Cheap flights from Cairns to Perth

Flight information Cairns to Perth

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Average flight time, total distance 3435 kilometres

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Book a flight to Perth from Cairns, and visit this spectacular city on Australia’s western coast.

Airlines flying this route

Jetstar offers direct flights from Cairns to Perth on Tuesdays, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays (though this might be subject to change).

Virgin Australia and Qantas operate connecting flights on this route, transferring in Brisbane (BNE) or Melbourne (MEL).

Your Departure Airport

Cairns Airport (CNS)

Departing from: Domestic Terminal (T2)

Cairns’ Domestic Terminal is great for hopping across the country. Transiting passengers will find food outlets that cater to those wanting just a quick snack or a coffee, to travellers wanting to sit down and eat before they fly. There are also retail stores to purchase gifts from, as well as an ATM and an International currency exchange if you have money to change from overseas.

You’ll find that this airport does have WiFi access, but it costs $3 per hour, or $6 for 24 hours.

Your Destination Airport

Perth Airport (PER)

Arriving in: Terminal 1 or 3

Arriving in Perth, whether it’s in the smaller but comprehensive Terminal 3 or in its revamped Terminal 1 Domestic Pier, is an easy and convenient experience on exit. If you’re feeling a little hungry from your flight, there are plenty of bars and restaurants where you can pick up something to eat and drink. If you’re staying with someone and want to pick up a gifts, that’s easily done at one of the airport shops on your way out.


A taxicab journey from the airport can cost you anywhere from $40-50 one-way. You’ll find that there are airport shuttles into the downtown area for $15 one-way per person, or there are the public buses, which leave from Terminals 3 and 4. These buses will take roughly an hour to get into town, but they are by far the cheapest option into the city.

You can also rent a care if you want to explore up and down the coast. All the major hire companies are represented at Perth Airport.

Do you need a form of identification?

Though this is a domestic flight, you must carry photo identification with you. This can be a social security card, a driver’s license or your passport. Please note: if you are an international traveller flying within Australia, it is recommended that you use your passport as your primary form of identification.

How long should you leave to get to the airport?

As this is a domestic flight departing and arriving in domestic terminals, it is recommended that you check in at least 45-60 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Please be aware that if you are travelling in a group, or are going on to a connecting flight, that you arrive 90-120 minutes before departure time. 

Things you need to know

Time difference: Perth is two hours behind Cairns.

Weather: Perth is cooler than Cairns. In winters this can mean fairly mild maximum temperatures of 18-19°C, or chilly lows of 7-8°C, so it is advisable if you do visit Perth in the colder seasons to pack some layers. However, summer is hot and dry, reaching average highs of 30-31°C.

Though Cairns is a touristy town, Perth is the more expensive city for most things. If you decide to hit the town for a dinner out, expect a three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant to cost around $100.


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