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About Cairns

This Australian city is located in tropical North Queensland and is an ideal place for all nature lovers. It is a vibrant and modern city that has its ‘’wild’’ side - rainforests, beautiful tropical gardens, dramatic waterfalls, and amazing beaches.

**Things to do **

You can find various interesting places in the heart of the city. Cairns Night Markets is a great indoor market where you can go shopping or have a tasty meal. The only casino in the city is nearby  - the Reef Hotel Casino - where you can try your luck and have some fun. There is also Cairns Aquarium, home to more than 15 thousand specimens. Snorkeling and scuba diving are also available in the area if you want to explore ocean life.

If you go a bit farther away from the city, you could find numerous astonishing places. The Barron Gorge National Park is one of them, and you can take a Skyrail Rainforest Cableway over the rainforest and check out the amazing views. Palm Cove is Cairns’ coastal suburb famous for beaches and coral reefs located about 15 miles from the city center. Rainforestation Nature Park is closer to the city, and it is an ideal place to have a barbecue surrounded by tropical gardens. You can also visit Barron Falls, waterfalls with awesome lookout spots.

Cairns Airport

This international airport is the seventh busiest one in Australia, and it is located only 2.6 miles away from downtown Cairns. It offers direct flights to various destinations, both domestic and international. The airport code is CNS.

Many people are interested in finding the closest airport to Cairns with CNS only 2.7 miles(4.3 km) away it makes this airport a very convenient option for travelers.

You can also find the cheapest flights from Cairns CNS Airport.

While waiting for your flight or an airport passenger, you can use some of their various services. There are many places throughout CNS where you can grab a drink, have lunch, or go shopping - you can buy a souvenir, clothes, food, drink, health or beauty products, and more. Also, easy access is available for everyone since both airport terminals have pick-up and drop-off areas for people with disabilities.

How to get from Cairns Airport to Port Douglas?

Cairns Airport provides many airport transportation options, so you can choose among airport transfers such as Cairns Airport shuttle, ridesharing, taxi cabs, limousines, public transportation, and car hire.

If you’re looking for a ride from Cairns Airport to Port Douglas, the best option is a Cairns Airport shuttle, especially if you travel with a group of friends. The trip will take 60-70 minutes and your rate can be as low as $32. Taxi cabs are more expensive and not much faster, so if you don’t mind sharing your vehicle, book a shuttle ride. Public transportation is a cheaper option, but you would have to use the Airport Connect to reach the bus station and then board on another bus which would take much more of your time.

Cairns Airport Shuttle

Numerous airport shuttles are available at Cairns Airport. This is a great way of traveling if you’re searching for a safe and affordable transportation option. To help you save your time and money, we discovered the best Cairns Airport shuttle providers and their rates. See below for more information.

Sun Palm Transport Group runs the only accredited Cairns airport shuttle that will easily take you to the city center, Northern Beaches, or Port Douglas. You can also use their Airport Connect service to get to the Translink public transport network. Reservations are not necessary but we recommend booking in advance. See their rates in the list below.

Cairns Central Business District
Northern Beaches
Port Douglas
Translink bus stops

Note that children under 12 travel for free.

The pickup location: First, you need to go to the terminal counter and get your ticket. Then, simply follow the signs to the bus pick up points located outside the Arrivals hall of both terminals.

If you have any question, call one of the following numbers:

  • +61 7 4099 1191;
  • 07 4099 1191 (local).

Cairns Airport Shuttle provides shuttle bus transfers from Cairns Airport to Port Douglas with no stops. Their shared service is available from 4 AM to 7:30 PM and the private rides are available at any time. Your ride to Port Douglas won’t last longer than 70 minutes.

  • The maximum one-way fare is $50 per person, but it will be lower if you travel with one or several people. Depending on the number of passengers, the Cairns Airport shuttle ride to Port Douglas can cost as low as $32.
  • Children younger than 16 ride for $15 each way.

The pickup location at CNS Airport is at carousel 4.

Reservations are necessary, and the easiest way to do it is by using our website. If you need additional assistance, check out their page or call 07 3103 3328.

FNQ Airport Shuttle offers affordable transfers from CNS to Cairns City and Cairns Southside. So, if you going to the downtown area, this is the best choice, especially if you travel in a group. Check out the following list to find out their cheap rates.

Number of passengers
to Cairns City
to Cairns Southside

Find out more about their rates here.

The pickup location is located right outside the Domestic Terminal at the bus parking bay 6.

