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Top tips for renting a car at Cairns airport

  • With car hire at Cairns Airport (CNS), you open a gateway to the beautiful Queensland coastline, with a no-fuss approach to reaching stunning attractions, including the famous Great Barrier Reef. Apart from the obvious benefits of travel and time flexibility, you’re guaranteed new models, break-down assistance, freedom from the beaten track and economic savings when venturing further than urban areas. With a hire car, you can reach beaches around Cairns far more economically than by taxi.
  • You will have a wide selection of car hire companies to choose from with car hire at Cairns Airport. You can choose from global names such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty, SIXT and many others. Whether you are returning to Australia or travelling domestically within the continent on a holiday, you can find hire car services in the arrival halls of both terminals.
  • When it’s time to return your car hire at Cairns Airport, you will find it incredibly easy. There are two car hire return car parks, based at the domestic and international terminals, very close to the pick-up counters. The car parks are well signed as you drive in. If there is nobody from the car hire company in the car park, you can lock the doors and place the keys on the company counter.
  • All the car hire companies at Cairns Airport operate on similar working hours to each other, which are roughly 08:00 to 23:30. If you are planning on dropping off the car hire late at night, you should ensure you make it there before closing time. The airport is not open 24 hours a day and closes after the last flight of the night.
  • Book your rental car at Cairns airport at least 3 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car at Cairns airport

  • Where are the car hire companies situated at Cairns Airport?

    The primary car hire companies at Cairns Airport are based within Terminals 1 and 2. When you land, collect your luggage and proceed left after Arrivals and walk towards the various bus bays hosting the car hire counters. It is a short walk toward the counters, but most of the companies will send a shuttle to fetch you and your luggage if needed. They will require a phone call when you land and will collect you at the arrival gate.

  • Which hire car companies offer fast service at Cairns Airport?

    Most of the bigger car hire companies will be convenient to deal with if your documentation is in order and the booking is placed correctly online. Budget has not only a shuttle service but also the Fastbreak Service, which offers a quick way of collecting your car when booked online. Proceed to the Fastbreak line and present your licence and everything will be pre-arranged.

  • What kinds of amenities does the Cairns Airport hire car centre offer?

    The Cairns Airport car hire counters are found inside both arrival terminals. There is a covered walkway that connects the domestic and international terminals. You will find no official centre for car hire but rather counters within the arrival halls. Both arrival halls are well equipped to make you comfortable. You can tap into free Wi-Fi while you wait for the car hire transaction to be completed and be close to dining, shopping options and bathrooms. The airport is relatively compact and comprehensive.

  • What types of documentation are required to hire a car at Cairns Airport?

    With Cairns Airport car hire, you will need to have photographic identification on a valid driver’s licence that is at least 12 months old. Your license will need to be in English or you will need to present an International Driver’s Licence. You will need your credit card for payment, or in some cases, a debit card will suffice; make sure you check the payment terms. You will need to be 21 years of age to hire most vehicles.  

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Cairns airport?

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

Cairns Airport car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

8.7

Very good

32 reviews

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

8.6

2 locations in Cairns Airport

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Term Building Airport Avenue

+61 7 4034 9045

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday07:00 - 22:00
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Terminal Building Airport Ave

+61 7 4034 9045

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
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10.0 Wonderful

May 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Clean car, easy pick up and return, upgrade since they were out of our size

9.6 Wonderful

Mar 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff were very good and the process was simple.

Cons:

All good.

8.0 Very good

Jul 2023

KAYAK
The pickup experience was a bit inefficient and slow. The Kayak booking acceptance email directed us to Cairns airport terminal 1, but the actual pickup office for Alamo was in terminal 2. The office couldn’t be contacted by phone. When we eventually found the office., after asking around, the pickup process was slow. But once we got the car it was a good vehicle and our overall experience was good. Drop off was easy.

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Easy pickup and drop off, friendly staff.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2023

KAYAK
Easy process with very helpful staff.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2023

KAYAK
Easy pick up and drop off. Craig on the desk was extremely helpful and professional certainly will be recommending!

