Cairns car hire

Cairns car hire

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Cairns, QLD, Australia
Aug 11 — Aug 18
Same drop-off
Cairns, QLD, Australia
Wed 11/8
Noon
Wed 18/8
Noon
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Cairns car hire information

Pick-up locationCairns
Hire locations48
Airport locations25

Car hire excess insurance in Cairns

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Cairns car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Cairns.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Cairns car rental.

Cairns car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
9.6 Excellent (8 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Enterprise
Locations in Cairns
Shop 2, 51 Sheridan Street+61 7 4031 2707
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday07:30 - 12:30
Sunday07:30 - 12:30
Terminal Building+61 7 4034 9052
Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00
  • 9.7
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.5
  • 9.7
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentApr 25 2019
Pros: The car was clean and the staff was niceCons: Apparently I was too young to drive the car I rented (it wasn’t on the website) and it took very look until they came to an agreement.
10.0 ExcellentNov 22 2017
Great airport, great rentalPros: Great front desk guy, handy car pickup, no bus to deal with. Upgraded compact suv to overlander, no chargeCons: No issues, the usual attempt to upsell but no pressure. Just say no to what you don't want. Wish I had added the gps, but they asked. My bad.
10.0 ExcellentMay 24 2017
All goodPros: Easy pick up procedure and drop offCons: Nothing - fast, friendly -
10.0 ExcellentMay 18 2017
Satisfied CustomerPros: Fast friendly service. Didn't try and sleezy salesmen gimmicks on my family and I that you typically get from rental car places.
Rated no. 2
Hertz
9.1 Excellent (17 reviews)
3 locations in Cairns
Hertz
Locations in Cairns
147 Lake St+61 7 4038 5690
Monday08:30 - 15:00
Tuesday08:30 - 15:00
Wednesday08:30 - 15:00
Thursday08:30 - 15:00
Friday08:30 - 15:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
Sunday09:00 - 13:00
Cairns Apt+61 7 4038 9990
Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday07:00 - 22:00
Cairns Square, Abbott St+61 7 4046 8701
Monday07:30 - 12:30
Tuesday07:30 - 12:30
Wednesday07:30 - 12:30
Thursday07:30 - 12:30
Friday07:30 - 12:30
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
  • 9
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 9.5
  • 8.8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 30 2021
Pros: Staff were very helpful, car we booked as not available so they upgraded us FOC.Cons: Nothing from us
10.0 ExcellentFeb 24 2019
Pros: Friendly staff. Easy pickup and drop off.
10.0 ExcellentDec 23 2018
Pros: very friendly employees, easy claim process initiating, flexible return.
8.0 ExcellentNov 19 2018
Pros: Easy pick up and return after pickupCons: Found out after pickup, we couldn't take it somewhere we wanted to go.
10.0 ExcellentSep 6 2018
They helped us a lotPros: We had a problem with the rent, and the women of the airport shop helped us to solve it.
5.6 OkayNov 21 2017
Cons: I prepaid for a different drop off location and when I picked up the car I was asked to pay an additional fee for a that service. I was told its similar to adding a GPS or car seat to an existing reservation but I was unable to take the car without paying additional despite my reservation. I called the 800 number and was told this charge would drop off and was covered but just discovered three separate charges for this rental have been processed. I plan on calling customer service again to clear this matter up but the Cairns office was unhelpful and unwilling to listen to me about the reservation I booked.
9.6 ExcellentApr 9 2017
Pros: Everything was clean, simple, and very easy pick up and drop off.Cons: Just a little small for a family of five. Not what i would call a typical SUV.
9.2 ExcellentJan 4 2017
Pros: Pick-up and drop off were convenient. No extra charges. The car type/condition was a good choice for the area and driving conditions.Cons: Not sure the additional insurance I purchased when I made the rental reservation was necessary (as I was lead to believe at the time).
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Rated no. 3
Alamo
9.1 Excellent (7 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Alamo
