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LEADING CAR RENTAL BRANDS AT CAIRNS

About Cairns Airport (CNS)


Address: Serviced By Enterprise Redspot, Terminal Building Airport Ave, Cairns, 4870 , Qld, Qld

Cairns Airport is within easy reach of the city of Cairns, in North Queensland. It offers all the facilities one would expect from a modern airport.

North Queensland is an extremely attractive place with winding drives that are often rated as some of the best in the world.

Cairns Airport car rental is for sure the best way to start your trip. Although Cairns is known for the Great Barrier Reef and its tropical wetlands, there are many other things to do. You will find cosy cafés, bustling markets and plenty of beaches nearby. Or you can explore popular places like the Crystal Cascades, Cairns Botanical Gardens and the charming seaside village of Palm Cove. The drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is approximately 70 kilometres and it is without a doubt a truly memorable experience.

  Getting around

The Cairns Airport is located between Mount Whitfield to the west and Trinity Bay to the east. It is about 7 kilometres north of the Cairns Central Business District (CBD), in the suburb of Aeroglen. Travelling time is between 12-40 minutes.

The airport has two passenger terminals in separate buildings 200m apart - T2 for Domestic and T1 for International. Car rental return car parks are located at both terminals.

Compared to larger cities the traffic is very light and streets are well sign-posted with sufficient parking.

  Choosing your car

A choice of rent a car options is available. It is recommended to pre-book a vehicle, especially in the peak season from July to December.

Some of the top car hire companies such as Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Budget, Thrifty have car hire counters located in the Arrivals Hall of both T1 and T2.

To book your airport car rental just go to our booking site, enter your pick-up and drop-off dates and indicate the driver’s age.  Whether you are looking for a compact city runner, family sedan, sporty 4WD or van, you will find all the options on our booking site.

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  Tips and advice for renting a car at Cairns Airport

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In the hot summer months from November to March, the interior of a car can become incredibly hot, to the point where CDs will melt.

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If you are unfamiliar with driving on the left side of the road, be careful when approaching roundabouts in Cairns - especially ones with dual lanes. Check the arrows on the road and watch out for the other traffic.

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Many Cairns drivers do not use their indicators and when it rains in Cairns it is in a league of its own. Take your time and don’t rush during heavy rainfall.

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Australia is home to some amazing wildlife, but keep an eye out for kangaroos, emus, and other animals when driving on rural roads.

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Passengers must always wear a seatbelt and children under the age of 7, a child restraint.

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Don’t use your mobile while driving, and never drink and drive.

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car at Cairns

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1. Is it best to book my car rental before I arrive at Cairns?

At all times it is better to book your car rental before you arrive at Cairns. Discounts are rarely applied when you turn up at the pick up desk to book.

There were insufficient search results returned for Cairns to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.

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2. How far in advance should I book a car rental pickup at Cairns?

In short, book early when flying into Cairns, since the later you leave it, the more expensive it will become.

There’s a chance that in peak demand periods in Australia that there will be no availability. Also in low season there may be insufficient cars due to low demand. You can generally amend or cancel up to 24 hrs in advance, free of charge.

There were insufficient search results returned for Cairns to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.

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3. Does Cairns have cars with 7 seats?

Cairns does have 7 seat vehicles depending on availability. Enter your dates in the search availability box to see what is on offer.

There were insufficient search results returned for Cairns to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.

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4. Am I able to rent a car one way from Cairns to a different drop off location in Australia?

This is usually possible from Cairns but depends on the specific drop off point in Australia. You can check instantly by putting your pick up and drop off requirements into the search box.

There were insufficient search results returned for Cairns to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.

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5. What are the best cars to rent at Cairns?

It depends. If you intend to drive straight from Cairns for a short distances or in and around city or urban areas then small to mid size cars will likely be more convenient. For longer distances and greater passenger numbers with luggage, SUV’s and People Carriers (MPV’s) offer more flexibility, convenience and comfort.

There were insufficient search results returned for Cairns to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.

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6. Is it better to rent at Cairns or off airport?

This depends on whether the savings obtained from off Cairns are better than the inconvenience in terms of time, both at pick up or on drop off. Offsite Cairns car rental companies usually offer a shuttle from and to the terminal.

There were insufficient search results returned for Cairns to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.

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7. What happens to my car rental if my flight is cancelled or delayed into Cairns?

Generally, if you informed the car rental company of your arrival flight into Cairns they will be aware of delays. If you did not, then it is important to notify them by phone or email on the contacts provided on your voucher. Cancelled flights can result in cancelled bookings. Cover yourself with travel insurance to Australia and be prepared to make a new booking for your amended plans.

