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Car Hire From Cairns Airport, North Queensland, Australia

Hiring a car from Cairns Airport in Far North Queensland, Australia, can be a convenient way to explore the region. Here's some information about the roads, traffic conditions, electric vehicle (EV) charging points, distances from Cairns.

What are the benefits of hiring a car from Cairns Airport?

 

Hiring a car from Cairns Airport offers several benefits:

  1. Convenience and Flexibility: You have the freedom to plan your itinerary, visit remote areas, and travel at your own pace without relying on public transport schedules.

  2. Access to Surrounding Attractions: Cairns is a gateway to numerous attractions in Queensland, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, and the Atherton Tablelands. A car allows you to explore these areas easily.

  3. Comfort and Privacy: Enjoy a comfortable and private mode of transportation, especially beneficial for families or groups.

  4. Cost-Effective for Groups: For groups, sharing a rental car can be more cost-effective than purchasing individual tickets for public transportation or tours.

  5. Direct Transfers: A car rental allows for direct transfers between the airport and your accommodation, saving time and reducing the hassle of managing luggage on public transport.

Remember to consider factors like parking availability, driving on the left side of the road (if you're not used to it), and local driving regulations when renting a car.

Roads:
Cairns Airport is well-connected to the city and the surrounding region by a network of well-maintained roads. The main road connecting the airport to Cairns city center is Captain Cook Highway (State Route 44), which offers a scenic drive along the coast. Traffic conditions in and around Cairns can vary depending on the time of day and the specific route you're taking. The Captain Cook Highway is generally quite busy, especially during peak travel times and tourist seasons. Be prepared for congestion, particularly in the northern suburbs of Cairns. Be aware of potential road closures during the wet season (November to April) due to flooding or cyclones, especially if you plan to explore more remote areas.

EV Charging Points:
Cairns Airport and its surrounding region have been increasingly accommodating for electric vehicles. EV charging points are available in the city, and some hotels, shopping centers, and tourist attractions may offer charging facilities. It's a good idea to plan your charging stops in advance if you're driving an electric vehicle.

Distance from Cairns:
Cairns Airport is located approximately 7-8 kilometers (4-5 miles) north of the Cairns city center. The drive from the airport to the city center typically takes around 10-15 minutes, depending on traffic.

Distances from Other Major Cities:
Here are approximate driving distances and times from Cairns Airport to other major cities in the region:
Port Douglas: Approximately 70 kilometers (43 miles) north of Cairns, a drive of about 1-1.5 hours.
Townsville: Approximately 350 kilometers (217 miles) south of Cairns, a drive of about 4-5 hours.
Brisbane: Approximately 1,700 kilometers (1,056 miles) south of Cairns, a drive of about 20-24 hours. This is a long-distance drive, and many travelers opt to fly between Cairns and Brisbane instead.

Cairns Region Attractions:
Cairns is the gateway to many popular attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, Kuranda, and the Atherton Tablelands. Having a car can be convenient for exploring these destinations at your own pace.

When driving in Queensland, be sure to follow all traffic laws, speed limits, and safety regulations. If you plan to explore remote or rural areas, check road conditions and be prepared for long distances between towns. Cairns is a fantastic starting point for exploring the natural beauty and cultural richness of Far North Queensland, and having a vehicle can enhance your experience.
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Current Rental Rates at Cairns Airport

Hyundai Accent

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 28.88 EUR/day
Hyundai Accent

7 Days rental at 202.16 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 37.54 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 262.80 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Kona

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.64 EUR/day
Hyundai Kona

7 Days rental at 263.50 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 92.72 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 649.08 EUR from 22/04/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 80.23 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 561.62 EUR from 22/04/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 46.53 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 325.76 EUR from 22/04/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 43.53 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla Hybrid

7 Days rental at 304.77 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 53.53 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid

7 Days rental at 374.74 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry Hybrid

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 64.52 EUR/day
Toyota Camry Hybrid

7 Days rental at 451.69 EUR from 22/04/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 65.61 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla Hybrid

7 Days rental at 459.32 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 73.38 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid

7 Days rental at 513.69 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Cairns Airport: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Location: Cairns Airport is situated in Queensland, Australia, approximately 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) north of Cairns city center, making it the main gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Domestic and International Flights: The airport serves both domestic and international flights, offering convenient access to various destinations within Australia and key international hubs.
  • Passenger Numbers: Cairns Airport is one of the busiest airports in Queensland, handling millions of passengers each year. It plays a vital role in connecting travelers to the stunning attractions of the Tropical North Queensland region.
  • Great Barrier Reef Access: Many tourists use Cairns Airport as their starting point for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's most renowned natural wonders. Numerous operators offer reef excursions departing from the nearby marina.
  • Proximity to Rainforest and Adventure: The airport's location provides easy access to the Daintree Rainforest, Atherton Tablelands, and other outdoor adventure destinations. Visitors can explore lush rainforests, waterfalls, and diverse wildlife.

 

Popular car hire destinations in Cairns Airport

Best car rental companies in Cairns Airport

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No.1: EUROPCAR,
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No.2: ENTERPRISE,
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No.3: SIXT,
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Cairns Airport car hire information

  • 9.2/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Europcar EMEA Corporate
  • € 202.16
    Average price:
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  • € 28.88
    Best Price:
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  • 23
    Most Popular Type:
    Compact
  • 10
    Most popular model:
    Kia Carnival
  • 88
    Total Cars Available
     

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