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Car Hire in Port Douglas

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Car Hire in Port Douglas

We will be in Port Douglas in April can anyone tell me if its best to hire a car at Cairns airport or wait till we get into Port Douglas and also the best companies to use.

Thanks Stuart

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1. Re: Car Hire in Port Douglas

A good answer depends a lot on your plans. How many of you are traveling together? How long to you plan to be in PD? Where do you plan to go?

We have been to PD many times and depending on the size of our group and our plans for the trip, we have rented a car for the whole trip or we have relied on public transportation and only rented a car for a day.

If you are travelling alone or with just another person, it may be more cost-effective to take a shuttle bus from the airport to PD and then rent a car for a day while you are there for a trip to Daintree, Mossman Gorge, or wherever. The bus service in town is quite good and unless you are staying very far from town, it's just as easy to walk to and from town on the good footpath. (That's what we do even when we have a rental car.)

On the other hand, if there are several of you traveling together, it would probably just be cheaper to rent a car at the airport for the duration of your visit. Also, if you plan to be making several day trips from PD(even if it's just one or two of you), it might also be more cost-effective to just get a car at the airport.

There are shuttle buses which go between the airport and the hotels in PD. (The one we have used is Sun Palm, but I know there are others.) There are also lots of rental car companies at the airport, and it's always best to make an advanced booking for both the bus and rental cars.

If you decide to wait until you get to PD to hire a car for a day, there are lots of choices--both the "big" companies and the independents with a small office and a few cars. We have generally found it cheaper to go with an independent, but you need to book in advance (generally one day will do.) You cannot expect to walk up in the morning to get a car for that day. We have used several different independent companies and found them all to be reputable.

So, I would suggest you sit down with your itinerary and your budget and decide which choice would be the best plan for you.

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We found it best to shop around once you are there, if you really want a screaming deal. Different companies have specials going on at different times.

In my experience, though, the best bet was renting a car in Cairns. It'll save you time of going to PD in a shuttle later, picking up a car and then driving back to PD. Just easier. depending on what time you arrive, you can run around the Cairns airport (very small) and compare prices or you could look online at the biggies like Hertz and Avis before you get there and see if you could get a good deal online.

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hi, travelling to Port d from Cairns airport, we hired online with budget beforehand.much easier that way.

try it and see what you can get with them!

good luck..

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4. Re: Car Hire in Port Douglas

We always make a reservation from Europe, the car will be right outside Cairns Airport.

We use Hertz most of the time. It has a desk in the arrival hall.

Best to rent the car in Cairns. PD is 80 km north of Cairns.

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Mornin All or should I say G,Day.

Thanks for your replys its been very helpful.

cheers Stube

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