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Great value rental cars from Cairns Airport’s most trusted car hire providers

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Bargain Car Rentals
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • East Coast
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • Hertz
  • Sixt
  • Thrifty

Car rental rates at Cairns Airport

Cairns is the gateway to tropical North Queensland, so why not consider collecting your car hire from Cairns Airport (CNS) to get on the road faster? The airport serves both domestic and international flights and is located on Airport Avenue, a 12-minute car ride from the centre of Cairns. The best way to get to the airport from Cairns train station is by shuttle bus, car or taxi.


Start your Queensland adventure as soon as you arrive by collecting your hire car from Cairns Airport. Search, compare, and book the best rates from Australia’s leading car rental companies with VroomVroomVroom.

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Compact CarBargain Car Rentals

From $48/day

for 26 May - 31 May 2024
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Standard CarBargain Car Rentals

From $59/day

for 27 May - 30 May 2024
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Compact SUVBargain Car Rentals

From $59/day

for 26 May - 31 May 2024
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Economy CarAlamo

From $59/day

for 24 May - 27 May 2024
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SpecialAlamo

From $59/day

for 24 May - 27 May 2024
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Standard SUVBargain Car Rentals

From $64/day

for 25 May - 28 May 2024

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Rental rate prices displayed are AUD and were available in response to a search at 12:01 am on May 23, 2024 by an Australian resident aged between 30 and 69 years old, for the specified travel dates, with a pickup and return time of 10:00 am. Rates and vehicle availability may change without notice. Use our price comparison tool to get current rental rates. Rates include all mandatory fees for the rental and exclude credit card surcharges and extras.

Rates are in AUD and were last updated on 23 May, 2024

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Our customers have rated their Cairns Airport car rental booking experience 4.7/5
(766 reviews)
  • 12 May 2024

    love it - so quick & easy to use :)

    daniel b.
    Booked: Toyota Kluger or similar
    Cairns Domestic Airport
    Toyota Kluger  or similar
  • 07 May 2024

    Fast and Efficient

    andrew m.
    Booked: Mg3 or similar
    Cairns Airport
    Mg3 or similar
  • 07 May 2024

    Quick and easy

    lorelle f.
    Booked: Hyundai i30 or similar
    Cairns Airport
    Hyundai i30 or similar
  • 04 May 2024

    Great, thanks.

    gregory s.
    Booked: Kia Carnival or similar
    Cairns Domestic Airport
    Kia Carnival or similar
  • 04 May 2024

    Great use this company everytime

    julie c.
    Booked: Mystery Car Vehicle Determined At Checkout or similar
    Cairns
    Mystery Car Vehicle Determined At Checkout or similar
  • 02 May 2024

    easy to follow straight forward and well explained

    gloria s.
    Booked: Hyundai Kona or similar
    Cairns Airport
    Hyundai Kona or similar
  • 30 Apr 2024

    Customer service rep was very helpful, changing my car hire so I can pick up from airport rather than having to travel to city of Cairns

    jennifer t.
    Booked: MG MG3 or similar
    Cairns Domestic Airport
    MG MG3 or similar
  • 30 Apr 2024

    fast and easy no real hassle

    adrian h.
    Booked: Vehicle determined upon pick-up (Compact or Larger) or similar
    Cairns Domestic Airport
    Vehicle determined upon pick-up (Compact or Larger) or similar
  • 26 Apr 2024

    Very easy to navigate and very competitive prices.

    anna d.
    Booked: Toyota Kluger or similar
    Cairns Domestic Airport
    Toyota Kluger  or similar
  • 19 Apr 2024

    Very easy to make the booking

    luis carlos p.
    Booked: Vehicle determined upon pick-up (Compact or Larger) or similar
    Cairns Domestic Airport
    Vehicle determined upon pick-up (Compact or Larger) or similar
  • 15 Apr 2024

    easy

    ashley s.
    Booked: MG MG3 or similar
    Cairns Domestic Airport
    MG MG3 or similar
  • 14 Apr 2024

