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Car hire Cairns

EasyTerra Car Hire Cairns is an independent car hire comparison site. Our system compares prices from well-known car hire companies so as a customer you can always book your hire car through us at a competitive rate.

Car rental offers in Cairns

Whether you're looking for a small rental car or a station wagon for the entire family, we will always have a suitable vehicle for the lowest price. Below are some examples from our selection in Cairns.

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Car rental companies in Cairns

Below are the car rental companies in Cairns with the best ratings. Compare all ratings and prices of these rental companies in one search.

  • Enterprise

    8.7 (1624)
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  • Alamo

    8.6 (7517)
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  • Avis

    8.5 (4952)
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  • Hertz

    8.4 (5768)
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  • Thrifty

    8.4 (4531)
  • Europcar

    8.3 (6754)
  • National Car Rental

    8.1 (366)
  • Dollar Rent a Car

    7.9 (3640)
  • Sixt

    7.8 (2602)
  • East Coast Car Rentals

    7.8 (116)
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  • Budget

    7.7 (8534)
  • Keddy By Europcar

    7.7 (2821)
  • FireFly Car Rental

    7 (3307)
  • Bargain Car Rentals

    6.8 (9)
  • Ace Rental Cars

    6.8 (12)

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Car rental companies in and around Cairns

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Location information for Cairns


Cairns is an attractive city in the northeast of Australia, in the state of Queensland. Especially Japanese tourists come in crowds to Cairns, which can be seen from the inscriptions found in many places in English and Japanese. The area of the city is beautiful, with tropical rainforests and beaches to the north and south of Cairns. It is also the starting point for trips to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world. There are also beautiful golf courses located in the neighborhood of Cairns.


Cairns has more than 150,000 inhabitants, but the population is growing fast. Many Australians and immigrants choose Cairns as their home because of the tropical climate and beautiful surroundings.


Cairns lies on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula, in the northeast of Australia, between the Coral Sea and the Great Dividing Range. North of the city lie many beaches which together are called the Northern Beaches. All these beaches are easily accessible by rental car, because there are exits on the Captain Cook Highway leading to the northern tip of Cape York Peninsula. 


Tourism is the largest source of income for Cairns. After SydneyMelbourne and Brisbane, Cairns is the most popular destination for foreign tourists in Australia. Tourism is closely followed by the sugar production and the export of sugar, oil and gas via the port of Cairns. The same port also plays a large role in the tourism to the Great Barrier Reef.


Cairns International Airport lies 7 kilometers to the north of the city center and is easily reachable by rental car: the airport lies right next to the Captain Cook Highway (turn right at Tom McDonald Drive). From Cairns you can reach many Australian destinations: Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, PerthDarwinAlice Springs and Ayers Rock. Furthermore, there are international connections to Auckland, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Guam, Port Moresby and Singapore.

Public transportation

The Marlin Coast Sunbus maintains a regular service from the central market (in the Central Business District) to the suburbs and to the Northern Beaches.

There is also a high speed train to Brisbane and there is a special train ride for tourists: the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Traffic and parking

A rental car is an ideal way of transportation to visit the many attractions around Cairns. The center of the city should be avoided, and we don't recommend driving there during rush hour. Parking spots are plentiful in Cairns. In the center of the city you have to pay for street parking, but around the center you can often find places where you can park up to eight hours for free. There are also several parking garages and lots.


Cairns has a very wide range of overnight possibilities. There are hundreds of accommodations, varying from Bed & Breakfasts and youth hostels to luxurious international hotel chains. Also between these extremes, there is a wide range of hotel rooms. Furthermore, there are five camping sites around the city, where you can set up your tent, rent a caravan, or park your camper. In the high season (June to September), it is recommended to book your hotel room well in advance.

External resources

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Practical information

  • Currency
    Australian dollar
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  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 - 130 km/h
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What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is EasyTerra Car Hire the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

Which car rental companies are compared by EasyTerra Car Hire at this location?
  • Enterprise
  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty
  • Europcar
  • National Car Rental
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Sixt
  • East Coast Car Rentals
  • Budget
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • FireFly Car Rental
  • Bargain Car Rentals
  • Ace Rental Cars
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