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The following car rental companies received the highest ratings in Cairns Airport. Compare the ratings and prices of these rental companies with a single search.

  • Enterprise

    8.7 (1620)
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  • Alamo

    8.6 (7536)
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  • Avis

    8.5 (4952)
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  • Hertz

    8.3 (5789)
  • Thrifty

    8.3 (4529)
  • Europcar

    8.3 (6783)
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  • National Car Rental

    8.1 (366)
  • Dollar Rent a Car

    7.9 (3648)
  • Sixt

    7.9 (2616)
  • East Coast Car Rentals

    7.8 (116)
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  • Keddy By Europcar

    7.7 (2824)
  • Budget

    7.7 (8552)
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  • FireFly Car Rental

    7.1 (3291)
  • Bargain Car Rentals

    6.8 (9)
  • Ace Rental Cars

    6.8 (12)

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Car rental location Cairns Airport

Cairns Airport Guide

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At only four miles from Cairns CBD, Cairns Airport is a well-located transport hub and the seventh busiest airport in Australia. Car hire in Cairns Airport is an ideal way to navigate Cairns, areas close to the Great Barrier Reef and the rest of northern Queensland.

Who to Book With
Car rental offices at Cairns Airport can be found at the Domestic Terminal's northern end and in the International Terminal's Arrivals hall. Hirers can choose between Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty.

Need to Know Essentials
You will need to show the following identification at vehicle collection:

- UK driver’s licence (both parts)
- International Driver's Permit
- Credit card used for the reservation
- Printed confirmation of the booking
- Valid passport to confirm ID

For more info read our FAQ's.

The Bruce Highway, which spans just over 1,000 miles, connects Cairns to the state capital Brisbane. This journey can take up to three days if stops are made along the way. While big towns and cities in Australia are well-connected by roads and highways, travelling inland between small destinations usually requires advance planning. Foreign drivers must hold an International Driver’s Permit. Although the city centre of Cairns is small enough to walk around, its low population density means that finding parking spaces is usually straightforward.

See our guide to Australia for more information on driving here.


Self-drivers usually use the Captain Cook Highway to reach the airport from the city centre. Other options include taxis, buses and shuttles provided by hotels in Cairns. Trains don’t connect with the airport directly but Cairns city offers rail links to other Australian locations.

Cairns Airport is without any rail links, although Queensland Rail trains depart from Cairns Station in the city centre for Brisbane and Kuranda. Services are slow and infrequent.

Taxi ranks can be found outside the International Terminal and the Domestic Terminal. Service is mainly supplied by Black & White Taxi, one of the most active companies in the area.

Taxi prices:
Cairns Airport to Cairns CBD is about £15
Cairns Airport to Holloways Beach is about £20
Cairns Airport to Trinity Beach is about £30

Sun Palm Transport Group operates shuttle buses from the airport to Cairns CBD, the Northern Beaches, Mission Beach, Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas and Palm Cove. It costs around £6 one-way to be transferred to the CBD for an adult and around £3 for a child.


Cairns Airport has two main terminals – International and Domestic - that receive around four million passengers per year. Airlines operating here mainly provide transport to and from Australian and Asian destinations. Travel between the two terminals is possible via a covered walkway.

Parking at Cairns Airport is possible at the Budget Long Term, the Long Term Domestic, the Short Term Domestic and the Covered Car Park. A stay of one week in the Long Term Domestic lot costs around £45.

Wi-Fi service is available in Cairns Airport but must be paid for. Typical rates stand at around £1.80 per hour, around £3.50 per 24 hours or around £20 per seven days.

Information Services
Two information desks are located in the Arrivals hall of the International Terminal and one is located near Baggage Reclaim in the Domestic Terminal.

Useful Numbers
Main office: +61 7 4080 6703

The two terminals each have a drop-off and pick-up area for those with reduced mobility. Airlines operating at the airport can provide pre-arranged wheelchairs or crutches. All car parks at Cairns Airport have disabled persons’ parking spaces.

Restaurants and Bars
The International Terminal is home to the Landside Café in the Arrivals hall and the Airside Café in the Departures lounge. The Domestic Terminal features Hungry Jacks, La Porchetta and Healthy Habits. Drinks may be consumed at the Blue Sky Brewery, the Coffee Club or the Skybury Café.

VIP Lounges

Domestic Terminal:
Qantas Club

Money and ATMs
A single ATM can be found in Arrivals in the International Terminal, while there are three bureaux de change booths – one in Baggage Reclaim, one in Departures and another in Arrivals. The Domestic Terminal has an ATM in its Departures lounge, where there is also a single currency exchange booth.

The Domestic Terminal is laden with shops, such as BeachCulture and Sunglass Hut, which both sell products for relaxing by the sea. Electronics are available from Tech To Go and stationery is provided by Smiggle. Shops such as Discover, Purely Merino, Australian Produce Store, Australian Made and World of Chocolate sell locally-made products and handicrafts. Branches of most of these outlets can also be found in the International Terminal, where JR Duty Free also has a branch. Travel essentials, newspapers and magazines can be found at Hub or Newslink in the Domestic Terminal and at Relay in the International Terminal.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Australian dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 - 130 km/h
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What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk at this location?
  • Enterprise
  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty
  • Europcar
  • National Car Rental
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Sixt
  • East Coast Car Rentals
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • Budget
  • FireFly Car Rental
  • Bargain Car Rentals
  • Ace Rental Cars
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