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274 Draper Street , Cairns, Qld, 4870, Cairns, Australia

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We provide a 24 hour check-in service but you need to let us know in advance if you're going to arrive outside reception hours so we can organise your key. This is pretty important.

If you're arriving on a 2am tiger flight make sure you book your first night for the same date as your flight DEPARTURE). Our reception is open from 7.30am till noon and between 4.30pm and 8pm.

By shuttle from the airport:
We don't have our own bus but there's a shuttle bus from the airport which costs $5 per person from the airport. This is a special discounted price given to guests of our hostel. To get this price you need to pre-book the shuttle bus on the Cairns Airport Shuttle Bus Website. Select 'Cairns City Backpackers' as your hotel destination and you will be given the special price. The shuttle bus runs during the arrival time of all flights. 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.If you have booked the shuttle bus and it is more than 15 minutes late, please call Don from Cairns Airport Shuttle on 0432-488783.

By taxi:
A taxi will cost you about $22 from the airport and $10 from the bus terminals.

On foot:
If you wish to walk from the bus terminals we are a 15-minute walk to the premier bus terminal and a 30-minute walk to the greyhound terminal (walk straight down Spence street and right into Draper Street and follow until you find us).

If you're coming by your own vehicle we're on Draper Street, directly behind Cairns Central Shopping Centre.

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