 202 km (125.5 mi) to the south (From airports to Andorra by car: 3 hours)
By helicopter from the above airports, up 4 places, 35 minutes.
- An airport for Andorra has come a step closer with the announcement on Friday that the Catalan Government has bought the land at Seu d'Urgell to develop an airport, for 8 million Euros.
- Andorra will pay for the building of the airport, just ten minutes from the Andorran capital. With the opening due in 3-4 years, this will impact property prices and encourage more ski holiday visitors.
There are no train lines or stations in Andorra, and none close to the Spanish border. However, the French train station of l'Hospitalet is located a few miles from the Andorran border. It is possible to catch an overnight sleeper train from Paris to l'Hospitalet, as well as many other services. There is a connecting coach service from l'Hospitalet into Andorra, calling at Pas de la Casa , Soldeu and Andorra La Vella.
The nearest rail stations are:
- L'Hospitalet (France) 3 km/1.85 mls from the Andorran border. With SNCF to L'Hospitalet. From L'Hospitalet to Andorra by bus (regular service)
- Puigcerda(Spain) 80 km/50 mls from Andorra
Roads in Andorra are generally of a good quality. Entering from the Spanish side is a relatively straightforward drive; however entering from France is a more stressful affair involving many hairpin bends. Border control officers at both sides are generally fine, but be prepared for delays during busy times. However, be sure your car is in good condition, since Andorra is very high.
Also beware of black ice and snow drifts as the temperature in Andorra can be much colder than at sea level.
The approach from the French side passes through the 2.9km long Tunel d'Envalira which requires a credit or debit card for payment of the fee. The amounts are: winter (remainder of year)
- Cars ˆ5.60 (ˆ4.80)
- Others ˆ16.70 (ˆ10.70)
Winter is from 1st December to 31st March
Car rental The usual car hire companies operate from Andorra airport and other locations such as 'down town', the desks are sometimes quiet and unmanned so it may be a good idea to book in advance online, your rates should still be good value.
- From December to March, is recommended to have winter tires and/or snow chains to hand in the car.
There are many coach services operating into Andorra. From France there is a coach service, Novatel from Toulouse, and one that operates via L'Hospitalet and La Tour de Carol. From Spain, coaches to Andorra can be caught from a variety of locations.
There are at least 2 bus companies operating daily service from Barcelona airport. Eurolines goes from outside the door of Terminal B, but you must be early and quick because the driver has a habit of arriving early and driving off if no-one is there. Also you don't pay for the ticket at the airport, but travel to the Barcelona Sants and have to get off to buy a ticket. Service is slow. One should also remember that you will need to show your passport here. Trip time is about 3.5 to 4 hours.
The bus company Alsina Graells has eight trips a day from Barcelona. The trip takes 3.5-4 hours and costs ˆ23 one-way and ˆ40 round trip.
Bus or shuttle services between Andorra and:
- Barcelona Airport and Barcelona, Toulouse Airport
- Madrid, Valencia, Alicante, Castellon, Zaragoza, Lleida, Tarragona.
If you have a few days in Andorra, then you can easily visit most of the main villages by the local bus service .
There are 8 main bus lines or 'linies', and all of these pass through Andorra La Vella. The fare is anything from about a euro, to two or three euros depending where you are going. For the towns nearest to Andorra La Vella, the service is very regular, and as frequent as every 30 minutes during the day. If you are travelling to the outlying places like El Serrat, Arinsal and El Pas del la Casa, there are only 2 or 3 buses per day. Be sure to check the timetable.Resource: Wikitravel.org