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Flight information Cairns to Brisbane

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Average flight time, total distance 1393 kilometres

2h 5min


1 airport

Which airlines fly from Cairns to Brisbane?

Flights to Brisbane are the most popular choice for passengers from Cairns. Direct flights are available with 4 airlines:

You may find that some Qantas flights are operated by either Jetstar or QantasLink.

Flights with 1 stop are also available, but these go out of state and add a lot of unnecessary time onto your travel.

Is there a time difference between Cairns and Brisbane?

No. Cairns and Brisbane have the same time on their clocks throughout the year.

What is the weather like in Brisbane?

Brisbane is noticeably cooler than Cairns, especially in winter when the average temperature is 7°C lower.

Brisbane is also drier than Cairns, with around half the annual rainfall.

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Essential travel information for Brisbane

Photo ID is required to board a domestic flight in Australia.

Departing from Cairns

Cairns Airport (CNS) is Queensland’s 3rd busiest airport, behind those in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Cairns has 2 terminals, with domestic flights leaving from Terminal 2. For flights within Australia, it’s advised that you arrive at the airport an hour before your departure time. Cairns Airport has a wide range of dining and shopping options, making it easy to pass this time.

To get to the airport, you have the choice to drive, take a taxi ($25 from the CBD) or get the Airport Connect bus ($6 one-way, $8 return).

Arriving in Brisbane

All flights from Cairns to Brisbane Airport (BNE) land at the airport’s dedicated Domestic Terminal.

You’ll enter the terminal on Level 1, where you’ll find the baggage carousels, several toilet blocks and ATMs. You can also plan your journey into Brisbane by bus, train, taxi or hire car.

The drive into the CBD should take no more than 15 minutes by car/taxi or 25 minutes by bus.

Return flights from Brisbane to Cairns

The easiest way to get to Brisbane Airport for your return flight to Cairns is to get the train. The yellow line has stops at both the domestic and international terminals and goes from Gold Coast through South Bank, Roma Street, Fortitude Valley and more stations on the way.

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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.