1 out of 7

Ace Rental Cars

10.0

Wonderful

1 review

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

8.0

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Cairns Domestic Airport

+61 7 4035 9299

Monday08:30 - 15:00
Tuesday08:30 - 15:00
Wednesday08:30 - 15:00
Thursday08:30 - 15:00
Friday08:30 - 15:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2023

KAYAK
N/A

1 out of 1

Bargain Car Rentals

9.4

Wonderful

4 reviews

Cleanliness

9.7

Comfort

9.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.2

Value for money

8.5

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410, Sheridan Street

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10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2023

KAYAK
More shuttle bus would be prefect

6.0 Okay

Nov 2022

KAYAK
Pickup from airport took a long time and the process was awkward

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2023

KAYAK
Easy to deal with.

1 out of 1

Europcar

9.0

Wonderful

6 reviews

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

9.0

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Terminal Building

+61 7 4034 9088

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10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

I appreciated the upgrade. The service provided at check in was excellent.

2.0 Poor

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

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.

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2023

KAYAK
Staff was great.

1 out of 1

Sixt

8.7

Very good

17 reviews

Cleanliness

8.9

Comfort

8.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

7.9

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Cnr Sheridan and Aplin Streets

+61 7 4051 8099

Monday08:00 - 15:00
Tuesday08:00 - 15:00
Wednesday08:00 - 15:00
Thursday08:00 - 15:00
Friday08:00 - 15:00
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Terminal building, Cairns

+61 7 4033 9800

Monday07:30 - 23:59
Tuesday07:30 - 23:59
Wednesday07:30 - 23:59
Thursday07:30 - 23:59
Friday07:30 - 23:59
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10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2022

KAYAK
Staff were great and very efficient. Car could have been cleaner

5.6 Fair

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

That said no hidden fees but still charge 1000$ or insurance forcefully similar car NO FOR 6 people they give us 2 people car argument over argument rude etc

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The service from Sixt in Cairns was brilliant, from the pick up service at the airport to the swift pick up of the car and drop off. All staff were very friendly and the car itself a dream to drive, making our experience in North Queensland brilliant.

10.0 Wonderful

Mar 2022

KAYAK
Staff were friendly and helpful especially as I arrived several hours before the scheduled pick and they could get me a car. The car was clean and faultless.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2022

KAYAK
So easy to book, extremely competitive pricing, quick pick up and drop off. Extremely pleased to arrive to collect the car, and to be told that we would be receiving a free upgrade.

4.0 Mediocre

Jan 2022

KAYAK
Everything was good except for not getting my $400 holding fee back within a day,which I was told I would. After making a phone call I was informed it would take 1 to 2 months before my money will be credited back into my account.

1 out of 3

Apex

8.3

Very good

10 reviews

Cleanliness

9.1

Comfort

9.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.8

Value for money

8.1

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396 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, Qld

+61 740 532 896

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4.0 Mediocre

Mar 2022

KAYAK
They stated the vehicle was located in Cairns Airport which was not the case! We had to get a shuttle bus to the depot for pick up and drop off.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Friendly helpful staff with good local advice.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2021

KAYAK
Great service indeed!

2.0 Poor

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Do not book through qeeq, not aware of hidden costs which made the hire exorbitant

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2022

KAYAK
Easy shuttle to and from the pickup/drop off. Friendly service, great little car. Would definitely recommend Apex and will use them again.

8.0 Very good

Jul 2022

KAYAK
No

1 out of 3

Budget

8.3

Very good

27 reviews

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

8.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.7

Value for money

7.4

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Terminal Building

+61 7 4033 9777

Monday07:00 - 22:00
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6.0 Okay

Jan 2024

KAYAK
Price was way more than I was quoted Should have been 720 Was nearly 1000

10.0 Wonderful

Sep 2022

KAYAK
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).

10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff were very pleasant. Drop-off very easy

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2019

KAYAK

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).

