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Cairns Car Rental Information

Pick-up Location Cairns
Car Types Box truck, Commercial, Compact, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Mini, Minivan, Premium, SUV, Standard, Van
Rental Locations 46
Airport Locations 24
Popular Agencies Europcar, Apex, Hertz, Enterprise, Atlas Car & Truck Rental

Cheap Car Rentals in Cairns

Economy $13/day
Compact $14/day
Intermediate $20/day
Standard $21/day
Full-size $20/day
SUV $16/day
Minivan $41/day
Mini $29/day
Premium $49/day
Convertible $68/day
Van $47/day
Box truck $54/day
Commercial $94/day
2 Adults, 2 Bags Economy car in Cairns enterprise
4 Adults, 2 Bags Compact car in Cairns enterprise
5 Adults, 3 Bags Intermediate car in Cairns enterprise
5 Adults, 3 Bags Standard car in Cairns budget
5 Adults, 2 Bags Full-size car in Cairns budget
5 Adults, 3 Bags SUV car in Cairns enterprise
5 Adults, 5 Bags Minivan car in Cairns atlascar
2 Adults, 2 Bags Mini car in Cairns enterprise
5 Adults, 5 Bags Premium car in Cairns thrifty
5 Adults, 3 Bags Convertible car in Cairns europcar
5 Adults, 3 Bags Van car in Cairns hertz
5 Adults, 5 Bags Box truck car in Cairns europcar
5 Adults, 2 Bags Commercial car in Cairns hertz
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Cairns car rental reviews and directory

From $32/day
Rated #1
Enterprise
enterprise
Best Rated
8.5 Excellent (12,807 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Enterprise
Locations in Cairns
Shop 2, 51 Sheridan Street
+61 740 312 707
Terminal Building
+61 740 349 052
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Enterprise reviews in Cairns

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From $38/day
Rated #2
Hertz
7.4 Good (3,843 reviews)
3 locations in Cairns
Hertz
Locations in Cairns
147 Lake St
+61 740 410 895
Cairns Apt
+61 740 359 299
Cairns Square, Abbott St
+61 740 516 399
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From $32/day
Rated #3
Thrifty
thrifty
9.2 Excellent (2 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Thrifty
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Ap
+61 740 359 033
Corner Of Sheridan And Aplin S
+61 740 518 099
From $28/day
Rated #4
Alamo
alamo
9.0 Excellent (6 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Alamo
Locations in Cairns
Term Building Airport Avenue
+61 740 349 052
Terminal Building Airport Ave
+61 740 349 045
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From $26/day
Rated #5
Budget
8.8 Excellent (24 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Budget
Locations in Cairns
153 Lake St
+61 740 488 166
Terminal Building
+61 740 339 777
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From $33/day
Rated #6
Europcar
europcar
Most popular
8.0 Excellent (5 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Europcar
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Square
+61 740 334 800
Terminal Building
+61 740 349 088
From $26/day
Rated #7
Avis
avis
7.3 Good (4 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Avis
Locations in Cairns
153 Lake Street
+61 740 480 522
Terminal Building
+61 740 339 555
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Sunnycars
sunnycars
6 locations in Cairns
Sunnycars
Locations in Cairns
146 Sheridan Street
411 Sheridan Street
51 Sheridan Street
Airport Avenue
Corner Schield and Abbott Street
Terminal Building
National
national
3 locations in Cairns
National
Locations in Cairns
Serviced By Redspot Enterprise
+61 740 312 707
Terminal Buildinairport Avenue
+61 740 349 045
Terminalbuildingairport Avenue
+61 740 349 052
From $31/day
Ace Rental Cars
acerentalcars
2 locations in Cairns
Ace Rental Cars
Locations in Cairns
147 Lake Street Cairns Australia
1800 620 408
Cairns Domestic Airport
From $18/day
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
atlascar
Cheapest deal
2 locations in Cairns
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
Locations in Cairns
410 Sheridan Street Cairns, QLD
1800 808 122
Shop 1, 51 Sheridan Street, Cairns City, QLD
+61 383 366 100
From $32/day
East Coast Car Rentals
eastcoastcarrentals
2 locations in Cairns
East Coast Car Rentals
Locations in Cairns
148 Sheridan Street
CAIRNS AIRPORT 146 Sheridan Street
From $23/day
Firefly
firefly
2 locations in Cairns
Firefly
Locations in Cairns
Airport Ave
+61 740 359 299
Cairns Square, Abbott St
+61 740 516 399
From $19/day
JUCY
jucy
2 locations in Cairns
JUCY
Locations in Cairns
55 Dutton Street
Cairns Off Airport Location
keddy by Europcar
keddy
2 locations in Cairns
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Square, Corner Shield & Abbott Street
+61 740 334 800
Terminal Building
+61 740 349 088
Red Spot
redspot
2 locations in Cairns
Red Spot
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Airport Terminal 1 International
Cairns Airport Terminal 2 Domestic
From $20/day
Apex
apex
1 location in Cairns
Apex
Locations in Cairns
396 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, Qld
+61 740 532 896
Atlas Choice
atlaschoice
1 location in Cairns
Atlas Choice
Locations in Cairns
410 Sheradan Street
1800 808 122
AutoEurope
autoeurope
1 location in Cairns
AutoEurope
Locations in Cairns
Europcar Desk In Termainal
Dollar
dollar
1 location in Cairns
Dollar
Locations in Cairns
Corner Of Sheridan And Aplin S
+61 740 518 099
Eagle Rent A Car
eaglerac
1 location in Cairns
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Cairns
21 Sheridan Street
Payless
payless
1 location in Cairns
Payless
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Airport
From $32/day
Sixt
sixtrentacar
1 location in Cairns
Sixt
Locations in Cairns
411 Sheridan Street
+61 755 558 908

