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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Mini Car Rentals

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$49 - 199
Local Family Owned and Operated Car Hire Company Servicing Cairns and the Far North Queensland Region for over 30 Years. Pioneers in the Cairns Tourism Industry with Award Winning Customer Service. Wide Range of Reliable Vehicles from Economy, Compact, People Movers and Luxury Convertibles.

Exemplar Coaches and Limousines

Craiglie, Douglas Area
From AU$16 - 44
Exemplar Coaches and Limousines Port Douglas is the longest established local, family owned coach company in Port Douglas (25 years) offering great value for money. They are renowned for their friendly staff, reliability, safe driving practices and high customer service levels.

Bike Shop and Hire - Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$20 - 79
It's more fun on two wheels! They have: Bicycle Hire. Scooter Hire (Mopeds). Mountain Bike Guided Tours. Electric Mountain Bike Tours. Self-Guided Tours. Hire a bike or scooter while in Port Douglas and explore the regions attractions at your own pace.

Babinda Kayaking and SUPs

Mirriwinni,
From AU$50 - 135
Enjoy a one way self guided float down the crystal clear Babinda Creek. This creek is located at the foot hills of Queensland's two high mountains and the experience takes you on a nine kilometre journey through rainforest and farming lands.

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.

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!

Cairns Dive Adventures

Cairns Area
Cairns Dive Adventures offer local knowledge of dive boats, liveaboard trips, learn to dive courses and expeditions, Cairns Dive Adventures can help you choose the best possible trip to the Great Barrier Reef, pending your itinerary, requirements and budget.

Calypso Reef Imagery

Cairns Area
Calypso Reef Imagery is Cairns’ Great Barrier Reef digital underwater photography and videography specialists. This dedicated team covers everything from underwater camera hire to private and commercial contracts, film and television, tourism event photography, dynamic aerial cinematography, drones and more.

Beach Catwalk Boutique

Palm Cove, Cairns Area
A celebration of the latest beach and street fashion, Beach Catwalk stocks an extensive range of brands you will love including Havaianas, Billabong, Baku and many more. This bold yet bohemian, beachside haven, combines all your favourite brands mixed with hand-picked, locally designed accessories.

1300 Rideshare

Manoora, Cairns Area
1300 Rideshare Cairns is locally owned and operated transport service. They offer: - Rapid City Transfer; They will bring you quickly and comfortably to anywhere in Cairns City and surrounds. - Cairns Day Tours;
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