9.2 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff

Cons:

More workers to help check-in

8.0 Very good

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

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

1 out of 6

Hertz

8.0

Very good

15 reviews

Cleanliness

8.3

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.3

Value for money

8.0

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Airport Ave

+61 7 4038 9990

Monday06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
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8.0 Very good

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Loved the car

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff were very helpful, car we booked as not available so they upgraded us FOC.

Cons:

Nothing from us

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff. Easy pickup and drop off.

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

very friendly employees, easy claim process initiating, flexible return.

9.6 Wonderful

Apr 2017

KAYAK

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 Wonderful

Jan 2017

KAYAK

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).

1 out of 3

Thrifty

8.0

Very good

3 reviews

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

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Airport Ave

+61 136139

Monday06:00 - 23:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

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.

1 out of 1

Avis

5.7

Cleanliness

7.3

Comfort

7.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.6

Value for money

4.0

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Terminal Building

+61 7 4033 9555

Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
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6.8 Okay

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Upgraded car.

Cons:

Drop off

8.4 Very good

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Seams like a lot of money

2.0 Poor

Mar 2019

KAYAK

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 Good

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

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 unsettling

Cons:

See above

2.0 Poor

Apr 2022

KAYAK
I could not rate the car as Avis cancelled my booking with out even notifying me on arrival to Cairns airport the staff just said it had been cancelled but could not give a reason for cancellation or lack of notification he did give a very insincere sorry with out any attempt to help slove the lack of a car over all Avis wrecked my 7 day stay in Cairns as it is hard relying on public transport to navigate around all the tourist attractions the area has to offer with out a car with all that said avoid Avis at all cost

1 out of 2

JUCY

10.0

Wonderful

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Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

2 locations in Cairns Airport

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55 Dutton Street

+61 1800 150 850

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Cairns Off Airport Location

+61 1800 150 850

Monday09:00 - 13:00
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MINI Car Rentals

10.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

8.0

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Cairns Airport (CNS), Airport Ave, Cairns City QLD , Australia

+1 800 761 8913

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Simba Car Hire

10.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

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432 Sheridan Street, Cairns, Australia

+61 7 4021 2777

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Dollar

8.7

Very good

No reviews available

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Airport Ave

+61 1800 501 934

Monday06:00 - 23:00
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National

7.0

Good

No reviews available

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Terminal Buildinairport Avenue

+61 7 4034 9045

Monday07:00 - 22:00
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Terminalbuildingairport Avenue

+61 7 4034 9045

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Firefly

6.7

Okay

No reviews available

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Airport Ave

+61 740 359 299

Monday04:00 - 23:30
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keddy by Europcar

6.0

Okay

No reviews available

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Terminal Building

+61 740 349 088

Monday08:00 - 15:00
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Payless

5.6

Fair

No reviews available

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Cairns Airport

Monday04:30 - 23:5900:00 - 01:30
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Wednesday00:00 - 01:3004:30 - 23:59
Thursday04:30 - 23:5900:00 - 01:30
Friday00:00 - 01:3004:30 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 01:3004:30 - 23:59
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Routes Car & Truck Rentals

4.8

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Cairns Airport

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Terminal Building

Monday08:00 - 15:00
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Sunnycars

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3 locations in Cairns Airport

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146 Sheridan Street

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Airport Avenue

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Terminal Building

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Red Spot

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2 locations in Cairns Airport

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Cairns Airport Terminal 1 International

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Cairns Airport Terminal 2 Domestic

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Atlas Car & Truck Rental

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410 Sheridan Street Cairns, QLD

1800 808 122

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Atlas Choice

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410 Sheradan Street

1800 808 122

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AutoEurope

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Cairns Airport

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Autorent Car Rental

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Cairns Airport CNS

+61 7 4041 0895

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CalAuto

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55 Dutton Street

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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Terminal Building

+61 7 4034 9045

Monday07:00 - 22:00
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Shouqi

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One location in Cairns Airport

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Terminal Building

+86 10 6064 1387

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120 travelers who rented a car in Cairns Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.4

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