Cairns transport and travel information

Cairns domestic and international airport

The Cairns Domestic and International Airport is located 7kms from Cairns CBD. After, arriving you can get your holiday started by booking a taxi, shuttle bus or Uber from the airport to your accommodation.

You can also find accredited door-to-door airport shuttle service to hotels, city centre and the northern beaches including Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation and south to Mission Beach.

There are remote airports throughout Tropical North Queensland for when you’re travelling into smaller towns and regions.

How to get to and around Cairns and Tropical North Queensland

Public Transport – Trains and Buses

Catch the Sunlander – This high-speed train can deliver you from Brisbane to Cairns. Once you’re in Tropical North Queensland, you can choose your own way to get around. Or, hop on board the Sun Bus. It can get you around the local Cairns area. Private bus companies can get you further afield.

On the water

Heading across to Green Island, Fitzroy Island or the Great Barrier Reef? Ferry transfers and tours operate from the Cairns and Port Douglas Marinas.

Road tripping

Tropical North Queensland includes a lot of hot places to visit like Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas and Mission Beach. If you’re planning to see as much as possible in your own time, car hire is the way to go.

If you are planning something more remote like a road trip to Cape York make sure you hire a four-wheel-drive or other appropriate transport.

Plan your holiday

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Cruisin Motorhomes Cairns

Cairns North, Cairns Area
From AU$45 - 500
Campervan Hire in Cairns, Queensland Hire a campervan in Cairns, Australia’s laid-back city in tropical North Queensland, and gateway to the world’s largest coral reef system – the Great Barrier Reef!

Exemplar Coaches and Limousines

Craiglie, Douglas Area
From AU$16 - 824
Exemplar Coaches and Limousines is a boutique transfer provider, with modern limousines and coaches. They specialise in linking Cairns Airport with Palm Cove and Port Douglas and are the preferred transport provider to the majority of the accommodation houses in these areas.

Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$40 - 50
Having been in operation since 1975, the Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi offers transfers daily to one of Australia's most beautiful tropical island destinations, Dunk Island. Simply a short 10 minute ride in their fully enclosed 10 metre vessel, over azure blue waters of the Coral Sea and you can sink your feet into the sand and enjoy this remarkable island for the day.

Hippie Camper Cairns

Cairns North, Cairns Area
Enjoy Australia’s world-famous 'cruisy' lifestyle with the ultimate in rental transport and accommodation – budget campervan and motorhome hire from Hippie Camper. They are proud to offer amazing campervan, motorhome and car rentals at superb rates, with all campground guides, living equipment and maps happily provided to their valued clients inclusive of their extremely competitive rental prices.

EagleRider Cairns

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$125.14 - 289.42
EagleRider Cairns Motorcycle Hire and Tours offer chauffeured Harley Rides, Harley Davidson, Royal Enfield, SWM, Triumph and Suzuki Adventure Bikes available for daily and weekly hire. Included are unlimited kilometres, 24 hour rental period, saddlebags, backrest and windshield if required.

Exclusive Getaway

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$1000 - 3000
Exclusive Getaway are the luxury boat charter and boutique travel specialist. From the glittering lights of Sydney to the natural wonders of Far North Queensland, their package repertoire includes boutique accommodation and personalised activities and experiences in destinations such as Port Douglas, the Whitsunday Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Enterprise Rent A Car - Cairns City

Cairns, Cairns Area
While Enterprise is new to Australia, they have been growing across the globe since 1957. Today, Enterprise is part of the largest car rental company in the world, with more than 1.5 million cars in service.

Camperman Australia Cairns

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$57 - 199
Camperman Australia is an East Coast based campervan hire company with a depot network including Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Camperman provides independent travellers the opportunity to explore Australia from any of their eight depot locations on the East coast.

maui motorhomes Cairns

Cairns North, Cairns Area
From AU$109 - 556
The maui experience is all about indulging yourself on a journey of discovery and authentic experiences in comfort and style. Indulge by taking the scenic route. Stay longer, because you can, and learn more about the world around you.

Enterprise Rent A Car - Cairns Airport

Aeroglen, Cairns Area
While Enterprise is new to Australia, they have been growing across the globe since 1957. Today, Enterprise is part of the largest car rental company in the world, with more than 1.5 million cars in service.
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