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Car hires in Cairns, Queensland

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Cairns, QLD, Australia
22 Feb — 29 Feb
Cairns, QLD, Australia
Thu 22/2
Noon
Thu 29/2
Noon
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Car hire insight and trends in Cairns

Useful insights to help you book the perfect car hire in Cairns

What is the cheapest car hire agency in Cairns?

The cheapest car hire in Cairns are generally found through Atlas Car & Truck Rental. When booking with Atlas Car & Truck Rental, you may be able to find car hire prices for as low as ₹ 1,623/day. The average price to hire a car in Cairns is ₹ 5,074/day.

What car hire company in Cairns has the most locations?

Sunnycars has the most locations of any car hire company in Cairns, with 6 locations.

What car do most people hire in Cairns?

For an average of ₹ 2,747/day (and as low as ₹ 2,629/day), MG ZS hires in Cairns are the most popular car among our users. Hiring the Audi Q5 in Cairns for ₹ 7,352/day on average (₹ 7,274/day for a cheap deal) is another popular choice.

Best deals found for Cairns, Queensland car rentals

Find great deals below on a variety of popular rental car types in Cairns, Queensland
Economy₹ 1,940/day
Compact₹ 1,717/day
Intermediate₹ 2,046/day
Minivan₹ 4,594/day
Full-size SUV₹ 3,864/day
Mini₹ 1,826/day
Passenger van₹ 4,780/day
Pick-up truck₹ 6,362/day
Supplier choice₹ 1,937/day
Compact SUV₹ 2,011/day
Intermediate SUV₹ 2,202/day
Standard SUV₹ 2,247/day
Best rates found by momondo users in the past 48 hours.

Important information about Cairns car hire

If you’re planning a visit to Cairns, Australia, we're sure diving in the Great Barrier Reef is top on your to-do list. The city is also famous for being the access to the Barron Gorge National Park and all its waterfalls as well as the nearby village of Kuranda. In central Cairns, you’ll find the Esplanade boardwalk. There are about 30 car hire locations in Cairns. There’s a variety of options from people carrier rentals to luxury hired cars in Cairns. However, finding a cheap car rental in Cairns may be a little bit difficult. There are many places to park a Cairns car rental, from on-street parking to car parks, and some of the options are free, normally with time limits. The main roads in and out of the city from the west and south are the Highway 1 and A1.

While visiting, is it worthwhile to rent a car while visiting Cairns?

The Cairns city centre is fairly flat and walkable. Normally due to the weather, especially during the hottest days, it’s not recommended, and you may find yourself wanting a vehicle. Apart from that, there’s so much you’ll want to see that’s not in central Cairns. The Barron Gorge National Park is probably the closest top destination, only about half an hour away with a car rental in Cairns. The area is also known for its rainforest swimming holes like Josephine Falls, about an hour south of Cairns. Parking rental cars in Cairns Business District can be challenging at times but there are so many options to choose from. Make sure to check for the regulated hours.

What different driving laws should I keep in mind while driving in Cairns?

Here are some driving rules and tips for travelling with a car rental in Cairns. In Cairns and the rest of Australia, they drive on the left-hand side of the road. Pedestrians always have the right of way. Don’t drive into an intersection if the road ahead is blocked by traffic, even if your light is green as it is considered an offense. When approaching a traffic circle remember to travel clockwise and yield to the vehicles already circling. U-turns are only allowed at intersections if there is a sign specifically allowing it. However, please check in with Cairns’ department of motor vehicles for any updates there might be on traffic laws.

Will I need a special driving license or permit to drive a rental car in Cairns if I’m visiting from another country?

Rental cars in Cairns will generally accept foreign driving licenses as long as they are in English. If you’re travelling from out of Australia and your document is not in English, you should foresee needing an International Driver’s Permit to present along with your original document. This IDP must be obtained in the country of origin of your driving license as you won’t be able to get an International Driver’s Permit once you’re already in Cairns.


