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Local bus

A few more questions about the local bus please.

Coming from a cruise ship where do we catch a local bus to go to:

Tijaou Cultural Centre (1st destination) then to Anse Vata Beach and walk to Lemon Bay and bus back to port or town centre if possible.

Which bus or buses do we catch?

Are the bus fares single use?

How often do they run on a Sunday?

I have looked at the bus website I can see the map but i cannot read French.

Thanks for your help in advance

Regards Mary

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Toulouse, France
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1. Re: Local bus

Hello,

Let's start with a map translation! Here is the map: http://www.karuiabus.nc/PDF/plan-lignes.pdf

=> the area displayed on the map in Noumea city.

=> the boat docks above the line numbers "(20)(40)(45)(50)(75)" and next to "Mairie" label, in the center-left of the Map.

=> Tjibaou Cultural center is on the right of the map, at the end of line 40 (pink).

=> Anse Vata is totally at the South of the map, it is the large bay around the "Anse Vata" label. Bus lines 10/11 (green) and 70 (orange).

=> Lemon Bay ("Baie des Citrons" in French) is the bay next to Anse Vata, on the left. Bus line 10/11 (green).

You can also use Google Maps to locate places (and then switch to the bus map), they have good maps of Noumea since a few months.

On Sunday, expect one bus every 30 minutes on most lines (60 minutes on line 40), from 6AM to 5.30PM. Detailed timetables are available on http://www.karuiabus.nc/ (in "horaires" section) and quite readable even for non French-speaking people.

Tickets are one way only: 190CFP from vending machines in various shops, 210 CFP on board the bus (100 CFP for children).

Australia
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2. Re: Local bus

We have actually just returned from our cruise and managed to find our way to the places we were interested in seeing. Your information will be very helpful to others who are on a cruise and have limited time to see things. Thanks for your time and effort it is much appreciated .

Regards Mary

Austins Ferry
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3. Re: Local bus

Does the supermarket where the ship dock(I think its called Casino?) have a vending machine for the tickets?

Phoenix, Arizona
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4. Re: Local bus

Which bus would be the best to take to see the Motor Pool Area? My father-in- law was station with the 101 st Quartermaster's Regiment which apparently was located in the Motor Pool Area.

Toulouse, France
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5. Re: Local bus

Hello,

You'll find a map of the bus routes here: http://www.karuiabus.nc/PDF/plan-lignes.pdf

Lines 70 (orange) and 75 (red) are direct to there from the city center, and 60 (yellow) comes close. You can also take line 10/11 (green) to "Ancre marine", it is then at a walking distance (but going up a hill). Cruise ships dock left of "mairie" sign on this map (just above the "20 40 45 50 75" label, in the center).

Note that the place is now mostly a residential area.

Edited: 3:45 am, December 25, 2013
Phoenix, Arizona
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6. Re: Local bus

Yes, I have heard the "Motor Pool" area has disappeared except for the name, but would still like to just walk the area just for the "lay of the land." I am also looking forward to seeing the new Museum of WWII on the Rue Paul Doumer. Thank you for your help.

Christchurch, New...
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7. Re: Local bus

Hi can you purchase a ten trip ticket or something similar??

Toulouse, France
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8. Re: Local bus

Hello,

You can buy a 10 trip ticket for 1850 CFP, but only at the bus stations: Montravel (you probably won't go there) and city center: Place Rolland (part of Place des Cocotiers, where is also the Tourism Info Center).

It is not a huge saving compared to the ticket bought from vending machines at 190CFP. Note that these machines are not located at bus stops, but in shops, such as Champion Alma supermarket or Bernheim public library, in the city center.

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