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Find cheap flights from Sydney to Cairns from $123

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Cheap flight deals from Sydney to Cairns (SYD-CNS)

Here are some of the best deals found on KAYAK recently from the most popular airlines for round-trip flights from Sydney to Cairns that are departing in the next months. While these flights were available on KAYAK in the last 72 hours, prices and availability are subject to change and deals may expire.
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06:10 - 09:15SYD-CNS
3h 05mdirect
18:55 - 21:50CNS-SYD
2h 55mdirect
$190Jetstar
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Sat, 11 May - Wed, 15 May
19:45 - 22:50SYD-CNS
3h 05mdirect
18:55 - 21:50CNS-SYD
2h 55mdirect
$213Jetstar
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Mon, 6 May - Wed, 8 May
19:45 - 22:50SYD-CNS
3h 05mdirect
18:55 - 21:50CNS-SYD
2h 55mdirect
$227Jetstar
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Fri, 10 May - Sun, 12 May
15:10 - 18:15SYD-CNS
3h 05mdirect
10:15 - 13:10CNS-SYD
2h 55mdirect
$245Jetstar
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Fri, 21 Jun - Tue, 25 Jun
19:45 - 22:50SYD-CNS
3h 05mdirect
06:00 - 10:40CNS-SYD
4h 40m1 stop
Fri, 21 Jun - Tue, 25 Jun
15:10 - 18:15SYD-CNS
3h 05mdirect
16:50 - 22:20CNS-SYD
5h 30m1 stop
Sun, 2 Jun - Sun, 16 Jun
16:00 - 23:20SYD-CNS
7h 20m1 stop
16:35 - 19:30CNS-SYD
2h 55mdirect
$324Virgin Australia
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Wed, 10 Jul - Wed, 14 Aug
07:00 - 13:10SYD-CNS
6h 10m1 stop
19:15 - 22:10CNS-SYD
2h 55mdirect
$326Virgin Australia
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Thu, 16 May - Sun, 19 May
19:45 - 23:00SYD-CNS
3h 15mdirect
19:20 - 22:15CNS-SYD
2h 55mdirect
$447Qantas Airways
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Wed, 10 Jul - Tue, 13 Aug
13:05 - 19:50SYD-CNS
6h 45m1 stop
19:20 - 22:15CNS-SYD
2h 55mdirect
$478Qantas Airways
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Tue, 14 May - Sat, 8 Jun

Flights from Sydney to Cairns - Travel Insights & Trends

Get data-powered insights and trends into flights from Sydney to Cairns to help you find the cheapest flights, the best time to fly and much more.

What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly from Sydney to Cairns?

The average price of all flights from Sydney to Cairns clicked on KAYAK for each day over the last 12 months.
When flying from Sydney to Cairns, you should consider leaving on a Tuesday and avoid Fridays if you are looking for the best rates. For your return to Sydney, you’ll find the best rates on Thursdays and the most expensive ones on Tuesdays.

What is the cheapest month to fly from Sydney to Cairns?

To calculate monthly average prices, KAYAK takes all prices for each month over the last year for flights from Sydney to Cairns, removes the top 0.1% to account for outliers, and then takes the median of all values for each month.
The cheapest month for flights from Sydney to Cairns is October, where tickets cost $316 on average. On the other hand, the most expensive months are December and January, where the average cost of tickets is $534 and $473 respectively.

How far in advance should I book a flight from Sydney to Cairns?

To calculate daily average prices, KAYAK takes all prices for each day before departure over the last year for flights from Sydney to Cairns, removes the top 0.1% to account for outliers, and then takes the average of all the values for each month.
To get a below average price on the flight from Sydney to Cairns, you should book around 3 weeks before departure. For the absolute cheapest price, our data suggests you should book 79 days before departure.

Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Sydney to Cairns?

The cheapest price for the route for each airline clicked by KAYAK users in the last 72 hours.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest one-way tickets to Cairns from Sydney were found on Jetstar ($123) and Virgin Australia ($164), and the lowest return tickets were found on Jetstar ($190) and Virgin Australia ($324).

Which airlines fly most frequently between Sydney and Cairns?

