Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Virgin Australia, Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from Cairns to Brisbane. Confirm policies on booking site.
Etihad Airways does not allow booking a middle seat on flights from Cairns to Brisbane.
The average direct flight takes 2h 05m, covering a distance of 1392 km.
There are 298 (direct) flights between Cairns and Brisbane per week, averaging 42 per day.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest one-way tickets were found on Jetstar ($88) and Virgin Australia ($101), and the lowest round-trip tickets have been found on Jetstar ($139) and Virgin Australia ($296).
Qantas Airways (10 times daily), Etihad Airways (8 times daily), Virgin Australia (8 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
From Cairns to Brisbane, Sunday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Wednesday is the most expensive. Flying from Brisbane back to Cairns , the best deals are generally found on Wednesday, with Friday being the most expensive.
When flying out of Cairns you will be using Cairns, often referred to as Cairns Airport. You will be landing at Brisbane, also known as Brisbane Airport.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "Qantas always gives great service"
Cons: "Qantas is always delayed leaving"
Pros: "Good entertainment, tasty food, easy boarding and disembarking"
Pros: "All as expected."
Cons: "Crew could have been more pleasant."
Cons: "They didn’t leave my food. They took it away."
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "No inflight entertainment available."
Pros: "Great flight. Efficient and great service."
Cons: "Seats very uncomfortable.. glad it was only a few hours."
Cons: "Always a pleasure to fly with qantas"
Cons: "The seats were too narrow and uncomfortable"
Pros: "all good"
Cons: "all good"
Pros: "The braised beef dinner was excellent, the crew were really helpful and the entertainment good. Arrived early as well.Qantas seems to have great pilots as very little in the way of bumpiness on landing. So well done guys."
Cons: "Nothing much. I have long legs so it's hard to get comfortable enough to sleep."
Pros: "The service was really good"
Cons: "My bag was broken when it came off the plane so I wasn’t happy about that."
Pros: "Service fantastic"
Cons: "Food was a bit ordinary but on a short flight understandable"
Pros: "We eventually got to our destination safely although very stressed"
Cons: "The plane from Sydney to Brisbane was awful. The section where we were seated had a permanent cover over the windows, ours and others near us, over a large section. This was really claustrophobic. It was like being in a closed in tin can. It should be disclosed that the window seat is not a window seat so you have the option to change to somewhere else. The seats are really quite cramped. A huge delay"
Cons: "No complaints"
Pros: "The seats were comfy."
Cons: "I booked through Budget Air and was initially online able to confirm seats and meals for my husband and I online with Qantas easily. Months out my flight was cancelled and I was rebooked onto a later flight that would have made us miss all of our transfers to our honeymoon on Fitzroy Island. Because I had booked through 'a 3rd party' Qantas refused to assist me. I managed to convince budget air to change our flights. We were moved to a jetstar flight from Melbourne to cairns. I had to confirm that this had occurred and go through multiple people online to reallocate seats and food options for my husband and myself again. Only my luggage allowance was carried across to jetstar and neither of our meal allowances were. When it came to online check-in with jetstar I could not check my husband in online only myself. I spoke to multiple people online who all confirmed they didn't know why or there was no problem and we should just present ID and check in in person. When we got to the airport Qantas had not transferred the e-ticket code across for my husband's booking and this is why we could not check him in online. The jetstar staff had to try to get his original booking code from Qantas. As it turned out I had to original booking code through budget Air in my hand and had to assert this information to staff. Flying back we were able to check in online fine with Qantas. Our boarding passes printed different sizes but did not present a problem when we dropped off our luggage. When we sent to check in the staff member couldn't get the smaller pass to read and my husband had to assert that he also had it on his phone. Despite all of my online conversations the aisle seat was allocated to me and not my husband who required it because of a medical condition and the flight was 30min delayed. We won't be traveling with Qantas or jetstar, or booking through budget Air again."
Cons: "Flight attendant kept forgetting to turn the entertainment back on after an announcement. Flight attendant sounded unprofessional over PA Would like more snacks - savoury and sweet, instead of just savoury. Snack was not sufficient for a 3 hour flight landing at 9pm. Had to wait on plane while airbridge was brought to the plane so everyone could disembark - “they weren’t expecting the flight!!” Whole flight still waiting for luggage after 55 minutes of standing at carousel and only after 55 minutes an announcement to say handlers are tending to a departure and we have to wait another 10 minutes - a whole hour for luggage - take carry on only next time!!!! 4 flights collecting luggage from the one carousel!!"
