From Cairns

Most people will arrive at the Domestic or International terminal at Cairns airport. Transportation to Port Douglas varies from the cheap and cheerful to the expensive and luxurious. Before you book transportation from the airport to your accommodation, it's worth checking out if they already have an airport shuttle. Many major hotels provide this service for their guests, and you may find they offer it for free or for a small charge.

If your hotel doesn't offer this option, you still have a few choices.

Taxi

A taxi from Cairns Airport to Port Douglas will be around $ 200.00. It's a good idea to get a fixed price before you travel. Cairns Taxi (previously) Black and White taxis operate in Cairns.
Fares | Website
Phone: 131 008

Port Douglas Taxis operate in Port Douglas Cost $250.00

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.Buses/Coaches.

Bus/Shuttles

 

CAIRNS LIMOUSINE SERVICES - Airport Transfers - to or from Cairns Airport to Cairns City or Port Douglas.  They will meet you in the baggage collection area with a sign with your name on it and depart when all passengers are ready.  Prices per person from $12.00 to Cairns City or non-stop transfer at $32.00 per adult one way to Port Douglas. Phone: 07 4032 1599 or Email: info@cairnslimousines.com or Web: http://www.cairnslimousines.com  Child car restraints provided complimentary. 

Eclipse Transport - Airport Transfers -  to or from Cairns Airport to Cairns City or Port Douglas. P: 07 4032 2721 or reservations@eclipsetransport.com.au or visit www.eclipsetransport.com.au Prices from $10.00 per person Cairns Airport to Cairns City or non stop transfer to Port Douglas at $30.00 per adult return. They will meet you in the baggage collection area with a sign with your name on it and depart when all passengers are ready. Child car restraints provided complimentary. 

Krystal Transport non stop transfers to Port Douglas (1-1.25hrs). 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 $35/Person ($65 return).  . Phone -  (07) 4051 7456.http://www.krystaltransport.com.au  

EXEMPLAR COACHES AND LIMOUSINES

Will meet you in the baggage collection area at Cairns Airport with a sign with your name on it and depart when all passengers on your service are ready. They have been operating since 1994.

Phone - (07) 4098 5473 Email: reservations@exemplaronline.com.auWebsite: www.exemplaronline.com.au 

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 $36.00 per adult. Phone - (07) 4098 2600 Website: www.tnqshuttle.com 

CORAL SEA COACHES

Will meet you in the baggage collection area with a sign with your name on it and depart when all passengers are ready.  Bookings are essential and made and paid for online.   Last Minute oneway transfers (last minute oneway) for specific times and dates maybe available for two passengers $20 per passenger.  The shuttle to Port Douglas only travels 4 times a day at specific times and bookings are essential   Cost for 4 passengers return is $240.00 ($30.00 per passenger each way). Website: www.coralseacoaches.com

SUN PALM TRANSPORT GROUP - operates a daily seat-in-coach service for pickup and departures to Cairns Airport from Cairns, Palm Cove (Northern Beaches), Port Douglas, Ticket prices are:   Adult - $47.00 (one way), $90.00 (return). Email: reservations@sunpalmtransport.com 
Phone: (07) 4087 2900 (Available 24/7)

 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.

 

Limousines

Cairns Limousines Services - Cairns Limousines operates transfers covering Cairns City, Cairns Airport & the surrounding regions. Phone: 07 4032 1599 or Email: info@cairnslimousines.com or Web: http://www.cairnslimousines.com Bookings are essential. Prices are: Deluxe Sedan - from $185.00. Stretch Limousine - from $265.00 one way. Child car restraints provided complimentary. 

Eclipse Transport operates 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 Bookings are essential. Prices are: Deluxe Sedan - from $185.00. Stretch Limousine - from $265.00 one way. Child car restraints provided complimentary. 

Coral Reef Coaches -  provides four departures per day from Cairns airport at 9:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 6:00pm. Coach Ticket prices are: Adult - $28.00 (one-way), $50.00 (return). Bookings are essential.
Phone: (07) 4098 2800

Airport Connections -  provides hourly departures from Cairns airport from 3:30am to 4:30pm and later times by arrangement. Ticket prices are: Adult - $36 (one-way). Child 2-12yrs - $18 (one-way).
Website Enquiries
Phone: (07) 4099 5950

Southern Cross Stretch Limousines Cairns - provides luxury transfers to Port Douglas. Bookings are essential. Prices are: Deluxe Sedan - from $195.00. Stretch Limousine - from $289.00  Phone: 0439351881
Website:  www.southerncrosslimos.com.au   Enquiries: info@southerncrosslimos.com.au

Phone: (+61) 74035 1798 or Mobile 0439351881

Paradise Limousine service, most favoured means of transport to Port Douglas. Stress free first class luxury travel in a  SUPER STRETCH LIMOUSINE.  Competitively priced, personalised - on time direct service.     For bookings    Contact Clive at  Paradise Limousine Service.     Ph. 0403 507 069 - email: limocar1@bigpond.net.au

Oasis Transport provides Premium Economy  Transfers To Port Douglas, Children under 15 years only $10.00.  Car Seats and booster seats provided free of charge. Call Brad on 0412 297 716   Email; oasistransport@bigpond.com   Web; http://oasistransport.com.au/

PortDouglasBus Operates 11 daily services between Cairns, Cairns Airport and Port Douglas picking up at hotels and resorts in Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas. Drivers are knowledgeable, professsional and friendly. The perfect tourist transport with commentary. Transfers and packages are also available to all the major attractions including Kuranda Scenic Train and Skyrail, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Cairns Tropical Zoo, AJ Hackett Bungy Jump and Mossman Gorge.

Cairns Airport to Port Douglas fares are Adult $32 one-way/$54 return, Child $16 one-way/$30 return and Family $90 one way/$154 return. Book online and pay onboard using credit/debit card or cash. Visit www.portdouglasbus.com for timetable. Phone 07 4099 5665 or email info@btstours.com.au

Renting a Car

If you plan on renting a car for your stay in North Queensland, you can pick it up from the airport.  

East Coast Car Rentals - Cairns Airport and city
Avis
- http://www.avis.com.au/
Budget
- http://www.budget.com.au/
Hertz - http://www.hertz.com.au/ 
 

Directions: After leaving the terminal, follow the airport road out to the main road (T-Junction). Turn right here and follow the signs for Port Douglas. You'll pass through a number of large roundabouts (so remember your road rules!). At the Smithfield roundabout, you turn right. Follow this gorgeous road north (keep your eyes on the road - not on the lovely beaches!) The turn off for the Port Douglas village is to the right. The route is well signposted, so you shouldn't have a problem. The drive is around 65km and takes about 50 minutes.