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How to Plan the Best Day Trip from Barcelona to Andorra

  • Post author: Naddya
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  • Post published: May 17, 2024

Wondering how to do a day trip from Barcelona to Andorra ?

I have you covered.

Sandwiched between Spain and France, the drop-dead gorgeous microstate regally sits in the heart of the Pyrenees. And it’s so close to the Catalan capital that a day trip to Andorra from Barcelona is easily doable.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to easily plan a tour from Barcelona to Andorra, so you can enjoy as many facets of the country as possible.

Let’s plan your visit to Andorra.

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🚍 How to Travel from Barcelona to Andorra – Every Available Option

You can reach Andorra from Barcelona by bus, by car, or on an organized tour. Let’s explore all available options below:

Day Trip from Barcelona to Andorra by Tour

The easiest way to travel from Barcelona to Andorra on a day trip is by joining a tour . Here are all the details about our recommended guided tour:

  • I recommend this incredible small-group tour . It’s a great option if you’re on a tight schedule and want to explore as much as possible.
  • During this Andorra day trip, you will visit a medieval Spanish village and a typical French town as well.
  • When you reach Andorra, you’ll have enough time for shopping and exploring the lovely capital city.
  • The scenic drive back will take you through the heart-stopping vistas of Montserrat .
  • Bring water and snacks as this will be a long day of exploration.
  • Don’t forget your passport. Andorra is not in the EU. Travelers with EU nationalities won’t need to show their IDs. However, if you’re traveling Europe on a Schengen visa, you’ll need to show your passport at the border.

Visit Andorra from Barcelona by Bus

Traveling to Andorra by bus from Barcelona is the cheapest option on this list.

Here’s everything you need to know about doing a day trip from Barcelona to Andorra by bus:

  • Directbus, Infobus, and ALSA Bus have direct routes to Andorra from either Barcelona El Prat Airport, Barcelona Nord bus station, or Barcelona Sants bus station.
  • The earliest bus departs from Barcelona at 6:00 AM, and the last one returns from Andorra to Barcelona at 10:30 PM.
  • The journey lasts between 2:45 and 3:15 hours, depending on the traffic, the time and station of departure, and the number of stops.
  • The ticket prices start from $33.60 (€30.90) for the trip from Barcelona to Andorra. ALSA Bus has the lowest rates.
  • The return tickets from Andorra to Barcelona are cheaper at just $5.55 (€5.10), making the total cost of the day trip from Barcelona to Andorra around $39.15 (€36.00).
  • I recommend you bring snacks and water with you.
  • Don’t forget your passport or national ID. The bus driver will check it. He’ll tell you whether or not you need to get off at the border and pass through passport control.

Travel From Barcelona to Andorra by Car

If you don’t have your own wheels, you can easily rent a car in Barcelona . Make sure you tell the rental company that you plan to visit Andorra. There’s a small additional fee for driving over the border.

Here’s what else you should know about visiting Andorra from Barcelona by car :

  • From Barcelona, get on C-16 and head northwest for about 125 mi (200 km).
  • The car journey takes a little over 2:45 hours.
  • Gas prices are cheaper in Andorra as there’s no VAT.
  • If you decide to go on a shopping spree, make sure you know how much alcohol and cigarettes you’re allowed to import back into Spain. Border control does random checks.
  • Make sure your driver’s license is valid in both countries.
  • If you need to rent a car, find the best offers from all major rental companies using this link .

Getting to Andorra from Barcelona by Train

I don’t recommend this option for traveling between Barcelona and Andorra. Here’s why:

  • There are no direct trains that go from Barcelona to Andorra.
  • The nearest high-speed train station is in Lleida. From there, you need to take a bus. This makes traveling by train the slowest and longest option, and is not suitable for a day trip between Barcelona and Andorra.

📍 The Best Things to Do and See in Andorra on a Day Trip from Barcelona

Andorra is a great choice for a day trip from Barcelona. The country’s small size allows you to see almost every corner in a single day.

But despite its tiny size, Andorra prides itself on several remarkable features. Besides having the highest capital in Europe, the country boasts a host of peculiar museums and is a tax-free shopping heaven.  

The microstate attracts over 10 million people every year. If you’re wondering why you should go, check the top reasons to visit Andorra .

So, now that you know the basics and how to get there, let’s dive into the sexy stuff. Below, you’ll find the best things to do in Andorra .

✔️ Tip : You can do most of the activities on a day trip from Barcelona to Andorra . Some might require more than a day, though. Last year, I spent 4 days in the charming microstate and enjoyed some excellent hikes that you can’t fit all in a single-day trip.

1. Explore Andorra’s National Parks

If you arrive early enough in Andorra, consider hiking one of its three national parks on a day trip from Barcelona to Andorra.

Madriu-Perafita-Claror , Valls del Comapedrosa , and Valle de Sorteny cover a big part of the country’s territory. The largest one – Madriu-Perafita-Claror – is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You might spot boars, eagles, roe deer, and bearded vultures while trekking.

2. Go on a Shopping Spree

Since Andorra enjoys a tax-free status, shopping should be high on your to-do list.

From luxury boutiques through designer brands to shops that sell top-notch perfumes, alcohol, and tobacco, you’ll find something to your liking.

The best place to satiate your spending hunger on a day trip from Barcelona to Andorra is The Shopping Mile . It covers Avinguda Meritxell, Fener Boulevard, and Vivand, and is pedestrianized.  

3. Test Your Skiing and Snowboarding Skills

Andorra takes great pride in its fantastic winter sports resorts . Its location in the heart of the Pyrenees contributes to the outstanding snow conditions. The season lasts from early December to late April.

Even if you’re only visiting on a day trip from Barcelona to Andorra, you can still put your ski or snowboard skills to the ultimate test in the areas of Grandvalira , Soldeau , and Vallnord .

In Grandvalira alone, the resort’s lifts can handle more than 100,000 skiers per hour. So instead of spending your time in Andorra queueing, you can enjoy the slopes.

Don’t worry if there’s not enough snow, though. Grandvalira possesses an extensive network of snow cannons that can quickly cover 65% of the resort’s entire territory.

The area invites you to:

  • 130 mi (210 km) of skiable slopes,
  • 127 slopes of all difficulty levels,
  • 60 restaurants and dining options,
  • 20 adventure activities,
  • 7.5 mi (12 km) of freeride areas,
  • 5 children’s areas,
  • 3 snowparks (one of which is for nighttime), and
  • 3 World Cup slopes.

4. Relax in the Country’s Numerous Spas

If you’re staying the night, the best place after a long day of skiing, hiking, or shopping is one of Andorra’s many spa resorts .

You can find spas literally everywhere, but if you want to taste the real deal, head to the famous Caldea Spa Complex . You can rejuvenate for a few hours in its many pools and saunas even if you’re traveling only on a day trip from Barcelona to Andorra.

From the outside, the mirror-covered building of Caldea looks like a rocket that’s ready to fly in outer space. Inside, Jacuzzis, herbal saunas, swimming pools, and hydromassage jets are waiting to give you the royal relaxation you deserve.

5. Discover Andorra’s Churches and Cathedrals

The country boasts an admirable number of churches and cathedrals , dating from the Romanesque ages. Below, I’ve listed the TOP 5 Romanesque churches and cathedrals to explore on a day trip from Barcelona to Andorra:

  • Church of Santa Coloma d’Andorra ( Església de Santa Coloma d’Andorra ). Dating back to the 8th century, Santa Coloma is not only Andorra’s oldest religious temple but also one of the country’s oldest buildings. The Lombard-style bell tower of the church was built in the 12 th century.
  • Church of Sant Esteve ( Església de Sant Esteve ). You’ll find this Baroque church in the center of Andorra la Vella’s old town. Sant Esteve traces its roots to the 12 th century, but it underwent numerous changes and additions in the 20 th century.
  • Church of Sant Eulalia d’Encamp ( Església de Santa Eulàlia d’Encamp ). Romanesque in origin, Sant Eulalia has different modifications added later in the 17 th and 20 th centuries. The church finds its origins in the 11 th century. The most impressive part of Sant Eulalia is its bell tower.
  • Church of Sant Joan de Caselles ( Església de Sant Joan de Caselles ). Located on your way out of Canillo to France, Sant Joan de Caselles is a classic example of an Andorran Romanesque church. The outside is typical for this style – a charming combination of stone and wood. Sant Joan de Caselles dates back to the 11 th and 12 th centuries.
  • Sanctuary Basilica of Our Lady of Meritxell ( Basílica Santuari de Nostra Senyora de Meritxell ). The sacred basilica is the most important religious temple in Andorra. Located in Canillo, it carries the name of the patron saint of Andorra – Our Lady of Meritxell. The church is a unique combination of Romanesque architecture and modern elements.

6. Explore the Country’s Peculiar Museums

When you’ve had enough of Romanesque architecture, how about a tour of Andorra’s quirky museums ?

Among the most unusual ones are:

  • The Postal Museum . Explore how Andorrans make and print stamps in this peculiar museum that showcases over 50,000 stamps.
  • The Museum of Miniatures . Located in the town of Ordino, the Museo de la Miniatura displays a large variety of works by Nicolai Siadristy, a Ukrainian artist considered to be one of the world’s best miniature artists.
  • The Perfume Museum . More than 39,000 units and thousands of different fragrances await you in five different rooms in this one-of-a-kind museum.
  • The Comic Museum . Check out this colorful museum where 1,000+ copies wait to satiate your love for comics. The oldest piece is Little Nemo in Slumberland , dating back to 1904.
  • The Electricity Museum . It’s open all year round, but from May to September, you can follow the Engolasters hydroelectric route. The tour takes you to the Engolasters lake’s dam where you’ll have a chance to peek inside the secrets of electricity production.

7. Charge Your Taste Buds with Andorran Cuisine

The cuisine of Andorra is not very popular worldwide, so use your day trip from Barcelona to Andorra as you’ll hardly have another chance to try it.

Similar to neighboring Catalonia and France, locals like eating escargots . Hare and boar are some of the mountain game dishes you can expect to find in the country as well.

If you’re more of a traditional food lover, I recommend two typical dishes for you to try when in Andorra:

  • Escudella . Andorra’s national dish is a meat and vegetable stew or soup. The dish combines meat, pasta shells, and various seasonal veggies, including cabbage, carrots, and celery.
  • Trinxat . Resembling Bubble and Squeak, the dish epitomizes cabbage, leek, potatoes, and pork meat. Chunks of garlic and fresh parsley add a fragrant touch to trinxat.

🏨 Where to Stay in Andorra if You Decide One Day Isn’t Enough

If you decide that a day trip from Barcelona to Andorra doesn’t give you enough time to explore, and you want to spend a night or two there, I have prepared some extra tips.

For a country with a population of less than 80,000 people, there’s an impressive array of accommodation options in Andorra. With a total of 700 properties, you can find everything from humble hostels to chic five-star hotels.

Our Recommendations for Places to Stay in Andorra

  • Mountains . The cozy apartment Bosquet 1 in the ski resort Canillo is just 5 minutes from the ski lift, making it the ideal starting point for your day of hiking or skiing. You and your travel companions will enjoy modern amenities, a fully-equipped kitchen, a terrace, and a hot tub. The quaint apartment hosts up to five guests.
  • City . If you’re not visiting Andorra for its mountain activities but rather for the incredible shopping opportunities, stay at the modern and convenient Hotel Starc in the capital Andorra la Vella. This chic accommodation offers modern designs and rooms with hot tubs.
  • Spa. Would you rather rejuvenate by soaking your body in mineral waters? Then, the boutique Grau Roig Andorra Hotel & Spa is the right lodging for you. The elegant, award-winning establishment will seduce you with its magnificent wellness center, three onsite restaurants, and stylish, modern rooms. In the spa and wellness center, you can pamper yourself while taking in the heart-stopping mountain views.

✔️ Currency, Language, and Visa Tips for Andorra

Here are our best travel tips for visiting Andorra on a day trip from Barcelona:

  • Currency . Although Andorra is not part of the European Union, respectively the Eurozone, the local currency is the euro . This is one of the Andorra facts which makes it a fantastic choice for a day trip not only from Spain but also from France. Both countries use the euro, too.
  • Language . Andorra’s official language is Catalan . Besides Catalan, you can also get along with English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
  • Visas . The Principality of Andorra has no visa requirements. The country is not a member of the Schengen Area, and it doesn’t have an international airport. This means that for a day trip from Barcelona to Andorra, you don’t need an additional visa.

You can find more information about traveling to Andorra on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs .

FAQs About Planning a Day Trip from Barcelona to Andorra

Is andorra a good day trip from barcelona.

Andorra is a great option for a day trip from Barcelona. However, some people might find visiting just the capital of the micronation a bit boring. That’s why most tours include a stop in France and in Spain as well.

Is there a high-speed train from Barcelona to Andorra?

No, there isn’t. In fact, there are no railways in Andorra at all. The reason is the mountainous terrain of the country.

The nearest train station is in L’Hospitalet-près-l’Andorre, France. The nearest train station where high-speed trains stop is in Lleida, Spain.

What is the fastest way to get from Barcelona to Andorra?

The fastest way to travel from Barcelona to Andorra is by car. The second-fastest is by bus. It takes from 2:45 hours in each direction, depending on the time of day and traffic.

How much time do I need in Andorra?

If you want to do some shopping, see the main sights of Andorra de Vella, or visit a spa, a few hours is all you need to spend in the country.

However, to properly relax, pamper yourself in a nice spa, enjoy the ski slopes, or mountain hikes, I suggest you spend a few days exploring the tiny country.

How to get around in Andorra?

The easiest way to get around in Andorra is by using the public bus system. It’s a much better and cheaper option than the overpriced tourist buses which travel once a day and follow only one preset route.

Now You Know How to Plan a Day Trip from Barcelona to Andorra

And there you have it – the perfect day trip from Barcelona to Andorra . If you want to make the most of your journey, depart early and plan your day in advance.

And if you have a few days, I highly recommend spending a night or two in the small yet beautiful country.

Whether you like jaw-dropping mountains, shopping for great deals, or visiting charming churches, put Andorra on your travel wish list.

