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Flights arrive in Cairns
Flights depart from Australia
Flight price $157
Airlines Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia, Airnorth Regional

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How long is the flight to Cairns?

Flights from Melbourne 3h 24m
Flights from Perth 4h 40m
Flights from Brisbane 2h 17m
Flights from Darwin 2h 32m
Flights from Sydney 3h 02m

What is the cheapest flight to Cairns?

The cheapest airline ticket to Cairns from Australia in the last 72 hours was $157 return on the route Brisbane to Cairns. The most popular route is Melbourne to Cairns and the cheapest ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $305 return.

Which airlines fly to Cairns?

In general from Australia, Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly the most to Cairns. The most popular route is from Melbourne, and Jetstar, Tigerair Australia & Qantas Airways fly this route the most.

How far is Cairns airport from central Cairns?

Cairns Airport is 4 kilometres from the centre of Cairns. View on map.

What is the name of Cairns’s airport?

Cairns is served by Cairns Airport, also commonly referred to as Cairns, Cairns Intl. The airport code is CNS.

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(Return)
Airports
Origin
Darwin
$652
only
$652
Brisbane
$157
only
$157
Coolangatta
$267
only
$267
Townsville
$273
only
$273
Melbourne
$244
only
$244
$422
only
$422
Sydney
$258
only
$258
Destination
Cairns
$157
only
$157
Wed., 16 Jan.
BNE
Brisbane
CNS
Cairns
2h 20m
Mon., 21 Jan.
CNS
Cairns
BNE
Brisbane
2h 10m
Trip: 6 days
Overall 5.4 OK
Based on 5 reviews
Overall
6.5
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
7.2
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.7
SYD
MEL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Punctual

Cons: Aircraft not the cleanest

BNE
CNS
OK 5.6

Pros: Price was good. Flight was delayed due to delay in incoming flight, and explanation was clear.

Cons: My poor spine does not like budget airline seats at all.

BNE
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Quick flight

Cons: Boring and uncomfortable

BNE
MEL
Good 7.0

Pros: Clean and tidy aircraft, pleasant crew, on time

Cons: wouldnt want a longer journey as the seats are narrow and uncomfortable

MEL
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Boarding was quick

Cons: The flight had a lot of turbulence

Wed., 12 Jun.
BNE
Brisbane
CNS
Cairns
2h 25m
Wed., 19 Jun.
CNS
Cairns
BNE
Brisbane
2h 10m
Trip: 8 days
6.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.1 Good
Based on 22 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.1
BNE
CNS
OK 5.3

Pros: All support costs a fee...not even tea was free

BNE
CNS
OK 4.0

Pros: They got me were I was going, just as it says on the tin.

Cons: Don't know what hours they work, but the crew were clearly fatigued and couldn't be bothered. They were still polite but really just could not be a***d! Flight delayed by 20 mins and no explanation until airborne.

BNE
CNS
Good 6.3

Pros: The crew were great. Very clear on the p.a. System and good service.

Cons: The seats were narrow and horribly cramped. No shaping to support your back and the tray table crushed my stomach and I am quite slim. Goodness knows how big people cope. We recently did a round The world trip with 11 flights and none were as bad as this.

BNE
CNS
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Take off and landing was very smooth. Great staff

BNE
CNS
Good 6.0

Pros: On time; baggage fees are by weight

Cons: Seats were not very comfortable; you pay extra for anything;

Fri., 11 Jan.
TSV
Townsville
CNS
Cairns
0h 55m
Sun., 13 Jan.
CNS
Cairns
TSV
Townsville
0h 55m
Trip: 3 days
8.0ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.0 Excellent
Based on 4,104 reviews
Overall
8.0
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.8
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.9
Food
7.6
SYD
MEL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Great crew and good was good

Cons: A bit of turbulence during the flight

LAX
SYD
Good 7.3

Pros: Price.

Cons: Entertainment system was old and slow. So-so food. Air New Zealand was better than Quantas for similar journey at same week of year and about the same price.

SYD
DFW
Good 6.0

Cons: Seating space was horrible! The seat in front of me, when reclined, was IN MY LAP! Headphones were bad. This LONG flight left A LOT to be desired!

SYD
SFO
Excellent 8.6

Cons: Ran out of fruit for breakfast

SYD
HNL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Food was delicious and service excellent

Cons: Slow customs in Honolulu

Mon., 14 Jan.
BNE
Brisbane
CNS
Cairns
2h 20m
Mon., 21 Jan.
CNS
Cairns
BNE
Brisbane
2h 15m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 5.4 OK
Based on 5 reviews
Overall
6.5
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
7.2
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.7
SYD
MEL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Punctual

Cons: Aircraft not the cleanest

BNE
CNS
OK 5.6

Pros: Price was good. Flight was delayed due to delay in incoming flight, and explanation was clear.

