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Cairns car hire information

Pick-up location Cairns
Car types 4x4, Box truck, Commercial, Compact, Convertible, Economy, Full-size, Intermediate, Luxury, Mini, People mover, Premium, Standard, Van
Hire locations 47
Airport locations 24
Popular agencies Europcar, East Coast Car Rentals, Enterprise, Hertz, Budget

Cheap car hire in Cairns

Economy $13/day
Compact $19/day
Intermediate $16/day
Standard $18/day
Full-size $23/day
4x4 $17/day
People mover $57/day
Mini $21/day
Premium $42/day
Luxury $17/day
Convertible $160/day
Van $44/day
Commercial $46/day
Box truck $77/day
2 Adults, 2 Bags Economy car in Cairns acerentalcars
4 Adults, 2 Bags Compact car in Cairns enterprise
5 Adults, 3 Bags Intermediate car in Cairns acerentalcars
5 Adults, 3 Bags Standard car in Cairns acerentalcars
5 Adults, 2 Bags Full-size car in Cairns enterprise
4 Adults, 2 Bags 4x4 car in Cairns acerentalcars
5 Adults, 5 Bags People mover car in Cairns europcar
2 Adults, 2 Bags Mini car in Cairns enterprise
5 Adults, 5 Bags Premium car in Cairns hertz
5 Adults, 5 Bags Luxury car in Cairns apex
5 Adults, 3 Bags Convertible car in Cairns europcar
5 Adults, 2 Bags Van car in Cairns budget
4 Adults, 2 Bags Commercial car in Cairns hertz
5 Adults, 5 Bags Box truck car in Cairns europcar
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 24 hours.

Cairns car hire reviews and directory

From $24/day
Rated no. 1
Enterprise
enterprise
Best rated
8.5 Excellent (12,812 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Enterprise
Locations in Cairns
Shop 2, 51 Sheridan Street
+61 740 312 707
Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday07:30 - 12:30
Sunday07:30 - 12:30
Terminal Building
+61 740 349 052
Monday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
All Enterprise reviews
Enterprise reviews in Cairns

