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Car hires in Cairns, Queensland

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Cairns, QLD, Australia
15 Apr — 22 Apr
Cairns, QLD, Australia
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Car hire insight and trends in Cairns

Useful insights to help you book the perfect car hire in Cairns

What is the cheapest car hire agency in Cairns?

The cheapest car hire in Cairns are generally found through Atlas Car & Truck Rental. When booking with Atlas Car & Truck Rental, you may be able to find car hire prices for as low as $22/day. The average price to hire a car in Cairns is $40/day.

What car hire company in Cairns has the most locations?

Sunnycars has the most locations of any car hire company in Cairns, with 6 locations.

What car do most people hire in Cairns?

Most momondo users will hire the Hyundai Accent in Cairns, though hiring the Hyundai Kona is a popular second choice according to our data. If you’re interested in hiring the Hyundai Accent, prices are $50 per day on average. Some users have found Hyundai Accent hire deals in Cairns for as low as $23 per day. Hyundai Kona hire in Cairns is $67 per day on average, with some of the cheapest deals at $28 per day.

Best deals found for Cairns, Queensland car hire

Find great deals below on a variety of popular rental car types in Cairns, Queensland
Economy$30/day
Compact$32/day
Intermediate$40/day
Standard$32/day
SUV$59/day
People mover$71/day
Full-size SUV$58/day
Passenger van$66/day
Pick-up truck$75/day
Standard SUV$34/day
Intermediate SUV$34/day
Compact SUV$37/day
Supplier choice$42/day
Best rates found by momondo users in the past 48 hours.

Important information about Cairns car hire

If you’re planning a visit to Cairns, Australia, we're sure diving in the Great Barrier Reef is top on your to-do list. The city is also famous for being the access to the Barron Gorge National Park and all its waterfalls as well as the nearby village of Kuranda. In central Cairns, you’ll find the Esplanade boardwalk. There are about 30 car hire locations in Cairns. There’s a variety of options from people carrier rentals to luxury hired cars in Cairns. However, finding a cheap car rental in Cairns may be a little bit difficult. There are many places to park a Cairns car rental, from on-street parking to car parks, and some of the options are free, normally with time limits. The main roads in and out of the city from the west and south are the Highway 1 and A1.

While visiting, is it worthwhile to rent a car while visiting Cairns?

The Cairns city centre is fairly flat and walkable. Normally due to the weather, especially during the hottest days, it’s not recommended, and you may find yourself wanting a vehicle. Apart from that, there’s so much you’ll want to see that’s not in central Cairns. The Barron Gorge National Park is probably the closest top destination, only about half an hour away with a car rental in Cairns. The area is also known for its rainforest swimming holes like Josephine Falls, about an hour south of Cairns. Parking rental cars in Cairns Business District can be challenging at times but there are so many options to choose from. Make sure to check for the regulated hours.

What different driving laws should I keep in mind while driving in Cairns?

Here are some driving rules and tips for travelling with a car rental in Cairns. In Cairns and the rest of Australia, they drive on the left-hand side of the road. Pedestrians always have the right of way. Don’t drive into an intersection if the road ahead is blocked by traffic, even if your light is green as it is considered an offense. When approaching a traffic circle remember to travel clockwise and yield to the vehicles already circling. U-turns are only allowed at intersections if there is a sign specifically allowing it. However, please check in with Cairns’ department of motor vehicles for any updates there might be on traffic laws.

Will I need a special driving license or permit to drive a rental car in Cairns if I’m visiting from another country?

Rental cars in Cairns will generally accept foreign driving licenses as long as they are in English. If you’re travelling from out of Australia and your document is not in English, you should foresee needing an International Driver’s Permit to present along with your original document. This IDP must be obtained in the country of origin of your driving license as you won’t be able to get an International Driver’s Permit once you’re already in Cairns.


Cairns, Queensland car hire deals found on momondo

Find the car hire in Cairns that's right for you

Small cars

$48 - $82

All Car Types

$62 - $110

The average price of a small car hire in Cairns, Australia is $64. The cheapest time to hire a small car in Cairns, Australia is in March. The price is 25% lower than the rest of the year at just $48 per day. A small car rental is typically 25% less expensive than the average rental car in Cairns. The average price of a vehicle hire in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Cairns small car hire found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a medium car hire in Cairns, Australia is $78. The cheapest time to hire a medium car in Cairns, Australia is in February. The price is 38% lower than the rest of the year at just $49 per day. A medium car rental is typically 9% less expensive than the average rental car in Cairns. The average price of a vehicle hire in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Cairns medium car hire found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a large car hire in Cairns, Australia is $110. The cheapest time to hire a large car in Cairns, Australia is in February. The price is 26% lower than the rest of the year at just $82 per day. A large car rental is typically 23% more expensive than the average rental car in Cairns. The average price of a vehicle hire in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

The average price of a SUV hire in Cairns, Australia is $84. The cheapest time to hire a SUV in Cairns, Australia is in February. The price is 31% lower than the rest of the year at just $58 per day. A SUV rental is typically 2% less expensive than the average rental car in Cairns. The average price of a vehicle hire in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Cairns SUV hire found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a van hire in Cairns, Australia is $131. The cheapest time to hire a van in Cairns, Australia is in February. The price is 22% lower than the rest of the year at just $103 per day. A van rental is typically 36% more expensive than the average rental car in Cairns. The average price of a vehicle hire in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Cairns van hire found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a pickup truck hire in Cairns, Australia is $117. The cheapest time to hire a pickup truck in Cairns, Australia is in April. The price is 30% lower than the rest of the year at just $83 per day. A pickup truck rental is typically 28% more expensive than the average rental car in Cairns. The average price of a vehicle hire in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Cairns pickup truck hire found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a luxury car hire in Cairns, Australia is $138. The cheapest time to hire a luxury car in Cairns, Australia is in February. The price is 33% lower than the rest of the year at just $94 per day. A luxury car rental is typically 39% more expensive than the average rental car in Cairns. The average price of a vehicle hire in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

Hyundai Accent Hatch
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

$30/day

25 Apr - 28 Apr
Hyundai Accent Hatch
Toyota Yaris
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

$32/day

20 Apr - 23 Apr
Toyota Yaris
Toyota Yaris
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

$41/day

20 Apr - 23 Apr
Toyota Yaris

Cairns car hire directory

All major car hire suppliers in Cairns, Queensland

Ace Rental Cars

10.0
Wonderful
1 review3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Overall

10.0

Pick-up/drop-off

10.0

Value

8.0

Thrifty

9.0
Wonderful
1 review3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.0

Overall

9.0

Pick-up/drop-off

9.0

Value

6.9

JUCY

2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.3

Comfort

8.6

Overall

9.0

Pick-up/drop-off

8.0

Value

8.3

Sixt

8.9
Very Good
9 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.0

Overall

8.9

Pick-up/drop-off

9.1

Value

8.2

Alamo

8.7
Very Good
19 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.5

Overall

8.7

Pick-up/drop-off

9.0

Value

8.6

Budget

8.5
Very Good
21 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.8

Comfort

8.3

Overall

8.4

Pick-up/drop-off

8.6

Value

7.6

Hertz

7.1
Good
10 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.4

Comfort

7.4

Overall

7.1

Pick-up/drop-off

7.4

Value

7.1

Europcar

6.6
Okay
4 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.6

Overall

6.6

Pick-up/drop-off

6.6

Value

6.6

Quick facts about car hire in Cairns

Get the overview on great hire deals, popular car hire companies, and best car types for your visit in Cairns

Most Popular Agency

Bargain Car Rentals

Popular Car Types

Compact, SUV, Intermediate

Cheapest Hire Car

$32

Most Popular Model

Hyundai Accent
The most popular Cairns car hire agency found on momondo this month is Bargain Car Rentals. Other top choices for car hire companies are Simba Car Hire and Atlas Car & Truck Rental
The following car types were offered at car hire companies in Cairns in the past 72 hours: Compact, SUV, Intermediate.
The lowest price for a car hire in Cairns is $32/day. For this area, you can expect average prices starting from $55/day.
The most popular car model to hire in Cairns in the past 7 days is the Hyundai Accent. Our users also prefer the Hyundai Kona as an alternative.

Find popular attractions close to your car hire pick-up

Visit these must-see attractions near popular car hire locations in Cairns

Nearby attractions:

Esplanade Lagoon4.5 km
Cairns Regional Gallery4.6 km
Reef Hotel Casino5.0 km
Barlow Park5.1 km
Cairns Convention Centre5.2 km

Nearby attractions:

Esplanade Lagoon125.7 km
Cairns Regional Gallery125.8 km
Reef Hotel Casino126.2 km
Barlow Park126.4 km
Cairns Convention Centre126.5 km

Nearby attractions:

Cairns Regional Gallery0.5 km
Esplanade Lagoon0.5 km
Reef Hotel Casino0.8 km
Cairns Convention Centre1.0 km
Barlow Park1.4 km

Hire a car near one of these popular hotels in Cairns

Below are the most popular hotels in Cairns
Crystalbrook Flynn

Crystalbrook Flynn

85 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.5 km from city centre

Crystalbrook Bailey

Crystalbrook Bailey

163 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.4 km from city centre

Cairns Colonial Club Resort

Cairns Colonial Club Resort

18-26 Cannon Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

2.8 km from city centre

Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns

Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns

Pierpoint Road Po Box 7170, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.8 km from city centre

Hilton Cairns

Hilton Cairns

34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.8 km from city centre

DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.6 km from city centre

Crystalbrook Riley

Crystalbrook Riley

131-141 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.7 km from city centre

