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Cairns, QLD, Australia

Cairns car rental Information

Pick-up location Cairns
Car types Agency's Choice, Compact, Compact SUV, Compact station wagon, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Full-size station wagon, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury SUV, Minivan, Passenger Van, SUV, Standard, Standard SUV
Rental locations 48
Airport locations 25
Popular agencies Thrifty, Sixt, Avis, East Coast Car Rentals, Alamo

Cheap car rentals in Cairns

Economy C$ 30/day
Compact C$ 27/day
Intermediate C$ 33/day
Standard C$ 61/day
Full-size C$ 78/day
SUV C$ 99/day
Minivan C$ 115/day
Full-size SUV C$ 91/day
Passenger Van C$ 76/day
Compact station wagon C$ 54/day
Intermediate SUV C$ 62/day
Compact SUV C$ 68/day
Agency's Choice C$ 71/day
Standard SUV C$ 71/day
Full-size station wagon C$ 84/day
Luxury SUV C$ 109/day
2 Adults, 2 Bags
Economy car in Cairns
sixt
4 Adults, 2 Bags
Compact car in Cairns
sixt
5 Adults, 3 Bags
Intermediate car in Cairns
sixt
5 Adults, 3 Bags
Standard car in Cairns
thrifty
5 Adults, 2 Bags
Full-size car in Cairns
alamo
2 Adults, 2 Bags
SUV car in Cairns
avis
5 Adults, 5 Bags
Minivan car in Cairns
avis
5 Adults, 2 Bags
Full-size SUV car in Cairns
thrifty
5 Adults, 5 Bags
Passenger Van car in Cairns
eastcoastcarrentals
4 Adults, 2 Bags
Compact station wagon car in Cairns
thrifty
5 Adults, 3 Bags
Intermediate SUV car in Cairns
eastcoastcarrentals
4 Adults, 2 Bags
Compact SUV car in Cairns
alamo
5 Adults, 5 Bags
Agency's Choice car in Cairns
enterprise
5 Adults, 3 Bags
Standard SUV car in Cairns
thrifty
5 Adults, 2 Bags
Full-size station wagon car in Cairns
thrifty
5 Adults, 5 Bags
Luxury SUV car in Cairns
europcar
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Cairns car rental reviews and directory

From C$ 51/day
Rated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
8.5 Excellent (12,819 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Enterprise
Locations in Cairns
Shop 2, 51 Sheridan Street
+61 740 312 707
Monday07:30 - 16:30
Tuesday07:30 - 16:30
Wednesday07:30 - 16:30
Thursday07:30 - 16:30
Friday07:30 - 16:30
Saturday07:30 - 12:30
Sunday07:30 - 12:30
Terminal Building
+61 740 349 052
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday08:00 - 19:30
Sunday08:00 - 19:30
All Enterprise reviews
Enterprise reviews in Cairns

