Car rental at Cairns Airport

Car rental at Cairns Airport

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Cairns, QLD, Australia - Cairns
3 Nov — 10 Nov
Same drop-off
Cairns, QLD, Australia - Cairns
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Reviews and directory for self drive car rentals in Cairns Airport

Rated no. 1
Apex
Best rated
10 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Apex
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 10
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10.0 Excellent17 Oct 2021
Great service indeed!
Rated no. 2
Enterprise
9.8 Excellent (7 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Enterprise
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 9.7
  • 9.7
  • 9.7
  • 10
  • 10
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10.0 Excellent22 Nov 2017
Great airport, great rentalGreat front desk guy, handy car pickup, no bus to deal with. Upgraded compact suv to overlander, no chargeNo issues, the usual attempt to upsell but no pressure. Just say no to what you don't want. Wish I had added the gps, but they asked. My bad.
10.0 Excellent24 May 2017
All goodEasy pick up procedure and drop offNothing - fast, friendly -
10.0 Excellent18 May 2017
Satisfied CustomerFast friendly service. Didn't try and sleezy salesmen gimmicks on my family and I that you typically get from rental car places.
Rated no. 3
Hertz
9.5 Excellent (12 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Hertz
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 9.1
  • 9.5
  • 9.6
  • 9.8
  • 9.3
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10.0 Excellent30 May 2021
Staff were very helpful, car we booked as not available so they upgraded us FOC.Nothing from us
10.0 Excellent24 Feb 2019
Friendly staff. Easy pickup and drop off.
10.0 Excellent23 Dec 2018
very friendly employees, easy claim process initiating, flexible return.
9.6 Excellent9 Apr 2017
Everything was clean, simple, and very easy pick up and drop off.Just a little small for a family of five. Not what i would call a typical SUV.
9.2 Excellent4 Jan 2017
Pick-up and drop off were convenient. No extra charges. The car type/condition was a good choice for the area and driving conditions.Not sure the additional insurance I purchased when I made the rental reservation was necessary (as I was lead to believe at the time).
Rated no. 4
East Coast Car Rentals
9.1 Excellent (8 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
East Coast Car Rentals
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 9.2
  • 8.7
  • 9.2
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  • 9.5
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10.0 Excellent15 Jan 2018
Airport transfers
8.0 Excellent13 Jan 2018
The car was clean.The car had already done 45k klms and seemed in need of a tune up, at times there was a lag in acceleration and then a sudden lurch forward...could be dangerous for a less experienced driver. Excess on any damage was very high...$5k seemed excessive compared to other companies and was only apparent after confirmation of booking.
8.0 Excellent7 Jan 2018
Misleading when booked it stated airport pick up and drop off. instead a mini bus came and picked us up and took us into town to pick up our car.
Rated no. 5
Thrifty
8.8 Excellent (3 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Thrifty
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 9.3
  • 9.3
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  • 6.6
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10.0 Excellent11 Dec 2016
great serviceI had a small fender bender on my car and Thrifty made it easy dealing with the problem and replacing the car. Very friendly personnel.
Rated no. 6
Budget
8.6 Excellent (18 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Budget
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 8.5
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  • 8.5
  • 8.1
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10.0 Excellent21 Apr 2021
The staff were very pleasant. Drop-off very easy
10.0 Excellent28 Dec 2019
Very friendly agent, easy to rent, pick up, and return. Good process to log any known damage to car (we didn't have any).
9.2 Excellent18 Jun 2019
Friendly staffMore workers to help check-in
8.0 Excellent10 Jan 2019
Cairns To BrisbaneNice car, very comfortable easy to drive. Rental desk at the airport in Cairns.Drop off and office not at the same address. Not clearly mentioned. Missed it the first time had to go around the block once again
8.0 Excellent20 May 2017
Good but that insurance!I booked the car as soon as we landed at the Cairns airport and it was ready in 10 minutes. The car had under 1900km so pretty new. No problems during the week and the return was seem less.By far the insurance that they try to sell you and the scare tactics they use to get you to buy into it...
10.0 Excellent24 Oct 2016
Just rightNothing to add
10.0 Excellent15 Jul 2016
Good rentalSeamless transaction, not a very long wait.They did try to up sell insurance, but that's quite normal of course. Was not worth the $49 per day unless you plan on wrecking.
10.0 Excellent25 May 2016
The entire process of checking in, getting our car and returning our rental was extremely fast, courteous and effortless - Great job, would highly recommend Budget for any rental need.
Rated no. 7
Alamo
8.5 Excellent (11 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Alamo
Locations in Cairns Airport
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  • 8.5
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  • 9.2
  • 8.3