Pros: "Boarding was very efficient and on time - flight was exceptionally smooth and arrival in Brisbane was 45 minutes early - keep up yjr good schedule"
Cons: "Not much to mention at this point - all good"
Cons: "In flight wifi and entertainment didnt work"
Pros: "Qantas staff unfailingly helpful and courteous."
Cons: "A more suitable lunch that could be eaten more easily , the quiche in a fidley box and nothing to w eat it on was trying."
Pros: "Helpful staff, well informed"
Cons: "My family of 4 were not seated together even though all four tickets were purchased together in the same booking. After booking through KAYAK for flights, the on-line check-in process was a nightmare with the KAYAK booking number not matching the information required by QANTAS. As my children were all spread over the plane, and two son's look very similar, a hostess almost did not serve one of my son's a meal as she believed my son had already received a meal further forward in the plane. Thankfully, upon checking, the hostess realised that it was a case of mistaken identity."
Pros: "Pillow and blanket made the trip much for comfortable"
Cons: "There was no entertainment on board. There was provision for iPads in the backs of the seat, but none provided. There were drop down TVs but the audio was not working. Had I known in advance that this would be the case, I would have been able to prepare my own device and headphones."
Pros: "Complimentary Inflight drink and the effort from crew to accommodate English second language passengers in my row."
Cons: "I could not eat the food"
Pros: "Entertainment for the kids Healthy food The crew were great and interactive"
Cons: "Too much pressure for the ears"
Cons: "Qantas mucked up my seating and then tried to tell me maybe it was just my use of the booking system."
Pros: "Everything was great - arrived early. Excellent service."
Pros: "Overall good flight and staff nice and friendly"
Cons: "Nothing comes,to mind"
Pros: "Great entertainment and new release movies. Food was great"
Cons: "The man in front kept jamming his chair into my knees just so he could get back as far as he could, despite the only thing stopping this was my actual legs, when I tried to explain that he got a little abusive. Iv got got some light bruising on my right knee. Food was better then expected and am happy to fly Qantas again"
Cons: "Food, I cannot get an option to have a Cheese platter. The food has been prepared too far in advance and is tasteless and full or preservatives."
Cons: "The dinner meal was dried and pretty disappointing as was the media selection in coach vlass"
Pros: "Thank you Qantas I enjoyed the flight, the service was excellent. Cabin crews were friendly. Overall excellent."
Cons: "There is nothing that I dislike."
Pros: "Business class seats are private and allow for lay flat sleeping"
Cons: "Would have prefered to fly Emirates."
Pros: "Helpful service and comfortable seats"
Pros: "Comfortable plane. Good entertainment. Very nice chicken salad. Friendly staff."
Cons: "The soggy pies were a bit, well, soggy ... The changeover at Dubai seemed unnecessary. Having to go through security tho get from airside to airside was a bit daft. The crew gave little information on how that changeover was going to happen, and when they did it was just before landing."
Pros: "Snack and Qantas Entertainment app"
Pros: "The no fuss but highly professional approach of the cabin crew. The level of comfort in the cabin, with a business class upgrade."
Cons: "I dont like having to track the distance through the outside lounge in both directions to get to the Business Lounge. The Business Lounge is frequently busy and noisy. Very hard to conduct a phone conversation from."
Pros: "Everything on time."
Pros: "Amazing crew and staff."
Cons: "No vegetetarian food option, seat 16f was soiled, fold down tray had sticky residue from previous flight(s)."
Pros: "Close to two hours delay leaving Australia"
Pros: "Like the staff -so down to earth Australian -no airs and graces like some other airlines. No fuss service. Always very helpful.You actually get food and drinks gratis on Qantas! The craft are always clean and well maintained. Easy to check in on line too. Offered in flight entertainment but didn't require it."
Cons: "We boarded a bit late -so there was a bit of waiting around without being advised of what was happening. But we figured when we saw a man in a wheel-chair being helped on before everyone else that -that was the issue. So happy to wait."
Cons: "Hot food disgusting."
Pros: "I booked by flight last minute due to a family emergency overseas. As such, I arrived to the airport a little later than I should have, the passengers had boarded the flight. The ground crew couldn't have been nicer in expediting my boarding and getting me on the flight. I can't thank them enough. Top service. Thank you. The flight still arrived 25 min early after great snack and smooth flight."
