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Information for flights to Cairns from Adelaide

Avg. flight duration 3h 05m
Flights arrive in Cairns
Flights depart from Adelaide
Flight price $430
Distance 2,133 km
Airlines Jetstar, Virgin Australia

Good to know

Low season:
May
Best time to beat the crowds
2%
expected price decrease
High season:
July
Most popular time to fly
5%
expected price increase
Average price:
$479
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good deal:
$453
or less (return)

When to Book Flights from Adelaide to Cairns

Average price per month
Flight prices as travel date approaches
-1 day
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Top tips for finding a cheap flight

Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $452 or less.
The cheapest flight from Adelaide to Cairns was found, on average, 90 days before departure.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be June, July and August. The cheapest month to fly is May.
Morning departure is around 32% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

FAQs for Booking Flights to Cairns from Adelaide

How long does a flight from Adelaide to Cairns take?
An average non-stop flight takes 3h 00m, covering a distance of 2132 km.
How many flights are there between Adelaide and Cairns?
There are 49 (non-stop) flights between Adelaide and Cairns per week, averaging 7 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Adelaide to Cairns?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on Jetstar ($430), Multiple Airlines ($550) and Virgin Australia ($724).
Which airlines fly most frequently between Adelaide and Cairns?
Qantas Airways (2 times daily), Jetstar (2 times daily), Emirates (1 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly from Adelaide to Cairns?
For Adelaide to Cairns, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Thursday is the most expensive. Flying from Cairns back to Adelaide, the best deals are generally found on Wednesday, with Saturday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from Adelaide to Cairns (return)

Airports
Origin
Adelaide
$430
only
$430
Destination
Cairns
$430
only
$430
Tue., 15 Jan.
ADL
Adelaide
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Fri., 18 Jan.
CNS
Cairns
ADL
Adelaide
3h 10m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 10 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
ADL
CNS
OK 5.3

JetStar was the only carrier offering a non-stop from Adelaide to Cairns. That's why we chose it.

Be aware that you get a 7 kg carry-on allowance, and pay for checked luggage, by weight. Cheapest to buy when you book the ticket, can be purchased before you get to the airport, and very expensive at the airport. Seats are jammed together, very little legroom. Best to know going in that it is a low-cost, no frills, no space airlines.

SYD
MEL
Good 6.0

Efficient, convenient and quick

MEL
HBA
Good 6.0

Delayed as usual - luggage check again

HBA
MEL
OK 5.0

Flight was delayed .... it’s always delayed!!!! I just gate this airline but sometimes there just is no choice !

MEL
BNE
OK 5.0

Well I thought I was never going to see my family again as there was so much turbulence. At one time I thought the plane was going to tip over. I’m a regular traveler and have traveled the world but never encountered anything like this before. The weather seemed fine . There was no rain or thunder. So what could have caused so much turbulence?

Mon., 15 Oct.
ADL
Adelaide
CNS
Cairns
7h 15m
Mon., 22 Oct.
CNS
Cairns
ADL
Adelaide
16h 15m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu., 27 Dec.
ADL
Adelaide
CNS
Cairns
17h 45m
Wed., 2 Jan.
CNS
Cairns
ADL
Adelaide
10h 10m
Trip: 7 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 2,755 reviews
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.3
Food
7.2
SYD
MEL
Good 6.3

On time and arrived 5 minutes early. Newer 737 plane so seats didn't have that worn look and feel

Only had slices of apple or energy ball.

OOL
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Small seats

PER
BNE
Mediocre 3.3

Meal on board was probably the worst I’ve ever had on any airline, including the very cheap Asian ones. Virgin has set a new low in customer service

WLG
BNE
Excellent 8.6

No in flight entertainment

BNE
POM
Good 7.0

Not that crowded for a Monday morning flight.

Didn't have enough landing cards.

Sun., 13 Jan.
ADL
Adelaide
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Wed., 16 Jan.
CNS
Cairns
ADL
Adelaide
3h 10m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 10 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
PER
OOL
OK 4.0

Not enough to room in seats for a flight this long

SYD
MEL
Good 6.0

Efficient, convenient and quick

ADL
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

When I booked from USA thru kayak I was told I would have 1 checked bag & 1 carry on . At airport I was charged $682 for luggage cause " I didn't say I was flying with luggage "supposedly opting out of the $ 35.00 fee for luggage. Only other option was to re-book for next day loosing out of bookings in Cairns which was not an option. Many other passengers on our flight faced same predatory practices by Jetstar. Gate agent said website changed to be more transparent. This is not true Luggage fees more than doubled cost of flight. This is only direct flight from Adelaide and you're trapped ."

ADL
CNS
Excellent 8.0

Flight delayed over 3 hours but communication was good.

