Driving your own car in Andorra
We visited Andorra with my own car, coming into the country from Spain, in La Seu d'Urgell (Lérida province) heading to Andorra la Vella, the capital city.
Andorra is not a member state of the European Union, so there is a border and a police control in between Spain and Andorra. As long as the Principality is considered a fiscal paradise the queue could be a bit long sometimes.
The roads are very well kept and the are broad enough, considering that it's a mountain country. There are no trains and airports in Andorra, so driving your car is normally the best option to reach the country.
If you're going on winter I advise you to bring tires chains before crossing the border, because you're going to need them, for sure.
The roads and mainly the cities have got a heavy traffic, so be prepared to it and always be patient and careful.
After been in Andorra la Vella we climbed the mountain to La Massana across a new tunnel, very comfortable. Our exit of the country were searching the French border in Pas de la Casa. You have two options, a high mountain road or a (paying toll) tunnel. We chose the last one because of the weather conditions and we think it was the wiser option.Related to:
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Access to Andorra is by car or bus. A good bus service goes to Barcelona in Spain. A bus goes to La Tour de Carol in France where a train goes north in France or South to Spain. I entered by bus from La Tour de Carol and left by bus to Barcelona.
Just by Road
The only way to Andorra just by road, there is no airport or train station here. The closes airport is from Barcelona-Spain or Toulouse-Blagnac-France. The better way to Andorra is by car or bus, where can enjoy the view of the Pyrenees mountain with the snow on top. The main roads to Andorra are very well maintained, large and safe but sometimes very steep, and when winter time better use the chain in the weels of the car because the snow on the road.
The other way to Andorra by train is: in French railway station closest to Andorra is L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre, two hours south of Toulouse by train. From there, daily buses make the two hour trip to Andorra la Vella. The nearest Spanish railway station is about 40km (25km) east of the Andorran border at Puigcerdà. It has daily bus connections to Andorra la Vella via Seu d'Urgell.
Only by road or... helicopter :-)
This tiny - one of the most mountainous countries in the world - is squeezed in the heart of Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain and has no airport and no trains. However, the closest airport (LEU) is located in La Seu d'Urgell, Spain that is only 20km from Andorra la Vella but it's a local airport.
International cheap flights reach Barcelona (BCN) and Girona (GRO) in Spain and Toulouse (TLS) in France. Prepare for long bus transfers (3-4 hours) from these airports to Andorra. The nearest railway station is located in l'Hospitalet, France, only 13 km from Andorra border crossing point in Pas de la Casa.
But the only way to get to Andorra is by road that is by car, bus (they go from the above airports and railway station, also from Perpignan in France) or bicycle, or - if you are enough rich and the weather is good - by helicopter. There is one - 44 km long - well maintained, open all year round, and very scenic road from France (Toulouse; N20 to N22) through Andorra (CG2 and CG1) to Spain (La Seu d'Urgell; N145).
I drove it from Toulouse, France (155 km). The very scenic mountain road was climbing up to the border crossing point where I had to stop and show my passport and futher up to Port d'Envalira, the highest paved pass in the Pyrenees (see my off the beaten path tip).
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France to Andorra to Barcelona by public transport
I travelled into andorra from Paris, and onto Barcelona in november 2009
I got overnight train from Paris to La tour de carol - first mistake - I shoul have got off at L'hospitalet - there are infrequent buses between the two.
From L'Hospitalet there ws only one bus a day to Pays de la Casa - at 0935, there was no direct bus to andorra. the bus driver from La tour de Carol phoned ahead to ask the driver of the L'Hospitalet bus to wait for me as our bus was due to arrive at 0940! That bus wa late anyway. It dropped me at Pays de a Casa where there were quite a few buses leaving to Andorra la vella.
(In andorra la vella I stayed at hotel cisco de la sans which wa excellent and good price)
From andorra la V to Barcelona was vey easy - I jsut went to the 'bus station' which is essentially a traavel shop, next to Parc Central. Buses leave every 90 mins or so straight to Barcelona (Sants station) for about 25 euros, they also go to the Barca airport.Related to:
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Overland travel to the mini country
The only way to Andorra is by overland transit. If you have your own car, you can enjoy your own schedule and flexibility to see all the ins and outs of the small mountain country.
