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FREE Cairns Airport & City Accommodation Pickup!

We make it easy to get to your hire car in Cairns with our complimentary pick up service.
Please let us know if you require this service as it must be pre arranged at time of booking!

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Our Rental Fleet

Our diverse range of vehicles contributes to why a Mini Car Rentals hire car is the perfect companion for any party size travel in Cairns.

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Mission Statement

Our Mission

At Mini Car Rentals it’s our style,

To give you great service with a smile,

Because a car is just a car,

To take in the sights near or far,

And with car rental offices galore,

We know the customers are looking for more,

Than just four wheels to go around,

Whether Cape Tribulation or Tablelands bound,

You want reliability and service,

On your travels you don’t want to be nervous,

So to be sure that you get there,

Just rent from the people who care,

Yes, Mini Car Rentals Cairns, my friends,

While you holiday in beautiful Cairns.

– David Lodge

Purchase insurance cover direct through us.

Take the stress out of your holiday car hire. Remove the hassle of claiming funds back if anything goes wrong.

Deal direct.

Why Choose Us

Best value for money car hire experience you will ever have.

Outstanding Services

Local Family Owned Business since 1980 Servicing Far North Queensland. Pioneers in the Industry & Cairns Tourism Award Winner for Outstanding Customer Service.

Name for Quality Vehicles

Our Vehicles Range from Quality Names by the Likes of Hyundai, Kia, Mazda & Great Wall. The Fleet is Maintained to High Standards. Your Road Safety is our Priority.

GPS Available!

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are Conveniently Available for Hire with Our Rental Vehicles to Navigate on your Travels Through Cairns City and the Surrounds with Ease. The Cairns Car Rental Experts

Baby & Booster Seats

We Cater to the Requirements of Families with Children – Both Baby & Booster Seats Available to Hire with Rental Vehicles. We Fit them on Request and Must be Checked by Customers to Ensure Safety.

24 Hour Assistance

24hr Roadside Assistance

Our Fleet of Vehicles can Optionally be Covered by 24-hour Roadside Assistance Service Provided by RACQ Fleet Care. Purchase This Extra Cover for Your Journey to Keep You on the Road.

Fair pricing

Fair pricing

Despite the car rental market supply or competitors, our prices remain competitive and fair so that we can afford to keep our returning customers coming back each year.

No hidden fees

No hidden fees

All charges are made aware to clients by being clearly listed during contract process, reiterated in booking confirmations and available for viewing on our website under the 'terms' page.

