New Caledonia transport services

Wanting to know more about available New Caledonia transport options? New Caledonia has two major public transport bus services: the Greater Nouméa urban bus service, known as Karuïa Bus, and the interurban coach service, known as RAI. Private shuttles, taxis and other forms of transport, including a Nouméa Hop On Hop Off bus, also offer high quality transport in Nouméa and beyond.

The essentials

  • Karuïa Bus tourism/sightseeing routes
  • Coach routes serving 360 stops throughout New Caledonia

Karuïa Bus tourism/sightseeing routes

Karuïa Bus (+687 05 00 17) travels along nine main bus routes, with services operating from morning to night. You can buy a GO ticket (210 XPF) on board the buses or visit one of the many ticket offices or distribution points (list available on the website) to buy a SOLO ticket (190 XPF) or a BINGO ticket (1,850 XPF - 10 trips).

Two bus routes are specifically designed to cater for visitors. Route 12 will take you from Quai Jules Ferry (Cruise Ship Terminal) to Anse Vata following the road around the bays. Route 41 runs from Downtown to the Botanical & Wildlife Park on the weekend.

Two daily bus services are scheduled on each of these routes. Check the website for details.

You can also hop on route 10 and route 11 buses to travel between Anse Vata and Nouville Peninsula in one direction, and up to Ouen Toro in the other, with stops at the Maritime Museum, Place des Cocotiers, the Museum of New Caledonia and along the Bays.

View full map of Karuïa Bus network


Coach routes serving 360 stops throughout New Caledonia

The RAI coach network (+687 05 81 61) is comprised of 25 routes serving 360 stops across the Main Island. The coaches are comfortable and all have air conditioning and video systems. All seats are fitted with seat belts, and alcolock systems are installed on all coaches for passenger safety. The RAI network of 40 long-distance touring coaches offers an easy, stress-free and affordable way of roaming the roads and seeing the sights of New Caledonia.


Nouméa Hop On Hop Off bus

Operated by Lyvaï Transports, Nouméa’s Hop On Hop Off bus allows visitors to discover the city’s top attractions with ease. Departing only on the days that ships arrive at the Main Cruise Terminal, the service makes exploring popular local attractions, such as the Municipal Market, the Port Plaisance Shopping Mall, Baie des Citrons, Anse-Vata Bay, the Aquarium of Nouméa and the Museum of New Caledonia, simple. The entire route takes between 45 and 50 minutes to complete, depending on the traffic conditions, with passengers free to decide how long they’ll stay at each stop, making it a great Nouméa transport option and an ideal way to see and experience more of the city.