Cons: "Announce the app download well before boarding so that I can get it. I never had a chance"
Cons: "It would have been a normal trip but we were delayed about an hour in Cairns because the passenger count didn’t add up to what the computer said. This made it very tight to catch our next flight. Barely had time to use the bathroom."
Pros: "Crew great. Very grateful for the cuppa"
Cons: "Headrest low for a tall person. Shoulders sort of rested on it. Notconfy"
Pros: "Free WiFi and a snack of crackers and a dip."
Cons: "All good!"
Pros: "Toilets were more spacious than normal"
Pros: "fast boarding"
Cons: "better movies"
Cons: "WiFi didn't work and the movies were dubbed over"
Pros: "Smooth access and staff persona."
Pros: "Service helpful"
Pros: "Flight where great"
Pros: "Absolutely nothing?"
Cons: "The staff were very rude. The seats did not recline. The flight sucked. I will NEVER EVER FLY VIRGIN EVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Pros: "I loved the food and friendly airline staff. They were very accommodating."
Cons: "I have no complaints."
Pros: "Smooth flight and on time departure and arrival."
Cons: "Staff need training in using the sound system, speaking slowly and clearly."
Pros: "Good service, friendly staff. Amazing how fast they board a plane!"
Pros: "-Professional, clean. Staff seemed happy to be there. -Use of both front and rear boarding allows for faster departure."
Cons: "-Need clearer instructions or a crew member to direct passengers to front or back of plane. -In flight entertainment depends on predownload of an app."
Pros: "Flight was comfortable and ran smoothly"
Cons: "It left 50 mins so I got into Brisbane half an hour late"
Pros: "attentive service and relatively comfortable, easy boarding and disembarking"
Cons: "Meal/snack/food was atrocious, was the most disappointing excuse of a snack. We had a choice of a few pieces of cut apple or an extremely thin sad looking granola bar. Expect airlines that offer “full service” to offer something better for the price, also the fact that no fixed TVs or iPads and you have to use your phone to watch movies, at least get a phone holder on the back of the seat."
Pros: "Priority boarding is great"
Pros: "Quick and efficient once we boarded"
Cons: "Seats small. One crew member had massive attitude Was getting very upset at Asians who kept trying to switch seats. She was, in my opinion, unprofessional with her comments and was taking it very personal."
Pros: "The staff and service was nice and friendly. The plane took off right on time and I liked that it even arrived early. The price was good too."
Cons: "No headphones offered like Qantas."
Pros: "It was a full flight but take off and landing were on time and staff and service was good and friendly."
Pros: "Staff were excellent.... Best flight I've had in a long time"
Cons: "I missed my plane.so i lost money.but you wouldn't care you made money..sad"
Pros: "Check in was easy and the flight was on time. Good service"
Pros: "Great service"
Cons: "legroom too small and food was minor snack."
Pros: "Courteous, friendly staff."
Pros: "Great plane, good service and attitude of the flight attendants."
Cons: "We were delayed due to weather. Nothing the airline can do about it. But still do t like it. Great"
Pros: "Great boarding and efficient flight"
Cons: "The crew - unsmiling, unfriendly and seemed to hate their jobs. Food - meusli bar !"
Cons: "Virgin was responsible for our transfer and did very little to help their international travelers"
Pros: "Boarding procedures were good, check in went smoothly."
Cons: "Horrible attitude of crew, didn't appear to care for their passengers or concerns. No entertainment available and assistance for such not provided even when requested. Food ?"
Pros: "Easy bording process. Left early and smooth flight."
Pros: "The flight was very good."
Cons: "What I didn't like was having my flight changed from the original 7 pm to 5 hours earlier! It messed up our arrangements and meetings with others."
Pros: "The checking-in in Perth domestic terminal was very fast. The flight was less uncomfortable than usual for the economy class."
Cons: "The lack of food options."
Pros: "Flight attendants recognized my discomfort, asked about pain. Gave me ice, pain medication and water for my toothache. Great job."
Cons: "The toothache."
Pros: "Like the corporate image & modern design of different facilities etc. The check-in was nice & smooth."
Cons: "No greeting or smile from crew staff (I think it's important as it shows welcoming)."
Cons: "rude check in staff poor safety issues no comms when diverted to another airport damaged luggage AGAIN..."
Cons: "Crying babies!"
