Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Noumea Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
Looking down I saw centipedes crawling on my sleeping bag, talk about a bad way to wake up! – a traveller
NOU Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Noumea’s La Tontouta International Airport.
What to Expect
Noumea Airport (code: NOU) has a small terminal that handles international flights. Facilities include three eateries, two shops, and free WiFi. A landside restaurant is open 24 hours. Economy class passengers can gain access to an airport lounge, which has showers. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.
Where to Sleep
Camping out here overnight is not possible as the airport closes after the day’s last flight. Intrepid travellers can try napping on the benches just outside the terminal entrance. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
At the time of this update, we were only able to find hotels 18km+ from the airport. You can see a list of hotels in Noumea on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
- Aircalin Lounge – Location: Airside, Level 2. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
- Hibicus Lounge – Location: Airside, Level 2. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs • Aircalin Hibiscus Class Ticket.
Related Pages: Noumea Airport Lounges
Free WiFi is available at Noumea Airport. Connect to the “Inet-CCI” network.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by OPT, BCI and BNC, are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: Landside (in the main hall) and outside the airport terminal (towards the car park).
Currency Exchange – The BCI Bank offers currency exchange. Currencies available are: Euro • US Dollar • Australian Dollar • New Zealand Dollar • Yen • British Pound • Fijian Dollar • Singapore Dollar • Swiss Franc • Canadian Dollar • Vatu.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available as well as a small selection of shops both landside and airside.
Food & Drinks – The airport offers food options both Landside and Airside. Hours vary according to location, as follows:
Here are the options:
- Landside: Le St-Exupéry (open for lunch and dinner) • Le Constellation (open according to daily flights).
- Airside: Le Biarritz (unknown hours).
Information Desk – Available and open according to daily flight schedules. In addition to general information, you may also leave your car keys for pick-up (free of charge). Location: main hall.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Medical Services – Medical services at Noumea airport are handled in the Information Desk.
Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards, buy stamps and Sim Cards, and more at the airport’s post office. Location and hours: unknown.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – If you need to freshen up, showers are available airside on the second floor of the departure zone. Additionally, showers can be found in the Hibiscus Lounge [ See Airport Lounges above ].
Smoking – Smoking is prohibited inside the airport. It is, however, permitted landside, outside the terminal or in the Airside, designated area near the boarding gates.
The airport closes after the last scheduled flight. Sleeping in the airport overnight is not possible. From the airport’s website: “The Airport closes for the night, after arrival/departure of the last flight. You can’t spend the night at the airport”.
Noumea airport is served by the following airlines: Aircalin • Air New Zealand • Air Vanuatu • Qantas.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
The Joint Urban Transport Syndicate of Greater Nouméa (SMTU) and The New Caledonia Interurban Transport Association (SMTI) both serve the airport. For fares, schedules, and more information, visit the Noumea Airport website.
The following car rental agencies offer services on-site: A5 • Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Point Rouge • Sixt • Visa.
Several shuttle bus companies are available. To plan your route and select a provider, visit the Noumea Airport website.
At least three taxi companies provide services outside the arrivals area.
Last updated: 2022-01-25
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.