MEL
BNE
OK 5.0

Well I thought I was never going to see my family again as there was so much turbulence. At one time I thought the plane was going to tip over. I’m a regular traveler and have traveled the world but never encountered anything like this before. The weather seemed fine . There was no rain or thunder. So what could have caused so much turbulence?

Sat., 1 Dec.
ADL
Adelaide
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Fri., 7 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
ADL
Adelaide
3h 10m
Trip: 7 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 10 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
ADL
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

Spent 260 dollars on extra baggage fees, and you had to buy everything on board as an extra charge coffee, juice, anything. Total rip off

ADL
CNS
Good 7.2

Awesome lady at check in.

Just disappointing to need to pay for a cup of coffee. This is just too cheap to feel good about.

MEL
BNE
OK 5.0

Well I thought I was never going to see my family again as there was so much turbulence. At one time I thought the plane was going to tip over. I’m a regular traveler and have traveled the world but never encountered anything like this before. The weather seemed fine . There was no rain or thunder. So what could have caused so much turbulence?

ADL
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Smooth ride

I'm a thin man and am 5'9" (pretty average height) and I couldn't fit comfortably in my seat. The space between rows was so tight my knees were squished into the seat in front of me.

ADL
CNS
OK 5.5

I was charged $50 dollars for the check-in luggage that I was not happy. I booked the airticket very early so I was not sure the weight of my luggage would be. I get used to have the free check- in luggage so I forgot about it until I did it at the airport. I prefer the airline to have the charge including the luggage into the airfare than check how many Kg of luggage the customers take at the airport. This makes the procedure of check-in take more time.

Sun., 2 Dec.
ADL
Adelaide
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Sat., 8 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
ADL
Adelaide
3h 10m
Trip: 7 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 10 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
HBA
MEL
OK 5.0

Flight was delayed .... it’s always delayed!!!! I just gate this airline but sometimes there just is no choice !

ADL
CNS
OK 5.3

JetStar was the only carrier offering a non-stop from Adelaide to Cairns. That's why we chose it.

Be aware that you get a 7 kg carry-on allowance, and pay for checked luggage, by weight. Cheapest to buy when you book the ticket, can be purchased before you get to the airport, and very expensive at the airport. Seats are jammed together, very little legroom. Best to know going in that it is a low-cost, no frills, no space airlines.

ADL
CNS
Good 7.2

Awesome lady at check in.

Just disappointing to need to pay for a cup of coffee. This is just too cheap to feel good about.

PER
OOL
OK 4.0

Not enough to room in seats for a flight this long

ADL
CNS
Excellent 8.0

Flight delayed over 3 hours but communication was good.

Sat., 24 Nov.
ADL
Adelaide
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Sat., 1 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
ADL
Adelaide
3h 10m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 10 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
ADL
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

When I booked from USA thru kayak I was told I would have 1 checked bag & 1 carry on . At airport I was charged $682 for luggage cause " I didn't say I was flying with luggage "supposedly opting out of the $ 35.00 fee for luggage. Only other option was to re-book for next day loosing out of bookings in Cairns which was not an option. Many other passengers on our flight faced same predatory practices by Jetstar. Gate agent said website changed to be more transparent. This is not true Luggage fees more than doubled cost of flight. This is only direct flight from Adelaide and you're trapped ."

SYD
MEL
Good 6.0

Efficient, convenient and quick

ADL
CNS
OK 5.5

I was charged $50 dollars for the check-in luggage that I was not happy. I booked the airticket very early so I was not sure the weight of my luggage would be. I get used to have the free check- in luggage so I forgot about it until I did it at the airport. I prefer the airline to have the charge including the luggage into the airfare than check how many Kg of luggage the customers take at the airport. This makes the procedure of check-in take more time.

MEL
HBA
Good 6.0

Delayed as usual - luggage check again

MEL
BNE
OK 5.0

Well I thought I was never going to see my family again as there was so much turbulence. At one time I thought the plane was going to tip over. I’m a regular traveler and have traveled the world but never encountered anything like this before. The weather seemed fine . There was no rain or thunder. So what could have caused so much turbulence?

Tue., 25 Sep.
ADL
Adelaide
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Mon., 1 Oct.
CNS
Cairns
ADL
Adelaide
3h 15m
Trip: 7 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 10 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
ADL
CNS
Good 7.2

Awesome lady at check in.

Just disappointing to need to pay for a cup of coffee. This is just too cheap to feel good about.

ADL
CNS
OK 5.5

I was charged $50 dollars for the check-in luggage that I was not happy. I booked the airticket very early so I was not sure the weight of my luggage would be. I get used to have the free check- in luggage so I forgot about it until I did it at the airport. I prefer the airline to have the charge including the luggage into the airfare than check how many Kg of luggage the customers take at the airport. This makes the procedure of check-in take more time.

