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Cairns is a breathtaking city located right on the water. It boasts a tropical climate, which means temperatures are favourable year-round. The area has two distinct seasons: winter and summer. The winter months, which are April – September have cooler temperatures, minimal rainfall, and clear skies. Late August is the ideal time to visit because then you skip the holiday tourist season. Average temperatures at this time are 17.4 – 26.5 degrees Celsius.


Cairns flight deals found on momondo

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Tigerair Australia
Tigerair Australia
BNE
22 Aug.
Brisbane airport
2h 25m
CNS
Cairns airport
Tigerair Australia
CNS
26 Aug.
Cairns airport
2h 10m
BNE
Brisbane airport
141 AUD
Tigerair Australia
Tigerair Australia
BNE
09 Oct.
Brisbane airport
2h 25m
CNS
Cairns airport
Tigerair Australia
CNS
15 Oct.
Cairns airport
2h 10m
BNE
Brisbane airport
141 AUD
Tigerair Australia
Tigerair Australia
BNE
02 Sep.
Brisbane airport
2h 25m
CNS
Cairns airport
Tigerair Australia
CNS
05 Sep.
Cairns airport
2h 10m
BNE
Brisbane airport
146 AUD
Tigerair Australia
Tigerair Australia
BNE
06 Sep.
Brisbane airport
2h 25m
CNS
Cairns airport
Tigerair Australia
CNS
09 Sep.
Cairns airport
2h 10m
BNE
Brisbane airport
150 AUD
Tigerair Australia
Tigerair Australia
BNE
02 Aug.
Brisbane airport
2h 25m
CNS
Cairns airport
Tigerair Australia
CNS
05 Aug.
Cairns airport
2h 10m
BNE
Brisbane airport
159 AUD
Tigerair Australia
Tigerair Australia
BNE
10 Dec.
Brisbane airport
2h 20m
CNS
Cairns airport
Tigerair Australia
CNS
14 Jan.
Cairns airport
2h 15m
BNE
Brisbane airport
163 AUD
Qantas Airways
Qantas Airways
TSV
02 Jul.
Townsville airport
0h 55m
CNS
Cairns airport
Qantas Airways
CNS
05 Jul.
Cairns airport
0h 55m
TSV
Townsville airport
305 AUD
Qantas Airways
Qantas Airways
TSV
19 Nov.
Townsville airport
0h 55m
CNS
Cairns airport
Qantas Airways
CNS
02 Dec.
Cairns airport
1h 00m
TSV
Townsville airport
286 AUD
Rex
Rex
TSV
18 Oct.
Townsville airport
1h 05m
CNS
Cairns airport
Rex
CNS
22 Oct.
Cairns airport
0h 55m
TSV
Townsville airport
265 AUD
Tigerair Australia
Tigerair Australia
BNE
22 Aug.
Brisbane airport
2h 25m
CNS
Cairns airport
Tigerair Australia
CNS
26 Aug.
Cairns airport
2h 10m
BNE
Brisbane airport
141 AUD
Tigerair Australia
Tigerair Australia
BNE
09 Oct.
Brisbane airport
2h 25m
CNS
Cairns airport
Tigerair Australia
CNS
15 Oct.
Cairns airport
2h 10m
BNE
Brisbane airport
141 AUD
Tigerair Australia
Tigerair Australia
BNE
02 Sep.
Brisbane airport
2h 25m
CNS
Cairns airport
Tigerair Australia
CNS
05 Sep.
Cairns airport
2h 10m
BNE
Brisbane airport
146 AUD

Which airlines fly to Cairns?

Direct domestic flights include Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tigerair Australia, Regional Express, Skytrans Airlines, and Hinterland Aviation.


How to get from the airport to Cairns city centre?

Below you will find all the airports in Cairns along with the distance from the city centre
Cairns
3 km from city centre

Cairns Airport (CNS)

Taxi

Each terminal has a sheltered taxi rank available. A $4 AUD fee is automatically added for rides departing from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The approximate fare to city centre is $25 AUD.

Shuttle Bus

The Sun Palm Transport Group offers a direct shuttle bus to and from the airport. The shuttle must be pre-booked. The fare to city centre is approximately $15 AUD for adults and $7.50 AUD for children.

Bus

Translink offers a bus service from the airport to city centre. The bus departs every 30 minutes and minimum fare is approximately $4 AUD.

Ride Sharing

Uber operates in Cairns, and there are dedicated airport pickups in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of the airport. You must pre-book their service using the smartphone app. The fare depends on the time of day, number of passengers, and type of vehicle requested.

Private Car Hire

Limousines may be booked ahead of time for a direct ride to and from the airport. Prices vary depending on the type of vehicle requested and the time of service. Popular private car hires include: Let’s Take the Rolls, Murrays Coach Bus & Limousine Hire, CoolRides, Cairns Limousine Service, and Hughes Limousines.

Car Rentals

You can save money and explore Cairns with your car hire picked up at the airport. Book your rental car with momondo.


