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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

Compact

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 95.07 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 665.52 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes
Compact

Hyundai Kona

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 99.21 EUR/day
Hyundai Kona

7 Days rental at 694.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes
Economy

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 107.00 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 749.02 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes
Compact

Kia Stonic

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 108.65 EUR/day
Kia Stonic

7 Days rental at 760.60 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes
Compact

Mitsubishi Lancer

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 112.03 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Lancer

7 Days rental at 784.22 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes
Fullsize

Holden Commodore

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 112.57 EUR/day
Holden Commodore

7 Days rental at 788.02 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes
Economy

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 112.73 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 789.12 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes
Intermediate

Nissan X-Trail

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 115.91 EUR/day
Nissan X-Trail

7 Days rental at 811.40 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes
Compact

Hyundai Venue

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 116.56 EUR/day
Hyundai Venue

7 Days rental at 815.95 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

*daily rates in Cairns Airport based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.

  • 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 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
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95
85
90
91
13 min (average wait time)
9.0
No.2: BARGAIN CAR RENTALS,
based on 417 reviews
80
90
80
80
90
35 min (average wait time)
8.5
No.4: ALAMO,
based on 258 reviews
80
80
80
80
80
6 min (average wait time)

Cairns Airport car hire information

  • 9.2/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Keddy by Europcar (Corporate)
  • € 665.49
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 95.07
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 16
    Most Popular Type:
    Compact
  • 6
    Most popular model:
    Kia Carnival
  • 66
    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 €95.10 per day, however the average price across all suppliers for a Compact class vehicle is €130.30 per day. The most expensive car to hire is €272.60 per day from AVIS for a Kia Carnival.

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, EUROPCAR, HERTZ, 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 Bargain Car Rentals rated second best with a score of 9.0/10

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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 €665.52 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 BARGAIN CAR RENTALS, with prices for a Compact class car such as the Hyundai Accent available from as little as €665.49 per week.

How much is fuel at Cairns Airport?

You can expect to pay €1.325/ltr of petrol and €1.398/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 AVIS, BARGAIN CAR RENTALS, BUDGET, EAST COAST, EUROPCAR, HERTZ, KEDDY BY EUROPCAR, 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, Intermediate Elite, 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 BARGAIN CAR RENTALS rates start from just €665.49 per week. If you’ve found a cheaper price than €665.49 from BARGAIN CAR RENTALS 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 €665.70 per week with an average price of €912.10 per week across all car hire companies.
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Information about car hire agents at Cairns Airport

Most 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
  • Bargain Car Rentals: Rated 9.0/10 from 8 reviews
  • East Coast Car Rentals: Rated 8.5/10 from 18 reviews
  • Alamo EMEA: Rated 8.5/10 from 20 reviews
  • Avis ABG Franchise: Rated 8.3/10 from 12 reviews
  • SIXT Franchise: Rated 8.2/10 from 19 reviews

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