Cheap flights from Brisbane to Cairns

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The best prices from Brisbane to Cairns are usually found in March or February, booked 60 days in advance, depart on a Wednesday or Tuesday and return on a Wednesday

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How to find the cheapest flight from
Brisbane (BNE) to Cairns (CNS)

All the information you need to plan the best BNE to CNS flight in 2021: compare Brisbane to Cairns flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Cairns.
BNE - CNS
Price
$138 - $256
CNS
Temperature
21 - 27 °C
CNS
Precipitation
20 - 430 mm

Popular in

July

High demand for flights, 28% potential price rise

Cheapest in

March

Best time to find cheap flights, 26% potential price drop

Average price

$250

Average for round-trip flights in October 2021

Round-trip from

$185

From Brisbane to Cairns

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
How far in advance should I book a flight from Brisbane to Cairns?

Travellers have found it’s best to book a flight 57 days in advance to save up to 51% compared to booking the same week of travel. As your travel date approaches, the cost of this flight route may potentially increase. While opting to book 57 days out may not be an option for all, there are still additional ways to secure a deal in the near future. You might find a flight from Brisbane to Cairns 1-2 weeks in advance for as low as $293, or $339 for flights within the next 24 hours.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Brisbane to Cairns (BNE - CNS)?

A simple way to save on the total cost of your ticket is to fly from Brisbane to Cairns in the afternoon. If you’re flexible enough to do this you can expect to save up to 18% on your trip compared to booking a flight in the morning.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Brisbane to Cairns?

March is one of the best times of the year to fly to Cairns from Brisbane. Prices for March average $248 per person but you can even find prices for as low as $145. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of July. Opting for a March flight can save you 37% on your journey compared to booking in March

What is the cheapest day to fly return from Brisbane to Cairns?

Users have found that leaving on a Tuesday can be a cost-effective option. It’s possible to save up to 16% on your flight compared to booking on days when demand is much higher.

Cheap flights from Brisbane to Cairns in October, November 2021

The best prices found for BNE to CNS flights in October, November
4 Nov - 11 Nov
$120pp
BNE
Brisbane
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
BNE
Brisbane
31 Oct - 3 Nov
$126pp
BNE
Brisbane
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
BNE
Brisbane
1 Nov - 2 Nov
$127pp
BNE
Brisbane
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
BNE
Brisbane

Brisbane to Cairns 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns from Brisbane found for this year
4 Nov - 11 Nov
$120pp
BNE
Brisbane
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
BNE
Brisbane
31 Oct - 3 Nov
$126pp
BNE
Brisbane
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
BNE
Brisbane
1 Nov - 2 Nov
$127pp
BNE
Brisbane
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
BNE
Brisbane

Direct flights to Cairns from Brisbane

Save time with Brisbane to Cairns direct flight deals
4 Nov - 11 Nov
$120pp
BNE
Brisbane
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
BNE
Brisbane
4 Nov - 7 Nov
$126pp
BNE
Brisbane
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
BNE
Brisbane
3 Feb - 10 Feb
$129pp
BNE
Brisbane
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
BNE
Brisbane

Last-minute flights from Brisbane to Cairns

Late deals on return flights to Cairns from Brisbane, departing today and this week
4 Nov - 11 Nov
$120pp
BNE
Brisbane
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
BNE
Brisbane
31 Oct - 3 Nov
$126pp
BNE
Brisbane
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
BNE
Brisbane
1 Nov - 2 Nov
$127pp
BNE
Brisbane
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
BNE
Brisbane

One-way flights to Cairns from Brisbane

The cheapest one-way flights from Brisbane to Cairns
14:55 - 05:05
Qantas Airways
1 stop
14h 10m
BNE - CNS
Qantas Airways
08:15 - 08:40
Jetstar
1 stop
24h 25m
BNE - CNS
Jetstar
$292
CheersTravel
01:00 - 08:45
Multiple Airlines
1 stop
7h 45m
BNE - CNS
Multiple Airlines
$305
Tripmonster

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about <span class="emphasized">Brisbane</span> to <span class="emphasized">Cairns</span> flights.

Flight FAQs

From Brisbane to Cairns

What airports do I use to fly from Brisbane to Cairns?

