How to get around Cairns

From the moment you arrive, you’ll be impressed with how easy it is to get around using Cairns transport. The city is very walkable, while public transport makes it easy to head further afield.  Even though you may be surrounded by hills, Cairns itself is relatively flat, which means it’s a fantastic opportunity to hire a bike and pedal around. You can also jump in a taxi or on board one of the buses servicing the city and surrounding areas. If you want to venture off the beaten track, car hire or a day tour are also available.


Passenger transport in the city is simple thanks to Cairns taxis. There are a number of taxi ranks throughout the CBD and tourist areas, which are clearly signposted for convenience. Taxis can also be ordered over the phone or online, or you can hail an available cab on the street. If you have more than four passengers, it's a good idea to pre-book to ensure there is a suitably sized taxi available.
Hailing a taxi to get into town

Public transport

Getting around Cairns by public transport is easy and affordable. Buses run daily throughout Cairns, servicing the city and the suburbs. Bus services are available to most beaches and shopping centres, making it easy for you to jump on and off. Single, daily and weekly tickets are available for purchase and can be used on any Cairns bus route.
Young Man Relaxing During A Bus Trip

Bike hire

Take advantage of the amazing climate and explore by pedal power with bike hire in Cairns. Whether you want to reduce your own carbon footprint or you simply want to have the freedom to explore at your leisure, bike hire is a fantastic option. The main area of Cairns is quite flat, which makes for comfortable riding.
Bicycling around town

On foot

Getting around Cairns on foot is an affordable way to see the city. There are many fantastic walkways spread around Cairns and the Northern Beaches, including a fantastic stretch along the Esplanade. Keep in mind that Cairns is a tropical area and can get quite warm during summer. Be sure to take a bottle of water if you're planning a longer walk.
The Esplanade