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Cairns, QLD, Australia
26 Jun — 3 Jul
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From C$ 48/dayRated #1
Enterprise
Best rated
9.6 Excellent (8 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Enterprise
Locations in Cairns
Shop 2, 51 Sheridan Street+61 7 4031 2707
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday07:30 - 12:30
Sunday07:30 - 12:30
Terminal Building+61 7 4034 9052
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
  • 9.7
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.7
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From C$ 56/dayRated #2
Hertz
9.1 Excellent (17 reviews)
3 locations in Cairns
Hertz
Locations in Cairns
147 Lake St+61 7 4038 5690
Monday08:30 - 15:00
Tuesday08:30 - 15:00
Wednesday08:30 - 15:00
Thursday08:30 - 15:00
Friday08:30 - 15:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
Cairns Apt+61 7 4038 9990
Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday07:00 - 22:00
Cairns Square, Abbott St+61 7 4046 8790
Monday07:30 - 12:30
Tuesday07:30 - 12:30
Wednesday07:30 - 12:30
Thursday07:30 - 12:30
Friday07:30 - 12:30
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 9.5
  • 8.8
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From C$ 40/dayRated #3
Alamo
9 Excellent (6 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Alamo
Locations in Cairns
Term Building Airport Avenue+61 7 4034 9052
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
Terminal Building Airport Ave+61 7 4034 9045
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
  • 9.3
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8.6
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From C$ 37/dayRated #4
East Coast Car Rentals
8.9 Excellent (20 reviews)
1 location in Cairns
East Coast Car Rentals
Locations in Cairns
411 Sheridan Street, Cairns+61 1800 474 258
Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 9.1
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From C$ 52/dayRated #5
Thrifty
8.8 Excellent (3 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Thrifty
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Ap+61 7 4033 9800
Monday07:30 - 12:30
Tuesday07:30 - 12:30
Wednesday07:30 - 12:30
Thursday07:30 - 12:30
Friday07:30 - 12:30
Saturday07:30 - 12:30
Sunday07:30 - 12:30
Corner Of Sheridan And Aplin S+61 7 4051 8099
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
  • 9.3
  • 9.3
  • 9.3
  • 9.3
  • 6.6
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From C$ 27/dayRated #6
Budget
8.7 Excellent (23 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Budget
Locations in Cairns
153 Lake St+61 7 4048 8166
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Terminal Building+61 7 4033 9777
Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday07:00 - 22:00
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
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From C$ 30/dayRated #7
Sixt
7.9 Good (4 reviews)
1 location in Cairns
Sixt
Locations in Cairns
411 Sheridan Street+61 7 5555 8908
Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday07:00 - 22:00
  • 9
  • 7.5
  • 7
  • 9
  • 7
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From C$ 39/dayRated #8
Europcar
Most popular
7.5 Good (4 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Europcar
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Square+61 7 4033 4800
Terminal Building+61 7 4034 9088
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
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From C$ 35/dayRated #9
Avis
6.9 Good (5 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Avis
Locations in Cairns
153 Lake Street+61 2 9353 9000
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Terminal Building+61 2 9353 9000
Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday07:00 - 22:00
  • 7.6
  • 8
  • 6.8
  • 6
  • 6.4
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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
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From C$ 27/day
Firefly
3 locations in Cairns
Firefly
Locations in Cairns
147 Lake St+61 740 410 895
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
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 - 12:30
Tuesday07:30 - 12:30
Wednesday07:30 - 12:30
Thursday07:30 - 12:30
Friday07:30 - 12:30
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
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National
3 locations in Cairns
National
Locations in Cairns
Serviced By Redspot Enterprise+61 740 312 707
Monday07:30 - 12:30
Tuesday07:30 - 12:30
Wednesday07:30 - 12:30
Thursday07:30 - 12:30
Friday07:30 - 12:30
Saturday07:30 - 12:30
Sunday07:30 - 12:30
Terminal Buildinairport Avenue+61 7 4034 9045
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
Terminalbuildingairport Avenue+61 7 4034 9052
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
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From C$ 24/day
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
2 locations in Cairns
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
Locations in Cairns
410 Sheridan Street Cairns, QLD1800 808 122
Shop 1, 51 Sheridan Street, Cairns City, QLD+61 383 366 100
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Bargain Car Rentals
2 locations in Cairns
Bargain Car Rentals
Locations in Cairns
410, Sheridan Street
Terminal Building Airport Ave+61 403 608 943
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From C$ 19/day
JUCY
Cheapest deal
2 locations in Cairns
JUCY
Locations in Cairns
55 Dutton Street
Cairns Off Airport Location
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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 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
Terminal Building+61 740 349 088
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Red Spot
2 locations in Cairns
Red Spot
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Airport Terminal 1 International
Cairns Airport Terminal 2 Domestic
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From C$ 36/day
Ace Rental Cars
1 location in Cairns
Ace Rental Cars
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Domestic Airport
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From C$ 22/day
Apex
1 location in Cairns
Apex
Locations in Cairns
396 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, Qld+61 740 532 896
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Atlas Choice
1 location in Cairns
Atlas Choice
Locations in Cairns
410 Sheradan Street1800 808 122
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Dollar
1 location in Cairns
Dollar
Locations in Cairns
Corner Of Sheridan And Aplin S+61 7 4051 8099
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
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Eagle Rent A Car
1 location in Cairns
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Cairns
21 Sheridan Street
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Payless
1 location in Cairns
Payless
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Airport
Monday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Tuesday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Wednesday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Thursday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Friday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Saturday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Sunday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
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90 travellers who rented a car in Cairns gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.7

Car rental locations in or near Cairns

Good to know

Most popular agency

Europcar

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

C$ 45/day

Good deal

C$ 37/day

When to book a rental car in Cairns

Average daily price per month
Rental car prices as pick-up date approaches

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$ 37 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

FAQs about renting a car in Cairns

  • Some car rental 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 Alamo

  • On average a hire car in Cairns costs C$ 45 per day.

  • Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Cairns. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.

  • The average gas price in Cairns is C$ 5.16 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 62 and C$ 82, depending on the car size.

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

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

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

  • Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • A Compact car rental in Cairns costs C$ 44 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car rental in Cairns costs C$ 37 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car rental in Cairns costs C$ 50 per day, on average.

  • In Cairns, cars are most frequently rented at Apex 396 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, Qld (3 km from city centre ).

  • On average a rental car in Cairns costs C$ 312 per week (C$ 45 per day).

  • On average a rental car in Cairns costs C$ 1,339 per month (C$ 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 gas 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.