Jetstar connects Sydney to Cairns with up to 5 flights per day. Qantas Airways also offers 3 flights per day, while Virgin Australia follows with 3 flights per day.

Which airlines fly direct between Sydney and Cairns?

Airline and price data is aggregated from results in KAYAK’s search results from the last 2 weeks for flights from Sydney to Cairns.
There are 3 airlines that fly direct from Sydney to Cairns. They are: Jetstar, Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia. The cheapest price of all airlines flying this route was found with Virgin Australia at $154 for a one-way flight. On average, the best prices for this route can be found at Jetstar.

How many flights are there between Sydney and Cairns per day?

Each day, there are between 10 and 14 nonstop flights that take off from Sydney and land in Cairns, with an average flight time of 3h 07m. The most common departure time is 15:00 and most flights take off in the morning. Each week, there are 82 flights. The most frequent day of departure is Saturday, when 17% of all weekly flights depart. The fewest flights depart on a Friday.

Which cabin class options are there for flights between Sydney and Cairns?

The average price of flights for each cabin class for the route found by users searching on KAYAK over the last 2 weeks.
There are 2 cabin class options for the route. These are Business and Economy. Perform a search on KAYAK to find the latest prices and availability for all cabin fares, which differ across airlines.

How long does a flight from Sydney to Cairns take?

The average direct flight takes 3h 05m, covering a distance of 3,171 km.

What’s the earliest departure time from Sydney to Cairns?

Early birds can take the earliest flight from Sydney at 06:10 and will be landing in Cairns at 09:15.

What’s the latest departure time from Sydney to Cairns?

If you prefer to fly at night, the latest flight from Sydney to Cairns jets off at 19:45 and lands at 22:50.

Good to know

Low season

February

High season

December

Cheapest flight

$123
Best time to beat the crowds (11% less expensive on average)
Most popular time to fly (36% more expensive on average)
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When to book flights from Sydney to Cairns

Are your dates flexible? Find out the best times to travel from Sydney to Cairns based on our flight data from the last year. Discover the cheapest month and even day to fly.
Estimated return price
KAYAK looks at all historical flight data for each date to provide a predicted price for one-way trips or returns with a duration up to 40 days. While we try to provide actual minimum prices for each date, some prices are predictions and actual prices may differ.

FAQs for booking flights from Sydney to Cairns

  • What lounges are available in the domestic terminals of Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport?

    If you’d like to relax in comfort before your flight, there are various lounge options in the domestic terminals of Sydney Airport. Terminal 3 has Qantas Business Lounge and The Qantas Club Lounge, which are both located in the departures area, opposite Gates 4 and 5. Terminal 2 has Virgin Australia Lounge, located after security near the main security checkpoint. Please check with your airline for your eligibility to use their lounge.

  • How do you get to Sydney Airport from the Sydney centre?

    There are many options to get from Sydney centre to Sydney Airport. The metro will get you to the airport from Central Station in about 15min. Be sure to get use your Opal card, if you have one, for discounted fares. You can also take a taxi or rideshare service; the cost depends on what part of Sydney you are heading to.

  • How is Cairns Airport accessible for people with disabilities?

    The airport has accessible toilets and public phones. It also has a number of hearing loops that reduce distortion and background noise for those using hearing aids. You can also request a disability-friendly taxi through the taxi concierge staff in the taxi area.

  • Are there smoking areas at Sydney Kingsford Smith 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.

  • Is there free Wi-Fi at both Sydney Kingsford Smith and Cairns Airport?

    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.

  • How do I transfer between terminals at Cairns Airport?

    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.

  • Can I use public transport to get from Cairns Airport to Cairns city centre?

    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.

  • What is the cheapest flight from Sydney to Cairns?

    In the last 3 days, the lowest price for a flight from Sydney to Cairns was $81 for a one-way ticket and $125 for a return.

  • Which airports will I be using when flying from Sydney to Cairns?

    When flying out of Sydney you will be using Sydney Kingsford Smith. You will be landing at Cairns, also known as Cairns.

  • Which airlines offer Wi-Fi service onboard planes from Sydney to Cairns?

