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Secure Great Rates on Car Hire at Cairns Airport

Cairns airport

Secure affordable car hire at Cairns Airport. A quick nine-minute drive from Cairns’ CBD and the gateway to tropical North Queensland, consider collecting your car hire from the airport to get on the road faster.

Quick Facts on Hiring a Car at Cairns Airport​

Vehicle Classes​​​​Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Fullsize, Premium, Wagon/Estate, Van, SUV
Number of Depots​​8
Car Rental BrandsAvis, Budget, East Coast, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty

Car Rental Brands at Cairns Airport

Car hire counters at Cairns Airport can be found in the Arrival Halls of both the International (T1) and Domestic (T2) terminals.

Avis logo
8:00am - 6:00pm daily​.
Closed weekends.

Budget logo
8:00am - 8:00pm weekdays​​.​
Closed weekends.

ECCR logo
7:00am - 9:00pm weekdays.*
8:00am - ​
​7:30pm weekends.

Enterprise logo
8:00am - 8:00pm weekdays​.
8:00am - 7:30pm weekends​.​​
Europcar logo
8:00am - 7:30pm daily.
Hertz logo
7:00am - 10:30pm daily.
Thrifty logo
7:30am - 7:30pm daily​.


*East Coast Car Rentals is an off-airport provider, meaning a complimentary shuttle bus will take you direct from the terminal to their site.

See more info on hiring a car in Cairns

What Our Customers Say

Janine (August 2019): Janine picked up their rental car from Cairns Airport. They booked with East Coast Car Rentals. She mentioned that they had to wait a while for the car but once received they were upgraded. They rated the condition of the car a 10/10 and recommend allocation some time to wait for the rental in peak times.

Alexanda (August 2019): Alexanda picked up her rental car from Enterprise at Cairns Airport. She booked a standard car for 2 days and rated the condition of the car a 10/10. She suggested to pre-book online to avoid waiting time.

Frequently Asked Questions for Cairns Airport Car Hire

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

In October 2019, our customers paid between AUD $23 and AUD $189 per day for a hire car. Prices vary depending on vehicle type, time of year, and booking duration. For current rates in Cairns Airport, use our price comparison tool​.

What is the highest-rated rental car at Cairns Airport?

The highest-rated rental car in Cairns Airport is Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross​ or similar​ based on recent ratings​ by our customers.

What is the highest-rated car hire provider at Cairns Airport?

Enterprise​ is the highest-rated car hire provider at Cairns Airport based on recent ratings by our customers.​

Where do I collect my rental car at Cairns Airport?

Collect your rental car​ from the car rental counters located in the Arrivals Halls of both the international and domestic terminals at Cairns Airport.

Where do I return my rental car at Cairns Airport?

Cairns Airport has car rental return​ car parks at both terminals. If dropping your vehicle back to Cairns Airport, confirm with your car hire company at pick-up which car park to return your vehicle to.

How far is the distance between Cairns domestic and international terminals?

It is around a five to seven-minute walk between terminals. The terminals are connected by a covered walkway.

Where is the nearest petrol station to refuel the car at Cairns Airport?

The closest petrol station to Cairns Airport is Puma located at 45 Arnold Street (open 5:00am - 8:00pm). There is also a Mobil Petrol Station at 4/2 Rinks Close (open 6:00 am - 6:00 pm) and a Coles Express closer to the city centre at 293 Sheridan Street (open 24 hours). Download the Vroom Fuel Price Compare App​​ to find the cheapest fuel in the area.

Hire Car Depots Near Cairns Airport

Arrange collecting your car hire from a location that suits you. Check out this list of providers near Cairns Airport.

Airlie Beach​​​​Cairns​​Palm Cove​
Port Douglas