Nouméa Transportation

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    Bustours in Noumea

    by globetrott Written Sep 11, 2014

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    As soon as you get to the Tourist-Infornation-Centre where all of the cruise-passangers are taken by the port-shuttlebuses you will see that there are lots of different buses waiting for you to take you around. Below there is a link to a hop-on & off-bus and in my Pictures you will also see other offers of various other tours ! Our ship had almost 2000 passangers onboard and still there was enough space on most of these tourbuses that you book instantly there instead of booking some days before Arrival on your cruiseship.
    I took the tour that is shown in my main Picture !

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    rent a scooter or Car-scooter

    by globetrott Updated Sep 8, 2014

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    rent a scooter or Car-scooter

    There might be a lot of cartrafic and traficjams in the very centre of Noumea, BUT as soon as you go outside of the very centre the trafic is really relaxed and very low. So renting a motorscooter or one of the funny open Car-scooters might make sense for you in order to start your own sightseeingtour of the island of Noumea.
    You will find some of them in the tourist-informationcentre close to the port, where cruisepassangers are taken to by the Port-shuttlebuses.
    Read more and get in contact with the "fun-riders" in my link below !
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    Rental-fees for Scoot-cars were in 2011:
    2 hours for 6500 XPF or 85 AUS S (= 62 Euros = 80 US S = 48 GBP)
    1 hour for 5000 XPF or 65 AUS S (=47 Euros = 61 US S = 37 GBP)

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    The PORT-shuttlebus

    by globetrott Written Sep 8, 2014

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    The PORT-shuttlebus

    The only way to get ashore for cruisepassangers in Noumea is by shuttlebus, although the portgates are just 200 meters from the ship's pier. BUT the authorities will not let you walk there (for safty reasons) and this is why there is a shuttlebus to a place with a shopping-centre and tourist-information.
    The big disadvantage about this bus is the one-way-traficsystem that forces that bus to take a long system of oneway-streets through town, instead of going a direct way for a total distance of maybe 800 meters !
    And there is always a traficjam in that area as well and you will loose 30-45 minutes on a bus that takes you through town for a distance that you will be able to walk easily within 15 minutes !
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    Take a look at my last picture: it was taken from the upper terrace of the Information-centre and the ship is in just such a short distance !

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    The Tchou Tchou Train of Noumea

    by globetrott Updated Sep 8, 2014

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    The little tourist-train of Noumea

    There is also a Tchou Tchou tourist-train in Noumea and this touristtrain is allowed to take the passangers that have booked a tour in advance onboard of the cruiseship directely from the ship through the portarea to the city. So that way you will save some precious time instead of taking the shuttlebus first that simply takes too much time to take you to the city.
    So in case you like this type of touristtrain, book it onboard and you will save a lot of time !
    I can only imagine that there are no more than 3 or 4 such trains and large cruiseships will block them for some time anyway with all of their passangers, who want to book it in advance. So, when-ever a cruiseship is in port you will hardly be able to find such a Train to hop on in the City without a booking !

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    cruising to Noumea

    by globetrott Updated Sep 7, 2014

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    I came to Noumea on a cruise with the Dawn Princess, a ship with 77.000 GRT and 1950 passangers onboard and even ships of this large size are able to dock directely in the port of Noumea.
    The port is in a very short distance from the city, BUT has a high fence around it and guarded gates and the only way to get ashore is by the Port-shuttlebus or by the little touristtrain - read more about that in my transportation-tips !
    When we came to Noumea, there was a group of traditional New Caledonian musicians and dancing-warriors in their funny costumes doing some performance in front of the ship on arrival, while the ship had to undergo the customs-formalities and we could watch that spectacle from the ship, while waiting for the moment we could go ashore.

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  • Avoid flying Air Calin to islands

    by toddytapper Updated Apr 4, 2011

    You may have confirmed reservations and tickets, but there is no guarantee you will get to your domestic destination with Air Caledonie. There are frequent strikes by airport personnel (baggage handlers, in particular), and there are strong labour unions in NC. There are stories about tourists who had to stay on nearby islands for a week because of strikes, missing their connecting flights.
    Isles des Pins is the most popular destination, and there is a hydrofoil which takes a little over two hour to its destination, leaving at 7am and returning late in the day the same day--three times a week, W,S,S (their email is : vente@betico.nc and www.betico.nc) but they plan to add another one soon so there will have daily transport. Check with the Tourism Information Center (cleoidp@canl.nc) for an update. We had no problem flying to Isle of Pines a couple of years ago, but this past year we came all the way from Atlanta just to visit the Isle, and the closest to it we got was the domestic airport at Noumea where we were informed there was a strike of unknown duration. Good luck if you decide to fly Air Caledonie!