Cons: My poor spine does not like budget airline seats at all.

BNE
CNS
OK 5.6

Pros: Price was good. Flight was delayed due to delay in incoming flight, and explanation was clear.

Cons: My poor spine does not like budget airline seats at all.

BNE
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Quick flight

Cons: Boring and uncomfortable

BNE
CNS
Excellent 10.0

Pros: new plane, friendly crew, on time

Fri., 14 Jun.
BNE
Brisbane
CNS
Cairns
2h 25m
Sun., 16 Jun.
CNS
Cairns
BNE
Brisbane
2h 10m
Trip: 3 days
6.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.1 Good
Based on 22 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.1
BNE
CNS
Good 6.3

Pros: The crew were great. Very clear on the p.a. System and good service.

Cons: The seats were narrow and horribly cramped. No shaping to support your back and the tray table crushed my stomach and I am quite slim. Goodness knows how big people cope. We recently did a round The world trip with 11 flights and none were as bad as this.

OOL
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Pros: That l got sms messages regarding my flight details and where to collect my luggage!! Awesome

BNE
CNS
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Take off and landing was very smooth. Great staff

BNE
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Service is terrible, they constantly change the rules so its different every time. They don't serve beverages on domestic flights but they also don't let you bring your own. They charge per kilo for bags being overweight. They weigh your carry on plus your personal items which can only add up to 7 kg and will charge you if you are over even if by just 1kg. Do not ever fly with jetstar.

BNE
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Onboard staff are friendly and efficient.

Cons: Jetstar are unreliable, and do their best to extort more money from customers than the seemingly low initial price. Since they don't refund anything, if you need to make a change, they charge like wounded bulls and push you onto flights with inconvenient times and connections, then lie barefacedly, telling you the better flights are full.

Wed., 20 Feb.
BNE
Brisbane
CNS
Cairns
2h 20m
Mon., 25 Feb.
CNS
Cairns
BNE
Brisbane
2h 15m
Trip: 6 days
Overall 5.4 OK
Based on 5 reviews
Overall
6.5
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
7.2
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.7
BNE
CNS
Excellent 10.0

Pros: new plane, friendly crew, on time

BNE
CNS
OK 5.6

Pros: Price was good. Flight was delayed due to delay in incoming flight, and explanation was clear.

Cons: My poor spine does not like budget airline seats at all.

BNE
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Quick flight

Cons: Boring and uncomfortable

BNE
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Quick flight

Cons: Boring and uncomfortable

SYD
MEL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Punctual

Cons: Aircraft not the cleanest

Tue., 29 Jan.
AVV
Avalon
CNS
Cairns
13h 50m
Tue., 5 Feb.
CNS
Cairns
AVV
Avalon
7h 35m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue., 21 May
OOL
Gold Coast
CNS
Cairns
8h 30m
Thu., 23 May
CNS
Cairns
OOL
Gold Coast
2h 15m
Trip: 3 days
7.8GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.8 Good
Based on 2,928 reviews
Boarding
8.1
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.4
Entertainment
7.3
Food
7.2
PER
CBR
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Director flight at a good time

Cons: nothing

CBR
SYD
Excellent 8.8

Pros: Great, love the ATRs

MEL
NTL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Arrived early, departure was on time

Cons:

LAX
SYD
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Plane was really spacious. Lots of legroom. Service was great. Wifi was great. At one point it stopped working but I got on chat and they worked it out quickly.

Cons: Nothing

PER
BME
OK 5.6

Pros: Delhi to Singapore all Gud . Singapore’s to Perth all Gud but after Perth to broome no wheel chair access was provided

Tue., 5 Mar.
BNE
Brisbane
CNS
Cairns
2h 20m
Tue., 19 Mar.
CNS
Cairns
BNE
Brisbane
2h 15m
Trip: 14 days
Overall 5.4 OK
Based on 5 reviews
Overall
6.5
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
7.2
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.7
BNE
MEL
Good 7.0

Pros: Clean and tidy aircraft, pleasant crew, on time

Cons: wouldnt want a longer journey as the seats are narrow and uncomfortable

SYD
MEL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Punctual

Cons: Aircraft not the cleanest

CNS
SYD
Good 6.0

Cons: Crew in the air were fine, crew at check in was very unfriendly and tried to say I was over with baggage - 2 bags at 10kg for 2 people - I dont think so.......7kg each

OOL
MEL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Good service by friendly crew . The flight went quickly , & the landing was top notch.

MEL
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Boarding was quick

Cons: The flight had a lot of turbulence

Wed., 15 May
BNE
Brisbane
CNS
Cairns
2h 25m
Sat., 18 May
CNS
Cairns
BNE
Brisbane
2h 10m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 5.4 OK
Based on 5 reviews
Overall
6.5
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
7.2
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.7
OOL
MEL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Good service by friendly crew . The flight went quickly , & the landing was top notch.