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

122 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.4 km from city centre

Palm Royale Cairns

Palm Royale Cairns

7-11 Chester Court, Cairns, QLD, Australia

3.3 km from city centre

Oaks Cairns Hotel

Oaks Cairns Hotel

59-63 Cairns Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.6 km from city centre

Cairns Sunland Leisure Park

Cairns Sunland Leisure Park

49-61 Little Pease Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

3.4 km from city centre

Pullman Cairns International

Pullman Cairns International

17 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.7 km from city centre

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.8 km from city centre

Bohemia Resort Cairns

Bohemia Resort Cairns

231 McLeod Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

1.9 km from city centre

Pacific Hotel Cairns

Pacific Hotel Cairns

43 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.7 km from city centre

Cairns Queens Court

Cairns Queens Court

167-173 Sheridan Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.8 km from city centre

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.9 km from city centre

Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre

Ramada By Wyndham Cairns City Centre

6 12 Florence Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.5 km from city centre


Driving with a car hire in Cairns - FAQs

Learn everything there is to know about hiring a car in Cairns so you can be properly prepared for your next trip

How much will it cost to hire a car in Cairns, Australia in May?

Our data shows that for weekend car hire deals during May in Cairns, you can expect to pay around $67. A particularly good deal might be around $30, which is the lowest quote for Cairns we've seen so far. Stretching your hire over seven days shifts the price range to about $26 to $61.

Is there a fee to cancel my Cairns, Australia car hire?

When you hire a car in Cairns, popular agencies such as Ace Rental Cars, JUCY , and MINI Car Rentals will generally offer free cancellation. While momondo does not have any control over cancellation policies for rental cars in Cairns, we can help you find the cheapest car to hire for your upcoming trip.

What is the best type of car to hire in Cairns during May?

During the month of May in Cairns, temperatures hover around 21 °C - which is perfect for hiring a convertible. With precipitation only averaging 40 mm during May in Cairns, a convertible will allow you to truly enjoy the sites while cruising down the streets. Keep in mind that you may want to check the weather before your trip, just in case. Hiring a Convertible in Cairns will cost you $202/day on average.

What is the speed limit in Cairns, Australia?

If you are hiring a vehicle in Cairns, then be aware that the current speed limit within city or town limits is 50 km/h, unless otherwise posted. Suburban speed limits around Cairns will generally have a speed limit of 110 km/h. If you are travelling on a motorway in Cairns, then the speed limit is 110 km/h.

What car hire company has the MG ZS in Cairns?

What is the weather like in Cairns, Australia in April?

Those looking for a hire car in Cairns during the month of April should expect temperatures to be around 25 °C and should expect around 190 mm of precipitation. This information can be helpful when choosing which car you’d like to rent.

Is the weather in Cairns similar to the rest of Queensland?

Travellers looking to leave from Cairns on a road trip around Queensland or the surrounding areas during the month of April should expect temperatures around 22 °C and about 85.5 mm of possible rain through the month.

When did momondo last update prices for cars in Cairns?

Prices for cars in Cairns are updated daily.

How many operators does momondo search for cars in Cairns?

How old do you have to be to hire a car in Cairns?

The minimum age for drivers varies by country, including Cairns. In numerous EU countries, drivers must be 18 years old. To hire a car overseas, you'll generally need to be at least 21, and if you're under 25, a young driver surcharge may be applied. We advise that you read the policy of your chosen hire company before making a reservation.

What documentation or ID do you need to hire a car in Cairns?

All drivers must have a valid full driving license when hiring a car in Cairns. If the license is written in a different language from the country of hire, an International Driving Permit may be required to avoid the risk of potential fines. If you're hiring a car overseas, you may also need to provide proof of return travel and accommodation information during your stay. It is always advisable to check with the individual hire company you're booking with.


Why use momondo?

Why should I use momondo to book a car hire in Cairns?

You should book a car hire in Cairns using momondo because it is quick, free and easy to use and could save you money. momondo does the hard work of finding the car hire prices and policies, all you need to do is compare and choose what works best for your trip.

How does momondo help me find the best car hire deal in Cairns?

momondo helps you find the best car hire deal in Cairns by allowing you to filter results by price, capacity, car features, drop off, pick-up location and many more.

Does momondo show car hire deals in Cairns with free cancellation?

Yes you can filter specifically for car hire companies in Cairns offering free cancellation on momondo.

Can I hire a car with a fair fuel policy in Cairns on momondo?

Yes, fair fuel policies are a specific filter offered on momondo for all car hire locations including Cairns.

Can I find a car hire in Cairns which offers enhanced cleaning on momondo?

Enhanced cleaning services can be found on all car hire locations on momondo including Cairns.

Can I search for car hire in Cairns with unlimited mileage on momondo?

Yes, car hire deals in Cairns with unlimited mileage can be found on momondo.


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