Cairns car rentals

Cairns car rentals

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Cairns, QLD, Australia
26 Sep — 3 Oct
Same drop-off
Cairns, QLD, Australia
Sun 26.09
Noon
Sun 03.10
Noon
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Cairns car rental information

Pick-up locationCairns
Rental locations48
Airport locations25

Cairns car rental reviews and directory

Rated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
9.6 Excellent (8 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Enterprise
Locations in Cairns
  • 9.7
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.7
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8.0 Excellent2019 Apr 25
The car was clean and the staff was niceApparently 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 Excellent2017 Nov 22
Great airport, great rentalGreat front desk guy, handy car pickup, no bus to deal with. Upgraded compact suv to overlander, no chargeNo 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 Excellent2017 May 24
All goodEasy pick up procedure and drop offNothing - fast, friendly -
10.0 Excellent2017 May 18
Satisfied CustomerFast friendly service. Didn't try and sleezy salesmen gimmicks on my family and I that you typically get from rental car places.
Rated #2
Thrifty
9.1 Excellent (4 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Thrifty
Locations in Cairns
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 6.4
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10.0 Excellent2016 Dec 11
great serviceI 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 ₪124/dayRated #3
Hertz
Most popular
9.1 Excellent (17 reviews)
3 locations in Cairns
Hertz
Locations in Cairns
  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 9.5
  • 8.8
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2021 May 30
Staff were very helpful, car we booked as not available so they upgraded us FOC.Nothing from us
10.0 Excellent2019 Feb 24
Friendly staff. Easy pickup and drop off.
10.0 Excellent2018 Dec 23
very friendly employees, easy claim process initiating, flexible return.
8.0 Excellent2018 Nov 19
Easy pick up and return after pickupFound out after pickup, we couldn't take it somewhere we wanted to go.
10.0 Excellent2018 Sep 06
They helped us a lotWe had a problem with the rent, and the women of the airport shop helped us to solve it.
5.6 Okay2017 Nov 21
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 Excellent2017 Apr 09
Everything was clean, simple, and very easy pick up and drop off.Just a little small for a family of five. Not what i would call a typical SUV.
9.2 Excellent2017 Jan 04
Pick-up and drop off were convenient. No extra charges. The car type/condition was a good choice for the area and driving conditions.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 ₪81/dayRated #4
East Coast Car Rentals
8.9 Excellent (20 reviews)
1 location in Cairns
East Coast Car Rentals
Locations in Cairns
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 9.1
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2018 Oct 10
Excellent staff great rental experience.Good clean car. Airport transfer was efficient and driver was very friendly and well presented. Check in staff and check out staff was nice and professional which made our rental a positive experience. I’ll be using Kayak and east coast rentals again.
10.0 Excellent2018 Jun 14
Generally good valueAppreciated the airport pickup and drop off included. Car was reasonable quality and condition, and was comfortable and reasonably new. Paper work was straightforward, especially on return (ie. none, if no outstanding issues).Tyre pressures weren't checked -- 2 were grossly under inflated, yet not punctured, so had no reason to be.
8.8 Excellent2018 Jun 10
Simple fuss free car rentalPick up from airport was efficient and friendly Picking car up was fast and lovely lady on desk explained everything Car was ready to go Absolutely no fuss at all A very streamlined serviceHappy with service no complaints Would definitely use again
7.6 Good2018 May 15
Ease of booking online, pick up/return service from and to airport.Car could've been a little cleaner, but overall it was good.
10.0 Excellent2018 May 10
Good cars, very good customer service, no delays in car pickup.Nothing to mention!!
9.2 Excellent2018 Mar 20
Service with smileFast pick up and drop off, excess very,very high, car cleanExcess too high so drivers must take insurance policy. Otherwise everything was OK
10.0 Excellent2018 Jan 15
Airport transfers
8.0 Excellent2018 Jan 13
The car was clean.The car had already done 45k klms and seemed in need of a tune up, at times there was a lag in acceleration and then a sudden lurch forward...could be dangerous for a less experienced driver. Excess on any damage was very high...$5k seemed excessive compared to other companies and was only apparent after confirmation of booking.
8.0 Excellent2018 Jan 07
Misleading when booked it stated airport pick up and drop off. instead a mini bus came and picked us up and took us into town to pick up our car.
Rated #5
Budget
8.7 Excellent (23 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Budget
Locations in Cairns
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2021 Apr 21
The staff were very pleasant. Drop-off very easy
10.0 Excellent2019 Dec 28
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 Good2019 Jul 01
Clean and new carNo invoice of damadge on windscreen, just took a lot of money from my account without any notice.
9.2 Excellent2019 Jun 18
Friendly staffMore workers to help check-in
8.0 Excellent2019 Jan 10
Cairns To BrisbaneNice car, very comfortable easy to drive. Rental desk at the airport in Cairns.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 Excellent2017 Jul 21
Near new vehicle. Really good rates
8.0 Excellent2017 May 20
Good but that insurance!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.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 Excellent2016 Oct 24
