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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 are going to arrive outside reception hours so we can organize your key (if you are arriving after midnight make sure you book your first night for the same date as your flight DEPARTURE). Our reception is open from 7.30 am till noon, and between 4.30 pm and 8 pm.

We do not have our own bus but there is a shuttle bus from the airport which costs $5 a person from the airport. This is a special discounted price given to guests of our hostel.

The shuttle buses start to meet the earliest flight arrivals, and the last bus leaves the airport at 23:30, so if your flight is arriving late see instructions for late arrival below. The shuttle meeting point is outside Domestic terminal at Bus Bay 6 near arrivals (follow the green line if arriving at the International terminal). The shuttle company phone number is 0432 488 783

Please note the discount tickets are not available with other shuttle bus companies, The FNQ shuttle special $5 ticket is only available for services from the aiport to the hostel. Their full prices apply for trips from hostel to airport.

A taxi will cost you about $24-28 from the airport and $8-$11 from the Greyhound or Premier bus arrivals point.

IF YOU HAVE A FLIGHT ARRIVING AFTER 11PM OR YOU FLIGHT IS DELAYED: remember the FNQ shuttle service stops around midnight. You could book still book for FNQ shuttles if your flight is due to arrive before around 11pm, but if you are not ready at bus stop before 11:30pm you would need to take a Taxi.

The Premier Bus stop is located at Cairns Central Railways Station (see the little blue train symbol marked on Bunda St on the map), around 8 minutes walk from the hostel.
The Greyhound bus stop is located at the Esplanade next to Fogarty Park, (zoom in on the map near the marina and you will see the little blue bus symbol next to Fogarty Park). This is around 25-30 minutes walk or around $10 by taxi.

If you are arriving by your own vehicle we are just a short drive from Cairns Central Shopping Centre at 274 Draper St, see map.

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