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Clients Reviews

Mini Car Rentals
4.8
Based on 470 reviews
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Haydn Bold
Haydn Bold
00:45 27 Oct 21
Excellent service in the shop both pick up and drop off.The car was in very good health with no problem over the 8 days of usage.Strongly recommend the company for rentals and I will use them again.
Shamus Daniel
Shamus Daniel
06:52 26 Oct 21
I'm confident I wouldn't rent from anyone else in Cairns in the future. The cars are clean and in fantastic condition. Staff are friendly and helpful. Price is better than anywhere else with comparable vehicles up here!
SS K
SS K
12:02 17 Oct 21
Very friendly staff! Paper work is pretty straightforward and price is cheaper than other rental shop.All staff is very nice and friendly. Thank you for pick us up at our accommodation and drop us off too.We had great time in Cairns. Highly recommend this shop!Thank you for your great service!
Maddi Rochford
Maddi Rochford
11:29 08 Oct 21
We had a great experience with Mini Car Rentals. Helpful and honest staff, easy after hours drop off and great quality cars. The one we rented still had that new car smell. Would definitely recommend to anyone & would use again.
Vera Scott-Bloxam
Vera Scott-Bloxam
00:35 06 Oct 21
We rented a few times before and the service has not gone down. Why would it , this is a family business and it is noticeable. So much nicer than the bigger blokes . Good price too!! Thanks again will get back when I get to Cairns next
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Mini Car Rentals - Cairns
4.8
Based on 53 reviews
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Kerry Gray
Kerry Gray
2021-06-23T05:55:22+0000
Mini car rentals were fantastic. Very efficient under very difficult circumstances. Hardly any cars were available in... cairns but this company managed to come up with a vehicle for us and not at such a heavily inflated price as others. They are constantly flat out on the phone and with email enquiries. Despite this they went to a lot of trouble to return a pair of sunglasses to me. I did not even know I had left them in the car until they contacted me. So grateful for the trouble they went to to get them back to me.read more
David Page
David Page
2021-05-31T03:03:03+0000
Due to issues with travel through Victoria I was forced to cancel my trip to Cairns, and duly my car rental at short... notice, as well as make several changes prior to that. The team at Mini Car Rentals went out of their way to help me, absolutely faultless. I implore anyone looking to rent a car in Cairns, try those guys first. Five star service, thanksread more
Angela Woods
Angela Woods
2021-05-19T05:07:37+0000
We hired a car from Mini Car rentals a few weeks ago and we had no issues at all! Would definitely rent from them again... and recommend them to others! Very competitive price also ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️read more
Stacie Barton
Stacie Barton
2021-05-08T03:46:20+0000
We had a fantastic experience with Mini Car Rentals! The staff were very helpful, knowledgeable and professional. We... had a problem free trip and will definitely be recommending Mini Car Rentals to any friends who go on holiday to cairns! We even received a bottle of champagne as we were on our honeymoon. Thanks Mike, Anne & Phoebe!read more
Samantha Fadlallah
Samantha Fadlallah
2021-04-09T00:09:54+0000
Had a great experience renting a car for our holiday in Cairns last week! Everyone was so lovely and helpful. We will... definitely be using the team at Mini Car Rentals again when we are back in Cairns ☺️ Thanks again guys!!read more
Jenni Fern
Jenni Fern
2021-03-30T02:37:05+0000
Great to deal with. Appreciate the effort they went to in finding us a vehicle when everywhere was booked out. Picked... us up from the motel. A great family business. Would use again 😊read more
Chris Blyth
Chris Blyth
2021-02-06T01:54:20+0000
We hired the mustang and what a fantastic car. Service was great and Lisa was very helpful and efficient. Highly... recommend and will be using again when we come back. Blyth’s -Brisbaneread more
Shirley Schell
Shirley Schell
2021-01-02T23:20:03+0000
Very friendly and efficient service. Great quality vehicles in excellent condition and at a reasonable price. Will... definitely use again and highly recommend.read more
Dee Stone
Dee Stone
2020-12-04T05:05:20+0000
Mini Car Rentals were recommended to us by a local. What a superb family business! Staff went out of their way to... accommodate us. Highly recommend this business.read more
Stacy Wood
Stacy Wood
2020-11-03T07:43:18+0000
Great local company, good car, staff really helpful.
Lynn Oslar
Lynn Oslar
2020-10-28T01:08:15+0000
Great experience with this company. Very helpful. Picked up from hotel. Great rates. Very friendly staff. Would... recommend.read more
Abbey Jones
Abbey Jones
2020-10-26T04:49:54+0000
Amazing service and excellent value for money. Extremely helpful staff. Thank you
Manda Majtczak
Manda Majtczak
2020-03-21T21:27:13+0000
Terrific service from Mike and his team. Good local knowledge on the best places to see. Excellent cars. A fantastic... way to see beautiful FNQ.read more
Jack Long
Jack Long
2020-01-20T02:29:25+0000
Great service, gave us an itinerary idea and very helpful! would use them again when in Cairns!
Anna May
Anna May
2020-01-08T04:31:14+0000
Booking process was smooth, and the peeps here were very friendly and helpful with what to see and do in Cairns!
Janice Edwards
Janice Edwards
2019-11-03T08:42:32+0000
Many thanks to Annie, Mike and Mitch for their excellent service and care, especially for picking us up from the... airport when our flights were late. Would certainly recommend them to family and friends.read more
Angela Clark
Angela Clark
2019-10-26T20:56:50+0000
Very happy with the service that we received at Mini Car Rentals. Would definitely recommend and would hire from them... again if we are ever back in Cairns.read more
Phil Grinham
Phil Grinham
2019-10-20T10:39:38+0000
Their advice was excellent. Told us about the area and we loved everyone of their recommendations regarding places to... visit. The car was a great price and performed well. Clean and tidy condition.read more
Katie Slater
Katie Slater
2019-07-28T00:12:56+0000
Great Service, very nice and practical cars and affordable prices! I'm sure I will use the company again on next trip... to cairnsread more