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From $35/day
Rated no. 2
Thrifty
thrifty
10.0 Excellent (1 review)
2 locations in Cairns
Thrifty
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Ap
+61 740 359 033
Monday05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday05:00 - 23:59
Thursday05:00 - 23:59
Friday05:00 - 23:59
Saturday05:00 - 23:59
Sunday05:00 - 23:59
Corner Of Sheridan And Aplin S
+61 740 518 099
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:30
Sunday08:00 - 12:30
  • 10.0
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  • 10.0
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
11 Dec. 2016
great service
Pros: I had a small fender bender on my car and Thrifty made it easy dealing with the problem and replacing the car. Very friendly personnel.
From $29/day
Rated no. 3
Alamo
alamo
9.8 Excellent (2 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Alamo
Locations in Cairns
Term Building Airport Avenue
+61 740 349 052
Monday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Terminal Building Airport Ave
+61 740 349 045
Monday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
  • 10.0
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  • 9.0
Recent reviews
9.6 Excellent
21 Mar. 2018
Pros: Staff were very good and the process was simple.
Cons: All good.
10.0 Excellent
4 May 2018
Positive rental experience
Pros: Clean car, easy pick up and return, upgrade since they were out of our size
From $23/day
Rated no. 4
JUCY
jucy
9.6 Excellent (1 review)
2 locations in Cairns
From $27/day
Rated no. 5
Budget
9.0 Excellent (8 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Budget
Locations in Cairns
153 Lake St
+61 740 488 166
Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00
Terminal Building
+61 740 339 777
Monday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
  • 8.9
  • 9.6
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  • 8.7
  • 8.9
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
25 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.
10.0 Excellent
15 Jul. 2016
Good rental
Pros: 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 Excellent
24 Oct. 2016
Just right
Pros: Nothing to add
8.0 Excellent
20 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...
8.0 Excellent
10 Jan. 2019
Cairns To Brisbane
Pros: 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
9.2 Excellent
18 Jun. 2019
Pros: Friendly staff
Cons: More workers to help check-in
10.0 Excellent
21 Jul. 2017
Pros: Near new vehicle. Really good rates
6.8 Good
1 Jul. 2019
Pros: Clean and new car
Cons: No invoice of damadge on windscreen, just took a lot of money from my account without any notice.
From $39/day
Rated no. 6
Hertz
8.9 Excellent (7 reviews)
3 locations in Cairns
Hertz
Locations in Cairns
147 Lake St
+61 740 410 895
Monday09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday09:00 - 17:30
Thursday09:00 - 17:30
Friday09:00 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:30
Sunday09:00 - 12:30
Cairns Apt
+61 740 359 299
Monday04:00 - 23:30
Tuesday04:00 - 23:30
Wednesday04:00 - 23:30
Thursday04:00 - 23:30
Friday04:00 - 23:30
Saturday04:00 - 23:30
Sunday04:00 - 23:30
Cairns Square, Abbott St
+61 740 516 399
Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
  • 8.9
  • 9.1
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  • 9.4
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
5.6 Okay
21 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.
10.0 Excellent
6 Sep. 2018
They helped us a lot
Pros: We had a problem with the rent, and the women of the airport shop helped us to solve it.
8.0 Excellent
19 Nov. 2018
Pros: Easy pick up and return after pickup
Cons: Found out after pickup, we couldn't take it somewhere we wanted to go.
9.6 Excellent
9 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 Excellent
4 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).
10.0 Excellent
23 Dec. 2018
Pros: very friendly employees, easy claim process initiating, flexible return.
10.0 Excellent
24 Feb. 2019
Pros: Friendly staff. Easy pickup and drop off.
From $27/day
Rated no. 7
East Coast Car Rentals
eastcoastcarrentals
Most popular
8.7 Excellent (22 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
East Coast Car Rentals
Locations in Cairns
148 Sheridan Street
CAIRNS AIRPORT 146 Sheridan Street
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From $30/day
Rated no. 8
Avis
avis
6.0 Good (3 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Avis
Locations in Cairns
153 Lake Street
+61 740 480 522
Monday07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday07:30 - 17:00
Thursday07:30 - 17:00
Friday07:30 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00
Terminal Building
+61 740 339 555
Monday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
  • 6.0
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Recent reviews
7.6 Good
7 Jan. 2019
Overall positive
Pros: 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 unsettling
Cons: See above
2.0 Mediocre
25 Mar. 2019
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
8.4 Excellent
3 Aug. 2019
Cons: Seams like a lot of money
From $34/day
Rated no. 9
Europcar
europcar
6.0 Good (2 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Europcar
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Square
+61 740 334 800
Terminal Building
+61 740 349 088
  • 6.0
  • 6.0
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  • 6.0
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
25 Jul. 2017
Don't waste your time
Cons: 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.
10.0 Excellent
4 Sep. 2018
Pros: I appreciated the upgrade. The service provided at check in was excellent.
Sunnycars
sunnycars
7 locations in Cairns
Sunnycars
Locations in Cairns
146 Sheridan Street
411 Sheridan Street
51 Sheridan Street
55 Dutton Street
Airport Avenue
Corner Schield and Abbott Street
Terminal Building
From $36/day
Firefly
firefly
3 locations in Cairns
Firefly
Locations in Cairns
147 Lake St
+61 740 410 895
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday
Airport Ave
+61 740 359 299
Monday04:00 - 23:30
Tuesday04:00 - 23:30
Wednesday04:00 - 23:30
Thursday04:00 - 23:30
Friday04:00 - 23:30
Saturday04:00 - 23:30
Sunday04:00 - 23:30
Cairns Square, Abbott St
+61 740 516 399
Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
From $74/day
National
national
3 locations in Cairns
National
Locations in Cairns
Serviced By Redspot Enterprise
+61 740 312 707
Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday07:30 - 12:30
Sunday07:30 - 12:30
Terminal Buildinairport Avenue
+61 740 349 045
Monday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Terminalbuildingairport Avenue
+61 740 349 052
Monday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 00:30
05:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 00:30
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From $25/day
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
atlascar
2 locations in Cairns
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
Locations in Cairns
410 Sheridan Street Cairns, QLD
1800 808 122
Shop 1, 51 Sheridan Street, Cairns City, QLD
+61 383 366 100
From $24/day
keddy by Europcar
keddy
2 locations in Cairns
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Square, Corner Shield & Abbott Street
+61 740 334 800
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
Terminal Building
+61 740 349 088
Red Spot
redspot
2 locations in Cairns
Red Spot
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Airport Terminal 1 International
Cairns Airport Terminal 2 Domestic
From $21/day
Ace Rental Cars
acerentalcars
Cheapest deal
1 location in Cairns
Ace Rental Cars
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Domestic Airport
From $21/day
Apex
apex
1 location in Cairns
Apex
Locations in Cairns
396 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, Qld
+61 740 532 896
Atlas Choice
atlaschoice
1 location in Cairns
Atlas Choice
Locations in Cairns
410 Sheradan Street
1800 808 122
AutoEurope
autoeurope
1 location in Cairns
AutoEurope
Locations in Cairns
Europcar Desk In Termainal
Dollar
dollar
1 location in Cairns
Dollar
Locations in Cairns
Corner Of Sheridan And Aplin S
+61 740 518 099
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:30
Sunday08:00 - 12:30
Eagle Rent A Car
eaglerac
1 location in Cairns
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Cairns
21 Sheridan Street
Payless
payless
1 location in Cairns
Payless
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Airport
Monday00:00 - 01:30
04:30 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 01:30
04:30 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 01:30
04:30 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 01:30
04:30 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 01:30
04:30 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 01:30
04:30 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 01:30
04:30 - 23:59
From $42/day
Sixt
sixtrentacar
1 location in Cairns
Sixt
Locations in Cairns
411 Sheridan Street
+61 755 558 908
Monday07:00 - 21:45
Tuesday07:00 - 21:45
Wednesday07:00 - 21:45
Thursday07:00 - 21:45
Friday07:00 - 21:45
Saturday07:00 - 21:45
Sunday07:00 - 21:45
23 travellers who hired a car in Cairns gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.4

