Compare cheap Cairns to Sydney flights

Flight information Cairns to Sydney

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Average flight time, total distance 1974 kilometres

2h 55min

Sydney and Sydney Palm Beach SPB

2 airports

Which airlines fly from Cairns to Sydney?

Direct flights are available from Cairns to Sydney with 4 airlines:

Flights with 1 stop are also available, but the layover in Brisbane Airport adds both time and money on to your flight.

Is there a time difference between Cairns and Sydney?

Sometimes. In winter there is no difference, but in summer Sydney is 1 hour ahead of Cairns.

What is the weather like in Sydney?

Sydney is much cooler than Cairns. You’ll find the summer temperatures in the southern city comparable with an average winter day in Cairns.

Sydney gets about half as much annual rain as Cairns, with the wettest period running from February to June.

How expensive is Sydney?



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Essential travel information for Sydney

For flights from Cairns to Sydney, you need to present a valid form of photo ID.

Departing from Cairns

Cairns Airport (CNS) is Australia’s 7th busiest airport, with close to 5 million annual passengers.

The airport has 2 terminals:

  • Terminal 1 is for international flights
  • Terminal 2 is for domestic flights

Once you have checked in and passed through security, you’ll find yourself surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafes. These make it easy to pass the hour wait that’s suggested for domestic flights.

As the airport is only 7km from the CBD, it’s easy to plan your journey and arrive on time. As well as the option of driving, taxis and shuttles are available for a low price.

Arriving in Sydney

Sydney Airport (SYD) has 2 terminals for domestic flights, but these share a train station that goes to Central Station in the city.

The airport is 10km south of the city, with trains, buses, taxis and car hire available as options to get you to the CBD. If you’re planning to drive to your accommodation, be aware that the quickest route to the city centre (via the M1) has tolls.

Return flights from Sydney to Cairns

Sydney Airport has 2 dedicated terminals for domestic flights: one for Qantas and QantasLink flights and one for other airlines. The easiest way to the airport from the CBD is by train from Central Station.

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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.