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Noumea Airport Guide

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

noumea airport guideTo 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.

Sleeping in Noumea Airport

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.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Noumea Airport Guide.

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.

Airport Hours

The airport closes after the last scheduled flight. Sleeping in the airport overnight is not possible. In February 2023, a traveller sent us a photo of the airport hours which show the hours as: 5:30AM – 1:30AM (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat)  • 5:30AM – 12:45AM (Wed, Sun) • 5:30AM – 2:15AM (Fri).

Airport Lounges

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

Airport Hotels

At the time of this update, we were only able to find hotels 18km+ from the airport.  Visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Noumea, search deals and read traveller reviews.


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 ]

Drinking Water

Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Food & Drinks

The airport offers food options both Landside and Airside. Hours vary according to location, as follows:

  • Landside: Le St-Exupéry (open for lunch and dinner) • Le Constellation (open according to daily flights).
  • Airside: Le Biarritz (unknown hours).

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

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.


Free WiFi is available at Noumea Airport. Connect to the “Inet-CCI” network.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

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.

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.

Medical Services – Medical services at Noumea airport are handled in the Information Desk.

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.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

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.

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.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies offer services on-site: A5 • Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Point Rouge • Sixt • Visa.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Shuttle Buses

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: 2024-01-31

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.