Where is Andorra?
We get asked a lot where Andorra actually is – well, it’s a tiny principality nestled between France and Spain with borders on both sides. It’s not part of the EU and it offers low taxation on goods which is why it’s such a great value ski area and the reason so many people go back year after year. The skiing is pretty special too with two main ski areas offering over 186 miles of skiable terrain.
How do I get there?
It’s very easy to get to Andorra – the main airport hubs that you can use are Barcelona in Spain and Toulouse in France. From both of these you have the option of regular shuttle services to all the resorts making it very convenient and easy to reach.
Barcelona has shuttles every 2 hours daily from 10am to 10pm to and from Andorra, and Toulouse offers three services daily. These are an economical way of getting to the resort and the services are quick and reliable. Most major airlines from the UK & Ireland offer regional routes to both these airports so you will have a large choice of flights to buy and the prices are often low especially when you book up in advance.
If you prefer you can also book private transfers too from both airports and these are a good deal if you are travelling in a group. For groups of 12 or less it’s always more economical for the shuttle transfers
The transfer time will of course depend on the traffic and weather but as a guide, most transfers are around 3 to 3 and a half hours.
A lot of people from the UK will also decide to drive to Andorra – From Dover to Andorra for example it takes around 13-14 hours. A good idea is to plan an overnight stay somewhere as an extra to your holiday and also to break up the driving.
Some people prefer to fly into an airport then rent a car. Please check in advance the conditions of each car rental company as they all vary – check if you are fully insured and also what your excess is should you make a claim. Also some companies will include the “cross border fee” to reach Andorra in their price but others charge extra at the airport.
You will also need to state on your rental at the time of booking that you are travelling to Andorra (or your insurance could be void if you forget) and it’s a legal requirement to have snow chains in your car during winter months.
There few different routes when driving from Barcelona to Andorra so try to go the way that avoids tolls to save you cash. There are also many speed camera’s on the route so take care in watching your speed
The shuttle bus is the easiest, lees stress and most economical way of reaching Andorra.