Getting from Cairns Airport to Popular Tourist Destinations
Most tourists opt to use the widely available shuttle bus transfers Cairns Airport makes available. Single-passenger one-way trips to downtown Cairns cost between $15 and $17, and the busses depart hourly. Longer trips Palm Cove, White Rock, and many of the most popular beaches such as Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton Beach, and Holloways Beach cost between $25 and $50.
There are three airport shuttles available directly from the airport's international arrivals terminal:
• Coral Sea Coaches
• FNQ Airport Shuttles
• Sun Palm Transport
If you wish to book your shuttle in advance, you may do so using Coral Sea Coaches' website.
Public transport to and from Cairns is also available through the city's Airport Connect service. This service, offered by Sun Palm Transport, costs $4 for a one-way trip. It connects travelers going northwards to Cairn's most popular beaches and the other direction, to Sheridan Street along the city's southern edge.
The Sun Palm buses are easily recognizable by their distinctive branding and the large Airport Connect logo located in the front window. To find these buses, look for the Sun Palm Transport desk in the Arrivals section of either terminal. Sun Palm staff will guide you to the nearest bus stop. For timetable information, consult the Sun Palm website.
Taxis are also a prevalent mode of transportation in Cairns. A typical taxi ride from the airport to the city center costs between $25 and $35. Once in Cairns, the city itself is small enough for tourists to get around on foot. Plenty of guided tours will take you beyond the city boundaries so there is little reason to rent a car unless you want to follow your own itinerary.