Cheap flights to Cairns

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16 Aug — 23 Aug1
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Flights to Cairns in 2022

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inSeptemberHigh demand for flights, 12% potential price rise
Cheapest inJanuaryBest time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop
Average price$349Average for return flights in August 2022
Return from$201From Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns
One-way from$104One-way flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) to Cairns (CNS)

Cheap flights to Cairns in August, September 2022

The best prices found for CNS flights for August, September
23 Aug. - 27 Aug.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 05m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 55m
$201

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/8/22

23 Aug. - 27 Aug.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 05m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 55m
$229

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/8/22

24 Aug. - 27 Aug.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 05m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 55m
$234

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/8/22

Cairns 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns found for this year
23 Aug. - 27 Aug.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 05m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 55m
$201

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 8/8/22

6 Dec. - 13 Dec.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 00m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 55m
$216

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 9/8/22

6 Dec. - 13 Dec.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 00m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 55m
$218

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 10/8/22

Last minute flights to Cairns

Late deals on return flights to Cairns, departing today and this week
21 Aug. - 26 Aug.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 05m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 55m
$246

Multiple Airlines

Pick Dates

Deal found 9/8/22

16 Aug. - 24 Aug.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 05m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 50m
$254

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 10/8/22

16 Aug. - 24 Aug.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 05m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 50m
$258

Jetstar

Pick Dates

Deal found 9/8/22

What is the cheapest month to fly to Cairns?

The cheapest ticket to Cairns found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

January

$234

February

$268

March

$255

April

$278

May

$279

June

$323

July

$355

August

$285

September

$302

October

$252

November

$232

December

$228

Currently, December is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Cairns. Flying to Cairns in July will prove the most costly. There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

When is the best time to fly to Cairns?

Average Cairns flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month

SYD - CNS

Price

$228 - $486

CNS

Temperature

21 - 27 °C

CNS

Rainfall

20 - 430 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 Tuesday. 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 afternoon are likely to offer the best value for money for your Cairns trip. A flight in the morning 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 is good to know if travelling to Cairns?

  • Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s Tropical Rainforests. If you are looking to book a flight you must check out our selection of 20 things to do in Cairns.
  • Whether you are on a luxury break or visiting family you can still get the most out of your visit by reading our guide on Cairns and Port Douglas on a budget.

What airport do you fly into for flights to Cairns?

Most people fly into Cairns (CNS) if they book a flight to Cairns. Cairns is conveniently located just 4.4 km from Cairns’s city centre. There are 29 flights from Sydney to Cairns per day from 4 different airlines.

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

This year has seen a 30% increase in flight searches for Cairns.