Now, I’m curious:

What would you do on a day trip from Barcelona to Andorra?

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Hello, Enjoyed reading your travel info on Andorra. I plan to be traveling to Barcelona in May and wanted to incude a short hop to Andorra. Thank you for the very concise but informative description on the country. Regards, Brian Alexander

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Hey Brian Alexander, glad you found the post helpful! You can book your trip from Barcelona to Andorra directly from the button at the beginning of the post. We also have a ton of content about Barcelona – you can find it here: Cheers and happy travels, Naddya and Svet

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Luckily, getting to Andorra from Barcelona is easy, with a variety of transportation options available. Visitors can choose to drive, take a bus, or join a guided tour to Andorra from Barcelona. The drive from Barcelona to Andorra takes approximately two and a half hours, making it a feasible option for a day trip. Buses are also a convenient and affordable option, with several companies offering regular services between the two destinations. For those who prefer a more structured experience, guided tours provide a hassle-free way to explore Andorra’s highlights in a single day.

Regardless of how you choose to get there, a day trip to Andorra is a great way to experience a different side of the region. From exploring charming mountain villages to soaking in natural hot springs, there’s something for everyone in Andorra. So why not take a break from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona and spend a day exploring this hidden gem in the Pyrenees?

Why should you visit Andorra from Barcelona on a day trip?

Andorra is definitely worth visiting if only its stunning natural beauty. The Pyrenees mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop for the country’s picturesque villages and towns. Visitors can enjoy scenic drives, hikes, and cycling routes that offer panoramic views of the landscape. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-visit for nature lovers. It’s a great place to go hiking, enjoy a picnic, or simply take in the beauty of the surroundings.

Another reason why Andorra is so popular is the fact it’s a tax-free haven. Visitors can find a wide range of products, including luxury goods, at lower prices than in other European countries. The country has several shopping centres, including the Pyrénées Andorra and Andorra 2000, where visitors can find everything from designer clothing to electronics.

It’s also a popular destination for adventure sports enthusiasts. You can enjoy a wide range of adrenaline pumping activities, including skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and hiking. The country has several ski resorts, including Grandvalira and Vallnord, that offer world-class skiing and snowboarding facilities. In the summer, visitors can enjoy hiking and mountain biking on the country’s many trails.

How to get from Barcelona to Andorra

Barcelona is about 125 miles from Andorra la Vella, the capital. 

Barcelona to Andorra by rental car

If you prefer to drive, you can rent a car in Barcelona and make your way to Andorra via the C-16 motorway. The journey takes approximately 2.5 hours, but can take longer during peak travel times. Keep in mind that Andorra has strict parking regulations, so make sure to park in designated areas to avoid fines.

To rent a car in Spain, you need to be at least 21, have a valid drivers license for at least one year, a valid ID, an international driving permit and proof of residency. 

Private day tours from Barcelona to Andorra

For those who prefer a more guided experience, there are several day tours available from Barcelona to Andorra. These tours typically include transportation, a knowledgeable guide, and visits to popular attractions such as the capital city of Andorra la Vella and the ski resort of Vallnord. Prices vary depending on the tour operator and itinerary, but expect to pay around €80-€100 per person.

This is the best option if you don’t want to have to worry about where you’re going and want a convenient option. Plus you’ll probably get to see some of the less well known spots. 

Barcelona to Andorra bus

The most convenient and affordable way to get from Barcelona to Andorra is by bus. Directbus, Infobus, and ALSA Bus have direct routes to Andorra from either Barcelona El Prat Airport, Barcelona Nord bus station, or Barcelona Sants bus station.

The earliest bus departs from Barcelona at 6:00 AM, and the last one returns from Andorra to Barcelona at 10:30 PM. The journey takes approximately 3-4 hours, depending on traffic and weather conditions. This means you may be limited in how long you can spend in Andorra. 

The best time to visit Andorra

Winter (december to march).

Winter is the peak season in Andorra, especially for skiing and snowboarding.  The ski season usually runs from December to April, with the best snow conditions in January and February. During this time, the temperature ranges from -2°C to 6°C, and the days are shorter. If you’re planning to go skiing or snowboarding, it’s best to book your trip in advance as the resorts can get crowded.

Spring (April to June)

Spring is a great time to visit Andorra if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The snow starts to melt, and the mountains turn green, making it a perfect time for hiking and cycling. The temperature during this time ranges from 5°C to 20°C, and the days are longer.

Summer (July to September)

Summer is another popular season in Andorra , especially for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and fishing. The temperature during this time ranges from 15°C to 30°C, and the days are long. It’s a great time to explore the natural beauty of Andorra, including its lakes, rivers, and mountains.

Autumn (October to November)

Autumn is a shoulder season in Andorra, and the weather can be unpredictable. However, it’s a great time to enjoy the fall foliage and the quieter atmosphere. The temperature during this time ranges from 5°C to 15°C, and the days are shorter.

The best Barcelona to Andorra day trip tours

For those looking to explore the stunning natural beauty of Andorra, a day trip from Barcelona is a great option. There are a variety of tours available that offer a range of activities and itineraries to suit different interests.

3 Countries in One Day: France, Andorra, Spain from Barcelona

Discover three countries in just one day on a full-day tour to Baga, Ax-les-Thermes, and Andorra from Barcelona. Emerge early, and head to Baga, a beautiful village shrouded in medieval heritage, and then cross the border to Ax-les-Thermes, a charming spa town with loads of French character. Continue to Andorra via a high mountain pass, stopping for a break in a mountain valley before going on to the capital to indulge in some duty-free shopping. From £120: Book Now

Andorra and France from Barcelona

Enjoy the landscapes and natural places from Spain, Andorra la Vella and France. Get to know highlight skiing points, visited by people from around the world!

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Andorra In 1 Day From Barcelona Private Tour

Get your passport ready to explore the wonders of Andorra, one of Europe’s seven microstates, and the French Pyrenees in one day during this private day trip from Barcelona. Start your whistle-stop journey with hassle-free hotel pickup, and then head to must-see locations along the Spanish, French, and Andorran Pyrenees such as the medieval town of Baga and the capital of Andorra. From £169: Book Now

Things to do in Andorra

Explore andorra la vella.

Andorra la Vella is the capital city of Andorra and the largest urban area in the country. It is a picturesque city with a mix of old and new architecture. The city centre is pedestrian-friendly, making it easy to explore on foot. There are several shops, cafes, and restaurants where visitors can grab a bite to eat or do some shopping. The city also boasts several museums, including the Casa de la Vall, which is the historic parliament building.

Visit Saint Esteve of Andorra Church

Saint Esteve Church is a must-visit for anyone interested in history and architecture. Built in the 12th century, it is one of the country’s oldest religious structures. As you approach the church, you are immediately captivated by its stunning Romanesque architecture, characterized by its rounded arches and solid stone walls. The interior is equally impressive, with beautiful frescoes adorning the walls and a high altar adorned with intricate carvings. The church also houses an important collection of religious artifacts, including ancient manuscripts and religious relics. Aside from its historical and artistic value, the church also serves as an active place of worship, attracting both locals and tourists alike. Be sure to check the visiting hours before you go, as the church occasionally holds special events and services. 

Duty free shopping at Pyrenees Andorra

As mentioned earlier, Andorra is famous for its tax-free shopping. You will find numerous large retail stores to explore in the central areas of Andorra. One notable store, Pyrénées Andorra, is located near the Old Quarter and offers a diverse range of shops. 

Visit a spa

Andorra is also known for its thermal spas , which offer a range of treatments and relaxation options. Caldea is one of the most popular thermal spas in Andorra, featuring hot springs, saunas, steam rooms, and a variety of massage and beauty treatments. It is a great place to unwind after a day of skiing or exploring the city.

Go to a national park

If you are visiting Andorra in the summer, there are plenty of hiking trails to explore. The country is home to several nature reserves and parks, including the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also several guided hiking tours available, which can provide visitors with a more in-depth look at the natural beauty of Andorra.

Enjoy Andorran cuisine

When visiting Andorra, one must not miss out on experiencing the delightful Andorran cuisine. Known for its hearty and traditional dishes, Andorran cuisine blends influences from the surrounding Catalan and French cuisines. One of the most famous dishes of Andorra is trinxat, which consists of mashed potatoes, cabbage, and bacon. It is simple yet satisfying comfort food that is perfect for the cold mountainous climate of the region.

Another must-try dish is escudella, a delicious meat and vegetable stew that is traditionally enjoyed during the winter months.

Andorran cuisine also features a wide range of grilled meats, such as rabbit or lamb, which are seasoned with local herbs and spices. These tender and flavorful meats are typically paired with fresh vegetables and potatoes. To complement the meal, indulge in some local wine or try the popular Andorran digestif, Ratafia. 

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Thinking of escaping the hustle and bustle of Barcelona for a bit of mountain air and adventure? Andorra, a tiny country tucked away in the Pyrenees between Spain and France, might just be the perfect getaway for you.

Plenty of people have never even heard of this place, so if you want a travel experience that not many people have done, why not take the time to add a trip from Barcelona to Andorra to your Spanish vacation?

I live in Spain and have been lucky enough to visit Andorra. Let me tell you, this tiny country packs a punch. Whether you want breathtaking mountain landscapes, incredible thermal spas, history and culture, or just to save a ton of money on that big-ticket shopping, I’ve got just the place for you.

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Is it worth going to Andorra from Barcelona?

Absolutely, going to Andorra from Barcelona is well worth it! This tiny country tucked in the Pyrenees mountains offers a unique blend of Catalan culture, stunning landscapes, and great shopping opportunities. It’s a chance to experience a different side of the region, distinct from the buzz of Barcelona.

Andorra isn’t just about the tax-free shopping – though that’s a big draw. The country is rich in history, with beautiful churches like Església de Sant Esteve and intriguing sculptures like Noblesa del Temps.

The natural scenery is also a huge plus, especially for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re into hiking, skiing, or just enjoying breathtaking mountain views, Andorra has it all.

It’s a complete change of scenery from Barcelona’s urban landscape (or the sort of experience you’d expect when, say, going to the Costa Brava from Barcelona ), offering a peaceful retreat and a chance to experience the tranquility of the Pyrenees.

How to get from Barcelona to Andorra

Planning your trip from Barcelona to Andorra? You’ve got several options, each with its own perks.

Whether you’re a fan of road trips, prefer the ease of organized tours, or like the affordability of public transport, there’s something for everyone. Let’s break down the options:

Head from Barcelona to Andorra driving

Driving from Barcelona to Andorra is like taking a mini road trip through some picturesque landscapes. The journey is about 3 hours, but it can vary depending on traffic and weather conditions.

The route is mainly via the C-16 highway, which is scenic and relatively straightforward. The best part of driving is the flexibility it offers – you can stop whenever you want, explore little towns along the way, and have complete control over your schedule.

Grandvalira ski resort on Andorra. One of the best places to consider if you are planning to go to Barcelona to Andorra.

It’s a great choice if you’re traveling with family or a group of friends and want to take things at your own pace.

Organized tour

There are several organized tours from Barcelona to Andorra, with the main advantage clearly being that you can sit back, relax and wait to be brought to all the highlights of Andorra!

There are even some that slot in an extra country on your day trip. While they’re definitely long days, when else can you say that you crossed into three different countries in just a day?

1. One-Day Tour to Spain, France, and Andorra

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For those who love a packed itinerary, this One-Day Tour to Spain, France, and Andorra is a fantastic option. It’s a whirlwind adventure through three countries in just one day.

Starting early from Barcelona, you first visit the medieval town of Bagà in Spain, then a traditional French village for lunch, and finally, you get to shop in Andorra.

The highlights include the beautiful landscapes of Cadi-Moixero National Park, soaking your feet in the healing waters of Ax-Les-Thermes, and the tax-free shopping in Andorra la Vella.

This tour is perfect for travelers who are short on time but want to experience as much as possible.

2. Guided Day Trip to Andorra and France

a mountainous view that you can see if you would join a guided tour from Barcelona to Andorra

This Guided Day Trip to Andorra and France is a blend of nature, culture, and history. You’ll visit Ax-les-Thermes for some traditional French cuisine and hot springs, then head to the border crossing Pas de la Casa for breathtaking views.

Then, once you get to Andorra, you’ll explore landmarks like Casa de la Vall and Sant Esteve Church.

This tour is great for those who enjoy a mix of guided activities and free time to explore on their own. It’s a full day of diverse experiences, perfect for travelers who enjoy a structured yet flexible itinerary.

3. Private Day Tour to Andorra from Barcelona

Looking for a unique, personalized day out? Try the Private Day Tour to Andorra from Barcelona . It’s a 12-hour journey that takes you from the busy streets of Barcelona to the serene landscapes of the Pyrenees.

In Andorra la Vella, you’ll experience a mix of modern shopping areas and charming historic quarters. Plus, you’ll get to visit Lake Engolasters and the Church of Sant Miquel d’Engolasters for a dose of nature and architecture.

Your private guide will share insights into Andorra’s culture and history, enriching your experience. Perfect for those who enjoy a personal touch and in-depth exploration, this tour offers a tailored adventure with all the logistics handled for you.

Going from Barcelona to Andorra by bus

Taking a bus from Barcelona to Andorra is the most budget-friendly option. The journey takes about 3-4 hours, and several companies, including Alsa and Eurolines, run regular services.

Buses are comfortable and offer a hassle-free way to travel. You won’t have to worry about navigating or parking, making it a great choice for solo travelers or those who prefer not to drive in a foreign country.

Barcelona to Andorra by train

While there’s no direct train from Barcelona to Andorra, you can take a train to L’Hospitalet-près-l’Andorre and then a bus to Andorra. This option is a bit more time-consuming, usually taking around 4-5 hours so might be slightly long if you’re planning a weekend trip from Barcelona , but it’s a scenic journey.

The train part offers stunning views of the countryside and the Pyrenees. This option is ideal for those who love train travel and don’t mind the extra transfer.