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From C$ 43/day
Rated #2
Alamo
10.0 Excellent (1 review)
2 locations in Cairns
Alamo
Locations in Cairns
Term Building Airport Avenue
+61 740 349 052
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday08:00 - 19:30
Sunday08:00 - 19:30
Terminal Building Airport Ave
+61 740 349 045
Monday08:00 - 20:00
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Sunday08:00 - 19:30
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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 C$ 55/day
Rated #3
Thrifty
10.0 Excellent (1 review)
2 locations in Cairns
Thrifty
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Ap
+61 740 339 800
Monday07:30 - 20:30
Tuesday07:30 - 20:30
Wednesday07:30 - 20:30
Thursday07:30 - 20:30
Friday07:30 - 20:30
Saturday07:30 - 19:30
Sunday07:30 - 19:30
Corner Of Sheridan And Aplin S
+61 740 518 099
Monday08:00 - 14:30
Tuesday08:00 - 14:30
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Friday08:00 - 14:30
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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 C$ 21/day
Rated #4
JUCY
Cheapest deal
9.6 Excellent (1 review)
2 locations in Cairns
From C$ 29/day
Rated #5
Budget
9.1 Excellent (9 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Budget
Locations in Cairns
153 Lake St
+61 740 488 166
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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Terminal Building
+61 740 339 777
Monday08:00 - 20:00
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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 $49 per day unless you plan on wrecking.
10.0 Excellent
24 Oct. 2016
Just right
Pros: Nothing to add
8.0 Excellent
20 May 2017
Good but that insurance!
Pros: I booked the car as soon as we landed at the Cairns airport and it was ready in 10 minutes. The car had under 1900km so pretty new. No problems during the week and the return was seem less.
Cons: By far the insurance that they try to sell you and the scare tactics they use to get you to buy into it...
8.0 Excellent
10 Jan. 2019
Cairns To Brisbane
Pros: Nice car, very comfortable easy to drive. Rental desk at the airport in Cairns.
Cons: Drop off and office not at the same address. Not clearly mentioned. Missed it the first time had to go around the block once again
9.2 Excellent
18 Jun. 2019
Pros: Friendly staff
Cons: More workers to help check-in
10.0 Excellent
28 Dec. 2019
Pros: Very friendly agent, easy to rent, pick up, and return. Good process to log any known damage to car (we didn't have any).
10.0 Excellent
21 Jul. 2017
Pros: Near new vehicle. Really good rates
6.8 Good
1 Jul. 2019
Pros: Clean and new car
Cons: No invoice of damadge on windscreen, just took a lot of money from my account without any notice.
From C$ 60/day
Rated #6
Hertz
8.9 Excellent (7 reviews)
3 locations in Cairns
Hertz
Locations in Cairns
147 Lake St
+61 740 385 690
Monday08:00 - 12:00
Tuesday08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday08:00 - 12:00
Thursday08:00 - 12:00
Friday08:00 - 12:00
Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00
Cairns Apt
+61 740 359 299
Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
Saturday07:00 - 22:30
Sunday07:00 - 22:30
Cairns Square, Abbott St
+61 740 468 790
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
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Saturday08:00 - 12:00
Sunday08:00 - 12:00
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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 C$ 39/day
Rated #7
East Coast Car Rentals
8.7 Excellent (22 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
East Coast Car Rentals
Locations in Cairns
411 Sheridan Street, Cairns
1800 474 258
Monday07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday07:00 - 21:00
Thursday07:00 - 21:00
Friday07:00 - 21:00
Saturday08:00 - 19:30
Sunday08:00 - 19:30
Terminal Building Airport Ave
1800 474 258
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East Coast Car Rentals reviews in Cairns

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From C$ 37/day
Rated #8
Avis
6.2 Good (4 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Avis
Locations in Cairns
153 Lake Street
+61 225 561
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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Terminal Building
+61 225 561
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
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Recent reviews
6.8 Good
9 Dec. 2019
Pros: Upgraded car.
Cons: Drop off
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 C$ 42/day
Rated #9
Europcar
Most popular
2.0 Mediocre (1 review)
2 locations in Cairns
Europcar
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Square
+61 740 334 800
Terminal Building
+61 740 349 088
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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.
Sunnycars
8 locations in Cairns
Sunnycars
Locations in Cairns
146 Sheridan Street
147 Lake Street
411 Sheridan Street
51 Sheridan Street
55 Dutton Street
Airport Avenue
Corner Schield and Abbott Street
Terminal Building
From C$ 29/day
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
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
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
Friday08:00 - 20:00
Saturday08:00 - 19:30
Sunday08:00 - 19:30
Terminalbuildingairport Avenue
+61 740 349 052
Monday08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday08:00 - 20:00
Thursday08:00 - 20:00
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Saturday08:00 - 19:30
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From C$ 26/day
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
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
keddy by Europcar
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
2 locations in Cairns
Red Spot
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Airport Terminal 1 International
Cairns Airport Terminal 2 Domestic
From C$ 39/day
Ace Rental Cars
1 location in Cairns
Ace Rental Cars
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Domestic Airport
From C$ 23/day
Apex
1 location in Cairns
Apex
Locations in Cairns
396 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, Qld
+61 740 532 896
Atlas Choice
1 location in Cairns
Atlas Choice
Locations in Cairns
410 Sheradan Street
1800 808 122
Bargain Car Rentals
1 location in Cairns
Bargain Car Rentals
Locations in Cairns
410, Sheridan Street
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
1 location in Cairns
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Cairns
21 Sheridan Street
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 C$ 32/day
Sixt
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 rented a car in Cairns gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.3

Car rental locations in or near Cairns

Good to know

Most popular agency

Europcar

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

C$ 48/day

Good deal

C$ 40/day

When to book a rental car in Cairns

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Top tips for renting 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 rental car desks are available in both terminals of the airport. All rental 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 rental cars in Cairns for C$ 40 or less
  • Book your rental car in Cairns at least 2 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Cairns are around 28% cheaper than other car types, on average

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