Car hire locations in or near Cairns

Good to know

Most popular agency East Coast Car Rentals
Most popular car type Compact
Average price $38/day
Good deal $28/day

When to book a car hire in Cairns

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Top tips for hiring a car in Cairns

  • 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 a car hire in Cairns for $28 or less
  • Book your car hire in Cairns at least 2 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport car hire locations in Cairns are around 7% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Intermediate car hires in Cairns are around 31% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Cairns

How much does it cost to hire a car in Cairns?

On average a hire car in Cairns costs $38 per day.

What is the most popular car hire in Cairns?

Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Cairns.

What is the cheapest car hire agency in Cairns?

In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Ace Rental Cars ($13/day), Apex ($17/day) and Enterprise ($19/day).

What is the best car hire agency in Cairns?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Cairns are Enterprise (8.5, 12812 reviews), Sixt (7.5, 1066 reviews), and Hertz (7.4, 3846 reviews).

Which car hire agencies are at the airport: Cairns airport (CNS)?

Car hire companies onsite at Cairns airport include East Coast Car Rentals, Europcar, Budget, Atlas Car & Truck Rental, Alamo, Enterprise, JUCY, Hertz, Ace Rental Cars and Apex.

Which car hire companies will pick you up at the airport: Cairns airport (CNS)?

Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Cairns airport to off-airport locations include Europcar, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise, JUCY, Hertz, Ace Rental Cars, Thrifty, Avis and keddy by Europcar.

What is the cheapest car hire location in Cairns?

In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Ace Rental Cars Cairns Domestic Airport 4870 (5 kilometres from the city centre).

How can I find a car hire near me in Cairns?

Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

How much does a Compact car hire cost in Cairns?

A Compact car hire in Cairns costs $38 per day, on average.

What is the most popular car hire location in Cairns?

In Cairns, cars are most frequently hired at Apex 396 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, Qld (3.17 km from city centre ).

How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in Cairns?

On average hiring a car in Cairns costs $265 per week ($38 per day).

How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in Cairns?

On average a car hire in Cairns costs $1,137 per month ($38 per day).

What type of car is recommended for driving in Cairns?

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.

What's the speed limit in Cairns?

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).

How are gas prices in Cairns?

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.

Where are the best places to park in Cairns?

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.