Cairns Car Hire

Discover Car Rental in Cairns

Located in tropical North Queensland, Cairns is one of the most picturesque destinations in Australia.

DriveAway gives you the option to collect your hire car from Cairns Airport or choose from any of the downtown offices located in the city. Cairns really does have it all, from pristine beaches to tranquil forests, so why not discover this beautiful city in the comfort of your own car hire! DriveAway offers a variety of vehicles with reputable suppliers, including Thrifty, Alamo, Europcar and Hertz.

DriveAway is committed to providing you with as much information as you require before you head off on your self-drive adventure. If you have any further questions about driving in Cairns or Australia, feel free to contact our reservations department, send us an email, or check out our Australia Driving Tips page, created exclusively with drivers in mind!

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It takes around 12 minutes, depending on traffic to travel to Cairns CBD from the Cairns Airport.

Of course! DriveAway offers great rates on one-way car hires in Cairns. Use our booking engine to request a free quote and check multiple drop-off locations to find the best rate for your travel plans.

You must be at least 20 years old to rent a car in Cairns, although the age may vary by car category. Some suppliers have a maximum age limit of 75 years and a young driver surcharge so please be aware of the terms and conditions.

Experience Cairns

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You can see spectacular Cairns with car hire, surrounded by some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes and attractions including the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Whilst in Cairns, visit Harley's Crocodile Adventures for a chance to get up close and personal with a croc! Soar over the landscape on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and learn about traditional Aboriginal culture at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, all easily reached within a short comfortable drive.

Head inland from the coast to visit the 110 million-year-old Daintree Rainforest, located approximately 3 hours north of Cairns. This drive will be well worth it when you discover the amazing views of tropical landscape. Enjoy bush walking, take a cruise along the river whilst spotting crocodiles or take a plunge in the numerous natural swimming holes.

No trip to Cairns would be complete without exploring the glorious and world-famous Great Barrier Reef. This is an amazing experience as you flow through the crystal blue waters surrounded by the colourful creatures of the ocean. This underwater playground brings your imagination to life as you snorkel or scuba dive through the depths. Head south with your Cairns car hire to the pristine beaches of Airlie Beach. From then catch a ferry into the luxurious Whitsunday Islands and be pampered at some of the finest hotels situated along the islands.

Cities (To and From) Distance (Approx. km) Travel Time (Approx. hr)
Cairns to Port Douglas 67 1
Cairns to Townsville 350 4.5
Cairns to Airlie Beach 625 7.25
Cairns to Mackay 735 8.5
Cairns to Brisbane 1685 19