Parking Tips: Cairns Airport


Driving to Cairns Airport is undoubtedly the easiest way to get there. You can park right outside the terminal building, and then walk straight to check in. Regardless of how early or how late your return flight touches down in Cairns, you’ll be able to collect your car swiftly and drive home with ease. We’ve put together this short article containing plenty of tips about parking at Cairns Airport, but before checking it out, below is an overview of all the parking rates at Cairns Airport. 

Overview of Cairns Airport Parking Fees

Car ParkCost per WeekService + Travel Time  
T1 Budget Parking$160.00 Walk: 1 - 3 minInfo
T2 Long Term Domestic Parking$176.00Walk: 1 - 2 min Info
T2 Premium Covered Parking$255.00Walk: 1 min Info


Tip 1: Check Cairns Parking Rates Online Before Booking

Each car park at Cairns Airport has a different rate structure, which means that the lot that offers the lowest price for a 24-hour stay may not be the cheapest for three days. Short term car parks typically charge by the hour for the first day and then price each subsequent 24-hour block at the same rate. Long term car parks usually employ a sliding scale, meaning that the longer you stay, the lower the daily rate will be. You can check our Flyparks blog for the cheapest parking at Cairns Airport, or check out the table above.


Tip 2: Book Cairns Airport Parking in Advance

These days, it’s the norm to research and complete travel bookings online. Whether you're purchasing flight tickets, hotel stays, travel insurance, lounge access, or international roaming, all of these services can be booked online, often for a lower rate. Airport parking is no different; rates are lower online, and pre-booking in advance will secure you the best deal. If you leave it until the last minute, especially during holiday periods, you might find that the spaces closest to the terminals have already sold out and prices have increased for the remaining bays. 

Booking your parking right after you book your flight tickets will save you money in the long run, not to mention the stress of trying to find a space during the school holidays. The last thing you want to be doing before a long-haul flight to Bali is to circle the T2 Long Term Car Park, hoping that a space will become available. 


Tip 3: Consider Paying a Little Extra for Covered Parking at Cairns Airport

The weather around Cairns Airport can be unpredictable at the best of times, but that doesn’t mean that you need to worry about damage to your car. If you’re parking during the wet season from November to March, when tropical monsoons and cyclones can and do strike, consider paying a little extra for Cairns covered parking. This will protect your vehicle from weather-related damage, and potentially save you from needing to organise expensive repairs.

While the additional upfront cost may be off-putting to some, it’s worth bearing in mind that the average price of a windscreen repair callout is $70.00 to fix a chip or crack (when smaller than a $2 coin), while windscreen replacements cost between $200.00 and $400.00. If you have a newer car, with features such as rain sensor infrared technology, you could be looking at anywhere from $800.00 to $1,200.00. Ouch! 


Tip 4: Don’t Tap Your Credit Card!

The barrier entry/exit system in place at all three of the official Cairns Airport car parks can confuse. This is because it was primarily designed for drive-up customers who need a parking ticket to confirm their entrance and exit times and calculate the correct rate. If you have already pre-booked your parking online, you won’t need a parking ticket, so you shouldn’t tap your credit card. If you do this, you will be charged twice for parking. 

Instead, you will need to press the ‘Help’ button by the barrier, so that you can talk to a member of staff. You then tell the staff member on duty that you have a pre-existing booking that you made online, and you quote the booking number that’s on your confirmation email. We recommend downloading a copy to your mobile or printing one off at home. This serves as your proof of purchase and will help the car park staff to advise you correctly. Remember to keep hold of your booking confirmation - you will need to quote your reservation number again to exit the car park. 

The only time that you might need to use your credit card when you have pre-booked, is if you overstay your booking period. When this happens, you will be asked to pay the difference upon your return. If you’re going to be delayed for more than 24 hours, we suggest getting in touch with customer service for help. For more helpful information, check out our guide to Cairns Airport


Tip 5: Read Customer Reviews Of Cairns Airport Parking

We understand that it can be difficult to know which car park to choose when using a comparison service. Many off-site car parks will advertise low rates, but how do you know if your vehicle will be safely stored? In the absence of well-known names, such as Andrew's Airport Parking Cairns, it’s a good idea to read online reviews to get a sense of how secure and trustworthy the car park is. Curious about what Flyparks travellers had to say about the Cairns Airport car parks? You can read reviews for each car park on their respective provider pages.


The Benefits of Booking with Flyparks

You can compare Cairns Airport parking fees right here on our website, to ensure a smooth start to your trip away. Just enter your travel dates into the search bar above, and our handy search tool will reveal the lowest rates available for your planned trip. You can also access detailed information about the individual Cairns Airport car parks, their opening hours, addresses, parking instructions, and read real customer reviews. Simply click on the names of the car storage facilities to learn more about them.

Comparing car parks with Flyparks is straightforward. You don’t need to create an account - we only need your travel details to get started. Payment can be made through our secure online checkout, which accepts Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal, and your booking confirmation will be ready to download within minutes. If you notice a problem or want to amend your reservation, you can get in touch with our friendly customer service team, who are always on hand to help. 








All the Cairns Airport parking fees that are cited are approximate and subject to change. Estimations were taken for stays of 7 - 8 days in January 2024 based on drive-up rates. Please note that Flyparks does not compare all the airport car parking spaces available in the market, and cannot consider specific needs and individual requirements. Always read the terms and conditions before booking.

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