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Airport Code: CNS

Cairns is a truly inviting location that presents a visual display of unspoilt beauty within its surrounding landscapes. When planning your Cairns holiday, you cannot miss the opportunity to explore and experience the region's renowned attractions. In addition to its tourist draw cards, Cairns is a great spot to take a leisurely road trip that encompasses the many captivating destinations within the heart of the city and its outskirts.

The top attraction for Cairns is none other than the Great Barrier Reef. Explore an enticing underwater world that allows you the unique chance to immerse yourself in the surrounds of intricate and magnificent marine wildlife.

Enjoy a road trip with your Cairns Airport car hire. Our top tip is to plan a visit to the Daintree Rainforest. A short one hour scenic coastal drive will lead you to a destination that is World Heritage listed and is home to an array of plants and wildlife. The Daintree Rainforest is an active tropical rainforest that boast a wonderful collection of frogs, butterflies, various reptiles, and marsupials. Take a trip to the Daintree Rainforest and see nature in all its natural beauty and wonder.

A visually compelling location, Cairns offers something special to each visitor. Whether you are visiting for a short or long getaway, or are holidaying on a budget, your Cairns vacation will be full to the brim with activities and adventures.

Be in the Know Before You Go!

Never been to Cairns Airport before? Take a look at the image below to get an idea of the airport's overall layout.

Tip: While generally referred to as Cairns International Airport, the airport has both international and domestic terminals located in the same vicinity. If required, you can navigate your way between terminals via the designated walkway or you can opt for using a transport option.

For a more detailed look at each terminal, we have provided maps for both the domestic and international precincts below.

Squinting to see the information on the maps below? Don't worry, we are not that mean! You can view a larger format of each map by simply clicking on the images.

Cairns Domestic Airport Terminal

Cairns Airport Domestic Terminal Map

Cairns International Airport Terminal

Cairns Airport International Terminal Map

Courtesy of Cairns Airport

Choosing the Best Rental Deal

With a range of suppliers located on-site and off-site from the airport, there is a great choice to select from. Ace, Apollo, Avis, Budget, East Coast, Europcar, Redspot, and Thrifty are all presenting fantastic rates online with Car Rental Buddy.

You can opt for an on-site or off-site supplier with those located nearby offering a free shuttle service to and from their depot.

The options don't stop there! Each supplier has an abundance of vehicle hire packages to select from. If you are in search of a compact vehicle that will have you moving about town and exploring all there is to see and do, then book in a Hyundai Getz, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Golf, Nissan Micra, Toyota Echo, Holden Barina, Audi A1, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai i30, or Suzuki Swift.

If you are taking a family vacation then the Ford Falcon, Toyota Camry, Holden Calais, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Accent, Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Passat, Mitsubishi Lancer, Audi A3, Holden Commodore, Hyundai Elantra, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan X Trail, Subaru Liberty, Hyundai iMax, Holden Captiva, Toyota Tarago, Toyota Commuter (12 seater), Nissan Patrol, or Mitsubishi Pajero are top choices.

Give our 24 hour customer care team a call now on 1300 737 400 (or +61 2 8228 1898) to find out what vehicles are available for hire.

Book Your Car Hire in Advance

If your itinerary includes Cairns Airport car hire, it is advised to always book well in advance. When making your flight arrangements, take the opportunity to also book your car rental for Cairns Airport.

Receive a free instant online quote with Car Rental Buddy for your Cairns Airport car rental needs. Complete our online quote form and select from a range of rental packages on offer from both major and independent car hire suppliers. Found the perfect car hire deal? Simply select your chosen vehicle and proceed with the final step to place your booking. Our easy online quote and booking service allows you to compare and save in just a few simple steps.

With zero booking fees, you can be confident of receiving a great Cairns Airport car hire deal with Car Rental Buddy.

Planning Your Travels Around Cairns

Having access to information can aid in making your holiday plans much easier - especially if you are travelling to a destination that you are unfamiliar with.

So to help you with getting to know where the Cairns Airport is located, we have provided the following map below.

The 'Get Directions' feature of Google Maps is great for planning your transport routes as it offers distances and approximate travel times - and this is a handy tool to have for your return trip to the airport. Work out how much travel time you need to allocate to ensure you safely return your rental vehicle and you don't miss your flight.

Select on 'View Larger Map' to start planning your travels.