    Only Scoot offers inflight Wi-Fi service on the Sydney to Cairns flight route.

  • Which aircraft models fly most regularly from Sydney to Cairns?

    The Boeing 737-800 Passenger/BBJ2 (winglets) is the aircraft model that flies most regularly on the Sydney to Cairns flight route.

  • Which airline alliances offer flights from Sydney to Cairns?

    oneworld, Star Alliance, and SkyTeam are the airline alliances operating flights between Sydney and Cairns, with oneworld being the most commonly used for this route.

  • On which days can I fly direct from Sydney to Cairns?

    There are direct flights from Sydney to Cairns on a daily basis.

  • Which is the best airline for flights from Sydney to Cairns, Virgin Australia or Qantas Airways?

    The two airlines most popular with KAYAK users for flights from Sydney to Cairns are Virgin Australia and Qantas Airways. With an average price for the route of $367 and an overall rating of 7.7, Virgin Australia is the most popular choice. Qantas Airways is also a great choice for the route, with an average price of $597 and an overall rating of 7.7.

  • How does KAYAK find such low prices on flights from Sydney to Cairns?

    KAYAK is a travel search engine. That means we look across the web to find the best prices we can find for our users. With over 2 billion flight queries processed yearly, we are able to display a variety of prices and options on flights from Sydney to Cairns.

  • How does KAYAK's flight Price Forecast tool help me choose the right time to buy my flight ticket from Sydney to Cairns?

    KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a flight to Cairns from Sydney is likely to change within 7 days, so travelers know whether to wait or book now.

  • What is the Hacker Fare option on flights from Sydney to Cairns?

    Hacker Fares allow you to combine one-way tickets in order to save you money over a traditional return ticket. You could then fly to Cairns with an airline and back to Sydney with another airline.

  • What is KAYAK's "flexible dates" feature and why should I care when looking for a flight from Sydney to Cairns?

    Sometimes travel dates aren't set in stone. If your preferred travel dates have some wiggle room, flexible dates will show you all the options when flying to Cairns from Sydney up to 3 days before/after your preferred dates. You can then pick the flights that suit you best.

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Top tips for finding a cheap flight from Sydney to Cairns

  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $165 or less one-way and $284 or less round-trip.
  • If you are travelling with infants or young children, there are parents rooms and baby changing facilities in both Domestic Terminals 2 and 3 of Sydney Airport (SYD).
  • If you’re craving a coffee on arrival in Cairns, there is a Macchinetta in the arrival area of Cairns Airport (CNS) serving coffees as well as focaccias and paninis.
  • A great initiative at Sydney Airport is the Airport Ambassador Program. They are volunteers who give of their time each week to give passengers a warm welcome and assist anyone needing help with finding accommodation, facilities, transport or attractions. Look out for them in their bright blue shirts.
  • 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.
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Prefer to fly direct from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns?

Find which airlines fly direct from Kingsford Smith to Cairns, which days they fly and book direct flights.

Direct departures

Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns

Monday

ANA, Air Canada, Air France, +15 more

ANA, Air Canada, +16 more

Tuesday

ANA, Air Canada, Air France, +15 more

ANA, Air Canada, +16 more

Wednesday

ANA, Air Canada, Air France, +15 more

ANA, Air Canada, +16 more

Thursday

ANA, Air Canada, Air France, +15 more

ANA, Air Canada, +16 more

Friday

ANA, Air Canada, Air France, +15 more

ANA, Air Canada, +16 more

Saturday

ANA, Air Canada, Air France, +15 more

ANA, Air Canada, +16 more

Sunday

ANA, Air Canada, Air France, +15 more

ANA, Air Canada, +16 more

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Direct returns

Cairns to Sydney Kingsford Smith

Monday

ANA, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, +12 more

ANA, Air Canada, +13 more

Tuesday

ANA, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, +12 more

ANA, Air Canada, +13 more

Wednesday

ANA, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, +12 more

ANA, Air Canada, +13 more

Thursday

ANA, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, +13 more

ANA, Air Canada, +14 more

Friday

ANA, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, +12 more

ANA, Air Canada, +13 more

Saturday

ANA, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, +12 more

ANA, Air Canada, +13 more

Sunday

ANA, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, +12 more

ANA, Air Canada, +13 more

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Top 3 airlines serving from Sydney to Cairns

