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Car Hire from Cairns Airport

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Car Class Compare Car Hire Prices from*
Economy $29.70/ day
Compact $27.00/ day
Intermediate $35.19/ day
Fullsize $48.60/ day
Premium $163.43/ day

*Disclaimer: The price shown above was found on 8 May 2018 for one day of car rental on 8 July 2018. Prices are subject to change and/or availability.

Car Hire at Cairns Airport

There are 6 car hire companies located onsite in Cairns Airport, namely Thrifty, Avis, Budget Car Rental, Europcar, Hertz, and Redspot. These car rental companies operate service desks located on the northern end of the airport's Domestic Terminal and the Arrival Hall of the International Terminal.

As the airport is located nearby to downtown Cairns, you can also find cheap car hire options in the city by booking with a company that provides free shuttle bus from the airport. On Skyscanner's Car Hire comparison tool, simply browse the filters on the left > pick-up > free shuttle bus to compare prices.

Driving around Cairns Airport

Cairns downtown is located just 10 minutes from the airport, some 6 kilometres, and can be accessed through Airport Avenue and National Route 1. The access roads as mentioned do not have toll requirements, so it is relatively easy to reach. Upon arrival to Cairns, travellers will be faced with light to moderate traffic, with major streets such as Anderson, Route 91, A1, and Bruce Highway, almost always clear during the day.

Travellers will also notice the abundance of parks, reserves, and green patches around the city – which is common for Cairns. Parking spaces are available within the facility of the airport, or outside along National Route 1. Parking spaces include Park n Fly Airport Parking Cairns, Betta Airport Parking, Airport Car Storage (Anderson Street), Cairns City Parking (near the Cairns Esplanade), Hartley St. Carpark (along A1), and many others.

Places to Visit by Car From Cairns Airport

Cairns Airport is set near the waters of the Great Barrier Reef and in front of the Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, which makes it a great access point for tourism destinations. Consider driving out to these areas, just an hour or so from the central business district.

Home to the Daintree National Park, Daintree is the solution to your inner desire to enjoy Mother Earth. Nearby the park are a few beaches, which can be a quick detour before trekking around the parks.

Daintree is 110 kilometres away from central Cairns and can be covered within an hour and a half. Just drive and follow National Route 1 and State Route 44 towards Captain Cook Highway in Bonnie Doon, then take Mossman-Daintree Road to Stewart Street to reach Daintree.

Cape Tribulation
A headland and locality in northern Queensland, Cape Tribulation's beaches await tired travellers for an interesting nature-themed trip.

From central Cairns, follow National Route 1, Mulligan Highway and State Route 81 towards Captain Cook Highway in Bonnie Doon. From there, take Mossman and Daintree Road to Cape Tribulation Road, and park the car in one of the parking facilities there. From Cape Tribulation Road, ride a ferry to Forest Creek to reach the main area of Cape Tribulation. The trip towards the ferry terminal will cover about 200 kilometres under three hours, while the boat ride will cover at least 30 minutes.

This information is correct as of June 2018

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