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Car and truck hire Cairns Airport

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. 

If travelling to the Cairns area this week, please be aware of severe weather forecasts and flooding in the region. Please check emergency warnings and that your destinations are safe before travelling.

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

Small and medium - ECMR - Toyota Yaris

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



SUV - SWAR - Mitsubishi ASX

Going on vacation with family or friends? Something bigger will give you plenty of space for your travelling party and everyone’s luggage. Book a Toyota Kluger, Mitsubishi Pajero or another of the many SUV options for your travels.


Luxury vehicles

Large and luxury - LDAR - 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 drive to the next level with a sportier or more stylish vehicle. Check out the range of options available during your travel dates.


Check out our special offers on car rental at Cairns Airport

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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 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 Australian car rental. 

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.

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