 
See real verified KAYAK customer reviews for airlines flying from Sydney to Cairns. Airline scores are aggregated from all reviews left by passengers on KAYAK after flying with an airline. KAYAK doesn’t show reviews that are older than 5 years. Learn how KAYAK collects reviews.
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7.7
Virgin AustraliaOverall score based on 700 reviews
8.0boarding
7.6comfort
6.8food
8.4crew
6.9entertainment
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This time is good . Don’t cancel flight with out early notice .

10.0 ExcellentAnonymous, Mar 2024BNE - MEL
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This time is good . Don’t cancel flight with out early notice .

Very good experience, considering the short flight the meals were served promptly after takeoff.

X class seats in row 3 with the new configuration are very poor in fact I feel 3B and 3E should no longer be considered as X class seat as there is no forward seat pocket available to these seats and greatly reduced leg room due the intrusion of the business class armrests/table module

It was pretty good. Everyone friendly. Like all airlines, the draconian limitations on baggage and weight and not giving even a free soda kind of drags down the experience a bit.

Last 10 minutes boarding they canceled the flight and didn’t organise anything

Estheticly the plane looks great, although the seats are way too upright. If the seats were just slightly more reclined then the comfort level would increase tenfold. I had the stiffest neck after just a short flight due to this. A nap was almost out of the question.

Cabin crew were very professional and welcoming. They certainly appeared to have lifted their game. Congratulations

I know not directly a Virgin "thing" but I hold Virgin responsible for their subcontractors. Had to wait 45 minutes waiting for baggage at PER before the belt conveyor even started. This is unacceptable and hopefully Virgin engages with whoever to pull their fingers out. I realise PER staff are generally slow at the best of times but this was ridiculous. Maybe more seating for those waiting, a cafe in the baggage area for a light meal while we wait or at the very least a troop of dancing girls to entertain the punters while they stare at the conveyor belt start light almost willing it to fire up.

Very poor. Flight was cancelled due to captain exceeding hours. Told to fend for ourselves for 12 hours until a new flight could be done. This meant overnight accommodation in Hobart. Next plane was delayed and no food onboard. No apologies from Virgin. Extremely disappointing.

Flight was cancelled due to a mechanical fault - Virgin rebooked me on a flight 6 hours later so I cancelled and flew with another carrier

The service and smooth landing. Food was delicious and the staff was friendly. We arrived earlier than scheduled.

Don’t like last minute airline change. Not able to choose seat earlier.

It's only a short trip from Sydney to Melbourne, which i have done many times. The trip met my expectations

I really appreciated the fact that when I checked my bags at the Quantas counter after arriving from an international flight an hour early, the agent noticed I had a very long layover. He then found an earlier flight that allowed me to get to Cairns several hours earlier than I planned. That was amazing because I had already traveled over 20 hours and wasn’t looking forward to such a long layover. It allowed me to see my daughter and grandchildren much earlier (it had been two years since I visited last).

Qantas cancelled my flight for no good reason and rebooked me into a middle seat.

Everything as good as can be if one flies economy bit not enough toilets!! People were queuing during the whole flight - there are really not enough toilets!!!

They actually held the plane for a few minutes and had someone at the escalators from Qantas checking to see if we were almost at the gate and radioed ahead to tell them that we were on our way. We called down to the person and gave her our names, coming as fast as we could.

Have watched 90% of the movies need to update more movies for the long haul

First time flying in Qantas. There is zero WiFi on the flight to/from Australia. Crew was great both routes - very attentive, personalized service. Pleasant staff throughout.

Grubby plane, dirty seat & table, poor food, wait for baggage, staff ok.

Note that food has to be purchased in flight. No free food. And no entertainment in flight. So I’ve treated these two items as okay which, in this case, means neutral/not applicable.

My Dad needed assistance to board the plane. The Jetstar staff were excellent with him and made the experience a lot easier😁

No food taken so can't rate also no entertainment so can't rate.

