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Cairns Airport Mini Guide

Cairns Airport is the international airport for Cairns in Queensland, Australia. It is situated 7km north of the city and has two terminals, one for international flights and one for domestic flights.
There is nothing more frustrating than standing in a queue at a car hire desk and finding that when it is your turn, you will have to squeeze your family of four kids into a sub mini. You can easily avoid this by booking in advance.

Not only will you be able to choose from an extensive range of vehicles, but you could benefit from our regular online special offers. We were voted ‘Best on the Road’ for just these reasons. So, book with us in the knowledge that the car of your choice will be ready and waiting for you.

Cheapest car hire at Cairns Airport

Toyota Yaris

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 71.82 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 502.76 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Kona

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 75.95 EUR/day
Hyundai Kona

7 Days rental at 531.66 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Peugeot 508

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.03 EUR/day
Peugeot 508

7 Days rental at 539.25 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Stonic

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 78.82 EUR/day
Kia Stonic

7 Days rental at 551.76 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Venue

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 82.52 EUR/day
Hyundai Venue

7 Days rental at 577.64 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan X-Trail

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 84.60 EUR/day
Nissan X-Trail

7 Days rental at 592.22 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 85.38 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 597.67 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Subaru Forester

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 88.42 EUR/day
Subaru Forester

7 Days rental at 618.99 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla Hatch

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 89.99 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla Hatch

7 Days rental at 629.97 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 123.17 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 862.20 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 136.68 EUR/day
Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

7 Days rental at 956.77 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 111.40 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla Hybrid

7 Days rental at 779.83 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 134.30 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 940.15 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 132.64 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 928.48 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 106.48 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla Hybrid

7 Days rental at 745.39 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes
  • Cairns Airport car hire special offers

    We currently have 1 special offers for car rental in Cairns Airport including;

  • Pre-Registration available
    For faster, easier car hire, add driver details before pick-up available from ALAMO, BARGAIN CAR RENTALS, EAST COAST, EUROPCAR, HERTZ, KEDDY BY EUROPCAR.

Useful to know about Cairns Airport

  • The airport originally operated off a sandbar which allowed flights only at low tides.
  • The Royal Flying Doctor Service operates from Cairns Airport.
  • The busiest international route is to Narita in Japan and the busiest domestic route is to Brisbane.
  • The airport operates a substantial freight network with its busiest route being to and from Hong Kong.
  • Nearly 4m passengers used Cairns Airport last year.

 

Popular car hire destinations in Cairns Airport

Best car rental companies in Cairns Airport

9.2
No.1: KEDDY BY EUROPCAR,
based on 881 reviews
96
95
85
90
91
13 min (average wait time)
8.2
No.3: BARGAIN CAR RENTALS,
based on 449 reviews
80
80
70
70
80
28 min (average wait time)
8.2
No.2: ALAMO,
based on 269 reviews
80
80
70
80
80
14 min (average wait time)

Cairns Airport car hire information

  • 9.2/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Keddy by Europcar (Corporate)
  • € 502.74
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 71.82
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 25
    Most Popular Type:
    Compact
  • 9
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Corolla
  • 91
    Total Cars Available
     

Average prices per day for car hire at Cairns Airport

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*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices

FAQs about car hire at Cairns Airport

How much does car hire at Cairns Airport cost?

Car hire at Cairns Airport costs as little as €71.80 per day, however the average price across all suppliers for a Economy class vehicle is €88.00 per day. The most expensive car to hire is €279.40 per day from EUROPCAR for a Toyota Commuter.

What car hire companies offer sanitised car rental in Cairns Airport?

10 car hire brands have committed to maintaining sanitisation measures as per WHO COVID-19 guidelines in Cairns Airport, including NATIONAL, HERTZ, BUDGET, see the full list here.

What car hire companies offer sanitised car rental at Cairns Airport?

None of the car hire companies at Cairns Airport are currently offering sanitised cars as per WHO COVID-19 guidelines.

Who is the best car rental agent at Cairns Airport?

