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Cheap flights to Cairns 2020

From the latest deals to essential arrival info, here's what you need to know about flying to Cairns.

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Cairns and remote areas of Tropical North Queensland are some of Australia's most unique and untouched destinations. When planning a trip to the north of Australia, transport considerations are key to a pleasant stay. Find out all you need to know including airline and flight information, flight deals and your transport options to navigate your way around this incredible part of Australia.

See our latest deals on flights to Cairns and Tropical North Queensland

Kayak Kayak

Australia-wide flights from $69 each way

Available on select dates until December 2020 to Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, Perth, Broome, Ballina and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Sydney with Jetstar.

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Kayak Kayak

Up to 35% off flights worldwide

Subscribe to Kayak's newsletter and receive personalised private deals of up to 35% off. Destinations include Europe, Asia, America, Australia and more. T&Cs apply.

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Kayak Kayak

Broome flights from $424 return

Available on select dates from October 2020 - March 2021. Sample fare departs from Perth with Virgin Australia.

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Kayak Kayak

Cairns flights from $187 return

Available on select dates until January 2021. Sample fare departs from Brisbane with Jetstar.

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Qatar Airways Qatar Airways

Up to 12% off economy class flights + 1 free date change

Available on flights until 31 October 2021 for registered students from Australia, New Zealand and more. Destinations include Japan, Korea, Canada, India and more. T&Cs apply.

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Kiwi.com Kiwi.com

Japan flights from $604 return

Available on select dates in 2021 to Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagasaki and more. Sample fare is Cairns-Tokyo with Jetstar.

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Skyscanner Skyscanner

Australia-wide flights from $89 each way

Available on flights from October 2020 - July 2021 with Virgin Australia. Destinations include Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Broome, Canberra, Townsville and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Ballina.

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Skyscanner Skyscanner

Western Australia flights from $199 return

Available on flights until 31 October 2020 to Broome, Perth and Kununurra with Virgin Australia. Sample fare is Broome-Perth.

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Budget Air Budget Air

Extra $5 off your next booking

Subscribe to BudgetAir's newsletter and receive an extra $5 off your next booking. Destinations include Europe, Asia, Australia and more. T&Cs apply.

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How much are flights to Cairns?

Here's what's considered to be a good deal compared to the average cost of a domestic flight to Cairns.

Flights to Cairns from Sydney

Flights to Cairns from Melbourne

Flights to Cairns from Brisbane

Flights to Cairns from Perth

Cairns flight time

  • From Sydney: Approximately 2 hrs 55 mins + when flying direct to Cairns Airport
  • From Melbourne: Approximately 3 hrs 20 mins + when flying direct to Cairns Airport
  • From Brisbane: Approximately 2 hrs 10 mins + when flying direct to Cairns Airport
  • From Perth: Approximately 5 hrs 10 mins + when flying direct to Cairns Airport

Airlines that fly to Cairns

  • Jetstar
  • Qantas
  • Virgin Australia


Cairns insider flight tips

  • Cairns Airport is an international airport and the largest airport in the region. Cooktown Karumba, Normanton and Burketown offer regional flights to and from Cairns and other regional destinations.


Car hire desks can be found at the arrivals hall and taxis are available from the designated taxi ranks just outside Cairns Airport. Viator, City Discovery and Jayride offer personalised and private airport shuttle services and transfers from Cairns airport to your resort, hotel or holiday apartment. Alternatively, Uber is available from Cairns Airport and costs $10–$15 to Cairns city centre.


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