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About Cairns Airport (CNS)

Address: Serviced By Enterprise Redspot, Terminal Building Airport Ave, Cairns, 4870 , Qld, Qld

Cairns Airport is within easy reach of the city of Cairns, in North Queensland. It offers all the facilities one would expect from a modern airport.

North Queensland is an extremely attractive place with winding drives that are often rated as some of the best in the world.

Cairns Airport car rental is for sure the best way to start your trip. Although Cairns is known for the Great Barrier Reef and its tropical wetlands, there are many other things to do. You will find cosy cafés, bustling markets and plenty of beaches nearby. Or you can explore popular places like the Crystal Cascades, Cairns Botanical Gardens and the charming seaside village of Palm Cove. The drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is approximately 70 kilometres and it is without a doubt a truly memorable experience.

  Getting around

The Cairns Airport is located between Mount Whitfield to the west and Trinity Bay to the east. It is about 7 kilometres north of the Cairns Central Business District (CBD), in the suburb of Aeroglen. Travelling time is between 12-40 minutes.

The airport has two passenger terminals in separate buildings 200m apart - T2 for Domestic and T1 for International. Car rental return car parks are located at both terminals.

Compared to larger cities the traffic is very light and streets are well sign-posted with sufficient parking.

  Choosing your car

A choice of rent a car options is available. It is recommended to pre-book a vehicle, especially in the peak season from July to December.

Some of the top car hire companies such as Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Budget, Thrifty have car hire counters located in the Arrivals Hall of both T1 and T2.

To book your airport car rental just go to our booking site, enter your pick-up and drop-off dates and indicate the driver’s age.  Whether you are looking for a compact city runner, family sedan, sporty 4WD or van, you will find all the options on our booking site.

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  Tips and advice for renting a car at Cairns Airport


In the hot summer months from November to March, the interior of a car can become incredibly hot, to the point where CDs will melt.


If you are unfamiliar with driving on the left side of the road, be careful when approaching roundabouts in Cairns - especially ones with dual lanes. Check the arrows on the road and watch out for the other traffic.


Many Cairns drivers do not use their indicators and when it rains in Cairns it is in a league of its own. Take your time and don’t rush during heavy rainfall.


Australia is home to some amazing wildlife, but keep an eye out for kangaroos, emus, and other animals when driving on rural roads.


Passengers must always wear a seatbelt and children under the age of 7, a child restraint.


Don’t use your mobile while driving, and never drink and drive.

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car at Cairns

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1. Is it best to book my car rental before I arrive at Cairns?

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2. How far in advance should I book a car rental pickup at Cairns?

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3. Does Cairns have cars with 7 seats?

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4. Am I able to rent a car one way from Cairns to a different drop off location in Australia?

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5. What are the best cars to rent at Cairns?

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6. Is it better to rent at Cairns or off airport?

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7. What happens to my car rental if my flight is cancelled or delayed into Cairns?

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8. What happens if I need to extend my car rental drop off time at Cairns?

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9. Are minivans and people movers available for rent at Cairns?

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10. Should I buy car rental insurance at the pick up desk at Cairns?

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11. What car types are there for rent at Cairns?

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12. What car rental brands offer SUV’s at Cairns?

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13. What is the cheapest 7 day car rental for May at Cairns?

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14. What SUV cars are available at Cairns in 3 months time?

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15. Which rental companies are there at Cairns?

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16. How much waiting time should I allow for picking up a car at Cairns?

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17. Which forms of payment are generally acceptable for car rental at Cairns?

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18. What is the cheapest car for next weekend at Cairns?

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19. What is the highest rated rental company for overall service at Cairns and how does this compare to others?

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20. Are there eco friendly rated cars for rent at Cairns?