Cairns Airport Car Rental

Airport Basics.....

The Cairns Airport sits about 7 km's North of the City of Cairns in the state of Queensland, Australia - right on the Coral Sea.  The claim to fame of the city of Cairns is that is is considered the only place on the planet where two world heritage areas convene - the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.  World Heritage Areas are considered by the United Nations to offer travelers outstanding "universal value".  The airport serves many passengers (both International and Domestic) interested in each area.  Total passenger count for the airport runs in the area of about 3 million per year.
Cairns airport boarding room
Cairns Airport Car Rental.....

Rental car companies at the Cairns Airport include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Redspot and Thrifty.  Each car rental agent is located in the both the arrivals area on the Northern side of the Domestic Terminal and the arrivals area in the International Terminal.  Rental Car parking is situated in the Domestic Terminal Car Park, on the Northern side.

To get to Cairns with your rental car, you will exit Southwest on Mick Borzi and then Airport Avenue, until you come to a stoplight.  Turn left on Sheridan Street.  Drive about 3 km down a divided highway until you come to a 'T' on Bruce Highway.  Turn right at the light, and drive to the city center.  

When returning your car, you probably be driving back North on Sheridan Street - the road that you traveled when leaving the airport.  There will be plenty of fuel stations on Sheridan Street when returning your rental vehicle (Including a Caltex, Shell and Mobil stations within minutes of the airport turnoff.)  Note the bicycle lane marked by a Green area on the roads, and watch for green signs pointing you back to the direction of the Airport.  
Cairns International Airport
Restaurants Near the Cairns Airport.....

One restaurant we have identified near the Cairns Airport is this gem, the Havana Music Cafe.  With a menu ranging from Tapas to Emplanadas to Traditional Jerk Skewers, this place serves good food, by all accounts.  Car Rental driving directions to it are similar to traveling to the downtown area of Cairns.  Instead of turning right at Bruce, turn left (the street is actually called Florence when turning left and Bruce when turning right off of Sheridan Street.)  Drive two blocks to the traffic circle and head down Lake Street (3rd Exit).  Havana Music Cafe will actually be on the right side of the road, so you'll have to make a U-turn in your rental car somewhere nearby.  The restaurant sits across from a 5-story public car park.
Airport Amenities.....

Shopping at the Cairns Airport include both options for Domestic and International areas.  At the Domestic side, BeachCulture, Bijoux Terner and Purely Australian Clothing are pretty good shopping destinations.  On the International side, you have choices such as Bico Jewelry, Ampiji Gifts and Souvenirs and Purely Merino, specializing in Merino Wool merchandise and Sheepskin items as well.
Car Rental Driving Distances.....

As stated above, the trip from the Cairns Airport to the city center of Cairns is a short one - about 7 km.  For some folks landing into the Cairns airport, a different destination may be in mind.  For those, we have compiled a list of nearby towns and attractions to assist you.  All distances are from the airport and are only estimates.  For exact driving distances, we generally recommend that you reserve a GPS when booking your rental car.  They are always fairly cheap, and often free - depending on the car that you book.  Use our booking engine to determine what is available, at what cost.

Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia 67 km.
Wonga, Queensland, Australia 93 km.
Innisfail, Queensland, Australia 95 km.
Mareeba, Queensland, Australia 64 km.
Atherton, Queensland, Australia 94 km.
Milaa Milaa-Malanda Road, Tarzali, Queensland 91 km.
Cooktown, Queensland, Australia 324 km.
Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia 489 km.

For folks looking for a hotel close to the Cairns Airport, there aren't many choices that sit very close.  Most good options seem to be near the pier, Southeast of the Airport.  Take Sheridan Street, south almost 4 km to Spence Street and turn left.  Hotels in the area include the Shangri-La, Harbour Lights Hotel, the Hilton Cairns Hotel (see picture below), Mantre Esplande and Pacific International Hotel.  
Hilton Cairns Hotel
Rental Vehicles Available at the Cairns Airport.....

From Basic economy cars to SUV's to luxury cars to exotic camper cars, just about all types of vehicles are available at the Cairns Airport.  While you're at it, check out the add-ons including additional driver permits, child/booster seats and GPS's.  Book your Cairns Airport car rental today from Eurocar Rental!

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