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Most visitors will arrive at the Cairns International Airport ( CNS ). Both terminals (domestic & international) are only a short 10 to 15 minute ride from the center of town most of the time. Travel time can increase to 15 to 30 minutes due to traffic. Travel time to Palm Cove ranges between 25 to 45 minutes. Travel time to Port Douglas ranges between 60 to 90 minutes.
Taxis - Taxi ranks are located outside the arrival hall of both terminals. A fare to the city will generally cost between $20.00 and $30.00. A fare to Palm Cove will generally cost between $65.00 and $80.00. Call Cairns Taxi (previously Black & White Taxis) on 13 1008. You will be charged a $2.50 airport fee on top of your fare and night rates apply.
Luxury Limousine - there are a handful of options when it comes to booking a private car from the airport to the city centre or the beaches. Booking prior to arriving at Cairns Airport will ensure the driver will meet and greet you at Cairns Airport. Once luggage is collect you will be on your way. Prices for transfers from Cairns Airport to Cairns city is approx $60-70. Local operations include Cairns Limousine +61 7 4032 1599, Coral Reef Coaches, Exemplar, Hughes Limousine, Rainforest Limo, Southern Cross Stretch Limousine, Sun Palm Transport, Palm Cove Limousine and Paradise Limousine offer this service.
Hotel Shuttle - Some hotels and backpackers properties have airport transfers include it in your room rate or free, so check with your accommodation before you arrive.
Airport Bus/Shuttle - There are a numerous operators in the region, so lots of options only if you book prior to arriving at the airport. Sun Palm Tranport operates the only service desk inside the airport terminals.
Sun Palm Transport offers 24 hour city transfers (approximately one service per hour). It costs $13.50 per adult and $7.50 per child to city. Also transfers to Northern Beaches costs $22.50 per adult and Port Douglas costs $42.50 per adult. For further information about rates and contact details visit Sun Palm website http://www.sunpalmtransport.com/Cairn...
Coral Sea Coaches offers city transfers from $7.50 per adult, Palm Cove transfers from $16.00 per adult, and special family rates. Port Douglas shuttle only available a certain times but return for 4 passengers $240.00. Conditions apply, bookings are essential. Book early to save. For further information about rates and contact details visit Coral Sea Coaches website http://www.coralseacoaches.com
Krystal Transport offers Cairns/ Airport non stop to Port Douglas from $32.50 per adult. Discount rate apply for gorup of 5 or more. Children under Year 15 half fare. Free provide child retrainst and booster seater.
Private Charter also available rate from $90. For further information about rates and contact details visit Krystal Transport website http://www.krystaltransport.com.au
Exemplar Coaches and Limousines sometimes will make stops in Palm Cove on the way to Port Douglas(1.25-1.5hrs). They will meet you in the baggage collection area with a sign with your name on it and depart when all passengers on your service are ready. Cost from $36.00/Person and they have family packages. Phone - (07) 4098 5473 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information about rates and contact details visit Exemplar website www.exemplaronline.com.au
Renting a car is another way in which you can way to travel between Cairns Airport and Port Douglas. Cairns Airport has all the majors and is serviced by licensed independent "Off-Airport" operators. You can also hire vehicles in Port Douglas after getting a bus transfer there.
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