Pros: The car was clean and the staff was niceCons: Apparently 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 Excellent22 Nov 2017
Great airport, great rentalPros: Great front desk guy, handy car pickup, no bus to deal with. Upgraded compact suv to overlander, no chargeCons: No 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 goodPros: Easy pick up procedure and drop offCons: Nothing - fast, friendly -
10.0 Excellent18 May 2017
Satisfied CustomerPros: Fast friendly service. Didn't try and sleezy salesmen gimmicks on my family and I that you typically get from rental car places.
Pros: very friendly employees, easy claim process initiating, flexible return.
8.0 Excellent19 Nov 2018
Pros: Easy pick up and return after pickupCons: Found out after pickup, we couldn't take it somewhere we wanted to go.
10.0 Excellent6 Sep 2018
They helped us a lotPros: We had a problem with the rent, and the women of the airport shop helped us to solve it.
5.6 Okay21 Nov 2017
Cons: 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 Excellent9 Apr 2017
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 Excellent4 Jan 2017
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).
Excellent staff great rental experience.Pros: 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 Excellent14 Jun 2018
Generally good valuePros: Appreciated 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).Cons: Tyre pressures weren't checked -- 2 were grossly under inflated, yet not punctured, so had no reason to be.
8.8 Excellent10 Jun 2018
Simple fuss free car rentalPros: Pick 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 serviceCons: Happy with service no complaints Would definitely use again
7.6 Good15 May 2018
Pros: Ease of booking online, pick up/return service from and to airport.Cons: Car could've been a little cleaner, but overall it was good.
10.0 Excellent10 May 2018
Pros: Good cars, very good customer service, no delays in car pickup.Cons: Nothing to mention!!
9.2 Excellent20 Mar 2018
Service with smilePros: Fast pick up and drop off, excess very,very high, car cleanCons: Excess too high so drivers must take insurance policy. Otherwise everything was OK
10.0 Excellent15 Jan 2018
Pros: Airport transfers
8.0 Excellent13 Jan 2018
Pros: The car was clean.Cons: 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
Cons: 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.
Pros: The staff were very pleasant. Drop-off very easy
10.0 Excellent28 Dec 2019
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).
6.8 Good1 Jul 2019
Pros: Clean and new carCons: No invoice of damadge on windscreen, just took a lot of money from my account without any notice.
9.2 Excellent18 Jun 2019
Pros: Friendly staffCons: More workers to help check-in
8.0 Excellent10 Jan 2019
Cairns To BrisbanePros: 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
10.0 Excellent21 Jul 2017
Pros: Near new vehicle. Really good rates
8.0 Excellent20 May 2017
Good but that insurance!Pros: 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.Cons: 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 rightPros: Nothing to add
10.0 Excellent15 Jul 2016
Good rentalPros: Seamless transaction, not a very long wait.Cons: They did try to up sell insurance, but that's quite normal of course. Was not worth the $49 per day unless you plan on wrecking.
10.0 Excellent25 May 2016
Pros: The entire process of checking in, getting our car and returning our rental was extremely fast, courteous and effortless - Great job, would highly recommend Budget for any rental need.
FalseCons: That said no hidden fees but still charge 1000$ or insurance forcefully similar car NO FOR 6 people they give us 2 people car argument over argument rude etc
10.0 Excellent25 Mar 2017
Easy and smooth servicePros: 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.
Pros: I appreciated the upgrade. The service provided at check in was excellent.
2.0 Mediocre25 Jul 2017
Don't waste your timeCons: 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.
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 Good7 Jan 2019
Overall positivePros: 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 unsettlingCons: See above
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 $35 or less
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FAQs about hiring a car in Cairns
Some car rental companies in Cairns which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Enterprise, Hertz and Alamo
On average a hire car in Cairns costs $43 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Europcar ($179/day), Budget ($257/day) and Apex ($339/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Europcar Cairns Square 4870 (1 kilometres from the city centre).
The average price of fuel in Cairns is $5.62 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $67 and $90, depending on the car size.
Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Cairns.
A Compact car rental in Cairns costs $35 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Cairns costs $43 per day, on average.
A Standard car rental in Cairns costs $68 per day, on average.
In Cairns, cars are most frequently hired at East Coast Car Rentals 411 Sheridan Street, Cairns (1 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Cairns costs $300 per week ($43 per day).
On average a rental car in Cairns costs $1,287 per month ($43 per day).
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.
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).
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.
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.