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).