Cairns, Queensland car rental deals found on momondo

Find the car hire in Cairns that's right for you

Small cars

₹ 3,775 - ₹ 9,036

All Car Types

₹ 4,832 - ₹ 31,543

The average price of a small car rental in Cairns, Australia is ₹ 5,986. The cheapest time to rent a small car in Cairns, Australia is in March. The price is 37% lower than the rest of the year at just ₹ 3,775 per day. A small car rental is typically 37% less expensive than the average rental car in Cairns. The average price of a vehicle rental in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car. Below are the best prices for Cairns small car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a medium car rental in Cairns, Australia is ₹ 5,986. The cheapest time to rent a medium car in Cairns, Australia is in January. The price is 46% lower than the rest of the year at just ₹ 3,287 per day. A medium car rental is typically 37% less expensive than the average rental car in Cairns. The average price of a vehicle rental in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car. Below are the best prices for Cairns medium car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a large car rental in Cairns, Australia is ₹ 9,545. The cheapest time to rent a large car in Cairns, Australia is in November. The price is 37% lower than the rest of the year at just ₹ 6,040 per day. A large car rental is typically 1% more expensive than the average rental car in Cairns. The average price of a vehicle rental in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car.

The average price of a SUV rental in Cairns, Australia is ₹ 6,366. The cheapest time to rent a SUV in Cairns, Australia is in August. The price is 37% lower than the rest of the year at just ₹ 4,044 per day. A SUV rental is typically 33% less expensive than the average rental car in Cairns. The average price of a vehicle rental in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car. Below are the best prices for Cairns SUV rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a van rental in Cairns, Australia is ₹ 21,473. The cheapest time to rent a van in Cairns, Australia is in February. The price is 73% lower than the rest of the year at just ₹ 5,926 per day. A van rental is typically 56% more expensive than the average rental car in Cairns. The average price of a vehicle rental in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your rental car.

Suzuki Swift Dzire
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

₹ 1,717/day

29 Feb - 3 Mar
Suzuki Swift Dzire
Hyundai i10
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

₹ 1,826/day

29 Feb - 3 Mar
Hyundai i10
Hyundai i10
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

₹ 1,940/day

29 Feb - 3 Mar
Hyundai i10

Cairns car hire directory

All major car rental suppliers in Cairns, Queensland

Ace Rental Cars

10.0
Wonderful
1 review3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Overall

10.0

Pick-up/drop-off

10.0

Value

8.0

Thrifty

9.0
Wonderful
1 review4 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.0

Overall

9.0

Pick-up/drop-off

9.0

Value

6.9

JUCY

2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.3

Comfort

8.6

Overall

9.0

Pick-up/drop-off

8.0

Value

8.3

Sixt

8.9
Very Good
9 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.0

Overall

8.9

Pick-up/drop-off

9.1

Value

8.2

Alamo

8.7
Very Good
19 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.5

Overall

8.7

Pick-up/drop-off

9.0

Value

8.6

Budget

8.5
Very Good
21 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.8

Comfort

8.3

Overall

8.4

Pick-up/drop-off

8.6

Value

7.6

Hertz

6.8
Okay
9 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

6.8

Comfort

6.8

Overall

6.8

Pick-up/drop-off

6.8

Value

6.8

Europcar

6.6
Okay
4 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.6

Overall

6.6

Pick-up/drop-off

6.6

Value

6.6

Quick facts about car hire in Cairns

Get the overview on great hire deals, popular car hire companies, and best car types for your visit in Cairns

Most Popular Agency

Hertz

Popular Car Types

Compact, Passenger Van, Economy

Cheapest Rental Car

₹ 3,521

Most Popular Model

MG ZS
The most popular Cairns car rental agency found on momondo this month is Hertz. Other top choices for car rental companies are Sixt and Apex
The following car types were offered at rental car companies in Cairns in the past 72 hours: Compact, Passenger Van, Economy.
The lowest price for a rental car in Cairns is ₹ 3,521/day. For this area, you can expect average prices starting from ₹ 4,877/day.
The most popular car model to rent in Cairns in the past 7 days is the MG ZS. Our users also prefer the Audi Q5 as an alternative.

Hire a car near one of these popular hotels in Cairns

Below are the most popular hotels in Cairns
Crystalbrook Flynn

Crystalbrook Flynn

85 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.5 km from city centre

Crystalbrook Bailey

Crystalbrook Bailey

163 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.4 km from city centre

Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns

Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns

Pierpoint Road Po Box 7170, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.8 km from city centre

Cairns Colonial Club Resort

Cairns Colonial Club Resort

18-26 Cannon Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

2.8 km from city centre

Hilton Cairns

Hilton Cairns

34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.8 km from city centre

Crystalbrook Riley

Crystalbrook Riley

131-141 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.7 km from city centre

DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

121-123 The Esplanade & Florence St, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.6 km from city centre

