Cairns Airport (CNS), Cairns, Australia
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Thrifty at Cairns Airport

Airport Ave
136139
Pick-up instructions
Airport Location, please follow signs to the car rental stations.
Drop-off instructions
Please clarify Drop-off instructions with Car Provider upon Pick-up.
Business hours
Mon:06:00-23:30
Tue:06:00-23:30
Wed:06:00-23:30
Thu:06:00-23:30
Fri:06:00-23:30
Sat:06:00-23:30
Sun:06:00-23:30
Key box
No

Customer Ratings and Latest Reviews

Overall value for money of your rental car
Ease of finding rental desk or representative
Efficiency of the car rental agents
Time spent picking up the car
Time spent dropping off the car
Car cleanliness
Overall condition of the car

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Australia
Suzuki Swift
December 26, 2023

Pros: They gave me a cat

Cons: It was expensive

Australia
Ford Ranger
July 16, 2023

Pros: Most things

Cons: Extra costs only mumbled in what felt like scheme to get more money from first time renters

Australia
Mitsubishi ASX
April 30, 2022

Pros: Ease of process

Cons: Nil

Australia
Toyota Corolla
April 30, 2022

Pros: The whole process was a breeze

Australia
Toyota Yaris
April 27, 2022

Pros: All good as mentioned above.

Australia
Mitsubishi Pajero
September 12, 2021

Pros: Efficient and friendly

Australia
Toyota Corolla
August 13, 2021

Pros: we never got to use Thrifty because we had to cancel our holiday because of covid lockdown.

Australia
Mitsubishi ASX
August 8, 2021

Pros: Never got to experience it due to lockdown

Australia
Mitsubishi Outlander
August 1, 2021

Pros: not travelled yet.. You should update your records

Australia
Hyundai Kona
July 31, 2021

Pros: Disgusting service

Australia
Hyundai Kona
July 31, 2021

Pros: The service desk was easy to ;locate and the staff were very helpful

Australia
Mitsubishi ASX
July 28, 2021

Pros: Melissa at Cairns airport was absolutely awesome. Our flight had been changed so many times and she was most accommodating when out flight was due to arrive after knock off time. She was GREAT.

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
July 28, 2021

Pros: Staff at Cairns airport were excellent

Cons: was a bit pricey

Australia
Toyota Corolla
July 27, 2021

Pros: fast and no B/S

Cons: I liked it.

Australia
Mitsubishi ASX
July 26, 2021

Pros: Very helpful at the service desk. Easy to find and car was nearby.

Australia
Hyundai Kona
July 11, 2021

Pros: Clean car and reliable.

Cons: Cost,did not realise how expensive it was going to be would not rent a car from this company again.

Australia
Mitsubishi ASX
July 8, 2021

Pros: Very friendly and professional staff at the desk in Cairns Airport.

Australia
Mitsubishi Outlander
June 23, 2021

Pros: It was extremely professional and they are very easy to deal with.

Cons: Nothing.

Australia
Mitsubishi ASX
June 15, 2021

Pros: all of the above

Cons: would have liked it a bit cheaper ...

Australia
Toyota Yaris
May 18, 2021

Pros: Quick and easy transaction, very efficient and friendly staff

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
May 16, 2021

Pros: Efficient

Cons: Very easy collect and drop of at airport

Australia
Mitsubishi ASX
May 6, 2021

Pros: Everything was ready to go with 2 car seats in it

Cons: Car seats had been cleaned but were still damp.

Australia
Toyota Corolla
May 5, 2021

Pros: Easy and quick to pick up and drop off.

Australia
Mitsubishi Outlander
May 4, 2021

Pros: Their agent stayed after their normal closing hours because our flight was delayed. The car was perfect for our needs.

Australia
Mitsubishi Outlander
May 3, 2021

Pros: Very easy pick up and drop off.

Cons: Honesty after drop off, No additional unwarranted charges.

