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Cheap car rentals in Cairns

$23/dayEconomy
$22/dayCompact
$26/dayIntermediate
$32/dayStandard
$48/dayFull-size
$67/daySUV
$82/dayMinivan
$73/dayFull-size SUV
$64/dayPassenger Van
$21/daySupplier Choice
$39/dayCompact SUV
$40/dayIntermediate SUV
$45/dayStandard SUV
$52/dayLuxury SUV
$86/dayPremium station wagon
2 Adults, 2 Bags
alamoEconomy car in Cairns
4 Adults, 2 Bags
sixtCompact car in Cairns
5 Adults, 3 Bags
sixtIntermediate car in Cairns
5 Adults, 3 Bags
enterpriseStandard car in Cairns
5 Adults, 2 Bags
alamoFull-size car in Cairns
2 Adults, 2 Bags
europcarSUV car in Cairns
5 Adults, 5 Bags
acerentalcarsMinivan car in Cairns
5 Adults, 2 Bags
europcarFull-size SUV car in Cairns
5 Adults, 5 Bags
alamoPassenger Van car in Cairns
5 Adults, 5 Bags
alamoSupplier Choice car in Cairns
4 Adults, 2 Bags
alamoCompact SUV car in Cairns
5 Adults, 3 Bags
alamoIntermediate SUV car in Cairns
5 Adults, 3 Bags
enterpriseStandard SUV car in Cairns
5 Adults, 5 Bags
europcarLuxury SUV car in Cairns
5 Adults, 5 Bags
hertzPremium station wagon car in Cairns
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Cairns car rental reviews and directory

