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The cheapest time of year to fly to Cairns from Sydney is January. The most expensive is June.
The cheapest day of the week is usually Tuesday. The most expensive is usually Friday.
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Sydney to Cairns flights are approximately 4% more expensive in the evening than in the afternoon
Jetstar, Qantas Airways, and Tigerair Australia are the most popular carriers operating from Sydney to Cairns
Sydney Kingsford Smith - Cairns
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The cheapest time to buy a flight from Sydney to Cairns is approximately 27 days to departure
When travelling from Sydney to Cairns, the most popular airport to fly into is Cairns Airport. The majority of travellers flying into Cairns Airport from Sydney are departing from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. If you are looking for an alternate airport near Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, Newcastle Williamtown Airport is a great option and is located in Newcastle. The cheapest route from Sydney to Cairns is SYD — CNS with an average price of $211 RT during the month of June.
|Virgin Australia||PriceFrom $145||Free cancellation||Rating|
|Jetstar||PriceFrom $152||Free cancellation||Rating|
|Tigerair Australia||PriceFrom $201||Free cancellation||Rating|
|Qantas Airways||PriceFrom $224||Free cancellation||Rating|
The lowest priced Virgin Australia flight from Sydney to Cairns from the last 72 hours was $100. Generally, Virgin Australia has 12 flights on this route every week with an average price of $196. Virgin Australia is rated 7.7/10 by our users.
Another popular option for Sydney to Cairns flights is Jetstar (6.9/10, 17 ratings). Jetstar flies from Sydney to Cairns around 18 times per week, with deals starting from $106 return and rising to an average price of around $190.
Due to the global impact of COVID-19, some of our airline partners operating flights from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns, such as Jetstar, Virgin Australia, and Tigerair Australia may have flexible cancellation policies in place. Use our site to search for all of the airlines offering this flexibility to you.
A flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns will travel around 1960.5 km. 3h 00m is a normal flight duration for this route.
Sydney Kingsford Smith is the busiest airport in Australia and features a wide range of restaurants, shops and facilities. Start your holiday in style at the Virgin Australia Lounge at T2, where you can enjoy barista coffee, bar service and meals. Families travelling with children can take advantage of parent rooms for feeding and changing, as well as dedicated family queues. Cairns Airport is the gateway to tropical north Queensland. The airport has a Disability Access Facilitation Plan, with the goal of allowing access for all. This includes modified check-in counters lowered for easier access for people using a wheelchair. There are also accessible restrooms, hearing loops and wheelchair accessible pick-up points at the domestic terminal.
There are plenty of transport options at Sydney Kingsford Smith and Cairns Airport. The Airport Link train regularly runs from the city to Sydney Airport, taking only 15min. Travellers can take the Airport Link train from Central, Kings Cross, and Martin Place stations. Sydney Bus routes 400 and 420 also travel to Kingsford Smith Airport. If you’re driving to the airport, there are a range of short and long-term car parks available. If you are getting a lift to the airport, there are also dedicated drop-off zones at the departures level of both domestic terminals. For total freedom and flexibility, when you arrive on your flight from Sydney to Cairns, you can rent a car from one of the car hire companies in the Cairns Airport Arrivals hall. If you’re travelling to Cairns CBD, Port Douglas or Northern Beaches, Excellence Coaches offers regular transfers by shuttle bus. Tickets can be purchased from the shuttle bus desk, and pick-up points are located outside the Arrivals Hall. Taxi ranks and rideshare pick-up points are also easily accessible.
If you want to explore Tropical North Queensland, you can rent a car or 4WD from Cairns Airport. Anh south from Cairns is Yungaburra and the volcanic crater lakes of Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham. Paronella Park and Mamu Tropical Skywalk are less than 2h away. If you’re feeling adventurous, drive to the tip to discover Cape York, Australia’s remote northernmost point. Sunbus Cairns operates a regular public bus that services Cairns and its suburbs. This regional bus network operates within the area from Palm Cove to Gordonvale, including central Cairns and the northern beaches. Visitors can also take a trip on the Kuranda Scenic Railway from Cairns to Kuranda, through rainforests, ravines and waterfalls. Kuranda is a picturesque village surrounded by World Heritage rainforests, and visitors can also get there from Cairns by taking the 850 bus. The four-day Savannahlander train journey from Cairns to Forsayth in outback Queensland is also a unique experience.
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