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How to Get to Port Douglas & Airport Transfers

Getting to Port Douglas

Port Douglas is a beautiful place to visit, and despite its distance from Queensland's South Eastern capital city (just take a look at this map), its well worth making the trip if this is your first time in Australia!

You can travel to Port Douglas by air, road or rail (the air and rail options will take you to Cairns which is only 70km from Port Douglas). 

If you need advice on how to get to Port Douglas, we've included some of the main transport options below, including arrival and travel options, airport transfers from Cairns, car hire, rail and more.

Have you booked your Port Douglas Accommodation?

Port Douglas by Road

Map of Port DouglasIt's a rather long drive if you are coming to Port Douglas from pretty much any major centre in Australia. Cairns is approximately 1700km or 21 hours of driving north from Queensland's capital, Brisbane, so most travellers generally opt for a flight into Cairns, and then either getting an airport transfer to Port Douglas or hiring a car for the 1 hour drive. 

If you are driving the distance yourself, Port Douglas is a short 70 km drive north along a sealed highway. 

However, a road trip to Port Douglas from Queensland's South East can sometimes be the best way to see our holiday attractions and stop-off points, such as Airlie Beach, Fraser Island and the Sunshine Coast.

Check out the RACQ Road Conditions Report on 13 19 40.

Airport transfers from Cairns to Port Douglas

There are no major airports located in Port Douglas, however there are a number of transfer options from the closest major city of Cairns. Cairns Airport boasts international, domestic and general aviation terminals. Flights are available from select international locations and from most major cities in Australia.

You can check out the Cairns Airport official website which has more information and lists live information on arrivals and departures at domestic and international terminals, updated every three minutes. 

Book an airport transfer to take you from Cairns Airport straight to your Port Douglas hotel - we've included some options below:

Safe Private Transfer from Port Douglas to Cairns for up to 13 people

Safe Private Transfer from Port Douglas to Cairns for up to 13 people

More InfoPRIVATE TRANSFERS - We go when YOU & YOUR GROUP are ready to go.

Safe & efficient transfer of small groups of up to 13 people at a time from Cairns Airport to and from Port Douglas hotels. Private Transfers available to and from your Cairns & Palm Cove accommodation too.

 

Private Transfer 1 to 4 Passengers, Cairns to Port Douglas.

Private Transfer 1 to 4 Passengers, Cairns to Port Douglas.

More InfoPrivate Transfer for 5 to 7 passengers, we will meet you at the luggage collection on arrival and help with your luggage. Sit back, Relax and Enjoy while we chauffeur you along one of Australia's most scenic drives. Our drivers are long time locals with years of experience and knowledge to share

 

Private Transfer 5 to 7 Passengers, Cairns to Port Douglas.

Private Transfer 5 to 7 Passengers, Cairns to Port Douglas.

More InfoPrivate Transfer for 5 to 7 passengers, we will meet you at the luggage collection on arrival and help with your luggage. Sit back, Relax and Enjoy while we chauffeur you along one of Australia's most scenic drives. Our drivers are long time locals with years of experience and knowledge to share.

 

Airport Transfers between Cairns Airport and Port Douglas

Airport Transfers between Cairns Airport and Port Douglas

More InfoExemplar is renowned in the region as the expert in airport transfers. Since 1993 we have offered award winning services across a range of services. All budgets are catered for. Seat in Coach is our shared service and popular with families, couples, backpackers and the cost conscious traveller. We also offer a several Private Transfer options. These range from limousines, seven seater People Movers to the larger 20 seaters and our Silver Service for that very special occasion. Our customer service is renowned and highly regarded, with many trying to imitate, but none able to replicate.We know that what ever service you book with Exemplar you won't be disappointed,

 

Port Douglas to/from Cairns

Port Douglas to/from Cairns

More InfoWe are an independently owned and locally operated business of 20 years focusing on personalized transport and supplying of the highest quality limousines including luxury SUVs, luxury & executive sedans, people movers and super stretched vehicles.

With two decades of experience in the transport industry, you can rest assured your booking is safe with us. We will endeavor to exceed your expectations with our highly experienced drivers.

We cater for single travelers, couples, families and for all events including personal events, holidays, corporate, weddings & formals.

 

Mareeba & Innisfail to/from Cairns

Mareeba & Innisfail to/from Cairns

More InfoWe are an independently owned and locally operated business of 20 years focusing on personalized transport and supplying of the highest quality limousines including luxury SUVs, luxury & executive sedans, people movers and super stretched vehicles.

With two decades of experience in the transport industry, you can rest assured your booking is safe with us. We will endeavor to exceed your expectations with our highly experienced drivers.

We cater for single travelers, couples, families and for all events including personal events, holidays, corporate, weddings & formals.

