**Updated 05th March 2017**
If you’ve been researching how to get to Andorra you may have realised by now that Andorra doesn’t have it’s own airport, and therefore relies on holidaymakers flying in to either France or Spain. This actually means that you’ll probably have a great selection of flights to choose from because you have a variety of airports all within fairly easy reach of the slopes.
The most popular airports for holidaymakers are Barcelona and Toulouse, but you can also fly in to Girona, Reus, Carcassonne, Montpellier, and more recently Lleida. When searching for flights though, you should always bear in mind how you are going to travel from the airport to Andorra because you might find some bargain flights but then be stuck with a long wait at the airport.
First up, “taxi transfers” or “private transfers”. This is by far the easiest way to get here because your driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals hall, and as soon as your family/group have arrived you can get on the road and on your way to your hotel. It also means you don’t have to worry about remembering your driving licence and when you’ve arrived you don’t need to worry about parking or driving in wintery conditions. On the down side if you’re a small group it can work out to be quite expensive, but it can take a lot of stress from the journey.
Next we’ll cover “shared transfers” or “airport shuttles”. In Andorra there are two main operators, Direct Bus who only go to and from Barcelona to Andorra La Vella, and Andbus (formally Novatel), who operate to and from Barcelona and Toulouse to anywhere in Andorra. Andbus offer six services daily to and from Barcelona (plus an extra service during winter) and two services daily to and from Toulouse (plus an extra service during winter). This is a cost effective way of getting from the airport to your hotel, especially for families and small groups.
Finally, car hire should be considered if you are confident in driving overseas. As you’re coming to a ski resort you need to plan for having lots of snow therefore you should look at booking winter tyres and snow chains. If they don’t come with the rental then it is possible to buy snow chains when you arrive in Andorra, which is normally cheaper than buying them en-route. Snow tyres and/or chains are only compulsory when it snows, but it is definitely recommended to carry them. You should also check if you have parking at your accommodation, as the majority of parking in Soldeu and Pas de la Casa is not free. In Arinsal there is plenty of free parking.
To book your airport transfers to Andorra, visit www.andorraresorts.com/transfers/.