However, if you do not have your own transportation, Andorra's government page has a complete list of how to get there.
Bus companies, train transfers and their departure locations are listed, complete from:
Spain - Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona, Reus, Salou, Cambrils, Lleida, Valencia, Alacante, Madrid, Zaragoza, etc.
France - Toulouse, Hospitalet
The website also has the contact web pages and phone numbers of the transit lines.
Prices and schedule for one such service directly from Barcelona, Girona and Toulouse airports are can be found at this link. Also, it gives location of bus stops.
If you traveling as a group from anywhere (Reus, Carcassonne, Lleida, etc.), their posted prices for private transfers may be economical depending on your group size.Related to:
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Getting to and from Andorra
The best website I have found for the above is
For travel within Andorra:-
If you are travelling to Andorra by bus from Toulouse the buses run from the main Toulouse train station in Toulouse. When you get to the train station the buses run from the "Gare Routiers" right in front of the main train station. "Gare Routiers" is well sign posted.
If you are travelling between Andorra and Barcelona by bus be careful to research properly in advance. This is since the buses run to and from 2 bus stations in Barcelona - "Estacio Sants" and "Nord". "Nord" bus station is right beside "Arc de Triomf" metro.
To Andorra by car / Low prices for gasoline!
See the discroption on the page.
If you go to Andorra with a rental car it might be the same price than the bus for a weekend trip. If you have a car this offers you much more options.
The travel to Andorra will be unforgetable!
The prices of gasoline are very cheap in Andorra so cheap this in mind for choosing the right pit stop strategy!Related to:
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To Andorra by bus.
Bus is one off the cheapest way to get to Andorra though the price for the bus extremely high.
The airports around Andorra all have connections to Andorra.
On the linked page the timetables and prices are published.Related to:
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Very well maintained roads
As you can see from the photo, the main roads of Andorra are very well maintained. They are of asphalt, but usually are only two lanes, so take your time, because their are alot of curves. Some of the secondary roads are very well maintained as well, but be sure that they are open if there has been alot of recent snow. I highly recommend the road between Ordino and Canillo--it is usually open unless there has been too much snow. If it is open, it is a beautiful drive.Related to:
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Really, the best is to have a car
The nearest major airport is Barcelona, Spain, and there are no trains going to Andorra. You can take a bus from Barcelona, but once you are in Andorra you are then restricted as to where you can go and when you can go there. I do highly recommend driving to and around Andorra. The capital can be full of traffic and pedestrians and parking can be scarce--but still, it is by far the best way to get around (unless you plan on spending 6 months, as then you could walk everywhere)...again, when driving, mind the windy roads!Related to:
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Andorra is a majestic mountain realm squeezed between Spain and France, we drove the main road estbound through La Vella. Both uphill and downhill are very steep, in the August heat traffic is intense and steaming engines force a few vehicles to pull aside, at times clogging the road. Foresee to drive or ride with daylight for the beauty of scenery.Related to:
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The only way into Andorra is...
The only way into Andorra is by road. The major automobile routes into and out of Andorra include the CG1 from Spain and the CG2 from France. If you take the latter, you'll pass through the unforgettable Port d'Envalira, the highest pass in the Pyrenees (2410m/7900ft).The nearest Spanish airports are in Barcelona and Girona; the nearest French airport is Toulouse-Blagnac. The French railway station closest to Andorra is L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre, two hours south of Toulouse by train. From there, daily buses make the two hour trip to Andorra la Vella. The nearest Spanish railway station is about 40km (25km) east of the Andorran border at Puigcerdà. It has daily bus connections to Andorra la Vella via Seu d'Urgell.
Hiring a car is the best way to see Andorra and her mountains..the roads are large and safe.In the winter you have to chain in the weels of the car because the snow on the roads.
The only way to reach Andorra...
The only way to reach Andorra is by road. You can also take the train up to Hospitalet (France) and continue by bus for the last 40 km. The nearest airport is in Toulouse (France), some 120 km from Andorra.
The only way I know to get to...
The only way I know to get to Andorra is by car (or by bus, I suppose). There's no airport nor train, and I think a quite common way to get to Andorra is to rent a car where you land.
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