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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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.
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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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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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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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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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 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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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.
I went to Andorra whilst...
I went to Andorra whilst living in Tarragona. it´s a 4 hour drive from Tarragona by car. but the 4 hours are worth it. The whole trip through the mountains is beautiful. on the picture you can see my travel-buddies on the way back from andorra to tarragona. ok perhaps it gets a bit borring..but i´m sure there are other ways to get there..this is just the way i got there!
mmm i wouldn´t wanna drive here..the capital of andorra..is..confusing i think...for a car-driver..i don´t know..judge for yourself. but i liked that fact that we just used our legs for getting around andorra city!!
Getting to the Principality of...
Getting to the Principality of Andorra is not easy, and is probably best combined within a larger driving trip in France or Spain. From Barcelona, which is the only really big city in either France or Spain that has an airport close to Andorra, you can rent a car and be into Andorra La Vella in about 3 1/2 hours, slightly longer if you plan to stay in Ordino or one of the other mountain towns. Be advised that this is not a straight line drive and involves several highway changes. It is easy to get lost, both coming and going, so bring a map and be sure to have studied it before you depart on your journey. (You can also enter Andorra from France as well, but again, a map is essential.) Another option is to take the bus from Barcelona. There are three buses into and out of Andorra daily from Barcelona's central bus station or airport into the main bus terminal in Andorra La Vella. From there you can take a cab if your hotel is in the capital or Escaldes, or you can take a mini-bus into the other towns of the principality. Be advised, there are no airports or train stations in Andorra. The closest airport is in Barcelona, the closest train station, from where you can take a bus into Andorra La Vella, is in Urgel, Spain.
Getting around Andorra La Vella and Escaldes should be done on foot, as the traffic, particulary on weekends and at rush hour, can be quite bad and parking can be hard to come by, tends to be far from things, and is expensive. (The sole exception is if you plan to go to Borda Estevet for dinner, in which case you should take a taxi or drive. Free parking is available.) As to the rest of the principality, there is a network of minibuses that you can use to get around. This will get you from town to town, but you will miss a lot of scenic stops. Unfortunately, driving yourself, Andorran drivers and twisting mountain roads notwithtsanding, is probably your best bet. Better still, have your hotel arrange one of the many tours that are available.
From the UK a IT tour with...
From the UK a IT tour with First Choice. They include a car and a Hotel with Half Board in Arinsal Or Soldeu. Driving from Reus is easy and takes 3 1/2 hrs. Fuel in Andorra was 125pts/litre in 2000.
Car again. Passes are steep so don't hurry. Drive to Car parks to start walks. Andorra La Vella City is a nightmare to park in.
One of the most important tip:...
One of the most important tip: If You Andorra La Vella and want to go Pas de la Casa, the best way can be choosing the road to Ordino and than to Pas de la Casa. This road is trough the mountain but it's better than stay 30 minutes - 2 hours in the traffic completly stopped. Or Not. Try your luck...
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.
Salvia hotel is very good located. Even the hotel is a 3 star the looby seems a 4 or 5 star....more
Carretera General d'Arinsal, Arinsal, AD400, Andorra
Good for: Solo
My friends, passionate skiers, following my suggestion went to Andorra for skiing in February 2006....more
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