Car rental Cairns Airport (CNS)

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Cairns Airport, Cairns, Australia
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Hyundai i20 or similar
Hyundai i20
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
$14.25 / per day
Compact
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 2x
  • No
  • Man.
EastCoast Car Rentals
$17.50 / per day
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Europcar
$37.33 / per day
Standard
KIA Cerato or similar
KIA Cerato
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Alamo
$39.42 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Full-size
Honda CRV or similar
Honda CRV
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$56.08 / per day
Minivan
Hyundai iMax or similar
Hyundai iMax
  • 8x
  • 4x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
$73.40 / per day
Premium
BMW 3 or similar
BMW 3
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
$73.40 / per day
Full-size Elite
Toyota Kluger or similar
Toyota Kluger
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Europcar
$99.89 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel information

Language
English
Currency
AUD
Country code
61
Average car rental length
6 days
Economy car rental price
$30.17 / per day
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Cairns Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Cairns Airport is sometimes also called North Queensland Airport.

Top international routes

  • Tokyo
  • Osaka
  • Port Moresby
  • Hong Kong
  • Denpasar
  • Auckland

Main airlines

Jetstar Airways, Regional Express Airlines, Air Niugini, QantasLink, Skytrans, and Virgin Australia

Terminals

The two Cairns Airport terminals: T1, or the international terminal and T2, or the domestic terminal, are connected by a covered walkway. You can get from one to the other in about five minutes.

Location

Cairns Airport is about 6 km (3.7 mi) from the city of Cairns. Airport Avenue and Lake Street are the main roads connecting the airport to the city.

Top car rental companies

SIXT, Europcar, Alamo, and Atlas Car & Truck Rental

Car rental desks

Most are located in the arrivals halls of both T1 and T2.

Services and Facilities

You’ll find a burger shop, a pizza restaurant, a bar, and a number of smaller eateries, as well as stores, and a duty-free outlet in T1. There are also ATMs, lounges, an on-site hotel, a currency exchange, and spa. You’ll find self-service luggage lockers next to the T2 car park. The airport is well-equipped for travelers with reduced mobility. You can find more information on the airport's official website.

Nearest gas station

Mobil at 333 Sheridan Street can be reached in about six minutes and is open 24/7. There are many other gas stations in and around Cairns.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Brisbane (1,689 km / 1,050 mi)
  • Sydney (2,418 km / 1,502 mi)
  • Townsville (352 km / 219 mi)

Airport info

Rating
7.2
  • Getting to the airport 7.0
  • Departure and check-in 8.0
  • Terminal facilities 6.6
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.0
  • Restaurants and car rental services 4.8
  • Lounge 5.2

Cairns Airport (CNS)

  • IATA: CNS
  • ICAO: YBCS
  • Airport name: Cairns Airport (CNS)
  • Airport type: Public / Civil
  • Airport Size: Medium Airport
  • Elevation AMSL: 3 m / 10 ft
  • Runway Surface: Asphalt / Grooved
  • Aircraft movements (per year): 44,539
  • Passengers (per year): 4,391,014
  • Distance from City: 3.1 miles / 5 km NNW of town
  • Airport Hours: 24 hours a day
  • Phone: +61 7 4080 6703
  • Email: enquiries@cairnsairport.com.au

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Car Rental at Hobart Airport from $49.83 per day
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Car Rental at Perth Airport from $22.24 per day
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When are car rental prices cheapest at Cairns Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Cairns Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Cairns Airport
$39.52
January
$36.81
February
$46.51
March
$47.00
April
$43.43
May
$29.79
June
$37.40
July
$30.11
August
$62.49
September
$54.81
October
$90.30
November
$90.30
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Cairns Airport is June when prices for an Economy class start from $29.79. You can see that this is 41% cheaper than the yearly’s average and 67% cheaper than renting a car in November (when rental prices start at $90.30 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Cairns Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in January the average rental period is 8 days, while in February, the average rental period is only 7 days.
Average Rental Length at Cairns Airport
8
January
7
February
7
March
8
April
8
May
7
June
7
July
7
August
7
September
7
October
7
November
7
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Cairns Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Cairns Airport in July, while the fewest number of travelers rent in February.
Cairns Airport Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
107%
January
78%
February
94%
March
86%
April
92%
May
98%
June
135%
July
117%
August
84%
September
99%
October
101%
November
109%
December

Our Customers Reviews

March 24, 2019
Everything in close proximity 😁
March 20, 2019
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Top 8 Suppliers for Cairns Airport in 2019

Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
740349045
TERMINAL BUILDING, AIRPORT AVENUE
EastCoast Car Rentals
EastCoast Car Rentals
Excellent 8.8
0061 1 800 474 258 / 0061 755 558 908
411 Sheridan St, Cairns North QLD 4870, Australia
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+610740349088
TERMINAL BUILDING
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+610740349088
TERMINAL BUILDING
SIXT
Excellent 8.3
0061 755 558 908
411 Sheridan St, Cairns North QLD 4870
Alamo
Excellent 8
0061 740 349 045
Beaufort Street, Aeroglen QLD 4870
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
Very good 7.6
0061 3 8336 6100 / 0061 1 800 808 122
410 Sheridan Street, Cairns, QLD
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
61-7-4041-0895, 317-348-7251
147 Lake Street

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