Cheap flights from Sydney to Cairns

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

How to find the cheapest flight from Sydney to Cairns

All the information you need to plan the best SYD to CNS flight in 2021: compare Sydney to Cairns flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Cairns.

SYD - CNS

Price

$182 - $327

CNS

Temperature

21 - 27 °C

CNS

Precipitation

20 - 430 mm

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 26% potential price rise

Cheapest in

March

Best time to find cheap flights, 25% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$247

From Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns

One-way from

$216

One-way flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns

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

Users have found that flying from Sydney to Cairns on a Thursday 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 Sydney to Cairns?

Find a great deal and save up to 22% by booking at least 39 days prior to your desired departure date, rather than waiting until the week of travel. According to our data, there are a number of flights available from Sydney to Cairns within the next two weeks, with the cheapest ticket starting at $370.

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

March can be a great time to fly to Cairns from Sydney with a flight ticket averaging about $328. Cheapflights users have found deals in the month of March for as cheap as $190. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of December.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Sydney to Cairns (SYD - CNS)?

When flying from Sydney to Cairns, the time of day you fly usually plays a role in the price. Save by searching for a flight in the morning, which can drop the price by up to 19% versus a flight in the evening.

Cheap flights from Sydney to Cairns in October, November 2021

The best prices found for SYD to CNS flights in October, November
15 Oct. - 17 Oct.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 55m
$186

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 12/10/21

24 Nov. - 29 Nov.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 05m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

3h 00m
$198

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 13/10/21

15 Oct. - 17 Oct.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 55m
$201

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 13/10/21

Sydney to Cairns 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns from Sydney found for this year
15 Oct. - 17 Oct.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 55m
$186

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 12/10/21

24 Nov. - 29 Nov.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 05m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

3h 00m
$198

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 13/10/21

15 Oct. - 17 Oct.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 55m
$201

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 13/10/21

Direct flights to Cairns from Sydney

Save time with Sydney to Cairns direct flight deals
1 Nov. - 5 Nov.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 05m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

3h 00m
$196

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 11/10/21

24 Nov. - 29 Nov.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 05m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

3h 00m
$198

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 13/10/21

7 Nov. - 14 Nov.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 05m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

3h 00m
$201

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 12/10/21

Last-minute flights from Sydney to Cairns

Late deals on return flights to Cairns from Sydney, departing today and this week
22 Oct. - 24 Oct.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 55m
$201

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 14/10/21

22 Oct. - 24 Oct.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

26h 20m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 55m
$310

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 14/10/21

21 Oct. - 24 Oct.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

1 stop

16h 20m
CNS

Cairns

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

Nonstop

2h 55m
$318

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 14/10/21

One-way flights to Cairns from Sydney

The cheapest one-way flights from Sydney to Cairns
24 Oct.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$94

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 12/10/21

24 Oct.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$103

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 13/10/21

25 Oct.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

CNS

Cairns

Nonstop

3h 15m
$105

Virgin Australia

View Deal

Deal found 14/10/21

Related info for your journey

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

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

If you book a flight from Sydney to Cairns, you will be flying from Kingsford Smith to Cairns. Flights to Cairns (CNS) from Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) take 2h 55m for a nonstop flight. There are 2 flights from Kingsford Smith to Cairns per day from 4 airlines.

Which airlines flying from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Some of the carriers operating flights from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns that may be offering flexible cancellation policies are Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia. Our site will let you filter for all airlines offering greater flexibility due to COVID-19.

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

Yes, there are multiple flights from Sydney to Cairns for under $200. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Virgin Australia for just $196, but on average you can expect to pay $234.

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

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from Sydney to Cairns under $200. A good price for a direct flight from Sydney to Cairns is less than $253.

Are there last-minute flights available from Sydney to Cairns for under $300?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Sydney to Cairns within the next 7 days for less than $300.

How popular is this Sydney to Cairns flight route?

Flights from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns have been viewed 12,160 times in the past calendar month.

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

Cheapflights users have booked flights from Sydney to Cairns from $196 return. Another airline that can offer you cheap pricing is Jetstar. Virgin Australia is currently priced 40% below the average price you’ll pay for this route.

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

The cheapest airline one-way is Virgin Australia, with whom users have recently found tickets for as low as $94. However, be on the lookout for offers from Jetstar and Qantas Airways, as they are both options that can get you from Sydney to Cairns for a low price.

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

The most popular airlines flying from Sydney to Cairns are Jetstar, Qantas Airways and Tigerair Australia. Something to consider prior to booking your flight.

What are the most reliable airlines from Sydney to Cairns?

Before booking your flight to Cairns from Sydney, have a look at the most reliable airlines to get you to your destination on time: Etihad Airways (100%), Delta (100%), ANA( 100%).

What are the cheapest flights from Sydney to Cairns?

While on average a flight from Sydney to Cairns is generally $921, our data shows the cheapest flight currently is $95. When looking at the most popular route, (Sydney Kingsford Smith - Cairns), you can expect to pay $198 for that flight.

Alternative routes for Sydney to Cairns

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

Top 4 airlines flying from Sydney to Cairns

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users travelling from Sydney to Cairns choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
AirlineCheapestAverageFlexibilityOn-timeCOVID-19 safety
Tigerair Australia
Cheapest$189
Average$289
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time81%
COVID-19 safety
Jetstar
Cheapest$195
Average$355
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time74%
COVID-19 safety
Qantas Airways
Cheapest$227
Average$467
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time74%
COVID-19 safety
Virgin Australia
Cheapest$257
Average$414
FlexibilityNo cancel fee
On-time80%
COVID-19 safety

Hourly flight availability from Sydney to Cairns

See what time of day planes typically take off from Sydney to Cairns
1%of flight departuresEarly morningMidnight to 6 am
57%of flight departuresMorning6 am to noon
42%of flight departuresAfternoonNoon to 6 pm
0%of flight departuresEvening6 pm to midnight
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM

Weekly flight availability from Sydney to Cairns

See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Sydney to Cairns
Sunday5daily flights
Monday6daily flights
Tuesday0daily flights
Wednesday3daily flights
Thursday0daily flights
Friday5daily flights
Saturday0daily flights