There were insufficient search results returned for Cairns to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.

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8. What happens if I need to extend my car rental drop off time at Cairns?

To avoid confusion with the car rental company at Cairns it is a good idea to inform them. Sometimes you can return the car without informing them, but you do risk a hefty rate increase without your negotiation, if you do.

There were insufficient search results returned for Cairns to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.

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9. Are minivans and people movers available for rent at Cairns?

Availability for minivans and people movers at Cairns rentals always depends on demand. Check your exact dates here.

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10. Should I buy car rental insurance at the pick up desk at Cairns?

It is common practice for car rental companies to upsell you to higher levels of insurance at Cairns. You can save a lot of money by using the insurance offered at Cheaperthancars, sometimes which is more than 50%. Also be aware that your travel insurance may also offer you cover for excess waiver in the event of an accident.

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11. What car types are there for rent at Cairns?

There are a range of cars available for rental at Cairns including Holden Commodore Estate, Hyundai i20, Toyota Kluger, and Toyota Commuter.

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12. What car rental brands offer SUV’s at Cairns?

There is a competitive selection of rental companies offering SUV’s at Cairns including:

  • Alamo  Alamo
  • Keddy By Europcar  Keddy By Europcar
  • Europcar  Europcar
  • East Coast  East Coast
  • Enterprise  Enterprise
  • Sixt  Sixt




After completeing a search for SUV’s on May 15, 2020 we found no SUV’s available at Cairns. This maybe because they are booked out on that day. To check alternative dates, please search here

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13. What is the cheapest 7 day car rental for May at Cairns?

Pricing can vary through the month of May at Cairns, but we have provided an indicative price of NZD34 per day for a rental starting on May 15, 2020 with East Coast driving a Hyundai Accent or similar. For an exact quote enter your dates here.

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14. What SUV cars are available at Cairns in 3 months time?

There are a number of SUV models currently available at Cairns with Alamo, Keddy By Europcar and Europcar at prices starting from NZD62 per day, in a Mitsubishi Outlander or similar on an example date of May 15, 2020 for 7 days. For exact quotes enter your dates and selection here.

After completeing a search for SUV’s on May 15, 2020 we found no SUV’s available at Cairns. This maybe because they are booked out on that day. To check alternative dates, please search here

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15. Which rental companies are there at Cairns?

We have listed a selection of 6 rental companies at Cairns. These are:

  • Alamo  Alamo
  • Keddy By Europcar  Keddy By Europcar
  • Europcar  Europcar
  • East Coast  East Coast
  • Enterprise  Enterprise
  • Sixt  Sixt



There were insufficient search results returned for Cairns to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.

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16. How much waiting time should I allow for picking up a car at Cairns?

According to feedback from our rental pick up statistics at Cairns it takes an average of 13 mins to collect your vehicle.

We just checked the wait times at Cairns, but unfortunately we do not have any statistics for this location.

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17. Which forms of payment are generally acceptable for car rental at Cairns?

These credit cards, Visa and MasterCard are generally acceptable at Cairns, but it will depend on your car rental company. You can check by searching here.

There were insufficient search results returned for Cairns to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.

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18. What is the cheapest car for next weekend at Cairns?

Prices can vary at short notice at Cairns, but right now the cheapest car is a Hyundai i20 or similar for pick up on Saturday morning at 10am, for 2 days costing NZD29 per day. To search for the cheapest car at other times you can check live availability here.

We performed a search of cars for pickup on Saturday morning at 10am, but unfortunately it looks like all cars at Cairns are booked out at that time. To search for other cars at another date or time, please check availability here.

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19. What is the highest rated rental company for overall service at Cairns and how does this compare to others?

The highest rated car rental company in Cairns is Alamo with a score of 8.6 / 10. Here are the top 5:

  • Alamo  Alamo - 8.6
  • Keddy By Europcar  Keddy By Europcar - 8.6
  • Europcar  Europcar - 8.4
  • East Coast  East Coast - 7.9
  • Enterprise  Enterprise - 7.5

There were insufficient search results returned for Cairns to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.

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20. Are there eco friendly rated cars for rent at Cairns?

Yes, eco friendly cars are available to rent in Australia at Cairns. Some examples listed here are:

  • Hyundai Accent  Hyundai Accent
  • Suzuki Swift  Suzuki Swift
  • Mitsubishi Mirage  Mitsubishi Mirage
  • Hyundai i20  Hyundai i20
  • Nissan Almera  Nissan Almera

There were insufficient search results returned for Cairns to allow us to answer that question. We recommend you try a nearby location that has a greater selection of rental cars.