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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)

BNE - CNS
Price
$189 - $350
CNS
Temperature
26 - 31 °C
CNS
Rainfall
27 - 436 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

Round-trip from

$189

From Brisbane to Cairns

One-way from

$209

One-way flight from Brisbane to Cairns

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
What is the cheapest day to fly return from Brisbane to Cairns?

Users have found that flying from Brisbane to Cairns on a Saturday typically leans towards higher prices. However, this doesn’t mean you still can’t find a deal. Flexibility with other aspects of your flight can still land a great price for your trip.

How far in advance should I book a flight from Brisbane to Cairns?

To save on the cost of your flight from Brisbane to Cairns, book at least 39 days before your planned departure. Booking around this time can save you about 22% on the cost of this flight compared to booking a flight leaving this week. We have found prices from $372 if you need a flight within two weeks. For flights within the next 72 hours, you can find tickets from as low as $405.

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

The best pricing can be found in the month of March. Prices to Cairns from Brisbane average $330. You can even find prices in March for less than $330, as users have found deals to Cairns from as low as $192. The month of December appears to be one of the more expensive times to travel to Cairns from Brisbane. Flying in the targeted month can save you up to 35%.

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

It’s typically best to fly out from Brisbane to Cairns in the afternoon. Doing so could potentially save you 19% on the flight price compared to flying at midday, which is usually more expensive.

Cheap flights from Brisbane to Cairns in November, December 2020

The best prices found for BNE to CNS flights in November, December
30 Dec - 7 Jan
$131pp
BNE
Brisbane
Qantas Airways
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Qantas Airways
Direct
BNE
Brisbane
9 Dec - 16 Dec
$178pp
BNE
Brisbane
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
BNE
Brisbane
8 Dec - 15 Dec
$179pp
BNE
Brisbane
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
BNE
Brisbane

Brisbane to Cairns 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns from Brisbane found for next year
30 Dec - 7 Jan
$131pp
BNE
Brisbane
Qantas Airways
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Qantas Airways
Direct
BNE
Brisbane
9 Dec - 16 Dec
$178pp
BNE
Brisbane
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
BNE
Brisbane
8 Dec - 15 Dec
$179pp
BNE
Brisbane
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
BNE
Brisbane

Direct flights to Cairns from Brisbane

Save time with Brisbane to Cairns direct flight deals
30 Dec - 7 Jan
$131pp
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Brisbane
Qantas Airways
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Qantas Airways
Direct
BNE
Brisbane
1 Feb - 8 Feb
$152pp
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Brisbane
Jetstar
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CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
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BNE
Brisbane
6 Mar - 11 Mar
$153pp
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Brisbane
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
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Brisbane

Last-minute flights from Brisbane to Cairns

Late deals on return flights to Cairns from Brisbane, departing today and this week
2 Dec - 9 Dec
$194pp
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Brisbane
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
BNE
Brisbane
4 Dec - 6 Dec
$209pp
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Brisbane
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
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BNE
Brisbane
4 Dec - 6 Dec
$211pp
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One-way flights to Cairns from Brisbane

The cheapest one-way flights from Brisbane to Cairns
13:55 - 16:10
Qantas Airways
Direct
2h 15m
BNE - CNS
Qantas Airways
$210
Agoda.com
04:05 - 07:05
Virgin Australia
1 stop
27h 00m
BNE - CNS
Virgin Australia
$247
mytrip.com
10:05 - 04:25
Jetstar
2 stops
18h 20m
BNE - CNS
Jetstar
$304
Gotogate

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about Brisbane to Cairns flights.

Flight FAQs

From Brisbane to Cairns

Can I find flights from Brisbane to Cairns for under $137 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Brisbane to Cairns for under $137. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Qantas Airways for just $131, but on average you can expect to pay $182.

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 Tigerair Australia and Virgin Australia flying from Brisbane to Cairns have implemented new flexible cancellation policies.

Are there direct flights from Brisbane to Cairns for under $137 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from Brisbane to Cairns under $137. A good price for a direct flight from Brisbane to Cairns is less than $182.

Are there last-minute flights available from Brisbane to Cairns for under $274?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Brisbane to Cairns within the next 7 days for less than $274.

What days are direct flights available from Brisbane to Cairns?

Direct flights can be found on the following days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

How popular is this 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?

Travellers can expect 14 flights from Brisbane to Cairns on average per day.
Morning (6am - Midday) - 14% of flight departures
Afternoon (Midday - 6pm) - 57% of flight departures
Evening (6pm - Midnight) - 29% of flight departures

Does it rain more in Brisbane or Cairns?

Expected rainfall in Brisbane is same as in Cairns. You can expect this to be the case over the next 13 days.

Is Brisbane weather warmer or cooler than Cairns?

You can imagine temperatures to be in the 31 °C range in January. The weather in Cairns is generally hotter than Brisbane's. As flight availability is subject to become more limited as peak season approaches it is ideal to book in a timely manner.

How long does is the flight from Brisbane to Cairns?

Departing from Brisbane to Cairns will take you 2h 15m. Airlines will cover a distance of 1400 km. Generally, flights for this route are direct.

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

Flying on Qantas Airways is currently your cheapest option to Cairns, with prices starting at $132. Another option worth looking into is Jetstar, starting at $152 return. You may be able to fly from Brisbane to Cairns for 48% less than the average price by searching for these airlines.

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

For one-way options, check prices for Jetstar. According to our data, you can fly for as low as $74. Users have also found prices from $144 and $210 on Jetstar and Virgin Australia, respectively.

Alternative routes for Brisbane to Cairns

Destination information for Cairns

Things to know before you go. Useful info for your trip from Brisbane to Cairns
Flight duration
2h 13m
Average temperature for November in Cairns
31.0 °C
Avg rainfall for November in Cairns
95.0 mm

Airports servicing Brisbane

Airports servicing Cairns

Top 4 airlines 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
$106 $158 No cancel fee 81%

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Jetstar
$112 $193 No change fee 74%
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Virgin Australia
$140 $230 No cancel fee 80%
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Qantas Airways
$119 $270 No change fee 74%
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Hourly flight availability from Brisbane to Cairns

Morning 6 AM to midday 58% of flight departures
Afternoon Midday to 6 PM 30% of flight departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 7% of flight departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 5% of flight departures
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Weekly flight availability
from Brisbane to Cairns
Sunday
14 daily flights
Monday
24 daily flights
Tuesday
20 daily flights
Wednesday
16 daily flights
Thursday
16 daily flights
Friday
14 daily flights
Saturday
14 daily flights
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