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Flights to Cairns in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 12% potential price rise
Cheapest inMarchBest time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average price$313Average for round-trip flights in November 2021
Round-trip from$186From Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns
One-way from$14One-way flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) to Cairns (CNS)

Cheap flights to Cairns in November, December 2021

The best prices found for CNS flights for November, December
24 Nov - 26 Nov
$186pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
26 Nov - 28 Nov
$195pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
26 Nov - 28 Nov
$197pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

Cairns 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns found for this year
24 Nov - 26 Nov
$186pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
26 Nov - 28 Nov
$195pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
26 Nov - 28 Nov
$197pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

Last minute flights to Cairns

Late deals on return flights to Cairns, departing today and this week
4 Dec - 14 Dec
$212pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
1 Dec - 4 Dec
$258pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
4 Dec - 14 Dec
$276pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
 
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Cheapest prices for Cairns flights by month

The cheapest ticket to Cairns found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
$298
February
$259
March
$274
April
$278
May
$287
June
$334
July
$332
August
$310
September
$305
October
$299
November
$287
December
$280

When is the best time to fly to Cairns Airport?

Average Cairns flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
SYD - CNS
Price
$259 - $522
CNS
Temperature
26 - 31 °C
CNS
Precipitation
27 - 436 mm

Peak season

The city is one of Australia’s most visited destinations between July and October so you’ll need to be on the ball to secure your cheap flights to Cairns. The number one drawcard that has tourists clamouring for flight tickets to Cairns is the Great Barrier Reef, closely followed by Daintree Rainforest. Cairns city itself has plenty of diversions between reef or rainforest, with an energetic nightlife, exotic flora and fauna and numerous outdoor activities. The Cairns Show in July attracts 80,000 visitors and is the biggest community event in the city so avoid this month if you want a quieter visit.

Off Season

November to March is the wet season, which brings torrential rains and high humidity, and a good chance of cyclones. Travellers come to Cairns during the off-season for diving specials and accommodation discounts. If you’re willing to brave the rains it’s also a good time to book cheap flights to Cairns.

When is the best time to book a flight to Cairns?

August is the optimum time to visit Cairns as this is when the temps are comfortable in the mid-20Cs and there is less humidity and rainfall. It is advised to book flight tickets as early as possible if visiting in August to avoid disappointment. In general, April to May is the best time to dive and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. June and July are not as suitable for swimming, but still warm enough to enjoy other attractions, and the months you’re likely to get the cheapest flights to Cairns. The right side of the plane is recommended as the best side for views of the Great Barrier Reef as you’re flying north.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Cairns?

The cheapest flights to Cairns are usually found when departing on a Wednesday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Friday.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Cairns?

At the moment, flights in the morning are likely to offer the best value for money for your Cairns trip. A flight in the evening will more often than not be of higher cost.

Cheap Flights to Cairns

How long is the flight to Cairns?

Flights from Sydney to Cairns – 3 hrs 7 mins
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns – 3 hrs 19 mins
Flights from Brisbane to Cairns – 2 hrs 20 mins
Flights from Adelaide to Cairns – 2 hrs 55 mins
Flights from Perth to Cairns – 4 hrs 5 mins

Which airlines operate flights to Cairns?

All major Australian cities have direct flights to Cairns Airport which services a total of 30 domestic and 18 international destinations. Sydney to Cairns is the most competitive route with approximately 10 direct flights per day to far North Queensland. Travellers should look for cheap flights to Cairns with Jetstar, Tiger Airways, Virgin Australia and Qantas.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

Cairns Airport (CNS) is located 7kms north of central Cairns. The cheapest way to reach the city after your flight has landed is to take the courtesy hotel shuttle if your accommodation offers it. If not, then the airport shuttle bus connects with certain hotels and the city centre, as well as other destinations in the region. For between $15 and $20 you can catch a taxi to the CBD or rent a car if you want an independent means of travel.

What airport do you fly into for flights to Cairns?

For a flight to Cairns, you will be flying into Cairns. Cairns (CNS) is just 4.4 km from the centre of the city.

How popular are flights to Cairns (CNS) this year?

There has been a 47% increase in demand for Cairns flights over the last year.

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