Getting around Cairns and Tropical North Queensland

The best transport options for your Cairns and Tropical North Queensland adventure.

Cairns and Tropical North Queensland are two of the most remote and outstanding travel destinations for those who want to experience Australia’s outback.

Find out the best ways to get to and from Cairns and Tropical North Queensland here.

Cairns and Tropical North Queensland public transport

Types of transport. Flights, trains, buses and private cars offer the most flexible transport options for getting around Tropical North Queensland. Timetable and fare information is available from Cairns Regional Council. Trains connect Cairns, Cape York, Proserpine, and Mount Isa. Timetable and fare information is available from Cairns Unlimited.

Paying for transport. Trains and buses can be booked online or paid for on the spot at the bus or railway station.

Best apps for getting around. The Go Cairns app provides public transport information in the Cairns area.

Taxis and Uber

Taxi. Taxis are available from the taxi ranks around Cairns.

Uber. Uber is available in Cairns City and the surrounding areas. A ride with UberX from Cairns to Port Douglas will cost $80-$100.

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Cairns and Tropical North Queensland car hire rental companies






If you really want to explore on your own terms, hiring a car is your best bet. Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Redspot, Budget and Thrifty offer car, van and specialty vehicle rentals directly from Cairns airport.

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Airport transfers

The Airport Connect Shuttle is a convenient service that can be booked online or over the phone. Viator, City Discovery and Jayride offer personalised and private airport shuttle services and transfers from Cairns airport to your resort, hotel or holiday apartment.

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