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    Airport transfer - avoid the taxi

    by abott Updated Apr 4, 2011

    When arriving into Noumea, if you haven't pre-arranged your airport transfers... be wary taking a taxi into Noumea from Tontouta International Airport. The airport is located 45 kilometres north of the city.
    A cab ride will cost you about $100AUD one way.
    A bus ride into the city will cost you 3000CFP or ~ $42 AUD (depending on exchange rate).

    To locate the transfer bus .. on arrival to Tontouta International Airport, NC exit the terminal and turn immediately to the right. Follow the path towards the bus parking area. You will see the bus representatives located there. You can purchase a ticket (single or return) on arrival. Buses are always there to meet the arriving flights.

    Check out Arc en Ciel for all your travels requirments in Noumea - including airport transfers. http://www.arcenciel-voyages.nc/module/_htm/index.php?lng=en

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    Consider hiring a car

    by Reviled Written Aug 21, 2007

    Depending on what your plans are I would suggest hiring a car as even though they have plenty of taxi's, finding one at the right time can prove to be difficult, buses can be even more difficult (especially if you cant speak french). Allthough most of the main attractions arent too far from the city, if you wanted to go out of the city, unless you can speak french or know someone who can, a car would be the easiest option.

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    Getting to Ile aux Canards

    by salisbury3933 Written Jul 26, 2007

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    There's a taxi boat that will take you out to Ile Aux Canards (Duck Island) from Anse Vata beach. The return ride across is 900 XPF, and takes only a few minutes.

    Over on Duck Island you can swim, snorkel and generally relax.

    View towards Anse Vata from the taxi boat

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    City Buses

    by salisbury3933 Written Jul 26, 2007

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    For a flat fare of 200 XPF, the Noumea city buses are great for getting around.

    One covers the main tourist route between the city and Anse Vata, and another will take you out to the Tjibaou Kanak Cultural Centre.

    There are others as well, but it's a cheap way to get around. Buses are quite frequent too.

    Noumea city bus

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    To and From Tontouta airport

    by salisbury3933 Written Jul 1, 2007

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    Tontouta international airport is a good 40km or so from Noumea itself, but there are shuttles and buses that meet each flight and pick up passengers for each flight from the hotels.

    Fare is 3000 XPF per person. Not cheap, but no real way around it, Noumea is far from a budget destination.

    You can just show up and get a seat once you have arrived, but you will need to book a seat to go back out to the airport, your hotel can easily organise this for you.

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    City transport

    by hunwagner Written Jul 11, 2006

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    Noumea has plenty of taxis, while buses are the cheaper form of public transport - still not really cheap at 200 francs a ride. More interestingly, there is a little train to get you around the main tourist attractions for a set daily fare of around 1000 francs.

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    The airport

    by hunwagner Updated Jul 11, 2006

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    Noumea's Tontouta International Airport is 45 kms north of the city.
    Of course there are expensive taxis and shuttles to get you between the two, but it is worth knowing that there is also a regular, very fast and comfortable public bus service every hour or so, costing about 400 francs if I remember well.
    When walking out of the arrivals hall, you will find the bus stop to the left, right outside the building.

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    Cruise

    by K.Knight Written Oct 4, 2005

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    Although Anne and I have visited Noumea on several occasions in the past, our most recent visit was courtesy of P&O and the Pacific Sky cruise ship. This was a most enjoyable and hassle free way to travel around the Pacific Islands......except when we ran aground the Isle of Pines and were stranded on a coral Island for 34 hours!!!!!

    When considering the cost of airfares, arrival and departure taxes, accommodation, transfers, meals etc etc, a cruise proved the most cost effective, hassle free way to experience all that the South Pacific has to offer.

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  • Jul 6, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I just got back from a visit to Noumea. Thanks to hunwagner's advice I took the public bus (Car Sud carsud.nc/voyager/ligne-c-to...) to and from the airport. It is still 400 xpf each way and takes approx. 1 hour 15 minutes. Great value and comfortable ride.

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