So You Want to Go to Andorra…

*STILL IN PROGRESS* I plan to add pictures and a general map.

I thought this would be a helpful page for those looking to go to Andorra, or future Fulbrighters coming. I remember scouring the internet for information on what to expect and finding very little. Please feel free to comment with suggestions/questions/edits.


 How to get here (from Amurrkah)

1. Fly to Barcelona. Easy, right?

2. From the T1 & T2 terminals, you can buy a bus ticket straight to Andorra. Novatel allows you to buy online & print your pdf ticket before the trip. If you write a note (like the address of your hotel/final destination), they’ll also offer door-to-door service for a small fee. You can also take AndDirect. In T1, the bus station is much easier to find as you just go downstairs where all the other buses are. In T2, however, it was way more confusing–I almost missed my first bus to Andorra (what a great way to start the Fulbright). The T2 bus doesn’t have any conspicuous signs and it doesn’t stop where the rest of the international buses stop. Wait in front of Pans & Company (In terminal B)–the best and most specific directions I can give you.

3. From Sants Station, take AndDirect bus. They sell round trip and 4/10/20 passes for cheaper than Novatel. However, if you buy a multi-pass (which is cheaper in general), it is non-transferrable. It is possible to put multiple names on one card, though!


Getting Around

THE BUS: There are two bus companies that make the same stops in Andorra.  The main and more frequent bus line is Interurbana. The website is more helpful than GoogleMaps since it will help you get from point A to point B –this bus system is not yet registered on GoogleMaps. They charge the same price (as of now, 1.80euros per trip) but require different cards. If you plan on staying long, it is worth it to buy a 40 trip card since it is cheaper.

A CAR: Driving is probably your best bet in Andorra, especially if you want to go hiking or climbing in certain places. Be careful of Andorran drivers, though. They often tailgate and pass other cars. A fellow Fulbrighter has even seen people being struck by these crazy drivers. I’m honestly surprised I haven’t been hit yet.

OTHER: I don’t recommend biking as it’s pretty hilly, especially outside the central areas (La Vella/Escaldes/Sant Julià). La Vella only has one bike lane that I’m aware of, and cars do NOT like cyclists. Make sure to have good shoes for walking as the hills do quite a number.


Communicate

Phones – If you want a phone, you can only go to one place to get it. Andorra Telecom is a nice little monopoly that charges ridiculous amounts for phone calls, text messages, and mediocre internet. Make sure to keep track of your “saldo,” and keep in mind that none of us have been able to make phone calls outside of the country (even though they claim to be able to). For this reason, I’ve bought a second, Spanish phone so I can communicate with others when I leave the country.

WhatsApp – get it.

Post – There are two postal systems in Andorra: the French (La Poste)  and the Spanish (Correos). I’ve had bad luck with the Spanish (not receiving packages, etc), so I trust the French system more. The people who work at the French post are really nice, but don’t be surprised if they are unexpectedly closed for no reason. Hours are 830-130 M-F and 9-12 Sat.


Packing List (this will be edited as the seasons progress):

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