Each option has its own charm and benefits, so consider what’s most important for your trip – time, budget, or the overall experience.

a view of snowy mountain and village in Andorra

Where to stay in Andorra

Of course, visiting Andorra doesn’t have to be a day trip, especially if you want to come ski or hike, take some time in the thermal spas, and scratch that shopping itch. Fortunately, there are a variety of options available when it comes to where to stay in Andorra.

Whether you’re looking for luxury, a budget-friendly stay, or the best overall experience, there’s something for everyone.

  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Best Luxury Hotel: Hotel Plaza Andorra – This 5-star hotel is the epitome of luxury in Andorra. From its elegant rooms to its exceptional spa facilities, it’s designed for those who want to indulge. The hotel’s location is also ideal, offering easy access to both the city’s attractions and the surrounding natural beauty.
  • ⭐ ⭐⭐ Best Mid-Range Hotel: Hotel de l’Isard – This 3-star hotel strikes a perfect balance between comfort, location, and value. Situated in Andorra la Vella, it’s in a prime spot for exploring the city and the nearby attractions. The rooms are cozy, and the service is top-notch, making it a great base for your Andorran adventure.
  • ⭐⭐ Best Budget Hotel: Hotel Pyrénées – For those watching their wallet, this hotel offers a fantastic mix of affordability and comfort. Located in the heart of Andorra la Vella, it provides easy access to local sites and shopping areas. The rooms are simple but well-maintained, and the friendly staff ensures a pleasant stay.

What to do in Andorra

1. església de sant esteve (church of st stephen).

Church of St Stephen a must see church if you would travel from Barcelona to Andorra

This charming church in the heart of Andorra la Vella is a must-visit. The Església de Sant Esteve is notable for its Romanesque architecture and serene atmosphere.

The stone structure, dating back to the 12th century, stands as a testament to Andorra’s rich history. Inside, the artwork and the altar are beautifully preserved. It’s a peaceful spot, perfect for some quiet reflection.

2. Casa de la Vall

Casa de la Vall is a historical gem. This 16th-century manor house once served as Andorra’s seat of government.

The blend of history and architecture here is fascinating. The exterior, with its defensive towers, gives a glimpse into its past, while the interior features historical artifacts and traditional furnishings.

Don’t miss the Council Chamber, with its wooden benches and historic emblems – it’s like stepping back in time.

3. Seven Poets’ Statues

Located in the picturesque Plaça del Poble, the Seven Poets’ statues are a tribute to Andorran culture and literature. Each statue represents a significant poet in Andorran history.

The artwork isn’t only a feast for the eyes but also a reflection of the nation’s respect for its literary heritage. Walking among these statues, with the backdrop of Andorra’s stunning landscape, is an experience that combines art, history, and nature in a unique way.

4. Thermal Spas

Thermal Spas in Andorra

After a journey, there’s nothing quite like relaxing in a thermal spa, and Andorra offers some of the best.

Caldea is one of the largest in Europe and is an absolute must-visit. It’s not just a spa – it’s an oasis of relaxation with indoor and outdoor lagoons, saunas, and jacuzzis.

I’ve been there and the views of the surrounding mountains from the outdoor pools are incredible – especially when you go in winter, like I did. Imagine soaking in warm, soothing waters while you’re surrounded by the crisp mountain air – it’s the perfect way to unwind.

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5. Go Duty-Free Shopping at Pyrénées Andorra

For all the shopaholics out there, Andorra is a paradise, thanks to its duty-free status. Pyrénées Andorra, located in the capital, is the most famous department store in the country.

Here, you’ll find everything from high-end brands to local products at great prices. Electronics, perfumes, clothing, and chocolates – you name it, they’ve got it.

The variety is impressive, and the savings can be substantial compared to prices in Spain or France. It’s a great place to pick up gifts or treat yourself without breaking the bank.

6. Pont de París (Paris Bridge)

The Paris Bridge, or Pont de París, is one of those places that’s easy to miss but worth a visit. This bridge in Andorra la Vella offers lovely views of the Valira River and is a charming spot for a leisurely stroll or a few photos.

There’s a sense of tranquility here, with the sound of the river flowing beneath and the mountains in the distance. It’s a simple yet lovely spot that adds a touch of serenity to your Andorran adventure.

Pont de París a place that is worth to visit if you travel from Barcelona to Andorra

7. Noblesa del Temps (Nobility of Time)

In the heart of Andorra la Vella, you’ll find an intriguing sculpture called Noblesa del Temps, created by Salvador Dalí. This impressive bronze piece depicts a melting clock, a signature element in Dalí’s work, symbolizing the fluidity of time.

It’s not just a sculpture but a conversation starter and a thought-provoking piece of art. The location, in a bustling part of the city, contrasts with the surreal nature of the sculpture, making it an interesting spot for art lovers and casual observers alike.

8. Parc Central

Parc Central is a lovely green oasis in the middle of the urban landscape of Andorra la Vella. It’s the perfect place to take a break from shopping and sightseeing.

The park is beautifully landscaped with walking paths, ponds, and playgrounds. It’s a popular spot for both locals and tourists to relax, have a picnic, or just enjoy a moment of peace.

It also offers a refreshing change of scenery with its lush greenery and tranquil atmosphere.

9. Hiking or Winter Sports (Depending on the Time of the Year)

One of the best things about Andorra is its natural beauty, making it a great destination for outdoor activities.

Hiking or Winter Sports (depending on the Time of the Year). is one of the best to do when you are visiting from Barcelona to Andorra.

In the warmer months, the mountains offer fantastic hiking trails with breathtaking views. There’s something for everyone, from easy walks to challenging climbs.

In winter, Andorra transforms into a winter sports paradise. The ski resorts like Grandvalira and Vallnord offer superb skiing and snowboarding opportunities.

The snow-covered peaks aren’t just for sports enthusiasts – they’re also a gorgeous sight for anyone who appreciates natural beauty.

10. City Center

Andorra’s city center is a blend of old-world charm and modern convenience. The streets are lined with a mix of historic buildings and contemporary shops.

There’s a lively vibe here, with cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. One of the highlights is exploring the local cuisine at the various eateries.

The city center is also where you’ll find many of Andorra’s cultural events and festivals, giving you a taste of local life and traditions.

Is Andorra a day trip from Barcelona?

Yes, Andorra can be a day trip from Barcelona, but it’s a packed day. If you’re short on time and want to make the most of your day, an organized tour may be your best bet in order to see all the highlights.

The organized tours I mentioned earlier, like the One-Day Tour to Spain, France, and Andorra and the Guided Day Trip to Andorra and France , are my picks for the best ways to maximize your time. These tours are designed to show you the highlights of each country, including Andorra, in a well-planned and efficient way.

a street in Andorra

These tours typically start early in the morning and return you to Barcelona by evening. They take care of all the logistics, like transportation and navigation, so you can focus on enjoying the sights and experiences.

It’s a whirlwind tour, but it’s an excellent option for those who have limited time in the region and want to experience as much as possible. Keep in mind, though, that a day trip only gives you a taste of what Andorra has to offer.

If you have more time (or want to, say, go skiing or hiking in the area), staying a bit longer is highly recommended to fully immerse yourself in the culture and nature of Andorra.

How much time do you need in Andorra?

To really soak in the beauty and culture of Andorra, I’d recommend spending at least two to three days. This gives you enough time to explore the capital, Andorra la Vella, visit historical sites, enjoy some shopping, and also embrace the natural beauty of the mountains.

With two to three days, you can comfortably visit landmarks like Casa de la Vall, spend time in the thermal spas, and explore the city center without feeling rushed.

If you’re visiting during winter, extra time is especially beneficial for enjoying the ski resorts. Likewise, in warmer months, you have the chance to take on some of the beautiful hiking trails.

While a day trip offers a glimpse, a longer stay allows you to experience the relaxed pace of life in Andorra, enjoy the cuisine, and maybe even venture into some of the smaller villages for a more authentic experience.

Simple houses in small village of Andorra with outstanding view of the mountain in the background. One of the must-see when you are visiting Barcelona to Andorra.

When is the best time to visit Andorra from Barcelona?

The best time to visit Andorra from Barcelona really depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re into winter sports like skiing or snowboarding, the winter months from December to April are ideal. For hiking, sightseeing, and enjoying the natural beauty, summer and early autumn (June to September) are perfect.

During winter, Andorra transforms into a winter wonderland, offering some of the best skiing in the Pyrenees. The ski resorts are buzzing with activity, and the snow-covered mountains are simply breathtaking.

On the other hand, summer brings milder weather, perfect for exploring the outdoor trails, enjoying the greenery in Parc Central, or even just walking around the city.

The shoulder seasons of spring and autumn also offer a pleasant climate and fewer crowds, making them great times to visit for those who prefer a more relaxed experience.

Is it hard to get to Andorra?

No, getting to Andorra isn’t hard, especially from Barcelona. While Andorra doesn’t have its own airport, the roads leading to it are well-maintained and the journey is scenic. There are various travel options including driving, taking a bus, or joining an organized tour.

If you’re driving, it’s a smooth 3-hour ride from Barcelona. The roads are in good condition and the route is quite scenic.

Buses are another popular option, with regular services from Barcelona to Andorra. These buses are comfortable and affordable, making them a great choice for those who prefer not to drive.

Organized tours are a hassle-free alternative, offering guided trips that handle all the logistics for you. Although Andorra is a landlocked country up in the Pyrenees, its accessibility from major cities like Barcelona makes it an easy and appealing destination for many travelers.

Why do tourists go to Andorra?

Tourists flock to Andorra for a variety of reasons – its stunning mountain landscapes, excellent skiing opportunities, duty-free shopping, and relaxing thermal spas. It’s a unique destination that blends natural beauty with interesting cultural experiences. Andorra’s small size makes it easy to explore, yet it’s packed with attractions.

In the winter, Andorra’s ski resorts like Grandvalira and Vallnord become hotspots for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. The country’s natural scenery is perfect for outdoor activities year-round, from hiking and mountain biking in the summer to snow sports in the winter.

a man skiing a must to do activity if you would travel from Barcelona to Andorra

Shoppers love Andorra for its duty-free status, offering great deals on a variety of goods, including electronics, cosmetics, and alcohol. Additionally, the cultural sites like Església de Sant Esteve and Casa de la Vall offer a glimpse into the rich history and traditions of this small but fascinating country.

For those seeking relaxation, the thermal spas like Caldea provide a luxurious escape. All these factors combined make Andorra an attractive destination for a wide range of tourists.

Is it really cheap in Andorra?

Andorra is known for being relatively inexpensive, especially when it comes to shopping, thanks to its duty-free status. Prices for electronics, alcohol, and luxury goods are often lower than in neighboring countries. However, it’s important to note that not everything in Andorra is cheap.

The duty-free shopping is a major draw for many visitors. You can find good deals on items like perfumes, alcohol, and electronics, which are typically more expensive elsewhere in Europe.

Dining out and accommodation can also be more affordable compared to larger European cities, though prices vary depending on the location and the level of luxury you’re looking for.

However, it’s worth remembering that while shopping can be cheaper, Andorra isn’t a budget destination per se. The cost of activities like skiing, spa visits, and certain tourist attractions can add up.

Nevertheless, for savvy travelers who do their research, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Andorra without breaking the bank, making it an appealing destination for those looking for value as well as luxury.

a street in Andorra

Can you get around Andorra without a car?

Yes, you can definitely get around Andorra without a car. The country might be small, but it has a reliable public transportation system. Additionally, the main towns and attractions are well-connected by buses, covering most of the major areas and tourist spots.

This makes it convenient for travelers to move around without the need for a car. Taxis are also available, although they can be a bit more expensive.

For those who enjoy walking, many of Andorra’s attractions are within walking distance, especially in Andorra la Vella, the capital. If you’re staying in the central areas, you’ll find that most places of interest, restaurants, and shops are just a stroll away.

Renting a bicycle is another great option, especially in the warmer months, allowing you to enjoy the scenic beauty while moving around.

Do you need a passport to go from Spain to Andorra?

Yes, you need a passport to travel from Spain to Andorra. As Andorra is not a member of the European Union, it necessary to carry a valid passport for border control purposes. It’s important to keep this in mind, especially for non-EU travelers.

When crossing the border from Spain to Andorra, border officials may or may not check your passport, but it’s always best to have it with you.

For EU citizens, a national identity card is usually sufficient, but non-EU citizens should always carry their passport.

Keep in mind as well that Andorra has customs controls, as it’s a separate customs territory from the EU, so you may be asked about goods you are carrying, especially if you’ve been shopping in Andorra’s duty-free stores.

So there you have it – a guide to everything there is to know about getting to Andorra from Barcelona. And that includes all the great things to do in Andorra, from soaking in thermal spas to exploring the great outdoors.

This small country has a surprising amount to offer and its proximity to Barcelona makes it an ideal destination for a memorable getaway.

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Barcelona to Andorra Day Trip Itinerary

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If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona, then this tiny country will provide you with a much more relaxed atmosphere with plenty of quiet time to simply enjoy the beautiful environment. In this travel guide, we will share a detailed Barcelona to Andorra day trip itinerary along with all the transportation, sightseeing, accommodation, and planning tips!

With its stunning scenery, exciting outdoor activities, and unique atmosphere, Andorra is sure to provide an unforgettable experience. And it is super easy to get to Andorra from Barcelona. 

Barcelona to Andorra Day Trip Itinerary: Planning Tips and Travel Guide

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Andorra is a small, landlocked country located in the Pyrenees mountains of western Europe. It is bordered by Spain to the south and France to the north. 

Though it may be small compared to its neighbors, Andorra has plenty to offer visitors looking for a unique holiday experience.

Map of Andorra with the 7 parish

The history of Andorra dates back more than 1000 years when Charlemagne declared it an independent buffer state in the Middle Ages. It was done to defend France from the Moors.

Later, a fuel charter (Paréage of Andorra) was signed in 1278 which allowed for joint rulership of Spain and France. This arrangement lasted until 1993.

Today, Andorra is an independent nation and it is one of the few surviving small nations or microstates in Europe .

Andorra has been an important strategic location throughout its history and is currently known for being one of the most tax-friendly countries in Europe. 

Pont de Paris over the Valira River Andorra

This makes the principality an attractive destination for both businesses and individuals looking to take advantage of its favorable tax policies.