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10.0 Excellent9 Oct 2021
Car was upgraded for no extra so that was awesome
5.9 Okay8 Sep 2021
Probably the worst car that I have ever hired. Body was very shabby and the way it ran was dreadful. I wouldn't take it to Port Douglas as I was nervous about it getting there and back. Very high revving and not smooth running at all.
3.9 Mediocre7 Sep 2021
We were unfortunate to have a collision with a pole in the parking lot of our hotel and were promised that they would get back to us with the costs etc but they haven’t
10.0 Excellent2 Aug 2021
Pick up and drop off was simple. The upgraded vehicle was a bonus!
10.0 Excellent4 May 2018
Positive rental experienceClean car, easy pick up and return, upgrade since they were out of our size
9.6 Excellent21 Mar 2018
Staff were very good and the process was simple.All good.
Rated no. 8
Sixt
7.9 Good (5 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Sixt
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 9.2
  • 7.5
  • 7.1
  • 8.7
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
7.9 Good5 Oct 2021
The hire was actually through the sub-company, East Coast Car Rentals. The only bad thing was the base package which we initially signed up for had a mandatory $4,000 excess for ANY damage, even if at fault or not, plus a $1,000 hold. So we opted to upgrade for an extra $50-60 per day for the $0 excess and no hold.
5.6 Okay15 Jul 2018
FalseThat said no hidden fees but still charge 1000$ or insurance forcefully similar car NO FOR 6 people they give us 2 people car argument over argument rude etc
10.0 Excellent25 Mar 2017
Easy and smooth serviceThe service from Sixt in Cairns was brilliant, from the pick up service at the airport to the swift pick up of the car and drop off. All staff were very friendly and the car itself a dream to drive, making our experience in North Queensland brilliant.
Rated no. 9
Europcar
7.5 Good (4 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Europcar
Locations in Cairns Airport
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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10.0 Excellent4 Sep 2018
I appreciated the upgrade. The service provided at check in was excellent.
2.0 Mediocre25 Jul 2017
Don't waste your timeI booked this for a reasonable price months in advance as diving the Great Barrier Reef was a bucket list item. When I landed though, europcar said that they had given my car away and had no other cars they could fulfill my reservation with as it was high tourism season. No offer to help, no sympathy. Of course I had my phone and checked online and found they indeed had multiple cars available immediately, but were asking double what I had booked mine for. How convenient... I got a car from a competitor instead, and will be avoiding Europcar going forward.
Rated no. 10
Avis
6.2 Good (4 reviews)
1 location in Cairns Airport
Avis
Locations in Cairns Airport
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  • 5.5
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6.8 Good9 Dec 2019
Upgraded car.Drop off
8.4 Excellent3 Aug 2019
Seams like a lot of money
2.0 Mediocre25 Mar 2019
Cust service rep was miserable, rude, condescending, and short with answers. Should realize that without customer she is without employment. Train these people to understand they are providing a valuable service and not treat the people who pay their salary with obvious disdain
7.6 Good7 Jan 2019
Overall positiveOur car was not ready, we had to wait a bit. Avis discounted our rate a bot for the inconvenience. It was a very comfortable vehicle but front end maintenance needed signal beeped at us quite a bit which was a little unsettlingSee above
Sunnycars
3 locations in Cairns Airport
Sunnycars
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Ace Rental Cars
2 locations in Cairns Airport
Ace Rental Cars
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Bargain Car Rentals
2 locations in Cairns Airport
Bargain Car Rentals
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Red Spot
2 locations in Cairns Airport
Red Spot
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Atlas Car & Truck Rental
1 location in Cairns Airport
Atlas Car & Truck Rental
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Atlas Choice
1 location in Cairns Airport
Atlas Choice
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Firefly
1 location in Cairns Airport
Firefly
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JUCY
1 location in Cairns Airport
JUCY
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keddy by Europcar
1 location in Cairns Airport
keddy by Europcar
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National
1 location in Cairns Airport
National
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Payless
1 location in Cairns Airport
Payless
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73 travellers who rented a car in Cairns Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.7

Car rental locations at Cairns Airport

Good to know

Most popular agency

Budget

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

₹ 2,282/day

Good deal

₹ 2,136/day

Top tips for renting a car at Cairns Airport

  • 25% of our users found rental cars at Cairns Airport for ₹ 2,144 or less
  • Book your rental car at Cairns Airport at least 3 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car at Cairns Airport

  • On average a rental car at Cairns Airport costs ₹ 2,294 per day.

  • Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Cairns Airport to off-airport locations include Budget, and Avis.