 

Southern Suburbs & Gordonvale to/from Cairns

Southern Suburbs & Gordonvale to/from Cairns

More InfoWe are an independently owned and locally operated business of 20 years focusing on personalized transport and supplying of the highest quality limousines including luxury SUVs, luxury & executive sedans, people movers and super stretched vehicles.

With two decades of experience in the transport industry, you can rest assured your booking is safe with us. We will endeavor to exceed your expectations with our highly experienced drivers.

We cater for single travelers, couples, families and for all events including personal events, holidays, corporate, weddings & formals.

 

Trinity Beach to/from Cairns

Trinity Beach to/from Cairns

More InfoWe are an independently owned and locally operated business of 20 years focusing on personalized transport and supplying of the highest quality limousines including luxury SUVs, luxury & executive sedans, people movers and super stretched vehicles.

With two decades of experience in the transport industry, you can rest assured your booking is safe with us. We will endeavor to exceed your expectations with our highly experienced drivers.

We cater for single travelers, couples, families and for all events including personal events, holidays, corporate, weddings & formals.

 

Skyrail,Smithfield, Yorkeys Knob, Holloways Beach, Machans Beach to/from Cairns

Skyrail,Smithfield, Yorkeys Knob, Holloways Beach, Machans Beach to/from Cairns

More InfoWe are an independently owned and locally operated business of 20 years focusing on personalized transport and supplying of the highest quality limousines including luxury SUVs, luxury & executive sedans, people movers and super stretched vehicles.

With two decades of experience in the transport industry, you can rest assured your booking is safe with us. We will endeavor to exceed your expectations with our highly experienced drivers.

We cater for single travelers, couples, families and for all events including personal events, holidays, corporate, weddings & formals.

 

Cairns International Airport to/from Cairns City

Cairns International Airport to/from Cairns City

More InfoWe are an independently owned and locally operated business of 20 years focusing on personalized transport and supplying of the highest quality limousines including luxury SUVs, luxury & executive sedans, people movers and super stretched vehicles.

With two decades of experience in the transport industry, you can rest assured your booking is safe with us. We will endeavor to exceed your expectations with our highly experienced drivers.

We cater for single travelers, couples, families and for all events including personal events, holidays, corporate, weddings & formals.

 

Mission Beach to/from Cairns

Mission Beach to/from Cairns

More InfoWe are an independently owned and locally operated business of 20 years focusing on personalized transport and supplying of the highest quality limousines including luxury SUVs, luxury & executive sedans, people movers and super stretched vehicles.

With two decades of experience in the transport industry, you can rest assured your booking is safe with us. We will endeavor to exceed your expectations with our highly experienced drivers.

We cater for single travelers, couples, families and for all events including personal events, holidays, corporate, weddings & formals.

 

Mossman (Silky Oaks) to/from Cairns

Mossman (Silky Oaks) to/from Cairns

More InfoWe are an independently owned and locally operated business of 20 years focusing on personalized transport and supplying of the highest quality limousines including luxury SUVs, luxury & executive sedans, people movers and super stretched vehicles.

With two decades of experience in the transport industry, you can rest assured your booking is safe with us. We will endeavor to exceed your expectations with our highly experienced drivers.

We cater for single travelers, couples, families and for all events including personal events, holidays, corporate, weddings & formals.

 

Kuranda to/from Cairns

Kuranda to/from Cairns

More InfoWe are an independently owned and locally operated business of 20 years focusing on personalized transport and supplying of the highest quality limousines including luxury SUVs, luxury & executive sedans, people movers and super stretched vehicles.

With two decades of experience in the transport industry, you can rest assured your booking is safe with us. We will endeavor to exceed your expectations with our highly experienced drivers.

We cater for single travelers, couples, families and for all events including personal events, holidays, corporate, weddings & formals.

 

Cape Tribulation & Daintree to/from Cairns

Cape Tribulation & Daintree to/from Cairns

More InfoWe are an independently owned and locally operated business of 20 years focusing on personalized transport and supplying of the highest quality limousines including luxury SUVs, luxury & executive sedans, people movers and super stretched vehicles.

With two decades of experience in the transport industry, you can rest assured your booking is safe with us. We will endeavor to exceed your expectations with our highly experienced drivers.

We cater for single travelers, couples, families and for all events including personal events, holidays, corporate, weddings & formals.

 

The adventure begins at Hartley's the best crocodile show in Australia

The adventure begins at Hartley's the best crocodile show in Australia

More InfoCairns city transfers is the small group specialists taking families and groups in our luxury vehicles where our professional team look after you from start to finish. Our driver guides will make your day a day to remember driving along some of the most beautiful scenery as you head to Hartley's crocodile adventures. Our unique service caters for those who love to travel on there own with friends or family that wants that personnel touch catching those moments and memories that will last a life time. Let our staff take care of you and make your day one to remember.

