|Car types||Compact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Minivan, Passenger van, Standard, Standard SUV|
|Popular agencies||Firefly, Budget, Enterprise, Avis, Sixt|
Some car rental companies in Cairns which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar, Hertz and Budget
On average a rental car in Cairns costs $36 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Firefly ($30/day), Budget ($42/day) and Avis ($49/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Firefly Cairns Square, Abbott St 4870 (1 miles from city center).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Cairns. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Cairns is $4.31 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $52 and $69, depending on the car size.
Compact (Class Compact SUV or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Cairns.
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Cairns airport to off-airport locations include Europcar, Hertz, Budget, Avis, Ace Rental Cars, Alamo, Enterprise, Thrifty, JUCY, and Firefly.
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A Compact car rental in Cairns costs $54 per day, on average.
A Standard car rental in Cairns costs $55 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Cairns costs $42 per day, on average.
In Cairns, cars are most frequently rented at Enterprise Shop 2, 51 Sheridan Street (1 miles from city center).
On average a rental car in Cairns costs $249 per week ($36 per day).
On average a rental car in Cairns costs $1,068 per month ($36 per day).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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