v3.6.0.2
Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
$ in Billions
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Feb. 15, 2017
Jun. 30, 2016
Document Information [Line Items]      
Entity Registrant Name Noble Corp plc    
Entity Central Index Key 0001458891    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Document Type 10-K    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2016    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016    
Trading Symbol NE    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Amendment Flag false    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   244,676,954  
Entity Public Float     $ 2.0
Noble Corp [Member]      
Document Information [Line Items]      
Entity Registrant Name Noble Corporation    
Entity Central Index Key 0001169055    
Entity Filer Category Non-accelerated Filer    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   261,245,693