    Straight forward

    leon h.
    Booked: MG MG3 or similar
    Cairns Domestic Airport
    MG MG3 or similar
  • 10 Apr 2024

    Easy to use

    michael b.
    Booked: Kia Carnival or similar
    Cairns Airport
    Kia Carnival or similar
  • 05 Apr 2024

    Good prices very easy to choose

    sue o.
    Booked: Vehicle determined upon pick-up (Compact or Larger) or similar
    Cairns Domestic Airport
    Vehicle determined upon pick-up (Compact or Larger) or similar
  • 02 Apr 2024

    The price seemed cheaper than from Alamo directly.

    matthew w.
    Booked: Toyota RAV4 or similar
    Cairns Domestic Airport
    Toyota RAV4 or similar
  • 01 Apr 2024

    Very happy and easy to use

    joseph c.
    Booked: Ldv D90 or similar
    Cairns
    Ldv D90 or similar
  • 29 Mar 2024

    Quick simple done in a flash. Thanks

    judith h.
    Booked: Toyota Corolla or similar
    Cairns
    Toyota Corolla or similar
  • 22 Mar 2024

    uncomplicated

    neala m.
    Booked: MG MG3 or similar
    Cairns Domestic Airport
    MG MG3 or similar
  • 05 Mar 2024

    Fast and easy to make a booking.

    mary o.
    Booked: Kia Carnival or similar
    Cairns
    Kia Carnival or similar
  • 05 Mar 2024

    Very easy to book and great prices

    mary o.
    Booked: Kia Carnival or similar
    Cairns
    Kia Carnival or similar
  • 03 Mar 2024

    Easy

    peter m.
    Booked: Toyota Corolla or similar
    Cairns
    Toyota Corolla or similar
  • 20 Feb 2024

    Easy and straightforward

    julia k.
    Booked: MG MG3 or similar
    Cairns Domestic Airport
    MG MG3 or similar
  • 05 Feb 2024

    Very user friendly

    clifford w.
    Booked: Kia Cerato or similar
    Cairns
    Kia Cerato or similar
  • 18 Dec 2023

    Easy

    dale s.
    Booked: Mystery Car Vehicle Determined At Checkout or similar
    Cairns
    Mystery Car Vehicle Determined At Checkout or similar
  • 05 Dec 2023

    Fast and easy. Didn't have to pay right away

    bodo l.
    Booked: Vehicle determined upon pick-up (Compact or Larger) or similar
    Cairns Domestic Airport
    Vehicle determined upon pick-up (Compact or Larger) or similar
  • 20 Nov 2023

    Everything is straight forward.

    damian o.
    Booked: Toyota Prado or similar
    Cairns Airport
    Toyota Prado or similar
  • 11 Nov 2023

    Easy

    nathan b.
    Booked: Vehicle determined upon pick-up (Compact or Larger) or similar
    Cairns Domestic Airport
    Vehicle determined upon pick-up (Compact or Larger) or similar
  • 06 Nov 2023

    Easy and efficient, thanks

    shane c.
    Booked: Kia Cerato or similar
    Cairns
    Kia Cerato or similar
  • 03 Nov 2023

    fast efficient

    elizabeth w.
    Booked: Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar
    Cairns Airport
    Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar
  • 02 Nov 2023

    very easy to use

    adam m.
    Booked: Hyundai i30 or similar
    Cairns Airport
    Hyundai i30 or similar
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Quick facts on hiring a car at Cairns Airport

🚗 Vehicle typesCar, Commercial Van/Truck, Crossover, Monospace, Passenger Van, SUV, Sport and Ute.
🔑 No. of depots11 car rental depots at Cairns Airport.
✅ Rental brandsAlamo, Avis, Bargain Car Rentals, Budget, Dollar, East Coast, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Thrifty.

