Journey: Cairns Airport to Cairns CBD

Situated on the northeastern shore of Far North Queensland is the gorgeous city of Cairns, one of Australia’s quintessential holiday destinations. With most passengers arriving via Cairns International Airport, travellers come from all around to enjoy its natural beauty and tropical climate. Cairns Airport is located a short 7 kilometres from the Cairns CBD which makes transport between the two places relatively simple. Taxis, ride shares, shuttles, and public transport are readily available options to choose from.

While all of these are great choices, it is worth considering the hordes of tourists, airport queues and traffic during peak season as well as the scorching heatwaves that go hand in hand with northern Queensland. For an option that is guaranteed to provide comfort and luxury in premium airconditioned vehicles, Hughes is your preferred transfer service. Our private chauffeur-driven service operates door to door, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Fleet

Whether you are looking for a luxury limousine or premium sedan experience or want to move a large group easily and in comfort, Hughes can help. We have vehicle options for 1 – 61 passengers and an extensive fleet to accommodate all your transport needs.

Not sure what vehicle’s suit your needs? Contact our friendly team on 1300 615 165 or res@hughes.com.au to discuss your requirements.

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Executive Sedans

Perfect for 1-3 passengers with minimal luggage, our executive sedans are well-appointed for your comfort.

3 Passengers

2 Suitcases

2 Small Bags

Premium Sedans

Perfect for 1-3 passengers with minimal luggage, our premium sedans include the latest prestige models with top of the line features.

3 Passengers

2 Suitcases

2 Small Bags

Premium SUVs

Perfect for 1- 3 passengers with up to 5 suitcases, our premium SUVs include the latest prestige models with top of the line features.

3 Passengers

5 Suitcases

3 Small Bags

People Movers

Perfect for up to 6 passengers with standard luggage, our people movers are luxurious and roomy, with ergonomic design for your comfort.

6 Passengers

6 Suitcases

41 Small Bags

Luxury Minibuses

Perfect for up 9 - 14 passengers with a trailer option for additional luggage, our Mercedes Sprinter minibuses are a luxurious option for groups.

9 - 14 Passengers

Small Coach

Perfect for up 21 - 54 passengers with standard luggage with a trailer option for additional luggage, our air-conditioned, luxury coaches are a great option for larger groups.

21 - 54 Passengers

Travel times

A Hughes transfer from Cairns Airport to the CBD begins with you being met inside the terminals by your designated chauffeur, who will assist you with any luggage before escorting you to your awaiting premium vehicle. Our meet and greet services aim to eliminate the hassle and time-wasting elements of your holiday so that you can spend more time relaxing and less time worrying.

Peak Hour Travel Time:

  • Airport to Cairns – between 10 and 18 minutes
  • Cairns to Airport – between 10 and 20 minutes

Off Peak Travel Time:

  • Airport to Cairns – 6 – 8 minutes
  • Cairns to Airport – 6 – 8 minutes

Cairns Airport

Cairns Airport is a hub of activity which sees direct flights to 10 international destinations and 35 domestic locations. Despite its smaller size, relative to other Australian Airports, it still manages to see over 5 million passengers through its gates annually and is the base for the Royal Flying Doctor Services in the state of Queensland. The airport is divided into two passenger terminals located 200 meters from each other, for ease of navigation.

Terminal 1 is the international terminal and Terminal 2 is for all domestic flights. Options for onsite parking include the T1 budget car park and T2 uncovered car park, which also offers 10 minutes of free parking. T2 covered car park offers shaded parking and larger car spaces at a slightly higher premium. Pick-up and drop-off bays are strictly no waiting zone and are located directly in front of each terminal for express collection. The best feature of Cairns airport is its location, we highly recommend opting for a window seat to make the most of the captivating ocean and rainforest views upon take-off and landing when transiting via Cairns Airport.

Exploring Cairns

Cairns is an unforgettable holiday destination like no other, whether you’re exploring the famous Great Barrier Reef, lush tropical rainforests, stunning beaches or enjoying the atmosphere of downtown Cairns, there are so many ways to enjoy this stunning city. Reliable transport is really the only thing to consider, and Hughes is your complete transport solution servicing all of Cairns and surrounding areas. We can collect you from any location in Cairns, just let us know at the time of booking and we will handle the rest.