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Flight information Brisbane to Cairns

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Average flight time, total distance 1393 kilometres

2h 20min


1 airport

Which airlines fly from Brisbane to Cairns?

Brisbane to Cairns is a popular route, with 4 airlines offering direct flights. These are:

It’s possible to fly as early as 6.30am or to leave as late as 9.50pm.

Is there a time difference between Brisbane and Cairns?

No. Queensland only has 1 time zone.

What is the weather like in Cairns?

Cairns is warmer than Brisbane, which is much more pronounced in winter. In summer, average temperatures are 3°C higher in Cairns, while in winter the difference goes up to 7°C.

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Essential travel information for Cairns

For domestic flights, Australian citizens need a valid form of photo ID such as a passport or driving licence.

Departing from Brisbane

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is less than 20km northeast of the CBD. Buses leave from Roma Street Station (roughly 25 minutes) and trains go to both the domestic and international terminals from the city centre.

The journey is quicker by car or taxi, taking 10-15 minutes depending on traffic levels. Taxis should cost no more than $55 and weekend parking at the airport starts at $39. Airport parking at Brisbane is cheaper if you arrange it online before you arrive.

For flights to Cairns, you should aim to be at the airport an hour before your plane leaves. During that hour, you have more than 50 bars, shops and restaurants to spend time in. The vast majority of these are found once you pass through security.

Arriving in Cairns

Flights from Brisbane land at the dedicated domestic terminal at Cairns Airport (CNS). Once you disembark, there’s a short walk through the airport’s shops and dining options before you get to the baggage carousels and the exits.

From the airport, you can drive a hire car, get a taxi or book a shuttle bus to your accommodation. The airport is a 10-15-minute drive from most hotels in the city.

Return flights from Cairns to Brisbane

Getting to Cairns Airport is relatively simple. Taxis in the CBD are easy to find, but your hotel should be able to organise one (or a shuttle bus, if you prefer). The Airport Connect bus leaves from Sheridan Street on a regular basis (1-way tickets cost $6).

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Please note: all information is correct as of November 2018.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.