Car models commonly available at Cairns Airport

Popular rental car models at Cairns Airport last month

  • % of Bookings
    Price range last month
  • 1

    22%

    $42
    $118
    Mystery Car

    Mystery CarSpecial

    4

    4

    Rent with

    Budget, Enterprise, Alamo, Sixt

  • 2

    10%

    $66
    $158
    Nissan X-Trail

    Nissan X-TrailIntermediate SUV

    5

    5

    2 small

    Rent with

    Budget

  • 3

    8%

    $52
    $185
    Kia Cerato

    Kia CeratoIntermediate Car

    5

    5

    2 small

    Rent with

    Budget

  • 4

    7%

    $46
    $129
    MG MG3

    MG MG3Economy Car

    5

    4

    2 small

    Rent with

    Alamo, Enterprise

  • 5

    5%

    $80
    $180
    Toyota Kluger

    Toyota KlugerFullsize SUV

    5

    5

    2 small

    Rent with

    Budget, Avis, Alamo, Enterprise, Thrifty

Audi vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Audi Q2

    Audi Q2

    5

    4

    1 large, 1 small

    Providers

    Hertz

    Audi Q3 35 TFSI Sportback

    Audi Q3 35 TFSI Sportback

    5

    4

    2 large, 1 small

    Providers

    Hertz

  • Audi Q5

    Audi Q5

    5

    4

    3 large, 1 small

    Providers

    Hertz

    Audi Q7

    Audi Q7

    7

    4

    3 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Hertz

  • Audi SQ5

    Audi SQ5

    5

    4

    1 large, 1 small

    Providers

    Hertz

BYD vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • BYD Atto 3 (Electric)

    BYD Atto 3 (Electric)Electric

    5

    5

    2 large, 3 small

    Providers

    Sixt

Ford vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Ford Ranger

    Ford Ranger

    5

    5

    3 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Thrifty, Hertz

Honda vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Honda Hr-v

    Honda Hr-v

    5

    5

    1 large, 2 small

    Providers

    East Coast

Hyundai vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Hyundai i30

    Hyundai i30

    5

    4

    1 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Alamo, Enterprise, Thrifty, Hertz

    Hyundai Kona

    Hyundai Kona

    5

    5

    2 large, 3 small

    Providers

    Sixt, Budget

Kia vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Kia Carnival

    Kia Carnival

    8

    5

    3 large, 5 small

    Providers

    Sixt, Avis, Budget, East Coast, Thrifty, Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise

