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Budget car rental prices in Cairns

Full-size SUV$71/day
Passenger van$91/day
Premium SUV$77/day
Supplier choice$46/day
Luxury SUV$52/day
Compact SUV$53/day
Intermediate SUV$53/day
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Reviews for Budget in Cairns


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Overall Rating8.6 Very goodBased on 18 reviews
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Recent reviews

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Everything was great once we found it. The numbers on the street are a bit out of order (not their fault) but once we got there, they were wonderful. It was easy to pick up and to drop off. the car was very nice.Reviewed Jun 7 2024
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Price was way more than I was quoted Should have been 720 Was nearly 1000Reviewed Jan 7 2024
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Like - the pick up and drop off point is conveniently located next to airport entrance (given most people would have luggage to carry to airport terminal).Reviewed Sep 12 2022
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Fuel efficient little car but not comfortable.Reviewed May 11 2022
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Pros:The staff were very pleasant. Drop-off very easyReviewed Apr 21 2021
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Pros:Very friendly agent, easy to rent, pick up, and return. Good process to log any known damage to car (we didn't have any).Reviewed Dec 28 2019
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Pros:Clean and new carCons:No invoice of damadge on windscreen, just took a lot of money from my account without any notice.Reviewed Jul 1 2019
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Pros:Friendly staffCons:More workers to help check-inReviewed Jun 18 2019
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Cairns To BrisbanePros:Nice car, very comfortable easy to drive. Rental desk at the airport in Cairns.Cons:Drop off and office not at the same address. Not clearly mentioned. Missed it the first time had to go around the block once againReviewed Jan 10 2019
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Pros:Near new vehicle. Really good ratesReviewed Jul 21 2017
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Good but that insurance!Pros:I booked the car as soon as we landed at the Cairns airport and it was ready in 10 minutes. The car had under 1900km so pretty new. No problems during the week and the return was seem less.Cons:By far the insurance that they try to sell you and the scare tactics they use to get you to buy into it...Reviewed May 20 2017
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Just rightPros:Nothing to addReviewed Oct 24 2016
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Where can I find Budget car rentals in Cairns?


Terminal Building


Monday07:00 - 23:59
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+61 7 4033 9777


153 Lake St


Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
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Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00


+61 7 4048 8166

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Most popular location

153 Lake St

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Top tips for renting a car from Budget in Cairns

  • Budget car hire in Cairns is a wise decision, not just because of the competitive rates and range of cars on offer but also the exemplary customer service. You’ll receive a professional, friendly and expert level of assistance from Budget staff, from the beginning of your car hire period to the day you return your vehicle. If you have any doubts or queries about your car hire agreement, the Budget customer service team will be on hand to assist you.
  • Should you need to book Budget car hire in Cairns for the long term, such as a month, you can arrange monthly hire, which includes no lock-in contracts on flexible and discounted rates. So, if you’re planning on travelling around the north of Australia for a month or so, this could be ideal. You can also arrange one-way car hire with Budget, so you can return the vehicle at one of many Budget locations around the country.
  • You can book your Budget car hire in Cairns online through KAYAK. This will likely get you a better rate than if you book on the day of collection. Additionally, you can easily compare rates with other Budget locations in the city, ensuring you find the deal that suits you and your car hire budget. Booking your vehicle prior to your arrival also helps to reduce waiting times and makes it easy to add bookable extras to your booking if needed.
  • You may avoid the physical paperwork and standing in line at the Budget car hire office by using the Digital Check In, PhotoProofed and Fastbreak Membership services. This is a huge benefit, especially if you're picking up your car at Cairns Airport and need to leave right away. You can get behind the wheel and be on your way hassle free with this useful service.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars from Budget in Cairns for $46 or less.
  • Book your rental car from Budget in Cairns at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price.
  • Economy rental cars from Budget in Cairns are around 56% cheaper than other car types, on average.

FAQs about renting a car from Budget in Cairns

  • Where are the best pickup locations for Budget car hire in Cairns?

    There are two locations to book Budget car hire in Cairns. You can arrange car hire at Cairns Airport or in the centre of town at the 153 Lake Street location. Both locations have an excellent range of vehicles on offer, with popular brands and models at reasonable rates. If you’re arriving by plane, the airport location can be beneficial; however, the more popular branch is the Lake Street location. Here you have the choice of various vehicle types and brands at very competitive prices, with attractive offers being more appealing than at the airport.

  • What are the benefits or amenities offered by Budget in Cairns?

    Take advantage of the extra services that are available when you hire a car from Budget in Cairns. Typical options include roadside assistance cover, child safety and booster seats, as well as windscreen and tyre protection insurance coverage, which may be purchased for an additional charge per day. Adding another driver to your agreement is also very simple and can be included for only a small fee.

  • What vehicles are recommended when hiring a car at Budget in Cairns?

    When arranging Budget car hire in Cairns, you have a great choice of vehicles at both Budget locations, at Cairns Airport and at 153 Lake Street. Depending on the type of trip you’re going on, it’s worth checking out the range of compact vehicles for simple and safe handling around the central areas. Alternatively, the range of SUVs and saloon vehicles is very impressive. For the areas surrounding Cairns, particularly along the coast, hiring an SUV is a wise option; you can take on some of the trickier country roads and dirt tracks around the more secluded coastal regions that are really worth exploring.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car from Budget in Cairns?

    On average a rental car from Budget in Cairns costs $60 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car from Budget in Cairns?

    Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type from Budget in Cairns.

  • How many car rental locations does Budget have in Cairns?

    Budget has 2 rental locations in Cairns. Take a look at our Budget rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • Does Budget have a car rental location at the airport: Cairns airport (CNS)?


  • Does Budget offer shuttle or airport pick-up services from Cairns airport (CNS)?