Locations in Cairns
Term Building Airport Avenue+61 7 4034 9052
Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00
Terminal Building Airport Ave+61 7 4034 9045
Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00
  • 9.4
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 9.1
  • 8.8
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentAug 2 2021
10.0 ExcellentMay 4 2018
Positive rental experiencePros: Clean car, easy pick up and return, upgrade since they were out of our size
9.6 ExcellentMar 21 2018
Pros: Staff were very good and the process was simple.Cons: All good.
Rated no. 4
East Coast Car Rentals
8.9 Excellent (20 reviews)
1 location in Cairns
East Coast Car Rentals
Locations in Cairns
411 Sheridan Street, Cairns+61 1800 474 258
Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 8.8
  • 9.1
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentOct 10 2018
Excellent staff great rental experience.Pros: Good clean car. Airport transfer was efficient and driver was very friendly and well presented. Check in staff and check out staff was nice and professional which made our rental a positive experience. I’ll be using Kayak and east coast rentals again.
10.0 ExcellentJun 14 2018
Generally good valuePros: Appreciated the airport pickup and drop off included. Car was reasonable quality and condition, and was comfortable and reasonably new. Paper work was straightforward, especially on return (ie. none, if no outstanding issues).Cons: Tyre pressures weren't checked -- 2 were grossly under inflated, yet not punctured, so had no reason to be.
8.8 ExcellentJun 10 2018
Simple fuss free car rentalPros: Pick up from airport was efficient and friendly Picking car up was fast and lovely lady on desk explained everything Car was ready to go Absolutely no fuss at all A very streamlined serviceCons: Happy with service no complaints Would definitely use again
7.6 GoodMay 15 2018
Pros: Ease of booking online, pick up/return service from and to airport.Cons: Car could've been a little cleaner, but overall it was good.
10.0 ExcellentMay 10 2018
Pros: Good cars, very good customer service, no delays in car pickup.Cons: Nothing to mention!!
9.2 ExcellentMar 20 2018
Service with smilePros: Fast pick up and drop off, excess very,very high, car cleanCons: Excess too high so drivers must take insurance policy. Otherwise everything was OK
10.0 ExcellentJan 15 2018
Pros: Airport transfers
8.0 ExcellentJan 13 2018
Pros: The car was clean.Cons: The car had already done 45k klms and seemed in need of a tune up, at times there was a lag in acceleration and then a sudden lurch forward...could be dangerous for a less experienced driver. Excess on any damage was very high...$5k seemed excessive compared to other companies and was only apparent after confirmation of booking.
8.0 ExcellentJan 7 2018
Cons: Misleading when booked it stated airport pick up and drop off. instead a mini bus came and picked us up and took us into town to pick up our car.
Rated no. 5
Thrifty
8.8 Excellent (3 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Thrifty
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Ap+61 7 4033 9800
Monday07:30 - 12:30
Tuesday07:30 - 12:30
Wednesday07:30 - 12:30
Thursday07:30 - 12:30
Friday07:30 - 12:30
Saturday07:30 - 12:30
Sunday07:30 - 12:30
Corner Of Sheridan And Aplin S+61 7 4051 8099
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
  • 9.3
  • 9.3
  • 9.3
  • 9.3
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentDec 11 2016
great servicePros: I had a small fender bender on my car and Thrifty made it easy dealing with the problem and replacing the car. Very friendly personnel.
Rated no. 6
Budget
8.7 Excellent (23 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Budget
Locations in Cairns
153 Lake St+61 7 4048 8166
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Terminal Building+61 7 4033 9777
Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday07:00 - 22:00
  • 8.8
  • 8.9
  • 8.7
  • 8.5
  • 8.2
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentApr 21 2021
Pros: The staff were very pleasant. Drop-off very easy
10.0 ExcellentDec 28 2019
Pros: Very friendly agent, easy to rent, pick up, and return. Good process to log any known damage to car (we didn't have any).
6.8 GoodJul 1 2019
Pros: Clean and new carCons: No invoice of damadge on windscreen, just took a lot of money from my account without any notice.
