One Way Car Hire: Brisbane to Cairns

Or switch to opposite direction: from Cairns to Brisbane.


Compare Rental Cars Throughout Queensland

Are you planning a one way trip from Brisbane to Cairns and need a hire car? We’ll find you one from a trusted provider like Avis, Redspot, Budget, Europcar and Hertz – at a low price, with no cancellation or booking fees.

Tip: rental cars are available at various depots around both Cairns and Brisbane – including at airports. So when you’re using our search too, pick the location that suits you most or try a couple if you’re after the best price and there’s more than one option that works for you.

One Way Car Hire FAQ

Q: How far is Brisbane to Cairns?
A: It’s quite a long drive, over 1700 kilometres along the Bruce Highway. Plan for at least 19 hours of driving time in your journey. It’s highly recommended to split the trip across at least 2-3 days and to plan plenty of stops along the way.

Q: Are vehicles readily available throughout the year?
A: It’s a good idea to organise your trip as early as possible as availability is limited for one way rentals, especially close to holiday season. As cars get booked out rates on popular routes rise and if you wait too long you might not be able to make a booking for your Cairns to Brisbane trip at all.

Q: Does the price include one way fees?
A: All of the prices shown on our site show the total cost you need to pay, which includes any relocation fees. There are no extra relocation fees outside your quoted price. Age surcharges will apply for drivers under 25 and a minimum driver age of 21 is usually required.

Cairns to Brisbane Driving Holiday Ideas

So now that you’ve got your rental car sorted why not think about some of the amazing places along the way you can see. Here are a few suggestions for your road trip:

Fraser Island
Whitsundays & Airlie Beach
Whitehaven Beach
Charters Towers
Mission Beach

From tropical rainforests to white sandy beaches dotted with palms – you’ll find it all driving along the Queensland coastline. We’re already feeling a bit jealous!

Popular One Way Car Hire Routes

Other common one way routes around the country:

Rent a car one way from Cairns to Brisbane. Compare multiple providers at once with no booking fees. Pick up your car at the airport or around the city.

Check our page on rental vehicles around Cairns and Brisbane for more information.


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