Australia
Toyota Yaris
April 28, 2021

Pros: They were pleasant to deal with

Australia
Toyota Corolla
April 17, 2021

Pros: Efficiency, car cleanliness, friendly and value for money.

Cons: Only one thing, but both myself and another couple waited for ages in front of the unattended internal office at Cairns airport for the arrival of staff. I eventually queried their non attendance at a neighbouring agency , where they explained the the staff may well be in their car park office. I again double checked to see if there was a notice on the desk top at Thrifty as to why it was closed. No notice visible. The car park office was open and the Thrifty staff was extremely pleasant.

Australia
Kia Carnival
April 3, 2021

Pros: It was just easy except the ladies on the desk need to learn how to take car seats out even if it breaks a nail lol

Cons: Nothing all good long term customer of thrifty

Australia
Mitsubishi Outlander
March 29, 2021

Cons: I thought it was expensive

Australia
Mitsubishi ASX
March 29, 2021

Pros: Polite and friendly

Australia
Mitsubishi Pajero
March 25, 2021

Pros: Drop off is simple procedure.

Cons: Staff were non helpful and abrupt at counter.

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
March 9, 2021

Pros: Quick and easy

Cons: Nothing

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
January 30, 2021

Pros: Friendly and professional staff

Australia
Toyota Corolla
January 29, 2021

Pros: Friendly, helpful and funny

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
January 23, 2021

Pros: Friendly service, efficient transaction and vehicle was everything one would expect

Cons: No out of hours service

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
January 17, 2021

Pros: Clean new new car and friendly and easy drop off service.

Cons: N/a

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
January 15, 2021

Pros: Not much, they wanted over $600 to move the car 5km to another office, just ridiculous

Cons: See above comment

Australia
Toyota Corolla
January 12, 2021

Pros: Efficient, no drama.

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse
January 4, 2021

Pros: Professinal service

Cons: The car that we hired was extremely knocked about outside body wise

Australia
Toyota Corolla
December 23, 2020

Pros: prompt and organised with great vehicle

Cons: vacuuming was not perfect

Australia
Toyota Corolla
December 20, 2020

Cons: Having to line up to collect keys

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
December 16, 2020

Pros: Quick and efficient

Cons: Nothing

Australia
Toyota Corolla
December 13, 2020

Pros: Easy fast

Cons: Everything was fine

Australia
Toyota Camry
December 8, 2020

Pros: efficient and helpful

Australia
Toyota Camry
December 3, 2020

Pros: The office was manned longer hours than other rentals and at pick up and drop off and the staff were prompt and helpful.

Australia
Toyota Corolla
November 30, 2020

Pros: The whole deal

Cons: Nothing

Australia
Toyota Yaris
November 29, 2020

Pros: Staff were very prompt and efficient.

Cons: N/A

Australia
Toyota Yaris
November 25, 2020

Pros: The car was efficient easy to drive and park.

Cons: The car was not washed and the inside was not vacuumed. There were stone chips around the outside of the car and the windscreen had a chip.

Australia
Toyota Yaris
November 15, 2020

Pros: what you expect

Cons: car had many more scratches etc than indicated on forms

Australia
Toyota Yaris
November 13, 2020

Pros: Price and fast pickup and delivery

Cons: Nothing

Australia
Mitsubishi Outlander
October 28, 2020

Pros: Friendly and quick to pick up the vehicle

Cons: Nil

Australia
Toyota Camry
October 17, 2020

Pros: Helpful staff though only one person was manning the desk and quite a queue formed behind me and had to wait

Cons: Rental desk was not located in Airport but outside and the walk with luggage was longer than I would have liked

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
October 16, 2020

Pros: Very quick process

Cons: The only complaint was that when we arrived to pick up our car they had our booking duplicated so they had 3 cars for us to pick up but only one was ordered. They said all 3 have been paid for but after checking with discover cars it was only booked and paid for once. Something went askew on the Thrifty end.