    Kia Cerato

    Kia Cerato

    5

    5

    2 small

    Providers

    Budget

  • Kia Picanto

    Kia Picanto

    5

    5

    2 small

    Providers

    East Coast

    Kia Sportage

    Kia Sportage

    5

    5

    2 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Thrifty, Hertz, Avis

LDV vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • LDV D90

    LDV D90

    7

    5

    3 large, 2 small

    Providers

    East Coast

Mazda vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Mazda CX-30

    Mazda CX-30

    5

    5

    2 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Thrifty, Hertz

    Mazda CX-9

    Mazda CX-9

    7

    4

    2 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Thrifty, Hertz

  • Mazda CX5

    Mazda CX5

    5

    5

    2 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Thrifty, Hertz

MG vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Mg Hs

    Mg Hs

    5

    5

    3 large, 2 small

    Providers

    East Coast

    MG HS VIBE

    MG HS VIBE

    5

    4

    1 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Alamo, Enterprise

  • MG MG3

    MG MG3

    5

    4

    2 small

    Providers

    Alamo, Enterprise

    Mg Zs

    Mg Zs

    5

    5

    1 large, 1 small

    Providers

    East Coast

Mitsubishi vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 4WD

    Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 4WD

    5

    5

    4 large, 6 small

    Providers

    Sixt

    Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLX

    Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLX

    5

    5

    3 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Thrifty, Hertz

Nissan vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Nissan X-Trail

    Nissan X-Trail

    5

    5

    2 small

    Providers

    Budget

Peugeot vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Peugeot 508s

    Peugeot 508s

    5

    5

    3 large, 5 small

    Providers

    Sixt

Polestar vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Polestar 2

    Polestar 2Electric

    5

    4

    2 large, 1 small

    Providers

    Hertz

Skoda vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Skoda Kamiq

    Skoda Kamiq

    5

    5

    1 large, 1 small

    Providers

    Alamo, Enterprise

    Skoda Kodiaq Style

    Skoda Kodiaq Style

    5

    4

    3 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Alamo

  • Skoda Scala

    Skoda Scala

    5

    4

    2 large, 1 small

    Providers

    Alamo, Enterprise

Subaru vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Subaru Outback

    Subaru Outback

    5

    5

    2 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Sixt

Suzuki vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Suzuki Baleno

    Suzuki Baleno

    5

    4

    1 large, 1 small

    Providers

    East Coast

    Suzuki Jimny

    Suzuki Jimny

    4

    2

    2 small

    Providers

    Thrifty

  • Suzuki Swift

    Suzuki Swift

    5

    4

    1 large, 1 small

    Providers

    Thrifty, Hertz, Avis, Budget

Tesla vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Tesla Model Y

    Tesla Model YElectric

    5

    4

    3 small

    Providers

    Avis

Toyota vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • Toyota C-HR

    Toyota C-HR

    5

    5

    3 small

    Providers

    Avis

    Toyota Camry

    Toyota Camry

    5

    4

    3 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Alamo, Enterprise, Hertz, Budget, Avis

  • Toyota Camry Elite

    Toyota Camry Elite

    5

    4

    2 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Hertz

    Toyota Camry Hybrid

    Toyota Camry HybridHybrid

    5

    4

    2 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Hertz, Avis

  • Toyota Corolla

    Toyota Corolla

    5

    4

    1 large, 2 small

    Providers

    East Coast, Hertz, Avis, Budget

    Toyota Corolla Hatch

    Toyota Corolla Hatch

    5

    5

    2 large, 3 small

    Providers

    Sixt, Avis

  • Toyota Corolla Hybrid

    Toyota Corolla HybridHybrid

    5

    5

    1 large, 1 small

    Providers

    East Coast, Thrifty, Hertz, Sixt

    Toyota Corrolla  Hybrid

    Toyota Corrolla HybridHybrid

    5

    5

    2 large, 3 small

    Providers

    Sixt

  • Toyota Kluger

    Toyota Kluger

    7

    5

    2 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Alamo, Enterprise, Avis, Budget, Sixt

