Car Hire & Rental in Cairns Airport

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Cairns Airport (CNS)

Address: Terminal Building, (Metro), Cairns Qld, QL, Queensland, 4870, Australia
Phone: (61) 07 4033 9777
Hours of Operation: Sun - Sat 5:00 AM - 12:30 AM

If flying in, the rental counter is within the terminal with a short walk to the car lot.

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Location Information
Fastbreak Service
Proceed to the Budget counter Fastbreak line/or normal line if no Fastbreak line designation/or follow directions to the Fastbreak Kiosk. Present identification and receive your rental agreement. The counter representative will give the customer the keys & directions to their car.
FASTBREAK RETURN: Follow the airport signs for Car Rental return. You do not need to return to the counter to complete your rental. Record your mileage and fuel level on the rental agreement and drop it in the Budget Fastbreak return box. A closed rental agreement will be mailed to you within 48 hours.
General Directions
COUNTER: Located in the T2 Domestic terminal and T1 International terminal.
CARS: Across the road from the Domestic terminal entrance, approximately 50 feet from front door.
RETURNS: Same as pick-up.
AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: Drop box available at Budget counter between
the hours of 0430 - 2230.

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Renter Requirements

Other Nearby Locations

  • 5.44 kilometres away

    Address: 153 Lake St

    Phone: (61) 07 4048 8166

    Hours of Operation: Sun 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM; Mon - Fri 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM; Sat 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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  • 17.03 kilometres away

    Address: 99 Williams Esplanade

    Phone: (61) 07 4059 2499

    Hours of Operation: Sun 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM; Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sat 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM


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Car Hire at Cairns Airport

If you’re looking for car hire at Cairns Airport that’s cost-friendly, try the selection here at Budget Australia. As the gateway to Queensland, Cairns Airport welcomes thousands of national and international passengers each year. By hiring a car to explore the surrounding area, you’re giving yourself unparalleled freedom as a visitor.

How to find the car hire desks at Cairns Airport

Cairns Airport has two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Finding the car hire desks is easy no matter what terminal you’re landing into. Head to the arrivals hall and you’ll see the car hire desks. Once you’ve collected your keys, you can pick your car up from the car park at Terminal 2.

How to get to Cairns Airport

To reach Cairns Airport from Cairns, start on Esplanade and head North West towards Aplin Street. Stay left on Aplin Street and continue onto Florence Street. Once you reach the roundabout, go straight on to remain on Florence Street.

You’ll then reach a second roundabout, where you should take the third exit onto Lake Street. When you reach the first roundabout on Lake Street, go straight on to remain on Lake Street. Turn right onto Airport Avenue, then follow the signs for either Terminal 1 or Terminal 2.

Things to do near Cairns Airport

Whether your stay near Cairns Airport is a brief one, or you’re in the area for a while, we’re confident you won’t run out of things to do. Here are some fun activities to try:

Rapid Boarders

If you’re up for a splash of excitement after your flight, take the 1.9km drive to Rapid Boarders. Once there, you can don your wetsuit, grab your body board, and race against the rapids under the watchful eye of an instructor. Don’t worry about taking any gear along with you, because it’s all provided.

Cairns Ninebot Tours

If you don’t mind trying your hand, or feet, at using a Segway, take the 3.2km drive to Cairns Ninebot Tours. While being lead by a guide, you’ll tour the nearby area and see some of the beautiful nature-filled sights that surround Cairns Airport.

The Float Studio in Cairns

If you want to unwind after your flight, you may find that The Float Studio is the perfect setting for doing so. With a series of peaceful flotation tanks available, The Float Studio is ideal for switching off to the world and letting your senses relax. It’s a 4.5km drive from Cairns Airport.

Cars you can hire at Cairns Airport

When you hire a car at Cairns Airport from Budget Australia, you’ll benefit from a broad selection of vehicles. We know that many of our customers want to explore the surrounding area, which is why we provide SUVs and 4x4s. Additionally, we have smaller cars for those who want to economise.

Nearby refuelling locations

If you hire a car at Cairns Airport you’ll need to return it with a full tank of fuel. Here are our recommended refuelling locations:

  • Shell at 291 Sheridan Street
  • Coles at 1 Captain Cook Highway
  • Mobil on Yorkeys Knob Road
  • Puma at 45 Arnold Street
  • Mobil on Rinks Close

Distances to popular attractions

If you’re ready to explore the best sites in Queensland, you’ll find our hire cars make your life easier. Here are some distances to popular locations near Cairns:

  • Skyrail Rainforest 12.1km
  • Palm Cove 26km
  • Barron Falls 30.8km
  • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary 28km
  • Barron Gorge National Park 17.3km

Cairns Airport FAQs

How many airports are in Cairns?

There is only one airport in Cairns: Cairns International Airport. Its IATA code is CNS, which you may see used on your tickets or online bookings.

Where can you fly to from Cairns Airport?

You can reach the following destinations from Cairns Airport:

  • Port Moresby
  • Mackay
  • Townsville
  • Brisbane
  • Gold Coast
  • Sydney
  • Adelaide
  • Toowoomba
  • Perth
  • Uluru
  • Alice Springs
  • Darwin
  • Auckland
  • Bali
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Guangzhou
  • Shanghai
  • Osaka
  • Tokyo

Does Cairns Airport have a curfew?

Yes, Cairns Airport has a curfew between 11 pm and 6 am. Although it is prohibited to allow planes to land or take off on a scheduled basis during these periods, some planes may land a little later due to unavoidable delays. As with many airports, this curfew also doesn’t apply to emergency landings or unplanned military use. The terminal also closes at night, which means there’s no chance of getting any sleep at Cairns Airport.

If you want to hire a car at Cairns Airport, come to Budget Australia and try our impressive fleet. Book online today and save on your next Cairns airport car hire.