Kelly LittleO'Neil
Kelly LittleO'Neil
2019-04-24T02:59:10+0000
Fantastic people to deal with, and a great fun car to drive around for our holiday, thanks guys
Shane Wells
Shane Wells
2019-03-22T10:51:26+0000
Definitely recommend mini car rentals After a long week at work I wanted a getaway to Port Douglas so I hired the Ford... Mustang for a good price and I got picked up and dropped off, bonus 🤗One on the best roads ever to Port Douglas This car was AMAZING Definitely worth getting my drone out for some pictures 😁🏎🌴read more
Champo Randy
Champo Randy
2018-12-03T08:30:08+0000
Must admit we were disappointed that you sold the mini, but we found the MX5 to be even better. Love it. It will be... the main reason we return to Cairns.read more
Sue McGregor
Sue McGregor
2018-10-30T05:25:34+0000
Thanks Anne and Mike for providing us with 4 cars at very short notice so we could explore the road to Port... Douglas..appreciated the lift to and from Pacific Aria ... will definitely return if we need another rental when we in Cairns again ...Cheer Sue McGregorread more
Gerda Knister
Gerda Knister
2018-10-22T05:08:49+0000
Anne, Chopper and their son are amazing people! They were more than friendly and provided us with great information... about the area and things to do. We were renting three different cars all in perfect condition that took us to great adventures 🙂 thank you for everything, wishing you all the best for your future!read more
Rene- Pierre Isautier
Rene- Pierre Isautier
2018-07-14T09:50:37+0000
They were excellent!
Laura Bartram
Laura Bartram
2018-07-12T13:16:52+0000
Very helpful and friendly service! Many thanks!
Jean Dominique Lierre
Jean Dominique Lierre
2018-06-22T10:45:38+0000
It was realy convenient. Thank you much for Dean and thé team, you are cool and friendster. I recomand Mini Car rental... very highlyJDo Nîmes FranceHugo Melbourneread more
Bruce Matt
Bruce Matt
2018-06-16T23:55:26+0000
Rented a few cars in out time and this place is AWESOME! So quick and easy, no hidden extras and Deno was a cracker.... Picked us up from the Hotel, arranged for 8:00am and they were there at 7:59 on the dot. Went back, literally 10 min for paperwork, a laugh and joke, advice and even a discount voucher to Hartley's croc park where we were going. It was the cheapest Hyundai I-max i could find (6 of us) even paying a small amount extra to reduce insurance. On return, no issue to drop us back to the hotel. Thanks so much guys....."I'll BE BACK"read more
Sandy Rigby
Sandy Rigby
2018-06-15T22:43:35+0000
Great service. Local people. Very friendly and helpful. I rented an i30 for 4 days. Good prices.
Kishin Thadani
Kishin Thadani
2018-05-31T15:47:14+0000
Great place to rent a car which was top notch and plenty of travel advice for the local area. Kudos to Deano and his... team for their work. Check out annabel's bakery nearby too they do a great chicken sandwich.read more
Nathan Sims
Nathan Sims
2018-05-19T00:24:22+0000
They were fantastic! We landed late on Anzac Day and they picked us up from the airport after hours. We were in Cairns... for our honeymoon and they even gave us a free bottle of champagne to congratulate us! The car was great and the overall service was even better. Will definitely go back to Mini Car Rentals when we next head to Cairnsread more
Arjan Pol
Arjan Pol
2018-04-13T08:52:19+0000
We rented the brand new Harley Davidson Sport Glide to drive up to Cape Tribulation. It was the perfect bike for this... awesome drive. Service at the shop was very good, we were greeted with a smile and got all the necessary info on the bike and a lot of good tips for the trip.read more
James Murlyn
James Murlyn
2017-12-16T02:30:41+0000
Brillant service..great cars..fantastic people..highly recommended. .cairns..��
Andy Chan
Andy Chan
2017-11-30T21:42:38+0000
Tré Ratahi
Tré Ratahi
2017-11-28T18:09:39+0000
Lovely team and the car was perfect for our needs. Clean and tidy. No complaints!
Brenda OBrien
Brenda OBrien
2017-11-16T23:43:39+0000
Mark Standen
Mark Standen
2017-10-17T01:37:21+0000
I was the dreaded 'walk-in' customer with no booking and they couldn't have been more helpful. We only had a single day... in Cairns as a stop-over and instead of something boring I drove away in a cool little Mini Cooper. The family and I took a glorious drive up to Port Douglas and back.Mini Car Rentals really made our (short) stay in Cairns one to to remember.read more
Rebekah Walker
Rebekah Walker
2017-06-30T04:05:32+0000
Oscar Charles
Oscar Charles
2016-08-16T03:21:20+0000
Great experience, car went like a dream and the staff had some great insight as to what would keep us entertained for... our time in Cairns (Mikes Vegas stories) 5 stars.read more
Vanessa Brown
Vanessa Brown
2015-07-24T03:51:10+0000
We had rang and spoken to a staff member re hiring a car. They quoted us on a hyandai getz for $49 as it states on... their site, for a small car. When we arrived the car wasn't even detailed. Then when it was ready for us to take we noticed it had a message on the radio asking for a code. So we went back in the shop to ask staff for the code & they told us that the car was that price because the radio didn't work. The car wasn't even the quoted getz it was another car. So then as we were already eating into our hire time we headed off thinking we could plug our ipod or phone in for music for the next few days.....no. nothing on the radio system worked at all.No music or capabilities for charging our phones either. Very disappointing. Whilst I'm on my rant the windscreen wipers were useless, need replacing. With so may other car hire places around Cairns, I'd recommend elsewhere. If you trick your customers out of their entitlements & quotes, it's not worth itread more
Emily Chisholm
Emily Chisholm
2015-01-12T23:32:40+0000
Friendly, reliable service and great people! Will definitely return to Mini Car Rentals.
Steve Mcgregor
Steve Mcgregor
2014-10-11T01:24:34+0000
Tyla-Maree Vella
Tyla-Maree Vella
2014-06-15T06:19:26+0000
great value!!
Aisling Milton
Aisling Milton
2014-06-03T08:00:10+0000
Great service, good value, lovely people - next time we'll hire a Harley!
Mcgrath Hiromi
Mcgrath Hiromi
2014-05-12T13:18:36+0000
Thanks.
Joel Walkenhorst
Joel Walkenhorst
2013-11-28T02:30:26+0000
Fantastic!! I recommend the Fatboy!!
Bryce Equinox
Bryce Equinox
2013-09-26T08:45:40+0000
Tara Sutton
Tara Sutton
2013-09-25T12:28:22+0000
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Mini Car Rentals

