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Good to know

Low season

March Best time to beat the crowds (18% less expensive on average)

High season

December Most popular time to fly (23% more expensive on average)

Average price of a return ticket

$251 (avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal for a return ticket

$235 or less

When to book flights from Sydney to Cairns

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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 $222 or less.
  • The cheapest flight from Sydney to Cairns was found, on average, 65 days before departure.
  • Book at least 4 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be November, December and January. The cheapest month to fly is March.
  • Morning departure is around 6% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
  • Direct flights from Sydney to Cairns operate daily throughout the week. These flights are operated by four domestic carriers – Qantas, Virgin Australia, and the budget airlines Jetstar and Tiger Airways Australia. All these airlines fly into T2 in Cairns, which is the domestic terminal. If you have onward international flights, you will need to switch terminals.
  • Hungry travellers waiting to catch flights from Sydney to Cairns can take advantage of a number of restaurant options at the domestic terminals of Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. From coffee shops, such as Toby’s Estate at T3 domestic terminal and burger bars – Chur Burger and Bistro 2020 in the T2 domestic terminal – there is something to suit every appetite.
  • If you are travelling to Cairns Airport to explore further afield, a good way to do this is to hire a car and collect it upon arrival. There are a number of car hire companies that have desks in the arrivals halls of both terminals. Avis, Budget, Hertz and Europcar are among the car hire companies represented at Cairns Airport.
  • For travellers with babies on flights from Sydney to Cairns, you will be happy to know that Cairns Airport has parents’ facilities in both terminals both before and after security. These are situated close to shops and places to eat and will allow you to change your baby’s nappy in peace and quiet away from the airport before any onward travels.
  • If you only have a limited amount of time in Cairns before moving on elsewhere and would like to explore the city and surrounds without carrying your luggage, there are luggage storage lockers next to the T2 Car Park Service Kiosk at Cairns Airport. The costs range between AUD6 and AUD14 depending on the locker size and the amount of time you need it for.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

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Top 3 airlines serving Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

8.0
Qantas Airways
Overall score based on 4,854 reviews
8.2
Boarding
7.8
Comfort
8.5
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
7.6
Food
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Book cheap flights from Sydney to Cairns (return)

Airports
Origin
Sydney
$274
only
$274
Destination
Cairns
$274
only
$274
Mon., 30 Nov.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Fri., 18 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 55m
Trip: 19 days
Based on null reviews
Fri., 11 Dec.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Sun., 20 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 55m
Trip: 10 days
Based on null reviews
Mon., 30 Nov.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Fri., 18 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 55m
Trip: 19 days
Based on null reviews
Sun., 19 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Fri., 31 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 50m
Trip: 13 days
Based on null reviews
Sat., 17 Oct.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 15m
Wed., 21 Oct.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 50m
Trip: 5 days
Based on null reviews
Mon., 30 Nov.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Fri., 18 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 55m
Trip: 19 days
Based on null reviews
Tue., 21 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Sat., 25 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 55m
Trip: 5 days
Based on null reviews
Tue., 21 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Sat., 25 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 50m
Trip: 5 days
Based on null reviews
Tue., 21 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Sat., 25 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 50m
Trip: 5 days
Based on null reviews
Mon., 20 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Sun., 26 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 55m
Trip: 7 days
Based on null reviews
Fri., 11 Dec.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Sun., 20 Dec.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 55m
Trip: 10 days
Based on null reviews
Tue., 15 Sep.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Tue., 22 Sep.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 50m
Trip: 8 days
Based on null reviews
Sat., 1 Aug.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Wed., 5 Aug.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 50m
Trip: 5 days
Based on null reviews
Sat., 1 Aug.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Wed., 5 Aug.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 50m
Trip: 5 days
Based on null reviews
Mon., 27 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Sun., 2 Aug.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 55m
Trip: 7 days
Based on null reviews
Thu., 16 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Sat., 25 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 50m
Trip: 10 days
Based on null reviews
Sat., 18 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Sat., 25 Jul.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 50m
Trip: 8 days
Based on null reviews
Thu., 30 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Tue., 4 Aug.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 50m
Trip: 6 days
Based on null reviews
Mon., 16 Nov.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 00m
Sat., 21 Nov.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 55m
Trip: 6 days
Based on null reviews
Sat., 15 Aug.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Sat., 22 Aug.
CNS
Cairns
SYD
Sydney Airport
2h 55m
Trip: 8 days
Based on null reviews
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Book cheap flights from Sydney to Cairns (one-way)

Airports
Origin
Sydney
$128
only
$128
Destination
Cairns
$128
only
$128
Tue., 21 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Based on null reviews
Tue., 14 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 15m
Based on null reviews
Tue., 21 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
7h 10m
Based on null reviews
Wed., 15 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 10m
Based on null reviews
Sun., 19 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Based on null reviews
Sun., 19 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Based on null reviews
Tue., 14 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Based on null reviews
Sun., 26 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Based on null reviews
Tue., 15 Sep.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
8h 40m
Based on null reviews
Sun., 26 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Based on null reviews
Tue., 14 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 10m
Based on null reviews
Tue., 21 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 10m
Based on null reviews
Tue., 14 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
4h 40m
Based on null reviews
Tue., 15 Sep.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Based on null reviews
Sun., 19 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 10m
Based on null reviews
Tue., 21 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
6h 20m
Based on null reviews
Sat., 5 Sep.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Based on null reviews
Sun., 9 Aug.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Based on null reviews
Sat., 25 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Based on null reviews
Fri., 24 Jul.
SYD
Sydney Airport
CNS
Cairns
3h 05m
Based on null reviews
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