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Cairns Airport car hire

Cairns Airport, Cairns, QLD
Terminal Building
Cairns QLD 4870
Thrifty offers two rental desks at Cairns Airport. There is one in the arrivals hall of T1 (the international terminal), and another in the arrivals hall of T2 (the domestic terminal). Just look for the blue and white signage. If you’re arriving at the airport from town, it’s a quick 10-minute taxi ride, or you can take the Airport Connect bus service for just $4 one way. 

Car hire in Cairns Airport from Thrifty

  • Handy on-terminal airport location
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Vast range of rental vehicles

Passenger vehicles available in Cairns Airport

Small to medium rentals

Cairns Airport car hire - Small and medium - Toyota Yaris

A small or medium car rental at Cairns Airport is perfect for getting around town on short work trips and mini-holidays. These cars offer fantastic fuel efficiency, and are easy to drive and park within the city. 



Cairns Airport car hire - SUV - Mitsubishi ASX

An SUV is the perfect vehicle for groups of holidaymakers, or those looking to head out of town with plenty of space for luggage. Our range includes the ever-popular Mitsubishi Pajero, Toyota Kluger, and many other great SUV options.


Luxury vehicles

Cairns Airport car hire - Large and luxury - Holden Caprice V8

Visiting Cairns for a special occasion? Or simply prefer a more comfortable drive? Thrifty car rental at Cairns Airport offers a range of sporty and stylish vehicles to take your visit to the next level.              


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Cairns Airport car rental location
Cairns Airport car rental location
Cairns Airport car rental location

Things to see and do with a car rental in Cairns

Cairns offers an array of relaxing activities and gorgeous scenery both in town and throughout the northern Queensland region.

In town, the esplanade and lagoon are popular spots – especially on a hot and sunny Cairns day. The botanic gardens offer a lush city escape, and Muddy’s Playground is a must if you have kids in tow. You can even book a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a stunning trip that passes by waterfalls and incredible rainforest landscapes.

Of course, the coastline offers its own collection of attractions. The Great Barrier Reef is always worth a visit, whether you fly over it on a scenic flight, travel across the waves by boat, or dip beneath the water with a snorkel and flippers. Or, make your way along the coast to enjoy beaches, small towns (like Palm Cove & Port Douglas) and incredible scenery at every turn. 

Check out the latest on the Thrifty blog  for advice and tips for where to go and what to see with your car rental from Cairns Airport. 

Tips and advice when visiting the Cairns region

Note that you are not permitted to drive your Thrifty rental to Cooktown via the coast road, although you can take the inland route.

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