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

122 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.4 km from city centre

Palm Royale Cairns

Palm Royale Cairns

7-11 Chester Court, Cairns, QLD, Australia

3.3 km from city centre

Oaks Cairns Hotel

Oaks Cairns Hotel

59-63 Cairns Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.6 km from city centre

Cairns Sunland Leisure Park

Cairns Sunland Leisure Park

49-61 Little Pease Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

3.4 km from city centre

Pullman Cairns International

Pullman Cairns International

17 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.7 km from city centre

Bohemia Resort Cairns

Bohemia Resort Cairns

231 McLeod Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

1.9 km from city centre

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.8 km from city centre

Pacific Hotel Cairns

Pacific Hotel Cairns

43 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.7 km from city centre

Cairns Queens Court

Cairns Queens Court

167-173 Sheridan Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.8 km from city centre

Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside

Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside

209-217 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia

1.6 km from city centre

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia

0.9 km from city centre


Driving with a car hire in Cairns - FAQs

Learn everything there is to know about hiring a car in Cairns so you can be properly prepared for your next trip

Is there a fee to cancel my Cairns, Australia car hire?

When hiring a car, you can expect to find that a majority of the rental car agencies in Cairns do not have a cancellation fee. Keep in mind that momondo does not set these cancellation policies, but we can help you find great deals on car hire in Cairns. Be sure to look for the Cancellation Policy when you conduct your search.

What is the best type of car to hire in Cairns during March?

With temperatures averaging 25 °C and precipitation usually 190 mm during March, you should consider renting a standard when travelling to Cairns. A standard can handle the fluctuations in temperature and rainfall during the month of March and is a popular choice for travellers heading to Cairns. Hiring a Standard in Cairns will cost you ₹ 4,145/day on average.

What is the speed limit in Cairns, Australia?

The speed limit in Cairns is 50 km/h, unless otherwise stated on road signs. Cairns also has a suburban speed limit of 110 km/h which is strictly enforced. If you find yourself on a motorway in Cairns, be aware that the speed limit is generally 110 km/h.

What car hire company has the Nissan X-Trail in Cairns?

What is the weather like in Cairns, Australia in February?

During the month of February the average temperature in Cairns is 27 °C and the expected precipitation is 410 mm. This information is useful for travellers looking for a car hire in Cairns.

Is the weather in Cairns similar to the rest of Queensland?

If you’re looking for a Cairns hire car for a road trip to the surrounding areas during the month of February it’s important to know that the rest of Queensland typically has a temperature of 25 °C and will usually expect 223.3 mm of precipitation.

When did momondo last update prices for cars in Cairns?

Prices for cars in Cairns refresh daily.

How many operators does momondo search for cars in Cairns?

How old do you have to be to hire a car in Cairns?

Among different countries, including Cairns, the minimum age for drivers varies. In numerous EU countries, drivers must be 18 years old. To hire a car overseas, you'll generally need to be at least 21, and if you're under 25, a young driver surcharge may be imposed. It's recommended that you review the policy of the rental company you're considering before booking.

What documentation or ID do you need to rent a car in Cairns?

All drivers must have a valid full driving license when renting a car in Cairns. If the license is written in a different language from the country of rental, an International Driving Permit may be required to avoid the risk of potential fines. If you're renting a car overseas, you may also need to provide proof of return travel and accommodation information during your stay. It is always advisable to check with the individual rental company you're booking with.


Why use momondo?

Why should I use momondo to book a car hire in Cairns?

Choosing momondo to search for car hire in Cairns makes sense because it is quick and free of charge. We find all the rental car hire prices and policies, you simply choose what works best for you and your trip.

How does momondo help me find the best car hire deal in Cairns?

momondo enables you to find the best car hire deal in Cairns by providing useful filters to narrow your search. Filters include, but are not limited to: price, body type, rental company and specific policies that you may want.

Does momondo show car hire deals in Cairns with free cancellation?

Yes, whether it is for cars in Cairns or elsewhere, momondo allows you to filter specifically for policies that offer free cancellation.

Can I hire a car with a fair fuel policy in Cairns on momondo?

momondo specifically allows you to search for car hire in Cairns with fair fuel policies.

Can I find a car hire in Cairns which offers enhanced cleaning on momondo?

Yes, momondo can show you specific deals which include enhanced cleaning on car hire in Cairns.

Can I search for car hire in Cairns with unlimited mileage on momondo?

Yes, unlimited mileage options can be found on car hire in Cairns on momondo.


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