|March||Best time to beat the crowds (18% less expensive on average)|
|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
China Eastern, Emirates and Air New Zealand have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns. Confirm policies on booking site.
The average direct flight takes 2h 55m, covering a distance of 1971 km.
There are 181 (direct) flights between Sydney and Cairns per week, averaging 25 per day.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on Jetstar ($260), Multiple Airlines ($303) and Qantas Airways ($346).
Qantas Airways (7 times daily), Jetstar (5 times daily), China Eastern (4 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
For Sydney to Cairns, Saturday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Monday is the most expensive. Flying from Cairns back to Sydney, the best deals are generally found on Thursday, with Saturday being the most expensive.
When flying out of Sydney you will be using Sydney Kingsford Smith, often referred to as Sydney Airport. You will be landing at Cairns, also known as Cairns Airport.
Smoking areas at this airport are located outside the terminal buildings. There is a no smoking policy inside the terminal buildings, so if you are a smoker, make a note of the location of the designated spaces (marked on terminal maps) and take advantage of them before going through security.
Sydney Airport offers free Wi-Fi – select ‘-FREE SYD WiFi-’, follow the registration instructions, click proceed and you can start surfing. Cairns Airport also has a Wi-Fi service in all terminals – it is free for 30 minutes in T2 and for 60 minutes in T1 – thereafter you will need to pay.
The terminals at Cairns Airport are within walking distance of each other and you can get from one to the other via a covered walkway. From T2 Arrivals to T1 Departures, follow the Green line and from T1 Arrivals to T2 Departures follow the Blue line. The walk takes between 5 and 7minutes.
If you wish to use public transport from Cairns Airport ,you will need to catch the Airport Connect bus service which, for around AUD6 one way and AUD8 return, will take you from the airport to the Sheridan Street bus stops, where you can continue your journey north towards beaches or southwards towards Cairns.
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