Driving from France
The sole access route for the final approach to Andorra is the RN20, reached either via Ax-les-Thermes or via the Col de Puymorens. After passing through the Franco-Andorran customs station, which straddles the RN20 about 3 km (2 miles) before you actually reach the Andorran border, you then have two choices:
A) for the shortest and quickest route, via the Envalira tunnel (toll), turn right at the first roundabout (direction: Andorra la Vella); or
B) go straight on to cross the border at Pas de la Casa.
The route via Pas de la Casa involves driving over the Port d'Envalira which, at 2408 m (7900 ft), is the highest road pass in the Pyrenees and can be closed after heavy snowfall (snowchains obligatory on all approach roads). This road eventually rejoins the first route, over on the far side of the pass at a roundabout just past the opposite mouth of the Envalira tunnel.
Follow the signs for Andorra la Vella and keep straight ahead on the CG2, passing through the satellite accommodation zone of Bordes de Envalira
just before the resort of Soldeu
comes into view next ahead.
On entering Soldeu, the main multi-storey car park is almost immediately on your left, under the gondola base station
, just past the Sport Hotel Hermitage.
There are also some roadside parking bays plus a [free] open-air car park (behind the Hotel Piolets) in the village centre. Virtually all of the resort's hotels, shops, bars and restaurants line the sides of this main road.
The CG2 goes straight through Soldeu, next passing through a separate satellite accommodation zone at Vall d'Incles
, before approaching El Tarter
There is then a junction with a side road off to the right into El Tarter (Sant Pere) village, and [a little further ahead on the main road] another off to the left leading to the piste-side Hotel Nordic. The CG2 continues descending via the tight right-hand bend ahead: the ski area base station
is then on your left; opposite the main access point for El Tarter village, on your right.
The small parish capital of Canillo
is just 5 km (3 miles) further on, also on the CG2. On arriving in Canillo's compact village centre, the ice rink (Palau de Gel) is on your right and the gondola base station
and multi-storey car park is off to the left via a side street. There are also some short-stay parking bays on the main roadside, plus a small open-air car park to the right immediately after the ice rink.
Driving from Spain
The route from Spain is via the historic Catalan town of La Seu d'Urgell, just 10 km (6 miles) south of Andorra. As with the northern approach (from France), there is only one road leading into Andorra: here it is the N145.
After passing through customs and passport checkpoints at the border, the road becomes the CG1 and continues towards the Andorran town of Sant Julià de Lòria. On approaching Sant Julià, veer ahead-left at the first roundabout to bypass the town and head towards Andorra la Vella
Rush-hour traffic through Andorra la Vella is no fun, but the government has made efforts to re-route traffic via a [still busy] bypass from the Santa Coloma district at the southern end of this small but bustling capital. Approaching the first suburbs, follow the signs to the right towards France (signed ‘França’) and Escaldes-Engordany. Take this bypass all the way straight up to the final exit, at the mini-roundabout past the upper end of Escaldes-Engordany: veer ahead-right here and continue up the main road, following the signs for Encamp and França.
The town of Encamp
is 3 km (2 miles) from this point, and is easily bypassed by veering to the right at the first roundabout at the lower end of the town: follow the signs for Canillo and França and keep climbing on the main road, passing under the lines of Grandvalira's Funicamp cable car.
The small parish capital of Canillo
is then only 4 km (2½ miles) ahead, also on the CG2. On arriving in Canillo's compact village centre, the ice rink (Palau de Gel) is on your left and the gondola base station
and multi-storey car park is off to the right via a side street. There are also some short-stay parking bays on the main roadside, plus a small open-air car park to the left immediately before the ice rink. The CG2 goes straight through Canillo, towards El Tarter.
At El Tarter
, the ski area base-station
car park is immediately on your right at the lower level of the village; there is also a side road off to your left into El Tarter's main residential zone, and [a little further ahead on the main road] another off to your right leading to the piste-side Hotel Nordic. For Soldeu, simply continue on up the CG2; next passing through a satellite accommodation zone at Vall d'Incles
, before you arrive in the actual resort of Soldeu itself.
There are some roadside parking bays plus a [free] open-air car park (behind the Hotel Piolets) in Soldeu village centre; a multi-storey car park is located underneath the gondola base station
, on your right when you reach the uppermost end of the village. Virtually all of the resort's hotels, shops, bars and restaurants line the sides of the main through road.