    Toyota Kluger Hybrid

    Toyota Kluger HybridHybrid

    7

    5

    2 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Sixt, Thrifty, Hertz

  • Toyota Landcruiser Prado

    Toyota Landcruiser Prado

    7

    4

    3 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Thrifty, Hertz

    Toyota Prado

    Toyota Prado

    5

    5

    4 large, 6 small

    Providers

    Sixt, Avis, Budget, Hertz

  • Toyota RAV4

    Toyota RAV4Hybrid

    5

    4

    2 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Alamo, Enterprise, Sixt

    Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

    Toyota RAV4 HybridHybrid

    5

    5

    2 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Sixt, Thrifty, Hertz

  • Toyota Yaris

    Toyota Yaris

    5

    4

    1 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Alamo, Enterprise, Sixt

    Toyota Yaris Cross

    Toyota Yaris Cross

    5

    5

    1 large, 2 small

    Providers

    Sixt

  • Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid

    Toyota Yaris Cross HybridHybrid

    5

    5

    1 large, 1 small

    Providers

    East Coast, Sixt

Other vehicles for hire at Cairns Airport

  • 19-22 Cubic Metre Van with Lift

    19-22 Cubic Metre Van with Lift

    3

    2

    Providers

    Thrifty, Hertz

    6 Cubic Metre Van

    6 Cubic Metre Van

    2

    4

    Providers

    Thrifty, Hertz

  • Mystery Car

    Mystery Car

    5

    4

    1 large, 1 small

    Providers

    Alamo, Enterprise, Sixt, Hertz, Budget

    VW Tiguan

    VW Tiguan

    5

    5

    2 large, 3 small

    Providers

    Sixt

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The price range indicates the AUD per-day rental rates from bookings made using our search engine, excluding any extras, in most cases. While we make reasonable efforts to provide accurate and reliable data, the data is provided ‘as is’ and errors or other defects may occur. For more information, click here: Terms and Conditions.

Rates are in AUD and were last updated on 23 May, 2024

Cairns Airport daily rate data

Price range over the past 12 months for a small car

Next 7 days rates

Per day price range

Today

23 May

$64

$84

Fri

24 May

$59

$84

Sat

25 May

$59

$97

Sun

26 May

$48

$97

Mon

27 May

$58

$107

Tue

28 May

$49

$107

Wed

29 May

$58

$107

Price range over the past 12 months for a medium car

Next 7 days rates

Per day price range

Today

23 May

$72

$90

Fri

24 May

$69

$94

Sat

25 May

$68

$113

Sun

26 May

$70

$83

Mon

27 May

$78

$98

Tue

28 May

$82

$112

Wed

29 May

$81

$103

Price range over the past 12 months for a large car

Next 7 days rates

Per day price range

Today

23 May

$78

$122

Fri

24 May

$72

$111

Sat

25 May

$72

$134

Sun

26 May

$80

$111

Mon

27 May

$59

$122

Tue

28 May

$64

$122

Wed

29 May

$90

$122

Price range over the past 12 months for a small SUV

Next 7 days rates

Per day price range

Today

23 May

$71

$75

Fri

24 May

$68

$68

Sat

25 May

$68

$105

Sun

26 May

$59

$105

Mon

27 May

$69

$116

Tue

28 May

$59

$116

Wed

29 May

$75

$146

Price range over the past 12 months for a medium SUV

Next 7 days rates

Per day price range

Today

23 May

$68

$151

Fri

24 May

$68

$137

Sat

25 May

$68

$137

Sun

26 May

$73

$137

Mon

27 May

$79

$176

Tue

28 May

$72

$174

Wed

29 May

$86

$165

Price range over the past 12 months for a large SUV

Next 7 days rates

Per day price range

Today

23 May

$75

$171

Fri

24 May

$72

$163

Sat

25 May

$64

$163

Sun

26 May

$65

$159

Mon

27 May

$70

$184

Tue

28 May

$68

$171

Wed

29 May

$78

$167

Price range over the past 12 months for a luxury SUV

Next 7 days rates

Per day price range

Today

23 May

$135

$164

Fri

24 May

$135

$149

Sat

25 May

$135

$149

Sun

26 May

$135

$149

Mon

27 May

$149

$164

Tue

28 May

$149

$164

Wed

29 May

$103

$164

Next 7 days rates

Per day price range

Today

23 May

There is limited availability for pick up at this location on some dates in the next seven days. Use our price comparison tool to get current rental rates and availability.

Limited availability

Fri

24 May

There is limited availability for pick up at this location on some dates in the next seven days. Use our price comparison tool to get current rental rates and availability.

Limited availability

Sat

25 May

$107

$107

Sun

26 May

$106

$187

Mon

27 May

$81

$174

Tue

28 May

$86

$184

Wed

29 May

$93

$176

Price range over the past 12 months for a luxury passenger van

Next 7 days rates

Per day price range

Today

23 May

$109

$182

Fri

24 May

$134

$182

Sat

25 May

$134

$182

Sun

26 May

$134

$182

Mon

27 May

$107

$166

Tue

28 May

$95

$175

Wed

29 May

$101

$166

Next 7 days rates

Per day price range

Today

23 May

There is limited availability for pick up at this location on some dates in the next seven days. Use our price comparison tool to get current rental rates and availability.

