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How To Get From Cairns Airport To City Center – All Possible Ways

Last updated on October 15th, 2022 at 03:21 pm

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We will write how to get from Cairns airport to city center. The distance from Cairns Airport to downtown is 7 kilometers. Click here to book online Cairns Day Tour

The travel time from Cairns airport to Cairns city center is around 10 minutes by taxi and $30 AUD.

The cheapest way from Cairns airport to city center is by shuttle bus $19 AUD. It will take 15-20 minutes travel time.

You can also rent a car in Cairns airport or get a private transfer and shared transfer with Klook.

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WHERE TO STAY IN CAIRNS

You can sleep in a dorm room or a room for $25 USD while you can stay in a budget hotel for as low as $60-80 USD. There are so many to choose from depending on what type and how luxurious you want your stay to be starting from $150 USD. 

Book your accommodations in Cairns through Agoda or Booking.

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CAIRNS AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN

SHUTTLE BUS CAIRNS AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (BEST WAY)

The best way from Cairns airport to city center is by shuttle bus. You can buy the Shuttle bus ticket online or at in the ticket counter in the airport and you can take at Arrivals in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at the airport.

SHUTTLE BUS SCHEDULE FROM CAIRNS AIRPORT TO CAIRNS CITY CENTER

The shuttle bus schedule from Cairns airport to city center is running every 30-60 minutes starting from 7 30 am to 6 30 pm. You can schedule and fare for the shuttle bus and with Jay Ride.

The bus travel time from Cairns airport to Cairns city center is around 15-20 minutes depending on the traffic. The shared shuttle bus fare from Cairns airport to city center is $19 AUD.

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TAXI FROM CAIRNS AIRPORT TO CAIRNS CITY CENTER

If you go from Cairns airport to Cairns city center by taxi is the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 10-15 minutes.

The taxi fare from Cairns airport to city center is around $30 AUD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM CAIRNS AIRPORT TO CITY

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If you are ordering Uber in Cairns you should know that prices are similar to taxis. You can pre-book with Uber app from your phone and go to the airport pick-up point. Expect to pay around $25-40 AUD depending on your destination and time.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM CAIRNS AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Cairns. Prices are around $60 AUD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $15 AUD per person.

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RENTING A CAR IN CAIRNS AIRPORT

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There are many options for renting a car in Cairns’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Cairns. It will take you 10 minutes to get to Cairns city center from the airport by private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Europcar available in the airport. Prices can be around $40-50 AUD per day.

Car rental options can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around Cairns and countryside beaches. Make sure you have a parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Cairns city center.

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BEST WAY CAIRNS AIRPORT TO CAIRNS CITY CENTER

If you ask me the best way from Cairns airport to city center I would choose by regular shared shuttle bus since a single ticket will cost around $19 AUD and it will take 15-20 minutes and you can book online.

If you are planning to move around Cairns and you are traveling with more people renting a car can be a great option especially if you rent Airbnb outskirts of Cairns.

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WHERE TO STAY IN CAIRNS

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You can sleep in a dorm room or a room for $25 USD while you can stay in a budget hotel for as low as $60-80 USD. There are so many to choose from depending on what type and how luxurious you want your stay to be starting from $150 USD. 

Book your accommodations in Cairns through Agoda or Booking.

BUDGET TRAVEL AUSTRALIA

For food budget travel in Australia we have to say it’s expensive going to restaurants and bars. You can get meals $15 USD per person in a local restaurant. You will go down your budget if you cook your meals in your hotel or Airbnb in Australia.

BEST TIME TO VISIT AUSTRALIA

If you travel to Australia you should know that the Summer season is from December to February and you will find the hottest weather. The Winter season is from June to August and temperatures don’t usually go lower than 10 degrees. It even rains during winter in Australia. Autumn and Spring are the best seasons to travel Australia where you will find the weather not so hot and not so cold.

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ATMS AND CASH IN AUSTRALIA

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Australian dollar currency rates are a little bit slower than the American dollar. At that time $1 USD = $1.30 AUD. There are ATMs everywhere to withdraw money from. And if you need to exchange money, you will find banks to do it with.

Australian dollar bills always look like they are new. In all the countries that I have visited so far, it’s my favorite currency. When you touch the bills, they look great and not very old like in other countries.

Click here to know more about the current exchange rate in Australia!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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