Flew Dublin - Toulouse with Ryanscare chartered flight. Then got a bus from Toulouse to Arinsal via Pas de la Casa and Andorra La Vella.
Came home by ambulance when my friend had a skiing accident and I stayed on to help. Of course this meant missing the flight home from Toulouse. We had to be transferred to Barcelona by ambulance and flew back to Dublin from there.
There is only 1 taxi firm in all of Andorra. You cant book a taxi for a specific time, but we found them very efficent and relatively punctual. About €10 for a taxi between Arinsal and Andorra la Vella.
Within Arinsal itself, there are local buses taking you to other villages like La Massana and Andorra la Vella.
Getting to Arinsal is only possible by car or by bus. A good website where you can reserve seats on the public bus from Girona, Toulouse or Barcelona airports right to your hotel in Andorra is www.hola-andorra.com. They'll send you your bus tickets within 24 hours. You can also book private transfers either via taxi or buses for up to 50 persons
The free ski bus runs regularly from La Massana, through Arinsal, picking up at all the hotels and stopping at the gondola.
It also runs in reverse at the end of the day to drop you back at your hotel.
On a couple of mornings we took the free ski bus to La Massana and changed to a blue ski bus (1.50 Euro each) to get to Ordino-Arcalis ski area. This was well worth the trip, partly as we had exhausted the slopes at Arinsal and Pal and partly because the slopes at Arcalis were longer and quieter than Arinsal/Pal. Get detailed advice from your rep as we waited at the wrong stop on the first day and missed the connecting bus.
I think some buses from La Massana picked up at the gondola and some from the bus stop outside the pharmacy only 100m away across a road junction.
The gondola is the quickest way of getting from the centre of Arinsal to the mountain. Its either take the gondola or take a very long journey up a very windy road.
You can get a gondola pass from the little brown hut at the base of the gondola which allows you access by swiping a card against a sensor.
Hey It Easier To Book A Package Holiday And Get Your Bus For Free Because Its There When You Get Off The Plane And Takes You Straight To Your Apartment Then Its There To Collect You Again When Your Going Home And Takes You Straight Back To The Airaport!!!
P.S Be Sure To Bring A Cd Player Or Sumthin For The Bus Journey Because Its A Long One But The Views Of The Mountains Are Amazing From The Bus
Even if you don't plan on going skiing or skateboard I definatly recommend that you take a trip on the gondola just for the experience alone.