Just rightNothing to add
10.0 Excellent2016 Jul 15
Good rentalSeamless transaction, not a very long wait.They did try to up sell insurance, but that's quite normal of course. Was not worth the $49 per day unless you plan on wrecking.
10.0 Excellent2016 May 25
The entire process of checking in, getting our car and returning our rental was extremely fast, courteous and effortless - Great job, would highly recommend Budget for any rental need.
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Rated #6
Alamo
8.3 Excellent (10 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Alamo
Locations in Cairns
  • 8.9
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 9.1
  • 8.1
Recent reviews
5.9 Okay2021 Sep 08
Probably the worst car that I have ever hired. Body was very shabby and the way it ran was dreadful. I wouldn't take it to Port Douglas as I was nervous about it getting there and back. Very high revving and not smooth running at all.
3.9 Mediocre2021 Sep 07
We were unfortunate to have a collision with a pole in the parking lot of our hotel and were promised that they would get back to us with the costs etc but they haven’t
10.0 Excellent2021 Aug 02
Pick up and drop off was simple. The upgraded vehicle was a bonus!
10.0 Excellent2018 May 04
Positive rental experienceClean car, easy pick up and return, upgrade since they were out of our size
9.6 Excellent2018 Mar 21
Staff were very good and the process was simple.All good.
Rated #7
Sixt
7.9 Good (4 reviews)
1 location in Cairns
Sixt
Locations in Cairns
  • 9
  • 7.5
  • 7
  • 9
  • 7
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5.6 Okay2018 Jul 15
FalseThat said no hidden fees but still charge 1000$ or insurance forcefully similar car NO FOR 6 people they give us 2 people car argument over argument rude etc
10.0 Excellent2017 Mar 25
Easy and smooth serviceThe 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.
Rated #8
Europcar
7.5 Good (4 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Europcar
Locations in Cairns
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent2018 Sep 04
I appreciated the upgrade. The service provided at check in was excellent.
2.0 Mediocre2017 Jul 25
Don't waste your timeI 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.
Rated #9
Avis
6.9 Good (5 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Avis
Locations in Cairns
  • 7.6
  • 8
  • 6.8
  • 6
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
6.8 Good2019 Dec 09
Upgraded car.Drop off
8.4 Excellent2019 Aug 03
Seams like a lot of money
2.0 Mediocre2019 Mar 25
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 Good2019 Jan 07
Overall positiveOur 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 unsettlingSee above
Sunnycars
8 locations in Cairns
Sunnycars
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Firefly
3 locations in Cairns
Firefly
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National
3 locations in Cairns
National
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Atlas Car & Truck Rental
2 locations in Cairns
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
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Bargain Car Rentals
2 locations in Cairns
Bargain Car Rentals
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From ₪62/day
JUCY
Cheapest deal
2 locations in Cairns
JUCY
Locations in Cairns
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keddy by Europcar
2 locations in Cairns
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Cairns
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Red Spot
2 locations in Cairns
Red Spot
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Ace Rental Cars
1 location in Cairns
Ace Rental Cars
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Apex
1 location in Cairns
Apex
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Atlas Choice
1 location in Cairns
Atlas Choice
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Dollar
1 location in Cairns
Dollar
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Eagle Rent A Car
1 location in Cairns
Eagle Rent A Car
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Payless
1 location in Cairns
Payless
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95 travelers who rented a car in Cairns gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.7

Car rental locations in or near Cairns

Good to know

Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

₪123/day

Good deal

₪98/day

When to book a rental car in Cairns

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for renting a car in Cairns

  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Cairns for ₪98 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 66% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Cairns

  • One car rental company which has updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected is Hertz

  • On average a rental car in Cairns costs ₪123 per day.

  • The average gas price in Cairns is ₪13.20 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪158 and ₪211, depending on the car size.

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

  • Car rental companies onsite at Cairns airport include Hertz, JUCY and East Coast Car Rentals.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Cairns airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, and JUCY.

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

  • A Compact car rental in Cairns costs ₪47 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Cairns costs ₪60 per day, on average.

  • A Full-size car rental in Cairns costs ₪66 per day, on average.

  • In Cairns, cars are most frequently rented at Atlas Car & Truck Rental 410 Sheridan Street Cairns, QLD (3 km from city center ).

  • On average a rental car in Cairns costs ₪860 per week (₪123 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Cairns costs ₪3,686 per month (₪123 per day).