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Cairns

VroomVroomVroom makes searching, comparing and booking your hire car in Cairns easy. Get on the road to explore Far North Queensland with our reliable and affordable car hire options from Australia’s leading rental car companies.

Quick Facts on Hiring a Car in Cairns

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

Cairns Airport Collection

Flying into Cairns and wanting to get on the road? Consider collecting your hire car from Cairns Airport​. We work with 7 car hire suppliers at Cairns Airport, and with VroomVroomVroom, you’re sure to find an affordable car for your holiday.

Top Hire Car Tips in Cairns

As one of Far North Queensland’s top destinations, Cairns is a popular spot for tourists ready to explore the tropics. Here are some of our top tips when driving in Cairns :

  1. Cairns is the gateway to many of Far North Queensland’s top tourist destinations and can be busy during the peak Summer travel season. If you are planning to visit and hire a car, consider booking your vehicle in advance to avoid missing out.
  2. There’s plenty of on-street parking in Cairns CBD. Paid parking (AUD$1.60/hr) is between 8:30am and 6pm weekdays and 8:30am to 2pm on Saturdays. Parking outside of these times is free. Always check signs for time limits.
  3. During Summer, it can get incredibly hot in unattended cars. Always take valuables and other items with you when leaving the car to avoid damage and theft.
  4. The speed limit in built-up areas of the city is 50km/h, and 100km/h on highways. Always drive to the signposted speed limit and conditions of the road.
  5. Always fill your car before returning it to avoid extra fees. We recommend refueling within a 20km radius of your drop-off point to ensure the gauge stays full. Find the best value on fuel with our free fuel price comparison app​.

What Our Customers Say​​

Karen (July 2019): I collected a compact car from Budget at Cairns Airport. The pickup and drop off was a quick and convenient experience as I was in Cairns for a business trip. The condition of the Hyundai Accent was 9/10.

Jacqui (July 2019): Collecting a compact car from Thrifty Cairns Airport was an easy process. I received a Hyundai Accent and give the condition of the car a 9/10. I was in Cairns for a holiday.

Rohan (June-July 2019): I've picked up a full-size car from Avis at Cairns. The condition of the Camry is 10/10. My experience collecting and returning the rental car is good and I recommend using the same service.

Frequently Asked Questions for Cairns Car Hire

How much does it cost to hire a car in Cairns?

In September 2019, our customers paid between AUD $20 and AUD $145 per day for a hire car. Prices vary depending on vehicle type, time of year, and booking duration. For current rates in Cairns, use our price comparison tool​.

What is the highest-rated rental car in Cairns?

The highest-rated rental car in Cairns is Hyundai Accent​ or similar​ based on recent ratings​ by our customers.

Who is the highest rated car hire supplier in Cairns?

Enterprise​ is the highest-rated car hire supplier in Cairns based on recent ratings by our customers.

Where can I pick up or drop off my hire car after hours in Cairns?

Consider Avis and Budget located in downtown Cairns which are open 8:00am to 5:00pm throughout the week. For earlier pick ups or later drop offs than this, consider choosing Cairns Airport​ ​as your collection / drop off point.

Our Guide To Visiting Cairns

Cairns is the gateway to Far North Queensland and many of the State’s best tourist destinations including the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, and Cape Tribulation. Here are some of our favourite experiences in and around Cairns:

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Attractions

Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours

Address: 12 Castaways Close, Kewarra Beach 4879​​​

Wait–a–While Rainforest Tours offers small group rainforest and wildlife experiences within the Wet Tropics World Heritage area of Tropical North Queensland. Tour guides take visitors on a night-time wildlife spotlighting tour, introducing them to some of Australia’s most iconic animals.

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Address: 126-144 Bunda St, Cairns 4870

Travel through the thousand-year-old, UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforests of Tropical North Queensland. Witness the beauty of its waterfalls, mountains, and wildlife. The original Kuranda Scenic Railway offers you the old-world charm of travelling in authentic timber carriages.

Cairns Square Shopping Centre

Address: Cairns Central, 1 - 21 McLeod St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Drive your car hire to Cairns Square Shopping Centre where you can find an array of stores ranging from fashion to food. Another place where you can drive your car hire is the Cairns Square, which is located on the corner of Shields and Abbott Streets.

Interested in finding our more things to do in Cairns? Check out these awesome tours from Tourstogo.com​.

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Accommodation

Park Regis City Quays

Address: 6 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870

Within walking distance to the Cairns Esplanade, Marlin Marina, Reef Casino, and the harbour foreshore, Park Regis City Quays is centrally located and well-appointed for your stay in Cairns.

Park Regis Piermonde Apartments

Address: 2-4 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870

Park Regis Piermonde Apartments offers travellers two and three-bedroom apartments, and is conveniently located near the Cairns Convention Centre.

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