Cairns airport (CNS)

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Cairns Airport, opened in 1943, is one of the most important in Australia. It operates with domestic and international flights, including neighbouring countries and the Far East.

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Number of Terminals - 2 - Terminal 1 (international flights) and Terminal 2 (domestic flights), open from 4:00 am until the last flight. They are connected through a covered walkway.
Annual passenger traffic: Around 5 million passengers went through it during 2017.
Tel: +61 740 806 703. Information booths available in the public area of both terminals.


The airport is located 7 km (4 miles) to the north of downtown Cairns.

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Car rental counters are found in the Arrivals area of both terminals.

Avis (Tel +61 740 339 555 - 4:30 am to 1:30 am)
Budget (Tel +61 740 339 777 - 4:30 am to 1:30 am)
Europcar (Tel +61 740 349 088 - 5:00 am to 1:00 am)
Hertz (Tel +61 740 359 299 - 4:00 am to 11:30 pm)
Redspot/Enterprise (Tel +61 740 349 052 - 5:00 am to 0:30 am)
Thrifty (Tel +61 740 339 800)


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Some accommodations in the vicinity have shuttles for the transfer of their guests. Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort (Tel +61 740 310 910), The Lakes Resort (Tel +61 740 539 400), Comfort Inn Discovery Cairns (Tel +61 742 145 395), Bloomfield Wilderness Lodge (Tel +61 740 359 166), Tree Tops Lodge Cairns (Tel +61 740 399 599), Lilybank Bed & Breakfast (Tel +61 740 551 123), Whitfield House (Tel +61 740 322 732), Galvin's Edge Hill Bed & Breakfast (Tel +61 740 321 308), Kookas Bed & Breakfast (Tel +61 740 533 231), Nomads Cairns Hostel (Tel +61 740 407 777).


Booking accommodation

Bus - Sun Palm Transport Group (Tel +61 740 991 191) operates a service to different hotels, the city centre and the northern beaches, including Palm Cove and Port Douglas. Buses leave every 30 minutes from 5:30 am to 0:30 am and stops are located near the Arrivals area of both terminals. On the other hand, the Airport Connect runs to the Translink public transportation stops at Sheridan Street from 4:15 am to 10:15 pm. More information

Taxi - Vehicles from Cairns Taxis (Tel +61 131 008) are available to the city and the coastal area, covering from Ellis Beach to Wrights Creek, Edmonton. Each terminal has sheltered ranks at the front. The trip to downtown Cairns takes about 10 minutes.


All car parks have CCTV. The first 10 minutes of stay are free of charge. Payment can be made inside the parking lot itself or at automatic pay stations located adjacent to the different areas. There are also passenger pick-up and drop-off zones in front of the terminals. Fees and bookings

T1 Budget Car Park - Located opposite Terminal 1 and connected to the domestic building through a covered walkway.
T2 Car Park - Situated across from Terminal 2 and linked to Terminal 1 via a covered hallway. There is a premium area with covered spaces.


Passengers are asked to advise their airline or travel agent at the time of booking about any disability or assistance required at the airport. There are reserved parking spaces at the nearest point to the terminal entrances, accessible counters, induction loops, adapted restrooms and elevators. Ramps and aerobridges allow easy access to the aircraft. In some cases, an ambulift is also available.