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Cairns Car Hire

Cairns Car Hire

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Pick-up location Cairns
Rental locations 47
Airport locations 24

Cairns car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
enterprise
Best rated
8.5 Excellent (12,801 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Enterprise
Locations in Cairns
Shop 2, 51 Sheridan Street
+61 740 312 707
Terminal Building
+61 740 349 052
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From $23/day
Rated no. 2
Hertz
hertz
Most popular
7.4 Good (3,841 reviews)
3 locations in Cairns
Hertz
Locations in Cairns
147 Lake St
+61 740 410 895
Cairns Apt
+61 740 359 299
Cairns Square, Abbott St
+61 740 516 399
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Rated no. 3
Thrifty
thrifty
9.2 Excellent (2 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Rated no. 5
Alamo
alamo
9.0 Excellent (6 reviews)
3 locations in Cairns
Rated no. 6
Budget
budget
8.8 Excellent (22 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Budget
Locations in Cairns
153 Lake St
+61 740 488 166
Terminal Building
+61 740 339 777
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Rated no. 7
East Coast Car Rentals
eastcoastcarrentals
8.7 Excellent (22 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
East Coast Car Rentals
Locations in Cairns
148 Sheridan Street
CAIRNS AIRPORT 146 Sheridan Street
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From $42/day
Rated no. 8
Europcar
europcar
8.0 Excellent (5 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Europcar
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Square
+61 740 334 800
Terminal Building
+61 740 349 088
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Sunnycars
sunnycars
6 locations in Cairns
Sunnycars
Locations in Cairns
146 Sheridan Street
411 Sheridan Street
51 Sheridan Street
Airport Avenue
Corner Schield and Abbott Street
Terminal Building
National
national
3 locations in Cairns
National
Locations in Cairns
Serviced By Redspot Enterprise
+61 740 312 707
Serviced By Redspot Enterprise
+61 740 349 045
Serviced By Redspot Enterprise
+61 740 349 052
Ace Rental Cars
acerentalcars
2 locations in Cairns
Ace Rental Cars
Locations in Cairns
147 Lake Street Cairns Australia
1800 620 408
Cairns Domestic Airport
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
atlascar
2 locations in Cairns
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
Locations in Cairns
410 Sheridan Street Cairns, QLD
1800 808 122
Shop 1, 51 Sheridan Street, Cairns City, QLD
+61 383 366 100
Firefly
firefly
2 locations in Cairns
Firefly
Locations in Cairns
Airport Ave
+61 740 359 299
Cairns Square, Abbott St
+61 740 516 399
From $23/day
JUCY
jucy
Cheapest deal
2 locations in Cairns
JUCY
Locations in Cairns
55 Dutton Street
Cairns Off Airport Location
From $47/day
keddy by Europcar
keddy
2 locations in Cairns
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Cairns
CAIRNS SQUARE CORNER SHIELD & ABBOTT STREET
Terminal Building
+61 740 349 088
Red Spot
redspot
2 locations in Cairns
Red Spot
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Airport Terminal 1 International
Cairns Airport Terminal 2 Domestic
Apex
apex
1 location in Cairns
Apex
Locations in Cairns
396 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, Qld
+61 740 532 896
Atlas Choice
atlaschoice
1 location in Cairns
Atlas Choice
Locations in Cairns
410 Sheradan Street
1800 808 122
AutoEurope
autoeurope
1 location in Cairns
AutoEurope
Locations in Cairns
Europcar Desk In Termainal
Dollar
dollar
1 location in Cairns
Dollar
Locations in Cairns
Corner Of Sheridan And Aplin S
+61 740 518 099
Eagle Rent A Car
eaglerac
1 location in Cairns
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Cairns
21 Sheridan Street
Payless
payless
1 location in Cairns
Payless
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Airport
Sixt
sixtrentacar
1 location in Cairns
Sixt
Locations in Cairns
411 Sheridan Street
+61 740 316 055

Car hire locations in Cairns

Good to know

Most popular agency Hertz
Most popular car type Compact
Average price $39/day
Good deal $34/day

When to book a hire car in Cairns

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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 hire car desks are available in both terminals of the airport. All hire 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 $34 or less
  • Book your rental car in Cairns at least 2 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Cairns are around 48% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Cairns

How much does it cost to hire a car in Cairns?

On average a hire car in Cairns costs $38 per day.

What is the most popular hire car in Cairns?

Compact (Toyota Corolla or similar) is the most frequently booked hire car type in Cairns.

What is the cheapest hire car agency in Cairns?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest hire cars were found at Avis ($32/day), Europcar ($52/day) and Enterprise ($69/day).

What is the best hire car agency in Cairns?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Cairns are Enterprise (8.5, 12801 reviews), National (8.2, 3442 reviews), and Sixt (7.5, 1063 reviews).

Which car hire agencies are at the airport: Cairns Airport (CNS)?

Car hire companies onsite at Cairns Airport include Hertz, Europcar, keddy by Europcar and JUCY.

Which car rental companies will pick you up at the airport: Cairns Airport (CNS)?

Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Cairns Airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, Europcar, keddy by Europcar and JUCY.

What is the cheapest car hire location in Cairns?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Avis Terminal Building 4870 (5 kilometres from the city centre).

How can I find hire car agencies near me in Cairns?

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

What type of car is recommended for driving in Cairns?

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.

What's the speed limit in Cairns?

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).

How are gas prices in Cairns?

Drivers will be sad to hear that petrol 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.

Where are the best places to park in Cairns?

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.