Andorra is not a European Union member nor do they follow the Schengen agreement. And there are no airports or train systems in Andorra!

All travel into Andorra requires transit via neighboring France or Spain. 

Barcelona to Andorra Distance and the BEST way to get there

Our very first trip to Andorra was in the fall, and we visited the Principality from Barcelona Spain . The nearest big city to Andorra is Barcelona, and from the French side, it is Toulouse. 

The shortest travel distance between Barcelona and Andorra la Vella is 199 km (123.6 miles).

Traveling from Barcelona to Andorra is a popular and convenient journey for those looking to explore the beautiful Pyrenees. 

There are multiple ways to get to Andorra which we will list below, but for a day trip, we recommend either driving there or taking guided tours.

Barcelona to Andorra by Car – Fastest

Traveling by car from Barcelona to Andorra is probably the most convenient way to get there. The journey takes about two and a half hours, depending on traffic. 

Driving to Andorra from Barcelona Spain

There are a few routes that you can take (AP-7 with a toll fee and A2 without a toll from the airport), and you can also extend it as a day long road trip. 

When driving to Andorra, make sure you have all necessary documentation such as a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and your passport or identity card.

Reserve Car Rental: Prepare Ahead

If you need a car rental, we recommend comparing and checking prices on to book yours.

If you require a rental car, you can check prices on Discover Cars and you can use the same vehicle from Spain to Andorra! 

Before you pick up a rental car in Barcelona, you have to meet these requirements,

  • You have to be at least 21 years of age
  • Carry a valid driver’s license for at least one year, 
  • Valid ID (such as a passport or any photo ID), 
  • International Driving Permit, 
  • and proof of residency.

Yes, you can pick up a rental car in Barcelona and drive to Andorra and back.

Yes! You need an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) before driving a vehicle and entering the Andorran borders via car.

Private day tours from Barcelona to Andorra

We did a Three Countries In A Day tour – covering Baga in Spain, Ax-Les-Thermes in France, and finally in Andorra! This is a full day tour , and when you book a private tour you will be able to check off all three and also adjust your sightseeing in Andorra which is the highlight of the trip.

Here is what the Private Day Tour covers:

☑ Pick up and drop off from the hotel

☑ Visit 3 Countries in one day

☑ Sightseeing guide with transportation – English 

☑ Have breakfast in the town of Baga

☑ Stop for lunch at the French spa town

☑ Explore Andorra la Vella

Enjoy a full day tour from Barcelona and check off France, and Andorra whilst taking in the views of the Pyrenees. The tour starts with a pickup and drop off from your Barcelona accommodation, and then drives through Montserrat.

Baga Spain

You will explore the medieval town of Bagà, which is the first stop. Baga dates back to the 8th century and you can visit churches, and local cafes and learn about local traditions, and architecture.

From Spain cross over to France to visit the ancient spa town of Ax-Les-Thermes . Soak your feet in the hot springs of the town and later enjoy lunch at a local favorite and sample traditional Andorran Pyrenees dishes.

Ax les Thermes

Thereafter you will cross the border into Andorra. This is the highlight of the day tour where you will explore many attractions and viewpoints including time in the capital, Andorra La Vella. 

You will get free time for shopping and exploring at your own pace as well. 

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Barcelona to Andorra Bus – Cheapest

Traveling by bus is another popular way to reach Andorra, and it is also one of the cheapest options. However keep in mind the journey takes around three to four hours, depending on traffic, with stops along the route. 

There are 2 bus companies that run on a regular basis throughout the year. One of them is AndBus and they are based in Andorra la Vella. You can book tickets online here on

trips from barcelona to andorra

We use Busbud when we book bus tickets from Canada. We have found tickets for 12 USD (or 17 CAD) on some days for the Barcelona to Andorra bus route. 

So if your travel date is flexible you can save money here

Another option is to book on ALSA, which offers several trips daily. Tickets start at $30 USD and they cover Barcelona to Andorra la Vella. 

If buses are the only option for you, then we recommend departing early morning, so that you can explore the capital city and nearby areas and then return by 07:00 pm. 

You can catch a ride from the Barcelona El Prat airport or Estació Nord bus station. In three hours you will arrive in Andorra la Vella. Here you can either walk to major attractions or use public buses to get to places. 

ALSA is a Spanish company and you can book and manage tickets on their website. Their coaches are comfortable with a variety of amenities such as Wi-Fi, and air conditioning, making the journey more enjoyable. 

You can travel by bus from Barcelona to Andorra la Vella and it will take about 3 hours (the fastest).

Barcelona to Andorra Train 

Unfortunately, there are no trains operating from Barcelona to Andorra. If you wish to use the train from Spain, here are a few options for you

Barcelona to Andorra Train Time is 5 to 6 hours, one way. You can take the train from Barcelona to Girona (arrive in 35 minutes), and then take a bus from Girona to Andorra la Vella via Manresa (arrive in around 5 hours 32 minutes).

There are trains available from Barcelona to get you closest to Andorra. Zaragoza is the nearest Spanish city to which you can ride the high-speed Renfe trains. They operate every day except Sundays and take about 2 hours to get there.  Then from Zaragoza, you have to drive or take the ALSA bus to Andorra. The bus takes anywhere from 4 to 5 hours, one way. 

There are no trains going into the country. But a short drive away (11 km or 7 miles), you will find the nearest train station to the Andorran border –  L’Hospitalet-près-l’Andorre.  As a major hub for southern French cities such as Toulouse, this station is serviced frequently by trains from all over France.

Barcelona to Andorra by Taxi or Uber

Although taking a cab or taxi from Barcelona to Andorra la Vella will be expensive it is still an option for you. Travel time is about 3 hours.

For a taxi ride from Barcelona to Andorra expect to pay 300 to 350 euros.

Yes, Uber operates in Andorra, and you can use one for getting around in the country.

Things to do in Andorra on a day trip

Once you arrive in Andorra la Vella, start by exploring some of the cultural attractions, followed by a stroll at the city centre or park. And before leaving the principality you can enjoy duty-free shopping.

A lot of the sightseeing stops below are super quick and you can easily skip the shopping, and museum visits if you are strapped for time. 

We recommend checking off the churches, the shopping district, and the statues 100%! 

1. The Santa Coloma Church 

A renowned Cultural Heritage of Andorra, the Church of Santa Coloma d’Andorra is the oldest church in the country. 

Santa Coloma Church in Andorra

The church is dedicated to Columba of Sens who serves as its patron saint.

Santa Coloma Church stands as a testament to centuries of history and culture. It was originally constructed in the 8th century as a Romanesque fortress but has since been turned into a captivating Gothic masterpiece. 

There is a small museum located at the church which is worth exploring. 

2. Saint Esteve Cathedral 

The awe-inspiring Església de Sant Esteve or Church of Saint Stephen is a renowned landmark in Andorra. 

Church of Saint Stephen

Believed to have been established between the 11th and 12th centuries, this Romanesque church stands as one of the oldest constructions in all of Andorra.

During the 20th century, drastic changes were made to the church. As part of these renovations, many mural paintings from the building were sent off to Catalonia National Art Museum in Barcelona and two private collections.

You can visit the church for free. 

3. Casa de la Vall

Casa de la Vall is a 16th-century estate that was traditionally the location of Andorra’s Parliament – Consell General. It provided the seat for all governmental affairs in this small country.

Today, it is open to the public and offers a fascinating look into Andorran history. You can marvel at the impressive architecture of this grand estate and learn about past events that helped shape Andorra into what it is today. 

The entry fee is about 5 euros. 

4. Poets’ Statues

In front of Andorra’s Commune administration building stands a magnificent set of sculptures, known as ‘7 Poets’. These statues symbolize the seven parishes that makeup Andorra.

7 Poets Statue in Andorra

After taking a few pictures, you can head over to one of the museums. 

5. Museums (optional)

Spend some time exploring the local museums and galleries in Andorra. We only recommend adding this to your list for the day if you are renting a car as some of the museums are located outside the city centre. 

The Postal Museum aka Museo postal de Andorra, located in Ordino is a specialty museum that focuses on the evolution of mail services in Andorra. 

Museu Casa d’Areny-Plandolit (in Ordino) is another one. The casa or the house showcases furniture and household items from the 17th century to the present times. You can go on a guided tour and later enjoy a stroll in the gardens.

6. City centre stroll

Take a stroll through the historic old town of Andorra La Vella. Here you can find plenty of interesting shops, restaurants, and cafes to enjoy. 

7. La Noblesse du Temps or The Nobility of Time

La Noblesse du Temps or The Nobility of Time is a bronze sculpture created by Salvador Dali.  It stands in the center of Andorra La Vella at Plaça de la Rotonda and is a popular local landmark. 

La Noblesse du Temps or The Nobility of Time

The sculpture consists of three figures symbolizing the passing of time. A stroll around this beautiful piece of art is an absolute must.

8. Check off Pont de París

A short walk from the sculpture is a small bridge called the Pont de Paris. This captivating bridge crosses over the Valira River in Andorra la Vella. 

Stop by the bridge and snap a few photos before heading to the next attraction. 

9. Sign off for the day at Parc Central

Make your way to Parc Central next. This is a green park located in the capital city. Enjoy a nice walk/stroll before making your way back. 

In the late evening, there are structures that are illuminated inside the park making it all beautiful!

10. Finish your day with shopping in duty free stores (and dinner)

Andorra is a shopping paradise with many luxury boutiques located in its capital city of Andorra La Vella.

The Principality is home to duty-free malls in Europe and is a great place to find luxury items at discounted prices. 

Shopping in Andorra la Vella

You also have the option of visiting traditional markets where you can purchase locally-made handicrafts, food, and clothing. 

After shopping, bid adieu to Andorra la Vella with a lovely dinner at one of the many restaurants (if time permits). 

From traditional Catalan cuisine to international dishes, there is something to please everyone’s palate here. Make sure you try the famous cured meats, which are some of the best you’ll find anywhere in Europe. 

With so much to explore in Andorra La Vella, a day trip here will certainly be an unforgettable experience! 

Sightseeing Map for Andorra day trip itinerary

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Where to stay in Andorra la Vella

For those looking to stay in Andorra, there are plenty of accommodation options. 

The mountain resorts offer luxurious spa hotels and ski lodges with breathtaking views of the Pyrenees. 

For a more affordable option, you can stay in one of the many bed & breakfasts or self-catering apartments found throughout the principality. 

Accommodation in Andorra la Vella

For those wanting to experience city life in Andorra, there are several stylish hotels located in the capital of Andorra la Vella. These provide easy access to all the shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues as well as access to the public transport system. 

Whichever accommodation option you choose, you are sure to find a place to stay that suits your needs and budget during your visit to Andorra. 

Here are our top picks, 

Plaza Hotel : 

For those looking for a luxurious vacation experience in Andorra, the Plaza Hotel is the perfect place to stay. Located in the downtown area, this modern hotel features stylishly decorated guest rooms, an indoor pool and spa, and a restaurant. 

The hotel is conveniently located near the shopping district with its many boutiques and restaurants.

Hotel Spa Termes Carlemany : 

If you’re looking for a romantic escape in Andorra, then consider staying at the luxurious Hotel Spa Termes Carlemany . 

Located in picturesque Escaldes-Engordany, this hotel offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Enjoy modern amenities including a spa, fitness center, and an outdoor pool. 

The hotel also has a restaurant serving delicious local cuisine.

The Hotel Pyrénées: 

The Hotel Pyrénées is located just a few minutes from the ski resorts of Grandvalira and Vallnord. This is a three-star hotel that offers comfortable rooms and modern amenities including an outdoor pool and restaurant on site.

Day trips from Andorra 

If you decide to stay overnight in Andorra you can keep it as a base to explore more of the Pyrenees. 

With its stunning mountain scenery and rich cultural heritage, it’s no surprise that Andorra attracts visitors from around the world who are looking for an exciting day trip away. 

La Seu d’Urgell (Spain) : 

One of the most popular day trips from Andorra is a visit to the old city of La Seu d’Urgell, located about 20 minutes’ drive away. This quaint village was once the center of power for both Spain and France during the Middle Ages and still contains several historical landmarks such as the Cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century. 

The village is also known for its lively shops, restaurants, and art galleries which make it a great place to explore by day. Plus the views of the Sierra de Cadí mountains make this trip worth it. 


For those looking for outdoor activities on their day trip from Andorra, the nearby ski resort of Grandvalira provides some of the best skiing in the Pyrenees. 

You can stay in Andorra la Vella and then visit Grandvalira. There are also a number of trails and activities available on the mountain including snowshoeing, sledding, and dog sledding here. 

And of course Barcelona. If you are keeping Andorra as a base and didn’t explore the Spanish city, then you must! 

This vibrant city is home to some of the world’s most famous art galleries, museums, and landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. 

Barcelona also offers plenty of shopping, restaurants, bars, and nightlife which make it an ideal destination for those looking for a day of exploration.

Read: 3 days in Barcelona itinerary

Other Day trips from Barcelona Spain

Other than Andorra, there is a multitude of day trips that you can embark on from Barcelona. 

Whether you want to explore the mountains of Montserrat or experience the culture of Girona, there are plenty of great destinations just a short drive or train ride away!

Tarragona, Spain:

Just an hour and a half drive away from Barcelona lies the ancient Roman city of Tarragona. This seaside town is filled with well-preserved ruins, historical landmarks, and stunning beaches. 

Montserrat, Spain: 

This beautiful mountain range north of Barcelona is a great spot for a day trip if you want to get out of the city. Here, you can take scenic hikes through the mountains and explore the Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat. 

You could also get a bird’s eye view of the entire area by taking a cable car to the top!

Here is a detailed Barcelona to Montserrat day trip guide

Carcassonne, France: 

Just two and a half hours away by train (or 3 hours by car), you can explore the walled city of Carcassonne in a day. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has preserved its medieval architecture and provides a glimpse into the past. 

You can tour La Cite, the main attraction, as well as enjoy some delicious French food and wine in one of the many restaurants!