Frequently Asked Questions

Drivers must present an up-to-date and valid driver’s licence for at least one year, have credit card to provide payment for security bond.

As per the insurance company, the minimum age to be able to rent a car is 21 years old & the maximum age is 75 years old.

Low cost and affordable: Car rentals mean that you don’t need to buy a car if you’re only going to use it for a shorter period of time. You’ll be saved from registering and servicing costs.

Freedom: Depending on the contractual agreement, you’ll be able to drive to areas that you wouldn’t be able to on a bus or train. You can choose what route you want to take, where to stop, and for how long.

Find a car that meets your needs: You can choose a vehicle that is family-friendly or just for yourself. Whether it’s a minibus or a convertible, or you’re in need of a van for a small group, we have vehicles available to suit your specific needs.

When comparign car rental quotes, the cost per day can be calculated to include many beneficial factors, these include:

  • Insurance excess
  • Bond amount
  • Kilometers Allowance
  • Driving radius
  • Extra's charges
  • Fee's
  • Pickup/Drop-off Service

 

However, some factors of a car rental are invaluable and something we strive to offer is a Personalised Service including desktop tours, free maps, discounts to local attractions and much more! - You won't get this anywhere else.

All standard rates advertised include Unlimited Klms and Basic Insurance Protection. Unless stated otherwise.

Yes, the standard security bond is AUD$1000 which is frozen as a pre-authorisation on a credit card, unless extra insurance cover is purchased.

Certainly. As long as you have your booking confirmation ready, and a description of the changes you’d like to make. We cannot, however, guarantee that your amendments will be the same prices as the initial booking as rates often change.

Feel free to add drivers to your booking. The additional driver needs to share their driver’s licence with us and sign the rental agreement. They’ll also need to pay an additional cost of a once off fee of $5 per driver.

You can make changes to both the pick-up and drop-off times and dates. Again, we cannot guarantee that the prices will stay the same. But we will do our best to accommodate you as we offer car rental services at competitive prices.

Give our friendly team a call or drop us an email, and we’ll advise you accordingly. You can also read the cancellation policy on our website for more information.

The international driver’s licence is a document that is recognised worldwide, which is used to identify the person as a licenced driver in countries that don’t have the same language as the one you’re driving in. You need a national driver’s licence alongside this for it to be accepted.

We try and hold whatever belongings that have been left behind in our lost property. If this happens, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office so that we can return the item to you.

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