Cairns airport transfers, daily shuttle bus, taxis, limousine, hire cars, town cars or charter coach transport between Cairns and Port Douglas.

BUSES & COACHES.

There are several coach companies operating this run. Travel time between Cairns Airport to Port Douglas is approximately 60 to 120 minutes depending on numbers of passengers and drop off points. Shuttle bus coaches companies are listed below in alpahebetial order:-

  1. Cairns Limousine Service - Cairns Airport & the surrounding regions; Prices from $12.00 per person to Cairns Airport to Cairns City or $32.00 per person Cairns Airport to Port Douglas. Phone: (07) 4032 1599, Email: info@cairnslimousines.com Web: http://www.cairnslimousines.com/
  2. Coral Reef Coaches will stop at all the northern beaches of Cairns on the way to Port Douglas(1.25-2hrs).They will meet you in the baggage collection area with a sign with your name on it and depart when all passengers are ready. Cost $44.00 per adult. Phone - (07) 4098 2600 Website: www.coralreefcoaches.com.au
  3. Coral Sea Coaches may stop to drop off other passengers on the way to Port Douglas(1.25-2hrs). Last Minute oneway transfers for specific times and dates maybe available for discounted rates.  The shuttle to Port Douglas only travels 4 times a day at specific times and return bookings are required.   Cost for 4 passengers return is $240.00 ($30.00 per passenger each way). Website: www.coralseacoaches.com
  4. Eclipse Transport operates airport transfers covering Cairns City, Cairns Airport & the surrounding regions through to Port Douglas. P: 07 4032 2721 or reservations@eclipsetransport.com.au or visit www.eclipsetransport.com.au Prices from $10.00 per person to Cairns Airport to Cairns City or $32.00 per person Cairns Airport to Port Douglas. Enquiry now!!
  5. Exemplar Coaches and Limousines sometimes will make stops in Palm Cove on the way to Port Douglas(1.25-1.5hrs). Most services are direct to Port Douglas. Transfers to Cairns City from the Airport are also available. 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 $39.00 per person to Port Douglas and they have family packages. Phone (07)40985473 Email: reservations@exemplaronline.com.au  Website: www.exemplaronline.com.au
  6. Down Under Tours has a large range of buses and coaches (20 to 57 Seats). They are a charter bus comapny so you will have to hire the whole vehicle which may suit large groups.Phone (07) 4035 5577 Website: http://www.downundertours.com/ Email: info@downundertours.com 
  7. Krystal Transport non stop transfers to Port Douglas (1-1.25 hours). Again they will meet you in the baggage collection area with a sign with your name on it and depart when all passengers are ready. Cost from $28.50 one way & return from $50 per person depending on number of passengers. Children under 16 years $10 each way. Child seating provided at no extra cost. Private transfers to any destination. Phone -  (07) 4051 7456. Website: http://www.krystaltransport.com.au 
  8. Oasis Transport   Airport transfers to & from the Northern Beaches including Palm Cove  & Port Douglas, No set times,transfers to suit you, Children up to 15 years only $10.00, Car  & booster seats provided free of charge ,Private transfers available. Call Brad on 0412 297 716 Email: oasistransport@bigpond.com Website:  www.oasistransport.com.au
  9. PortDouglasBus Five services per day from Cairns Airport to Port Douglas accommodation. Allow 90 minutes travel time. Cost is per Adult $32.00 oneway and $54.00 return, per child $16.00 and $30.00 return or Family $90.00 and $154.00 return. Book online and pay on board. Phone: 07 4099 5665 Email: info@btstours.com.au Website: www.portdouglasbus.com.
  10. Sun Palm Transport Purchase tickets at their customer service desk at the airport (1.25-2hrs) to Port Douglas, via northern beaches Cost $47.00 per person Phone - (07) 4087 2900 Email:reservations@sunpalmtransport.com, Website: www.sunpalmtransport.com.au

It is worth while booking the transfers before you arrive in the area as you may have a long wait once you arrive with no booking. Also ask about cancellation policies as you may not get your money back if you cancel. Also be careful on return ticket deals as the return bus times may not suit your flight times and you may have to wait hours at the airport. Your hotel may have a good deal so ask them if they can arrange transfers for you as they have a relationship with the bus companies in case something goes wrong. 

TAXIS.

  1. Cairns Taxis (previously Black & White Taxis) operate in Cairns Cost $190.00
  2. Port Taxis operate in Port Douglas Cost $190.00

Make sure you book taxis even for little jobs as they can get busy. You cannot book taxis to pick you up from the airport, go to the rank. Buses and limousines are your best bet to Port Douglas. There are only 2 taxis in Port Douglas.

LIMOUSINES. (Town cars or hire cars)

Several Companies operate in the Far North Queensland region. They offer Sedans,  Stretch Limousines and people movers. They can be cheaper than the taxis or the bus if you shop around.

  • Prices $190 to $240 for Sedans (1 to 4 Pax).
  • Prices $250 to $320 for stretches (1 to 7 Pax)
  • Prices $250 to $395 for Stretches (1 to 9 Pax).
  • Prices $190 to $250 for People Movers (1 to 7 Pax).

Try the following listed  in alphabetical order:- 

  1. Cairns Limousines - Website www.cairnslimousines.com Phone: 07 4032 1599 E: info@cairnslimousines.com
  2. Coral Reef Coaches - Website www.coralreefcoaches.com.au Phone: 07 4098 2800
  3. Exemplar Coaches and Limousines - Website: www.exemplaronline.com.au Phone: 07 4098 5473
  4. Paradise Limousine Service website: http://www.portdouglaslimousines.com.au/ email:  limocar1@bigpond.net.au or phone 0403 507 069.  Bookings for this service are essential.
  5. Rainforest Limousines - Website www.rainforestlimo.com.au Phone: 07 4099 3456
  6. Southern Cross Limousines - Website www.southerncrosslimos.com.au Phone 07 4035 1798

Make sure you book ahead as they can only pickup at the airport with prior bookings. If you book a sedan make sure you get one, some companies will send a people mover instead, ask questions before you book. Luggage storage can be a problem if you have lots of it so you may want to book a people mover with trailer or a stretch with trailer.

CAR STORAGE CAIRNS.

Park N Fly© Cairns - Secure, Locked-up.  Vehicle storage for your every day needs or when flying in/out of Cairns International Airport.  It is an easy and affordable way for you to store your car/boat/trailer/camper. Operating 24/7, 365 days.  All bookings can be made on 0419-421-369 or by visiting www.parknflycairns.com.au  Bookings Essential.

CAR HIRE.

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.

   Try the following.

  1. Acer (Cairns)
  2. Avis (Cairns & Port Douglas)
  3. East Coast Car Rentals (Cairns)
  4. Hertz (Cairns)
  5. Jam Jar (Port Douglas)
  6. Paradise Car Hire (Port Douglas)
  7. Port Douglas Motel Car Hire (Port Douglas)
  8. Port Douglas Car Hire
  9. Red Spot (Cairns)
  10. Thrifty (Cairns)


Make sure you book ahead to ensure your rental car is ready on arrival. It is sometimes cheaper to take out travel insurance that covers your hire vehicle and your holiday than take the insurance with the hire company. Check out travel insurance deals even on domestic holidays. You can get hire cars from Port Douglas, so maybe get a bus from the airport to save 2 days hire on the car .