9.2 ExcellentJun 18 2019
Pros: Friendly staffCons: More workers to help check-in
8.0 ExcellentJan 10 2019
Cairns To BrisbanePros: Nice car, very comfortable easy to drive. Rental desk at the airport in Cairns.Cons: Drop off and office not at the same address. Not clearly mentioned. Missed it the first time had to go around the block once again
10.0 ExcellentJul 21 2017
Pros: Near new vehicle. Really good rates
8.0 ExcellentMay 20 2017
Good but that insurance!Pros: I booked the car as soon as we landed at the Cairns airport and it was ready in 10 minutes. The car had under 1900km so pretty new. No problems during the week and the return was seem less.Cons: By far the insurance that they try to sell you and the scare tactics they use to get you to buy into it...
10.0 ExcellentOct 24 2016
Just rightPros: Nothing to add
10.0 ExcellentJul 15 2016
Good rentalPros: Seamless transaction, not a very long wait.Cons: They did try to up sell insurance, but that's quite normal of course. Was not worth the $49 per day unless you plan on wrecking.
10.0 ExcellentMay 25 2016
Pros: The entire process of checking in, getting our car and returning our rental was extremely fast, courteous and effortless - Great job, would highly recommend Budget for any rental need.
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Rated no. 7
Sixt
7.9 Good (4 reviews)
1 location in Cairns
Sixt
Locations in Cairns
411 Sheridan Street+61 7 5555 8908
Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday07:00 - 22:00
  • 9
  • 7.5
  • 7
  • 9
  • 7
Recent reviews
5.6 OkayJul 15 2018
FalseCons: That said no hidden fees but still charge 1000$ or insurance forcefully similar car NO FOR 6 people they give us 2 people car argument over argument rude etc
10.0 ExcellentMar 25 2017
Easy and smooth servicePros: The service from Sixt in Cairns was brilliant, from the pick up service at the airport to the swift pick up of the car and drop off. All staff were very friendly and the car itself a dream to drive, making our experience in North Queensland brilliant.
Rated no. 8
Europcar
7.5 Good (4 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Europcar
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Square+61 7 4033 4800
Terminal Building+61 7 4034 9088
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentSep 4 2018
Pros: I appreciated the upgrade. The service provided at check in was excellent.
2.0 MediocreJul 25 2017
Don't waste your timeCons: I booked this for a reasonable price months in advance as diving the Great Barrier Reef was a bucket list item. When I landed though, europcar said that they had given my car away and had no other cars they could fulfill my reservation with as it was high tourism season. No offer to help, no sympathy. Of course I had my phone and checked online and found they indeed had multiple cars available immediately, but were asking double what I had booked mine for. How convenient... I got a car from a competitor instead, and will be avoiding Europcar going forward.
Rated no. 9
Avis
6.9 Good (5 reviews)
2 locations in Cairns
Avis
Locations in Cairns
153 Lake St+61 7 4048 0522
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Terminal Building+61 7 4033 9555
Monday07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday07:00 - 22:00
Thursday07:00 - 22:00
Friday07:00 - 22:00
Saturday07:00 - 22:00
Sunday07:00 - 22:00
  • 7.6
  • 8
  • 6.8
  • 6
  • 6.4
Recent reviews
6.8 GoodDec 9 2019
Pros: Upgraded car.Cons: Drop off
8.4 ExcellentAug 3 2019
Cons: Seams like a lot of money
2.0 MediocreMar 25 2019
Cons: Cust service rep was miserable, rude, condescending, and short with answers. Should realize that without customer she is without employment. Train these people to understand they are providing a valuable service and not treat the people who pay their salary with obvious disdain
7.6 GoodJan 7 2019
Overall positivePros: Our car was not ready, we had to wait a bit. Avis discounted our rate a bot for the inconvenience. It was a very comfortable vehicle but front end maintenance needed signal beeped at us quite a bit which was a little unsettlingCons: See above
Sunnycars
8 locations in Cairns
Sunnycars
Locations in Cairns
146 Sheridan Street
147 Lake Street
411 Sheridan Street
51 Sheridan Street
55 Dutton Street
Airport Avenue
Corner Schield and Abbott Street
Terminal Building
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Firefly
3 locations in Cairns