Cons: "no entertainment only back lab was available long ques i only fly virgin at least 6 x times a year"
Pros: "Flight crew were lovely."
Cons: "Got told to "sit back down and don't worry" when our first flight was delayed, after I asked the lady at the gate that we may miss our connecting flight. She put other customers on different flights to make their connections, but when I approached was denied, and ensured we would make out next flight. Missed the next flight and had to wait another 3.5 hours for the next flight, even after explaining the situation to a gentleman at the customer service desk, he said he could not help us, and gave my partner and i am $8 food voucher while we waited as a 'sorry'. Then on the way home another 30 min delay. horrible first experience flying, Was very disappointed in the customer service & missed my brothers wedding. I should have booked Qantas instead of Virgin."
Pros: "like that the cabin crew didn't come around and there snacks and refreshments were provided, perhaps it would be good to make a mention of this on the flight before, so everyone is aware though."
Cons: "The flight was delayed and I missed my connecting flight. Had been travelling for 30 hours and just wanted to get home but didn't get home till 4 after the time I meant to arrive."
Pros: "Departed on time. Nice smooth fast flight"
Pros: "Automatic check-in was really easy to use and everything worked very well and looked modern and stylish. Flight was great, very smooth, good service and the airplane was in great condition. Luggage arrived on the belt very quick after landing."
Cons: "WiFi on airplane did not work."
Pros: "Departure on time"
Pros: "Flight depart on time and arrive a bit earlier than expected Cabin crews are very imformative and friendly with smile always on their faces."
Cons: "Chair was too small and couldn't lean backward which was quite unconfortable."
Pros: "It didnt happen so not much"
Cons: "They cancelled the flight and didnt tell me. The only reason i knew is Tripcase sent me a notification"
Cons: "Airline lost our bags on way to Australia so we had to buy extra clothing and personal items while here. Then airline charges us $65 because our bags are overweight with the things we had to buy because of lost bags."
Pros: "Boarding was easy"
Cons: "Been ontime"
Pros: "Plane was clean. Crew were professional. Ahead of schedule arrival."
Cons: "It's an economy airline, so it has the usual compromises on entertainment and refreshments."
Pros: "They charge extra for a seat, carryon bags, soda... most expensive carrier"
Pros: "All were very good."
Pros: "Aircraft had a device holder. Good idea!"
Pros: "It was clean and spacious."
Cons: "I wish entertainment and/or snacks were provided."
Pros: "Domestic flight, no entertainment on board staff just, can't even get a glass of water,"
Cons: "The flight was delayed which caused us to miss the last shuttle bus for the car hire company - we had to catch a cab instead - luckily the car hire company reimbursed us for the cab fare, even though it wasn't their fault."
Pros: "Don’t expect miracles"
Cons: "Staff rude..was very cold and we also dindt get any glass of water never use this company anymore"
Pros: "Loved we departed on time & landed a little early"
Cons: "That we had to abort a landing & circle round to try again."
Pros: "We paid for extra legroom seats because we were so uncomfortable on the flight up to Cairns. It was worth the money to be comfortable. As it happens it was an older plane with more room anyway."
Cons: "Was disgusted that I had only a 6kg small carryon suitcase & a laptop in my handbag (6kg) and had my carryon taken off me & put on the next flight & not getting delivered until 10pm tonight!!! Plus had to pay $60 and buy some clothes to wear to event tonight as luggage won’t arrive in time. Will never fly Jetstar again!!!"
Pros: "Perfect landing!"
Pros: "no concerns - had a seat free next to me which made it a pretty perfect flight"
Pros: "Staff was courteous On time"
Cons: "We had to pay to check in our luggage Seats were uncomfortable Nothing to drink for free, coffee or water would Ben appreciated No entertainment"
Pros: "The women sitting next to us had on enough perfume to gag anyone. My wife doesn't swell to well, and it nearly made her vomit."
Cons: "The women sitting next to us had on enough perfume to gag anyone. My wife doesn't swell to well, and it nearly made her vomit. Now in flight service provided except water on request."
Cons: "Not one of the better airlines."
Cons: "Boarding was late and congested Not organized"
Pros: "Very capable crew flying in terrible conditions with high winds. Flights after our take off were suspended due to appalling weather."
Cons: "There's little to like. Extremely cramped conditions. Poor food and beverage. Avoid if you possibly can."