MEL
HBA
Good 6.0

Delayed as usual - luggage check again

MEL
BNE
OK 5.0

Well I thought I was never going to see my family again as there was so much turbulence. At one time I thought the plane was going to tip over. I’m a regular traveler and have traveled the world but never encountered anything like this before. The weather seemed fine . There was no rain or thunder. So what could have caused so much turbulence?

ADL
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

Spent 260 dollars on extra baggage fees, and you had to buy everything on board as an extra charge coffee, juice, anything. Total rip off

Wed., 10 Oct.
ADL
Adelaide
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Thu., 11 Oct.
CNS
Cairns
ADL
Adelaide
3h 15m
Trip: 2 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 10 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
ADL
CNS
OK 5.3

JetStar was the only carrier offering a non-stop from Adelaide to Cairns. That's why we chose it.

Be aware that you get a 7 kg carry-on allowance, and pay for checked luggage, by weight. Cheapest to buy when you book the ticket, can be purchased before you get to the airport, and very expensive at the airport. Seats are jammed together, very little legroom. Best to know going in that it is a low-cost, no frills, no space airlines.

MEL
HBA
Good 6.0

Delayed as usual - luggage check again

ADL
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

Spent 260 dollars on extra baggage fees, and you had to buy everything on board as an extra charge coffee, juice, anything. Total rip off

ADL
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

When I booked from USA thru kayak I was told I would have 1 checked bag & 1 carry on . At airport I was charged $682 for luggage cause " I didn't say I was flying with luggage "supposedly opting out of the $ 35.00 fee for luggage. Only other option was to re-book for next day loosing out of bookings in Cairns which was not an option. Many other passengers on our flight faced same predatory practices by Jetstar. Gate agent said website changed to be more transparent. This is not true Luggage fees more than doubled cost of flight. This is only direct flight from Adelaide and you're trapped ."

SYD
MEL
Good 6.0

Efficient, convenient and quick

Sun., 2 Dec.
ADL
Adelaide
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Fri., 7 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
ADL
Adelaide
3h 10m
Trip: 6 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 10 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
ADL
CNS
Good 7.2

Awesome lady at check in.

Just disappointing to need to pay for a cup of coffee. This is just too cheap to feel good about.

ADL
CNS
OK 5.5

I was charged $50 dollars for the check-in luggage that I was not happy. I booked the airticket very early so I was not sure the weight of my luggage would be. I get used to have the free check- in luggage so I forgot about it until I did it at the airport. I prefer the airline to have the charge including the luggage into the airfare than check how many Kg of luggage the customers take at the airport. This makes the procedure of check-in take more time.

SYD
MEL
Good 6.0

Efficient, convenient and quick

ADL
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

Spent 260 dollars on extra baggage fees, and you had to buy everything on board as an extra charge coffee, juice, anything. Total rip off

ADL
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

When I booked from USA thru kayak I was told I would have 1 checked bag & 1 carry on . At airport I was charged $682 for luggage cause " I didn't say I was flying with luggage "supposedly opting out of the $ 35.00 fee for luggage. Only other option was to re-book for next day loosing out of bookings in Cairns which was not an option. Many other passengers on our flight faced same predatory practices by Jetstar. Gate agent said website changed to be more transparent. This is not true Luggage fees more than doubled cost of flight. This is only direct flight from Adelaide and you're trapped ."

Mon., 5 Nov.
ADL
Adelaide
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Sun., 11 Nov.
CNS
Cairns
ADL
Adelaide
3h 10m
Trip: 7 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 10 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
ADL
CNS
OK 5.3

JetStar was the only carrier offering a non-stop from Adelaide to Cairns. That's why we chose it.

Be aware that you get a 7 kg carry-on allowance, and pay for checked luggage, by weight. Cheapest to buy when you book the ticket, can be purchased before you get to the airport, and very expensive at the airport. Seats are jammed together, very little legroom. Best to know going in that it is a low-cost, no frills, no space airlines.

ADL
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

Spent 260 dollars on extra baggage fees, and you had to buy everything on board as an extra charge coffee, juice, anything. Total rip off

ADL
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

When I booked from USA thru kayak I was told I would have 1 checked bag & 1 carry on . At airport I was charged $682 for luggage cause " I didn't say I was flying with luggage "supposedly opting out of the $ 35.00 fee for luggage. Only other option was to re-book for next day loosing out of bookings in Cairns which was not an option. Many other passengers on our flight faced same predatory practices by Jetstar. Gate agent said website changed to be more transparent. This is not true Luggage fees more than doubled cost of flight. This is only direct flight from Adelaide and you're trapped ."

ADL
CNS
Excellent 8.0

Flight delayed over 3 hours but communication was good.

