Cairns Guest Houses

Getting to Cairns City Backpackers

Cairns City Backpackers is only a 10min walk to the city centre.


Reception hours Morning: 07:30-12midday. Evening: 16.30-20.00. We provide a 24 hour check-in service but you need to let us know in advance if you are going to arrive outside of reception hours so we can organize your key and give you the late arrival instructions.

Check-in/Check-out times Check-in time is from 11am. Check-out time is 10am. If you are arriving before 7.30 am and wish to check-in straight away then you need to include the night before in your booking, but otherwise we will open at 07:30, and you can check-in from 11am.


The hostel does not operate a Shuttle bus, but we recommend using FNQ Airport Shuttle. The offer a special $5 discount off ticket prices for customers travelling from the airport to the hostel.

To book the shuttle with the discounted ticket you just need to book on their website click here for more info. Be sure to choose the Pay On Bus option as the driver will then discount your ticket price when you pay them cash on the bus. You must book in advance as this shuttle company does not have a desk at the airport. If you need to phone the shuttle company their number is Ph.0432 488 783

Please note the discount only applies on ticket from the aiport to the hostel. Full ticket prices apply on services to the airport. You can book your ticket to go to the airport at the hostel one day before your flight.


A taxi will cost you about $27 from the airport and $10-$14 from the bus terminals.


If you wish to walk from the bus terminals we are a 10 minute walk from the premier bus terminal and a 30 minute walk from the greyhound terminal (walk straight down Spence street, turn right into Draper street and follow until you find our hostel.)


If you are coming in your own car we can be found at 274 Draper Street near Cairns Central Shopping Centre.


Cairns Central Shopping Centre (supermarkets, banks, Railway Station, Premier bus arrivals/departures) around 8-10 minutes.

Cairns CBD (supermarkets, banks, shopping, rusty's markets, public library, Sunbus local bus stops for beaches/botanic gardens etc) around 10-20 minutes.

Cairns Esplanade (Lagoon, Esplanade park, Night Markets, Marina & Reef Fleet Terminal, Greyhound bus arrivals/departures) around 25-30 minutes.