Car Hire in Cairns, Queensland

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Cairns, QLD, Australia
18 Aug — 25 Aug
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Cairns, QLD, Australia
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Best deals found for Cairns, Queensland car hire

Find great deals below on a variety of popular hire cars in Cairns, Queensland
Ford Escape
or similar Standard SUV
Up to 5 passengers

$81/day

7 Sep - 14 Sep
Ford Escape
Hyundai Ioniq
or similar Standard
Up to 5 passengers

$63/day

4 Oct - 15 Oct
Hyundai Ioniq
Mitsubishi ASX
or similar Intermediate SUV
Up to 5 passengers

$94/day

7 Sep - 14 Sep
Mitsubishi ASX
Mitsubishi ASX
or similar Compact SUV
Up to 4 passengers

$78/day

9 Sep - 23 Sep
Mitsubishi ASX
Mitsubishi ASX
or similar Intermediate SUV
Up to 5 passengers

$73/day

9 Sep - 23 Sep
Mitsubishi ASX
Hyundai i30
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

$62/day

4 Oct - 15 Oct
Hyundai i30
Mazda Mazda6
or similar Intermediate
Up to 5 passengers

$62/day

4 Oct - 15 Oct
Mazda Mazda6
Suzuki Swift
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

$84/day

27 Aug - 3 Sep
Suzuki Swift
Toyota Highlander
or similar Full-size SUV
Up to 5 passengers
4-door vehicles

$133/day

3 Oct - 14 Oct
Toyota Highlander

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.

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.

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.

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

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Small cars

$31 - $139

All Car Types

$31 - $140

The average price of a Small hire in Cairns, Australia is $82. The cheapest time to hire a Small in Cairns, Australia is in March. The price is 63% lower than the rest of the year at just $31 per day. A Small rental is typically 18% less expensive than the average car rental in Cairns. The average price of a car hire in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Cairns Small rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Medium hire in Cairns, Australia is $86. The cheapest time to hire a Medium in Cairns, Australia is in November. The price is 59% lower than the rest of the year at just $36 per day. A Medium rental is typically 14% less expensive than the average car rental in Cairns. The average price of a car hire in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Cairns Medium rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Large hire in Cairns, Australia is $87. The cheapest time to hire a Large in Cairns, Australia is in July. The price is 0% lower than the rest of the year at just $88 per day. A Large rental is typically 13% less expensive than the average car rental in Cairns. The average price of a car hire in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

The average price of a SUV hire in Cairns, Australia is $105. The cheapest time to hire a SUV in Cairns, Australia is in November. The price is 70% lower than the rest of the year at just $32 per day. A SUV rental is typically 7% more expensive than the average car rental in Cairns. The average price of a car hire in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Cairns SUV rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Van hire in Cairns, Australia is $92. The cheapest time to hire a Van in Cairns, Australia is in May. The price is 39% lower than the rest of the year at just $57 per day. A Van rental is typically 8% less expensive than the average car rental in Cairns. The average price of a car hire in Cairns can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Cairns Van rentals found on momondo in the past week.

Suzuki Swift
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

$84/day

27 Aug - 3 Sep
Suzuki Swift
Hyundai i30
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

$62/day

4 Oct - 15 Oct
Hyundai i30

Cairns car hire directory

All major car rental suppliers in Cairns, Queensland
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Excellent
8 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Overall

10.0

Pick-up/drop-off

10.0

Value

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9.3
Excellent
15 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.3

Comfort

8.6

Overall

9.3

Pick-up/drop-off

9.6

Value

8.3
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Excellent
8 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

9.6

Comfort

9.3

Overall

8.6

Pick-up/drop-off

8.9

Value

8.3
7.8
Good
14 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

7.6

Overall

7.8

Pick-up/drop-off

8.6

Value

7.8
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Horrible
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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

Budget

Popular Car Types

Compact, SUV, Economy

Cheapest Rental Car

$96

Most Popular Model

Hyundai Accent
The most popular Cairns car rental agency found on momondo this month is Budget. Other top choices for car rental companies are Bargain Car Rentals and Alamo
The following car types were offered at rental car companies in Cairns in the past 72 hours: Compact, SUV, Economy.
The lowest price for a rental car in Cairns is $96/day. For this area, you can expect average prices starting from $131/day.
The most popular car model to rent in Cairns in the past 7 days is the Hyundai Accent. Our users also prefer the Toyota Corolla as an alternative.

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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

For a weekend in September, the best deals in Cairns start from around $112 up to around $138. Stretching your rental over seven days shifts the price range to about $126 to $149.

You can expect to find the cheapest rental car prices in Cairns from Atlas Car & Truck Rental, who has 2 locations in the city. momondo users have found daily rates as low as $26, but the average rate for car rentals in Cairns from Atlas Car & Truck Rental is $33/day.

Every car hire company in Cairns has a different cancellation policy. At momondo, we will always disclose in the car rental search results whether or not an agency has a cancellation fee. Some of the top car hire companies in Cairns include Enterprise, Thrifty, and Hertz, so be sure to check if they offer free cancellation.

During the month of September in Cairns, temperatures hover around 25 °C - which is perfect for renting a convertible. With precipitation only averaging 30 mm during September in Cairns, a convertible will allow you to truly enjoy the sites while cruising down the streets. Keep in mind that you may want to check the weather before your trip, just in case. Hiring a Convertible in Cairns will cost you $242/day on average.

The city of Cairns, Australia has 2 locations owned by Alamo, with an average daily rate of $137.

If you are hiring a vehicle in Cairns, then be aware that the current speed limit within city or town limits is 50 km/h, unless otherwise posted. Suburban speed limits around Cairns will generally have a speed limit of 110 km/h. If you are travelling on a motorway in Cairns, then the speed limit is 110 km/h.

During the month of August the average temperature in Cairns is 22 °C and the expected precipitation is 20 mm. This information is useful for travellers looking for a car hire in Cairns.

The climate in Queensland during August is usually 16 °C with an expected 41.1 mm of precipitation throughout the month. Those looking to hire a car and leave from Cairns on a road trip to the surrounding area should take note of this information.


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