CNS
SYD
Good 6.0

Cons: Crew in the air were fine, crew at check in was very unfriendly and tried to say I was over with baggage - 2 bags at 10kg for 2 people - I dont think so.......7kg each

BNE
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Quick flight

Cons: Boring and uncomfortable

BNE
CNS
OK 5.6

Pros: Price was good. Flight was delayed due to delay in incoming flight, and explanation was clear.

Cons: My poor spine does not like budget airline seats at all.

BNE
CNS
Good 6.0

Cons: 1 hour delay with no prior announcement

Fri., 1 Feb.
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
CNS
Cairns
3h 20m
Tue., 5 Feb.
CNS
Cairns
MEL
Melbourne & other airports
3h 25m
Trip: 5 days
6.1GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.1 Good
Based on 50 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.1
MEL
CNS
Excellent 9.6

Pros: great flight - fast and easy.

Cons: it's jetstar so seats aren't the most comfy, but for a few hours, it's just fine.

MEL
CNS
Mediocre 3.0

Pros: Excessive bag fee. Terrible food purchased. No a good airline.

MEL
CNS
Mediocre 2.6

Pros: Leg space

Cons: No complimentary beverage or coffee for $300 individual ticket oneway!!!! Very cheap customer service. Will try to avoid Jetstar wherever possible.

MEL
CNS
Good 6.0

Pros: Exactly what we expected. No entertainment no food

MEL
CNS
Excellent 10.0

Pros: I wish all airlines were as professional and prompt.

Fri., 15 Mar.
BNE
Brisbane
CNS
Cairns
2h 20m
Sun., 17 Mar.
CNS
Cairns
BNE
Brisbane
2h 15m
Trip: 3 days
Overall 5.4 OK
Based on 5 reviews
Overall
6.5
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
7.2
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.7
BNE
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Quick flight

Cons: Boring and uncomfortable

CNS
SYD
Good 6.0

Cons: Crew in the air were fine, crew at check in was very unfriendly and tried to say I was over with baggage - 2 bags at 10kg for 2 people - I dont think so.......7kg each

BNE
CNS
OK 5.6

Pros: Price was good. Flight was delayed due to delay in incoming flight, and explanation was clear.

Cons: My poor spine does not like budget airline seats at all.

MEL
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Boarding was quick

Cons: The flight had a lot of turbulence

BNE
CNS
Good 6.0

Cons: 1 hour delay with no prior announcement

Tue., 9 Apr.
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
CNS
Cairns
3h 10m
Sat., 13 Apr.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
2h 55m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 5.8 OK
Based on 94 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.1
SYD
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Pay extra $500 for my luggage. Still do not know why.

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 3.0

Cons: No food or entertainment. Seats do narrow and MINIMAL leg room

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 3.0

Pros: Same as the previous review

SYD
CNS
Good 6.0

Pros: Boarding was a breeze! Staff was very friendly

Cons: No free snacks or beverages... only available to purchase

SYD
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Extreme difficulty in check in and bag drop process waited over an hour and combined with security almost missed the flight.

Fri., 21 Dec.
DRW
Darwin
CNS
Cairns
3h 45m
Sun., 23 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
DRW
Darwin
2h 35m
Trip: 3 days
3.8MediocreShow reviews
Overall 3.8 Mediocre
Based on 2 reviews
Boarding
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Crew
6.0
Entertainment
2.0
Food
2.0
DRW
DIL
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Refused to refund my purchase when I wasn't able to use my ticket

Fri., 5 Apr.
BNE
Brisbane
CNS
Cairns
2h 25m
Mon., 8 Apr.
CNS
Cairns
BNE
Brisbane
2h 10m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 5.4 OK
Based on 5 reviews
Overall
6.5
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
7.2
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.7
BNE
CNS
Excellent 10.0

Pros: new plane, friendly crew, on time

OOL
MEL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Good service by friendly crew . The flight went quickly , & the landing was top notch.

BNE
MEL
Good 7.0

Pros: Clean and tidy aircraft, pleasant crew, on time

Cons: wouldnt want a longer journey as the seats are narrow and uncomfortable

BNE
CNS
OK 5.6

Pros: Price was good. Flight was delayed due to delay in incoming flight, and explanation was clear.

Cons: My poor spine does not like budget airline seats at all.

BNE
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Quick flight

Cons: Boring and uncomfortable

Tue., 12 Mar.
OOL
Gold Coast
CNS
Cairns
2h 25m
Sat., 16 Mar.
CNS
Cairns
OOL
Gold Coast
2h 15m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 5.2 OK
Based on 11 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.1
OOL
CNS
Mediocre 3.0

Cons: Just stay away from this airline. One of the worst in the world. Don't care about their customers at all.

