The small country in the Pyrenees is capturing the attention of those seeking to live surrounded by natural beauty, outdoor activities, safety, and a favorable tax environment. If you’re considering moving to Andorra, we provide information on the cost of living to help you make the best decision.
Cost of Housing in Andorra
One of the first things to consider when moving is finding a home. In recent years, despite the increase in new housing, the cost of housing in the principality has significantly increased. This is partly due to inflation and the strong increase in demand.
Housing prices in Andorra vary by parish and size. According to the idealista platform, if you want to live in the center of Andorra la Vella or Escaldes-Engordany, rents range from 1,400 euros per month for a small 53m2 apartment without parking to 15,000 euros for a large 5-bedroom 460m2 penthouse with a garage included.
If, on the other hand, you want to live a bit more peacefully, surrounded by nature and with more space, you can find small semi-detached chalets for 2,100 euros per month for 80m2, up to individual houses or chalets for 11,300 euros located in front of the ski slopes, with 250m2 – in this case, both come with a garage.
If you’re looking to invest in real estate, you have plenty of options, with the average price around 4,600 euros per square meter.
Basic Expenses and Food in Andorra
Due to imports, food can be more expensive than in other places. There is a variety of supermarkets, and the price of products can vary greatly from one store to another. A basic basket for one person, depending on their preferences, can range from 200 to 400 euros per month.
You can also explore restaurants with a wide range of culinary experiences. There are set menus between 12 and 25 euros, or if you prefer à la carte, you can dine for between 30 and 70 euros.
Transportation and Mobility
The most commonly used transportation method in Andorra is a personal vehicle. Having your own car provides a lot of freedom, and gasoline in Andorra is cheaper than in neighboring countries. However, some people prefer the bus since it’s not always easy to park in the city center. Furthermore, the government has promoted the use of public transport by making it free until the end of 2023.
Medical Care and Security
Medical care in Andorra has a well-established healthcare system, providing peace of mind and high quality, with little or no wait times for visits, tests, or interventions. Nevertheless, it’s always recommended to have private health insurance since medical coverage isn’t 100%. The prices of these health insurance plans vary depending on the situation and age, ranging from 30 to 120 euros per month.
Activities and Nature
Andorra is known for its outdoor activities, both in winter and summer.
In winter, many enthusiasts take the opportunity to go skiing every weekend. It’s a luxury to be able to enjoy this activity practically at your doorstep. The ski resorts offer a variety of snow activities such as mushing, snowmobiling, and even accommodations lost in the snow for a unique experience.
The costs of ski passes for the upcoming 2023-2024 winter season are as follows:
Andorra PASS (season pass for residents with access to all facilities in the country)
Mountain PASS (season pass for residents with access to all facilities in the country for mountain skiing and snowshoeing)
* Price for the 2022-2023 season, pending update.
In summer, you can also enjoy activities like
4X4 off-roading, mountain biking, golf, hiking, via ferratas, and rock climbing.
The costs for the current 2023 summer season are:
Únic Pass – Park entry (without a season pass – includes multiple activities)
Únic Pass – Park entry (with a season pass – includes multiple activities)
Zipline (lying down)
Andorra Pass summer (2 sectors to choose from – entry to 1 activity)
Andorra is also known for its sports competitions, mountain races, triathlons, world ski championships, and its basketball team that plays in the Liga Endesa and the Europa Cup.
Culture and Entertainment
Each parish annually offers summer activities for children, adults, and seniors, including drawing and painting, music, theater, storytelling, choir and dance, or sewing and furniture restoration. These courses range from 30 euros per month, but prices vary depending on the activity and parish.
At the Andorra la Vella congress center and the municipal theater, there is a wide range of cultural activities for adults and children.
Andorrans love popular festivals where traditionally they spent time with neighbors. Today, the population is older, but you can still find popular festivals throughout the year, such as the Santa Lucia fair followed by the Christmas fair, the Christmas and Epiphany parades, and carnival legends (Carnestoltes, the Smugglers’ Trial, and the Ossa dance). There are also various tastings, such as the traditional Sant Antonio Escudella, popular sardine barbecues, calçotadas, and chestnut festivals. During the summer, there is a village festival every weekend. Many of these activities are free or have a symbolic cost.
Andorra also has several museums and monuments with activities to learn about them throughout the year. Tickets vary from 3 to 10 euros.
Considering the Move
Andorra has a lot to offer for those seeking new experiences, and moving to another country is an important decision. The cost of living has increased considerably, so you should weigh whether the advantages of a natural and favorable tax environment fit your personal situation. The final decision is yours.