Limited availability

Fri

24 May

There is limited availability for pick up at this location on some dates in the next seven days. Use our price comparison tool to get current rental rates and availability.

Limited availability

Sat

25 May

$75

$89

Sun

26 May

$90

$93

Mon

27 May

$95

$95

Tue

28 May

$93

$100

Wed

29 May

$103

$103

Price range over the past 12 months for a luxury ute

Next 7 days rates

Per day price range

Today

23 May

$127

$154

Fri

24 May

$127

$140

Sat

25 May

$127

$140

Sun

26 May

$127

$140

Mon

27 May

$140

$140

Tue

28 May

$140

$140

Wed

29 May

$140

$140

Next 7 days rates

Per day price range

Today

23 May

There is limited availability for pick up at this location on some dates in the next seven days. Use our price comparison tool to get current rental rates and availability.

Limited availability

Fri

24 May

$121

$121

Sat

25 May

$121

$121

Sun

26 May

$121

$122

Mon

27 May

$131

$131

Tue

28 May

$121

$131

Wed

29 May

$105

$131

Next 7 days rates

Per day price range

Today

23 May

There is limited availability for pick up at this location on some dates in the next seven days. Use our price comparison tool to get current rental rates and availability.

Limited availability

Fri

24 May

There is limited availability for pick up at this location on some dates in the next seven days. Use our price comparison tool to get current rental rates and availability.

Limited availability

Sat

25 May

$97

$97

Sun

26 May

$97

$97

Mon

27 May

$107

$107

Tue

28 May

$107

$107

Wed

29 May

$107

$107

Next 7 days rates

Per day price range

Today

23 May

$186

$186

Fri

24 May

$168

$168

Sat

25 May

There is limited availability for pick up at this location on some dates in the next seven days. Use our price comparison tool to get current rental rates and availability.

Limited availability

Sun

26 May

There is limited availability for pick up at this location on some dates in the next seven days. Use our price comparison tool to get current rental rates and availability.

Limited availability

Mon

27 May

There is limited availability for pick up at this location on some dates in the next seven days. Use our price comparison tool to get current rental rates and availability.

Limited availability

Tue

28 May

There is limited availability for pick up at this location on some dates in the next seven days. Use our price comparison tool to get current rental rates and availability.

Limited availability

Wed

29 May

There is limited availability for pick up at this location on some dates in the next seven days. Use our price comparison tool to get current rental rates and availability.

Limited availability

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Historical daily rate pricing information is data from actual bookings made using our search engine in the previous 12 months.

Next 7 days rates are obtained from searches in our reservation system for a 3 day rental duration, by an Australian resident aged between 30 and 69 years old, with a pickup and return time of 10:00 am on the indicated pick up date. Rates and vehicle availability may change without notice.

Prices are in AUD and include all mandatory fees for the rental and exclude credit card surcharges and extras.

While we make reasonable efforts to provide accurate and reliable data, the data is provided ‘as is’ and errors or other defects may occur. For more information, click here: Terms and Conditions.

Rates are in AUD and were last updated on 23 May, 2024

How do I pick up a rental car at Cairns Airport?

There is a comprehensive selection of on-site car rental brands to choose from at Cairns Airport. See below for clear instructions on how to find Cairns Airport’s car hire desks and where to pick up your rental car.

Cairns Airport terminals

Cairns Airport has two terminals: T1 International Terminal and T2 Domestic Terminal. The terminals are connected by a covered walkway, and it only takes a few minutes to get from one to the other. To walk between the terminals, follow the blue line from T1 Arrivals to T2 Departures. In the reverse direction, follow the green line from T2 Arrivals to T1 Departures.

  • T1 International Terminal

    All international arrivals and departures, including Qantas, use Terminal 1.

  • T2 Domestic Terminal

    Any domestic flights operating to or from Cairns Airport use Terminal 2. 