OOL
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Pros: That l got sms messages regarding my flight details and where to collect my luggage!! Awesome

OOL
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Don't fall for the scam where Kayak doesn't redirect you to the airline site, but rather has you book the flight within the Kayak site. They charge you a $10US surcharge on top of the flight cost. You can just as easily type in the airline site and book (for the same cost) without paying Kayak $10. It's not well disclosed and you can google all the complaints about Travelfuson (Kayak owner) online.

MEL
DPS
Mediocre 3.6

Cons: Flight delayed over an hour then kept waiting another half hour on runway. Couldn't land straight away in Denpasar and had to circle for another 15mins

OOL
CNS
Good 6.6

Pros: I hadn’t seen the option to book my luggage so when I arrived in the airport I had to pay extra for my luggage (I assume this is more feedback for kayak then for Jetstar). The crew helped me really well to add my luggage but the extra fee was kind of a bummer.. Had a great flight, beautiful airplane and wonderful crew.

Cons: Didn’t get food or entertainment so not applicable

Mon., 14 Jan.
OOL
Gold Coast
CNS
Cairns
2h 25m
Mon., 21 Jan.
CNS
Cairns
OOL
Gold Coast
2h 15m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 5.2 OK
Based on 11 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.1
MEL
SYD
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Cheaper flight option

Cons: Multiple delays; I moved to a new seat to accommodate an exit row request with with no benefit; no snacks or entertainment

OOL
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Pros: That l got sms messages regarding my flight details and where to collect my luggage!! Awesome

SYD
AKL
OK 4.0

Cons: We were shocked to be charged $275 for two checked bags. At the point that you are checking in you are trapped and don't have a choice but to pay it. We were told that if we had paid in advance it would be cheaper, but we didn't know what the weight of our bags would be so I just figured I'd pay at the airport. They didn't say that they charge so much more at the airport - which is a total rip off. We were also harassed by not having the email that showed we purchased an Australian Visa which is digitally tied to our passport. If they need to verify our Visa, then they should have the electronic means to verify it. Also, we were traveling from Sydney to Auckland so since we were leaving the country I'm not sure why they had to see our Australian Visa in the first place. We were already in the country!

OOL
CNS
Good 6.0

Pros: Smooth flight

Cons: Extra fees were unexpected.

OOL
CNS
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Don't fall for the scam where Kayak doesn't redirect you to the airline site, but rather has you book the flight within the Kayak site. They charge you a $10US surcharge on top of the flight cost. You can just as easily type in the airline site and book (for the same cost) without paying Kayak $10. It's not well disclosed and you can google all the complaints about Travelfuson (Kayak owner) online.

Sun., 23 Jun.
BNE
Brisbane
CNS
Cairns
2h 25m
Thu., 27 Jun.
CNS
Cairns
BNE
Brisbane
2h 10m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 5.4 OK
Based on 5 reviews
Overall
6.5
Boarding
6.6
Comfort
6.1
Crew
7.2
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.7
BNE
CNS
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Quick flight

Cons: Boring and uncomfortable

BNE
CNS
Good 6.0

Cons: 1 hour delay with no prior announcement

OOL
MEL
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Good service by friendly crew . The flight went quickly , & the landing was top notch.

BNE
CNS
Excellent 10.0

Pros: new plane, friendly crew, on time

BNE
CNS
OK 5.6

Pros: Price was good. Flight was delayed due to delay in incoming flight, and explanation was clear.

Cons: My poor spine does not like budget airline seats at all.

Tue., 5 Mar.
AVV
Avalon
CNS
Cairns
13h 50m
Sat., 9 Mar.
CNS
Cairns
AVV
Avalon
6h 45m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sat., 23 Feb.
OOL
Gold Coast
CNS
Cairns
2h 25m
Tue., 26 Feb.
CNS
Cairns
OOL
Gold Coast
2h 15m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 5.2 OK
Based on 11 reviews
Overall
6.2
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.0
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
5.1
Food
5.1
PER
DPS
Good 6.6

Pros: Quick boarding, friendly staff

Cons: No TVs very basic.

OOL
CNS
Good 6.0

Pros: Smooth flight

Cons: Extra fees were unexpected.

OOL
SYD
Excellent 8.0

Pros: That l got sms messages regarding my flight details and where to collect my luggage!! Awesome

MEL
SYD
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Cheaper flight option

Cons: Multiple delays; I moved to a new seat to accommodate an exit row request with with no benefit; no snacks or entertainment

OOL
CNS
Mediocre 3.0

Cons: Just stay away from this airline. One of the worst in the world. Don't care about their customers at all.

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