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Car hire Cairns

Cairns City, Cairns, QLD
Cnr Sheridan and Aplin Streets
Cairns QLD 4870

Thrifty is located on the corner of Sheridan and Alpin Streets in the central city, right between McGrath Real Estate and Cairns Instant Printing. You can either park on the street or turn into the lot from Sheridan Street if you’re arriving by car. To get here by public transport, take a bus to the Cairns Central Shopping Centre then walk two minutes up the road to our office for the best car rental in Cairns.

Car hire in Cairns from Thrifty

  • Convenient central location
  • Wide range of vehicle rentals
  • Exceptional value
Thrifty Cairns Car Hire is situated conveniently just one street parallel to the major intersection of the Bruce and Captain Cook Highways, and a five minute trip from the airport. So you can get on the road quick-smart! There's something for everyone to do when you've got a hire car in Cairns. Whether you're planning on driving just outside Cairns city or taking on the epic journey to Cape Tribulation, Thrifty has the car for you. And we're open early to help get you on your way.

Cairns car rental options

Small to medium cars

Car hire Cairns - Small and medium - Toyota Yaris

If all you need is to get around town for a few days, a small or medium Cairns car rental will do the trick. Easy to drive, with exceptional fuel efficiency, they’re perfect for both business and holiday renters.



Car hire Cairns - SUV - Mitsubishi ASX

Going on vacation with family or friends? Something bigger will give you plenty of space for your travelling party and luggage. Book an SUV like a Toyota Kluger or Mitsubishi Pajero for your travels.


Large and luxury cars

Car hire Cairns - Large and luxury - Holden Caprice V8

Sometimes you just want to treat yourself to a little bit of luxury. Whether it’s a special occasion or even a business trip, take your car hire in Cairns to the next level with a sportier or more stylish vehicle. 


Early opening hours and helpful extras available

Outside Cairns there's a lot to see and do - Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park and with the simple addition of a user-friendly GPS with your Cairns rental car, it'll make your travels a whole lot easier.
If you're travelling with the family, Thrifty Cairns can help with easy to fit child and baby seats to allow you to travel lightly without carrying one with you, saving you an unnecessary hassle.
For added convenience, we also offer the optional extra of pre-paid fuel, which means you don't have to fill up before returning your vehicle. Just another reason to think Thrifty.
Great opening hours to pick up a car in Cairns
If you're planning a big trip, like the Pacific Coast Touring Route, you'll want to hire a car from a location with great opening hours. Our Thrifty team members at Cairns Car Hire are here to get you on your way from 8am to 4.30pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on weekends. What are you waiting for?

Check out our special offers on car rental at Cairns

Things to see and do with a car rental in Cairns

Renting a car in Cairns makes it a whole lot easier to see the countless sights and attractions around town and throughout northern Queensland. Drive just 15 minutes north and you’ll reach the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, where you can take a 7.5 kilometre gondola ride over some of the country’s most beautiful scenery. Or, keep driving north to visit the surreal Daintree Rainforest, where you can explore the oldest rainforest in the world.

In town, allow plenty of time to explore the esplanade, boardwalk and lagoon, and to visit Rusty’s Markets during the weekend. Also ensure you pay a visit to the gorgeous Crystal Cascades, a series of waterfalls and swimming holes just out of town.

Thanks to Cairns’ northern location, it’s the perfect place to use as a base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef. And of course, the glittering beaches of the Queensland coast are all worth visiting, so be sure to stop off at places like Port Douglas and Palm Cove along the way.

Just keep in mind that you are not permitted to drive to Cooktown via the coast road with your Thrifty car rental from Cairns (you can, however, take the inland route).

Exploring outer Cairns

Hiring a Thrifty car is the ultimate way to explore all that the north tip of Australia has to offer. Jet-setters come from all over the world to experience the wonders and beauty of Australia's World Heritage areas. Go white water rafting in Cairn's nearby rivers, see the lovely butterfly filled town of Kuranda and visit the Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef with your rental car.

It's hot in Cairns… really hot, and that means flip flops and singlets are everyday attire. Thankfully, Thrifty hire cars are made for Aussie conditions with air conditioning to give you relief from the sizzling climate. Our vehicles have the style and features to suit your tropical vacation or corporate junket and allow you to cruise the streets of beautiful Cairns and beyond in comfort. 

For more tips and advice for what to do with your car rental in Australia, read up on the latest from the
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