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Flight information Brisbane to Cairns

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Average flight time, total distance 1393 kilometres

2h 15min


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Direct flights from Brisbane to Cairns

Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Tiger Airways are some of the airlines which provide direct flights on this popular route. 

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There are both direct and indirect flights going to Cairns from Brisbane. Some of the other airlines which operate flights from Brisbane to Cairns (or which fly part of the route) are Air Nuigini and Cathay Pacific. To find the cheapest flight from Brisbane to Cairns, it pays to sign up to Skyscanner’s price alerts so that you find out when the best airfares become available. 

Brisbane Airport (BNE) information

Getting there

To get to the domestic airport terminal in Brisbane (a trip which takes approximately 10 - 15 minutes from the CBD, and covers around 12 kilometres) you can take a taxi, drive yourself and park on site, hop on the public buses, or utilise the Airtrain which leaves around every 15 minutes during busy periods. 

Terminal information

On the day of departure, make your way to the domestic terminal at Brisbane Airport. While you wait to board the plane, you will find plenty of facilities to use, including a food court, cafes, restaurants, shops, ATMs and pay phones.

When travelling from Brisbane to Cairns, you will fly into Cairns Airport. This terminal isn’t particularly large, but does have multiple shops and restaurants you can make use of. 

Cairns information

Time difference from Brisbane to Cairns

Brisbane and Cairns are both in the same state and as a result they are on the same time zone all year round. 


Cairns can often be a little warmer, and more humid, than Brisbane because it is further north. As such, the Far North Queensland destination is more pleasant to visit outside of the summer months. 

Expect to pay

Cairns can be marginally more expensive than Brisbane. For example, the average cost of a regular coffee in Brisbane is $4.24, while in Cairns it is $4.30. 

Transportation to city centre

The average cost of a taxi from Cairns airport into the city centre is about $25, and the trip takes about 10 minutes to drive. (The distance is approximately 8km). You can also make your way into the CBD by organising a hire car online or by arranging an airport transfer. Alternatively, bus services operate in the area too. 

Mode of payment

In Cairns, you can easily pay for goods and services using credit and debit cards at most venues (including restaurants, hotels, shops, and tourist attractions), as well as by cash. The currency is the Australian dollar (AUD).

You can find more information about the destination here.

Please note: all information is correct as of April 2016.

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