 

Man and Dog Bush Adventures - Touring exclusive wildlife nature reserve.

Man and Dog Bush Adventures - Touring exclusive wildlife nature reserve.

More InfoVisit exclusively 5000 acres of picturesque Tropical Wetlands

A nature lovers paradise, wildlife photography opportunities, authentic wild Aussie Bush experience with Kangaroos, Wallaby and Emus and the amazing outback scenery

 

Port Douglas Departure Transfer - Port Douglas to Airport

Port Douglas Departure Transfer - Port Douglas to Airport

More InfoFinish your holiday or business trip with a worry-free pickup from your Hotel in Port Douglas to Cairns Airport (CNS) in a  shared shuttle.

Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the domestic or international terminal.

 

Private Transfer Cairns Airport to Port Douglas

Private Transfer Cairns Airport to Port Douglas

More InfoOur vehicles are new, very comfortable and highly versatile in their seating configuration and luggage space.

We have French and German speaking drivers.

We operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Private Transfer - Cairns Airport to / from Port Douglas

Private Transfer - Cairns Airport to / from Port Douglas

More InfoNew late model Luxury Vehicles
Private Experience for up to 3 passengers
Smoke Free immaculate Vehicles with personal Chauffeur
Meets Aust. Government requirements as a Public Passenger Provider. We are Insured, Licenced and Registered

 

Cairns Airport (CNS) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Port Douglas Hotel or Address)

Cairns Airport (CNS) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Port Douglas Hotel or Address)

More InfoPRICE SHOWN IS PER VEHICLE. Choose number of passengers to see prices for larger vehicles. 

Book your private arrival transfer from Cairns Airport (CNS) to any Hotel or Address in Port Douglas today!

Our driver will meet&greet you at the airport with a sign with the lead passenger name and take you to your car. We will then transfer you directly to your destination in Port Douglas.

What is included (final rates with no surprises):
- NO HIDDEN CHARGES
- PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS
- FREE CANCELLATION UP TO 24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL
- MEET&GREET SERVICE (Our driver will wait you in the arrivals hall with a sign with the lead passenger name)
- TOLLS INCLUDED
- 60 Minutes free waiting time.

Benefit from our best offers today and book your arrival transfer from Cairns Airport (CNS) to a Port Douglas Hotel or address.

 

Cairns Airport (CNS) Departure Transfer (Port Douglas Hotels to Cairns Airport)

Cairns Airport (CNS) Departure Transfer (Port Douglas Hotels to Cairns Airport)

More InfoFINAL RATE PER VEHICLE

Book your private departure transfer from any hotel or address in Port Douglas to Cairns Airport (CNS) today!

We pick you up at any hotel or address in Port Douglas in one of our Cars or Minivans and take you directly to Cairns Airport (CNS).

What is included:
- NO HIDDEN CHARGES
- PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS
- FREE CANCELLATION UP TO 24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL
- MEET&GREET SERVICE
- TOLLS INCLUDED
- 15 MINUTES FREE WAITING TIME

Benefit from our best offers today and book your departure transfer from Port Douglas to Cairns Airport (CNS).

 

Hire a Car

Hire a car in port douglas If you've arrived by plane or train, you can hire a car in Cairns from a number of rental companies, many of which are located conveniently at the Cairns Airport.  

Book your Port Douglas rental car online using Vroom and you'll be able to compare prices from all the major car hire providers.

Once you arrive in Port Douglas, hire scooters and really explore the region - give Port Douglas Motorbike & Scooter Hire a call on 07 4099 4000.

Catch the Train & enjoy the scenery

Queensland Rail provides one service to Cairns through its Queensland Rail Travel routes. You can then get a transfer or hire a car for the remaining 70km to Port Douglas.

Spirit of Queensland (formerly Cairns Tilt Train)

Tilt Train Train Route MapMore Info

The Spirit of Queensland travels the same journey, but does so in just over 24 hours and offers a much smoother ride, more relaxing ride.

The brand new Tilt Train fleet, Spirit of Queensland, was launched in October 2013 and focuses on relaxation, comfort and modern facilities. The high speed rail is available for all shorter stops in between Brisbane & Cairns, and runs five times per week.

The new look Spirit of Queensland boasts an Australian first, with a sleeper option available for passengers that provides an even more comfortable & convenient service and launching Queensland Rail into a new era in long distance travel. 

Book online for this service at the Queensland Rail Website

Port Douglas Limousines & Luxury Shuttles

There are a number of limousine and shuttle companies to choose from that operate to and from the Cairns Airport. Limousine bookings must be made prior to arrival. Check out the Port Douglas Transport category in our Port Douglas Directory for more options.