|Car types||Compact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury SUV, Passenger van, People mover, Standard, Standard SUV, Supplier choice|
|Popular agencies||Bargain Car Rentals, Ace Rental Cars, East Coast Car Rentals, Alamo, Enterprise|
Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Cairns car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Cairns.
Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Cairns car rental.
Some car hire 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 Europcar, Hertz and Enterprise
On average a hire car in Cairns costs $45 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Bargain Car Rentals ($42/day), Enterprise ($55/day) and Alamo ($58/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Bargain Car Rentals 410, Sheridan Street 4870 (3 kilometres from the city centre).
The average price of fuel in Cairns is $5.70 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $68 and $91, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Cairns.
Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Cairns airport to off-airport locations include Europcar, Ace Rental Cars, Hertz, Enterprise, Thrifty, JUCY, Budget, Alamo, Avis and Firefly.
Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.
A Intermediate car hire in Cairns costs $52 per day, on average.
A Compact car hire in Cairns costs $57 per day, on average.
A Standard car hire in Cairns costs $59 per day, on average.
In Cairns, cars are most frequently hired at Apex 396 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, Qld (3 km from city centre ).
On average hiring a car in Cairns costs $314 per week ($45 per day).
On average a car hire in Cairns costs $1,347 per month ($45 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.