Girona, Spain:  

Girona is located about an hour and a half away from Barcelona and makes for a great day trip. Visit the old town to explore the cobblestone streets and admire the ancient architecture before stopping by one of the many cafes or restaurants for a drink or bite to eat! 

Girona is also well-known for its Jewish Quarter, which you can explore to get a better idea of the city’s history and culture.

Costa Brava, Spain:  

If you’re looking for a beach day, Costa Brava is the perfect spot. With its stunning blue waters and white sand beaches, it’s the ideal place to relax and take in the beauty of Spain’s coastline. 

Whether you want to go swimming or just sit back and enjoy the view, this is a must-see on a day trip from Barcelona. 

Best Time to visit Andorra

As one of the smallest countries in Europe, Andorra has become a popular destination for tourists from around the world. 

But when is the best time to visit this beautiful country?

Winter (December-February) is the most popular time to visit Andorra, especially for those looking for a winter wonderland experience. The ski resorts in the Pyrenees are world-class and offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding opportunities in Europe. 

Cityscape of Arinsal, La Massana, Andorra in winter

Temperatures can reach as low as -10°C during these months, so bundle up warmly before heading out. The festive season is also an excellent time to visit Andorra, with a number of traditional markets appearing throughout the country.

The summer months (July-August) are also a popular time to visit Andorra due to the mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine. During this period, you can expect average daily highs of around 25°C and night-time lows of 14°C. 

The sunshine makes it ideal for spending time outdoors, enjoying activities such as hiking, biking, or swimming in one of the many lakes and rivers. 

Autumn (September-November) brings in pleasant weather to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and biking. The scenery during this time is particularly stunning, with the trees turning to shades of red and orange while the mountains become dusted with snow (by late November). 

Andorra la Vella in autumn

The days are shorter and cooler during autumn, but Andorra remains a beautiful destination for those seeking some late-season sun.

During spring (March-May) the temperatures start to rise again and outdoor activities such as hiking and biking become more accessible. 

Many of the ski resorts are still open during this time, offering a chance to take in some of the stunning mountain scenery while enjoying a spot of skiing or snowboarding. 

Travel Tips & FAQ: How to get from Barcelona to Andorra Guide

Andorra makes for a perfect day trip from Barcelona to visit a different country altogether. Set aside 2-3 hours for transportation time (one way), and then 6+ hours for sightseeing and shopping time in Andorra.

Technically yes. You can enter Andorra without a Schengen visa as they are not a European Union or a Schengen Area member. However, you will need a valid passport to enter the sovereign state.  Depending on your nationality you may need a Schengen Visa to enter either France or Spain as Andorra is landlocked and access to the country is through these EU countries.

Andorra has no visa requirement to enter the country. But due to its location, and being bordered by Spain and France you will need a visa to enter those countries and then make your way to Andorra. 

The border control at Andorra–Spain border is located between La Seu d’Urgell and the parish of Sant Julia de Loria (in the Valira Valley).

For entry to Andorra, you do need a valid passport for the proposed duration of your stay.

Barcelona Airport to Andorra will take approximately 3 to 4 hours.

There are local buses available in the capital city of Andorra la Vella. Buses are cheap, and you can buy a daily or a weekly pass.  You can also pay by ride when visiting Andorra on a day trip.  Bus service is operated by Andorran Bus Lines, and there are six distinct routes that link all major towns in the Principality with one another. 

Is it worth going to Andorra from Barcelona?

Yes, it is absolutely worth visiting Andorra from Barcelona. Located between France and Spain, Andorra is an independent microstate featuring incredible landscapes and awe-inspiring mountain peaks that are perfect for exciting outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and more. 

Cityscape of Pont de Paris at night in Andorra

The capital city of Andorra la Vella has a unique charm and the surrounding mountain villages offer great scenery and outdoor activities. There are also a variety of attractions, including traditional churches, museums, and natural sites. 

Furthermore, Andorra is home to some of the finest ski resorts in Europe, making it an ideal destination for winter sports enthusiasts. 

All in all, Andorra provides a unique experience that cannot be found anywhere else and it is definitely worth the trip from Barcelona. 

So, if you are looking for an unforgettable adventure, Andorra is the perfect destination to explore! 

Read more posts from our Spain blog:

  • One day in Barcelona itinerary
  • One week in Spain itinerary
  • Most beautiful places in Spain
  • Spain bucket list

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Mayuri is the founder & editor of ToSomePlaceNew. An Indian-Canadian globetrotter, she has traveled to over 100 cities and 40+ countries.

Mayuri has a graduate degree in History and is an MBA. She loves traveling the world particularly Europe, capturing historical nuances, and discussing that over a cup of coffee with her husband, Salil. 

She has lived in Portugal, Canada and India.

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How to Travel From Barcelona to Andorra by Bus, Car, and Guided Tour

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 TripSavvy / Ellen Lindner

The Pyrenees is the mountain range that divides Spain and France, and nestled in those mountains is the little country of Andorra, an independent principality that has a smaller land area than the city of Chicago. Whether you're visiting for winter sports or just to explore, most travelers head to the capital and largest city, Andorra la Vella.

Because Andorra is located in the mountains, it has no airports to fly into or trains that pass through it, so the only way to get there is by road. Barcelona is only 125 miles (201 kilometers) away from Andorra and is one of the best-connected cities to the tiny country. If you go by car, the drive can be done in just two and a half hours. If you want to sit back and relax, buses are affordable and not drastically slower. For those who simply want to say they've been to Andorra and make a day trip, you can book a guided tour from Barcelona.

What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From Barcelona to Andorra?

For travelers on a budget, taking the bus to Andorra is affordable, easy, and convenient. The company ALSA makes several daily journeys across the border with prices starting at $30 for a one-way ticket. By bus, it takes about four hours to reach Andora la Vella, so you could easily depart in the morning and make it in time for some afternoon skiing.

Most ALSA buses depart Barcelona from either the centrally-located Estació Nord or Estació de Sants , but some also pick-up from Barcelona El Prat Airport if you want to go directly to Andorra. Once you arrive, you'll be left in the capital city of Andorra la Vella, which is easily walkable and has various transportation options for neighboring ski resorts.

Be aware that there's also a city in northern Spain called "Andorra," located in the province of Teruel. If you aren't paying attention, you could easily end up booking a ticket for the wrong place. On the ALSA website, the destination "Andorra" refers to the country, while the Spanish city is "Andorra (Teruel)."

What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Barcelona to Andorra?

If you have access to a car, you can get to Andorra la Vella in just two and a half hours from Barcelona. Of course, traffic from snowy road conditions or busy holiday weekends can delay your arrival, but it's a scenic drive with unbeatable views of the Pyrenees. Plus, if you want to continue your road trip after Andorra, you can easily cross the border into France and in less than three hours you're in Toulouse .

The primary highway used is the C16, which is a toll road. Although tolls can be paid with credit cards or cash, foreign cards aren't always accepted at the tollbooth machines. Be sure to carry some extra euros with you just in case, or you could be fined.

Is There a Guided Tour That Goes From Barcelona to Andorra?

Not many people can say they've stepped into three separate countries in the span of one day, but that's possible with a guided tour of Spain, France, and Andorra . It's the perfect option for travelers who want to visit as many countries as possible but have a limited amount of time to do so. In one long day trip, you'll visit three idyllic and medieval alpine villages, one in each country. Tours start at about $140 per person, which includes all transportation for the day and a local guide to enhance your understanding of the region's unique cultural customs.

When Is the Best Time to Travel to Andorra?

November to May is the most popular time to visit Andorra, chiefly for the small country's premier ski resorts. It can also be the most difficult time to arrive by car if snowy conditions or icy roads cause the highways to shut down. The route from Barcelona to Andorra is very well-maintained and total closures are rare, but check local road conditions before departing to be sure. And be sure your vehicle is equipped with the appropriate tires or snow chains; not only is it safer, but it's legally required while driving in Andorra.

What's the Most Scenic Route to Andorra?

Thanks to its location in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains, you can choose any route or transport method to get to Andorra and you'll be in for a treat. The entire region is filled with natural parks and medieval villages, and as you get closer to the border, you'll start winding through the natural curves of the picturesque mountains.

Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Andorra?

American citizens do not need a visa for visiting Andorra as long as your stay is less than 90 days. You can generally travel around Europe without border controls, but Andorra is not a member of the European Union or the Schengen Agreement that allows for that. You will pass through a checkpoint when entering and leaving Andorra and must have your passport on you. In general, it's a seamless process and you shouldn't experience any long delays.

What Time Is It in Andorra?

Spain and Andorra both use Central European Time, so you won't have to adjust your watch when you cross the border. France is also in the same time zone, in case you continue on after Andorra.

What Is There to Do in Andorra?

Andorra is perhaps best known for winter sports and duty-free shopping. During the cold months, skiers and snowboarders from around Europe and the world descend on the micronation for world-class slopes. Meanwhile, shoppers in downtown Andorra la Vella and other nearby towns make the most of their stay in this tax-free country for splurging on purchases they wouldn't otherwise consider. But even if you aren't a skier or a shopaholic, Andorra's lush landscapes and alpine hiking trails make it a worthwhile excursion for any nature lover. You can even spend a night in one of the small towns outside of Andorra la Vella for a rustic experience in the Pyrenees countryside.

Barcelona is 125 miles (201 kilometers) from Andorra.

Provided that there aren't significant traffic delays, the drive takes 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Because of Andorra's location, the only way to reach it from Barcelona is by bus or car.

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Best Things to Do in Andorra la Vella in One Day

Perched high up on the mountains of eastern Pyrenees, bordered by France and Spain is Europe’s sixth smallest country — Andorra. Its capital, Andorra la Vella, is one of the world’s highest capital cities, and also one of the smallest.

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However, due to the natural landscape of Andorra that is mainly mountainous, there is only one road to access it from France, and another one from Spain. The country has no airport or train station.

The easiest way to get there is by bus from Barcelona, and it’s also possible to go in the morning and be back in Barcelona by night.

This article will tell you all you need to know about making a day trip to Andorra la Vella, including things to do in one day, best time to go, how to get around, and where to stay if you do wish to spend the night.

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Overview of Andorra

Andorra is believed to have been founded by Charlemagne and ruled by the count of Urgell until 988, when it was transferred to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Urgell. For 715 years, Andorrans lived under a unique co-principality ruled by Bishop of La Seu d’Urgell and the Chief of State of France.

In 1993, this system was modified and the Andorran Constitution was formed. The Principality of Andorra was then transformed into a parliamentary democracy and an independent democratic state.

Andorra is the sixth smallest state in Europe, and the 16th smallest in the world, with an area of 468 square kilometers. It is a sovereign landlocked microstate on the Iberian Peninsula, bordered by France to the north and Spain to the South.

Due to its location on the eastern Pyrenees mountain range, Andorra is predominantly made up of rugged mountains, the highest one being the Coma Pedrosa at 2,942 meters. Its capital, Andorra la Vella is the highest capital city in Europe, at an elevation of 1,023 meters above sea level.

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The Gran Valira river, which is the main stream, leaves the country for Spain at Andorra’s lowest point of 840 meters.

Andorra’s population of approximately 78,000 makes it the world’s 11th smallest country by population. The Andorran people are a Romance ethnic group of originally Catalan descent.

The official language is Catalan, but Spanish is the dominant language of communication among people of different linguistic backgrounds. French, Portuguese, and English are also widely spoken.

Long isolated and impoverished, Andorra only achieved considerable prosperity after World War II, through its tourism industry. Today, tourism still accounts for roughly 80% of its GDP, bringing in tens of millions of tourists every year, who are attracted to the summer and winter resorts, as well as duty-free shopping.

The banking sector also contributes substantially to the economy, while agricultural production is limited. Due to only 2% of the land being arable, most food has to be imported.

Best Time to Visit Andorra

Andorra has a combination of alpine, continental, and oceanic climates, depending on the altitude of the area. The diversity of landscapes and differences in altitude create ‘microclimates’ in the different regions in Andorra.

In general, abundant rains can be seen in spring and summer, with May, June, and August being the rainiest months. Winters are long and cold, with less rain but lots of snowfall especially in the highlands between December and March.

The snow-capped peaks make for a stunning view if you can bear the cold. If you’re not there for skiing, the best time to go is during summer till September , when the weather is warmer.

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How to Go to Andorra

There are no airports in Andorra. The nearest ones are:

  • Andorra – La Seu d’Urgell (Spain) – 27 km to the south.
  • Perpignan (France) – 128 km to the east.
  • Carcassonne (France) – 130 km to the north east.
  • Lleida (Spain) – 157 km to the south.
  • Toulouse-Blagnac (France) – 196 km to the north.
  • Barcelona (Spain) – 202 km to the south.

Do note that most of these airports are not connected to Andorra by train or bus. You will need to go by taxi or car.

There are no train lines or stations in Andorra. The nearest ones are:

  • L’Hospitalet (France) – 3 km from the Andorran border. Served by SNCF trains from Toulouse and Paris.
  • Puigcerda (Spain) – 80 km away.

Bear in mind that although near, the L’Hospitalet station is located in a deserted area and is often unmanned. It has no direct bus connection to Andorra la Vella. You will first need to go to Pas de la Casa (the first town after the Andorran border) and from there take a bus to Andorra la Vella.

Going to Andorra by train is only cost-effective if you have SNCF discount cards.

Roads in Andorra are generally in good condition. Driving from Spain is a straightforward affair, but driving from France can be more challenging as it involves many hairpin bends.

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When entering Andorra, you generally don’t need to stop at the border checkpoint, but be prepared to do so if requested. However, it is a must to stop when leaving Andorra. Expect delays during busy times.

Make sure your car is in good condition as Andorra has steep roads. When driving in the colder months (from November to April), beware of black ice and snowdrifts as temperatures in Andorra can be much colder than at sea level.

It’s a good idea to have winter tires and/or snow chains ready, or you may not be allowed to drive in very snowy road conditions. This rule is often enforced at police checkpoints to the ski resorts and mountain passes.

Gas prices are usually cheaper in Andorra than in France or Spain.

There are many bus services operating to and from Andorra.

