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Cairns Airport

In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Cairns Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of nearby airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

Plenty of big comfy sofas! If you put 3 of them in a row you end up having a bed. - Enrico

Recent Review

cairns airport
photo credit: LecomteB / Wikimedia

by kingtim1st
We stayed here a couple of weeks ago and it was great. There are 4 showers in the international terminal which is open all night as well as flat seats you can kip on. The taxi drivers are wind up merchants at the domestic terminal and will probably try and discourage you from trekking over to the international one but ignore them. There's not much at the domestic terminal apart from a lot of incredibly uncomfortable seats and the baggage reclaim....make your way over to the international for more luxury (obviously I'm using this term loosely!). Have fun, hope this helps!

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Cairns Airport Guide

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

  • Reef Lounge - Location: Airside, near Gate 2. Showers are available. Hours: varies.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

WiFi is available at Cairns Airport for a fee. Rates: $ 3 per hour • $ 6 per 24 hours • 30 per week. Additionally there are Internet Kiosks located airside.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the Cairns Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport....

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • Airport Tours - available on request. Reservations must be made in advance.
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - ATMs are available in the International Terminal (arrivals area) and Domestic Terminal (departure lounge).
  • Car Rentals - Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Redspot • Thrifty. Location: Domestic Terminal, arrivals, north end • International Terminal, arrivals.
  • Currency Exchange - Travelex has offices in the International Terminal (airside) and Domestic Terminal. Travelex ATMs dispense AUD, NZD, PGK, JPY (Terminal 1) and AUD, USD, PGK (Terminal 2)
  • Food & Drinks - At the time of this update it was not known if there are any 24 hour food or beverage concessions at the airport.
  • Information Desk - information not available
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Luggage storage is available at Wilson Car Park. Rates: from $7.00 (small - 0-3 hours) to $ 15 (large: over 3 hours).
  • Luggage Trolleys - Free
  • Showers - Showers are available in the Domestic and International Terminals (landside and airside).

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Airport Hours

The doors to the International and Domestic terminals are closed at night. An employee told us on our Facebook page: "Every night I see people resorting to sleeping on the hard metal benches outside the terminals getting eaten my mosquitos. On Thursday and Sunday nights you can get to stay inside the International until 2am but once the Guam flight departs it's all shut down. The only exception is Intl to Intl transit pax who stay airside inside the departures lounge."

Terminal 1 Hours: 3am - last flight

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Last Updated: 13 February 2014

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you du ring your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items quoted in the guide, email me.

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