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Renting a Car in Cairns

By comparing rental cars in Cairns, Car Rental Buddy will help you find the best rates when booking for the Cairns Airport and Cairns City.

You can compare cheap rates from Budget, Avis, Europcar, Apollo, Thrifty, and East Coast Car Rentals.

Domestic and international travellers that are in search of the best deals for Cairns Airport can conveniently compare, book, and save, with Car Rental Buddy. Whether you are travelling to the domestic or international terminals, you will have access to a wide choice of vehicles to service your travel needs.

Did you know that we have no processing fees and you can receive your free instant quote online within just a few minutes? Go on, start comparing the available cars for hire and book a fantastic deal that will provide you with flexibility and convenience on your holiday escape.

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What Type of Traveller Are You?

No matter what type of traveller you are, Cairns city has a variety of suppliers offering a great vehicle fleet selection. When comparing with us, you will find an array of compact and economy style vehicles, both in manual and automatic transmission, that range from the popular Hyundai i20 through to the Toyota Yaris and Suzuki Swift.

For families in search of discounted rental vehicles, you can choose from a selection of standard and intermediate vehicles that include the Hyundai Accent, Hyundai i30, Toyota Corolla, Mitsubishi Lancer, Ford Falcon, Suburu Liberty, Toyota Camry, Holden Commodore, Rav4, Nissan X Trail, Mitsubishi Outlander, and many more!

If you are a group heading to Cairns for a sporting, business, or holiday adventure, you can choose from a great range of vans that include the Toyota Commuter 12 seater, Toyota Tarago eight seater, Kia Carnival seven seater, and the Hyundai iMax eight seater. Check out our article 'Top Tips for Van Hire in Australia' as it provides some great information if you are planning on hiring a van for your travel adventures.

Once you have selected a vehicle that is perfect for your travel needs, you will find Cairns is an easy to navigate location. Whether you love to be spontaneous and plan your own travel adventures, or if you are more inclined to create an itinerary based around guided tours and activities, then you are in top luck as the Cairns region is thriving with so much to see and do.

For the travellers interested in making their own tracks, you will be pleasantly surprised by the wealth of information available for you to create your own trip. Navigate the coastline or head inland to explore the hidden treasures of the lush landscapes. Enjoy lazy days soaking in the warm sunshine or indulge in activities that will lead you on an action-packed holiday escape.

One of the top attractions for many visitors to experience is the Great Barrier Reef. Be inspired and amazed by the glorious underwater world that exists within the inviting blue waters. Boasting a wondrous array of marine wildlife, the Great Barrier Reef is the perfect spot to indulge in a spot of snorkelling or diving.

If you are the traveller that likes to sit back and relax while embarking on a guided tour, then you will delight in the abundance of tours and activities on offer within the Cairns region. Take a Great Barrier Reef cruise, Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime walk, white water rafting adventure, scenic helicopter flight, hot air balloon trip, or the Tropical Traveller experience. Of course this is just a small sample of the tours you can take within the region.

With so many options available, you can plan before going or arrive and make your adventure a spontaneous escape. Top tip, if you wish to engage in activities that require bookings, ensure you book in advance as peak season may mean you will miss out!

Underwater World

  • Underwater World Adventures

Tropical Forest Adventures

  • Tropical Forest Adventures

Top Tips for Your Off-Peak Cairns Holiday

Located in the top north of Queensland, Cairns experiences a weather cycle known as the 'wet season'. The wet season is usually present between December and April each year and is characterised with bouts of heavy rainfalls and relatively high humidity.

While this may not be the ideal time to make your holiday plans for Cairns, there are some great reasons to still consider this time of year for taking that much needed break. Sunshine still breaks through with days being kissed by the sun's warmth and offers the perfect atmosphere to get out and about to explore.

We have listed a few top holiday reasons to venture to Cairns during the wet season.

  • Great Prices

    Travelling during peak times means battling the influx of travellers to your holiday destination as well as paying increased 'peak season' pricing.

    Cairns offers fantastic accommodation deals during the wet season. Take the time to research the savings as it can be quite significant. In addition to saving on your accommodation, you will also find great deals available from tour operators, adventure / activity providers, and suppliers within the region.

    When looking at your Cairns transport options, consider your hire dates and times. A great tip to remember is that suppliers calculate their rental days based on a 24 hour clock. Read our article 'How Are Car Hire Days Calculated?' to find out some helpful tips that may save you some money!

  • Landscapes Come Alive

    The wet season is the perfect time to see the landscapes come alive with the welcoming bursts of rainfall. Hire a car and explore the rainforests as their natural beauty is enhanced with the refreshing rains. Swimming holes and attractions show a sense of rejuvenation as the rain awakens the natural waterways that sees waterfalls spring back to life.

    The Great Barrier Reef is extra inviting during the wet season. This is the ideal time to experience reduced winds which results in a water clarity - also known as a glass like water atmosphere. Enjoy snorkelling and engaging with the active and captivating marine wildlife.

  • Greater Flexibility

    Peak season means you need to book well in advance and you have limited flexibility to change your travel itinerary once on vacation. While the wet season sounds like an uninviting time, it is able to still offer you the perfect holiday environment. We still advise you to book well in advance during the low season, but tour operators and activity providers may be able to work with you more easily should you need to make amendments to your booking arrangements.

Top Tip: Don't be deterred by the wet season. No holiday is safe from wet weather and night time is the usual time that Cairns experiences its rain periods. Compare prices between peak and off-peak to see the savings!

Cairns Popular Attractions

  • Great Barrier Reef
    A trip to Cairns would not be complete without indulging in the glorious offerings of the Great Barrier Reef. Relax and soak in the inspiring setting of this magnificent natural wonder.