Pick up instructions

  • Is your rental company desk on-airport or off-airport?

    Both terminals

    On airport
    The on-airport hire car desks are located inside the arrivals hall where the luggage is collected at both the domestic and international terminals. Directions
    Off airport
    If you booked with an off-airport provider, you’ll need to catch a shuttle to the car rental provider’s premises near the airport. Directions
  • Finalise your rental agreement and collect keys

    Once you are at the hire car company desk, you’ll need to finalise your rental agreement and collect your vehicle keys.
  • Head to the designated car park to pick up your car

    Both terminals

    On airport
    Once you’ve collected your keys from the car rental desks, you can pick your car up from the car park at Terminal 2. Directions
    Off airport
    Shuttle bus to hire car depot. Directions
  • What should I do if the desk is unattended?

    Hopefully the car rental company has left a sign with instructions or a contact number. In this situation, use the number they have provided and let them know that you have arrived or follow the directions out to the car park where a rental attendant will help you.

    If there is no sign, check your booking confirmation email for a contact phone number.

    If you still have no luck with making contact, call us at 1300 722 920 and consider heading to the parking area and look for uniformed staff. Don’t be alarmed. It’s not unusual to see unmanned rental desks, but rest assured there’s usually help out in the car park where the rentals are located.

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Returning a hire car at Cairns Airport

  • On-airport

    To return your hire car follow the signs to the domestic or international car rental car parks.

    For after hours returns, there is a return slot where you can drop off the key. Park and lock your car, then place the keys in the drop box located in the returns area.

  • Off-airport

    With off-airport returns a shuttle service is provided for moving between the depot and the airport.

    For Bargain Car Rentals, return the vehicle to the depot which is located at 410 Sheridan Street, Cairns North. There is a shuttle back to the airport terminal.

    For East Coast, return the vehicle to their depot at 411 Sheridan St, Cairns North. There is a shuttle back to the airport terminal.

Car rental depots at Cairns Airport

Car hire depots at Cairns Airport are marked on the map below.

Opening hours are provided by the depots and are subject to change.
  • Alamo CairnsAirport

    On airport • Cairns Airport Terminal

    Today •7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    monday

    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    tuesday

    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    wednesday

    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    thursday

    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    friday

    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    saturday

    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    sunday

    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    4.37 • 23 ratings

    4

    Service

    4

    Information

    5

    Accessibility

    4

    Vehicle

    4

    Presentation

  • Avis Cairns Airport

    On airport • Cairns Airport Terminal

    Today •7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    monday

    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    tuesday

    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    wednesday

    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    thursday

    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    friday

    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    saturday

    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    sunday

    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    4.96 • 5 ratings

    5

    Service

    5

    Information

    5

    Accessibility

    5

    Vehicle

    5

    Presentation

  • Bargain Car Rentals Cairns Airport

    410 Sheridan Street, Cairns North QLD, 4870

    Today •7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    monday

    7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    tuesday

    7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    wednesday

    7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    thursday

    7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    friday

    7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    saturday

    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    sunday

    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    4.69 • 7 ratings

    5

    Service

    5

    Information

    5

    Accessibility

    5

    Vehicle

    5

    Presentation

  • Budget Cairns

    On airport • Cairns Airport Terminal

    Today •7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    monday

    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    tuesday

    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    wednesday

    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    thursday

    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    friday

    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    saturday

    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    sunday

    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    4.75 • 34 ratings

    5

    Service

    5

    Information

    5

    Accessibility

    5

    Vehicle

    5

    Presentation

  • Dollar Cairns Airport

    On airport • Cairns Airport Terminal

    Today •6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    monday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    tuesday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    wednesday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    thursday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    friday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    saturday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    sunday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

