Car rental at Cairns Airport

Car rental at Cairns Airport

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Cairns, QLD, Australia - Cairns
18 Aug — 25 Aug
Same drop-off
Cairns, QLD, Australia - Cairns
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Cheap car rentals in Cairns Airport

Economy$133/day
Compact$141/day
Intermediate$151/day
Standard$148/day
SUV$169/day
Full-size SUV$149/day
Passenger van$148/day
Intermediate SUV$116/day
Compact SUV$136/day
Standard SUV$149/day
Supplier choice$181/day
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Cairns Airport car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
9.8 Excellent (7 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Enterprise
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 9.7
  • 9.7
  • 9.7
  • 10
  • 10
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10.0 Excellent22 Nov 2017
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 Excellent24 May 2017
All goodEasy pick up procedure and drop offNothing - fast, friendly -
10.0 Excellent18 May 2017
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 no. 2
Hertz
9.5 Excellent (12 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Hertz
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 9.1
  • 9.5
  • 9.6
  • 9.8
  • 9.3
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10.0 Excellent30 May 2021
Staff were very helpful, car we booked as not available so they upgraded us FOC.Nothing from us
10.0 Excellent24 Feb 2019
Friendly staff. Easy pickup and drop off.
10.0 Excellent23 Dec 2018
very friendly employees, easy claim process initiating, flexible return.
9.6 Excellent9 Apr 2017
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 Excellent4 Jan 2017
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).
Rated no. 3
JUCY
9.3 Excellent (3 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
JUCY
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 8
  • 8
  • 9.3
  • 8
  • 8.6
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Rated no. 4
Thrifty
8.8 Excellent (3 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns Airport
Thrifty
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 9.3
  • 9.3
  • 9.3
  • 9.3
  • 6.6
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10.0 Excellent11 Dec 2016
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.
Rated no. 5
Budget
8.6 Excellent (21 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Budget
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 8.6
  • 8.8
  • 8.8
  • 8.6
  • 8.1
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6.0 Good12 Jun 2022
Lovely vehicle. A briefing of car would have been helpful as not all cars operate the same. When booking the car, a bit of transparency about extra charges should be made clear. Had to pay a few hundred extra dollars to cover insurance/excess. This made the rental for 1 week quite expensive.
10.0 Excellent27 May 2022
Everything was great and went without a hitch!
10.0 Excellent15 Feb 2022
Best rates in town for a long rental.
10.0 Excellent21 Apr 2021
The staff were very pleasant. Drop-off very easy
10.0 Excellent28 Dec 2019
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 Excellent18 Jun 2019
Friendly staffMore workers to help check-in
8.0 Excellent10 Jan 2019
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
8.0 Excellent20 May 2017
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 Excellent24 Oct 2016
Just rightNothing to add
10.0 Excellent15 Jul 2016
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.
Rated no. 6
Apex
8.6 Excellent (9 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Apex
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 8.8
  • 9.1
  • 8.6
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
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10.0 Excellent30 Jul 2022
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 Excellent30 Jul 2022
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10.0 Excellent6 Jul 2022
It wasn't cheap, but i think it's the 'Cairns thing'. Service was excellent, ready pick up and drop off, nice and friendly staff. I would use them again if in Cairns. Highly recommended.
10.0 Excellent15 Jun 2022
Smooth picking up the car. Got exactly what I booked. Staff very friendly… will use APEX car rental again.
8.0 Excellent16 May 2022
We left an item and they contacted us straight away. Very appreciated
4.0 Okay27 Mar 2022
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 Excellent19 Dec 2021
Friendly helpful staff with good local advice.
10.0 Excellent17 Oct 2021
Great service indeed!
Rated no. 7
Alamo
8.4 Excellent (14 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Alamo
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 8.8
  • 8.4
  • 8.4
  • 8.9
  • 8.2
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8.0 Excellent1 Jan 2022
Good service, good price the lady at the counter was so nice and helpful with us.
10.0 Excellent9 Oct 2021
Car was upgraded for no extra so that was awesome
5.9 Okay8 Sep 2021
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 Mediocre7 Sep 2021
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 Excellent2 Aug 2021
Pick up and drop off was simple. The upgraded vehicle was a bonus!
10.0 Excellent4 May 2018
Positive rental experienceClean car, easy pick up and return, upgrade since they were out of our size
9.6 Excellent21 Mar 2018
Staff were very good and the process was simple.All good.
Rated no. 8
