The currency of Andorra is the Euro. You can exchange money at most hotel receptions as well as being able to take money out of cash machines in the village, and even up on the mountain! Just watch out for the exchange rate at receptions though as they can be quite low! The closest banks can be found a 10-15 minute bus ride away in either Pas de la Casa or in Canillo.
Andorra is well known for its duty free shopping opportunities, the best place to take advantage of the bargains on offer is in the capital city of Andorra la Vella, which is within easy reach of both Soldeu and El Tarter, just a 30 minute bus ride away and with good public transport links is a relatively quick and easy trip to make.
However if your prefer not to venture out of the resort there are a few places you can indulge in a spot of retail therapy in and around Soldeu and El Tarter. Soldeu is home to a small selection of quality ski and snowboard shops where you can pick up everything you will need for a ski or snowboard trip. Esports Calbo (located within the main gondola building) is one of the larger sports shops in Soldeu with a good selection of clothing, equipment and gift ideas. It is also worth mentioning Slidewayz (great for snowboarders), Pic Negre and Esports Bonell which are all located on the main road running through the village and have an excellent and varied selection of ski and snowboard related goods.
There are a few small supermarkets in Soldeu, where you can pick up everyday groceries, postcards and gifts; these include Supermarket Post and Pirineu Supermarket both located on the main road “Carretera General”.
Shopping in El Tarter is a little limited, however you do not have far to travel to Soldeu, Andorra la Vella or Pas de la Casa. In El Tarter you will be able to stock up on groceries at Supermarket Pirot located near Dylan’s Bar.
On the main road just at the edge of El Tarter you will find Caves Manacor, a never ending store specialising in delicatessen products, cheeses and typical foods from the region which you can sample as you wander around the store, they also stock a large selection of liquors, cigarettes, household items and gifts. Just next door in the car park you will also find a perfumery.
The other alternative would be to take the 15 minute bus journey over to the neighbouring resort of Pas de la Casa which due to its location on the French border is famous for its large selection of shops specialising in duty free goods such as cigarettes, alcohol, perfumes and clothing. Find out more about Pas de la Casa by clicking here.
For more extensive shopping opportunities you might want to pay a visit to Andorra la Vella, the capital city. If you want to go, there are a couple of options:
Firstly is public transport. Buses depart from the main road through the villages of Soldeu & El Tarter, and pick you up on Av. Meritxell in Andorra la Vella for the return. See timetable below for further details.
Second option is a taxi. They work pretty much the same as anywhere else, hotel receptions will usually call one for you, or you can flag one down if you see one. The official price set by the government is €1.12 per km during the daytime (07:00 - 21:00) additional supplements apply at night, during public holidays, for journeys outside of Andorra and for large items of luggage. Taxis cannot be prebooked in Andorra, therefore you just have to wait for it to come.
Once you're there, you can expect to find a fantastic array of shops selling predominantly electrical goods, jewellery, perfume, alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco, all at duty free prices! Contrary to popular belief Andorra is not completely tax free, in 2007 a sales tax was introduced and this currently stands at 4.5%, however this is still very low and therefore prices generally remain much cheaper than most other parts of Western Europe. A top tip would be to do your homework before you go however, to make sure that you are getting a bargain!
The bus service to Andorra la Vella is operated by two companies - Hispano Andorrana and Cooperativa Interurbana Andorrana. It costs €3.30 one way from Soldeu and El Tarter to Andorra la Vella and the main line number is L3 (although you can also catch the L4 which runs less frequently). Tickets are bought in cash on the bus. The bus stops in Soldeu and El Tarter are on the main road. The bus stop to return is on Av. Mertixell in the centre of Andorra la Vella.
|Bus Times To/From Soldeu & Andorra la Vella|
|Monday to Saturday||08:40 - 21:40
(Every 20 mins)
|07:40 - 20:40
(Every 20 mins)
|Sunday||08:40 - 21:40
(Every 30 mins)
|08:40 - 20:30
(Every 30 mins)
|You can also catch the bus on line L4 to & from Pas de la Casa.
Click here to for info about the bus to/from from Pas de la Casa
Andorra has customs on both the French and Spanish borders with regular vehicle searches carried out. The main duty free allowances, as per the Andorran government in October 2015 are:
For more information please visit the official customs website of Andorra.