New Caledonia has two major public transport bus services: the Greater Noumea urban bus service, known as Karuïa Bus, and the interurban coach service, known as RAI. Many private shuttles also offer high quality transport services.
- Karuïa Bus tourism/sightseeing routes
- Coach routes serving 360 stops throughout New Caledonia
Karuïa Bus (Freecall: +687 05 00 17) - www.karuiabus.nc comprises nine main bus routes running services from morning to night. You can buy a GO ticket (210 XPF) on board the buses or go to 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 (1,895 XPF - 10 trips).
Karuïa Bus tourism/sightseeing routes
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 at the weekend.
Two daily bus services are scheduled on each of these routes. Check the website for details.
You can also hop on 10 & 11 route buses to travel between Anse Vata out to 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.
Coach routes serving 360 stops throughout New Caledonia
The interurban coach network www.rai.nc - Tel +687 05 81 61 comprises 25 routes serving 360 stops throughout the Main Island. The coaches are comfortable and all have air conditioning and video systems. Safety first: all seats are fitted with seat belts and alcolock systems are installed on all coaches. 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.