East Coast Car Rentals
8.2 Excellent (15 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
East Coast Car Rentals
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 9.4
  • 9.2
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 8.8
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10.0 Excellent19 Jul 2022
Everything was as arranged. Great service by all employees we came into contact with.
10.0 Excellent27 Apr 2022
Great quick way of pick-up and drop off. Airport shuttle service was perfect
10.0 Excellent26 Apr 2022
Great service , great little car ,lovely helpful and cheerful staff
2.0 Mediocre18 Apr 2022
very limited office hours. office not inside airport, and shuttle doesn't work all the time, so you need a taxi. HUGE hidden cost for insurance. They basically force you take one of their "offers".
6.0 Good14 Mar 2022
Not the best communication regarding damage (very very minor) reported.
8.0 Excellent1 Mar 2022
Car was good, pick up and drop off was a bit slow, pre rental checks could be done prior to pick up
4.0 Okay21 Feb 2022
We were not informed about extra costs and fine print associated with our booking until the day we arrived. Staff were slow to respond and took a long time to get our booking sorted in store. We were told that a shuttle service would be available at the time we returned the vehicle so we could go back to the airport promptly. However, upon returning the vehicle, the staff would not allow us to use the shuttle service, saying that we were "too late" and should have arrived half an hour earlier. Staff were rude and not helpful.
10.0 Excellent15 Jan 2018
Airport transfers
8.0 Excellent13 Jan 2018
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 Excellent7 Jan 2018
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 no. 9
Sixt
8.1 Excellent (14 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns Airport
Sixt
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 8.8
  • 8.2
  • 7.8
  • 8.7
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent20 Mar 2022
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 Excellent30 Jan 2022
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 Okay19 Jan 2022
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.
10.0 Excellent28 Dec 2021
Car was great value. Car was easy to find. I suggest adding a free Uber or taxi from hotel to airport to pick up the car and vice versa when dropping car back at the airport would be a great idea
10.0 Excellent3 Nov 2021
Friendly staff
7.9 Good5 Oct 2021
The hire was actually through the sub-company, East Coast Car Rentals. The only bad thing was the base package which we initially signed up for had a mandatory $4,000 excess for ANY damage, even if at fault or not, plus a $1,000 hold. So we opted to upgrade for an extra $50-60 per day for the $0 excess and no hold.
5.6 Okay15 Jul 2018
FalseThat said no hidden fees but still charge 1000$ or insurance forcefully similar car NO FOR 6 people they give us 2 people car argument over argument rude etc
10.0 Excellent25 Mar 2017
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 no. 10
Europcar
7.5 Good (4 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Europcar
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent4 Sep 2018
I appreciated the upgrade. The service provided at check in was excellent.
2.0 Mediocre25 Jul 2017
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 no. 11
Avis
5.3 Okay (5 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Avis
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 6
  • 6.4
  • 5.2
  • 4.4
  • 4.8
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre20 Apr 2022
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
6.8 Good9 Dec 2019
Upgraded car.Drop off
8.4 Excellent3 Aug 2019
Seams like a lot of money
2.0 Mediocre25 Mar 2019
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 Good7 Jan 2019
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
3 locations in Cairns Airport
Sunnycars
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Red Spot
2 locations in Cairns Airport
Red Spot
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Ace Rental Cars
1 location in Cairns Airport
Ace Rental Cars
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Atlas Car & Truck Rental
1 location in Cairns Airport
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
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Atlas Choice
1 location in Cairns Airport
Atlas Choice
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Bargain Car Rentals
1 location in Cairns Airport
Bargain Car Rentals
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Dollar
1 location in Cairns Airport
Dollar
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Firefly
1 location in Cairns Airport
Firefly
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keddy by Europcar
1 location in Cairns Airport
keddy by Europcar
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National
1 location in Cairns Airport
National
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Payless
1 location in Cairns Airport
Payless
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107 travellers who rented a car in Cairns Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.5

Car rental locations at Cairns Airport

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Average price

$146/day

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$144/day

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