MEL
HBA
Good 6.0

Delayed as usual - luggage check again

Tue., 18 Dec.
ADL
Adelaide
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Wed., 2 Jan.
CNS
Cairns
ADL
Adelaide
10h 10m
Trip: 16 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 10 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
MEL
BNE
OK 5.0

Well I thought I was never going to see my family again as there was so much turbulence. At one time I thought the plane was going to tip over. I’m a regular traveler and have traveled the world but never encountered anything like this before. The weather seemed fine . There was no rain or thunder. So what could have caused so much turbulence?

ADL
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

Spent 260 dollars on extra baggage fees, and you had to buy everything on board as an extra charge coffee, juice, anything. Total rip off

ADL
CNS
OK 5.3

JetStar was the only carrier offering a non-stop from Adelaide to Cairns. That's why we chose it.

Be aware that you get a 7 kg carry-on allowance, and pay for checked luggage, by weight. Cheapest to buy when you book the ticket, can be purchased before you get to the airport, and very expensive at the airport. Seats are jammed together, very little legroom. Best to know going in that it is a low-cost, no frills, no space airlines.

ADL
CNS
OK 5.5

I was charged $50 dollars for the check-in luggage that I was not happy. I booked the airticket very early so I was not sure the weight of my luggage would be. I get used to have the free check- in luggage so I forgot about it until I did it at the airport. I prefer the airline to have the charge including the luggage into the airfare than check how many Kg of luggage the customers take at the airport. This makes the procedure of check-in take more time.

SYD
MEL
Good 6.0

Efficient, convenient and quick

Wed., 19 Dec.
ADL
Adelaide
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Wed., 2 Jan.
CNS
Cairns
ADL
Adelaide
8h 50m
Trip: 15 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 10 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
HBA
MEL
OK 5.0

Flight was delayed .... it’s always delayed!!!! I just gate this airline but sometimes there just is no choice !

ADL
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

Spent 260 dollars on extra baggage fees, and you had to buy everything on board as an extra charge coffee, juice, anything. Total rip off

ADL
CNS
OK 5.3

JetStar was the only carrier offering a non-stop from Adelaide to Cairns. That's why we chose it.

Be aware that you get a 7 kg carry-on allowance, and pay for checked luggage, by weight. Cheapest to buy when you book the ticket, can be purchased before you get to the airport, and very expensive at the airport. Seats are jammed together, very little legroom. Best to know going in that it is a low-cost, no frills, no space airlines.

MEL
HBA
Good 6.0

Delayed as usual - luggage check again

ADL
CNS
Excellent 8.0

Flight delayed over 3 hours but communication was good.

Fri., 21 Dec.
ADL
Adelaide
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Fri., 28 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
ADL
Adelaide
10h 55m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 10 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
ADL
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Smooth ride

I'm a thin man and am 5'9" (pretty average height) and I couldn't fit comfortably in my seat. The space between rows was so tight my knees were squished into the seat in front of me.

ADL
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

When I booked from USA thru kayak I was told I would have 1 checked bag & 1 carry on . At airport I was charged $682 for luggage cause " I didn't say I was flying with luggage "supposedly opting out of the $ 35.00 fee for luggage. Only other option was to re-book for next day loosing out of bookings in Cairns which was not an option. Many other passengers on our flight faced same predatory practices by Jetstar. Gate agent said website changed to be more transparent. This is not true Luggage fees more than doubled cost of flight. This is only direct flight from Adelaide and you're trapped ."

ADL
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Nothing

Spent 260 dollars on extra baggage fees, and you had to buy everything on board as an extra charge coffee, juice, anything. Total rip off

ADL
CNS
Excellent 8.0

Flight delayed over 3 hours but communication was good.

ADL
CNS
Good 7.2

Awesome lady at check in.

Just disappointing to need to pay for a cup of coffee. This is just too cheap to feel good about.

Fri., 28 Sep.
ADL
Adelaide
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Fri., 5 Oct.
CNS
Cairns
ADL
Adelaide
8h 30m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 5.5 OK
Based on 10 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.0
Food
5.1
ADL
CNS
Good 7.2

Awesome lady at check in.

Just disappointing to need to pay for a cup of coffee. This is just too cheap to feel good about.

SYD
MEL
Good 6.0

Efficient, convenient and quick

HBA
MEL
OK 5.0

Flight was delayed .... it’s always delayed!!!! I just gate this airline but sometimes there just is no choice !

PER
OOL
OK 4.0

Not enough to room in seats for a flight this long

ADL
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

When I booked from USA thru kayak I was told I would have 1 checked bag & 1 carry on . At airport I was charged $682 for luggage cause " I didn't say I was flying with luggage "supposedly opting out of the $ 35.00 fee for luggage. Only other option was to re-book for next day loosing out of bookings in Cairns which was not an option. Many other passengers on our flight faced same predatory practices by Jetstar. Gate agent said website changed to be more transparent. This is not true Luggage fees more than doubled cost of flight. This is only direct flight from Adelaide and you're trapped ."

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