Cons: "All food and drink service needed to be purchased. Had an issue with a lost wallet left on the plane, and limited help in retrieving it."
Cons: "Impossible to sleep"
Pros: "Clean planes."
Cons: "Hidden last minute weight fees on carry ons. In our case an extra $360. This is apparently a common complaint. Terrible scam."
Pros: "Nice crew"
Cons: "The plane was freezing, and there were no TVs for entertainment or blankets to help mitigate the cold"
Pros: "Friendly Staff"
Cons: "There was a huge delay, all the flights I bypassed with Virgin because they didn't leave early enough left long before us. While we were waiting they didn't even post anything at the gate. Once on the plane the seats were among the tightest I have ever experienced. They even charge for coffee. I won't use them again if I have an option."
Pros: "Boarded on time"
Cons: "15 mins late departing"
Pros: "Fairly efficient, cheaper price."
Cons: "Had employee going down boarding line with a scale charging extra $50 if you were over their ridiculously low weight limit for a carry on bag. Had no problem with same bag on numerous other airlines."
Cons: "Surcharge up to $160 if exceeding 7kg of all your carry on bags (including personal item). Rude employees relating this info to me and my husband."
Pros: "So many problems with them trying to add baggage fees at gate that there is nothing that can get me to fly Jet Star again. We were under the 7kg checkin bag requirements so they started weighing our personal items to put us over so they could charge another $50. The line got slowed to the point they had to stop this scam."
Pros: "I have used this airline several times for short (2h30) and long (8h) haul flights and they are just aweful. Only certain people get food (even on the long haul), horrible staff that look down on you and ignore you, uncomfortable seats that make you feel like a sardine. Just aweful"
Pros: "Won't book with jet star again"
Pros: "I have taken 2 Jetstar flights this week and both departed over an hour late ! Frustrating!"
Pros: "Had a seatbelt"
Cons: "Seat did not recline. Crew said was broken. Second crew said didn't recline because near exit. Think should be informed of this when allocated seat"
Pros: "At Cairns they placed me on an earlier flight Thank you"
Cons: "As above"
Pros: "The cabin crew were most helpful in helping me get out of the plane first, and escorting me into the terminal to find the fastest way of getting to the international terminal. I am most thankful to them."
Cons: "The flight left 2+ hours late and I nearly missed my international connection in Brisbane"
Cons: "I thought my ears were deceiving me when they mentioned 3 AUD for lavatory use! Inhumane! And that's on top of having to pay for my check-in luggage. I felt completely dooped! Traveling through the outback, I had no scale, no wifi, etc. And after paying an exorbitant amount, we were STILL given hassles for our carry-on.. Apparently if you "wear" your luggage on your body, it's free of charge (but on aggregate, it still adds to weight & balance of the plane). And how this all contributes to fast handling is beyond me. Moronic rules! Of all the great times I had in Australia, JetStar was the only utter disappointment I had to endure! Never again!"
Pros: "Fast check in process, fast boarding"
Cons: "Overpriced excess of luggage. Classic trick only used by the cheapest airline companies."
Cons: "Serve a hot pot pie without cutlery! Charge for coffee and pop, not even getting one free?"
Cons: "No entertainment"
Pros: "Nothing. Thought we had booked Qantas and got Jetstar"
Cons: "That the flight ran late That the menu is disgusting. Nothing fresh. No originaliry"
Cons: "Flight was actually Jetstar so the service was worse and no meals were included on a long flight."
Pros: "We can't remember his name but the cabin crew leader was excellent with a great sense of humour. He really "made" the trip. He was also firm but in a polite way when someone stood up before they should have. We didn't have anything to eat so can't comment on the food. Carolyn and Andrew Dowling"
Cons: "2h delay"
Cons: "The flight was delayed then check in staff were rude"
Pros: "Nice new plane. On time. Infant travel cot can be checked for free."
Cons: "Turned up at the airport and they wanted $50 for the first 15 kg then $15 PER KILO for checked baggage. I had tried prepaying on my mobile phone and they wanted $50 plus a $25 service fee. Turns out if you use a laptop there is no additional $25 fee. Don't wait until you get to the airport to pay for checked baggage! Only free beverage is water. Soft drinks are charged for. No free pretzels or anything."
Pros: "Competitive price"
Cons: "Cramped and minimal service"
Airlines flying from Cairns to Brisbane have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Cairns to Brisbane
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights from Cairns to Brisbane