Based on recent customer reviews over the last 3 months, Keddy by Europcar (Corporate) has the highest customer rating for car hire at Cairns Airport with a score of 9.2/10

with Alamo EMEA Franchise rated second best with a score of 8.2/10

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How much does it cost to hire a compact car at Cairns Airport?

Today’s cheapest price for compact car hire at Cairns Airport is €531.66 per week from BARGAIN CAR RENTALS.

Who is the cheapest car hire agent at Cairns Airport?

The cheapest car hire company at Cairns Airport is SIXT, with prices for a Economy class car such as the Toyota Yaris available from as little as €502.74 per week.

How much is fuel at Cairns Airport?

You can expect to pay €1.111/ltr of petrol and €1.356/ltr of diesel at Cairns Airport. You’ll pay a premium if refilling at motorway services of up to 10%.

What car hire agencies are available at Cairns Airport?

We can arrange great deals on car hire at Cairns Airport with leading car hire companies such as ALAMO, AVIS, BARGAIN CAR RENTALS, BUDGET, EAST COAST, ENTERPRISE, EUROPCAR, HERTZ, KEDDY BY EUROPCAR, NATIONAL, SIXT as well as reputable, local car hire companies.

What type of car can I hire at Cairns Airport?

We can arrange Compact, Economy, Fullsize, Fullsize Elite, Intermediate, Premium, Standard and Standard Elite class rental cars at Cairns Airport.

How much does it cost to hire a convertible car at Cairns Airport?

We don’t currently have any convertible cars to hire at Cairns Airport, but we are working in it and please check dates for future rentals.
The price at the moment for a convertible rental car at Cairns Airport is € per week from for a .

Do you have a discount code for car hire at Cairns Airport?

We don’t have any discount codes for car hire at Cairns Airport at the moment, however SIXT rates start from just €502.74 per week. If you’ve found a cheaper price than €502.74 from SIXT in Cairns Airport - International Terminal or any other rental agent, let us know and we’ll do our best to beat it.

How much does it cost to hire a car for a week at Cairns Airport?

The cheapest price to hire a car for a week at Cairns Airport is €502.60 per week with an average price of €616.00 per week across all car hire companies.
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Information about car hire agents at Cairns Airport

Telephone numbers for popular car hire companies at Cairns Airport

  • Alamo (tel: 740349045)
  • Europcar (tel: 61 07 40349088)
  • Hertz (tel: 0740389990)
  • Avis (tel: 07 4033 9555)
  • Budget (tel: 07 4033 9777)
  • East coast (tel: 1800 474 258 (Within Australia) +61 7 5555 8908 (International mobiles))
  • Firefly (tel: 07 40359299)
  • Enterprise (tel: 740349045)
  • Keddy by europcar (tel: 61 07 40349088)
  • National (tel: 740349045)

Pick-up locations for car hire companies at Cairns Airport

  • Alamo (TERMINAL BUILDING AIRPORT AVE, CAIRNS, 4870, QLD, Queensland)
  • Europcar (TERMINAL BUILDING CAIRNS AIRPORT, Cairns - Airport, CAIRNS, 4870, QLD, Queensland)
  • Hertz (Airport Avenue, Cairns, Ql, Cairns, Qld, 4870, QLD, Queensland)
  • Avis (Terminal Building, Cairns Nth Qld, 4870, QLD, Queensland)
  • Budget (Terminal Building, Cairns Qld, 4870, QLD, Queensland)
  • East coast (Off Airport, 411 Sheridan Street, Cairns, 4870, QLD, Queensland)

Car hire company reviews at Cairns Airport

  • Keddy by Europcar (Corporate): Rated 9.2/10 from 6 reviews
  • Alamo EMEA Franchise: Rated 8.2/10 from 20 reviews
  • Bargain Car Rentals: Rated 8.2/10 from 67 reviews
  • Avis ABG Franchise: Rated 8.0/10 from 23 reviews
  • Enterprise EMEA Franchise: Rated 8.0/10 from 10 reviews
  • Europcar EMEA: Rated 8.0/10 from 97 reviews

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