Australia
Toyota Yaris
October 16, 2020

Pros: Efficient

Cons: The car was not clean on the outside when collected. I was asked if I wanted to have it sent back to the car wash. No. It should have been checked before being rented.

Australia
Toyota Yaris
October 15, 2020

Pros: great staff, modern and near new cars

Cons: front tyres were legally bald

Australia
Toyota Kluger
October 12, 2020

Pros: I like service.

Cons: Its been 3-4 working days now and i stil haven't got my bond back.

Australia
Toyota Corolla
October 11, 2020

Pros: Friendly, efficient and very hygenic

Australia
Toyota Corolla
October 7, 2020

Pros: Quick and efficient pickup and drop off.

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
October 4, 2020

Pros: Friendly and efficient

Cons: There was nothing I didn't like

Australia
Toyota Camry
October 2, 2020

Cons: Understaffed at pickup, someone was sick, server however did a great job.

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
September 30, 2020

Pros: Professional very happy with service

Australia
Toyota Corolla
September 24, 2020

Pros: Lovely car

Cons: Nothing

Australia
Mitsubishi Outlander
September 24, 2020

Pros: Fast and easy transaction. Customer service attendant was efficient and polite. Lovely car. Absolutely no problems. Highly recommended

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
September 24, 2020

Pros: Very nice staff member and quick and effortless.

Cons: Friendly and efficient.

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
September 23, 2020

Pros: At the airport, easy to find

Cons: A little pricey

Australia
Toyota Camry
September 20, 2020

Pros: again, all was was simple and service was quick and efficient

Cons: nothing

Australia
Toyota Corolla
September 19, 2020

Cons: did not explain damage on vehicle or how to record damage

Australia
Toyota Corolla
September 18, 2020

Pros: Overall quick professional service.

Cons: I would like to see some verbal feedback on the condition of the car when returning the car.

Australia
Toyota Yaris
September 17, 2020

Pros: Simple process, good vehicle availability.

Cons: Our problem only occurred on this one occassion - the Thrifty office at the airport was not attended. We wanted to pick up and get away quickly on our holiday but the staff were not at work yet. We were told they had called in sick. I understand that is unavoidable but we had to make multiple phone calls and wait for someone from another Thrifty site to come to the office and check out our car. It wasn't the end of the world but we were delayed an hour.

Australia
Toyota Corolla
September 16, 2020

Pros: We the first in que so service was quick

Cons: Snappie customer service agent didn't like her attitude. There was also nothing about paying $400 for fuel and woman at the desk particularly didn't like when her cash even though there was nothing in the office about not accepting cash 😕

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
September 12, 2020

Pros: Airport operators

Cons: All ok

Australia
Toyota Corolla
August 31, 2020

Pros: very helpful & nice staff

Cons: nothing

Australia
Toyota Corolla
August 17, 2020

Cons: I was charged an extra days Hire for returning the vehicle around 30 minutes after the scheduled drop off time. I wasn’t notified at the of return but received an email informing me later that afternoon. I’ll never rent through a third party again.

Australia
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
July 30, 2020

Pros: It is okay.. for the rental agent,, it is a business transaction.

Cons: As before

Australia
Toyota Corolla
January 6, 2020

Cons: Our first car reaked of cigarette smoke. They replaced our car but the inside was Dirty. Something spilt over the interior.

