Cairns airport: Cairns Airport (CNS)

Cairns Airport

Cairns Airport is Northern Queensland's largest regional airport. Situated between the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical (Daintree) rainforest, for many people Cairns is the starting point for their Australia tour. Yearly, the airport handles approximately 4 million travelers and it has two terminals. One terminal for international flights and another one for domestic flights. A five minute walk along a covered walkway gets you from one terminal to the other. Australia Coach runs a shuttle bus (paid) between the terminals.

Airport codes

IATA airport code: CNS
ICAO airport code: YBCS


Local transport


There is no direct train to the airport. The best way to get to the train station from the airport is by bus (see below). The Cairns railway station is in the center of town. The train to Brisbane goes four times per week and takes 32 hours. For more information please visit the Australian railways website.

Car and bus

The airport is situated approximately 8 kilometers north of downtown Cairns and east of the Captain Cook Highway.

Bus companies Australia Coach and Sun Palm Express run between the airport and several nearby locations. Several hotels, the city center of Cairns and Palm Cove are some of these locations. For more information please go to the website or call (tel. +61(0)7 4087 2900). 

Car rental Cairns Airport

Car rental agencies can be found in both terminals (Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty, Budget and Redspot). At the international terminal they are in the arrival hall. At the domestic terminal on the north side of the hall. Also, you can book a car in advance at EasyTerra, this website compares multiple car rental agencies and their rates simultaneously.


Taxicabs are available in front of both terminals. A trip to Cairns costs approximately AUD 20.00. You can book a taxi from Black & White taxi's (tel. +61(0)131008).

Parking at the airport

Parking spaces at the airport are operated by Wilson Parking, you can choose from short term and long term parking (AUD 16.00 per day).




The Pacific International Hotel Cairns (tel. +61(0)7 4051 7888) is near the airport. For more hotels and on-line reservations please go to This website offers a wide range of hotels at competitive (internet) rates. 

Shopping and dining

There are many shops, restaurants and (snack) bars in both terminals.


Both terminals have baggage depots (tel. +61(0)407 359 677). Rate: AUD 7.00 to AUD 15.00 per suitcase. At both terminals it is possible to hire a porter. For more information you can send an email to or call (tel. +61(0)417 635 142). For lost and found items please call (tel. +61(0)7 408 06703). 


Both terminals have information desks, which offer information about the airport and timetables.


There are no special business facilities at the airport. For information about meeting rooms and other business facilities please call (tel. +61(0)7 4080 6703).

Access for disabled people

All parking facilities have especially reserved places for disabled people. In addition to this, the airport has wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators and toilets.

Other services

All terminals have banks, exchange offices and ATMs. Both terminals have First Aid stations. Sometimes the airport conducts tours. For more information (tel. +61(0)7 4080 6806).




Cairns Airport
Airport Avenue
Cairns, QLD 4870

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +61(0)7 4080 6703
Fax: +61(0)7 4080 6704

Airport codes

IATA airport code: CNS
ICAO airport code: YBCS