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)

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
$247 - $445
CNS
Temperature
26 - 31 °C
CNS
Precipitation
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

$247

From Sydney to Cairns

One-way from

$245

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 10% 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 $370 if you need a flight within two weeks. For flights within the next 72 hours, you can find tickets from as low as $402.

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 $190.

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 19% on your trip compared to booking a flight in the evening.

Cheap flights from Sydney to Cairns in July, August 2021

The best prices found for SYD to CNS flights in July, August
30 Jul - 1 Aug
$189pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
30 Jul - 1 Aug
$192pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
30 Jul - 1 Aug
$193pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

Sydney to Cairns 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns from Sydney found for this year
30 Jul - 1 Aug
$189pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
30 Jul - 1 Aug
$192pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
30 Jul - 1 Aug
$193pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

Direct flights to Cairns from Sydney

Save time with Sydney to Cairns direct flight deals
1 Sep - 10 Sep
$203pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
6 Aug - 8 Aug
$204pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
1 Sep - 7 Sep
$235pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

Last-minute flights from Sydney to Cairns

Late deals on return flights to Cairns from Sydney, departing today and this week
6 Aug - 8 Aug
$204pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Virgin Australia
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Virgin Australia
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
4 Aug - 7 Aug
$268pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
Direct
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
4 Aug - 7 Aug
$283pp
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple airlines
Direct
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith

One-way flights to Cairns from Sydney

The cheapest one-way flights from Sydney to Cairns
07:00 - 20:05
Jetstar
1 stop
13h 05m
SYD - CNS
Jetstar
$245
FlightHub
04:00 - 13:00
Virgin Australia
1 stop
9h 00m
SYD - CNS
Virgin Australia
$283
Jettzy
11:00 - 18:10
Qantas Airways
2 stops
8h 10m
SYD - CNS
Qantas Airways
$335
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Related info for your journey

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

Flight FAQs

From Sydney to Cairns

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 3h 00m for a nonstop flight. There are 4 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 $272 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from Sydney to Cairns for under $272. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Multiple Airlines for just $203, but on average you can expect to pay $279.

Are there direct flights from Sydney to Cairns for under $272 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from Sydney to Cairns under $272. A good price for a direct flight from Sydney to Cairns is less than $279.

Are there last-minute flights available from Sydney to Cairns for under $272?

There are currently 20+ open flights from Sydney to Cairns within the next 7 days for less than $272.

What days are direct flights available from Sydney to Cairns?

Direct flights can be found on the following days: Sunday, Tuesday.

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.

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

Per day, 1 flight departs from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns on average.
Morning (6am - Midday) - 100% of flight departures

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 greater than that of Cairns. We can gather that this will continue over the next 11 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 $276. There are 1983 km between Sydney and Cairns. 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 $235. Another option worth looking into is Virgin Australia, starting at $250 return. Jetstar is currently priced 28% 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 $83. Users have also found prices from $101 and $205 on Jetstar and Virgin Australia, respectively.

Destination information for Cairns

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from Sydney to Cairns.
Flight duration
3h 00m
Average temperature for July in Cairns
26.0 °C
Avg rainfall for July in Cairns
39.0 mm

Airports servicing Sydney

Airports servicing Cairns

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.
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

See what time of day planes typically take off from Sydney towards Cairns.
Morning 6 AM to midday 77% of flight departures
Afternoon Midday to 6 PM 22% of flight departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 1% of flight departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 0% of flight departures
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Weekly flight availability
from Sydney to Cairns
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from Sydney to Cairns.
Sunday
5 daily flights
Monday
5 daily flights
Tuesday
2 daily flights
Wednesday
2 daily flights
Thursday
5 daily flights
Friday
5 daily flights
Saturday
4 daily flights
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