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Flight information Cairns to Brisbane

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Average flight time, total distance 1393 kilometres

2h 5min


1 airport

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Direct flights from Cairns to Brisbane

Jetstar, Qantas, Tiger Airways, Cathay Pacific and Virgin Australia operate direct flights on this particular route. 

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There are both direct and indirect flights going to Brisbane from Cairns. Another airline that operates flights from Cairns to Brisbane, with a stop along the way, is Air Nuigini. To book the cheapest flight from Cairns to Brisbane, it is a good idea to sign up to Skyscanner’s price alerts so that you can be notified when the most affordable airfare becomes available. 

Cairns Airport (CNS) information

Getting there

To get to the airport in Cairns (it is 8km from the CBD, or a 10-minute drive away), you can take a taxi, drive your own vehicle and park on site, or hop on a bus. 

Terminal information

On the day of departure, you will most likely have to go to the domestic terminal at Cairns Airport, but double check your ticket as some flights run by overseas carriers like Cathay Pacific may leave from the international terminal. While you wait for takeoff, you can pick up a snack, drink or meal from one of the terminal’s restaurants, or do some last-minute shopping. 

Your flight from Cairns to Brisbane will typically land at the domestic terminal of Brisbane Airport. This building also has plenty of facilities, including a food court, restaurants, cafes, retail outlets, public telephones and ATMs. 

Brisbane information

Time difference from Cairns to Brisbane

Cairns and Brisbane are on the same time zone all year round. 


As Brisbane is south of Cairns, it generally isn’t as hot as the city in Far North Queensland. The difference in weather is most noticed in winter. However, Brisbane is still a temperate spot, and is suitable to visit at all times of year. 

Expect to pay

Brisbane has roughly the same cost of living as Cairns. For example, the average cost of a regular coffee in Cairns is $4.30, while in Brisbane it is a fraction lower, at $4.24. 

Transportation to city centre

The average price of a taxi from Brisbane airport into the CBD is between $45 and $50. The journey takes about 10 - 15 minutes to drive, and covers a distance of approximately 12km. You can also make your way into the city centre by organising a rental vehicle or by booking an airport transfer. Alternatively, bus services, and the speedy Airtrain, operate from the airport too. 

Mode of payment

In Brisbane payments can be made with cash (the Australian dollar only), or via credit and debit cards, which most venues accept. You can learn more about flying into Brisbane here.

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

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