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Flight information for Sydney to Cairns
(SYD to CNS)

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Best price found

$102

Fastest flight time

3h 05m

Direct flights

Thu

Airports in Cairns

1 airport
The best one-way flight to Cairns from Sydney in the past 72 hours is $102. The best return flight deal from Sydney to Cairns found on momondo in the last 72 hours is $290.
The fastest flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 3h 05m
Direct flights go from Sydney to Cairns on Thursday. The only airline offering direct flights is Jetstar.
There is 1 airport near Cairns: Cairns (CNS)

How to get the cheapest flight ticket from Sydney to Cairns

Look no further. We've gone through all the searches for this route on momondo so you have the important information and insights to find the cheapest flight ticket for your trip

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

January

The cheapest time of year to fly to Cairns from Sydney is January. The most expensive is June.

What is the cheapest day to depart Sydney for Cairns?

Tuesday

The cheapest day of the week is usually Tuesday. The most expensive is usually Friday.

When is the cheapest time to fly from Sydney to Cairns?

in the afternoon

Sydney to Cairns flights are approximately 4% more expensive in the evening than in the afternoon

What is the cheapest airline that flies to Cairns from Sydney?

Jetstar

Jetstar, Qantas Airways, and Tigerair Australia are the most popular carriers operating from Sydney to Cairns

What is the cheapest Sydney to Cairns flight route?

Sydney Kingsford Smith - Cairns

Fly from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns for the best Sydney - Cairns flight prices

How far in advance should you book Sydney to Cairns flights?

27 days before

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.

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) to Cairns Airport (CNS)$211
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Newcastle Williamtown Airport (NTL) to Cairns Airport (CNS)$257
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Easily compare return flights from Sydney to Cairns

Below you can see the best fares for your return flight route over the next three months. All fares were found on momondo this week. Browse the quickest and cheapest flights from Sydney to Cairns by changing tabs
Multiple Airlines
31 Jul.
SYD11:30Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 15m
CNS14:45Cairns
3 Aug.
CNS14:25Cairns
2h 50m
SYD17:15Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
4 Oct.
SYD16:05Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 05m
CNS19:10Cairns
18 Oct.
CNS03:30Cairns
2h 55m
SYD06:25Sydney Kingsford Smith
Virgin Australia
6 Nov.
SYD09:50Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 05m
CNS12:55Cairns
16 Nov.
CNS06:40Cairns
6h 10m
1 stop
SYD12:50Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple Airlines
27 Jul.
SYD11:40Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 05m
CNS14:45Cairns
31 Jul.
CNS15:25Cairns
2h 55m
SYD18:20Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
11 Aug.
SYD10:40Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 05m
CNS13:45Cairns
25 Aug.
CNS14:25Cairns
2h 50m
SYD17:15Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
6 Aug.
SYD10:40Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 05m
CNS13:45Cairns
10 Aug.
CNS14:25Cairns
2h 50m
SYD17:15Sydney Kingsford Smith

Find the cheapest one-way flights from Sydney to Cairns

If you're looking for one-way flights from Sydney to Cairns, view some of our deals below provided by Jetstar, Major Airline and Virgin Australia
Jetstar
5 Oct.
SYD02:10Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 05m
CNS05:15Cairns
Virgin Australia
19 Oct.
SYD04:05Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 15m
CNS07:20Cairns
Major Airline
12 Sep.
SYD22:10Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 05m
CNS01:15Cairns

Search last-minute flights to Cairns from Sydney

Find and compare return flight prices for your last-minute flight from Sydney to Cairns
Multiple Airlines
6 Jul.
SYD08:30Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 15m
CNS11:45Cairns
10 Aug.
CNS14:25Cairns
2h 50m
SYD17:15Sydney Kingsford Smith
Virgin Australia
6 Jul.
SYD03:00Sydney Kingsford Smith
25h 40m
1 stop
CNS04:40Cairns
10 Aug.
CNS02:00Cairns
6h 40m
1 stop
SYD08:40Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
5 Jul.
SYD16:45Sydney Kingsford Smith
21h 40m
1 stop
CNS14:25Cairns
8 Jul.
CNS05:55Cairns
2h 55m
SYD08:50Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple Airlines
6 Jul.
SYD02:00Sydney Kingsford Smith
26h 40m
1 stop
CNS04:40Cairns
10 Aug.
CNS14:25Cairns
2h 50m
SYD17:15Sydney Kingsford Smith
Virgin Australia
8 Jul.
SYD02:30Sydney Kingsford Smith
14h 10m
1 stop
CNS16:40Cairns
21 Jul.
CNS07:50Cairns
6h 20m
1 stop
SYD14:10Sydney Kingsford Smith
Multiple Airlines
8 Jul.
SYD02:00Sydney Kingsford Smith
14h 40m
1 stop
CNS16:40Cairns
21 Jul.
CNS03:10Cairns
2h 55m
SYD06:05Sydney Kingsford Smith

Best airlines flying from Sydney to Cairns

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AirlineRatingFree cancellationPrice
Virgin AustraliaPriceFrom $145Free cancellationRating
7.7
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JetstarPriceFrom $152Free cancellationRating
6.9
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Tigerair AustraliaPriceFrom $201Free cancellationRating
10.0
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Qantas AirwaysPriceFrom $224Free cancellationRating
6.5
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  • Virgin Australia Flights From Sydney to Cairns

    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.

  • Jetstar Flights From Sydney to Cairns

    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.


Jetstar flights from Sydney to Cairns

Our best Jetstar deals on Sydney to Cairns flight tickets
Jetstar
4 Oct.
SYD16:05Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 05m
CNS19:10Cairns
18 Oct.
CNS03:30Cairns
2h 55m
SYD06:25Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
11 Aug.
SYD10:40Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 05m
CNS13:45Cairns
25 Aug.
CNS14:25Cairns
2h 50m
SYD17:15Sydney Kingsford Smith
Jetstar
6 Aug.
SYD10:40Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 05m
CNS13:45Cairns
10 Aug.
CNS14:25Cairns
2h 50m
SYD17:15Sydney Kingsford Smith

Virgin Australia flights from Sydney to Cairns

Our best Virgin Australia deals on Sydney to Cairns flight tickets
Virgin Australia
6 Nov.
SYD09:50Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 05m
CNS12:55Cairns
16 Nov.
CNS06:40Cairns
6h 10m
1 stop
SYD12:50Sydney Kingsford Smith
Virgin Australia
24 Nov.
SYD14:35Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 05m
CNS17:40Cairns
28 Nov.
CNS09:20Cairns
6h 20m
1 stop
SYD15:40Sydney Kingsford Smith
Virgin Australia
2 Sep.
SYD11:30Sydney Kingsford Smith
3h 15m
CNS14:45Cairns
2 Dec.
CNS06:40Cairns
5h 10m
1 stop
SYD11:50Sydney Kingsford Smith

  • Are airlines flying from Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns offering flexible cancellation due to COVID-19?

    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.

  • How far is Sydney Kingsford Smith to Cairns by plane?

    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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