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Transportation from Cairns Airport

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Transportation from Cairns Airport

My wife and I will need transportation from Cairns Airport to Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort. We'd also like to stop somewhere along the way to buy SIM cards for our phones (Leaning towards Optus right now) and possibly to pick up some waters/snacks.

I was thinking it would make more sense to take a taxi or even a car service to the hotel that would be willing to make a stop (which would be impossible with a bus service).

Is this something which is done in Australia? Here in Orlando, FL it is normal for drivers to allow you to stop on the way to your hotel to pick up groceries.

Thanks!

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Aeroglen, Australia
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Cairns Region, Australia
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1. Re: Transportation from Cairns Airport

A taxi will stop wherever you wish, but the meter will keep running.

Are you planning to rent a car during your visit? If so, the solution would possibly be to rent at the airport on arrival

Edited: 11:56 am, May 13, 2014
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2. Re: Transportation from Cairns Airport

We are not going to rent a car. We are going on a group tour. Transfer to hotel is included on the tour date but because we are arriving a day early we have to arrange our own transportation. I figured the taxi meter would continue to run and at that it might be just as economical to get a private car.

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3. Re: Transportation from Cairns Airport

Most economical way is to catch the airport shuttle bus to your hotel (sun palm) bookings not necessary, and then either walk (20 minutes) , take a local bus $2 or catch a taxi $12 from sea temple to the clifton village shopping centre, it's the next suburb to palm cove and has a large supermarket that sells SIM cards. (Open Monday to Friday 8-am until 9pm , Saturday until 5.30pm and Sunday until 6pm)

Alternatively, you could purchase SIM cards upon arrival at cairns airport if you arrive at the domestic terminal. (Nothing available at international arrivals) note: Optus mobile coverage in remote australia is not as good as telstra, so beware which carrier you choose.

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4. Re: Transportation from Cairns Airport

But it is only a short walk from the international terminal to the domestic terminal at Cairns, so you could walk there to visit the shops at Domestic, if the arrival was indeed on an international flight.

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5. Re: Transportation from Cairns Airport

We are using trinity beach transfers who will do a set rate ( cheaper than taxis) and will transport as few or as many people as you want. If you want a stop on the way just talk to them beforehand. They will meet you inside the airport with a message board with your name on it- very accommodating !

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