To fly from Brisbane to Cairns, you need to book a flight from Brisbane (BNE) to Cairns (CNS). Nonstop flights to Cairns from Brisbane take 2h 15m on average. When it comes time to book airfare, you have a few options: there are 27 outbound flights from Brisbane to Cairns offered by 4 different airlines.

Which airlines flying from Brisbane to Cairns have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Due to the rapidly changing circumstances due to COVID-19, airlines like Jetstar, Tigerair Australia, and Virgin Australia flying from Brisbane to Cairns have implemented new flexible cancellation policies.

Can I find flights from Brisbane to Cairns for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Brisbane to Cairns for under $200. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Virgin Australia for just $120, but on average you can expect to pay $149.

Are there direct flights from Brisbane to Cairns for under $200 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from Brisbane to Cairns under $200. A good price for a direct flight from Brisbane to Cairns is less than $149.

Are there last-minute flights available from Brisbane to Cairns for under $200?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Brisbane to Cairns within the next 7 days for less than $200.

What days are direct flights available from Brisbane to Cairns?

Days when direct flights are available for this flight are: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

How popular is this Brisbane to Cairns flight route?

Flights from Brisbane to Cairns have been viewed 8,902 times in the past calendar month.

How many flights depart from Brisbane to Cairns on average per day?

23 flight departures from Brisbane to Cairns per day on average.
Morning (6am - Midday) - 61% of flight departures
Afternoon (Midday - 6pm) - 26% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 13% of flight departures

How long is the flight from Brisbane to Cairns?

For as low as $120, Virgin Australia can have you in Cairns from Brisbane in 2h 20m. Brisbane and Cairns are separated by a distance of 1400 km. Generally, flights for this route are direct.

What are the cheapest airlines flying from Brisbane to Cairns return?

Virgin Australia, at $120, was found to be the cheapest airline from Brisbane to Cairns. An alternate airline flying to your destination would be Jetstar. Users have found that Virgin Australia is 51% cheaper than the other options available to this destination.

What are the cheapest airlines to fly from Brisbane to Cairns one-way?

For one-way options, check prices for Virgin Australia. According to our data, you can fly for as low as $60. Users have also found prices from $75 and $214 on Jetstar and Qantas Airways, respectively.

What are the most reliable airlines from Brisbane to Cairns?

Consider Virgin Australia (90%), Singapore Airlines (90%) or Etihad Airways (89%) when booking your flight. These represent the most reliable airlines when flying from Brisbane to Cairns.

What are the cheapest flights from Brisbane to Cairns?

Looking for the cheapest flight from Brisbane to Cairns? While on average our users pay $182, our data indicates the cheapest price to be $70. The most popular route (Brisbane - Cairns), is priced around $120.

What are the most popular airlines that fly from Brisbane to Cairns?

Consider Jetstar, Qantas Airways or Tigerair Australia when booking your flight. These represent the most popular airlines when flying from Brisbane to Cairns.

Alternative routes for Brisbane to Cairns

See prices for flight routes from nearby airports that may be better suited for you.

Destination information for Cairns

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Brisbane to Cairns.
Flight duration from BNE to CNS
2h 16m
Average temperature for October in Cairns
29.0 °C
Avg rainfall for October in Cairns
46.0 mm

Airports servicing Brisbane

Airports servicing Cairns

Top 4 airlines flying from Brisbane to Cairns

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users travelling from Brisbane to Cairns choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Tigerair Australia
$141 $211 No cancel fee 81%

We couldn't confirm the COVID-19 safety measures taken by Tigerair Australia. Please check directly on their website for additional information.

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Jetstar
$151 $259 No cancel fee 74%
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Qantas Airways
$159 $361 No cancel fee 74%
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Virgin Australia
$188 $308 No cancel fee 80%
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Hourly flight availability from Brisbane to Cairns

See what time of day planes typically take off from Brisbane towards Cairns.
Morning 6 AM to midday 49% of flight departures
Afternoon Midday to 6 PM 25% of flight departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 17% of flight departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 9% of flight departures
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Weekly flight availability
from Brisbane to Cairns
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Brisbane to Cairns.
Sunday
29 daily flights
Monday
25 daily flights
Tuesday
22 daily flights
Wednesday
22 daily flights
Thursday
32 daily flights
Friday
34 daily flights
Saturday
25 daily flights
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