How to get to Andorra
You may be wondering how to get to the landlocked country of Andorra? What means of transportation should you use to get to the Principality? We provide several ways for you to get to this small, beautiful and inviting country located in the Pyrenees between France and Spain.
How to get to Andorra: Visiting the Principality made easy
Car: the preferred means of transportation
If you are planning on visiting Andorra, there is one thing you need to keep in mind – the only way to access the country directly is by car. While you may take a train or plane to the outskirts of Andorra, you will still need to take a shuttle or bus to reach the Principality proper. The Principality is perched high in the Pyrenees Mountains, making it impossible to build a railway or airport that can bring you directly into the country.
If you have decided to travel by car, the easiest way is from Toulouse. It takes two and a half to three hours to go from Toulouse to Pas de la Casa, the first Andorran city after the French border. It takes approximately the same amount of time to drive from Perpignan, France. From Barcelona the trip is about three hours. Please note that there are shuttles and buses from all three cities.
How to get to Andorra without a car: Plane or train
If you don’t have a car, you can get close to your final destination by train or plane then take a shuttle bus or taxi into Andorra.
How to get to Andorra by train
As stated above, you cannot take a train directly to Andorra. However, you can take a train from Austerlitz train station in Paris and get off at the stop Hospitalet-près-l’Andorre, only a few kilometres from Pas de la Casa. You will then need to take a bus to finish your journey.
Visiting Andorra by plane
The closest airport to Andorra is La Seu d’Urgell, although there are very few regular flights. It is easier to book flights to Barcelona, Toulouse or Perpignan and then continue the rest of the journey by car or bus.
Tips for getting around the Principality by car and bus
Visiting Andorra by Car
Upon arrival you will notice that Andorran roads are beautiful and very well maintained. It is important to know that you won’t need to worry about parking in Andorra, except in a few places. There are many convenient parking lots near shopping centers and ski destinations.
Key tip: there is often rush hour traffic on the road between Andorra la Vella and Pas de la Casa. The same applies to the road that descends from La Massana to Andorra la Vella. Rush hour is typically in the morning between 8AM and 9AM and in the afternoon and evening between 4PM and 6PM. However you can always check the local traffic for more details.
Bus: the most practical way of getting around Andorra
Visiting Andorra by bus is an excellent alternative if you don’t have a car. Once you are in the Principality, the public transport network (bus) will make your journey easier. The routes are extensive and tickets are inexpensive. The fare for one trip can cost anywhere between €1.50 and €6 depending on the distance you plan on covering. A pack of ten tickets is sold for around €15.