Shuttle bus from Cairns Airport to Cairns City Backpackers

We do not have our own bus but Cairns Airport Shuttle Bus will pick you up from the airport and bring you to the hostel door. They also offer a special discount of $5 off their normal ticket price to our guests travelling from the airport to the hostel (please note there is no discount for trips from the hostel to the airport).  To get the discounted ticket you need to pre-book the shuttle bus on the Cairns/FNQ Airport Shuttle bus website . Just choose the Pay On Bus option when you book on their site and the driver discounts your web ticket price when you pay on the bus (CASH only).

Cairns Airport Shuttle Bus

The shuttle bus starts it's services in the morning to meet the earliest flights, and has their last service a little before midnight (after that time there are only taxis, see below for info about that). For domestic arrivals, please exit the airport building and go to bus parking zone (Bus Bay 6)for the FNQ Airport Shuttle Bus. For the international terminal, there will be someone waiting for you in the arrivals lounge, please wait until they come.  Remember to make note of the shuttle number 0432-488-783 in case you need it.


Cairns Taxis have a taxi rank at the airport (follow signs when you exit arrivals lounge).  A taxi fare is metered, and will usually cost between $26-$31 for a standard taxi.  If you require a maxi taxi for oversized luggage, or extra passengers it costs 50% more than a standard fare.

Shuttle bus from Cairns City Backpackers to Cairns Airport

For return trips to the airport you will need to pay normal non-discounted rates. These are: