Car Hire in Cairns

Car Hire in Cairns


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Rent a car in Cairns with Europcar

Considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a popular tourist destination located on the tropical east coast of Far North Queensland. If you’re looking to explore this fascinating city and beyond, car hire in Cairns will give you the freedom and flexibility to get from A to B with ease.

Europcar has two stations in this region. While Cairns City is located in Cairns Square, just a stone’s throw from top attractions such as the Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome, car rental can also be enjoyed from Cairns Airport located just 6-kilometres from Cairns city centre.

Discover Cairns by car

With mild winters, spectacular beaches and stunning scenery, it’s no wonder the Cairns region attracts nearly 3 million domestic and international visitors each year.

Whether you want to tick the Great Barrier Reef off your bucket list, enjoy a spot of dolphin and whale watching or learn about indigenous culture at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Cairn offers some of the best experiences on the planet. Simply hop in a stylish, reliable and powerful car from Europcar and explore the city in all its glory with the Botanical Gardens, Scenic Railway and lively night markets also being a talking point.

Want to venture further afield? Then head north to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which runs for 7.5-kilometres overlooking the breath-taking Barron Gorge National Park. Or, hit the road for an hour along the Great Barrier Reef Drive and reach the beautiful town of Port Douglas. This coastal route passes popular Cairns Northern Beaches including Trinity Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach where you can stop for a spot of swimming or snorkelling. It then winds right along the edge of the Coral Sea where you can enjoy views over crystal clear waters and spot tropical beaches.

Continue north from Port Douglas for another 90-minutes and you’ll come across Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest living rainforest home to adrenalin boosting zipwires, exciting night tours, crocodile spotting river cruises and an abundance of walking trails.

Cairns and the surrounding Queensland landscape has so much to offer with an East Coast adventure also being a great way to explore. Take the Great Green Way and discover everything from waterfalls to wetlands. It takes around 4-5 hours to reach Townsville, 8 hours to Mackay and 12 hours to Rockhampton.

The Europcar car rental experience in Cairns

Whether you plan to stay in Cairns or enjoy the ultimate road trip, we offer a wide range of vehicles for long and short-term rental with both daily and monthly solutions available. From compact city cars like the Kia Rio to the family-friendly Subaru Forester SUV, we’ve something to suit every type of driver and traveller. For a spot of luxury, don’t miss our premium range, with the BMW 2 Series Convertible being a real highlight. You can also take your pick from our quality vans and trucks.

Open 7 days a week for your convenience, we’re here to get you on the road as quickly as possible with no hidden charges. Europcar Cairns City is open from 08:00-17:00 every day. Europcar Cairns Airport is open 00:00 – 00:59/ 05:00 – 23:59.

Driving in Cairns

Throughout Cairns and the whole of Australia, you must drive on the left-hand side of the road. Compared to larger cities, the traffic is relatively light, and the streets are well signposted. That said, rush hour periods during the week fall from between 7-9am and 5-7pm.

Police are strict on Cairns roads, so keep in mind that the speed limit in most residential areas is 60km/h. This goes up to 100km/h on the highways but always keep a look out for signage. Queensland has a 0.05 per cent blood alcohol level meaning two drinks could put you over the limit. Be careful when driving on isolated roads as animals such as kangaroos, bandicoots and pigs can often be seen.

When it comes to parking, there are plenty of spaces. The council provides more than 6400 spaces in Cairns including 4700 in the central business district (CBD). Both on-street and off-street carparks are available. Regulated parking hours in the Cairns CBD are between 8.30am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am – 2pm on Saturdays. There’s usually a charge of $1.80 per hour.

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Car hire at Cairns is made easy with Europcar.

Friendly service, new cars and low prices are part of our every day offer. Whether you are hiring a car for business or pleasure, or you need a car or van, Europcar has the right hire car at Cairns for you.

Europcar is looking forward to serving you at its car hire branch: Cairns. Remember to always bring your driving license, valid credit card and additional proof of identity (such as a passport if you are hiring abroad).

Europcar’s Green Programme: At Europcar, we understand the environmental impact of car hire. That’s why we have wholeheartedly embraced a sustainable development programme and are proud to be the first car hire company at Cairns with certified commitments.