Car Rental Cairns Airport (CNS)

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Cairns Airport, Cairns, Australia
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Hyundai i20 or similar
Hyundai i20
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
$14.28 / per day
Compact
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 2x
  • Yes
  • Man.
EastCoast Car Rentals
$17.53 / per day
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Europcar
$37.39 / per day
Standard
KIA Cerato or similar
KIA Cerato
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Alamo
$39.47 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Full-size
Honda CRV or similar
Honda CRV
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
SIXT
$56.16 / per day
Minivan
Hyundai iMax or similar
Hyundai iMax
  • 8x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
$73.51 / per day
Premium
BMW 3 or similar
BMW 3
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
$73.51 / per day
Full-size Elite
Toyota Kluger or similar
Toyota Kluger
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Europcar
$100.04 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
AUD
Country code
61
Average car rental length
5 days
Economy car rental price
$30.19 / per day
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Cairns Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Cairns Airport, also sometimes called North Queensland Airport, is the main gateway to northern Queensland and Great Barrier Reef National Park. 

Top international routes

  • Tokyo
  • Osaka
  • Port Moresby
  • Hong Kong
  • Denpasar
  • Auckland

Main airlines

Jetstar Airways, Regional Express Airlines, Air Niugini, QantasLink, Skytrans, and Virgin Australia

Terminals

Cairns Airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 is the international terminal and Terminal 2 is the domestic terminal. The two terminals are connected by a covered walkway. You can get from one to the other in about five minutes.

Location

Cairns Airport is about 6 km (3.7 mi) from the city of Cairns. National Highway 1 passes by the airport and takes travelers either to Cairns city itself or north to Kuranda or Highway 44 which leads to the coastal destinations of Palm Cove and Port Douglas.

There is no need to worry about toll roads unless you plan a road trip that includes traveling south to Brisbane or the states of New South Wales or Victoria. See their respective articles for more information about how to pay for the tolls.

Most popular types of rental car

Economy, Mini, Compact, Van, SUV

Top car rental companies

SIXT, Europcar, Alamo, Atlas Car & Truck Rental, and East Coast Car Rental all provide a wide range of cars.

Car rental desks

Alamo and Europcar have desks both in the arrivals halls of both the international and domestic terminals. SIXT (serviced by East Coast), Atlas, and East Coast Car Rental are located just outside of the airport on National Highway 1 and can be reached via a shuttle.

Services and facilities

You’ll find a burger shop, a pizza restaurant, a bar, and a number of smaller eateries, as well as stores, and a duty-free outlet in T1. There are also ATMs, lounges, an on-site hotel, a currency exchange, and spa. You’ll find self-service luggage lockers next to the T2 car park. The airport is well-equipped for travelers with reduced mobility. You can find more information on the airport's official website.

Nearest gas station

A Mobil station located at 333 Sheridan Street (National Highway 1), which is open 24/7, is the most convenient station for filling up before returning a rental car if you are coming from the south. If coming from the north, then a Puma station on the left side of National Highway 1 is the most convenient station.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Brisbane (1,689 km / 1,050 mi)
  • Sydney (2,418 km / 1,502 mi)
  • Townsville (352 km / 219 mi)

Airport info

Rating
7.2
  • Getting to the airport 7.0
  • Departure and check-in 8.0
  • Terminal facilities 6.6
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.0
  • Restaurants and car rental services 4.8
  • Lounge 5.2

Cairns Airport (CNS)

  • IATA: CNS
  • ICAO: YBCS
  • Airport name: Cairns Airport (CNS)
  • Airport type: Public / Civil
  • Airport Size: Medium Airport
  • Elevation AMSL: 3 m / 10 ft
  • Runway Surface: Asphalt / Grooved
  • Aircraft movements (per year): 44,539
  • Passengers (per year): 4,391,014
  • Distance from City: 3.1 miles / 5 km NNW of town
  • Airport Hours: 24 hours a day
  • Phone: +61 7 4080 6703
  • Email: enquiries@cairnsairport.com.au