From $27/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
9.6 Excellent (8 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
EnterpriseLocations in Cairns
Shop 2, 51 Sheridan Street+61 740 312 707
Monday07:30 - 16:30
Tuesday07:30 - 16:30
Wednesday07:30 - 16:30
Thursday07:30 - 16:30
Friday07:30 - 16:30
Saturday07:30 - 12:30
Sunday07:30 - 12:30
Terminal Building+61 740 349 052
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday08:00 - 19:30
Sunday08:00 - 19:30
  • 9.7
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.7
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentApr 25 2019
Pros: The car was clean and the staff was niceCons: Apparently I was too young to drive the car I rented (it wasn’t on the website) and it took very look until they came to an agreement.
10.0 ExcellentNov 22 2017
Great airport, great rentalPros: Great front desk guy, handy car pickup, no bus to deal with. Upgraded compact suv to overlander, no chargeCons: No issues, the usual attempt to upsell but no pressure. Just say no to what you don't want. Wish I had added the gps, but they asked. My bad.
10.0 ExcellentMay 24 2017
All goodPros: Easy pick up procedure and drop offCons: Nothing - fast, friendly -
10.0 ExcellentMay 18 2017
Satisfied CustomerPros: Fast friendly service. Didn't try and sleezy salesmen gimmicks on my family and I that you typically get from rental car places.
From $41/dayRated #2
Hertz
9.1 Excellent (16 reviews)
3 locations in Cairns
HertzLocations in Cairns
147 Lake St+61 740 385 690
Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00
Cairns Apt+61 740 359 299
Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
Saturday07:00 - 22:30
Sunday07:00 - 22:30
Cairns Square, Abbott St+61 740 468 790
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00
  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 9.5
  • 8.7
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentFeb 24 2019
Pros: Friendly staff. Easy pickup and drop off.
10.0 ExcellentDec 23 2018
Pros: very friendly employees, easy claim process initiating, flexible return.
8.0 ExcellentNov 19 2018
Pros: Easy pick up and return after pickupCons: Found out after pickup, we couldn't take it somewhere we wanted to go.
10.0 ExcellentSep 6 2018
They helped us a lotPros: We had a problem with the rent, and the women of the airport shop helped us to solve it.
5.6 OkayNov 21 2017
Cons: I prepaid for a different drop off location and when I picked up the car I was asked to pay an additional fee for a that service. I was told its similar to adding a GPS or car seat to an existing reservation but I was unable to take the car without paying additional despite my reservation. I called the 800 number and was told this charge would drop off and was covered but just discovered three separate charges for this rental have been processed. I plan on calling customer service again to clear this matter up but the Cairns office was unhelpful and unwilling to listen to me about the reservation I booked.
9.6 ExcellentApr 9 2017
Pros: Everything was clean, simple, and very easy pick up and drop off.Cons: Just a little small for a family of five. Not what i would call a typical SUV.
9.2 ExcellentJan 4 2017
Pros: Pick-up and drop off were convenient. No extra charges. The car type/condition was a good choice for the area and driving conditions.Cons: Not sure the additional insurance I purchased when I made the rental reservation was necessary (as I was lead to believe at the time).
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From $29/dayRated #3
Alamo
9 Excellent (6 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
AlamoLocations in Cairns
Term Building Airport Avenue+61 740 349 052
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday08:00 - 19:30
Sunday08:00 - 19:30
Terminal Building Airport Ave+61 740 349 045
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday08:00 - 19:30
Sunday08:00 - 19:30
  • 9.3
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8.6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 4 2018
Positive rental experiencePros: Clean car, easy pick up and return, upgrade since they were out of our size
From $26/dayRated #4
East Coast Car Rentals
8.9 Excellent (20 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
East Coast Car RentalsLocations in Cairns
411 Sheridan Street, Cairns1800 474 258
Monday07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday07:00 - 21:00
Thursday07:00 - 21:00
Friday07:00 - 21:00
Saturday08:00 - 19:30
Sunday08:00 - 19:30
Terminal Building Airport Ave1800 474 258
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 9.1
Recent reviews
From $38/dayRated #5
Thrifty
8.8 Excellent (3 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
ThriftyLocations in Cairns
Cairns Ap+61 740 339 800
Monday07:30 - 20:30
Tuesday07:30 - 20:30
Wednesday07:30 - 20:30
Thursday07:30 - 20:30
Friday07:30 - 20:30
Saturday07:30 - 19:30
Sunday07:30 - 19:30
Corner Of Sheridan And Aplin S+61 740 518 099
Monday08:00 - 14:30
Tuesday08:00 - 14:30
Wednesday08:00 - 14:30
Thursday08:00 - 14:30
Friday08:00 - 14:30
  • 9.3
  • 9.3
  • 9.3
  • 9.3
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentDec 11 2016
great servicePros: I had a small fender bender on my car and Thrifty made it easy dealing with the problem and replacing the car. Very friendly personnel.
From $26/dayRated #6
Budget
8.6 Excellent (22 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
BudgetLocations in Cairns
153 Lake St+61 740 488 166
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Terminal Building+61 740 339 777
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 8.7
  • 8.4
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentDec 28 2019
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).
6.8 GoodJul 1 2019
Pros: Clean and new carCons: No invoice of damadge on windscreen, just took a lot of money from my account without any notice.
9.2 ExcellentJun 18 2019
Pros: Friendly staffCons: More workers to help check-in
8.0 ExcellentJan 10 2019
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 again
10.0 ExcellentJul 21 2017
Pros: Near new vehicle. Really good rates
8.0 ExcellentMay 20 2017
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...
10.0 ExcellentOct 24 2016
Just rightPros: Nothing to add
10.0 ExcellentJul 15 2016
Good rentalPros: Seamless transaction, not a very long wait.Cons: They did try to up sell insurance, but that's quite normal of course. Was not worth the $49 per day unless you plan on wrecking.
10.0 ExcellentMay 25 2016
Pros: The entire process of checking in, getting our car and returning our rental was extremely fast, courteous and effortless - Great job, would highly recommend Budget for any rental need.
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From $27/dayRated #7
Sixt
7.9 Good (4 reviews)
1 location in Cairns
SixtLocations in Cairns
411 Sheridan Street+61 755 558 908
Monday07:00 - 21:45
