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Car Hire in Cairns

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Cairns, Australia
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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Cairns Airport
Compact
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or comparable
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
£ 36.14 per day
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Cairns Airport
Standard
Mitsubishi ASX or comparable
Mitsubishi ASX
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
£ 38.43 per day
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Cairns Airport
Economy
Nissan X-Trail or comparable
Nissan X-Trail
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Bargain Car Rentals
£ 38.56 per day
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Cairns Airport
Compact
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or comparable
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
£ 39.42 per day
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Most Popular Car Hire Offers

Cairns Airport
Full-size
Toyota Camry or comparable
Toyota Camry
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
£ 42.00 / per day
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Cairns Airport
Intermediate
Mitsubishi Outlander or comparable
Mitsubishi Outlander
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
£ 42.32 / per day
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Cairns Airport
Full-size
Toyota Camry or comparable
Toyota Camry
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
£ 43.13 / per day
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Cairns Airport
Standard
Toyota Camry or comparable
Toyota Camry
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
EastCoast Car Rentals
£ 43.88 / per day
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These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 00:48 on 2021-07-25.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
AUD
Dialing code
61
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of city centre
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within city centre
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

One-way Car Hire in Cairns

The most popular one-way car hire options for pick up in Cairns and drop off in another city include:

  • From Cairns to Gold Coast - 35 offers from £ 54.94 per day
  • From Cairns to Brisbane - 35 offers from £ 54.94 per day
  • From Cairns to Townsville - 35 offers from £ 33.24 per day

Top 5 Cities near Cairns

  1. Proserpine starting at £ 26.81 per day
    498.2 km / 309.6 miles away
  2. Rockhampton starting at £ 24.80 per day
    875.0 km / 543.7 miles away
  3. Gladstone starting at £ 24.11 per day
    963.9 km / 598.9 miles away
  4. Emerald starting at £ 26.22 per day
    785.8 km / 488.3 miles away
  5. Port Douglas starting at £ 31.52 per day
    53.3 km / 33.1 miles away

Top 10 Destinations around Cairns

  1. Rockhampton Airport starting at £ 24.80 per day
    869.5 km / 540.3 miles away
  2. Gladstone Airport starting at £ 24.11 per day
    958.4 km / 595.5 miles away
  3. Thangool Airport starting at £ 24.36 per day
    978.3 km / 607.9 miles away
  4. Roma Airport starting at £ 41.96 per day
    1114.0 km / 692.2 miles away
  5. Hervey Bay Airport starting at £ 22.26 per day
    1188.8 km / 738.7 miles away
  6. Tennant Creek Airport starting at £ 37.54 per day
    1260.4 km / 783.2 miles away
  7. Brisbane Brendale starting at £ 40.51 per day
    1372.8 km / 853.0 miles away
  8. Brisbane Virginia starting at £ 40.51 per day
    1382.1 km / 858.8 miles away
  9. Brisbane Ascot starting at £ 40.51 per day
    1388.2 km / 862.6 miles away
  10. Brisbane Tingalpa starting at £ 40.51 per day
    1393.5 km / 865.9 miles away

Map of Car Hire Destinations

During which month is it most affordable to hire a car in Cairns?

Our data show how prices for hiring a car in Cairnsfluctuate depending on the time of the year. This graph can assist you in finding the best bargain.
Average Price for Hiring a Car in Cairns
£ 30.32
January
£ 28.24
February
£ 35.69
March
£ 36.06
April
£ 33.32
May
£ 22.86
June
£ 28.69
July
£ 23.11
August
£ 26.27
September
£ 25.76
October
£ 25.88
November
£ 25.90
December
The cheapest month to hire a car in Cairns is June with prices starting at £ 22.86 for an Economy class cars. The most expensive month in which to hire a car is April with prices for for a Compact class) starting at £ 36.06. The average cost over the course of the entire year is £ 29. You can use this to plan your trip at the time of year when it would be most economical to hire a car. Note that these prices are only averages. The amount of time you hire a car for and the time at which you book will influence the prices.

What is the usual period for which people keep their hire cars, on average, in Cairns?

Hirers picking up a car in Cairns keep them for an average of 20 days during in November, while those picking up their cars in May keep them for an average of 2.
Average Hire Length in Cairns
8
January
7
February
7
March
6
April
2
May
4
June
5
July
4
August
15
September
3
October
20
November
10
December

What month is the most favoured for hiring a car in Cairns?

While travellers visit Cairns year-round, the most popular month for hiring a car is March, and the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Hire in Cairns by Monthly Searches
1%
January
499%
February
696%
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
2%
November
2%
December

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Bargain Car Rentals Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars
Bargain Car Rentals Nissan X-Trail 4 2 SUVs
Bargain Car Rentals Hyundai Kona 4 3 SUVs
Thrifty Mitsubishi ASX 5 2 Station wagons
Thrifty Toyota Corolla 4 2 Medium cars
Thrifty Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 5 2 Station wagons
EastCoast Car Rentals Toyota Corolla Sedan 4 2 Large cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Hyundai Accent 5 1 Small cars
Thrifty Toyota Yaris 4 1 Small cars
Bargain Car Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars

Top 11 Hire Companies in Cairns in 2021

National
National
Remarkable 9.2
740349052
TERMINALBUILDINGAIRPORT AVENUE,
Enterprise
Enterprise
Outstanding 8.8
+61740349052
Cairns Airport, T2 Domestic Terminal, Aeroglen QLD 4870
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8.6
+610740334800
CAIRNS SQUARE
Working hours
Mon:08:00-12:00
Tue:08:00-12:00
Wed:08:00-12:00
Thu:08:00-12:00
Fri:08:00-12:00
Keddy
Keddy
Outstanding 8.6
+610740334800
CAIRNS SQUARE
Working hours
Mon:08:00-12:00
Tue:08:00-12:00
Wed:08:00-12:00
Thu:08:00-12:00
Fri:08:00-12:00
Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.5
740349045
Terminal Building Airport Ave
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-19:30
Sun:08:00-19:30
Avis
Avis
Outstanding 8.5
0740339555
Terminal Building
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:59
Sun:07:00-23:59
Budget
Budget
Outstanding 8.5
0740339777
Terminal Building Cairns Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:07:00-23:59
Sun:07:00-23:59
EastCoast Car Rentals
EastCoast Car Rentals
Outstanding 8.5
+611800474258 / +61755558908
411 Sheridan Street, Cairns, 4870
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:30
Tue:07:00-19:30
Wed:07:00-19:30
Thu:07:00-19:30
Fri:07:00-19:30
Sat:08:00-17:30
Sun:08:00-17:30
SIXT
SIXT
Outstanding 8.3
+61740349052
Domestic Terminal
Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8
740349052
TERM BUILDING AIRPORT AVENUE,
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Great 7.5
61740410895 / 3173487251
147 Lake Street
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