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Cairns Tour Ideas

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge and Daintree Rainforest Premium Day Tour

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge and Daintree Rainforest Premium Day Tour
12 hours
USD 161.04
Explore the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation with an expert naturalist guide. Traveling by a specially designed vehicle in small group of no more than 13-17 participants ensures a personalized experience.

Cairns Self-Guided Audio Tour

Cairns Self-Guided Audio Tour
USD 19.99
This magical audio tour of Cairns will take you through the tropical area where you will have an opportunity to visit and hold a koala at the Wildlife Dome and see the stunningly beautiful Esplanade Lagoon

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Cairns Airport (CNS) Shuttle Services

Cairns Airport TransfersSafely Arrive or Depart Stress-Free at the Cairns Airport -- Book a safe and convenient private Cairns Airport transfer from USD 54 or a safe and economical shared Cairns Airport shuttle transfer from USD 13/AUD 17.
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Cairns Airport shuttle services are typically shared with other passengers heading to the same general area, such as a hotel district in the city center. Shuttle transfers are generally cheaper than taking a taxi, but take a little longer to reach your destination. Note that nearby Cairns Airport hotel shuttles are given on the Cairns Airport Hotel Shuttle page

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Cairns Airport Shuttle Recommendations

IHateTaxis.com recommends the Cairns Airport shuttle.

A shuttle from Cairns Airport is a great option!

Cairns Airport Shuttle Rates & Fares

Shuttle Payment: Cash • Credit Cards
  • Always confirm with the Cairns Airport transfer shuttle desk if credit/bank cards have any additional card fees.
Shuttle Tipping Recommendation: Not required

The Airport Connect service is FREE.


All other shuttle fares vary by destination.

Cairns Airport Shuttle Details

Cairns Airport Shuttle

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There are a couple of Cairns Airport shuttle options, all operated by Sun Palm Transport.  


Airport Connect is a FREE shuttle service:

  • Shuttles run between the airport and the Tobruk Pool Bus Stop on Sheridan Street (with public transit connections)
  • Service operates from the airport about every 30 minutes from 04:30 until after the last flight
  • Visit the Airport Connect desk in the Arrivals area of either termina
  • Returning to the airport:
  •      - catch the shuttle at the C9 Tobruk Pool Bus Stop (opposite Tobruk Pool)
  •      - service operates hourly at 15 minutes past the hour between 04:15 - 22:15
  •      - reserve ahead
  •      - be at the stop early, and hail down the driver of the Sun Palm coach
  • This free service is on a trial period - we hope it will continue (read our blog post    )


Sun Palm Transfers also offers shuttle service throughout the region:

  • Cairns Airport transfers operate to hotels, city centre, and Northern Beaches, including Palm Cove and Port Douglas
  • Book online or visit the Sun Palm desk in the Arrivals area
  • Be sure to reserve ahead for arrivals after 20:00
  • Sun Palm coaches pick-up directly outside both terminals


 Pre-Book Your Cairns Airport Shuttle Transfers

Arrive or depart stress-free at the Cairns Airport by pre-booking your shared Cairns Airport shuttle transfers -- See our shared Cairns Airport shuttle transfers page for more information and pricing.

 CNS Cairns Airport Parking Lot/Car Park Shuttle

CNS Cairns Airport parking is either nearby or there is no Cairns Airport Parking Lot or Carpark shuttle service available.

 CNS Cairns Airport Car Rental Shuttle

If renting or hiring a car at Cairns Airport, inquire with the car rental/hire company, either at their airport counter, via a courtesy or free phone to see if a shuttle is required to get to the rental location. You may wish to view additional details on the CNS Cairns Airport car rental page

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Last Updated: 4 Jan 2016