Boarding was easy and unstressful, though the early "final call" was a bit off-putting. The crew were pleasant, and the seats were comfortable. The prices for food and drink were reasonable, apart from tea and coffee, where simple percolated coffee was charged at espresso prices. Deboarding was OK, though some Jetstar passengers appear to have a bad habit of pushing forward from their assigned rows, making it more difficult to get out for passengers that have paid a premium to sit up-front. Jetstar might want to look to address this to stop it from spreading.

I got to the airport earlier than I expected, and they let me change to an earlier flight with no trouble.

It was a super crowded time to travel out of Melbourne, but the flight was OK

Worst experience ever flying Melbourne to Phuket. 5 hours delayed! Didn’t land till 1am in the morning. Staff were rude and unhelpful

Plane was late leaving darwin so we didn’t get home till 1130pm 2nd time in a fortnight that has happened. Hard when you have to work the next day

Worst airline ever. No need to go into detail as everything is terrible. Do not do it - whatever the price.

It may have been a result of earlier issues with a previous plane, causing delays, but the staff were not nearly as smiley as the previous Jetstar flight I was on. Also, they started boarding before the plane was empty...so we moved from one line into another line. They should have just waited until the plane was empty to avoid waiting in two lines.

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Recent one-way flight deals

 
Only flying one-way? Below are some of the best one-way flight deals from Sydney to Cairns found on KAYAK in the last 72 hours.
20/4Sat
directJetstar
3h 05mSYD-CNS
$123
23/4Tue
directJetstar
3h 05mSYD-CNS
$128
25/4Thu
directVirgin Australia
3h 15mSYD-CNS
$164
24/4Wed
directVirgin Australia
3h 15mSYD-CNS
$166
19/5Sun
1 stop
11h 55mSYD-CNS
$268
6/5Mon
1 stop
13h 20mSYD-CNS
$271
14/4Sun
1 stopQantas Airways
5h 15mSYD-CNS
$326
14/4Sun
1 stopQantas Airways
8h 30mSYD-CNS
$329
11/6Tue
2 stopsRex
19h 00mSYD-CNS
$371
7/5Tue
2 stopsRex
22h 15mSYD-CNS
$391

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Last minute flights from Sydney to Cairns

Last minute flight, train and bus deals

 
These last-minute flight deals are the cheapest flights found on KAYAK in the last 72 hours for flights from Sydney to Cairns that are departing in the next 10 days.
16/4Tue
directJetstar
3h 05mSYD-CNS
20/4Sat
directJetstar
3h 00mCNS-SYD
$313
12/4Fri
directJetstar
3h 05mSYD-CNS
16/4Tue
directJetstar
3h 00mCNS-SYD
$329
14/4Sun
directJetstar
3h 05mSYD-CNS
18/4Thu
directJetstar
2h 55mCNS-SYD
$354
14/4Sun
directJetstar
3h 05mSYD-CNS
17/4Wed
directJetstar
2h 55mCNS-SYD
$359
16/4Tue
direct
3h 05mSYD-CNS
20/4Sat
multi-stop
8h 50mCNS-SYD
$385
13/4Sat
multi-stop
6h 10mSYD-CNS
17/4Wed
direct
2h 55mCNS-SYD
$389
13/4Sat
multi-stopVirgin Australia
8h 10mSYD-CNS
17/4Wed
directVirgin Australia
2h 55mCNS-SYD
$396
15/4Mon
multi-stopVirgin Australia
5h 10mSYD-CNS
19/4Fri
directVirgin Australia
2h 55mCNS-SYD
$426
12/4Fri
multi-stopQantas Airways
7h 50mSYD-CNS
21/4Sun
multi-stopQantas Airways
7h 40mCNS-SYD
$653
13/4Sat
multi-stopQantas Airways
8h 45mSYD-CNS
17/4Wed
multi-stopQantas Airways
7h 30mCNS-SYD
$860

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Sydney - Cairns Flights

Departure:

Sydney (SYD)Australia

Destination:

Cairns (CNS)Australia

Return flight deals:

Cairns - Sydney

Cabin classes:

$2,463
$1,360
$219

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