By LTN Team
The Cairns International and Domestic Airports are located 7km north of the Cairns city centre, a 10-15 minute drive. To get to your accommodation you can either catch a taxi with the local Black & White taxi company or get a shared coach transfer that offers door-to-door drop off service from the Airport to your hotel.
Taxi ranks are located near both the International and Domestic terminals. However, if you would prefer an airport coach transfer, there are a number of companies that offer this service but one of the most reliable and reasonably priced is Sun Palm Transport.
Sun Palm Transport offers shared coach accommodation to Cairns city, Northern beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation. Pickup points for Sun Palm Transport are located at arrivals in both terminals. If you pre-book your airport transfer, your flight will be met by an airport representative. Bookings are recommended but not required, and an information desk located at arrivals is staffed by Sun Palm staff or if unoccupied, there is a direct-dial telephone to take your transfer request.
Sun Palm Transport allows 2 pieces of luggage less than 30kg per guest; otherwise an excess luggage fee applies. Rates for transfers are very reasonably priced at $10 per person for city transfers, $18 for Northern beaches and $35 for Port Douglas transfers. Sun Palm operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
When booking an airport transfer it is important to remember that you are not the only customer that is in the coach and your hotel won't necessarily be first. Make sure you allow plenty of time especially when travelling from your accommodation to the Airport. When you make your booking, make sure you confirm how long it is expected to take to get to the Airport so you have plenty of time to clear customs and security.
Some accommodation providers even provide courtesy airport pickups and drop-offs. These are mostly backpacker hostels, so make sure you enquire when making your accommodation booking if they provide an Airport transfer service.
So take the stress out of your tropical vacation by pre-booking your airport transfer, sit back and relax.