  • East Coast Cairns

    411 Sheridan St, Cairns North QLD, 4870

    Today •7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    monday

    7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    tuesday

    7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    wednesday

    7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    thursday

    7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    friday

    7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    saturday

    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    sunday

    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    4.63 • 35 ratings

    4

    Service

    4

    Information

    5

    Accessibility

    5

    Vehicle

    5

    Presentation

  • Enterprise CairnsAirport

    On airport • Cairns Airport Terminal

    Today •7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    monday

    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    tuesday

    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    wednesday

    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    thursday

    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    friday

    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    saturday

    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    sunday

    7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    4.61 • 14 ratings

    5

    Service

    5

    Information

    5

    Accessibility

    4

    Vehicle

    5

    Presentation

  • Europcar Cairns Airport

    On airport • Cairns Airport Terminal

    Today •8:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    monday

    8:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    tuesday

    8:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    wednesday

    8:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    thursday

    8:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    friday

    8:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    saturday

    8:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    sunday

    8:00 AM - 11:30 PM

  • Hertz Cairns Airport

    On airport • Cairns Airport Terminal

    Today •6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    monday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    tuesday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    wednesday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    thursday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    friday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    saturday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    sunday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    4.73 • 3 ratings

    5

    Service

    5

    Information

    5

    Accessibility

    5

    Vehicle

    5

    Presentation

  • Sixt Cairns Airport

    On airport • Cairns Airport Terminal

    Today •7:30 AM - 11:59 PM

    monday

    7:30 AM - 11:59 PM

    tuesday

    7:30 AM - 11:59 PM

    wednesday

    7:30 AM - 11:59 PM

    thursday

    7:30 AM - 11:59 PM

    friday

    7:30 AM - 11:59 PM

    saturday

    7:30 AM - 10:00 PM

    sunday

    7:30 AM - 10:00 PM

    4.81 • 42 ratings

    5

    Service

    5

    Information

    5

    Accessibility

    5

    Vehicle

    5

    Presentation

  • Thrifty Cairns Airport

    On airport • Cairns Airport Terminal

    Today •6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    monday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    tuesday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    wednesday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    thursday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    friday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    saturday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    sunday

    6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    5.00 • 1 rating

    5

    Service

    5

    Information

    5

    Accessibility

    5

    Vehicle

    5

    Presentation

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Nearby Cairns Airport

Organising to pick up your hire car from the airport is great for convenience, but can cost more. If you’re looking for a rental car depot that is close to — but not at — Cairns Airport, here’s a selection of hire car depots to choose from.

Info. Approximate distance calculated from Cairns Airport
Palm Cove 5km away
Cairns 7km away

Frequently asked questions

On hiring a car at Cairns Airport

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

    Prices start at AUD $48 per day for a Compact Car, up to AUD $159 per day for a Fullsize SUV. Get a live rate for your planned dates and desired vehicle at Cairns Airport.

  • How much does it cost to hire an Electric Car at Cairns Airport?

    If you prefer to plug your car in rather than fill it up, an Electric Car costs between AUD $97 and AUD $121 per day. Enter your car hire dates and find a live rate for your desired Electric Car at Cairns Airport.

  • How much does it cost to hire a Minivan or People Mover at Cairns Airport?

    If you’ve got a crowd, but don’t need something as large as a bus, then a 7-seater or 8-seater Minivan hire might be your best option. A Minivan costs AUD $81 per day. Check for a live rate by entering your desired car hire dates at Cairns Airport.

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

    The highest-rated rental car at Cairns Airport is Skoda Kamiq or similar, based on ratings by our customers within the last 12 months.

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

    Avis is the highest-rated car hire provider at Cairns Airport, based on ratings by our customers.

  • Is it cheaper to book a weekly car rental at Cairns Airport?

    The per-day rates of some rental cars may fall if you book for a longer rental period. Prices often change around daily, three-day, five-day and seven-day periods. Also, note that the selection of rental cars available at Cairns Airport may be more limited if you are looking for a long-term car rental, so it’s best to compare a few different booking durations first.

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