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    Car Hire Cairns

    Cairns Car Hire

    As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the cosmopolitan and laid-back city of Cairns offers experiences unlike any other. Take the helm of a boat and learn how to sail or get a thrill hang gliding above the treetops. Stroll the palm-lined Cairns Esplanade and browse the shops, restaurants and bars. The Great Barrier Reef has boundless options to explore with 3,000 individual reefs and 880 islands. You can also learn about Australian Aboriginal culture at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

    Located in North Queensland, Cairns is the perfect base to explore this tropical paradise. The mighty yet eloquent Daintree Rainforest is located 2 hours North of Cairns and is the world's oldest surviving rain-forest. Glide across the Barron Falls on the Kuranda Skyrail or for a more relaxed experience, the Kuranda Scenic Railway offers equally spectacular views. A speedy ride from Cairns, the beautiful Fitzroy Island has opportunities to experience sea turtles up close and personal as part of its turtle rehabilitation tours afterwards escape and unwind on the islands stunning beaches. Alongside the natural beauty of this destination, an array of various festivals are scattered throughout the year including: Cairns Children’s Festival, Port Douglas Carnivale, Ecofiesta & Cairns Festival!

    Convenient Locations in Cairns

    At our convenient pick-up locations in Cairns, we work with suppliers such as Europcar, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty and Alamo to accommodate all of your car hire needs for your trip.

    Parking in Cairns is readily available with both metered and unmetered street parking available. Parking meters in Cairns generally do not give change so it is useful to carry coins. Machines accept 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1 and $2 coins at a rate of approximately $1.20 per hour. Follow the white painted arrow on the footpath to find the right parking meter for your spot. Private and public car parks are also stationed throughout the city.

    It is common in Australia to have tag or video/plate accounts for tolls, but if you're only using the toll roads occasionally, there are options to pay without opening an account. The Queensland government advises contacting the appropriate toll payment providers to make arrangements. Toll passes can be purchased at designated convenience stores and gas stations and should run between $6-15, depending on the trip.

    Car Hire at Cairns Airport  Cairns Airport

    Frequently Asked Questions about Hiring a Car in Cairns


    Can I hire a car in Cairns if I am under 25?

    Yes! However, renters between the ages of 21-25 will should be aware that they will likely incur an additional daily charge known as a young driver surcharge, which can vary depending on the supplier.

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

    Similar to airplane tickets, car hire rates are constantly changing due to factors such as market demand and the timing of your booking. Despite these variable rates, Auto Europe is still able to offer competitive rates through our unique relationships with top suppliers.

    Can I book a one-way car hire in Cairns?

    Yes! Use our booking engine to request a free quote and check multiple drop-off locations to find the best option for your travel plans. If you have any questions on one-way car hires, feel welcome to contact us at 1300 656 601.

    To view more, visit our FAQs page.

    Useful Driving Distances and Day Trip Ideas in Cairns

    • Cairns to Cairns Airport (10km approx. 10min)
    • Cairns to The Daintree Rainforest (125km approx. 2hr)
    • Cairns to Kuranda (35km approx. 35 min)
    • Cairns to Fitzroy Island (30km approx. 45min)

    Alternatives to Car Hire in Cairns

    In addition to offering the guaranteed best rates in the industry on traditional car hires, we also offer numerous alternative transportation services to provide our clients with even more value. With options such as luxury, motorhome, van hires and more, Auto Europe has the ideal vehicle to accommodate almost any travel plan.

    Motorhome Hire in Cairns
    Cairns Motorhome Hire -  A motorhome or RV hire in Cairns allows travellers to explore Australia on your terms. Explore the roads your way and pitch at one of the many safe and accommodating locations throughout the nation. Your travel dreams have no limits behind the wheel of a motorhome hire.
    Van Hire Cairns
    Van Hire Cairns -  Travelling with a large party or transporting large/heavy luggage? Don't fret! Auto Europe offers competitive rates on small, medium and large van hires able to accommodate your needs during your time in Cairns.
    Luxury Car Hire Cairns
    Luxury Car Hire Cairns -  Make your trip to Cairns a memorable one and travel behind the wheel of a luxury car hire. Compare rates on models from Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Maserati, and more, to find the ideal vehicle for your trip.