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Cheap flights from Sydney to Cairns

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The best prices from Sydney 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

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How to find the cheapest flight from
Sydney (SYD) to Cairns (CNS)

SYD - CNS
Price
$230 - $412
CNS
Temperature
26 - 31 °C
CNS
Rainfall
27 - 436 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

$230

From Sydney to Cairns

One-way from

$209

One-way flight from Sydney 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 Sydney to Cairns?

Leaving on a Tuesday is a viable option for saving on travel. Heavily demanded days of the week can typically drive up the prices you see. Booking your travel for a less competitive day can save up to 11% on the overall cost on flights from Sydney to Cairns.

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

To save on the cost of your flight from Sydney 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 $343 if you need a flight within two weeks. For flights within the next 72 hours, you can find tickets from as low as $373.

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

Flights from Sydney to Cairns lean towards being more expensive in December. Prices are generally better when you fly from Sydney to Cairns in March, with the cheapest ticket starting at $177.

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

A simple way to save on the total cost of your ticket is to fly from Sydney to Cairns in the morning. If you’re flexible enough to do this you can expect to save up to 20% on your trip compared to booking a flight in the evening.

Cheap flights from Sydney to Cairns in February, March 2021

9 Mar - 11 Mar
$270pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
27 Mar - 3 Apr
$271pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
10 Mar - 20 Mar
$275pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

Sydney to Cairns 2021 flight deals

22 Apr - 28 Apr
$251pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
19 Apr - 28 Apr
$255pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
19 Apr - 28 Apr
$260pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

Direct flights to Cairns from Sydney

22 Apr - 28 Apr
$251pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
19 Apr - 28 Apr
$255pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
19 Apr - 28 Apr
$260pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

Last-minute flights from Sydney to Cairns

7 Mar - 11 Mar
$314pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
2 Mar - 13 Mar
$337pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
2 Mar - 13 Mar
$340pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

One-way flights to Cairns from Sydney

06:35 - 08:35
Jetstar
Direct
3h 00m
SYD - CNS
Jetstar
$210
Kiwi.com
07:30 - 10:35
Qantas Airways
Direct
3h 05m
SYD - CNS
Qantas Airways
$211
Kiwi.com
06:00 - 11:10
Virgin Australia
1 stop
6h 10m
SYD - CNS
Virgin Australia
$214
Jettzy

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Flight FAQs

From Sydney to Cairns

Can I find flights from Sydney to Cairns for under $252 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Sydney to Cairns for under $252. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Jetstar for just $251, but on average you can expect to pay $279.

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.

Are there direct flights from Sydney to Cairns for under $252 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from Sydney to Cairns under $252. A good price for a direct flight from Sydney to Cairns is less than $277.

Are there last-minute flights available from Sydney to Cairns for under $378?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Sydney to Cairns within the next 7 days for less than $378.

How popular is this flight route?

Within the past month, 12,160 users have taken a look at flights from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns.

Does it rain more in Sydney or Cairns?

When travelling, we recommend packing in preparation to handle common weather conditions. The rainfall in Sydney is typically less than Cairns. We can gather that this will continue over the next 14 days.

Is Sydney weather warmer or cooler than Cairns?

Temperatures around the 31 °Cs can be experienced in January. The weather in Cairns is hotter than in Sydney. Plan for potential changes in flight availability as peak weather approaches in this location.

How long does is the flight from Sydney to Cairns?

A quick flight from Sydney to Cairns can take about 3h. Jetstar provides one of the quickest options available for as low as $270. Most flights are nonstop.

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

Flying on Jetstar is currently your cheapest option to Cairns, with prices starting at $251. Another option worth looking into is Virgin Australia, starting at $280 return. Jetstar is currently priced 17% below the average price you’ll pay for this route.

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

For one-way options, check prices for Jetstar. According to our data, you can fly for as low as $132. Users have also found prices from $151 and $211 on Jetstar and Virgin Australia, respectively.

Alternative routes for Sydney to Cairns

Destination information for Cairns

Flight duration
3h 00m
Average temperature for February in Cairns
31.0 °C
Avg rainfall for February in Cairns
436.0 mm

Airports servicing Sydney

Airports servicing Cairns

Top 4 airlines flying from Sydney to Cairns

Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Tigerair Australia
$139 $212 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
$143 $261 No cancel fee 74%
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Virgin Australia
$189 $305 No cancel fee 80%
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Qantas Airways
$167 $344 No cancel fee 74%
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Hourly flight availability from Sydney to Cairns

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Weekly flight availability
from Sydney to Cairns
Sunday
11 daily flights
Monday
11 daily flights
Tuesday
3 daily flights
Wednesday
8 daily flights
Thursday
6 daily flights
Friday
11 daily flights
Saturday
6 daily flights
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