Firefly
Locations in Cairns
147 Lake St+61 740 410 895
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Airport Ave+61 740 359 299
Monday04:00 - 23:30
Tuesday04:00 - 23:30
Wednesday04:00 - 23:30
Thursday04:00 - 23:30
Friday04:00 - 23:30
Saturday04:00 - 23:30
Sunday04:00 - 23:30
Cairns Square, Abbott St+61 740 516 399
Monday07:30 - 12:30
Tuesday07:30 - 12:30
Wednesday07:30 - 12:30
Thursday07:30 - 12:30
Friday07:30 - 12:30
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
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National
3 locations in Cairns
National
Locations in Cairns
Serviced By Redspot Enterprise+61 740 312 707
Monday07:30 - 12:30
Tuesday07:30 - 12:30
Wednesday07:30 - 12:30
Thursday07:30 - 12:30
Friday07:30 - 12:30
Saturday07:30 - 12:30
Sunday07:30 - 12:30
Terminal Buildinairport Avenue+61 7 4034 9045
Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00
Terminalbuildingairport Avenue+61 7 4034 9052
Monday06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday06:00 - 22:00
Thursday06:00 - 22:00
Friday06:00 - 22:00
Saturday06:00 - 22:00
Sunday06:00 - 22:00
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Atlas Car & Truck Rental
2 locations in Cairns
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
Locations in Cairns
410 Sheridan Street Cairns, QLD1800 808 122
Shop 1, 51 Sheridan Street, Cairns City, QLD+61 383 366 100
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Bargain Car Rentals
2 locations in Cairns
Bargain Car Rentals
Locations in Cairns
410, Sheridan Street
Terminal Building Airport Ave+61 403 608 943
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JUCY
2 locations in Cairns
JUCY
Locations in Cairns
55 Dutton Street
Cairns Off Airport Location
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keddy by Europcar
2 locations in Cairns
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Square, Corner Shield & Abbott Street+61 740 334 800
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 16:00
Terminal Building+61 740 349 088
Recent reviews
Red Spot
2 locations in Cairns
Red Spot
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Airport Terminal 1 International
Cairns Airport Terminal 2 Domestic
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Ace Rental Cars
1 location in Cairns
Ace Rental Cars
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Domestic Airport
Recent reviews
Apex
1 location in Cairns
Apex
Locations in Cairns
396 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, Qld+61 740 532 896
Recent reviews
Atlas Choice
1 location in Cairns
Atlas Choice
Locations in Cairns
410 Sheradan Street1800 808 122
Recent reviews
Dollar
1 location in Cairns
Dollar
Locations in Cairns
Corner Of Sheridan And Aplin S+61 7 4051 8099
Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:00
Friday08:00 - 16:00
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Eagle Rent A Car
1 location in Cairns
Eagle Rent A Car
Locations in Cairns
21 Sheridan Street
Recent reviews
Payless
1 location in Cairns
Payless
Locations in Cairns
Cairns Airport
Monday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Tuesday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Wednesday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Thursday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Friday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Saturday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Sunday04:30 - 23:59
00:00 - 01:30
Recent reviews
91 travellers who hired a car in Cairns gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8,7

Car hire locations in or near Cairns

Good to know

Most popular car type

Economy

When to book a car hire in Cairns

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for hiring a car in Cairns

  • Book your car hire in Cairns at least 2 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy car hires in Cairns are around 21% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Cairns

  • The average price of fuel in Cairns is R59,20 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R710 and R947, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Cairns.

  • Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • A Economy car hire in Cairns costs R578 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car hire in Cairns costs R668 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car hire in Cairns costs R492 per day, on average.