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Cairns Airport
Economy
Suzuki Swift or similar
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Thrifty
$70.27 / per day
Cairns Airport
Compact
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Mazda CX-3
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  • A/C
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$89.22 / per day
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Intermediate SUV
Kia Sportage or similar
Kia Sportage
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Kia Sportage or similar
Kia Sportage
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  • A/C
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$100.89 / per day
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Full-size SUV
Mazda CX-9 or similar
Mazda CX-9
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$106.31 / per day
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Intermediate SUV
Toyota RAV4 or similar
Toyota RAV4
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  • A/C
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$108.18 / per day
Cairns Airport
Full-size SUV
Mazda CX-9 or similar
Mazda CX-9
  • 7
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  • A/C
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$108.89 / per day
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Full-size SUV
Mitsubishi Pajero or similar
Mitsubishi Pajero
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
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$110.42 / per day
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Full-size SUV
Toyota Kluger or similar
Toyota Kluger
  • 7
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$111.63 / per day
Cairns Airport
Full-size SUV
Mitsubishi Pajero or similar
Mitsubishi Pajero
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$112.65 / per day
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Premium SUV
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado or similar
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
  • 7
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
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Full-size SUV
Toyota Kluger or similar
Toyota Kluger
  • 7
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
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Thrifty
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Intermediate SUV
Toyota RAV4 or similar
Toyota RAV4
  • 5
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  • 5
  • A/C
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Thrifty
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Premium SUV
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado or similar
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
  • 7
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  • A/C
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Thrifty
$122.30 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 16:57 on 2024-05-20. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Rental Conditions

Please check the Rental Conditions for each vehicle prior to booking as some conditions, particularly the deposit and deductible, may vary based on the class of vehicle.

Rate includes
Free cancellation up to pick-up, Unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Waiver (deductible: ~€ 3310.00 - € 4875.00), Theft Protection, Roadside Assistance (in the country of pick-up), Third Party Liability (TPL), Airport surcharge, Premium Location fee, Vehicle registration fee, Free modifications, State Tax.
Rate excludes
The following surcharges may apply: Accident Administration fee, Recovery Fee.
An E-Toll is offered in order to avoid violation fees.
An E-toll charge will apply; personal consumption will be charged separately at the end of the rental period.
Driver requirements
Minimum rental age is 21 years.
A young driver fee applies to drivers under the age of 25.

There is no maximum age.
A Senior driver fee is not applied.

The driver license must have been issued by authorized authorities at least 1 year(s) before the date of the commencement of the rental.

Drivers over the age of 75 must present a doctor's certificate of health.
UK customers must bring their DVLA check code along with their photo ID. This check code can be obtained from the DVLA website.
In addition to the regular driver license, an International Driving Permit is also mandatory if the national driver license is not written in English. For driver licenses from countries not party to the International Driving Permit treaty, an official translation of the license must be presented with the original license.
A driver license printed using a non-Roman alphabet (Arabic, Japanese, Cyrillic, etc) must be supplemented by an International Driving Permit.
Please note that the International Driving Permit is valid only if accompanied by the regular driver license. Only physical driver's licenses are accepted (not digital versions).
In addition to documents mentioned previously, the customer will need the following: valid driver license, credit card on a main drivers name, Passport or ID card, booking voucher, 2 proofs of home address (e.g. Utility bill), that is valid for at least 3 months before the pick up date.
Deposit and deductible policy
A deposit will be blocked on the customer's credit card until the end of the rental period.
The exact deposit is determined on pick up since the amount is dependent on the type of vehicle.
Cross-border policy
Cross border rentals are allowed only upon previous request.
Additional charges will be applied in case the car is crossing state or region borders.
Using a ferry is not allowed.
crossing country borders is forbidden for certain car groups.
Details are available from the car rental company's reservation office.

In the event that Cross Border & Territorial Restrictions are violated, all protections lose their validity.
Fuel policy
The vehicle is provided with a full tank of fuel and must be returned with the same amount in order to avoid additional charges.
Alternatively, the renter may purchase a tank full of fuel at the time of rental and return the tank empty.
Business hours
Service outside of business hours is available by request and for an additional charge.
Period of time, during regular working hours, when the car is still guaranteed for the customer, if the customer is late for pick up (the grace period) is 29 minutes.
If the customer is late for a return for more than 59 minutes, extra day charges will apply, in addition to any other rental charges.

Pick-up & Drop-off
Mon:  06:00 - 23:00
Tue:  06:00 - 23:00
Wed:  06:00 - 23:00
Thu:  06:00 - 23:00
Fri:  06:00 - 23:00
Sat:  06:00 - 23:00
Sun:  06:00 - 23:00

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