From France, you can travel on Andbus from Toulouse Matabiau train station and from Toulouse-Blagnac airport. The trip takes 3.5 hours and tickets can be purchased online, at the counter, or from the driver.

From Spain, buses can be taken from various locations, including Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Lleida, and Valencia. There are also daily services from Barcelona airport.

The trip from Barcelona to Andorra takes around 3.5 – 4 hours. I took Flixbus from Barcelona (Sants) to Andorra La Vella, and it cost me about €40 round trip.

In Andorra, buses arrive and depart from the new bus station (within walking distance to the city center), where you can also buy tickets. The building has a small waiting area, vending machines, and free WiFi.

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Visa Requirement for Andorra

Andorra is not a member of the EU, EEA or Schengen Area.

It has no visa requirements and only requires a passport or a European Union national identity card. However, as entry is only possible through one of the Schengen countries (France or Spain), visitors must satisfy the conditions of entry into Schengen.

Theoretically, exiting France or Spain into Andorra will terminate a single-entry Schengen visa, but in practice, immigration does not enforce this, as one has no choice but to re-enter the Schengen Area in order to travel onwards.

How to Get Around in Andorra la Vella

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If you’re only visiting Andorra la Vella, you can cover almost everything on foot within one day.

The town is divided into two parts: the newer section in the north and the older one to the south and west. The new section is very commercial with lots of shops, while the older half across the river also has a considerable amount of shops and restaurants, as well as historical sites.

If you’d like to venture further, most of the main villages in the country are connected by the local bus service called the Cooperative Interurbana Andorrana. There are 8 main bus lines, all of them passing through Andorra la Vella.

The fare is anything from €1.20 to €3, depending on how far you’re going. Drivers will provide change. Buses going to nearby towns can be as frequent as every 10 minutes, whereas the ones going to more rural places are less regular. You can check the bus routes and timetables here .

Things to Do in Andorra la Vella in One Day

1. visit the church of sant esteve.

Church of Sant Esteve

The magnificent Church of Sant Esteve is one of the main attractions in Andorra la Vella. Standing proudly in the old part of the city, it is Romanesque in origin, built in the 1100s, but have gone through several alterations throughout the years.

The church has a tall bell tower and semi-circular apses with their original Lombardian decoration still preserved. Inside, there is a multi-colored wooden beam from the 12th century and two baroque altarpieces.

Entrance is free but the church is closed outside of worship times for much of the year. Still, it’s a sight to behold from the outside, with the mountains as the backdrop.

2. See the Noblesse du Temps

La Noblesse du Temps

La Noblesse du Temps, or ‘The Nobility of Time’ is a unique bronze sculpture weighing 1,400 kilograms and stands at 4.9 meters above the ground.

Depicting a melting clock on a tree trunk, it makes you feel like you’ve just stepped into a Salvador Dali painting.

In fact, this sculpture was personally made by the hand of Salvador Dali himself, which is why quite a number of art lovers from around the world visit Andorra — to see this authentic piece of art.

It is meant to symbolize the passing of time, how limited our time is on this earth, and how quickly it can fade away without us realizing.

3. Marvel at the Casa de la Vall

Casa de la Vall

Located in the historic part of the city, Casa de la Vall is one of the most iconic monuments in Andorra.

It was built in the late 16th century in the traditional Catalonian style, as a manor house for an affluent local family.

However, in 1702, the mansion was acquired by the Parliament of Andorra to be used as its headquarters and the seat of justice until 2011.

Sitting on top of a rock overlooking the valley of the River Valira, it looks almost like a small castle, with its towers, turrets, high walls, and shuttered windows.

There is a large courtyard outside with recent sculptures depicting some of the most important historical events in Andorra.

To visit, you need to buy a ticket for €5 at the reception. For a guided tour, an advance booking by email or over the phone is required.

4. Cross the Margineda Bridge

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Built in the fifteenth century, the Bridge of la Margineda is the largest medieval bridge that still remains in Andorra. It measures 33 meters in length and passes over the River Valira, which is the main river in the country.

Next to the bridge is a modern sculpture to commemorate the First Language and Literature of Catalonia Congress. The two arches represent Andorra’s past and present.

The bridge is located 3.7 kilometers (around 45 minutes’ walk) away from the city center.

5. Take a Picture in front of Pont de Paris

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It features two steel spheres measuring 2.2 meters in diameter each. Because of these spheres, the bridge is also known among the locals as ‘The Bridge of the Balls’.

Placed just above the Valira River, it lights up after sunset and looks even prettier than in daytime.

The bridge also bears the name of the city in large letters, making the perfect backdrop for your souvenir photos.

6. Chill Out at Town Square

Andorra La Vella’s town square is surrounded by elegant buildings, restaurants, and interesting statues. And despite it being the center of the capital city, the square is actually a peaceful spot to do some people-watching. I think I spent quite some time sitting on one of the benches to soak in the sun.

It also has a map of the entire town, and gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains.

7. Enjoy the View from Placa del Poble

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Placa del Poble is a public square on the roof of a government office building. A popular hangout spot for tourists and locals, this square offers splendid views of the valley and mountains.

There is an elevator in the southeast corner of the square that takes you directly to the car park on Carrer del Prat de la Creu.

8. Admire the Sculptures

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Apart from the famous Salvador Dali sculptures, there are many others scattered across the city, including a stone circle of friends holding hands, a metal sculpture of a figure entwined in bonds, faces carved into totem poles, commemorative statues of historical figures and events, and many more.

On the way from the bus station to the city center, look up and you’ll see sculptures of monks in different meditative poses on top of podiums.

Some of these sculptures are merely decorative in nature, while others try to provoke thoughts through social, religious, or political messages.

9. Visit Museums

For such a small state, Andorra has quite an impressive number of museums and galleries. They regularly organize fun activities and workshops for the general public. Although many of them are not located in the city center, you can easily get there by bus or taxi in less than 20 minutes.

Some of the museums you can visit include:

  • Bicycle Museum (Andorra la Vella)
  • National Automobile Museum (Encamp)
  • Casa Cristo (Encamp)
  • Electricity Museum (Encamp)
  • Carmen Thyssen Museum (Les Escaldes)
  • Perfume Museum (Escaldes-Engordany)
  • Casa Rull Museum (Sispony)
  • Forge Rossell Museum and Iron Interpretation Center (La Massana)
  • Comic Museum (La Massana)
  • Museum of Miniatures (Ordino)
  • Casa d’Areny-Plandolit (Ordino)
  • Postal Museum (Ordino)
  • Motorbike Museum (Canillo)
  • Espai Columba (Santa Coloma)
  • Cal Pal Mill and Saw Works Museum (La Cortinada)

10. Try Local Food

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Andorran food is mainly Catalan, with some influences from the Spanish and French cuisine. Here are some of the must-try food in Andorra:

  • Escudella – known as Andorra’s national dish, usually served in the cold months. A hearty stew of cooked pasta, grains, vegetables, and different kinds of meat. Almost every restaurant in Andorra has its own version, some more modernized than the others.
  • Cargols – snails, usually oven-cooked, with olive oil and a special kind of garlic mayonnaise.
  • Embotits – Andorran homemade sausages, usually made of pork spiced with salt and red or black pepper.
  • Trucha a la Andorrana – grilled fish, usually freshwater fish from the local rivers, wrapped in pork ham.
  • Crema Andorrana – Andorran version of creme brulee that uses freshly whipped thick cream on top, instead of torched sugar.

11. Pamper Yourself at Caldea Spa

Right in the heart of Andorra la Vella, around 20 minutes’ walk from the Town Square, you can see a magnificent glass pyramid tower dominating the skyline. This is the Caldea spa resort, the largest of its kind in Europe.

This humongous facility features more than 6,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor lagoons, saunas, Jacuzzis, solarium, water beds, and exotic baths from around the world, such as the Turkish hammam, Aztec bath, and a Japanese-inspired grapefruit bath!

The thermal waters of Caldea, which can reach temperatures of 70°C, are rich in minerals and thermal planktons. They are said to have analgesic, healing, anti-allergic, and decongestant effects on the body.

The spa is suitable for families, but there’s also a separate adults-only space.

12. Go Shopping

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Andorra has long been known as a shopping haven due to its low taxes. The best bargains can usually been found on electronics and luxury items, with cigars being among the cheapest in Europe. It’s also a good place to stock up on ski gear.

There are many shops of different sizes, and a huge selection of goods, so you will be spoilt for choice.

Check out Pyrenees department store that has entire floors for electronic goods and designer labels, and a supermarket known for its Andorran and Spanish specialty foods.

How Long to Spend in Andorra la Vella

Andorra in late November | Ummi Goes Where?

Most people visit Andorra for skiing and outdoor activities. However, if you only want to see the capital city and nothing else, one day is a perfectly reasonable amount of time to do so.

It really is so tiny that you can see everything and do all your shopping in one day.

I took a bus from Barcelona that arrived in the morning and left late at night, and I had enough time for sightseeing, plus window-shopping, and lunch and dinner.

The only thing I had skipped but wished I could have done if I had more time (and money) is the spa.

  • Ordino  – a small town located at the foot of Casamanya mountain. Attractions include Museum of Miniatures, the Postal Museum and Casa d’Areny-Plandolit.
  • Canillo – a picturesque village featuring one the country’s finest Romanesque churches.
  • La Cortinada – a small village surrounded by meadows and rugged mountains, home to a 12th-century church.
  • El Serrat – popular for skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in winter, and hiking and birdwatching in summer.
  • Les Escaldes – known for its many hot springs and art galleries.
  • Encamp  – the country’s most important ski centers, with gondolas linking directly to the slopes. A base for hiking in the warmer months, it is also home to the National Automobile Museum.
  • Santa Coloma  – home to the oldest church in the country and a 12th-century castle.

Is Andorra Worth Visiting?

Absolutely! Even if you’re not into skiing, hiking, or any of the other outdoor activities that Andorra is most famous for, this tiny country is still worth visiting. The capital itself is an amazing chill-out spot with panoramic views of the mountains all around you.

There’s plenty of shopping and dining to keep you entertained, and the best part is that the compact size of this city makes it super convenient to see everything on foot. It’s the perfect weekend destination for those living in neighboring countries and those looking for day-trip options from Barcelona.

Where to Stay in Andorra

If you do decide to spend the night in Andorra la Vella, there are plenty of options to fit different budgets:

Barri Antic Hostel & Pub – Located in the heart of the city, this hostel features a bar, shared kitchen, and shared lounge. Each room is heated and comes with a private bathroom and views of the mountains. The nearest ski resort is only 7 kilometers from this property. Ski rental is available from site. From USD 39 for a Twin Room. 

Yomo Centric   – Situated on a pedestrian street in the city center, the hotel is within walking distance to the bus station, tax-free shops and the Caldea Thermal Spa. Rooms come with heating, air-conditioning, a minibar and a flat-screen TV. The hotel also features a restaurant, bar, and open fire in the lounge. From USD 103 for a Standard Double / Twin Room with breakfast.

Andorra Park Hotel   – Also located in the city center, this hotel features a gym, sauna, indoor swimming pool, and seasonal outdoor swimming pool. All rooms are air-conditioned, with mountain views, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a spa bath, shower, slippers, hairdryer, bathrobe, and free toiletries. Most rooms come with a private balcony. From USD 220 for a Junior Suite with breakfast.

Final Thoughts

In front of Casa de la Vall, Andorra la Vella

As I have shamelessly admitted on multiple occasions, I’m one of those obnoxious travelers who take pride in the number of countries they have visited and would go through all the troubles to add more to their list even if it means only spending one day in each location.

So, when traveling from Austria to Switzerland , I made a quick stop in Liechtenstein . Similarly in  Italy , I made it a point to visit  San Marino and the Vatican.

That was also the case when I went to Barcelona. I simply had to make a day trip Andorra. It turned out to be one of the prettiest towns I’ve ever been to.

I especially love these tiny countries because I can see almost everything in just one day.

Therefore, it allows me to comfortably claim that, “Yes, I’ve been to that country!” without feeling like too much of a fraud.

So, if you have the same inclination as me, you should definitely make the journey to Andorra the next time you’re in Barcelona. You won’t regret it!

Have you been to Andorra? What was your experience like? Share in the comments below.

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Andorra Day Trips From Barcelona – A Comprehensive Guide

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Andorra Day Trips From Barcelona – A Comprehensive Guide

Andorra is one of the tiniest countries in the world and is often overlooked as a travel destination. Of late however, Andorra day trips from Barcelona have become increasingly popular. We visited Andorra in late spring and fell in love with the country. Mind you, we did spend three days here so we did not head out on a day trip but this was because we usually prefer slow travel.

Now we traveled by car, stayed outside the city and enjoyed the full degree of hospitality that this country is known for. Not once did we feel bored and we always felt short changed for time. Our toddlers came down with a nasty bug but even they were pretty happy here during the 3 days.

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What is andorra famous for.

Andorra is well known for its snow capped mountains. In fact, everywhere you look, you will see the towering peaks. A lot of people who visit the country on a regular basis come here for its winter sports. The ski resorts get fully booked during this time.

Albeit not quite as popular in summer, the forested slopes are also a pretty great place to be if you love hiking. There are paths for all difficulty levels and we just explored a tiny but when we visited largely because the kids were ill and it was still a bit cold.

Andorra is also famous for its duty free shopping!

Are Andorra Day Trips From Barcelona Worth It?

Now this is actually a hard question to answer. I think it depends largely on the individual. Andorra is a beautiful country and if you take a day trip from Barcelona, you will end up spending almost 3 hours getting there. That’s one way. This means that the excursion will take the whole day and you need the luxury of time.

In addition to this, you will explore the city of Andorra. This is pretty but it is also small. It has lots of places to shop at and eat so it is always a great idea. From the city, you can also catch a glimpse of the hilly countryside.

The city in itself will take an hour or two to explore thoroughly so you won’t be short on time. 

So would I recommend visiting Andorra as a day trip? If you don’t have the luxury of staying in the country then yes. You should go. It is quite different from its Spanish neighbor despite the similarities in food. Andorra is an experience and I would visit again in a heartbeat.

How To Get From Barcelona To Andorra?

