Cheap flights from Cairns to Townsville

Flight information Cairns to Townsville

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Average flight time, total distance 284 kilometres

0h 55min

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Which airlines fly from Cairns to Townsville?

How easy is it to depart from Cairns? 

Cairns Airport is a popular hub to fly in and out of, given Cairns’ proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. This airport has 2 terminals, both of which are easy to navigate.

  • Domestic Terminal (T2) – flights to Townsville will leave from here.

You’ll find shops, restaurants, VIP lounges, ATMs, and WiFi within this terminal. The Domestic Terminal is connected to the International Terminal via a walkway. 

Arrive at this airport at least 1 hour before your flight is due to depart. 

What do I need before I depart from Cairns?

  • A form of photo-ID is required for domestic air travel.
  • Please be aware, that if you are not an Australian citizen or resident, you may need to carry your passport.

What information do I need to know before arriving in Townsville?

Townsville Airport is an important regional hub, and the main airport serving the city of Townsville.

  • Main Terminal – flights from Cairns will arrive at this terminal.

Travellers will be able to utilise the free WiFi, cash machines, and the Qantas lounge, as well as duck into a few restaurants or the airport shop.

What is the weather like in Townsville?

  • Townsville is between 25-30°C annually, so the climate is not too different from Cairns. Expect a lot of rain during the hot summer months.

Is there a time difference between Cairns and Townsville?

  • There is no time difference between Cairns and Townsville.

Is the Townsville cheaper than Cairns?

Townsville is a bit more expensive than Cairns, but not by much. Read about how this is one of the best places to visit in North Queensland, and a good base for exploring more of this lovely state.

  Cairns Townsville
Average cost of a meal for 2 people $80 $80
Average cost of a coffee $4.50 $4.60
Average cost of a taxi from the airport to the CBD $25 $25-30

Please note that the information provided above is accurate as of October 2017 

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.