Car Rental Cairns

Car Rental Cairns

Looking for Car Rental in Cairns? Our Cairns premises is centrally located at 48 Comport Street Portsmith, in close proximity to the Convention Centre, CBD, Trinity Inlet and the port area. Comport Street forms part of the arterial 'Southern Access Road' linking up with the Bruce Highway to Townsville and Brisbane, and the Gillies Highway to the Atherton Tablelands. We provide a free airport pickup service during working hours!

One-Way Car Rentals

Picking up your car rental in Cairns and finishing at another destination? We make hiring a car easy!

No problem. We offer one way car rentals to most locations in mainland Australia. So you can pick up your rental car and drop it off at one of our other locations!

Looking to rent a car from Cairns airport? We also provide a free Cairns airport pickup service for all of our car rentals in Cairns!

Book your Cairns car hire with 1300 Meteor.

Vehicle Rental Range:

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Commercial 4WDs

Utes & Vans

Trucks & Trays

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Ph: (07) 4035 7900

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Phone 1300 METEOR (1300 638 367) - take Option 2
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Street:48 Comport Street, Portsmith 4870

Open: Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 5.00pm (0730 - 1700),
Sat: 8.00am - 5.00pm (0800 - 1700), 
Sun: 8.00am - 1.00pm (0800 - 1300)

Closed on Public Holidays, with the exception of Easter Saturday.

Best Rates for Car Rental Cairns

For the best quality car rental in Cairns check out our quality fleet, our highly competitive rates, and the value across North Queensland!

Choose 1300 Meteor Car Rentals for your next car hire and take advantage of our car hire rates and discount offers.

Rent A Car In Cairns

Planning a getaway, then you need to look no further than Cairns, home to the Great Barrier Reef and the port to Queensland's tropical 'Capricorn region'.

If you really want to explore and experience all the amazing wonders of Cairns City and its surrounding landmarks, you'll need car hire in Cairns. By comparing rental cars, it will help you find the best rates when booking to visit Cairns. We also offer a Cairns Airport pick up and drop off.

It also has no processing fees and you can receive your free instant quote online within just a few minutes.

Go on, start comparing the available car rentals in Cairns and book a fantastic deal that will provide you with flexibility and convenience for your holiday escape.

With so many options available, you can plan before going or arrive and make your adventure a spontaneous escape.

Top tip, if you wish to engage in activities that require bookings, ensure you book your car rental in Cairns in advance as peak season may mean you will miss out!

Here's a small sample of Google reviews for our Car Rental in Cairns

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Rebecca Muir  4 weeks ago

 Would highly recommend these guys, made our move so easy and way cheaper than what we had imagined, the moving kit was a great help to. The staff were extremely friendly and very knowledgeable with the transport we had chosen. If i ever move or need car hire again will definitely return to these guys.  

Peter Rowe  3 months ago

 GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE. GREAT RATES. GREAT FLEXIBILITY. Thanks to the team at 1300 Meteor Car Rental (esp. Niki) for sorting our needs so quickly!.

1300 Meteor Rentals Cairns is rated at 4.9 based on 210 reviews.

Our Experience!

We're a professional second generation family company of very long standing (incorporated in 1970), with a background in transport and motor body building, and vehicle hire since 1982! We know our vehicles and equipment and we know the areas we service!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer a pick up and drop off service from Cairns airport?

Yes! We provide a free airport transfers to any renter of our motor vehicles! This includes cars, people movers, light commercials, 4WD's and trucks.

How can I book a car rental in Cairns?

Using our booking system, you can easily get a quote or make a booking online.

What's the speed limit in Cairns?

Across Queensland, a 50km/h speed limit applies to most suburban residential streets in built-up areas, unless otherwise sign-posted.

Do you offer one way car rental?

Yes. We offer one way car rental to most locations in mainland Australia.

How far are you from Cairns airport?

About 20 minutes from the airport. Our location is in close proximity to the Cairns Convention Centre, CBD and Trinity Inlet.

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Getting to know Cairns

Cairns is Queensland's northern most large provincial city with a population around the 160,000 mark and is a major hub for government, community organisations and business servicing Cape York, Atherton Tablelands and Gulf (of Carpentaria) areas.

The city is located about 1,400 kms north of Brisbane. On the eastern seaboard between the Coral Sea and Great Dividing Range. It is a very popular tourist destination thanks to its wet tropical climate and lush hinterland. Its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, great scenery and varied tourist attractions not only in Cairns but also to close by centres. Such as Port Douglas, Mission Beach and the wonderful Atherton Tablelands. The 2 wettest towns in Australia (Tully and Babinda) in close proximity to the south.

As the State's northernmost city and only centre north of Brisbane with a full time international airport Cairns is also very popular with tourists / backpackers who wish to travel extensively around Australia. As its geographical location makes it an ideal starting or finishing point.

Cairns is historically a centre for: 

  • Tourism
  • Sugar cane farming and milling
  • Services to northern and western districts, including local shipping running up the coast to the Thursday Island group and around the Cape to Wiepa.
  • World Heritage Sites


Cairns is the Northern Queenslands gateway to:

  1. The Great Barrier Reef (Green and Fitzroy Islands and various reefs), from both Cairns and nearby Port Douglas. The drive along the coast to Port Douglas is stunning in itself.
  2. The Atherton Tablelands. A centre for farming (dairy, small crops, tea), with rich red volcanic soils, and tourism with stunning views going up and down the range. Barren Falls, tourist centre of Kuranda and terminus for both the cable car ride from Smithfield outside Cairns and the scenic railway run from Cairns Central. The Curtain Fig tree outside Yungaburra, Lakes Barrine and Eacham that occupy extinct volcano cones. The Historic Village in Herberton (a must see) and numerous 'get away from it all' accommodation centres. And its elevation makes the Tablelands that little bit cooler than the coast. Visit: www.tablelandsinfo.com
  3. The spectacular Undara Lava Tubes to the west of the Atherton Tablelands via Mt Garnett. Visit: www.undara.com.au
  4. Cape York - a mecca for those wishing to travel by road to the very top of Cape York and Australia. And of course we offer a wide range of 4WD's in our fleet available for this adventure! Visit: www.capeyorkinfo.org
  5. Palm Cove - Make Palm Cove your Tropical Holiday Hub.

Local natural attractions include: the swimming lagoon on the Esplanade, the Kuranda Scenic Railway, Daintree Rainforest, and the Skyrail cablecars. The cablecars run up over the range from Smithfield to Kuranda on the Atherton Tablelands.

Feeling fit? Try the red and blue arrow walks starting from the Botanical Gardens in Edgehill that run up the hillside with spectacular views. Perfect for those summer months.

CAIRNS - if green is your favourite colour and weekend scenic drives into the extensive surrounding district or being on the water is your thing!

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