Car Rental Locations in Cairns

Good to Know

Most Popular Agency Europcar
Most Popular Car Type Economy
Average price $36/day
Good deal $31/day

When to Book a Rental Car in Cairns

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Top Tips For Renting a Car in Cairns

  • A trip to Australia is simply not complete without a road trip, particularly a trip to the northern parts of the country. With a personal vehicle at hand, you can travel all over Queensland with Cairns as your home base. For instance, some of the great locales that are perfect day trips for visitors of Cairns include Port Douglas, Kuranda, and Palm Cove. Even better, all of these destinations are within an hour’s drive of Cairns.
  • Would-be car renters with flights to Cairns Airport will be happy to hear that rental car desks are available in both terminals of the airport. All rental car counters can be found in the respective Arrivals Hall of both Terminals 1 and 2.
  • Worried about rush hour putting a damper on your trip to Cairns? Fortunately for drivers, the congestion in Cairns is only a minor affair that is easily avoided. However, there is still some traffic during the peak hours of rush hour in the morning from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Drivers should especially avoid the A1 during rush hour, as many drivers use it to go to and from work.
  • Make sure to never leave valuables in your car unattended in the summer months -- not because theft is a problem, but because the heat is. Cairns can experience extreme temperatures during the warmer parts of the year and sensitive items like food, electronics, and many other goods will not do well after having been left in a scorching car.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Cairns for $31 or less
  • Book your rental car in Cairns at least 3 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Cairns are around 115% more expensive than airport locations on average

FAQs About Renting a Car in Cairns

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

On average a rental car in Cairns costs $34 per day.

What is the most popular rental car in Cairns?

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

What is the cheapest car rental company in Cairns?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Apex ($13/day), Enterprise ($14/day) and JUCY ($19/day).

What is the best rental car company in Cairns?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Cairns are Enterprise (8.5, 12807 reviews), National (8.2, 3672 reviews), and Sixt (7.5, 1064 reviews).

Which car rental companies are at the airport: Cairns Airport (CNS)?

Car rental companies onsite at Cairns Airport include Europcar, Hertz, Apex, Budget, Ace Rental Cars, East Coast Car Rentals, Avis, Atlas Car & Truck Rental, Enterprise and Thrifty.

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: Cairns Airport (CNS)?

Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Cairns Airport to off-airport locations include Europcar, Hertz, Budget, Ace Rental Cars, Avis, Enterprise, Thrifty, Alamo, Firefly, and JUCY.

What is the cheapest rental car location in Cairns?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Apex 396 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, Qld 4870 (2 miles from city center).

How can I find car rentals near me in Cairns?

Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Cairns?

Cairns is not the biggest of cities, so drivers will find that most vehicles -- even large SUVs -- will be comfortable to drive in Cairns. However, sedans and compacts are certainly the most popular vehicles in both Cairns and Australia in general. So, perhaps it is best to follow common practice and stick to a smaller vehicle. Streetside parking will certainly be more manageable in a smaller vehicle.

What's the speed limit in Cairns?

Speed limits in Cairns, and in the state of Queensland in general, run between 40 km/h (25 mph) and 50 km/h (31 mph) in built-up areas, unless otherwise specified. On rural roads the speed limit is 100 km/h (62 mph) and on highways and motorways it is 110 km/h (68 mph).

How are gas prices in Cairns?

Drivers will be sad to hear that gas prices in Cairns are slightly higher than the average prices seen in other cities in Australia like Melbourne and Sydney. For the most part, drivers will see an average cost of AU$1.60 ($1.16) per liter, which comes out to about AU$6.05 ($4.39) per gallon. It is also important to note that all prices will be posted in liters, not gallons.

Where are the best places to park in Cairns?

Fortunately for visitors to Cairns, parking is widely available and easy to find throughout the city. Streetside parking is abundant, albeit more suited for smaller vehicles rather than large ones. There is also plenty of private parking in garages and lots. Drivers should have no issues finding parking, even in the central business district.