Top 20 Locations near Cairns Airport

  1. 284.3 km / 176.6 miles away
  2. 874.0 km / 543.1 miles away
  3. 1121.9 km / 697.1 miles away
  4. 1193.4 km / 741.5 miles away
  5. 1318.9 km / 819.5 miles away
  6. 1391.1 km / 864.4 miles away
  7. 1391.4 km / 864.6 miles away
  8. 1484.3 km / 922.3 miles away
  9. 1660.8 km / 1031.9 miles away
  10. Car Rental at Darwin Airport from $310.47 per day
    1675.3 km / 1041.0 miles away
  11. 1770.0 km / 1099.8 miles away
  12. 1871.3 km / 1162.8 miles away
  13. Car Rental at Sydney Airport from $18.54 per day
    1972.0 km / 1225.3 miles away
  14. 2076.5 km / 1290.3 miles away
  15. 2132.4 km / 1325.0 miles away
  16. 2313.2 km / 1437.3 miles away
  17. 2701.0 km / 1678.3 miles away
  18. 2745.5 km / 1706.0 miles away
  19. Car Rental at Hobart Airport from $49.91 per day
    2890.3 km / 1796.0 miles away
  20. Car Rental at Perth Airport from $22.27 per day
    3431.9 km / 2132.5 miles away

When are car rental prices cheapest at Cairns Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Cairns Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Cairns Airport
$39.57
January
$36.86
February
$46.58
March
$47.07
April
$43.50
May
$29.83
June
$37.45
July
$30.16
August
$35.16
September
$31.25
October
$32.50
November
$32.50
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Cairns Airport is June when prices for an Economy class start from $29.83. You can see that this is 19% cheaper than the yearly’s average and 37% cheaper than renting a car in April (when rental prices start at $47.07 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Cairns Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in September the average rental period is 36 days, while in October, the average rental period is only 4 days.
Average Rental Length at Cairns Airport
8
January
7
February
7
March
7
April
7
May
7
June
7
July
7
August
36
September
4
October
20
November
6
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Cairns Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Cairns Airport in April, while the fewest number of travelers rent in September.
Cairns Airport Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
142%
January
103%
February
125%
March
193%
April
168%
May
130%
June
180%
July
156%
August
September
1%
October
November
1%
December

Our Customers Reviews

Australia
Toyota Corolla Sedan
October 17, 2019
We used to live in the area so know the it well and were only visiting to see relatives and friends. Great place though but make sure you go at the right time of the year so it's not too hot and wet.
Australia
Hyundai i20
October 9, 2019
We visited Cairns for one week. It was great hiring a car as each day we could travel at our own pace. Pleasant drive to Palm Cove which was very windy. Port Douglas is a must too. There was a lot less traffic than on the Gold Coast and we found the drivers curtious. We enjoyed the local restaurants and there was a lot of variety from Indian , Thai and cosmopolitan.
Australia
Kia Rio
October 8, 2019
Tropical rainforests!...nuff said!
Australia
Kia Rio
September 2, 2019
Cairns definitely needs a car to explore nature's beauty. We spent 5 days there, 3 days with a car. Visited Josephine and Millaa Millaa Falls, Wonga Beach, Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, drove up to Cape Tribulation.
Australia
Kia Rio
July 18, 2019
Cairns is beautiful tropical weather check temps and rainfall through out year as it differs. The manager was very helpful to us.Our party hired 3 cars from here and would do it again no problem.
Australia
Hyundai Accent
June 12, 2019
Most attractions are best accessed by car
Australia
Suzuki Swift
June 7, 2019
East Coast rentals is conveniently located close to the airport.
Australia
Kia Sportage
May 15, 2019
Hired a car because we travelled out of Cairns. We stayed in Port Douglas. Travelled as far North as Cape tribulation. If planning even a few small trips worth a car hire.
Australia
Kia Sportage
May 7, 2019
Slightly inconvenient with airport transfer to pick up car. But we’ll worth the effort. Service team was brilliant, very friendly and hassle free.
Australia
Kia Rio
May 4, 2019
Simple easy and no hassle Car Rental at a great rate.
Australia
KIA Cerato
March 24, 2019
Everything in close proximity 😁
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
March 20, 2019
Barrier reed using Quicksilver from PD. Fabulous!

Top 8 Suppliers for Cairns Airport in 2019

Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
0061 740 349 045
TERMINAL BUILDING, AIRPORT AVENUE
EastCoast Car Rentals
Excellent 8.8
0061 1 800 474 258 / 0061 755 558 908
411 Sheridan St, Cairns North QLD 4870, Australia
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+610740349088
TERMINAL BUILDING
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+610740349088
TERMINAL BUILDING
SIXT
Excellent 8.3
0061 755 558 908
411 Sheridan St, Cairns North QLD 4870
Alamo
Excellent 8
0061 740 349 045
Beaufort Street, Aeroglen QLD 4870
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
Very good 7.6
0061 3 8336 6100 / 0061 1 800 808 122
410 Sheridan Street, Cairns, QLD
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
61-7-4041-0895, 317-348-7251
147 Lake Street

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