If you need a ride to some other location or need any help, call this Cairns Airport shuttle at (+61) 0432 488 783 or send an e-mail at [email protected].

Con-x-ion is a reliable shuttle bus service that offers a door-to-door transfer from both terminals to many locations in the area. This is one of the best Cairns Airport shuttle bus operators due to their competitive rates.

  • Book a one-way ride to the city for only $16 or a shuttle from CNS to Palm Cove hotels for as low as $25.
  • If you need a shuttle bus from Cairns to a Port Douglas hotel, the one-way fare will be $44.

Book your ride online now or call 1300 918 923 if you need more information.

Airport Connections Cairns is a dependable transport service operating between Cairns Airport and Cairns City, Palm Cove, Northern Beaches, and Port Douglas. Their Cairns Airport shuttle bus will take you from the airport to the door of your hotel or motel. Booking a ride in advance is required, and listed below are the rates.

  • The shuttle fares from CNS to the city start at $18.
  • The one-way fares from Cairns Airport to Port Douglas start at $49.

You can call them at 07 4049 2244 to find out quotes to other destinations. Alternatively, you can send them an e-mail at [email protected].

Krystal Transport is another great Cairns Airport shuttle to Port Douglas. Their shuttle bus service is available from 4 AM to 10 PM. If you’re traveling alone, your one-way rate will be $35. If you’re going with a few more people, you will get a cheaper rate which can be as low as $25.

Those traveling in groups can arrange a private transfer and get a similar price for a better service. If you need a ride from CNS to Port Douglas or Palm Cove, click here and get more information about the prices.

You can also call (07) 4051 7456 between 7 AM and 6 PM if you need assistance.

Coral Sea Coaches can provide you with a shuttle bus service from CNS to various destinations, such as Cairns City or CBD, Palm Cove, Port Douglas, White Rock, and many more. If you need more privacy or space, you can also book a private airport transfer. Advanced reservations are necessary (at least 2 hours before the required pick-up time).

  • The one-way rates to Port Douglas hotels vary based on the number of passengers, and they can be as high as $85 or as low as $26. You can discover more about their rates and schedule here.

Need further assistance? Contact this Cairns Airport shuttle via [email protected].


Transportation network companies allowed to operate at CNS Airport are Uber and 1300 Ride Share. They have different pick-up points, so pay attention to that when you get to the airport.

The Uber pickup location:

  • International Terminal**:** at the eastern end, just to the right of the bus pick-up area;
  • Domestic Terminal**:** at the northern end of the public pick-up lane.

The 1300 Ride Shre pickup location:

  • International Terminal: Eastern Bus Bay;
  • Domestic Terminal: Northern Bus Bay.

Use their websites to find out more information.

Taxi and Limo Service

Those who are eager to get where they’re going can grab a taxi cab and quickly reach their destination. The only regulated taxi service is Cairns Taxis. You can find sheltered taxi ranks in front of both terminal buildings; simply follow the taxi signs. Taxi rates depend on the distance and time of travel. Either way, you will have to pay a $4.40 fee for each airport ride.

Another convenient airport transfer is by a limousine. It is more expensive, of course, but you would get an exclusive travel experience in a private and modern vehicle. There are many limo companies allowed to pick up passengers at the airport, and we’ve listed the best ones below.

Transportation Company
Phone Number
Southern Cross Limousines Cairns
+61 439 351 881
Cairns Limousines
+61 7 4032 1599
Dragon Tours and Limousines
+61 428 234 832
Elliott's Limousines
+61 419 268 893
Cairns Luxury Limousines
+61 7 4033 6557
Cairns Hummer
+61 418 875 504
My Driva
+61 438 756 291

Public Transportation

Public buses are usually the cheapest airport transfer to your destination. However, to reach the bus station at Sheridan Street, you will have to use the Airport Connect shuttle. This Cairns Airport shuttle ride will cost $6, and you can then use the Translink bus for as low as $2.20 to get to the city center.

The Airport Connect tickets can be booked in advance or purchased in each terminal at the Sun Palm Transport kiosks. One of the representatives there will guide you to your Cairns Airport shuttle.

If you wish to book the Airport Connect in advance, do it via +61 7 4099 1191 or [email protected].

Car Hire

A variety of car hire options is available at Cairns Airport through 6 rental companies. All of them have car hire counters located in the Arrivals Hall of each terminal. For additional information, call any operator from the following list:

Car Hire Company
Phone Number
07 4033 9555
07 4033 9777
07 4034 9088
07 4035 9299
07 4034 9052
07 4033 9800

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