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Cairns City Backpackers Hostel

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

74% Overall Rating 29 out of 36 customers would recommend this property based on 36 reviews

Atmosphere 80%

Cleanliness 62%

Facilities 74%

Location 67%

Safety 74%

Staff 82%

Value 82%

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  • Air conditioning
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Jobs Board
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Vending Machines
  • WiFi

Check-in / Check-out

Earliest check-in: 11:00

Latest Check-out: 10:00


  • Age Restriction
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Taxes Included

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Map and Directions


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 $15 per person with FNQ Shuttles. If you booked to get dropped off at our hostel, they will give you a discount of $5 off the normal price. For this offer you must book on their website and select the pay on bus option so the driver can give you the discount when you pay them in cash.

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

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

A taxi will cost you about $26-30 from the airport and $9-$12 from the Greyhound or $8-$10 from the Premier bus arrivals point.

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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