Popular routes to Cairns

Most frequently searched flights to Cairns along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
Melbourne to Cairns
Fastest flight time
3h 20m
Cheapest price
201 AUD
Sydney to Cairns
Fastest flight time
3h 05m
Cheapest price
197 AUD
London to Cairns
Fastest flight time
20h 50m
Cheapest price
1,318 AUD
Tokyo to Cairns
Fastest flight time
7h 25m
Cheapest price
677 AUD
Bangkok to Cairns
Fastest flight time
15h 20m
Cheapest price
723 AUD
Newark to Cairns
Fastest flight time
27h 30m
Cheapest price
1,458 AUD
Düsseldorf to Cairns
Fastest flight time
33h 30m
Cheapest price
1,553 AUD
Singapore to Cairns
Fastest flight time
6h 30m
Cheapest price
490 AUD
Brisbane to Cairns
Fastest flight time
2h 20m
Cheapest price
141 AUD
Adelaide to Cairns
Fastest flight time
3h 00m
Cheapest price
370 AUD
Munich to Cairns
Fastest flight time
29h 45m
Cheapest price
1,581 AUD
Osaka to Cairns
Fastest flight time
7h 15m
Cheapest price
671 AUD
Los Angeles to Cairns
Fastest flight time
20h 35m
Cheapest price
1,119 AUD
Hong Kong to Cairns
Fastest flight time
7h 10m
Cheapest price
687 AUD
Auckland to Cairns
Fastest flight time
5h 35m
Cheapest price
535 AUD
Manila to Cairns
Fastest flight time
10h 50m
Cheapest price
823 AUD
Perth to Cairns
Fastest flight time
4h 10m
Cheapest price
440 AUD
Frankfurt am Main to Cairns
Fastest flight time
26h 20m
Cheapest price
1,585 AUD
Denpasar to Cairns
Fastest flight time
4h 30m
Cheapest price
343 AUD
Canberra to Cairns
Fastest flight time
5h 55m
Cheapest price
524 AUD
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How to get around in Cairns?

Walking

Cairns has a flat landscape and is a tightly put together city, so a vast majority of the attractions are accessed by walking around, including the CBD area. If you want to venture up to the tablelands and rainforest, however, you will need other means of transportation.

Bus

The Sunbus operates throughout Cairns and runs daily. It is the most affordable way to get around the area, and there are around 18 routes. The daily fare starts at $4.40 AUD for travel within zone 1 and can go up to $13.40 AUD for travel to zone 9 locations.

Taxis

Taxis are the most expensive means of transportation in Cairns, but to shorten travel times, they might be worth the cost. You can typically hail one from the curb, but you can also locate a taxi rank or contact the company for a booking. The booking fee is $1.50 AUD, and the flag fare starts at $2.90 AUD. The price after that is $2.26 AUD per kilometre and $0.82 AUD per minute wait time.

Ride Share

To get from one end of Cairns to the other, or to venture up to the rainforest, you can book a ride-share through Uber using their smartphone app. The fare depends on how far you are driving and the vehicle selected.

Boat

Boats are useful when you want to venture across the harbour, take a tour of the local reefs, or just travel along the waterfront. River cruises take anywhere from 1 – 14 hours depending on how far out you go. The cost depends on which tour you book, the company, type of boat, and party size.


What are the visa and passport requirements when flying to Cairns?

No visa is required for domestic travellers within Australia. For foreign nationals, please check the Australian Government Immigration website.


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Additional info and tips about visiting Cairns

Things to Do and Places of Interest in Cairns

Most people come to Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef, but there is plenty more to do after you have snorkeled your way through the reef. The cafe culture is amazing in Cairns, and you will find gourmet coffee shops on almost every corner of the CBD. There are also local eateries featuring Aussie wines, fusion cuisine, and popular foods. In the Cairns Highlands, you will find Tarzali Lakes platypus park. Cairns has several museums and tourist sites dedicated to the Aboriginal culture, including the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. It will be worth your time to book a rainforest trip and hike through the forests that are over 135 million years old.

Tips and Tricks for Visiting Cairns

Try a Hostel

If you are the adventurous type and do not need a luxury hotel, then book a hostel in the CBD. Hostels are the most cost-effective type of lodging, and you can find a room for as little as $17 AUD or a private accommodation for $55 – $90 AUD.

Purchase Day Tickets

The bus is by far the cheapest means of transportation in Cairns, but it can be costly if you pay per zone. Consider purchasing a day pass to save on transportation costs.

Drink Goon

Enjoy a boxed wine, which is much cheaper than purchasing bottled Australian wines in Cairns.

Be Aware of Stinger Season

During the rainy season, Cairns experiences the infamous Stinger Season, which is when the jellyfish make their way into the waters around Cairns. During this time, the Box Jellyfish may be in the water. Their sting can be fatal; therefore, only swim around the stinger nets during this season and follow all safety precautions posted along the beach.