Tuesday07:00 - 21:45
Wednesday07:00 - 21:45
Thursday07:00 - 21:45
Friday07:00 - 21:45
Saturday07:00 - 21:45
Sunday07:00 - 21:45
  • 9
  • 7.5
  • 7
  • 9
  • 7
Recent reviews
From $30/dayRated #8
Europcar
Most popular
7.5 Good (4 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
EuropcarLocations in Cairns
Cairns Square+61 740 334 800
Terminal Building+61 740 349 088
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreJul 25 2017
Don't waste your timeCons: I booked this for a reasonable price months in advance as diving the Great Barrier Reef was a bucket list item. When I landed though, europcar said that they had given my car away and had no other cars they could fulfill my reservation with as it was high tourism season. No offer to help, no sympathy. Of course I had my phone and checked online and found they indeed had multiple cars available immediately, but were asking double what I had booked mine for. How convenient... I got a car from a competitor instead, and will be avoiding Europcar going forward.
From $31/dayRated #9
Avis
6.9 Good (5 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
AvisLocations in Cairns
153 Lake Street+61 225 561
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Terminal Building+61 740 339 555
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
  • 7.6
  • 8
  • 6.8
  • 6
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
6.8 GoodDec 9 2019
Pros: Upgraded car.Cons: Drop off
8.4 ExcellentAug 3 2019
Cons: Seams like a lot of money
2.0 MediocreMar 25 2019
Cons: Cust service rep was miserable, rude, condescending, and short with answers. Should realize that without customer she is without employment. Train these people to understand they are providing a valuable service and not treat the people who pay their salary with obvious disdain
7.6 GoodJan 7 2019
Overall positivePros: Our car was not ready, we had to wait a bit. Avis discounted our rate a bot for the inconvenience. It was a very comfortable vehicle but front end maintenance needed signal beeped at us quite a bit which was a little unsettlingCons: See above
Sunnycars
8 locations in Cairns
SunnycarsLocations in Cairns
146 Sheridan Street
147 Lake Street
411 Sheridan Street
51 Sheridan Street
55 Dutton Street
Airport Avenue
Corner Schield and Abbott Street
Terminal Building
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From $23/day
Firefly
3 locations in Cairns
FireflyLocations in Cairns
147 Lake St+61 740 410 895
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Airport Ave+61 740 359 299
Monday04:00 - 23:30
Tuesday04:00 - 23:30
Wednesday04:00 - 23:30
Thursday04:00 - 23:30
Friday04:00 - 23:30
Saturday04:00 - 23:30
Sunday04:00 - 23:30
Cairns Square, Abbott St+61 740 516 399
Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
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From $69/day
National
3 locations in Cairns
NationalLocations in Cairns
Serviced By Redspot Enterprise+61 740 312 707
Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday07:30 - 12:30
Sunday07:30 - 12:30
Terminal Buildinairport Avenue+61 740 349 045
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday08:00 - 19:30
Sunday08:00 - 19:30
Terminalbuildingairport Avenue+61 740 349 052
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday08:00 - 19:30
Sunday08:00 - 19:30
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From $19/day
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
Cheapest deal
2 locations in Cairns
Atlas Car & Truck RentalLocations in Cairns
410 Sheridan Street Cairns, QLD1800 808 122
Shop 1, 51 Sheridan Street, Cairns City, QLD+61 383 366 100
Recent reviews
From $21/day
JUCY
2 locations in Cairns
JUCY Locations in Cairns
55 Dutton Street
Cairns Off Airport Location
Recent reviews
From $32/day
keddy by Europcar
2 locations in Cairns
keddy by EuropcarLocations in Cairns
Cairns Square, Corner Shield & Abbott Street+61 740 334 800
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
Terminal Building+61 740 349 088
Recent reviews
Red Spot
2 locations in Cairns
Red SpotLocations in Cairns
Cairns Airport Terminal 1 International
Cairns Airport Terminal 2 Domestic
Recent reviews
From $26/day
Ace Rental Cars
1 location in Cairns
Ace Rental CarsLocations in Cairns
Cairns Domestic Airport
Recent reviews
From $20/day
Apex
1 location in Cairns
ApexLocations in Cairns
396 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, Qld+61 740 532 896
Recent reviews
Atlas Choice
1 location in Cairns
Atlas ChoiceLocations in Cairns
410 Sheradan Street1800 808 122
Recent reviews
Bargain Car Rentals
1 location in Cairns
Bargain Car RentalsLocations in Cairns
410, Sheridan Street
Recent reviews
Dollar
1 location in Cairns
DollarLocations in Cairns
Corner Of Sheridan And Aplin S+61 740 518 099
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:30
Sunday08:00 - 12:30
Recent reviews
Eagle Rent A Car
1 location in Cairns
Eagle Rent A CarLocations in Cairns
21 Sheridan Street
Recent reviews
Payless
1 location in Cairns
PaylessLocations in Cairns
Cairns Airport
Monday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Tuesday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Wednesday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Thursday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Friday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Saturday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Sunday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Recent reviews
88 travelers who rented a car in Cairns gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.7

Good to know

Most popular agency

Europcar

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$36/day

Good deal

$29/day

When to book a rental car in Cairns

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 $29 or less
  • Book your rental car in Cairns at least 2 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in Cairns are around 29% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Cairns

  • 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.

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

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Alamo ($21/day), Sixt ($22/day) and Enterprise ($32/day).

  • Car rental companies onsite at Cairns airport include Europcar, Hertz, Apex, East Coast Car Rentals, Budget, Avis, Ace Rental Cars, Alamo, Enterprise and Thrifty.

  • 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.

  • In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Alamo Terminal Building Airport Ave 4870 (3 miles from city center).

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

  • A Economy car rental in Cairns costs $33 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Cairns costs $34 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car rental in Cairns costs $46 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 $1068 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.