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Transport in and to Port Douglas

Port Douglas is only about an hour from Cairns by road, and it is a very scenic drive. You have choice of hiring a car in Cairns, or to take one of the buses that also pick up from Cairns airport, this is an international airport so you can arrive here on both domestic and international flights from overseas.

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Wangetti Beach seen from Rex Lookout, halfway between Cairns and Port Douglas

How to get to Port Douglas:

Unless you live in north Queensland you will have to fly to the nearest international airport Cairns first..
BTS tours offers transfers from Cairns and Airport to Port Douglas, book your transfer online with instant confirmation.

If you are already in Australia then go to our page Cheap Domestic Flights in Australia for a good choice in cheap domestic airfares to Cairns.


If you are still in your home country then you will need to get an international flight to Cairns, but be aware that although Cairns is an international airport, not too many airlines go straight in to Cairns, you will usually have to fly via Brisbane or Sydney.


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Hire car:

There is a wide choice of car rental companies where you can book your car or campervan online to be assured of a car when you fly in at Cairns airport, and most offer one way rentals between major cities. Nothing beats the freedom of having your own car to explore and stop when and where you want.




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When you book with the above websites you are sure you deal with reputable car rental companies, without wanting to discredit the smaller local companies, we have received some not overly positive customer reviews on Cairns Older Car Hire.

Bus transport:

Several bus companies run door to door services from your Cairns accommodation or airport to your Port Douglas acccommodation, they usually run every hour or so but they tend to change their timetable from time to time so to play it safe email or phone them for up to date departure times, their websites are not always up to date.
While staying in Port Douglas you will probably head up to Cape Tribulation in the Daintree for a few days, these two bus services do a door to door service from Port Douglas to your accommodation in Cape Tribulation.

BTS tours offers a more convenient way to book your transfer online with instant confirmation.

Country Road Coaches

coach transport to Port Douglas

This bus does a run all the way from Cairns to Cooktown, so is a good option if you plan to head further north after your Port Douglas stay. They depart Cairns at 06.45 in the morning, arriving in Cape Trib about 10.45 but not every day, contact them for up to date info. More info....

Phone 07-4045 2794


Sunpalm Coach

bus to Port Douglas

Sunpalm Transport operate scheduled coach and bus transfer services between Cairns, Port Douglas, Daintree, Port Douglas and Cooktown, they will transfer you door to door to your accommodation in Port Douglas.

Ph: (07) 4084 2626


Air transport:

Daintree Air

Daintree Air operates flights between Cairns, Port Douglas and Cow Bay, the nearest air strip to Cape Tribulation.

Phone 07 - 40349300 or within Australia 1800246206


Transport in Port Douglas:

There are two local bus services that do the rounds, and there is a taxi rank on Macrossan Street, the main street of the town, or phone them on 4099 5345. The bicycle shop on this street also rents out bicycles.
There is also a local Harley Davidson tour operator if you want to get around town in style.


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