What is the best time of year to go to Port Douglas? How much does it cost to get from Cairns Airport to Port Douglas?

If you are planning on taking a trip to Port Douglas it is good to know the best time to go and the best ways to get there. You don’t want to pitch up at the airport unprepared and get stuck with an expensive fare to actually get to where you want to go, so here we will look at how much it can cost and the best time and way to go to Port Douglas.

What is the best time to go to Port Douglas?

If the best weather is your top requirement for when to go then the end of May to the beginning of September is the ideal time to visit Port Douglas. Located in Queensland around 60km from Cairns the temperature doesn’t vary too much, but it can be humid and damp, with the dry season often a popular choice to avoid this. If heat is all you are looking for, December to February is the right time for you to go.

Home to the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, beautiful beaches, and with so much else to do the best time to go to Port Douglas really is any time you can!

How much does it cost from Cairns Airport to Port Douglas?

Once you land at Cairns Airport you may think your journey is nearly over, but then if you want to jump in a taxi to get you to your destination it can cost you around $200 one way, a large and unnecessary expense to start your holiday where you will have better things to spend your money on.

You can also drive, which would be cheaper and only cost you a few dollars in gas, but then you have to rent a car and drive it yourself and you might not want a car or find it a convenient addition to your holiday, particularly if you want to relax and enjoy yourself with a well-deserved beer or cocktail. 

Your best option is really a shuttle bus or coach service like the Cairns to Port Douglas Bus, which runs from 6 am and saves you both hassle and money. Offering reductions for returns and getting cheaper if more of you travel, even for one person going one way it is a quarter of the price of a taxi getting you where you need to go without costing an arm and a leg. At $50 for one adult one-way, $90 for your return, and only $30 for a child’s return it is a bargain, and there are also options for private shuttles if you prefer that still beat the cost of a taxi.


So if you are thinking of taking a trip to this amazing place, whether you want to go and warm yourself in January or enjoy a dry July, book yourself a seat on the airport transfer bus before you go, save a lot of money, and have more to spend enjoying your holiday.