There are three ways in which you can head out on Andorra day trips from Barcelona. These are mainly by bus, car and by guide tour. We chose the car as is probably obvious and this was because we visited it on an epic trip from the Netherlands right down to Spain. 

Andorra Day Trips From Barcelona By Car

Andorra Day Trips From Barcelona By Car

Time Taken: 2 hours 45 min

Cost: Fuel and rental costs

Benefits: Cool to explore the countryside in Andorra.

Cons: Parking is difficult to find and expensive.

This is the easiest way to explore the country. The only thing is that you need to be comfortable driving up the mountains and in snow. The speed limits in Andorra are low and this may seem frustrating in summer but know that it is all about safety because these roads see a lot of ice and snow.

Driving is pretty cool and I highly recommend it if you are headed out in a larger group or if you have kids because it’s comfortable and the larger the group, the more economical it gets. The downside is that finding parking is hard and I’m not even talking about free parking. We parked on the outskirts of the city and walked all over because that was the best option at the time.

Driving to Andorra also allows you to head away from the main city and explore the countryside. It is this flexibility that I truly loved.

Andorra Day Trips From Barcelona By Bus

Andorra Day Trips From Barcelona By Bus

Time Taken: 4 hours

Cost: Approximately $30

Benefits: This is the best way to explore Andorra on a budget.

Cons: You are at the mercy of the bus schedule

If you are looking for a budget way to explore Andorra then think about taking the bus. I would recommend starting out early because the bus takes 4 hours to reach. This means that the total journey would take you about 8 hours in travel time alone.

So start out early and leave in the evening back to Barcelona. This way you will make the best of your Andorra day trips from Barcelona by bus. Luckily there are plenty of buses that ply to and fro between the cities. 

Just know that there is a city in Spain that is called Andorra. You could accidentally book a ticket to the wrong place so make sure you pay attention to the details.

Andorra Day Trips From Barcelona By Guided Tours

The final and third way that you can head out on Andorra day trips from Barcelona is via guided tours. Now these trips are pretty fast paced so it’s perfect for anyone who wants to cover a lot of ground quickly. Plus everything including transport is all organized with hotel pick ups and drop offs. All that you have to do is book them in advance.

The Three Countries Tour

Okay so if you are going to do a fast paced tour why not do something interesting? This tour takes you through 3 countries in a single day. I know it sounds insane but it is totally doable because all three countries share a border.

The itinerary is pretty simple. You head from Barcelona to Baga. This is a medieval village that has some cool architecture. It is a fun place to explore. From there you cross the border and head to a place called Ax-les-Thermes. Now this is a spot in France and it is famous because it is a spa town. You will instinctively note the difference in the city because it has a whole French vibe going if you know what I mean.

Finally you head to Andorra which is country number 3 for the day. Here you can head out and explore the city, indulge in a bit of duty free shopping and savor some of the local cuisine before you head back to Barcelona.

Small Group Tour Of Andorra

Small group Andorra day trips from Barcelona

If you want a little slower pace when it comes to visiting Andorra, I recommend booking this tour because it spends more time in Andorra itself than traveling from spot to spot. The group is always small and is limited to 6 participants which means that you will get individualized attention and won’t at times feel like you are part of a horde.

During this trip you will visit Pont de la Margineda, Casa de la Vall, Mirador del Roc del Quer, Coll d’Ordino and Santuario de Meritxell. As you can see, the tour offers you more of the country than just a shopping experience that many tours offer. 

Another thing that I like about this tour is that they provide infant car seats and it is wheelchair accessible. Plus you travel in a Mercedes van which is super comfortable and has plenty of leg room.

Things To Do In Andorra In A Day

Like I’ve mentioned before, the reason that many people head on Andorra day trips from Barcelona is because the city is super small and you can cover a lot of the highlights in a day. If you have the freedom to spend some more time in the country you can also pack in some hiking or skiing alongside your sightseeing. Though for that you may have to be in the area for more than a day.

1. Stroll Through The City

For many the main city of Andorra is the biggest attraction. Yes the city and the country share a name so it can get confusing but its such a small country that it really doesn’t matter much because they are pretty much interchangable.

The city has some pretty iconic sights but in general, I was less than impressed if I have to be honest. We spent a couple of hours here before we decided to head out and enjoy the sights around.

2. Head Out Shopping

Don't forget to shopping in Andorra

You will find that many people who head out on Andorra day trips from Barcelona do this for the shopping. Surprised? Andorra has loads of Duty free stores so there is a lot of discounted shopping that you can indulge in. We weren’t there for the shopping but we did find some amazing deals on winter wear.

3. Take In The Views

One of the top things to do during Andorra day trips from Barcelona is to enjoy the views.

Andorra has some of the most breath taking views that I have seen in my life. If you love mountains then you really should consider these Andorra day trips from Barcelona. The city itself is located in the mountains but you can’t truly appreciate the mountainous view until you get out into the countryside.

We stayed at a hotel that was about 15 minutes out of the city and every morning we were greeted with the stunning landscape. I honestly could not get enough of it.

4. Eat Some Amazing Food

Not everyone knows this but Andorra has some amazing food. In fact, you will find that there are many dishes here that cross over with the Spanish cuisine. They eat a lot of rice, use quite a number of spices and definitely use a lot of meat in their cooking.

Cheese is also very popular and we even got a taste of our first Iberian ham here. My recommendation however is to make a reservation for lunch during the peak tourist season because it gets crowded.

5. Go Skiing

Andorra is one of the few places in the world where you can find snow all year round. It is also home to some of the best ski slopes in Europe. During winter, these slopes are loaded with snow and you will find that people head here to enjoy all the winter sports. In summer however, the snow is generally at higher altitudes so you can’t ski during that time of the year.

6. Hiking Is Fun Too!

In summer most of the lower parts of the mountains don’t have snow. The weather is not cold or hot. In fact, it is nice and cool so it is perfect time to head out on a hike. There are loads of trails and each one differs in difficulty. There are even some that are meant for young children. So make sure to ask your local residency about the best ones located close to you.

As you can see there are so many ways to take Andorra day trips from Barcelona. The way you move between the cities totally depends on the budget you have and the amount of comfort that you want. We were lucky enough to have our own car so we had the best of both worlds.

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Private Day Trips From Barcelona To Andorra

The best tour to andorra from barcelona.

Private and totally customized to your interests

Have you heard of this little micro-nation at the top of the Pyrenees mountains, between Spain and France? Are you curious about visiting it? Did you know it can be done in just one day tour from Barcelona to Andorra?

It is definitely a long day – 12 hours. But if you are up for a long ride, it can be worth it. It just needs good planning. Because of course you can take a bus to Andorra, but once you get off you won’t have means of transportation to explore the country and you’ll get stuck in the capital city – Andorra la Vella. Which of course offers some appeal, but… there’s more to Andorra than just its capital!

Other companies do Andorra day trips combined with some other Spanish and French villages. And of course we can do that, too! But we want you to be aware that you’ll spend even more time in the car than at the sites. And the stops won’t be that long… So we only recommend this itinerary to people who are thrilled to tick off 3 countries in one day from their bucket list.

Other than that, we can show you the nature and mountains of Andorra, its Romanesque churches, its old villages and historical sites. Or we can take you shopping, or to the spa, or to the ski resort. You can choose to have only a driver, or to add a tour guide to satisfy all your questions and curiosity.

If you choose to have a tour guide, she’ll be with you during the entire tour, not just a few hours while in Andorra: The brother of Marta, the founder of ForeverBarcelona, has been living in Barcelona for many years and is married to a real Andorran. Marta has been pretty much everywhere in Andorra and will love to show you around and give you insights that only locals know.


  • See medieval Romanesque churches such as Sant Serní de Nagol, Santa Coloma or Sant Miquel d’Engolasters. Or worship Our Lady of Meritxell, patron saint of Andorra in her Sanctuary.
  • See the views over the valley from the breathtaking vantage point of Roc del Quer.
  • Visit historical sites such as the bridge of Margineda or the Casa de la Vall government building.
  • Enjoy the Pyrenees mountains and its nature in Vall d’Incles or the Engolasters lake.
  • Enjoy one of the most impressive spas in Europe in Caldea.
  • Shop almost VAT free in Andorra La Vella and Escaldes.
  • In the winter, go skiing.
  • And for the kids: easy hikes across gnome woods, cable cars, 
  • Discover the Andorran mountain cuisine.
  • Explore the local museums.
  • And more! We’ll work with you personally to design the perfect day tour for you!

Highlights of our Tours from Barcelona to Andorra


✓ Ride from Barcelona to Andorra effortlessly and in style in a gorgeous Mercedes vehicle with dedicated driver. ✓ Go out of town for a day and forget about the city rhythm. ✓ Feel like in Switzerland, just a couple of hours away from Barcelona. ✓ Breath the clean crisp air of the Pyrenees between 3,250 and 6,500 feet (1000 to 2000m) above sea level. ✓ Take in impressive views. ✓ Learn about his micro-nation many people have never heard about. ✓ A custom itinerary designed just for you – not a cookie cutter day tour. ✓ And much more, in a private Barcelona to Andorra day trip just for you and your party!


  • TOUR LENGHT : 12 hours.
  • WHERE DO WE MEET ?  WHERE DO WE END ? Anywhere you want, within the Barcelona city limits.
  • HOW DO WE MOVE AROUND ? Rides in Mercedes car or minivan for upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver (or 7 of you, if you book the non-guided option. Walking at the stops.
  • HOW DOES THE NON-GUIDED OPTION WORK ? In our non-guided tours you are on your own. Your English-speaking driver might provide light conversation during the rides to Andorra from Barcelona and back, but you won’t get detailed explanations of the area. And once in Andorra, you’ll be on your own at the stop. You’ll ultimately be responsible for getting back to the car at the agreed time, or you might incur in extra hours if you are late.
  • WHEN IS A NONG-GUIDED OPTION RECOMMENDABLE ? When you only need a ski transfer, or you mostly want to go shopping, or spend the day at the Caldea spa. Or if your budget is limited and are happy to sacrifice explanations in order to afford your day trip. Or if your priority is taking pictures over learning and asking questions!  
  • CAN YOU BOOK THE CALDEA SPA FOR US? WHAT ABOUT SKI PASSES? Sure! We are happy to book tickets for Caldea or ski resort day forfaits as long as you tell us enough in advance. You’ll be requested to send us the cost of these extras upon booking. Such tickets are not refundable.
  • HOW LONG IS THE RIDE TO ANDORRA FROM BARCELONA ? The border of Andorra in Sant Julià de Loira is around 2.5 hours. It’s one hour from there to the French border in Pas de la Casa. The Capital, Andorra la Vella is a mere 20 minutes from the Spanish border. 
  • WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT ANDORRA ? The snow arrives to Andorra sometime in December and usually lasts until April. So if you are dreaming of snowy landscapes, or touching the snow, or even skiing, that’s the right months to plan your trip. July and August are the hottest months, but not as hot as it is in Barcelona – it’s a great plan to scape from the city heat!
  • DO I NEED A PASSPORT ? Schengen citizens only need a valid ID card to enter Andorra. Citizens of non-EU countries need a valid passport. Plus if you were required a visa to enter Spain, then you’ll also have to bring it to enter Andorra. More information here .


Yes, we are aware that other companies organize itineraries including stops such as Bagà (Spain), Ax-Les-Thermes (France) and some stops in Andorra. We are happy to discuss with you the pros and cons of the possible stops in order to design the perfect day for you. It’ll also be a 12-hour tour, same cost as a regular Andorra day trip from Barcelona.

Please note that the drive to Ax-Les-Thermes is almost 3 hours, and from there it’s another 40 minutes to the Andorran border of Pas de la Casa. What means this tour involves more time inside the car than a regular tour from Barcelona to Andorra.


Marta and her family during a Barcelona day trip to Andorra


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Road is Calling

Barcelona to Andorra by car

Barcelona to Andorra By Car – Scenic Drive You Didn’t Know About

We have just returned home to Tenerife after our unforgettable journey to the Pyrenees mountains a nd I had to take a moment to sit down and write a post about our trip from Barcelona to Andorra by car where we had a little adventure that I didn’t expect would be so memorable.

It was a long-awaited vacation which I packed with many activities for each day and since we had a car with us we wanted to road trip and see as much as possible which was quite easy to do as the mountains itself, Andorra, and the entire stretch of the drive between Barcelona and Andorra were quite spectacular.

If you are interested in seeing (and getting inspired) what our trip through the Pyrenees mountains was like, you can do this through my other posts. But here, in this article, I solely want to talk about our road trip between Andorra and Barcelona.

Many people cover this distance by bus or even by car taking the highway (and partially toll road) C16/N-260, not considering another route B23/C55/C14 which in total is 20 km longer than C16/N-260 but in my experience more interesting.

We decided to choose it to drive from Barcelona to Andorra and made many stops along the way. I am sharing them below and you pick which ones you like more to tailor your own road trip adventure between these two awesome destinations!

You can also use it as an Andorra to Barcelona by car itinerary but in that case, you will need to readjust the driving schedule as some points of interest that are closer to Barcelona close early.

In the end of the article, I also include a map but only with major points of interest. Keep in mind that there are other sites that are not on this map but under each section in detail.

Things to Consider Before Going on Barcelona to Andorra Drive

Barcelona to Andorra by car

Mark and I started this road trip from Barcelona airport which helped us save some time on getting out of the city. I advise you to do the same for convenience. If you plan to be in Barcelona , at first spend time in the city (without renting a car) and then go in the morning/afternoon (of that day when you plan to drive to Andorra) to the airport to pick up a rental car.

The distance between Andorra and Barcelona via B23/C55/C14 roads is around 210 km (130 miles) but there is no way you can cover all the stops in this post in one day. Drive on its own is easy and will take you around 3-3.5 hours without detours.

But if you want to visit some hidden gems along the route and actually see more of Spain , you need to have at least one full day (preferably during the season with more sunlight in the day).

It took us 2 full days to cover everything and have an overnight stop on the way (I mention it below) but we devoted 2 weeks to the Pyrenees region, which allowed us to move slowly. 

