Driving advice for every country in Europe

From required documents to European breakdown cover and vehicle accessories, find all the up-to-date driving laws and advice for every country in Europe in our travel guides.

Driving in Andorra

Population: 77,000
Area: 468 square kilometres
Currency: Euro (EUR) € = 100 cents
Lodged between France and Spain, the tiny principality of Andorra sits high in the Pyrenees and the country’s remote, mountainous landscape offers some of western Europe’s best skiing and hiking. 

But if you’re planning a road trip to Andorra, it’s essential you’re fully prepared ahead of time as driving there has many differences to the UK. 

To make your trip to the Continent as safe and effortless as possible, we’ve put together a guide to everything you need to know before you go, from required documents to rules of the road.

Driving a rented vehicle? Jump to the advice for driving a hire car in Andorra section

RAC European Breakdown Cover (Basic and Comprehensive) provides a wide range of benefits should you breakdown in Andorra to ensure you stay safe. 

To supplement this, RAC also offers travel insurance. Cover will include medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings, among many other benefits.

Things to take when driving in Andorra

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Documents for driving in Andorra

  • A valid, full UK driving licence
  • Your motor insurance certificate
  • V5 registration document or hire car paperwork

Do I need an insurance green card?

From 2nd August 2021, drivers will no longer require an insurance green card for taking their vehicles to Andorra.

ETIAS – November 2023

ETIAS stands for the European Travel Information and Authorisation System. It is a visa program for visitors who don’t need a Schengen visa, who want to travel to the European Union and a few other European countries.

Visitors who purchase an ETIAS will be able to enter the 26 member states of the Schengen Zone as well as Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania.

This will be launching in November 2023. Learn more about ETIAS here.

Although this does not impact travelling in Andorra, many of its neighbours will need an ETIAS. So, if you are driving across Europe, make sure you have your relevant paperwork.

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Driving in Andorra packing checklist

You must also have:

  • Headlamp converters (stickers for your headlights when driving on the right, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way)
  • Reflective jacket (compulsory to carry and wear should you leave your vehicle due to a breakdown or collision)
  • Two red warning triangles (compulsory to carry in vehicles in case of a breakdown)
  • A full set of spare light bulbs and the tools to change them
  • Spare pair of glasses should you need to wear glasses or contact lenses
  • Snow chains or winter tyres (compulsory if travelling from 1 November to 15 May)
  • Drive on the right, overtake on the left
  • Be 18 or over
  • Make sure everyone in the car wears a seatbelt at all times
  • Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle
  • Ensure your car is covered by third-party insurance recognised in Andorra. This is the legal minimum cover for residents and visitors, so check with your provider before you travel

It's a good idea to have:

  • A fire extinguisher 
  • A Green Card (this is no longer a requirement but it could be useful to back-up your insurance documents and show you've got the minimum legal level of cover. To find out more, contact your insurance company)
  • An International Driving Permit (again, not compulsory but it could provide extra peace of mind if you have one)

Rules of the road in Andorra

  • Your insurer might not cover driving in Andorra so check before you go and make sure you’re covered
  • In Andorra, you drive on the right and overtake on the left. Vehicles from the right and emergency vehicles have priority
  • The standard of roads in Andorra is generally good although remember this is a mountainous country so be prepared for steep roads whose quality may vary in more remote areas
  • Using your phone behind the wheel is illegal unless you use a completely hands-free unit
  • There are no motorways in Andorra
  • Motorists are required to either use winter tyres or carry snow chains between 1 November and 15 May. Failure to do so can lead to an on-the-spot fine of €180
  • Unleaded petrol and diesel are readily available, with payment available in cash and credit card
  • If you're caught committing a driving offence while driving through Andorra, you could be given an on-the-spot fine
  • Seat belts should be worn in front seats
  • Children under the age of 10 are not allowed in the front seat. Small children must also use a restraint
  • The drink-drive limit for all drivers is 0.05%
  • Parking can be limited in built-up areas, with restricted zones signposted. Cars parked illegally will be towed

Speed limits in Andorra:

Speed limits vary across Andorra, so always check the signposts for maximum speeds. In urban areas, the limit is usually 50km/h unless otherwise signposted and up to 90km/h outside these areas

Other things you should know when driving in Andorra

rac Andorra guide

Hiring a car in Andorra

112 - Here's a really important bit of knowledge; you can dial 112 from anywhere in Europe and an operator will connect you to an emergency service in the country you're visiting. Operators can answer your call in their native language, English or French. 

Useful guides and maps

Download a copy of our full Driving Abroad report.

RAC offers great-value, flexible RAC European breakdown cover tailored to meet your needs. We also offer comprehensive travel insurance, including cover for medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings.

Not all of the information in the guide above will be relevant to those looking to rent a hire car in Andorra.

Though it might be a good idea to read through everything anyway, here are the most important things to know for drivers of rental vehicles:

Rental information

  • The minimum age to hire a car is 21, although drivers under 25 may face additional fees
  • You need a full, valid UK driving licence and usually a second proof of ID (passport)
  • Car rental companies ask that you have held your licence for aminimum of 1-2 years
  • Some companies may require you to use a credit card for deposit
  • You may not be able to drive outside of Andorra unless planned in advance - check with your hire company first
  • Make sure you get car hire excess insurance before your trip to protect yourself from unexpected costs. It's almost always cheaper to do this with a separate insurer and in advance

Hire car driving tips

  • Andorrans drive on the right and overtake on the left - the opposite to the UK
  • There are no motorways in Andorra. The speed limits for main roads outside a built-up area is 90 km/h. For built-up areas it’s 50km/h
  • Dial 112 in an emergency
  • It’s compulsory to wear seat belts in the front and rear seats
  • The blood alcohol content limit for drivers of private vehicles is 0.05%. That's lower than the 0.08% in England Wales and Northern Ireland, but the same as Scotland.

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Driving in Andorra FAQs

  • Is it safe to drive in Andorra?

    Yes, driving in Andorra is perfectly safe. The main routes in the countryside and the capital, Andorra le Vella, are well-maintained. However, some mountain roads in the country are steep and narrow, so drive cautiously – especially in wintry conditions – and leave yourself extra time for your journey.

  • Can you drive in Andorra with a UK licence?

    Yes. You can legally drive in Andorra with a full and valid UK driving licence. In addition to this, International Driving Permits can be acquired but they are not a requirement.

  • Do I need a green card to drive in Andorra?

    Like the UK, Andorra is a member of the Green Card System, a Europe-wide scheme that allows countries to recognise foreign vehicle insurance policies of visiting motorists.

    UK motorists are no longer required to carry a green card to drive in Andorra, but you should check that your policy will cover you in all countries you plan to visit before setting off.

    Please note this may change when the UK withdraws from the EU.

  • What side of the road do they drive on in Andorra?

    Like the vast majority of European countries, motorists drive on the right-hand-side of the road in Andorra.

  • Do I need a GB/UK sticker for Andorra?

    You will need to display a UK sticker on the rear of your car. GB stickers have been discontinued.

  • Can I drive my car in Andorra?

    Yes, although before driving your car to Andorra it’s important you follow all legal requirements to ensure you are safe and legal on the roads, including having sufficient insurance cover legally recognised in Andorra.

    You should also ensure you have all the required items needed for your journey in Andorra (such as warning triangles) as well as for any other country you are planning on driving through.

  • How do I drive to Andorra?

    Getting to Andorra by car from the UK is probably easier than you think. Firstly, you’ll need to take your car across the Channel to Calais on either a ferry from Dover or the Eurotunnel from Folkestone.

    Once you’re in Calais, drive down through France towards the Pyrenees before crossing over the border into Andorra. The journey should take around 12 hours. Alternatively, take a ferry to Bilbao and make the 6-hour journey from there.

  • What age can you start driving in Andorra?

    To legally drive in Andorra, you have to be 18 years or older and in possession of a full valid driving licence, regardless of the legal driving age in our home country.

UK Government travel advice

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Information in this guide is subject to change

British Consulate General Barcelona

If you need consular assistance in Andorra, you should contact the British Consulate General in Barcelona. 

British Consulate General Barcelona
Avda Diagonal 477–13
08036 Barcelona 

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +34 93 366 6200

Fax: +34 93 366 6221

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