If you are on a shorter trip, obviously driving such a short distance during 2 days may be too much. So again, just pick the most interesting places from this list and have your own adventure.

NOTE : If you are thinking of going on a Barcelona to Andorra day trip, I do not recommend you make stops on the way at all. Because Andorra is a jewel of its own which deserves at least 3 full days. To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend going on a day trip to Andorra from Barcelona at all because this country has too much one day can fit in.

If you do want to see Andorra and a few sights on the Spanish side, then I recommend you devote 2 days to this trip . Go on Barcelona to Andorra drive using this post, then spend a night in Andorra la Vella (capital city), devote the following day to Andorra country (with a car you can drive all over it within the short period of time) and leave to Barcelona late at night (via toll road).

For the car hire, from my experience, I can recommend you rent a car from Centauro company . They have not only reasonable prices for car rental but also the lowest price for border crossing.

Every car rental company in Barcelona charges money for a border crossing to Andorra (and France including), so with Centauro you save. Plus, the company is more relaxed in terms of car damages. While other companies try to charge for even the smallest scratch, Centauro has a more forgiving policy. But if you purchase full insurance, then of course it doesn’t matter.

If you do want to rent a car in Barcelona with insurance, do so from DiscoverCars as their policies are the cheapest.

Where to Stop for the Night Between Barcelona and Andorra 

Barcelona to Andorra road trip

Technically speaking – you can drive one full day to Andorra and see quite a lot from this list. But realistically speaking – get ready that you won’t be able to stop everywhere. There are just too many activities for one day.

So if you want to take it slower as we did and experience cozy stays in the Spanish Pyrenees while driving to Andorra, I can recommend the following places including one nice hotel on a budget in Andorra. Here they are and here is why they are my top picks:

  • Bremon Boutique Hotel (heritage hotel with the view of the castle, the one I discuss below)
  • Parador de Cardona (stay in a castle itself, haunted rooms are available for rent as well, ha!)
  • Hotel Restaurant Cal Petit (hotel between the hills in a relaxing setting for those who plan to sightsee a lot)
  • Yomo Mola Park (my top choice hotel in Andorra la Vella, best for those who want to visit the Thermal Center)

Barcelona to Andorra Road Trip & Best Stops to Make 

La colonia güell.

Colonia Güell is a lesser-known place near Barcelona with one of the beautiful and unique works of Antoni Gaudi.

It is basically an industrial village of textile workers (back in the day) of the magnate Eusebi Güell who was a patron and one of Gaudi’s customers. He commissioned the renowned architect to design various elements of the complex but only one was finished which was the Crypt (a small church).

Colonia Guell industrial village

It was originally intended to be the lower part of a larger church structure, but due to financial constraints, only the Crypt portion was completed and until this day serves as a standalone structure often visited for its architectural significance and artistic beauty.

Despite its incomplete state, the Crypt nowadays is considered a masterpiece of modernist architecture and a significant precursor to Gaudí’s more famous Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Gaudi work on the way to Andorra

This is a very interesting place to visit if you want to see more works of Antoni Gaudi. And it will be to particular interest to those who are visiting Barcelona (and Spain) for the first time without the ability to spend much time in Barcelona city.

There is a small entrance fee to enter but with it you can also explore different areas of the village, gaining insights into its industrial history and architectural significance.

Montserrat Mountain Range With the Benedictine Abbey

The next stop I suggest you make when on a drive from Barcelona to Andorra is a place of pilgrimage and religious devotion Montserrat Abbey (of course if you haven’t visited it yet). This Abbey lies on the route to Andorra (which is easy to detour to) and is one of the most significant places in entire Spain.

Montserrat Abbey

The area where the Abbey is situated is stunning. Montserrat mountain range has unique geological formations characterized by striking pink conglomerate rocks and in the middle of those formations on the mountain the Abbey sits. The rocks form a dramatic backdrop to the architectural elements of the complex which is so breathtaking once you look.

Besides the scenery, Montserrat Abbey has a rich cultural history and is known for the Black Madonna , a revered statue of the Virgin Mary and the Infant Jesus. It holds deep religious and cultural significance, is considered a symbol of Catalan identity, and is associated with legends of miracles. Many pilgrims visit Montserrat Abbey to honor and seek blessings from this iconic statue.

There is also the abbey complex, including the basilica and museum, which provide insights into the region’s history and architecture. 

Montserrat Abbey

It is easy to spend the whole day in this complex as there are lots of opportunities for photography and cultural exploration . 

One of the oldest boys’ choirs in Europe performs daily in the basilica, so if you come at a specific time, you’ll be able to hear them sing. Not to mention multiple hiking trails, culinary delights (there are a few restaurants with Catalan cuisine and mountain views), and just a beautiful large territory where to relax .

Manresa Ancient City

The ancient town of Manresa has been known long before the birth of Christ and is an interesting city to visit these days. Many people come here on a day trip from Barcelona but spending a few hours on a road trip to Andorra is a better option since you drive right through it.

Manresa city

The first thing Manresa is famous for is its religious significance because it is tied to the cave where the founder of the Jesuit order Saint Ignatius of Loyola spent time in prayer and contemplation. During the Roman Empire in the 16th century, he stopped there to pray on his way from the Montserrat monastery to Jerusalem, Since then, the city has become a center of Catholic pilgrimage.

Manresa cave

If you have an interest in religious history or want to visit sites associated with saints, then you’ll enjoy a stop in the ‘Cave of Saint Ignatius’ (see photos and location here ) near the Pont Vell aqueduct which opens up scenic views of the town in some way similar to the view from famous aqueduct in Cordoba .

You will also notice the Basilica of Saint Ignatius Loyola (built on a hill) which features religious art and architecture that reflect the devotion to Saint Ignatius and the Jesuit order.

Manresa at night

Among other places to check out are the Historic Old Town with the Town Hall and narrow cobbled streets, Cardener River Walk with riverside paths and green spaces along the riverbanks great for a quick walk. There are also a few vista points in Manresa since the town is surrounded by hills and elevated areas that offer panoramic views of its surroundings.

Another thing that made Manresa famous in the last century was its many vineyards and wonderful wine. If you like wine tourism, I recommend you book a tour at Oller del Mas family-owned vineyard which includes wine tasting and an overview of the wine cellars. They also have a restaurant here with Catalan dishes.

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Additionally, there is an adjacent retreat Les Cabanes de l’Oller del Mas which is a gorgeous luxurious property. It probably doesn’t make much sense to stay there just for the night on a quick road trip from Barcelona as the price is high due to the number and quality of amenities and stellar experience .

If I could sum it up, I’d say that Manresa is a hidden gem in close proximity to Barcelona. If you can’t stop here on a drive to Andorra, possibly come here on a Barcelona day trip.

Sant Benet de Bages Monastery

Sant Benet de Bages is a Benedictine monastery near Manresa situated in a landscape characterized by rolling hills and gentle slopes, with the Montserrat mountain range lying to the southeast.

You may think that it is better to skip this place if you visit Montserrat but don’t be in a hurry. 

Sant Benet de Bages is a very different type of religious site. It is the thousand-year-old monastery which is not only one of the most precious pearls of Catalan architecture, but also provides a museum route through its internal buildings – churches, monastery, wine cellar, and personal quarters of the artist Ramon Casas who lived and worked within these walls.

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Over the years, this complex has evolved into a living cultural center with a commitment to local gastronomy , exemplified by ‘ La Fonda ‘, its renowned Catalan cuisine restaurant.

You can also take part in the family master classes of the Alicia Foundation, whose headquarters are located here. This project, created on the initiative of chef Ferran Adria and cardiologist Valenti Fuster, aims to do research in the field of gastronomy.

Cardona Salt Town & Its Haunted Castle

The next place that came as a big surprise on this road trip from Barcelona to Andorra was Cardona, a small salt mine town where salt has played a crucial role in its history.

There are only five thousand people living in Cardona but two (!) wonderful objects at once – one of the best castles in Europe and the Salt Mountain with an unusual attraction.

Cardona castle

This castle (called Castell de Cardona ) is included in the top ten castles in Europe . Built in the 9th century (in the year 886) and sitting on a hill 585 meters high, it was a stronghold for ruling families, later on, a strategic military center, and even a monastery at some point. All of this left a significant trace on its history, making some people believe that there are ghosts in this castle.  

In fact, Cardona Castle now houses a hotel that has a haunted room and where you can stay if you’ve got the courage. This is the reason why I included the Parador Hotel on the list of the best places to stay on Barcelona to Andorra drive. You can see photos and hotel’s overview to get an idea of what it is like .

Cardona Parador

Even if you don’t plan to stay overnight, come to Parador for drinks and light food, and just to walk around. Views and vibe are spectacular and you’ll be able to feel the spirit of that time and enjoy the silence of the old city in solitude.

And of course don’t miss the second main attraction of the town – Salt Mountain . It is a unique geological phenomenon that has long been a constant source of wealth for the city.

salt mountain in Cardona

Being more than 160 m high it offers big collections of ancient equipment and salt sculptures, as well as amazing grottoes with lagoons, where stalactites and stalagmites of transparent white, yellow and red colors create a magical space of fantastic dreams.

I also liked the Museum of Salt which does a good job telling the story of Cardona salt mines. 

Solsona – Catalonia’s Ancient Medieval Town

A short drive away from Cardona brings you to another ancient town of Catalonia – Solsona famous for its medieval layout (meaning that all characteristics were developed from the 5th to the 15th century) and significant examples of Baroque architecture which was built later.

The main reason to come to Solsona is to see the mix of these architectural styles that have been preserved very well. It is especially pleasant to look at the medieval churches and mansions of wealthy townspeople during siesta, when, according to the good old Spanish tradition, life in the city calms down and you can walk almost completely alone through historical places.

stop on the way to Andorra

It is especially worth visiting Cathedral of Santa Maria from the 12th century with a statue of the Blessed Virgin made of black stone, Diocesan Museum (which focuses on the heritage of the local diocese and includes items related to the Catholic Church’s history in the region), 15th-century fountain in St. John’s Square, and Llobera Palace.

We visited Salsona in the evening on a rainy fall day when the mist created a special atmosphere. If you also come during the colder season, you will simply enjoy walking the streets and taking photos.

Also, one thing to add – Solsona is famous for its culinary traditions. So if you arrive hungry, try Catalan cuisine with a colorful regional accent in any restaurant in the town. We liked La Tasqueta de la Nuria with fine local dishes at reasonable prices and views of the old town if you sit outside.

walking in Solsona old town

And then if you happen to go from Barcelona to Andorra by car in September, there is a chance to see the city’s main festival, the Fiesta Mayor de Solsona . Visiting in February also provides a unique opportunity to witness an equally spectacular show – the Solsona Giants carnival , with a procession of mummered giant figures.

Panta d’Oliana Reservoir

This reservoir is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, offering views of the vividly seen Pyrenees mountains and the water’s expanse. It is a nice place where to stop briefly just to enjoy the scenic natural beauty of the local area.

Barcelona to Andorra drive

The main thing here is not to enter tunnels but to take detour roads to drive by the reservoir. Once on the C-14 highway, you will see multiple tunnels that lead through the mountains. But before reaching them, there are side roads that go beneath the mountain with a tunnel and open up some views of the reservoir.

And the only way to drive on them is from the right side of the road when you drive to Andorra. There is no such an opportunity when you drive in the opposite direction from Andorra to Barcelona.

In summer , if you feel like taking it very slowly, one kayak company rents out kayaks out there, so you can slow down by having a kayaking exercise. I know there are even guided tours on offer for both adults and kids. 

If you are interested, get in touch with them in advance to book a tour or inquire about the kayak for rent.

Organyà – Countryside Town

Organya town differs from the places mentioned earlier, such as Cardona and Solsona, and more so Manresa but is worth a quick stop before you continue to drive to Andorra.

It is a smaller town known for its tranquil setting in the typical Catalan countryside (with terraced landscapes and stone farmhouses that are a reflection of the region’s architectural heritage and are sometimes used for agritourism), surrounded by mountains. And mountains here are already very close to the town walls.

While Organya does not have the historical and cultural prominence of larger towns like Solsona or the religious significance of Montserrat, it is lovely to walk through the old town to see a different style of architecture and already different scenic landscapes.

I would spend here between 30-60 minutes to get a different feel (compared to places you saw prior) and continue the journey.

La Seu d’Urgell

This was our last stop before entering Andorra which we made late at night to eat (our food that we purchased earlier in Mercadona). The atmosphere felt so spooky due to the fog, medieval architecture, and no people on the streets.

La Seu d'Urgell at night

Only later I learned that La Se d’Urgell is an ancient city, a gateway to the Pyrenees mountains and Andorra, with a beautiful old town with plenty of shopping, restaurants, and old historic monuments.

Since it was already dark when we arrived, we went straight to the Cathedral of Santa Maria – the town’s highlight, to enjoy our snacks. And this cathedral looked impressive. I wouldn’t call the cathedral massive but it is magnificent. It still overwhelms from above with its historical age and might.

Taking a stroll through the old town was also worth it, but if you are at the end of your road trip and tired, then it is probably okay to make this stop rather short.

Just pay tribute to the Cathedral of Santa Maria, Castell de la Seu d’Urgell, and Plaça d’Orient (the main square with cute little cafes and medieval buildings). And after this quick visit move on to the mountains of Andorra.

NOTE : La Seu d’Urgell is also your last town on the Spanish side where to shop for groceries. If you are entering Andorra and then going to France and feeling like picking up some Spanish food items that you liked, it is better to do grocery shopping in this town. There is a big Mercadona with good hot food items on sale too.

Map of All Places on Barcelona to Andorra Drive

More Scenic Road Trips in Spain 

Going on a road trip in Spain is one of my favorite things to do! I am constantly adding more of them to the blog but here are some of my favorite drives:

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Anya is originally from Ukraine but in heart she is a citizen of the world. She is working online and that’s why has an opportunity to travel a lot and live in different countries. At present time, she is based in Spain while waiting for the war in Ukraine to be over to be able to return home. On this blog, her main goal is to inspire others to travel to under-the-radar places and discover the world while working remotely.

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